New Girl

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"New Girl"
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I just stayed in and had a big wank.
Episode no. Episode 5
Original airdate 13 August 2001 (BBC 2)
Written by Ricky Gervais
Stephen Merchant
Directed by Ricky Gervais
Stephen Merchant
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Training Judgement

New Girl is the fifth episode of the first series of The Office.


David Brent decides to hire a secretary, because "he needs one". He hires an attractive woman, and ends up headbutting her. Tim Canterbury has resolved to quit his job, determined to go back to university and make something of his life. To change his mind, Brent has convinced him to go out on the town with him, Gareth and Finchy. The nightclub they select is Chasers. The evening cannot be described in any way as fun.


  • Tim: There was, oh my God, a themed nightclub called Henry the Eights. This was incredible. It had the Anne Bol-inn Alley, this is true, as you went into the loo, there was a sign that said "Mind your head", nice, and underneath someone had written "And don’t get your Hampton Court." It’s not there any more. But not a day goes by that I don’t think about it.
  • Gareth: If you’re so clever, what am I thinking now?
    Tim: You’re thinking "how can I kill a tiger armed only with a biro?"
    Gareth: No.
    Tim: You’re thinking "if I crash land in a jungle will I be able to eat my own shoes?"
    Gareth: No. And you can’t.
    Tim: What are you thinking, Gareth?
    Gareth: I was just wondering whether will there ever be a boy born who can swim faster than a shark.
  • David: Me, lager. Finchy, lager. Gareth, lager sometimes cider, so different drinks for different...needs.
  • Gareth: Condom’s come in all different flavours nowadays. There’s strawberry and curry and that. Do you like curry?

Cultural References

  • Peak Practice - An ITV medical drama that ran from 1993-2002 and was one of ITVs most succesful series at the time. It was based around a surgery in a small fictional town in the Derbyshire Peak district and the doctors that worked there.


The following songs are featured in this episode.

"Out of Your Mind" - Truesteppers/Victoria Beckham
"Get Get Down" - Paul Johnson
"Spinning Around" - Kylie Minogue
"Ebeneezer Goode" - The Shamen
"Macarena" - Los Del Rio
"Rendez-vu" - Basement Jaxx
"Oops!… I Did It Again" - Britney Spears
"Tainted Love" - Soft Cell
"Don't You Want Me" - Felix



External links

Series 1 Episodes:
Downsize | Work Experience | The Quiz | Training | New Girl | Judgement
Series 2 Episodes:
Merger | Appraisals | Party | Motivation | Charity | Interview
Christmas: Part 1 | Part 2 | "The Office Values" and "Realising Potential"
Main Characters:
David Brent | Tim Canterbury | Gareth Keenan | Dawn Tinsley
Secondary Characters:
Anne | Keith Bishop | Donna | Chris Finch | Neil Godwin | Ricky Howard |
Lee | Malcolm | "Oggy" | Rachel | Karen Roper |
Jennifer Taylor-Clarke
Minor Characters:
Alex | Ben | Book of Native American Wisdom | Brenda | Carol | Fish Fingers | Stuart Foot |
Glynn | Gobbler | Jamie | Jeff | Jimmy the Perv | Joan | Oliver | Rowan | Sanj | Simon | Sheila |
Paul Shepherd | Tony | Trudy