The Office (USA)/The Alliance

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The Alliance
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Season 1, Episode 4
Airdate April 12, 2005
Production Number R1103
Writer(s) Michael Schur
Director(s) Bryan Gordon
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The Alliance is the fourth episode of the first season of The Office, and the fourth episode overall.

Guest Stars: Craig Robinson (Darryl), Paul Lieberstein (Toby)


Plot Overview

In an attempt to raise everyone's dwindling spirits, Michael insists on planning a birthday party, even though the closest birthday is weeks away. As rumors of downsizing continue to circulate, Dwight suggests to Jim that they form a protective, strategic alliance.


While giving Michael information on Meredith, Dwight mentions that she has won "multiple Dundees." The Dundee is an award given during an episode in the second season.

Arc Advancement


While pranking Dwight, Roy bursts in and accuses Jim of being grabby with Pam. Then Jim tries to protect himself while telling the truth, while Dwight shows no support.




The Show

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments


  • Pam: This was tough. I suggested we flip a coin. But Angela said she doesn't like to gamble. Of course, by saying that, she was gambling that I wouldn't smack her.
  • Michael: When I retire, I don't wanna just disappear to an island somewhere. I want to be the guy who gives everything back. I want it to be like, "hey, who donated that hospital wing that is saving so many lives?" "Um, well, I dont know. It was anonymous." "Guess what? That was Michael Scott." "But it was anonymous. How do you know?" "Because I'm him."


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