[S3E12] Back From Vacation
The series depicts the everyday lives of office employees in the Scranton, Pennsylvania, branch of the fictional Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. In this episode, Michael Scott (Steve Carell) returns from his vacation in Jamaica and has a luau in the warehouse to celebrate. It is revealed that he went to Jamaica with Jan Levinson (Melora Hardin) when a racy photograph of him and Jan is circulated. Meanwhile, Karen Filippelli (Rashida Jones) and Jim Halpert (John Krasinski) have an argument over Karen's living situation, leading to Pam Beesly (Jenna Fischer) offering him advice.
[S3E12] Back from Vacation
Michael Scott (Steve Carell) returns from his Jamaican vacation rejuvenated, and directs the Party Planning Committee to throw a luau-themed party in the warehouse to accompany the annual inventory. When Pam Beesly (Jenna Fischer) notices Jan Levinson (Melora Hardin) in the margins of a photo from Michael's vacation, he admits to the documentary crew that he and Jan went to Jamaica together.
Michael attempts to send another vacation photograph to Todd Packer (David Koechner) as proof of the trip, but mistakenly chooses "Packaging" instead of "Packer" from the address menu, sending the photograph to the entire shipping warehouse, including Darryl Philbin (Craig Robinson), the warehouse supervisor. The photo is quickly forwarded throughout the office and beyond. Michael enlists Dwight Schrute's (Rainn Wilson) assistance in preventing its spread, but these efforts are largely ineffective.
"Back from Vacation" was directed by Julian Farino, who later was responsible for directing "The Deposition", a fourth season episode that featured some of the ramifications of Michael's circulated picture. Recurring actors Creed Bratton, Ed Helms, Rashida Jones, Craig Robinson, and David Koechner appeared as guest stars in "Back from Vacation". This was the final episode to feature background character Louanne.
The season three DVD contains a number of deleted scenes, such as Michael arriving from Jamaica at the airport, wearing warm-weather clothes, Dwight, Meredith, Angela and Kevin separately reacting to the news that Michael took Jan to Jamaica, and Jan maintaining the ruse that she was in Scottsdale while talking to a coworker at Corporate, who is viewing the photo on his computer. Additional scenes include Dwight complaining about Jim's pranks while Michael was on vacation, Roy helping Ryan with inventory, Andy challenging Dwight to a box-stacking race, and Meredith climbing on a shelf, which falls and traps her.
The episode attracted positive reviews from critics. Brian Zoromski of IGN rated "Back from Vacation" 9.7/10, an indication of an "amazing" episode. Stated highlights included the opening sequence, Carell's performance, and Pam's storyline with Jim and Karen. Zoromski concluded in his review that "with so much attention to detail, realistic character reactions, and very few completely over-the-top comedy moments, 'Back from Vacation' is one of the best Office episodes yet this season. We're very glad they're back." AOL TV's Michael Sciannamea expressed surprise that Jan accompanied Michael on his vacation and immediately wanted to discover more about their relationship. He was also intrigued with Dwight's attempt to cheer up Pam, until the PMS joke when he thought it "would have been very interesting if Dwight had been a real comfort to her and offered his friendship." Sciannamea concluded that "this was just a terrific episode. Well written, well acted, and had you begging for more at the end. What more can you ask for?"
Michael attempts to send another racy vacation photograph of himself and Jan as proof of the trip to Todd Packer but instead mistakenly sends it to "packaging". Warehouse supervisor Darryl receives and promptly forwards the photo to several other employees, and it quickly reaches the entire office. Mortified, Michael attempts damage control, avoiding Jan's phone calls and dodging inquiries from Toby.
Betty tries to give Hilda responabilities including a large list of things to do and she does none of them because of a group of girls that come in for a haircut for their quinceanera. They end up spending much of the episode fighting. Ignacio has a cough that worries Betty and although Hilda calls Dr. Steve and he says not to worry about it, Betty gets the name of a good doctor from Claire Meade. Betty takes Ignacio to the hospital for tests and they tell her he's going to be in the room for four hours. She takes off for a work emergency and leaves him there. When Betty gets back, Ignacio is gone but the test results say he's fine. Betty calls Hilda with the good and bad news and she flips out at her. They go out to look for him and get a call from Justin saying Ignacio came home. He went to the medicaid office and is going to be hiring a part time nurse with their help. Hilda and Betty seem to patch things up when Hilda offers Betty a haircut. Betty also tells Amanda she's moving back home.Wilhelmina and Connor returned from a skii vacation together and can't keep their hands off each other all day at the office. During one of their midday disappearances, Wilhelmina misses a big advertising meeting with some French watchmakers. Off Betty's advice, Marc steps it up when Wilhelmina misses her second meeting with them. However, when Wilhelmina arrives late to the meeting, she blames Marc and demeans him in front of them. Afterwards, Wilhelmina comes to Marc with a gift from the watchmakers and thanks him. Marc definitely guilts her for how she made him feel and Wilhelmina comes back later and let's him pitch his own ad meeting.Daniel and Molly went on their own little carribean adventure and Daniel gives Betty the photos to develop. However, Betty accidentally swaps with the pictures with some photos she was supposed to leak to Suzuki. Now Betty and Daniel have to get the photos back. Betty and Amanda approach Suzuki's ex who works at Meade and he gives her an addreess in Jersey. When Betty and Daniel go there, they find out Suzuki is straight with a wife and kids and merely does the homosexual personality to make it in the fashion industry. They blackmail him in a nice way and get the photos back. It turns out, though, it didn't matter because Molly showed up behind Spencer and Heidi in Page Six and Connor saw it.
Kevin and Cathy Nutsch and their five daughters from Douglas, Kansas, who lost everything that was near and dear to them when their house literally exploded, will receive a brand new renovated home thanks to the team of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.While on vacation in the summer of 2005, the Nutsch family received a shocking phone call notifying them that a propane leak had caused a blast that completely leveled their three bedroom bungalow -- not only destroying their home but their business as well, since Kevin's auto repair company was run out of their home. With their home, business and all their belongings gone, the family is now living in the grandfather's basement until they can get back on their feet. But the pain is almost unbearable for Kevin, who still camps out on his property every night to try to protect what few possessions the family still has.It only took seconds to completely obliterate seventeen years of memories for the Nutsch family, but Ty and the gang will work their hardest to try to rebuild a large part of their lives. While the family is away, the EM: HE gang help the Nutschs pay it forward by helping another deserving family in need from the community -- who were affected by Hurricane Katrina -- with a fundraiser event headlined by country singer Martina McBride. Plus volleyball star Gabrielle Reece helps decorate a special, themed room, and plays a little game of sideout with Eduardo Xol.While the Extreme Makeover: Home EditionÂ design team, contractors and hundreds of workers and volunteers, along with the local builder Wichita Roofing and Remodeling, are building a new house for the Nutsch family in a remarkable seven days, the family enjoys a vacation at Walt Disney World.The design team for this episode of Extreme Makeover: Home EditionÂ will feature team leader Ty Pennington, Ed Sanders, Preston Sharp, Tanya McQueen and Eduardo Xol. The series is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. It's executive-produced by Tom Forman and co-executive produced by Denise Cramsey. 041b061a72