The Office: Work Experience (2001)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Workplace Comedy, Mockumentary, Sitcom [TV]  |   Run Time - 30 min.  |   Countries - UK, USA  |  
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Pretty Donna (Sally Bretton) arrives in the office. David (Ricky Gervais) explains to everyone that she's the daughter of good friends of his, and staying at his flat, so "hands off." Gareth (Mackenzie Crook) offers to show her the ropes, and orders Tim (Martin Freeman) to move so she can use his desk. Tim does not recognize Gareth's authority. Noticing that Gareth is carrying his mobile in a shoulder holster, Tim spends the day calling Gareth repeatedly with a one-word obscene message. While showing Donna the office e-mail system, David opens up a doctored photo. It's his head on the body of a nude woman who is "servicing" two men. "I'm angry, not because I'm in it," explains David, "but because it degrades women...which I hate." He argues with Gareth about who hates sexism more. David assigns Gareth to discreetly investigate and find out who's responsible for the photo. Gareth uses the conference room as his office, and the interrogations begin. Jennifer Taylor Clark (Stirling Gallacher) shows up to find out that, to keep up morale, David has told his people there would be no redundancies. "Surely it's going to be worse for morale in the long run when there are redundancies and you've told people that there won't be," she explains. "They won't remember," he replies weakly. David eventually feels compelled to tell Jennifer that he's fired "Julie Anderton," who worked in the warehouse. A visit to the warehouse finds no record of such a person, but Jennifer does happen upon a group of workers watching a tape of two dogs rutting. Gareth's investigation inevitably leads to Tim, but it turns out that someone closer to David is to blame for the photo.

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manager, office-worker, working-class, suburbs