Judgement

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"Judgement"
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Episode no. Episode 6
Original airdate 20 August 2001 (BBC 2)
Written by Ricky Gervais
Stephen Merchant
Directed by Ricky Gervais
Stephen Merchant
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Judgement is the sixth and final episode of the first series of The Office.

Contents

Plot

It is the day of judgment at Wernham Hogg: David Brent lets go a warehouse worker and is accused of positive discrimination because he fired an able bodied worker instead of a midget. As he takes his new secretary around the office, attempting to lighten the mood to no avail, he is asked by one of his employees, Malcolm, what will happen to the branch, and why he is hiring new staff when existing workers are being cut. Unsurprisingly, David gives a satisfactory answer for neither, and attempts to play off the situation with offensive bald jokes. David also holds a brief meeting with Tim in which he ridicules his desire to quit Wernham Hogg to pursue his education, despite his new secretary agreeing with Tim.

One of Ron's appearances.

Jennifer's arrival in Slough brings the crescendo in the employees to a head. She informs David of an opening in her old position, as she has just been given partnership, and that the board has approved him to be promoted by a vote of 5 to 2 over Swindon manager Neil Godwin. If David takes the promotion, the Slough branch will be shut down and be absorbed by the Swindon branch. Naturally, Brent immediately chooses to take the promotion, fixating on what he calls a "landslide" in his favor. Expecting the office to be excited for him, he breaks the news to his "troops" with poor reception, as he attempts to portray his good fortune as a "silver lining" to the coming dark days. Glumly, everyone seems prepared for redundancy as personal dislike of David reaches an all-time high. Interviews with David's staff go between calling him a liar, or simply hurling personal insults at him. Gareth also bids a tearful farewell to David in his office.

At the party that night, nobody is in the celebratory mood. Gareth emotionally conveys his frustrations to Tim and Ricky, suggesting he will land on his feet and that hard working people like him are victims of political correctness. David goes onstage and announces that he rejected the promotion ("I told them to shove their job up their arses!") at corporate and that Slough will now absorb Swindon, securing everyone's job at his branch. This noticeably lightens the mood at the celebration, and the upbeat and grateful employees begin to enjoy the festivities. Malcolm confronts Brent with rumours that he didn't receive the promotion because of a failed medical examination from high blood pressure, rather than actually caring about his employees. Brent awkwardly attempts to convince the employee that he raised his blood pressure in order to deliberately fail the test. Back at the party, Brent offers a promotion to Tim in exchange for staying. As Tim explains the promotion and his decision to stay to Dawn with avid use of business buzz words, she seems disappointed and disillusioned with Tim giving up his dreams of University for the drudgery of Slough.

Quotes

  • David: Well, there's good news and bad news. The bad news is that Neil will be taking over both branches, and some of you will lose your jobs. Those of you who are kept on will have to relocate to Swindon, if you wanna stay. I know, gutting. On a more positive note, the good news is, I've been promoted, so... every cloud. You're still thinking about the bad news aren't you?
  • Gareth: Yeah, I work hard, I earn my keep. But unfortunately, the history books are full of just people who toil and fight for worthy causes and the freedom of others.
    Tim: That's the most profound thing you've ever said, mate.
    Gareth: And you do all that, only for foreigners or women or the disableds to take advantage of it.
    Tim: Yeah. Could I withdraw my last comment?
  • David: You grow up, you work half a century, you get a golden handshake, you rest a couple of years and you're dead. And the only thing that makes that crazy ride worthwhile is 'Did I enjoy it? What did I learn? What was the point?' That's where I come in. You've seen how I react to people, make them feel good, make them think that anything's possible. If I make them laugh along the way, sue me. And I don't do it so they turn round and go 'Thank you David for the opportunity, thank you for the wisdom, thank you for the laughs.' I do it so, one day, someone will go 'There goes David Brent. I must remember to thank him.'
  • Tim: It’s like an alarm clock’s gone off, and I’ve just got to get away. I think it was John Lennon who said: “Life is what happens when you’re making other plans.”, and that’s how I feel. Although he also said: “I am the Walrus I am the eggman” so I don’t know what to believe.

Cultural References

  • Benny Hill - Benny Hill was a much loved British comedian, who’s best known for The Benny Hill Show, which ran for twenty years from 1969 to 1989. The bald connection refers to the regular appearance of Jackie Wright, a short bald man who would often get slapped on the head by Benny, in a slapstick manner.
  • Esther Rantzen Heart of Gold - Esther Rantzen devised a TV series in 1988 called Hearts of Gold celebrating people who have performed unsung acts of outstanding kindness or courage.

Music

The following songs are featured in this episode.

"Spirit in the Sky" - Doctor and the Medics
"Walking on Sunshine" - Katrina and the Waves
"Sexbomb" - Tom Jones featuring Mousse T.
"Tragedy" - Steps
"The Only Way is Up" - Yazz
"S Club Party" - S Club 7
"I'm Not in Love" - 10cc
"True" - Spandau Ballet

Trivia

  • At the beginning of the first episode, David was hiring someone to be a fork lift truck driver, and at the beginning of this episode, he is firing a fork lift truck driver.
  • David Brent announces that Ricky is leaving. Although Ricky didn't get a going-away present, David says "You should have seen what we got Pete Gibbons!" Peter Gibbons was lead character in the similarly-themed Office Space.

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External links


Series 1 Episodes:
Downsize | Work Experience | The Quiz | Training | New Girl | Judgement
Series 2 Episodes:
Merger | Appraisals | Party | Motivation | Charity | Interview
Specials:
Christmas: Part 1 | Part 2 | "The Office Values" and "Realising Potential"
Main Characters:
David Brent | Tim Canterbury | Gareth Keenan | Dawn Tinsley
Secondary Characters:
Anne | Keith Bishop | Donna | Chris Finch | Neil Godwin | Ricky Howard |
Lee | Malcolm | "Oggy" | Rachel | Karen Roper |
Jennifer Taylor-Clarke
Minor Characters:
Alex | Ben | Book of Native American Wisdom | Brenda | Carol | Fish Fingers | Stuart Foot |
Glynn | Gobbler | Jamie | Jeff | Jimmy the Perv | Joan | Oliver | Rowan | Sanj | Simon | Sheila |
Paul Shepherd | Tony | Trudy
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