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45Quotes from ‘China’

The Office: China

710. China

Aired December 2, 2010

After Michael reads an article about China at the dentist's office, he becomes worked up about the prospect of China replacing the U.S. as the world's dominant power. The office doesn't know how to react when know-it-all Oscar challenges one of Michael's facts and Michael is shown to be right. Meanwhile, Dwight to make the Dunder-Mifflin building more profitable for him as a landlord, much to the annoyance of his co-workers.

Quote from Erin

Erin: What if we all get together and help each other and hire a new guy, and then we all kill him, but first we take out like a hundred thousand dollar life insurance policy. I bet you guys like that idea don't you?
[aside to camera:]
Erin: I think that's what they're doing to me. I can't prove it, but I wanted to see their faces when I said it. I learned nothing.

Quote from Dwight K. Schrute

Dwight K. Schrute: Owning a building is a war between the landlord and the tenant. Not a literal war, unfortunately, but I am using the same tactics. I've surrounded the enemy, and I'm slowly starving them. To save on electricity I've installed a timer and motion sensors on the lights. It's part of my green initiative. And by green, I mean money.

Quote from Michael Scott

Michael Scott: My whole life I believed that America was number one, that was the saying. Not America is number two. England is number two. China should be like eight.

Quote from Dwight K. Schrute

Stanley: Dwight, why is the toilet paper only half a ply?
Dwight K. Schrute: Well, I'm sorry, isn't that good enough for your anus? [looking at camera] Don't get me started on how coddled the modern anus is.

Quote from Dwight K. Schrute

Dwight K. Schrute: They say the best vampires don't bleed their victims dry, but give them the strength so that they can bounce back only to be fed on again. I spared Pam, and I may feast off of her profits for years to come. I let Pam win. Haha, oh. I was not motivated by compassion. I have no compassion. Make sure you got that. Not motivated by compassion.

Quote from Dwight K. Schrute

[As Dwight picks up a pencil between his toes]
Jim: Why?
Dwight K. Schrute: Twenty minutes a day Jim, that's all it takes. Twenty minutes a day, all feet, no hands and I'll have the pedi-dexterity of a chimp, and you'll be sitting there like an idiot. [attempts to place pencil in pencil sharpener] Okay. Here we go. Ah, yes. [knocks items over onto Pam's desk]
Pam: Do you mind?
Dwight K. Schrute: I'm sorry, Pam, allow me to write you an apology letter.
Pam: You don't have to do that.
Dwight K. Schrute: [typing with his toes] D-E-A. Oops, backspace. A. Dear.
Jim: [places a cup of coffee on Dwight's desk] Ah, thank you hands. Nothing else in the universe can do what you do.
Dwight K. Schrute: [lifts cup up with toes]
Jim: Oh, don't worry about it. Dwight, its okay. You were wrong.
Dwight K. Schrute: [spills hot coffee all over himself] Uh, argh!
Jim: Well, A for effort right?
Dwight K. Schrute: [gives Jim a high five with his foot]

Quote from Michael Scott

Michael Scott: Mmm. China. China.
Erin: How was the dentist?
Michael Scott: It was great. China.
Pam: Are you okay? What's wrong?
Michael Scott: Everything here was made in China, Pam.
Andy: Yeah, it's where they make stuff.
Michael Scott: They used to make stuff in America, Andy. But we're falling behind, did you know that? China is a sleeping dragon that is just beginning to stir.
Erin: Oh, no.
Michael Scott: Yeah, right here. It is right there. [holds up a magazine] Anybody read the news any more?
Dwight K. Schrute: China is on the move?
Michael Scott: I found that in the waiting room at the dentist's office. This kid had the magazine I wanted to read, that's the only one I could reach and I read it and then I read it again.

Quote from Darryl

Darryl: Hey, Andy.
Andy: Hey, Darryl.
Darryl: You gotta stop texting me so much.
Andy: But I wanted you to know that Michael and I are wearing the same tie today. It's insane.
Darryl: You need to change your standard for what's worthy of a text. Ask yourself is this something Darryl needs to know. The answer's almost always no.
Andy: Got it. Then I will call you.
Darryl: No.
[aside to camera:]
Darryl: There was a time when the only people who texted you were people you wanted to text you. Girls. And they'd all say the same thing. "I'm coming over baby." And I would text back "BTB", bring that booty.

Quote from Stanley

Pam: Umm, Stanley. Maybe you could just unspool a little more each time you need to...
Stanley: Don't tell me how to do my business.

Quote from Jim

Dwight K. Schrute: Stanley, as a fellow Dunder Mifflin employee I feel for you. But, like you, I am completely powerless to the whims of the new building owner.
Jim: Which is you.
Dwight K. Schrute: "Which is you" is not a sentence.
Jim: I disagree with.

Quote from Michael Scott

Erin: Oh, my God.
Michael Scott: What?
Erin: According to the internet, the tallest man in the world is Chinese.
Michael Scott: So much for keeping our secrets up high.

Quote from Michael Scott

Michael Scott: Everybody stop working. I want you all to imagine a world in which America is not the number one superpower, where forks are irrelevant, and where every man, woman and child is expected to learn how to play the cello. Now open your eyes.
Angela: You never told us to close them.
Michael Scott: Welcome to your future.
Phyllis: What do we do? How do we stop this?
Michael Scott: How do we stop it? With a big idea. That's what America is built on, big ideas. Blue jeans, the Grand Canyon. Whose got one, whose got a big idea?
Pam: An idea bigger than the Grand Canyon?
Michael Scott: Yes, indeed.

Quote from Kevin

Michael Scott: Yes, Kevin?
Kevin: An antacid that you only take once a week.
Michael Scott: Once a week antacid is the idea to beat. Anyone else? Nobody? Okay then we are... yes.
Kevin: Michael! An antacid pill that you take once every six weeks.
Stanley: Why not just go one for the year?
Michael Scott: I don't know.
Kevin: It's too big of a pill to swallow.
Michael Scott: Alright.

Quote from Michael Scott

Michael Scott: Did you know that in China there are fifty-six cities with over a million people? You know how many we have here? Nine.
Erin: [gasps]
Oscar: Actually, that's not true. I know the figure you're referring to, and it's a projection of fifteen years from now.
Kevin: Thank God.
Michael Scott: No, no. That is right now.
Oscar: Michael, China's agrarian. Urbanizing fast? You bet 'cha, but still agrarian.
Michael Scott: Most. In terms of land, not population.
Oscar: Come on Michael. You can...
Michael Scott: No, no you're wrong about this.
Oscar: Where are you getting this information?
Michael Scott: I got it from NewYorkTimes.com
Kevin: Uh oh. Getting nervous Oscar?

Quote from Michael Scott

Ryan: Got it. China has fifty six cities with a population of over one million. The US has... nine.
Meredith: Suck it, Oscar.
Jim: Well, on the plus side all this worrying about China has made you smarter than Oscar, Michael.
Oscar: Great. I was wrong. I'm wrong. Is everyone happy?
[aside to camera:]
Michael Scott: So I happen to know more than the smartest guy in the office. So what? [laughs] I don't care.

Quote from Phyllis

Pam: This is possibly our new Dunder Mifflin office.
Phyllis: Well I like being in the same building as Bob. Keeps me honest.

Quote from Stanley

Pam: Well, this building isn't far, and its much newer. There's a dry cleaner, nail place and a gym. Oh, and it's next-door to an Outback so it always smells like steak.
Stanley: Are you trying to kill me?

Quote from Jim

Kelly: Oscar, it must be killing you to know that Michael is smarter than you.
Oscar: He's... He's not smarter than me, he was just right about one thing.
Kelly: Yeah, but it was a really smart thing to be right about, actually.
Ryan: Actually, it was.
[aside to camera:]
Jim: Around here, Oscar is known as 'actually' because he will insert himself into just about any conversation to add facts or correct grammar. He really does fit that old stereotype of the smug gay Mexican.

Quote from Creed

Dwight K. Schrute: Parlay, my office, five minutes.
Pam: Parlay?
Creed: Pirate code, he wants to meet.
Pam: So everyone here knows pirate code?
Creed: I understand it, I can't speak it.

Quote from Dwight K. Schrute

Dwight K. Schrute: Pam, I am not an unreasonable man. If you guys stay, I will stop watering down the soap.
Pam: You've been watering down the soap?
Dwight K. Schrute: Why do you even need soap? Are you that bad at going to the bathroom?
Pam: We want everything back the way it was.
Dwight K. Schrute: You don't wanna move. Moving is one of the most stressful things you can do in life. You'll probably just take it out on your kid. Jim will turn to the drink. The family will fall apart, and twenty five years from now, Cece will become world famous... for stripping.
Pam: That's a sad story. I have another one. We move, the other tenants follow, the bank takes the building, takes your farm, takes your car and beats the crap out of you. Penniless, you die, and my daughter Cece dances on your grave... fully clothed.

Quote from Michael Scott

Ryan: Where is Tibet?
Michael Scott: Pass.
Ryan: When was China founded?
Michael Scott: Pass.
Jim: Two for two, keep it up.
Ryan: Who is Mao?
Michael Scott: Lifeline.
Andy: Damn it, Michael. You are moments away from the smack down of your life. If you don't know something, steer the conversation back to something you do know.
Michael Scott: I could talk about boobs. I bet he knows nothing about boobs.
Jim: What do you know about boobs?

Quote from Dwight K. Schrute

Nate: Ten thousand seven hundred and six.
Dwight K. Schrute: Here it is, right here, pull over. Oh, my God. No way. Man, look at that.
Nate: Yeah.
Dwight K. Schrute: There's no building. This could only mean one thing.
Nate: The building's underground?
Dwight K. Schrute: She was lying. Oh, Pam, Pam...
Dwight & Nate: Pam, Pam, Pam, Pam.
Passerby: Yeah?
Nate: Pam. Pam?
Dwight K. Schrute: What?
Passerby: I'm Pam.
Dwight K. Schrute: Oh.
Nate: No you're not.
Dwight K. Schrute: I'm sorry. We have a colleague with the same name.
Passerby: Oh, that's fine.
Dwight K. Schrute: So, okay. You're not a liar too are you?
Passerby: I've been known to bend the truth.
Dwight K. Schrute: Damn it, Pam. Get out. Right now. Leave it, I mean it. Get the hell out of here. Go.
Passerby: Okay.
Dwight K. Schrute: I can't wait to do to Pam, what I just did... to Pam.

Quote from Michael Scott

Oscar: Don't worry about the coffee, it's on me.
Michael Scott: Yeah, I figured that.
Oscar: Michael, I am so happy that we were able to have this little chat.
Michael Scott: Wait. You forgetting something?
Oscar: What?
Michael Scott: This chat. Two men, one white, one latina. A boss and a money cruncher. I could fire you.
Erin: Fire him. No, show mercy.
Michael Scott: But here we are.
Oscar: What's your point?
Michael Scott: My point is... That as long as people like you and me don't stop talking, nobody can stop the USA.
Andy: Yeah. [clapping]
Erin: Right, yes.
Michael Scott: I am talking about freedom, about choice. America, I don't think you need to worry. Because if you want to beat China you will. If you don't, that's fine. That my friend, is your victory. Y'know, a lot of people say if you dig long enough and hard enough you will get to China, and that may be the true, but what they don't tell you is that if you dig long enough and hard enough in a conversation, you get to a friend. So here is to conversation.
Oscar: That's not.
Michael Scott: Raise your cups on high. Case closed.

Quote from Andy

Hank: Welcome, start your morning right with a burst of blueberry. Or try plain.
Andy: What's the occasion?
Hank: Dwight said this entry was a waste of space.
Andy: I would like a muffin du blueberry, por favor.
Hank: Eight dollars.
Andy: Eight dollars?

Quote from Dwight K. Schrute

Stanley: Are you just gonna sit there, Office Administrator, or are you going to do something?
Pam: Dwight, can we talk about these cutbacks?
Dwight K. Schrute: Pam, when I'm sitting at this desk, I'm a salesman. If you wanna talk to the new building owner, you should call Nate and schedule and appointment.
Pam: I'm not going to do that.
Dwight K. Schrute: Well then you're not going to talk to the new building owner. Which is a shame, because I hear he's a very reasonable guy.

Quote from Dwight K. Schrute

Nate: [answering phone] Y'ello.
Pam: Hi Nate, Its Pam Halpert.
Nate: Oh, hey Pam.
Pam: Hey, I would just love to schedule a meeting today with Dwight.
Nate: Let me put you on hold for just one 'eensy sec.
Pam: Sure.
Dwight K. Schrute: [answering cell phone] Dwight Schrute. Mmm. Tell her I'm busy. I don't know, make something up.
Nate: Hey Pam, Dwight's being questioned by the police in connection with a string of dog-nappings that ha... [Pam hangs up]

Quote from Dwight K. Schrute

Pam: Dwight. Dwight. Can you please tell new building owner that he is screwing over all the people he works with, people he's worked with for years. His friends.
Dwight K. Schrute: You know what Pam? You're right. This isn't just a business. This is a home, and I would much rather see a smile from Kevin than save hundreds on plumbing and electricity. [Kevin smiles]

Quote from Dwight K. Schrute

Dwight K. Schrute: I say we bomb 'em. By 2020, they're gonna be the world's largest economy and they're getting a taste for protein. We'll all starve.
Phyllis: Yeah, Dwight's right we should drop a bomb.

Quote from Darryl

Darryl: [reads text] "Are you watching this?" Seriously?
Andy: Well, are you?
Darryl: I'm sitting right here.

Quote from Dwight K. Schrute

Meredith: Wow, so this building can get uglier.
Stanley: I will not work in a roach billboard.
Gabe: Oh my God, I can't look at roaches.
Angela: Michael do something about this.
Michael Scott: Absolutely, Pam this is exactly why I hired you as Office Administrator, handle it. Taking care of business.
Pam: Dwight, take it down.
Dwight K. Schrute: [chuckles]
Pam: I'm serious, take it down or else.
Dwight K. Schrute: Or else? Or else what? There's nothing you can do.
Pam: We can move out.

Quote from Pam

Pam: So, does anyone wanna know where I've been for the last 2 hours?
Jim: Oh God, I've been playing Zombie Soccer for two hours?
Pam: I went out to look for a better office space.
Dwight K. Schrute: Waste of time.
Pam: Not really, because I found one.
Jim: Oh, wow, these are nice.
Pam: Yup.
Dwight K. Schrute: Let me see.
Pam: Look at the huge offices, Jim. Check out that conference room.
Jim: Yeah, yeah. Totally.
Dwight K. Schrute: You can't just move out.
Pam: Oh, in three months we can. Check the lease. And if you don't undo all the changes you've made, we're moving.

Quote from Andy

Pam: Hey guys, can I show you some pictures.
Andy: [without looking] Oh my gosh, she is so cute. She looks like both of you.
Pam: They're not of Cece.
Andy: Oh, cool.

Quote from Jim

Jim: Wow, there is a lot of brainpower in this room. We've got Michael and Oscar, the two smartest guys in the office, also in that order.
Oscar: Funny, Jim. That is funny.
Michael Scott: Very comedically humorous, Jim.

Quote from Michael Scott

Kelly: I have a computer question. Hey, Oscar?
Oscar: What is it?
Kelly: Can you move aside so that I can ask Michael?
Oscar: Alright. Alright I get it.
Kelly: Michael, how do I create a new tab?
Michael Scott: Try 'Control P'.
Oscar: That's print.
Michael Scott: Not if the printer isn't hooked up. You are making some very dangerous assumptions, Oscar.

Quote from Andy

Darryl: [reading text] Megan Fox. Question mark. What's that mean?
Andy: Megan Fox! Come on!
Darryl: You know what, you're one bad text away from getting blocked.
Andy: Yes, but one good text away from a high five.
Darryl: You accept these terms?
Andy: Oh, it's on.

Quote from Kevin

Dwight K. Schrute: In your perfect would, what would make this building awesome? I'm putting together kind of a wish list.
Kevin: Well, I wish for a million wishes.
Dwight K. Schrute: Yeah. No, I'm not a genie. I'm just talking about a...
Kevin: Then see you later, building.
Dwight K. Schrute: You can't possibly be serious.
Kevin: I said see you later building.

Quote from Michael Scott

Jim: Whoa, whoa, whoa. Do you know what you just agreed to?
Michael Scott: Coffee Jim.
Jim: No.
Andy: It is not just coffee.
Jim: He's trying to set you up Michael. What's going to happen is he's going to try and bring up what ever you're talking about in a very casual way, but secretly he'll be trying to trip you up, and when he does, boom, its awful. Haven't you noticed that I don't bring up the Tour de France around him?
Michael Scott: Yes.
Andy: And then he will smugly pay the check and make you feel so small.
Michael Scott: Alright, well I just need to learn everything about China. To be safe, I should learn everything about everything but I don't have time. Okay, okay, I'll just learn about China and science and geography and math and literary.
Jim: No politics?
Michael Scott: I'm pretty good on politics. [as Arnold Schwarzenegger] "California is bankrupt, and California, California."

Quote from Andy

Andy: Michael, I have to tell you something it's from Rocky II.
Jim: Thank you.
Andy: [as Mickey Goldmill] This guy doesn't just wanna win. Y'know, he want's to bury you. He wants to humiliate you!
Michael Scott: Wait, wait, wait. How long is this going to take?
Andy: I'm like a quarter of the way through.
Michael Scott: Is it going to be worth it?
Andy: No.

Quote from Dwight K. Schrute

Dwight K. Schrute: Hey, Pam.
Pam: Yeah?
Dwight K. Schrute: Y'know what, I'm the only one here who you haven't asked about the new office.
Pam: I know, because you're the reason we're moving.
Dwight K. Schrute: Yeah, but I'm still an employee here, and that part of me is really excited about the change of scenery. What's the square footage in the new place?
Pam: Uh, I think it's something like um...
Dwight K. Schrute: What's the exact square footage?
Pam: Umm, let me see.
Dwight K. Schrute: How many offices are there? Oh, I'll just look at the one-sheet myself.
Pam: Oh, actually I don't know what I did with the one-sheet. Y'know, that's the problem. You only have one sheet.
Dwight K. Schrute: [chuckles] Oh, you're a funny guy, Pam. What's the first thing you guys are gonna do when you move in to the new office? I'm going to walk down the hall and say "Wow, I can't believe this is real, but it is." I can't wait.

Quote from Pam

Pam: I lied about some aspects of the building.
Jim: It's still on a bike path though right?
Pam: There's no building. It doesn't exist.
Jim: What does that mean?
Pam: I needed leverage so I pulled those pictures off the internet. It's just this Office Administrator thing, I don't wanna...
Jim: What?
Pam: Fail. I don't want to fail again.
Jim: But you didn't fail.
Pam: That's what you said about Art School, and that's what you said about sales.
Jim: And you didn't fail those things either.
Pam: Well, I'm not an artist, and I'm not a salesman. So what would you call it?

Quote from Michael Scott

Oscar: Michael, the reason I asked you down here for this chat is that I've been thinking that your fears about China are a bit exaggerated.
Michael Scott: Did you know, that China has a new missile, that can sink a US Naval Carrier nine hundred miles off the coast?
Oscar: We have missiles, too.
Michael Scott: Did you also know that China has secretly been expanding its nuclear arsenal. But what do I know, I mean, that's just according to the Pentagon. Our Pentagon.

Quote from Michael Scott

Michael Scott: China has been loaning us billions upon billions of dollars. We are going to be owing them for the rest of our lives. And they will control us.
Oscar: Actually, we're in a mild recession right now. I'll give you that. But people use China as the boogie man for all their problems. In the nineteen eighties, it was Japan.
Michael Scott: How then do you explain that in the past year manufacturing in China has risen by 17% and in the US it has only risen by 8%?
Oscar: Do you really think that manufacturing is a relevant indicator of where the world economy's heading in 2011? Do you know the comparative expansion of say the information sector? I'd say that's far more relevant. Wouldn't you?
Michael Scott: Don't... I... [Michael shakes his sleeve and a number of cards fall out. Ryan facepalms.]

Quote from Dwight K. Schrute

Pam: Hello, hello. You're breaking the law.
Dwight K. Schrute: Impossible, I love the law.
Pam: Read article nineteen. There are suitable standards that you have to maintain the building at that includes comfortable temperatures and adequate lighting. It also means no more cutting the tampons in two, and no more tampering with the toilet paper.
Dwight K. Schrute: I see I've underestimated you, and I didn't think that was possible. Nate, re-ply the paper.
Nate: I don't think it goes that way.
Dwight K. Schrute: Re-ply it!

Quote from Darryl

Darryl: [reads text] Come to parking lot. Crazy pigeon action? [Darryl goes outside and finds Andy]
Andy: Shh. You're gonna scare 'em away. [Two pigeons are eating out of a soft serve ice cream cone]
Darryl: [laughs] That's a text. [high fives Andy]
Andy: Yeah. Right.
Darryl: That's your new standard.

Quote from Kelly

Kelly: Is the nail place Koreans or whites?
Pam: Koreans.
Kelly: Good. And the dry cleaners?
Pam: White.
Kelly: Good.


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