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Goofs, Gaffes, and Inconsistencies in "The Office" (US)

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"The Office" inconsistencies and goofs.

"The Office" inconsistencies and goofs.

Season 1, Ep. 4: "The Alliance" and Season 5, Ep. 3: "Business Ethics"

Jim signs Meredith's card with a joke suggesting she fudge her age because she's an accountant. Not only does she not sit with the other three accountants, but it is also later revealed (Season 5, Episode 3: "Business Ethics") that she works in supplier relations, not accounting.


Season 2, Ep. 2: "Sexual Harassment" and Season 6, Ep. 5: "Niagara: Part 2"

Shannon Cochran plays Pam's mother in Season 2, Episode 2, while Linda Purl played her mother in subsequent episodes, starting in Season 6. According to Wikipedia, Cochran was unable to return to play Pam's mom for the wedding episode (Season 6, Episode 5: "Niagara: Part 2"), due to scheduling conflicts (a year-long theater contract).


Season 2, Ep.12: "The Injury" and Season 5, Ep. 17: "Lecture Circuit: Part 2"

Throughout the show, Meredith only ever acknowledges one child (Jake or Jakey, who later sports a face tattoo and dances at Angela's bachelorette party).

In Season 5, though, she mentions having a second child for the vacation, yet we never hear about this child or see him or her.


Season 2, Ep. 13: "The Secret" and Season 4, Ep. 3: "Launch Party"

Who came first, Jim or Pam? (That's what she said...?)

According to Episode 13 of Season 2, Pam started after Jim. Flash forward to Season 4, Episode 3, and we hear that Jim started after Pam. I'm so confused.

Final Verdict: Episode 12 of Season 6 ("Scott's Tots") confirms that Jim started after Pam. When determining the results of Employee of the Month, we learn that Jim is employee number nine, while Pam is employee number three.


Season 3, Ep. 10: "A Benihana Christmas"

Michael and Andy pick up a couple of Benihana waitresses after Michael's realtor breaks his heart. Cindy, Michael's date, looks noticeably different upon arrival at the office. Even Michael gets confused and scribbles on "Cindy's" arm with a marker to identify her. IMDB identifies Cindy #2 (on the right) as "Nikki," though no one by that name is ever referenced in the episode. Oops.

Cindy #1 and #2

Cindy #1 and #2

Season 4, Ep. 13: "Job Fair" and Season 6, Ep. 26: "Whistleblower"

Pam speaks to someone at a booth about a job in graphic design - turns out it's Nick the IT guy (see Episode 16: "Manager and the Salesman" and Episode 26: "Whistleblower" of Season 6). Graphic design and IT aren't completely unrelated: graphic design is often done on a computer and IT professionals also work with and on computers (*cough* reaching *cough*).

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Nick the IT guy moonlighting at a graphic design firm

Nick the IT guy moonlighting at a graphic design firm

Office Trivia

Fun Fact: Angela Kinsey, aka Angela Noelle Martin, was pregnant during much of the fourth season. She sports a noticeably fuller face starting in Episode 13 ("Dinner Party") and spends much of the season with her tummy out of view.

Season 4, Ep. 14: "Goodbye Toby"

At the end of the day, Toby's watch (formerly Michael's) goes off. He says "Oh, some kind of...alarm." If you recall, Michael set the watch earlier in the day to go off at the end of the day (presumably at 5 pm), indicating the end of Toby's last day. However, when Michael gave Toby the watch, Toby immediately set it to Costa Rica time (two hours behind local Scranton, PA time).

Season 5, Ep. 7: "Customer Survey"

Dwight shows Andy and Angela some Schrute Farms promotional materials. The gentleman representing a funeral home from the career fair (Season 4, Episode 13: "Job Fair") appears in the brochure. He's flanked by a much younger bride in the photo.

Funeral home director?

Funeral home director?

Dale Raoul aka Ronni the receptionist

Dale Raoul aka Ronni the receptionist

Season 6, Ep. 11: "Shareholder Meeting"

In the montage of Recyclops' (excellently portrayed by Dwight) history, the order of receptionists is incorrect: in reality, Ronni (played by Dale Raoul on the right) replaced Pam when she moved to New York for design school, then Ryan replaces Ronni after he is ousted from Dunder Mifflin for fraud. In the flashback, however, Ryan precedes Ronni as the receptionist.

(More) Office Trivia

Dunder Mifflin had an unusually high number of green-eyed employees. Six of the twenty (30%) main employees had green eyes (Jim, Michael, Angela, Pam, Nellie, and Pete), while only about 2% of the world's population is green-eyed!

Similarly, approximately 2% of the world's population has red hair; however, three out of twenty (15%) Dunder Mifflinites are red heads: Erin, Nellie, and Meredith!

Season 6, Episode 22: "Secretary's Day"

During a confessional, Andy says the following: "If it wasn't for secretaries, I wouldn't have a stepmom."

However, in later episodes, Andy's parents are still married (see Episode 4 of Season 8: "Garden Party").

In Season 9, though, Andy's father abandons the family and runs off with another woman (Episode 6, Season 9: "The Boat").


Bonus Gaffe: Season 4, Ep. 14: "Goodbye, Toby" and Season 8, Ep. 4: "Garden Party"

Introducing Andy's parents: Andrew and Ellen Bernard

Wait - didn't Andy say that he was named after his father Walter until he was about six (see Season 6, Episode 17: "Delivery: Part 1"), when they renamed him Andrew and gave the name Walter to his younger brother (portrayed by Josh Groban)? Ouch.

Re-introducing Andy's parents: Walter and Ellen Bernard!

They also look very different...Hmmm...

They also look very different...Hmmm...

Season 7, Ep. 2 "Counseling" and Season 6, Ep. 26: "Whistleblower"

Dwight introduces Pam and Jim to the "Sesame Avenue Daycare Center", but in a previous episode (Season 6, Episode 26: "Whistleblower"), it is revealed that the building is located at 1725 Slough Avenue. (Context: Dwight is speaking to his realtor on the phone and instructs him to make an offer on the building where Dunder Mifflin is located.)

Note: Readers have pointed out that "Sesame Avenue" is actually a reference to the show "Sesame Street."

Baby Cece looks different...

Baby Cece looks different...

Season 7, Ep. 7: "Christening" and Season 7, Ep. 8: "Viewing Party"

Admittedly this is super nitpicky, but the infant playing Cece (Pam and Jim's first baby) is noticeably not the same as the infant in the previous episode ("Christening"). Though neither baby is credited on, the naked eye reveals that they are in fact, different actors.

Season 7, Ep. 9: "" and Season 9, Ep. 17: "The Farm"

Blink and you might miss Blake Garrett Rosenthal's appearance as a random "Hay Place" patron in Season 7's "" Don't worry, you can see him again playing Dwight's nephew in Season 9's episode, "The Farm." Awkward.

Blake Garrett Rosenthal aka Cameron aka "Hay Place" visitor

Blake Garrett Rosenthal aka Cameron aka "Hay Place" visitor

Season 7, Ep. 22: "Goodbye, Michael"

SPOILER ALERT: Michael leaves Dunder Mifflin.

Now that we've gotten that out of the way, we can resume our hypercritical examination of The Office. In Michael's farewell episode, Pam is uncharacteristically out of the office when Michael is saying his goodbyes. Miraculously, she catches up to him at the airport after he's gone through security, resulting in a touching goodbye scene. Miraculous because Pam manages to get through security (note that her shoes are off when she catches up to Michael) without a ticket - unheard of in our post-9/11 world.


Season 7, Ep. 24: "Dwight K. Schrute, (Acting) Manager" and Season 9, Ep. 11: "Suit Warehouse"

As acting manager in Season 7, Dwight accidentally shoots a gun, leaving a hole in the carpet. Upon examination of the hole, Oscar discovers hardwood floor beneath Dunder Mifflin's hideous textile floor covering.

You'd think he would've remembered this, but in Season 9, he rediscovers it after the office binges on espresso from the new machine. From Wikipedia:

"As the rush dies down, they all begin to sweat profusely...and begin to frantically tear up the carpet of the office to reveal the hardwood underneath and try to relocate the copy machine to another position at the same time."

"Wait. Hardwood."

"Wait. Hardwood."

Season 8, Ep. 24: "Free Family Portrait Studio" and Season 2, Ep. 18: "Take Your Daughter to Work Day"

Jazz Raycole plays Stanley's daughter in the "Take Your Daughter to Work Day" episode. Years later, she's portrayed by a clearly different (and uncredited) actor. Sure, Melissa (Stanley's daughter) has aged, but unless she underwent an Extreme Makeover, it is unreasonable to try to convince us she's the same person.

(Interestingly, Jazz Raycole was replaced on another sitcom, My Wife and Kids, after one season. Jazz, you've got some 'splainin to do!)

Jazz, is that you!?!?

Jazz, is that you!?!?

Bonus Goofs

  • Season 3: Thanks to another Office fan (or stan, may I call you that?), I went back and watched episode 7 of season 3 ("Branch Closing"). When Michael and Dwight approach David Wallace's front door, there's a doormat monogrammed with the letter "H". No one in David Wallace's life has the initial "H" - his wife is named Rachel and his son is called Teddy. Later in the season, in episode 17 ("Cocktails"), Michael and Dwight return to David Wallace's home for a company party. The front of the home is different (the columns and the front door), and the doormat has been changed. Well, corrected.
  • Season 5: When Michael quits and leaves the office (episodes 20 and 21, "New Boss" and "Two Weeks"), he drives away in a red PT Cruiser. This is interesting for a couple reasons: Michael has consistently referenced driving a convertible Sebring, and the Sebring is a company lease. If Michael was in fact escorted from the building and prevented from taking any company property, he would presumably have had to return the company car as well. Later, in season 6, episode 4, "Niagra: Part 1", Michael shows Jim and Pam his car in the parking lot. He "spent all morning" decorating it to say "Going to a Wedding" for their nuptials. The goof? It's a Sebring again.
  • Season 6: More David Wallace. In episode 13, "Secret Santa", Michael calls David Wallace at corporate. In order to be patched into David's office after repeated calls, Michael uses his "little girl voice" and pretends to be David's daughter. The goof? This daughter was never mentioned before and is never mentioned after.

Questions & Answers

Question: In one of the last episodes, Erin meets her parents and they very lovingly call her Erin. However, her first name is Kelly as we found out earlier in the series in her first episode. Why would her natural parents call her Erin?

Answer: This is a fantastic catch! You're absolutely right. One possible explanation is that they also watched the documentary and saw that she preferred to be called "Erin" (in the episode you reference here: Season 5, Episode 21, "Michael Scott Paper Company"). It seems far-fetched, but we must keep in mind that they've been completely estranged from her for her entire life, and as a result, they weren't actively calling her by any name; it was probably relatively easy for them to make the switch to "Erin."

Question: In The Office, Meredith mentions another kid named Wendy who her divorced husband took with him. So does she have another kid that is never seen?

Answer: Yes, Meredith has two children, but Wendy "the good one" lives with her ex-husband. However, this was revealed in a webisode that I never saw (or knew existed!):

Question: Someone may have already said this, and maybe I'm missing something, but in the last episode of one of the later seasons, Dwight gets ahold of Angela "and the Senator's" baby's diaper and runs a DNA test, which was the cliffhanger. The next season starts out with Dwight saying that the DNA test showed that Dwight was not the father. But in the last episode of the series, Angela says she lied and the baby IS Dwight's. How is the DNA test so easily forgotten?

Answer: YES! I've also wondered about this and just assumed Angela convinced the doctor to lie (maybe while Dwight was sleeping?).

However, whilst lurking in the show's subreddit, I learned that the diaper was apparently one of Jim and Pam's babies', not Angela and Dwight's. This was revealed in a deleted scene I never saw (

Question: Michael rides a bike in an earlier Christmas episode but forgets how on Oscar's bike. How is this possible?

Answer: Indeed. I think this is a goof but rationalized it as OK because Oscar's bike was much fancier than the bike from the Benihana episode. But you're right: once you learn to ride a bike, you don't forget!

Question: I recently watched The Office season 2, episode 4, “The Fire." I’m trying to figure out how Dwight knew that the cheesy pita was Ryan’s. Do you have any ideas?

Answer: The only thing I can come up with is perhaps Ryan had a package of pita bread labeled with his name in the fridge. But you're right, it's never explained!

Question: Isn’t the Sesame Avenue name just one of many of Dwight’s hilarious attempts at trying to make the place seem more appealing as a daycare center instead of Sesame Street the children's show?

Answer: Sure, that's plausible. Dunderpedia also lists that as a possibility: "Dwight's daycare center is called "Sesame Avenue Daycare Center For Infants And Toddlers," which was probably inspired by the name of the long-running American children's TV series Sesame Street."

You might be right, but we can agree to disagree. Dwight isn't the most attuned to pop culture, but he did make a reference to "Sesame Street" in season 6 ("The List") when he said, "Is that the program where all those puppets live in the barrio?"

Question: I'm watching season 3 episode 7, Michael Scott and Dwight go to David Wallace's house, but I noticed the monogrammed door mat has the letter H. Are they at the wrong house, or is it an oversight?

Answer: Wow! You are 100% correct. I just watched that scene and the H doormat is clearly visible. I wondered if maybe it could have been explained away by his wife or son's names, but they're Rachel and Teddy, so it's definitely a mistake.

Interestingly, in season 3, episode 17 (or 18 if you go by Wikipedia - it's called "Cocktails"), Michael and Dwight visit David Wallace's house again and the mat is different. The front of the house looks different, too (the columns and the front door have definitely changed).

Thank you for asking this question! I'm going to add this goof to my article.

Did I forget anything? Add it here!

April3381 on June 19, 2019:

Season 9 episode 7

Pam tells Dwight for them to just go because Jan isn't going to sell to them. Aren't they the seller and Jan the buyer?

Camille Harris (author) from SF Bay Area on March 23, 2019:

Hi Sophie!

Thanks for coming back.

I love all these.

Regarding the last one, about Stanley's diabetes, I just assumed Stanley was lying when he said he didn't have diabetes since it's a sensitive (?) health issue?

Sophie Hoang on March 21, 2019:

I’m just going to come back to this page when I notice things- so hi again.

- When Jo first comes into the office, she has two.. Dalmatians? When she comes to the office when Dwight admits to shooting a gun in the office, she has two different dogs. Of course, she can just have different sets of twin dogs, but it’s just something I noticed.

- I don’t think it makes sense that Andy’s parents (who were different actors) were at Toby’s going away party. They didn’t even care for Andy so why would they be at his coworkers going away party/his proposal?

- In earlier seasons, David is talking to Michael in the conference room. I don’t remember the context but Michael said “should I call my guy at H&R Block?” In the job fair episode, however, Michael got up on stage and said “H&R Block? What do they do?”

- Michael made a comment about Stanley having diabetes. Stanley responded asking Michael why he kept on assuming that he had diabetes when he does not. In season 9, however, Nellie has the office team share what organizations they would like to donate to as an initiative project. Stanley wants to donate to the American Diabetes Association, and Angela says “you can’t donate to an organization for a disease you have.” So does he have it or does he not? Ok yes, he could have became a diabetic between those seasons, but still.

Arsh Gill on March 04, 2019:

While watching The Office Season 9 Episode 4 “Work bus”, I noticed that in the beginning, when Andy is showing everyone the fail blooper video of them playing baseball, there is a scene in which the new interns Clark and Pete are sitting on a bench. In this scene, as Andy himself is narrarating and mocking each person in the video, he calls Pete by his actual name, Pete. However, later on in season 9, when Erin dumps Andy and he finds out that Erin has been talking to a guy named “Pete”, he has no idea who he is since he has been calling him “Plop”.

Camille Harris (author) from SF Bay Area on September 29, 2018:

Thanks Amarcs, for your thorough comment! I didn't even realize or remember that Jim has/had a sister, and the fact that she was missing from his wedding is most certainly a goof.

Even though you disagree that the other items are "goofs," you clearly engaged with the article, so that's good - no, great! I really appreciate you reading and commenting. We can agree to disagree, and as long as we're keeping this hilarious show alive with our discussions, I'm happy!

Thanks again.

Amarcs on September 28, 2018:

Some thoughts...

The recasting of minor roles is extremely common in tv, especially when talking about child actors. Respectfully, all of those "goofs" mentioned are normal for any show, not a goof. Also, long running shows have very often reused actors for different parts. For instance, Law and Order: SVU has many actors that have played two or three completely different roles at various times through the series. Just check out IMDB! SVU even hired two diff actresses for different, front burner roles after playing a one episode, minor role. This is just TV, not a goof.

Erin's parents say they watched the documentary. They clearly would have known well that she was now called Erin.

The fact that Michael and Andy wind up bringing to the party two different Asian waitresses is the joke. They are idiots and can't tell any of the waitresses apart. One of the show's best joke, btw.

Pam and Jim have a conversation soon after they started dating about how Pam welcomed him and warned him about Dwight on Jim's first day. Pam was there first.

Meredith mentions early on that when she divorced, her husband took their caught, the "better one." It seems only the son is part of her life, but that does mean she had a second kid.

David Wallace could possibly have a daughter, but beyond that one mention there is no reason to think he has more children than his son, who was on screen several times. That is, indeed, a head scratcher,. BUT David Wallace is a minor character. He could have had another family earlier in life.

One that always has bothered man is Jim mentions his sister several times. He makes her his emergency contact early in the series, and says her name. Why do we only ever meet his two brothers? Even at the wedding?

Camille Harris (author) from SF Bay Area on August 31, 2018:

I actually thought the same...

Joseph Jumbalaya on August 30, 2018:

Dwight grows hemp, not weed. The kid mistook it for weed which is why he says it's bad.

Sophie Hoang on August 16, 2018:

Oh! One more small thing!

In one episode, Meredith says “Meredith Palmer ain’t no cheater. I’ve never cheated, been cheated on, or been used to cheat with.” However, in the episode where they think the branch is shutting down, she walks into Michael’s office and says “I know you’re still seeing someone, but I’m still willing if you are” (willing to go through with sex pact for last day of work). Is she willing to be cheated with suddenly?

Sophie Hoang on August 15, 2018:

Omg- one more thing! In Season 6 Episode 25, where Michael is going out with the married bar manager woman, Meredith says “I have never cheated on, been cheated on, or been used to cheat with. I ain’t no cheater” or something along those lines. In the episode where they thought the branch was going to be shut down, though, Meredith walked into Michael’s office and said “hey I know you’re seeing someone, but I’m still willing to if you are,” and wanted to have sex on the last day of work. Is she a cheater or not? Hmmm!

Camille Harris (author) from SF Bay Area on August 09, 2018:

Sophie! These are FANTASTIC. Happy to have another Office fan / eagle-eyed watcher among us!

Thank you for contributing. These really are great.

Sophie Hoang on August 08, 2018:

Hi! A couple of things I’ve also noticed.

1) In the job fair episode, Pam recalls her memories in that same high school and talks about pretending to have PMS to skip all sports. However, in the Company Picnic episode, she’s surprisingly good at volleyball and says she has had experience in junior high and high school.

2) When Michael takes the 17 year old boy hostage for not letting him get 50% off of the price of 8 pizzas, the teenager recognizes Dwight as “the guy that grows really shitty weed.” Dwight grows weed, however, in the episode of Aunt Shirley’s funeral where Dwight is reunited with his siblings, he talks down on his brother for growing weed.

3) In the episode where Michael has an ingrown hair and thinks it’s herpes, and Andy shows people pictures of herpes infested genitalia in the conference room, he is bothered that people are disgusted. He said he was an RN in college or something and was seemingly sensitive to STDs. In the later seasons when Andy is manager and is upset that Erin dumped him for the intern Pete, Andy calls Pete into the office and pretends to complain about having gotten chlamydia from Erin. He was however reading the name of the disease off of his computer screen and could not properly pronounce it.


Gregp12 on May 09, 2018:

How about season 3 episode 8 when michael, Jim, Dwight and Andy are discussing who the number two in the office is. Michael says it’s Jim and Dwight says, “like he wants the job, it doesn’t pay more”. To which Jim replies “actually it does”. Later on in the series, Charles asks Jim if he’s proud of his made up number two position and asks if it pays more, and Jim says no.

Joseph Jumbalaya on April 27, 2018:

Nice article, though I think I have a couple answers to some of your goofs.

For the Who came first question, employee number 3 vs 9 doesn't indicate the order they were hired. For instance, there is no way Pam is the third person hired. Creed, Michael, Dwight, Stanley, Phyllis, etc have all been there longer than Pam, so no way is she #3. The numbers here were arbitrarily assigned by Dwight just for that activity.

The different waitress in Benihana Christmas is an obvious nod to the joke that all Asians look alike. Michael even (basically) says it towards the end of the episode.

As for Andy and the stepmom secretary, his mom might just not have divorced the dad after he was caught cheating. Happens all the time, especially if there is money involved, and Mr. Bernard seems (seemed) well to do.

Oscar and the floor. When they start peeling up the carpet, Oscar isn't amazed that there is hardwood, he's amazed he's actually seeing it. He remembers seeing a glimpse of it through the bullet hole two seasons back and says, "I always knew it was down here...I just never dreamed that I would actually see it."

The rest I agree with :)

Leland Johnson from Midland MI on March 07, 2018:

You certainly did your homework on this hub! I'm usually too busy laughing to note the inconsistenecies. Could it be possible that there are multiple producers,or that maybe different producers for different shows? i also thought Carrel was a producer at one point??? At any rate, interesting hub, fun for fans of the show. keep up the good work.

Uzington on September 01, 2017:

I think the "Sesame Avenue" thing is supposed to just be a play on "Sesame Street" rather than named after their actual street.

As for the recyclops thing they are referring to season 2. The time period where Ryan was covering reception for Pam while she was on vacation. This was at the beginning in "The Carpet" episode.

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