Sabre (The Office)

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"Sabre"
The Office episode
Episode no. Season 6
Episode 15
Directed by John Krasinski
Written by Jennifer Celotta
Production code 615
Original air date February 4, 2010
Guest actors
Kathy Bates as Jo Bennett
Christian Slater as Himself
Zach Woods as Gabe Lewis
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"Sabre" is the 15th episode of the sixth season of the U.S. comedy series The Office and the show's 115th episode overall.[1] It was written by Jennifer Celotta and directed by John Krasinski, which marks his television directorial debut. It originally aired in the United States on NBC on February 4, 2010.

The series—presented as if it were a real documentary—depicts the everyday lives of office employees in the Scranton, Pennsylvania, branch of the fictional Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. In the episode, Michael has difficulties accepting their new policies of Sabre and its CEO Jo Bennett (Kathy Bates). Michael goes to David Wallace for advice, but he finds David in a sad unemployed depression. Jim and Pam fail in their interview for a local daycare center. Both Erin and Andy wait for the other to make the next move. Beginning with this episode, Ed Helms is added to the opening credits.

Synopsis[edit]

Sabre has taken over the branches of Dunder Mifflin and Gabe Lewis (Zach Woods), the coordinating director for emerging regions from Sabre, is going around greeting the branches. When Gabe arrives, Michael (Steve Carell) has everyone greet him with a standing ovation and Andy (Ed Helms) and Erin (Ellie Kemper) sing a Scranton-themed version of "Party in the U.S.A." by Miley Cyrus and mispronounce "Sabre" (as sah-bray), per Michael's assumption that that was the correct pronunciation.

In a conference room meeting, Gabe shows a video of Florida-based printer sales company Sabre starring Christian Slater and then shares some of the company's new policies, including the use of metallic drink containers, fewer vacation weeks, and site blocking of time-wasting sites like YouTube and Twitter, which is done in the background by IT assistant Nick (Nelson Franklin). Michael expresses concerns about the change in these policies and requests a meeting with Gabe's superiors. Michael engages in a video chat with Sabre CEO Jo Bennett (Kathy Bates) and expresses concerns about the new policies. Bennett replies that those policies came under a mismanaged company and that Michael would have "until the end of the day" to decide what he wants, and when he resists she says bluntly "I would take until the end of the day if I were you". Frustrated, Michael leaves the office to visit former Dunder Mifflin CFO David Wallace (Andy Buckley) for advice.

Meanwhile, Jim (John Krasinski) and Pam (Jenna Fischer) visit a daycare center with hopes to impress the director. Jim enters a bathroom and unexpectedly walks in on the day care director (Joey Slotnick) in the bathroom on the toilet. Jim and Pam agree not to bring up the incident during the interview, but Pam mentions it anyway, hoping that her honest comments will help them directly confront the officer about why the interview is going poorly. The officer informs Jim and Pam that they should have considered that the interview is going poorly simply because the questions have not been answered satisfactorily, and snidely says they should consider that maybe, just maybe, they're not nearly as charming as they consider themselves to be.

Back at the office, Andy and Erin conduct interviews with the film crew, and each admit interest in dating. However, Andy thinks that the "ball is in Erin's court", while Erin assumes that after Andy's last spectacular display involving a band drumline that he will surely be the one to ask. Andy then awkwardly confronts Erin about her weekend plans, revealing that she has none. Andy exits with exasperation, hoping that his "hint" would be sufficient for her to ask.

Michael arrives unannounced at David Wallace's home, and finds that he has not shaved nor done anything productive recently. David's son plays the drums in the living room, while David's wife provides subtle hints that David should actually do something outside the house. Later, Michael and David go in the hot tub and discuss David's proposed business venture "Suck It", a vacuum that collects children's toys. Michael, realizing what has happened to David, leaves and expresses concerns for David's well-being to the camera crew.

Finally, Michael returns to the office and proclaims his allegiance to Sabre and its new policies. He proposes a toast with orange juice in the metallic Sabre bottles to the new management, which after drinking claims it's like drinking a battery. The episode closes with a vignette of David Wallace and his son playing a rock song dedicated to the "Suck It" toy vacuum.

Reception[edit]

This episode was watched by 7.36 million viewers, with a 3.8 rating and a 10 share in the 18–49 demographic rising 3% from the last original episode helping it come in second in its timeslot and the most viewed episode of Comedy Night Done Right.[2] The episode got mostly positive review from critics. Dan Phillips of IGN gave the episode an 8.5, saying it was "Great" and that "The episode isn't the funniest of the season, but it is fun to see the show gear up for its next extended story arc. Whether or not the writers are really implying that we're all a little like Michael, it's clear they're once again casting him as the goofy hero, one who will help resist these new stuffy bosses in his uniquely funny ways. And at the very least, there's great potential in having Bates and Steve Carell square off for a run of episodes."[3] Nathan Rabin of The A.V. Club gave it a A- saying that "The recession has fucked all sorts of shit up but it's been good for The Office. Wrestling with terrifying new financial realities has helped keep the show relevant and lively well into its sixth season. I'm excited about this current arc and look forward to more appearances from Kathy Bates, who did an awful lot with very little screen time as the faux-folksy, semi-terrifying head of Sabre."

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