Episode 17: Dwight's Speech
"Dwight's Speech" is the seventeenth episode of the second season of the American comedy television series The Office, and the show's twenty-third episode overall. Written by Paul Lieberstein, and directed by Charles McDougall, the episode first aired in the United States on March 2, 2006 on NBC.
Episode 17: Dwight's Speech
The series depicts the everyday lives of office employees in the Scranton, Pennsylvania branch of the fictional Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. In the episode, Michael Scott (Steve Carell) helps Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson) with an important speech that he is going to give. Meanwhile, Jim Halpert (John Krasinski) plans a vacation to avoid Pam Beesly's (Jenna Fischer) wedding.
Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson) is named Northeastern Pennsylvania Salesman of the Year and must make a speech at an association meeting at the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel, getting some assistance from Michael Scott (Steve Carell). Before he leaves, Jim Halpert (John Krasinski), in retaliation for Dwight's cocky attitude, gives him tips on how to give public speeches. Unknown to Dwight, Jim's tips are taken from speeches by famous dictators, such as Italian fascist leader Benito Mussolini. When Michael and Dwight make it to the convention, Dwight gets cold feet and Michael goes up and tries to relive his glory days of winning Salesman of the Year two years in a row, but ends up embarrassing himself on the stage. Dwight finally works up the nerve to give his speech and, by using Jim's advice, wins over the crowd with a passionate yet unorthodox speech. Michael ends up leaving the convention room and later entertains Dwight with his tales at the bar.
Meanwhile, back in the office, Pam Beesly (Jenna Fischer) begins to write invitations for her approaching wedding with help from Ryan Howard (B. J. Novak) and Kelly Kapoor (Mindy Kaling). Kelly talks about her dreams of getting married someday and is visibly hurt when Ryan responds to her flirtatious question about future weddings by saying he doesn't think he'll ever tie the knot; when Kelly leaves the room, Pam advises Ryan to be considerate of Kelly's feelings, but Ryan curtly notes "I know what I said." Jim makes plans for a vacation anywhere away from Scranton, and while that happens, the other employees subtly duel over the thermostat. At the end of the episode, Jim tells Pam that he will be going to Australia and, unfortunately, he will be missing her wedding as a result.
The Season Two DVD contains a number of deleted scenes from this episode. Notable cut scenes include Dwight coming to work wearing sunglasses, Michael criticizing Dwight's speaking skills, Dwight trying to tell another joke to the office, Ryan bringing the wrong type of stamps for Pam's wedding invitations, and an extended scene of Michael's unfunny and very awkward speech.
In order to practice his public speaking skills, Dwight tries to convince the office that Brad Pitt was in a car accident. Kelly Kapoor (Mindy Kaling) then states that it "is karma because of what he did to Jennifer Aniston." During the meeting in the break room Dwight references Good Morning, Vietnam. Michael later references the movie at the actual convention when he is filling time for Dwight. When Jim asks the office where he should go for vacation, Kevin tells him he should go to Hedonism Resorts, describing it as "Club Med, only everything is naked." Toby tells him he should go to Amsterdam, while Creed informs him that he should go to Hong Kong. Dwight later reveals that he will be going to New Zealand to "walk the Lord of the Rings trail to Mordor and I will hike Mount Doom." Much of Dwight's speech is drawn from a variety of sources, including the following:
"Dwight's Speech" originally aired on NBC on March 2, 2006. The episode received a 4.4 rating/10 percent share among adults between the ages of 18 and 49. This means that it was seen by 4.4 percent of all 18- to 49-year-olds, and 10 percent of all 18- to 49-year-olds watching television at the time of the broadcast. The episode was viewed by 8.4 million viewers, and retained 88 percent of its lead-in My Name Is Earl audience. An encore presentation of the episode on August 15 received a 1.9 rating/6 percent share and was viewed by over 4.6 million viewers and retained 100 percent of its lead-in audience.
IGN ranked the scene with Dwight making his speech as its third-best moment in the first two seasons, and called Wilson's performance a "hilariously spot-on impersonation of Mussolini's crazed arm movements." In addition, Rolling Stone named the same scene the eighteenth-funniest scene in the first three seasons of The Office.
Dwight's SpeechSeason2Episode17Production Code2016AirdateMarch 2, 2006Written byPaul LiebersteinDirected byCharles McDougallEpisodes timelineValentine's DayDwight's SpeechTake Your Daughter to Work Day"Dwight's Speech" is the seventeenth episode of the second season of The Office and the 23rd overall. It was written by Paul Lieberstein and directed by Charles McDougall. It first aired on March 2, 2006. It was viewed by 8.4 million people.
Dwight, the company's top salesman of the year, worries over a speech he must give at a ceremony honoring him. Jim "helps" him by giving him suggestions and speech notes from speeches of famous dictators.
On the latest episode of the Office Ladies podcast, former co-stars Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey chatted about Season 2, Episode 17 of the show, "Dwight's Speech." In addition to revealing that Wilson was so sick when filming that they had to postpone shooting his big speech scene, they shared that he went a little too hard in the cold open and accidentally pushed Kinsey and Leslie David Baker (Stanley Hudson) to the ground.
The episode is a huge one for Dwight, since he has to give a speech(Opens in a new tab) after winning the award for Dunder Mifflin's salesman of the year, but he also has a stand-out moment in the cold open. The Scranton employees are seen tossing a football around the office, and Dwight takes the friendly game too far. He tackles Ryan to the ground, shoves Creed, and barrels into Stanley. If you look closely, you'll notice Leslie David Baker was not prepared.
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In Season 2 Episode 17 ("Dwight's Speech"), Dwight is recognized as the Northeastern Pennsylvania Salesman of the Year and must give a speech at an association meeting. As part of his prank, Jim gives Dwight some pointers on how to give a good speech, claiming he majored in public speaking. He tells Dwight that his speech needs to be full of passion, suggesting he wave his arms and pound his fists on the podium.
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In Season 2, Episode 17 of The Office, main character Dwight K. Schrute delivers a moving speech at a paper sales convention. His exceptional delivery, organization, and persuasive appeals made his speech effective.
Early on in the episode, it is discovered that Dwight K. Schrute has an overwhelming fear of public speaking. His coworker, Jim Halpert, helps Shrute overcome these fears by giving him some simple tips. Little does Schrute know, these tips come straight from a speech made by the Italian dictator, Benito Mussolini. During his speech, Schrute uses extreme hand gestures to communicate his passion to the audience. By banging his fists on the table, he can engage the audience to listen and understand his intense speech. Schrute also uses various vocal techniques to gain the attention of his audience. There is a significant amount of vocal inflection during the majority of his speech. The powerful, commanding tone of his voice showcases how emotional his speech is. The use of pauses and the increase of vocal volume also helps with the effectiveness of his speech. Despite a lack of strong eye contact, Schrute manages to receive a standing ovation by the end of his speech, proving that he has properly impassioned a formerly disinterested audience of salesmen and women.
Not the best episode as far as gut busting laughs. It had its moments. I really looked forward to the speach after all of the promos and then it seemed to fall flat to me. I found the fact that Jim was setting him up to be much more funny than the speach itself.
This episode may not be up to standerd, but it was the episode that got my into the office. I went to a friends house and saw it then came home the next day and told my parents to download it on itunes. Can we not rate episodes in season 2 for some reason?
In the sixth episode of season nine, Dunder Mifflin is asked to interview for a local talk radio show. Dwight immediately decides he's going to be the interviewee. When the radio show calls back to cancel, Nellie, Jim, and Pam decide it's better not to tell Dwight.
Sure it's a small moment, but there was a whole episode's worth of build up to it, and it's laid the groundwork for plenty more comedy. Pam had started noticing Dwight and perpetually cranky office employee Angela sharing little moments together, and she and Jim began spying on them for signs that they're involved. Pam eventually decides she's imagining things, but the documentary crew members (and we in the audience) learn otherwise, as the camera catches Dwight and Angela making out at Jim's party. Pairing these two office oddballs together was an inspired move, and the little hints at their kinky life the show has delivered since have been continually entertaining.
When Dwight wins top salesman of the year for Dundler Mifflin, he has to give a speech, which he's extremely nervous about. He first goes to Michael for advice, who tells him it's not what he says but how he says it. Jim then tells Dwight that he majored in public speaking in college and he gives Dwight some tips: wave your arms, pound your fists, and yell a lot. Jim then gives him one of Italian dictator Mussolini's speeches, and Dwight's performance is a hilariously spot-on impersonation of Mussolini's crazed arm movements. Equally funny is that Dwight's speech goes over incredibly well, with the audience hanging on his every word. 041b061a72