The Office- Zero Dark Thirty

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One of the most popular series in American television history, "The Office" is a mockumentary that follows the lives of employees at the Scranton branch of Dunder-Mifflin Paper Company. The show has won several awards for its historical influence on the US entertainment industry, with many critics praising it as one of the greatest TV shows of all time.  

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The episode Zero Dark Thirty takes its inspiration from the film of the same name. The show's opening scene is a parody of the 2012 Academy Award-winning documentary that followed a CIA analyst during their investigation into Osama bin Laden. In this parody, however, instead of finding out where Osama bin Laden is hiding, Dwight (Rainn Wilson) finds a pot-belly pig in the conference room.

This episode of The Office begins with Kevin attempting to give a presentation about paper. However, his presentation is continually interrupted by Dwight's attempts to find his missing pot-belly pig, which he eventually finds in the ventilation system later on in the episode. This is a reference to when Jim found out about Dwight's fake disability claim after he took an injured pigeon to the hospital in place of Angela's cat Sprinkles, who had recently passed away.

The Zero Dark Thirty episode of The Office was notable for its raunchy humor. There were also several running gags that made an appearance throughout the episode. Most notably, Dwight's trusty stapler became a continual part of the episode, with him almost always being seen carrying it. In addition to this, there were several other gags that made multiple appearances throughout the show such as Dwight's regimented diet and his rivalry with Jim. 

Continuing to pull from real life events, there was even a brief reference to the US electoral system when Michael Scott stated that he would have been a third party candidate for President if he managed to get on the ballots. This was in reference to then Presidential candidate Donald Trump, who at the time had only just begun campaigning.

The Office loves to troll itself as well, and several characters can be seen wearing T-shirts with their cast members' picture on them. The episode also includes several hidden references to pop culture. The most notable of which is when Dwight attempts to get his stapler back from a ceiling fan by using a lightsaber, a reference to the Star Wars films.

There are also several references to the original Zero Dark Thirty movie, with Michael Scott even watching some of it on his TV set. This is most notable when someone knocks on his door and he quickly switches it off so they don't see what's on.

The final notable reference from this episode is when Michael Scott watches a clip of Zero Dark Thirty after someone knocks on his door. To avoid being caught, he quickly changes the channel to a nature documentary.

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