The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from US version of The Office. Based on the BBC comedy, this version of show takes place in the offices of the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company, featuring a host of wacky characters with their own idiosyncrasies.
This week’s quote comes the episode entitled “Christmas Party.” The entire office holds a Secret Santa gift giving party. Michael Scott (played by Steve Carell) decides to give his Secret Santa a video iPod, which is worth much more than the $20 limit. Michael Scott, in a talking head, explains his decision.
Geek wisdom: While there is a saying that “it’s the thought that counts” and it does hold true, that also doesn’t mean you should not put any money into your gifts as well. Maybe the gift doesn’t have to be expensive… but it also doesn’t have to be worthless as well.
The story behind the quote: It may seem odd that there are two sources for the same quote but there are some people who do think the original quote comes from one of them and may not be familiar of the actual source of the quote. So, I’m putting both entries here.
The first time the quote is mentioned is from the HBO comedy, Entourage. It comes from the second episode, entitled The Review. In the episode, a negative review is given to Vincent Chase and Ari Gold (played by Jeremy Piven) calls him and Eric, one of Vincent’s friends and his manager, for a meeting. After Vincent leaves, Ari Gold tells Eric to distract Vincent from the review. Seeing that he’s upset, Ari delivers the quote to Eric to show that they’re okay.
The second time the quote is used, and where some people thing the quote first showed up, is from The Office, specifically the third season episode titled The Coup. Dwight Schrute talks to one of the higher ups and say he can be a better boss than Michael Scott (played by Steve Carell). Word does get back to Michael Scott and he eventually confronts Dwight after making him think he was made the boss. Dwight then pleads for forgiveness (in a hilariously over dramatic manner) and this is when Michael delivers the quote.
It’s important to note that Entourage’s The Review was aired on July 2014 while The Office’s The Coup was aired on October 2006. This does mean that the original quote, at least in TV, came from Entourage.
Geek wisdom: You may run into disagreements with your friends and family and that’s normal. The terrible thing is to be stubborn and not try to resolve your differences. Always try to find common ground and make up with your friends and family.