Episode Title: Christening
The first part of the show
We start this week’s episode with an hygiene seminar run by Pam, but it quickly dissolves into a tirade from Dwight about how the best to fight off disease is to expose oneself to germs rather than try to avoid them. Several of the staff comply with this strategy and sneeze on Dwight (and his toast).
Later, the entire staff (invited by Michael, not Jim and Pam) attend the christening of baby Halpert, or “Halbert” as the priest called them. Michael does his “Godfather” impression and lobbies to be the baby’s real godfather, but Pam puts a stop to his attempt. True to form, Dwight hands out business cards at the door of the church and uses the priest-led prayer time to plug the company and offer the congregation a discount. CeCe has a major diaper issue, which causes Jim to abandon the christening outfit and dress the baby in a t-shirt from the trunk of their car. The priest then invites everyone to join Jim and Pam at a reception, even though Jim and Pam were planning on a small, intimate affair. The reception turns into heavily-emotional send-off for a young adult mission team that is headed to Mexico for three months.
The second part of the show
Because of a lack of food at the reception, the staff commences with some serious whining, which causes Michael to be disillusioned with the attitude of his people. After lecturing them for their poor attitudes and lack of community, he jumps on the mission team bus, followed quickly by Andy who appears to be trying to impress Erin. Oscar and Gabe try to talk them off the bus, but Erin and Daryl offer their support of the adventure. After a bit of driving, Michael and Andy realize that they didn’t really want to go on the trip. They stage an emotional tirade and then jump off with a member of the youth team who apparently was also looking for an excuse to ditch the trip. Eventually, Erin picks them up on the side of road and they head home listening to “Prairie Home Companion.”
Throughout the episode we see Toby, who is unable to make him way into the church. He admits that it has been a “long time” and he seems to have a genuine fear of going into the sanctuary. Eventually he makes it inside the now-empty church, and after approaching the front he says (apparently to God), “Why do you always gotta be so mean to me?” Back at the “reception,” Jim has put CeCe in the care of Pam’s grandma while he goes looking for more chairs. When Jim returns, he discovers that CeCe is missing, which causes him to panic and run frantically around the room. Pam returns to the reception after leaving to get more food and as she is coming in, Jim believes Angela is trying to escape with the baby. Kevin wrestles Angela’s large bag away from her, thinking it contains the baby. It turns out to be full of scones and at that moment the baby reappears in the arms of Jim’s mom. All is well.
Best quotes from this episode
“Do you have any idea how expensive wool is in Transylvania?” – Dwight
“The big guy and I…we’ve got some catching up to do.” – Toby
“For all their generosity of spirit, they password-protect their wireless?” – Ryan
“Jesus is not your caterer.” – Angela
“Look at these scones Jim…thousands of them!” – Kevin