The Banker (The Office)

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"The Banker"
The Office episode
Episode no. Season 6
Episode 14
Directed by Jeffrey Blitz
Written by Jason Kessler
Production code 612[1]
Original air date January 21, 2010
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"The Banker" is the 14th episode of the sixth season of the U.S. comedy series The Office and the show's 114th episode overall.[2] It was written by Jason Kessler and directed by Jeffrey Blitz.

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 this episode, an investment banker comes to the office to speak with HR rep Toby Flenderson (Paul Lieberstein), since the company has recently been bought out. The episode is a clip show featuring montages of episodes past, as the banker asks about events in the office.

The episode "The Banker" received mixed reviews from critics and 3.7/9 in the 18-49 demographic.

Synopsis[edit]

When an investment banker, Eric Ward (David Costabile), comes to Dunder Mifflin Scranton to check for any discrepancies, Michael (Steve Carell), Dwight (Rainn Wilson), Andy (Ed Helms) and Pam (Jenna Fischer) pull out all the stops in hopes of impressing him with their high-profile contacts. Michael – now the highest-ranking employee of Dunder-Mifflin, since all of Corporate in New York have been removed – flagrantly lies to make the office look more attractive, including having Dwight pretend to be the HR rep to impress the banker. Unfortunately, Toby (Paul Lieberstein) returns to speak with the banker and he struggles to keep from lying to the fact-checker. As they go over all of the liabilities the office, viewers are shown plenty of instances where the staff have destroyed property, engaged in dangerous activities and office romance, time wasting and conflict. At the end, we are shown clips where the office have come together as a family, and some of more memorable highlights of the franchise, including every significant moment in Jim and Pam's romance.

Production[edit]

The episode was written by Jason Kessler and directed by Jeffrey Blitz his sixth directing credit for the series who previously directed Stress Relief. "The Banker" is the first clip show of the series.

Cultural references[edit]

The song featured during the Jim and Pam flashbacks is "Sing" by Travis.[3]

Reception[edit]

In its original American broadcast, "The Banker" was viewed by an estimated 7.29 million households, with a 3.7 rating/9 share in the 18-49 demographic falling 12% from the last episode.[4]

Dan Phillips of IGN said the episode was "Passable" and gave it a 6.5/10 saying that "If you're a fan of the show, you'll no doubt find it at least somewhat charming and entertaining to re-watch many of the show's funnier moments in rapid succession. I know I did. In the end, though, the biggest shortcoming of 'The Banker' isn't simply that it's a cheap clip show, but that it's not even an inspired take on the clip show."[5] Steve Heisler of The A.V. Club gave the episode a C+ saying that "'The Banker' was hardly an episode at all, but rather a clip show. Why does The Office need a clip show now? Are ratings really that low? Perhaps after six seasons and amidst the most rock-solid Thursday comedy line-up in years, people have simply forgotten what's been happening in Scranton and needed a refresher. Whatever. I'll take an Office clip show over almost anything on CBS any day, even though I still think it's a cop-out. (See what I did there?)"[6] The episode was also voted as the worst episode of season 6 on Office Tally.[7]

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