is the fourth filmed and sixth aired episode of the third season of The Office
(U.S. version). It aired on November 2
, twelve days after the holiday
. It was written by Mindy Kaling
and directed by Miguel Arteta
invites the entire staff to a celebration of Diwali
, the Hindu
Festival of Light. Michael
mistakenly believes it to be an Indian version of Halloween
In Stamford, Jim decides to bicycle to work. Andy turns a late night of paperwork into an excuse to drink. Karen, unbeknownst to Jim and Andy, pours her shots into her wastebasket.
Ryan fails to make a favorable impression on Kelly's parents, who in turn try to set up Kelly with a young doctor. Initially reluctant to attend the festival, Pam gives in and ends up enjoying herself.
Inspired by a conversation with Kelly's parents about Hindu marriage customs, Michael publicly proposes to Carol. Uncomfortable, Carol declines his offer and leaves the room. She later explains that this is only their ninth date, and drives home, leaving Michael to find a ride. Pam sends a text message to Jim, who does not answer because he is passed out on his desk. At the end of the evening, Michael mistakenly thinks that he and Pam have a connection, and is rejected when he tries to kiss her. She gives him a ride home on the condition that he sit in the back seat.
Jim tries to bicycle home but is too drunk. An amused Karen gives Jim a ride.
During the end credits, Michael and Dwight perform a Diwali celebration song Michael has written to the tune of "The Chanukah Song", the lyrics of the song being:
Diwali is a festival of lights.
Let me tell you something.
Tonight has been one crazy night.
So put on your saris, it's time to celebrate Diwali.
Everybody looks so jolly.
But it's not Christmas, it's Diwali.
The goddess of destruction Kali stopped by to celebrate Diwali.
Don't invite any zombies to a celebration of Diwali.
Along came Polly to have some fun at Diwali.
If you're Indian and you love to party, have a happy, happy, happy, happy Diwali.
The Season three DVD contains a number of deleted scenes. Notable cut scenes include:
- When Jan calls about the party, Michael gently scolds her for not knowing what Diwali is. Jan quickly changes her tune.
- Michael answers the question "Are you excited about the Diwali party?" by telling a rambling story about his original plans with Carol for a romantic evening.
- Andy talks about his college nicknames.
- When the Stamford staff order sushi for dinner, Andy is puzzled when "Big Tuna" Jim orders eel.
- Dwight manufactures an excuse for going to Angela's house after the party.
- Kevin appeals to Kelly's parents to hire his band for Diwali 2007.
- For a list of songs featured in this episode, see List of songs featured on The Office
- The costume Michael is wearing as he and Carol walk into the Diwali celebration was first seen in the Season 2 episode "Halloween". However, in "Halloween," the costume (and Michael) had a blue tie, while in "Diwali," they are both wearing a maroon tie.
- Kelly's parents were played by Mindy Kaling's real parents.
- Andy's desk nameplate indicates that his last name is Bernard.
- The high school scenes were shot at Grant High School in Los Angeles, the same school in which the series Freaks and Geeks was filmed. The creator of that show, Paul Feig, has directed several episodes of The Office. Rashida Jones, who plays Karen, also appeared in one episode of Freaks and Geeks, where she also played a character named Karen.
- This is the second episode in which Dwight plays the guitar, after "Take Your Daughter to Work Day".
- Jim's bicycle in this episode is different from the one shown in his bedroom in a deleted scene from "E-mail Surveillance".
- Angela refers to Kevin's foot condition, first revealed in a deleted scene from "Grief Counseling".
- Michael asks Kelly's parents if their marriage was the kind of thing where when Kelly's father died, her mother would have to throw herself on the fire. This is in reference to the practice of Sati.
- When Ryan talks to Kelly's giggling younger sisters, one of them says "Kelly Zach Braff ko pasand karti hai!", which translates to, "Kelly likes Zach Braff!". This likely refers to the sisters' opinion that Ryan resembles the actor.