\"Beach Games\" is the twenty-third episode of the third season of the American version of The Office, and the 51st of the series. In this episode, the office goes to a nearby lake for some \"beach games\". It is revealed that Michael (Steve Carell) is being interviewed for a position at corporate and that the winner of the beach games will become regional manager. Meanwhile, Dwight (Rainn Wilson) and Angela (Angela Kinsey) sabotage Andy (Ed Helms), and Pam (Jenna Fischer) spends her day taking notes of the office workers' activities.
The episode was written by Jennifer Celotta and Greg Daniels and directed by Harold Ramis. Filming took place at a fake beach near Hansen Dam, as it was \"the bleakest lake [they could] find.\" The crew had to deal with hot temperatures during the day and \"frigid\" weather at night. One of Helms' scenes involved him being trapped on a lake in a sumo wrestling outfit, forcing him to wear a harness and be pulled by a boat manned by a crew member. For the fire walk, orange and yellow gels and lava rocks were used, and gas lines were installed to produce flames.
Originally the crew sought to film at a lake that resembled Lake Scranton. However, upon arriving at one in the area they found that it was too beautiful, as they had wanted a lake that was the equivalent of the dour office: \"the bleakest lake [they could] find.\" Eventually, much of the episode was filmed at a fake beach at the reservoir of Hansen Dam, where it was \"a thousand degrees during the day and minus 40 at night,\" Celotta remarked in the DVD audio commentary. \"We had tents pumping air conditioning that didn't work all day long,\" according to one crew member. And at night, the production crew set up heaters everywhere because the weather became \"frigid\".
Michael is overconfident that he will be getting the corporate job. He has sold his condo on eBay and names Dwight as his successor as Regional Manager. Back in Scranton, Oscar, Kelly, and Stanley poke fun at Pam's speech at the beach (in \"Beach Games\") (Creed also claims to have documented the speech on the website he created with Ryan's help, but in a talking head Ryan reveals that the \"blog\" is actually a Microsoft Word document, as he had been unwilling to expose humanity to the innermost workings of Creed's mind), but Pam insists the evening was an important milestone in her life and reveals that she and Jim had privately agreed to try to mend their friendship. Pam explains to Karen that she is not sorry about what she said, but does regret putting Karen in such an awkward position.
Karen leaves to meet friends for lunch, asking Jim to call her when his interview is finished. Jim's interview with David begins very well. When asked for his sales report numbers, Jim discovers Pam had slipped in an encouraging note along with a yogurt lid medal (a reference to a scene from \"Office Olympics\"). Jim, visibly distracted, stumbles through the rest of the interview until Wallace asks him where Jim thinks he will be in ten years. The scene flashes back to Jim and Pam's talk after her confession on the beach. He tells her why he left and how he feels that he has never really come back. She tells him that she wishes that he would. After the interview, Jim drives back to Scranton without Karen.
Michael Scott: Hey, Pam. I have a very important job for you today.Pam: I thought we were just having fun at the beach.Michael Scott: We are. We are. But I would like you to take notes. And I want you to find out about people's character. You know, not their hotness, per se, but their humor and their charisma, and the indefinable quality that makes you all glad to follow me.
Michael Scott: We are all participating in mandatory fun activities. Funtivities. And there is a special secret prize for the winner.Dwight K. Schrute: Yes! Funtivities! I knew it wasn't just a trip to the beach.Michael Scott: Okay, you know what Your enthusiasm's turning people off.Dwight K. Schrute: I hope there will be management parables.
Michael Scott: All right. Find a cozy spot. Everybody, settle in. Okay, everybody up. Circle around. Let us play some games. We are situated on the northeast corner of scenic Lake Scranton, America's eighth-largest indigenous body of water. It is here that a group of Americans will undergo the ultimate challenge. One day, fourteen strangers who work together, but only one survivor.Oscar: WhatMichael Scott: Just words. Inspiring words. Not a contender. For the competitions, you will be divided into four tribes. Each tribe will have a leader that I will pick randomly off the top of my head without thinking. Jim, Dwight, Andy, and Stanley.Dwight K. Schrute: Yes!Michael Scott: Choose your tribes. Except for Pam, not Pam. 59ce067264