The Office · Season 3 23 Episodes

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The season marked the move of main character Jim Halpert from Scranton to Stamford, and also introduced Rashida Jones as Karen Filippelli, and Ed Helms as Andy Bernard—both members of Dunder Mifflin Stamford—as recurring characters. Helms would later be promoted to series regular. The main plot for the early episodes of the season deals with a recurring problem in seasons one and two—the problem of company downsizing—while in the last half of the season, inter-office relationships also became a major plot point.

Episodes

NoFirst Air DateNameOverview
3x1Gay Witch HuntOn the heels of Casino Night, Michael inadvertently outs a gay employee; Jim adjusts to his promotion, new office, and life without Pam.
3x2The ConventionMichael and Dwight head off to Philadelphia to meet Jan for the Northeastern Mid-Market Office Supply Convention. Michael, with the help of Dwight, sets up a party for fellow conventioneers while Ryan goes on a double date with Kelly back in Scranton
3x3The CoupMichael is in trouble once again as Jan busts him for declaring it's "Movie Monday" where everyone watches a movie and neglects work. Angela pushes Dwight to make a move on Michael's job while Pam and Jim find creative ways to waste time.
3x4Grief CounselingAfter learning that his old boss, the former regional manager, has died, Michael attempts to guide the Dunder Mifflin staff through their grief as he searches for the right way to honor a company man.
3x5InitiationIt's initiation time for the full timer Ryan as Dwight takes him out on his first sales call with a side trip to the Schrute family beet farm. Michael is ordered by corporate to log his work activity; and Jim tries to adapt to life at the Stamford branch.
3x6DiwaliIt's Diwali, The Hindu Festival of Lights, Michael encourages the entire Scranton branch to support Kelly and attend a local celebration of Diwali. Meanwhile Ryan faces Kelly's family at the event.
3x7Branch ClosingJan delivers the bad news to Michael that the Scranton Branch is closing. This leads Michael on a quest to keep up the staff's spirits. Meanwhile, everyone imagines what their lives will be like in the wake of the closure.
3x8The MergerOld friends Jim and Pam are back together after months apart as the Scranton branch and Stamford branch are finally merged. Michael, Dwight and the other employees are faced with a variety of changes.
3x9The ConvictMichael tries to be supportive when he finds out one of his new employees -- presumably someone from the Stamford branch -- has a prison record.
3x10A Benihana ChristmasMichael tries to cancel Christmas after he gets his heart broken, and tensions mount when Karen joins the party-planning committee.
3x11Back from VacationIt's time for Michael to revisit his roots with the company as he hits the road for sales call duty. Meanwhile, Dwight attempts to cover up a crucial deadline missed by Angela while Karen is in for some surprising news.
3x12Traveling SalesmenIt's time for Michael to revisit his roots with the company as he hits the road for sales call duty. Meanwhile, Dwight attempts to cover up a crucial deadline missed by Angela while Karen is in for some surprising news.
3x13The ReturnOscar returns from his vacation and ponders his future with the company, while Andy takes advantage of the current state of the office to make a move towards becoming Michael's number two.
3x14Ben FranklinMichael celebrates Phyllis' wedding shower by bringing two adult performers into the office, a stripper and Ben Franklin. Meanwhile, Karen confronts Pam about her past history with Jim.
3x15Phyllis' WeddingWhile the office gets ready for Phyllis big day, an important task appointed to Michael goes embarrassingly wrong. Meanwhile Pam wonders what could have been with her called off wedding and Dwight searches for wedding crashers.
3x16Business SchoolMichael accepts an invitation from Ryan to be a guest speaker at his business school. Meanwhile Dwight battles wits with a bat that gets loose in the office while Pam is entered in her first art show.
3x17CocktailsMichael and Jan reveal their hushed romance while attending the Dunder Mifflin CFO party. During the party, Jim finally meets Karen's ex. Meanwhile, the rest of the office staff booze it up during happy hour.
3x18The NegotiationMichael and Darryl head to Dunder Mifflen headquarters to lobby for a pay increase. Meanwhile, Jim must deal with the consequences of Pam's confession to Roy.
3x19Safety TrainingAndy returns to the office after several weeks of anger management training, determined to make a fresh start with all the Dunder Mifflin employees. Meanwhile, it's safety training day in the office, and Michael and Dwight are on a mission to illuminate the true dangers of the workplace. Staff amuse themselves with a series of office-related bets.
3x20Product RecallIt's crisis time at Dunder-Mifflin paper after a large quantity of paper is accidentally shipped out with an obscene watermark. Michael attempts to explain the situation to the media while Jim and Andy try to calm down the high school principal who has sent out prom invites on the affected stationary.
3x21Women's AppreciationWhen Phyllis gets an unexpected eyeful from a flasher. Michael decides to take the women of the office on a special outing. Meanwhile, Dwight and Andy work to track down the flasher.
3x22Beach GamesMichael is being considered for a position in corporate, but also plans a day of "Survivor" like competitions while the office workers visit Lake Scranton. Pam is not asked to join in on any of the competitions and is forced to sit and watch Jim and Karen have fun.
3x23The JobMichael, Jim and Karen all interview for the same job at Dunder Mifflin's New York office, and a change for Jan upends Michael's life.

Cast

CharacterPerson
Michael ScottSteve Carell
Dwight SchruteRainn Wilson
Pam BeeslyJenna Fischer
Jim HalpertJohn Krasinski
Ryan HowardB.J. Novak

Crew