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"The Office" Recap: Episode 20, "Safety Training"

"The Office" Recap: Episode 20, "Safety Training"

This week on "The Office," Michael's safety lesson about the dangers of depression turns into a real examination of his life. Meanwhile, the other office employees start taking bets on anything and everything, and Andy (who now wants to be called "Drew") returns from his anger-management leave.

It was an amusing episode with some excellent moments, though I was bugged by how very quickly Michael's joke demonstration became a real thing. It just seemed strange.

Here are some of my favorite bits from this week's episodes. Tell me some of yours in the comments.

  • Dwight has decided to shun Andy for three years. He says shunning, an Amish technique, is "like slapping someone with silence." Dwight is familiar with it because "I was shunned from the age 4 until my sixth birthday for not saving the oil from a can of tuna."
  • Later in the episode anytime Dwight absolutely had to speak with Andy, he had to "unshun" and then "reshun" Andy, using his hand to indicate a screen opening and closing.
  • Everyone takes bets on Kelly's explanation of how to use Netflix, with some people winning more money based on how often she said "awesome" and "romantic comedy."

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  • Dwight demands to speak to Andy through Jim.
    Dwight: "Tell him bears can climb faster than they can run, Jim — tell him!"
    Jim: "An— ...nah, he’s too far."
    Dwight: "Damn you."
  • In the office, Toby has his own safety training speech to give, and Michael introduces him thusly: "Toby now has the floor, and he is going to try not to screw this up like everything else in his life."
  • "What, Nerf isn't cool anymore?" — Michael, when Darryl sneers at Michael's cushy "Nerf ball" life
  • "I worked in a warehouse. Men’s Wearhouse. I was a greeter." — Michael
  • Michael decides their safety training wasn't as interesting as Darryl's warehouse safety training, so he wants to do another demonstration explaining the dangers of depression. Dwight suggests they use a depression quilt, but Michael says they don't have time to make a quilt.
  • Dwight: "Depressed? Isn’t that a fancy word for feeling 'bummed out?'"
    Micheal: "Dwight, you ignorant slut."
  • "I’m Braveheart. I am." — Michael, when Darryl calls him Braveheart to talk him down from the roof
  • "I saved a life. My own. Am I a hero? I really can’t say. But yes." — Michael, upon deciding not to jump off the roof


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Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
The best line for me was: "Michael's on the roof - I think he wants you to watch him die." "Is it nice out?" HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAH
Pinkrabbit Pinkrabbit 10 years
I loved this episode! I love how when he asked what he had to live for and they were all really quite for a long time. That was great! Then they finally come up with Jane but Michael just comes back with "we're in a really weird spot right now" HAHAHA that was so great!
Mainly-Obsessed Mainly-Obsessed 10 years
This eppy was AMAZING!!!! My favorite part was the betting on Kelly. This is a real bright spot for NBC. Booyaka!
Classy-Amelia Classy-Amelia 10 years
The shunning was funny. I do not know how long Dwight will keep with it. And Michael's bright idea to jump off the office building...not such a good idea. It was also funny when Ryan told Kelly to apologize to the warehouse employee. Makes me think of last week's episode.
geenbean geenbean 10 years
Loved when Michael threw the watermelon on Stanley's car, and then us seeing Stanley's reaction at the very end of the ep.
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
This eppy was pretty good. I thought it was funny in a way, that Michael and Dwight didnt have enough foresight to move the inflatable castle closer to the building. Im glad they talked him down before the show ended too weirdly.
Maggie-Mae Maggie-Mae 10 years
This is SUCH a good show. What genius.
geebers geebers 10 years
This is show is the best.
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