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The Office Series 1, episode 3. First aired 23/07/01

in this episode...

test yourself
What Shakespeare play is the subject of Gareth's tiebreak question?

It is Tim’s 30th birthday - he receives a card from Dawn and an unusual inflatable gift from Lee. More importantly, however, it’s Quiz Night and there are reputations to be made or lost.

Ricky confesses that he once appeared on Blockbusters and won two gold runs. David, feeling his tiny mind intellectually threatened, is thus inspired to make frequent expositions on his (non-existent) knowledge of Dostoevsky.

Brent-ism of the episode
David Brent"There are things that I will never laugh at. The handicapped - because there’s nothing funny about them. Or any deformity. …At least the little handicapped fella is able minded… or sometimes not - it’s difficult to tell with the wheelchair ones."

Gareth comperes Quiz Night and the questions reflect his personal interests - namely war and weapon specifications. The Tits (Ricky and Tim) are eventually victorious after winning a tiebreak with The Dead Parrots (David and Finchy). Yet the duel is not over as the fiercely competitive Finchy proposes a further challenge that involves throwing an item over the roof of the building. Unfortunately for birthday boy Tim it is his shoes that are chosen.

too good to miss out...

Tim: "I like ballet, I love the novels of Proust, I love the work of Alan Delon, and that's I think what influenced her buying me Hat FM. I like the radio too!"

Gareth: "Oh yeah, they're sad little men? He’s thrown a kettle over a pub, what have you done?"

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