Cocktails (The Office)

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Michael and Dwight switch shirts before entering the party.
Episode no. Season 3
Episode 18
Directed by J. J. Abrams
Written by Paul Lieberstein
Production code 318
Original air date February 22, 2007
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"Cocktails" is the seventeenth episode of the third season of the US version of The Office. It aired on February 22, 2007 on NBC. It is written by Paul Lieberstein and directed by Alias and Lost creator J. J. Abrams.[1]

In this episode, Michael, Dwight, Jim and Karen attend a cocktail party at CFO David Wallace's house. Michael and Jan make their relationship public, Karen makes Jim uncomfortable by pointing out all her ex-boyfriends in attendance, and Dwight inspects the home. Meanwhile, the rest of the office goes to a bar and Pam tries to be more honest with Roy.



Jan, Michael, Dwight, Jim, and Karen attend a cocktail party hosted by Dunder-Mifflin's CFO David Wallace. Jan and Michael choose to make their relationship public at this event. With the branch managers away, the remainder of the office goes to happy hour at Poor Richard's. While there, Creed is greeted warmly by a group of teenagers to whom he sold fake IDs. Pam reminds Roy that, as her boyfriend, he needs to attend as well. Roy brings his brother, who "took a bath" selling their jet skis.

At the party, Karen plays a joke on Jim by identifying many people at the party as former boyfriends, Dwight takes it upon himself to give the house a thorough inspection, and spends the night criticizing the layout of the Wallace's house, while Michael's public displays of affection make Jan uncomfortable. Towards the end of the evening, the CFO invites Jim to play basketball in the back yard. As Michael and Jan drive home together, they have an awkward argument regarding their future together. As they argue, Dwight pops up from the backseat and tells them, "Don't break up, you guys."

At Poor Richard's, Pam tells Roy she wants a fresh start in their relationship and tells him about the "Casino Night" kiss. Roy reacts violently, and, along with his brother, begins destroying the bar. Pam immediately calls off their relationship. After Roy's brother uses the jet ski money to pay off the bar for damages, Roy angrily states, "I am gonna kill Jim Halpert."

Deleted scenes

The Season Three DVD contains a number of deleted scenes. Notable cut scenes include:

  • Stanley reacts violently when he sees Ryan talking to his daughter Melissa, a reference to Season 2's "Take Your Daughter to Work Day".
  • Extensions of Michael's attempt to get Jim to carpool, the talking head interview with Jan, Dwight's upstairs house inspection, and his conversation with the CFO's son.
  • Michael shows off his framed "love contract". Coincidentally, Rashida Jones appears in a Chappelle's Show sketch called "The Love Contract."


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