“The Alliance” Season 1 Episode 4 Air Date: April 12, 2005 Writer: Michael Schur Summary: A golden opportunity for Jim and Pam to prank Dwight arises when Dwight asks Jim to form an “alliance” to find out about downsizing rumors. Meanwhile, in order to boost moral, Michael puts together a surprise (and very early) birthday party for a co-worker.
“Health Care” Season 1 Episode 3 Air Date: April 5, 2005 Writer: Paul Lieberstein Summary: Michael puts Dwight in charge of picking a new (read: striped down) health care plan; a responsibility that quickly goes to Dwight’s head. After that, Michael struggles to arrange a “surprise” to hopefully offset the staff’s disappointment about the reduced health care benefits.
“Diversity Day” Season 1 Episode 2 Air Date: March 29, 2005 Writer: B.J. Novak Summary: After the company sends a “sensitivity” trainer for a diversity seminar, Michael creates his own seminar complete with his special brand of insensitive sensitivity. Jim is constantly interrupted while trying to close his biggest sale of the year.
“The Pilot” Season 1 Episode 1 Air Date: March 24, 2005 Writer: Greg Daniels (original UK Office by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant) Summary: A documentary crew arrives at Dunder-Mifflin Paper Inc in Scranton, Pennsylvania to begin filming the misadventures of Michael Scott. Among Michael’s employ are Dwight the eternally loyal Assistant (to the) Regional Manager, Ryan the bewildered temp, Jim the bored salesman, and Pam the shy receptionist.