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The Office Rundown: Episodes 14 & 15, "Stress Relief, Parts 1 & 2"

The Office Rundown: Episodes 14 & 15, "Stress Relief, Parts 1 & 2"

This weekend The Office followed the Super Bowl with one hour of classic Office-y shenanigans. Dwight dangerously tests his co-workers' emergency preparedness, which causes Stanley to have a heart attack. And when Michael tries to help alleviate everyone's stress at work, he discovers that he is actually the very cause of everyone's stress at work. So, he suggests they roast him. As we might've guessed, Michael's employees have quite a bit to say at a Michael Scott roast.

To see some of my favorite moments from "Stress Relief" and to share your own,


  • My Favorite Moment No. 1: When Dwight causes an emergency situation to test his co-workers, Angela throws her cat — which she keeps in a drawer!? — up into the ceiling where Oscar is, but the cat just crashes back down through the ceiling.
  • Meanwhile, Kevin shatters the glass in the vending machine. Andy thinks the fire is shooting at them. Stanley collapses and Michael freaks out, screaming, "Barack is president! You are black, Stanley!"
  • Dwight: "I just want to say for the record: I did not kill anyone. Stanley was attacked by his own heart."
  • Excellent Michael Quote: "Nobody should have to go to work thinking, Oh, this is the place that I might die today. That's what a hospital is for. An office is a place to not go to die. An office is a place to live life to the fullest, to the max, to. . . an office is a place where dreams come true."
  • OMG! That Stanley montage is absolutely priceless. I could watch him berate Ryan until the cows come home.
  • I love how Michael's reasoning goes. He thinks Stanley should practice on the CPR dummy because "there's no rest for the sick" and "We are not always going to be there to coddle your heart back when it disappears to be working. What are you gonna do if you're by yourself and your heart stops?"
    Stanley: "I would die."
    Michael: "And you're OK with that?"
    Stanley: "I'm OK with the logic of it."
  • I smell a new catch phrase and/or favored Facebook status of the week: Stanley says he would quit but he's too old to find another job. "I feel like I'm working in my own casket."
  • My Favorite Moment No. 2: Out of nowhere, Creed points at the CPR woman and says, "You were in the parking lot earlier, that's how I know you!"
  • My Favorite Moment No. 3: Dwight peels the face off the dummy and puts it on his own face! Holy cow. Michael says now Dwight knows not to cut the face off of a real person.
  • My Favorite Moment No. 4: When Rose suggests doing CPR to "Stayin' Alive" Andy starts singing along and then Kelly starts dancing!
  • Andy presents the movie Mrs. Albert Hanniday starring Jack Black and Jessica Alba to "M'Lady, M'Tuna."
  • Pam's parents are having trouble in their marriage and her dad is staying with her and Jim. She wants Jim to talk to her dad about things, but when he does, Pam's dad tells her mom he's going to look for an apartment. This worries Pam about her future marriage with Jim. Later Jim says, "Fifty percent of marriages end in divorce. So, it was her parents or my parents." Yikes.
  • Dwight's Statement of Regret is, of course, just: "I state my regret."
  • Michael: "Oscar? Would you reach over and touch his thing? That's what he said! Right, guys? 'Cause of gay?"
  • Michael longs for the day when the word "boss" meant really great. "Now 'boss' is just slang for 'jerk in charge.'" So, he suggests that they roast him. "I have got to make sure that YouTube comes down to tape this."

Highlights from the roast:

  • Angela's really good at roasting Michael! "If you ever put sunblock on a window, you might be Michael Scott."
  • People Kelly would make out with before she would make out with Michael Scott:
    A turtle
    A fridge
    Anybody from the warehouse
    A woodchipper
    A candle
    Lord Voldemort
  • Meredith: "Michael, you are the reason I drink. You are the reason I live to forget."
  • Dwight goes up to defend Michael but when Michael calls him an idiot, Dwight passionately and genuinely attacks him. Everyone cheers.
  • Pam says she saw his thingy that was so small ("How small was it?") if it were an iPod it would be a shuffle.
  • My Favorite Moment No. 5: Andy crying at the part in the movie when Jack Black is making a passionate plea to Cloris Leachman as her chair slowly moves her up the stairs.
  • In the end, Pam discovers that Jim helped her dad realize that he never felt about her mom the way that Jim feels about Pam, and she has a sweet little moment: "When you're a kid you assume your parents are soul mates. My kids are gonna be right about that. I guess it also means that sometimes love affairs look different to the people inside them."
  • Michael's "Boom — roasted!" speech is wonderful. Best way to end this episode.

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Symphonee Symphonee 8 years
It was the first episode I ever watched and I can honestly say that I have been mising something. I couldn't stop laughing during the CPR class. The roast was hilarious " if his penis were an iPod, it would be a shuffle."
amybdk amybdk 8 years
Yes - the opening was amazing! I had to re-watch it and I think I probably laughed harder the second time!
kikidawn kikidawn 8 years
I have to agree amofoz - Jim and Pam story lines will never get old to me either. I loved the one for this episode.
Lynne Lynne 8 years
I cracked up when Kevin used the window smashing as an opportunity to smash the vending machine!
La-Tua-Cantante La-Tua-Cantante 8 years
This episode was hilarious. But I gotta say, I didn't really understand the point of the Jack Black/Jessica Alba cameo. It wasn't even funny in my opinion. I thought the end with Jim and Pam was really sweet!
musicjunkieha musicjunkieha 8 years
Best opening on the Office that I can remember! Really funny, my friend that had never watched an episode before couldn't stop laughing. Agreed, the Jack Black movie was unnecessary and not funny.
amofoz amofoz 8 years
The Jim and Pam story lines will never get old form me but I have to agree with the Jack Black/Cloris Leachman thing. Waaay, too long and not that funny.
kafarine-tin-tin kafarine-tin-tin 8 years
Oh, and Angela keeps a cat called Bandit in her drawer at work? AWESOME!
kafarine-tin-tin kafarine-tin-tin 8 years
This episode was hilarious, perfect Office. The cold open was great, and Michael telling Stanley "Barack is president! You are black, Stanley!". Coz that would me come back from the dead any day. :D The Stanley montage was great, especially "Did I stuttter?" but I'm glad they didn't show more of it, it always makes me feel awkward. Stanley's line "I'm OK with the logic of it." was great and I liked Jim at the roast "Cut of her nose to spiderface". I liked the Pam and Jim storyline too, even if they are going a bit stale. At the start I was honestly worried they were going to break them up, and that's when I would have been really annoyed, because that's just a bit cliche. Oh, and I loved the bit at the end with Andy hearing Pam's comment, and realising he cold never be a movie critic, but he could be an food critic "Your food is bad." or a art critic "Your art is bad." All in all, TOTALLY AWESOME episode!
emalove emalove 8 years
I hate Jessica Alba, so I was happy about her brief part! Other than that...I loved pretty much everything about this episode.
emms emms 8 years
I can't believe that was Jessica Alba's "guest starring role". The press hyped her apperance a bit (I believe someone on the Sugar network, maybe Pop, even had a poll "Will you watch Jessica Alba on the Office?") and she only had one line! Totally lame. As far as Jim and Pam, I think the writers were really trying to have a Jam story that would make everyone fall in love with them again, but it fell a little flat. If anyone watched How I Met Your Mother and saw the last episode where Marshall in rushing to meet Lily at the aiport and shows up with a marching band...that story reminded how much I love Marshall and Lily.
reesiekitty reesiekitty 8 years
There was a lot to love on this episode. Some of my faves: 1) During the fire, when Oscar is climbing into the ceiling, Angela yells to him to pull her up and he says he can't. She yells " But I only weigh 82 pounds!" He still won't, so she tells him to 'Save Bandit!' and throws her cat at him- then the cat crashes back down through the other ceiling panel. Awesome! 2) At the meeting with corporate: Michael "Dwight, we're not angry with you." "YES WE ARE. We are Very Angry!" Micheal: "Dwight, we're going to let this one slide." "NO, We're NOT!" lol. And Dwight's utter conviction that his little fire drill somehow HELPED everyone. 3) During the CPR training, just the look on the woman's face when everyone was dancing and Creed talked to her was great. I liked the roast too, and I liked the way it was resolved. They always come up with a way to make me like Michael again, even after pointing out all of his awful qualities. I guess everyone at DM must feel like that.
canadianchickie canadianchickie 8 years
Ok the Jack Black movie was a little bit lame - but what I did find hilarious about it was the fact that Nicole Kidman was supposed to be the star but pulled out at the last minute and they replaced her with Cloris Leachman! Woo hoo! I love Cloris. Dwight was absolutely hilarious in this episode, I loved his fire drill at the beginning. My boyfriend was dying when Angela went to get her cat from the filing cabinet and then threw it up the roof - haha. And Dwight's mission to get everyone to sign his horrible formal apology letter was pretty funny too. Especially the way he got Phylis's signature! I also loved Creed's random comments this episode. He's such a wonderful weirdo! I guess that I can look at Jim and Pam as they take away from the constant hurt in my abs from laughing so hard. They have their funny moments but they are the more normal ones on the show - and the show does need a little bit of a balance I think. :)
suziryder suziryder 8 years
I thought it was a great episode. I think the Jack Black movie was lame, it wasn't funny and there was way too much of it. What was the point, other than to say that Jack Black was guest starring? Ridiculous. But the rest of the episode was top notch, and Steve Carrell was great - especially during the roast when he was holding back tears. That was great acting, reserved and spot on.
MindayH MindayH 8 years
I am with kscinotta. But in addition to that I also hate 1 hour episodes of the Office, I think it drags on too much. I also like when the storyline is not about Jim and Pam, they take away from the comedy of the show, the whole storyline with them in it makes me dread when they come on screen.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 8 years
I love how Andy thought they were reviewing movies too. And I don't think they're having trouble with the Pam and Jim thing, plus they're not doing the way too overdone breaking them up and getting them back together over and over again to the point where nobody cares anymore. I can't completely keep track of my favorite parts but they're pretty much all listed anyway.
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
I love that Andy thought Pam and Jim were reviewing movies on a level you would never hope to attain. Andy: I could be a food critic, "Your food is bad" or I could be an art critic, "Your art is bad". So funny. Plus I love Dwight's explaination as to why he cut the face off the dummy. It was because he didn't believe it in the Hannibal Lector film so he had to test it out. Apparently it is possible. LOL.
kscincotta kscincotta 8 years
I might be the only one, but I really hated the parts of the show that focused on the Jack Black movie. They lasted way too long and weren't funny at all. This episode didn't need guest stars. The Office is at it's best when it's just the Dunder-Mifflinites.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
I don't think they are having a hard time keeping Jim and Pam interesting, I just think they need to think outside the box. There doesn't need to be conflict. I love when they are together and going against dwight. That time they stayed at his beet farm was awesome. I enjoyed this episode a lot but it seemed to drag in places. I was also happy that Jack Black and Jessica Alba were not guest stars that came to the Office bc how unlikely would that be? :) I love Andy so much and wish they would resolve the Angela/Dwight/Andy triangle more. No way they just don't talk to her anymore.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
Funniest Office ever. I could not stop laughing. I loved the part when they debate whether or not the armless legless dummy should want to live. Dwight peeling the face off was hilarious. I loved the Jack Black movie "Push the reverse button!" Andy's song during the roast was amazing. Steve Carell was seriously great in this episode. He should get an Emmy. The cold opening was the best in Office history. I love how Michael screamed "Everyone staying f*cking calm!!!" Just a terrific episode all-around.
desidesi desidesi 8 years
the thing with jim and pam was lame, they're having a hard time keeping that storyline interesting now that they're together. the beginning with the fire was just awesome though, top office form. "stanley you crush your wife when you have sex and your heart sucks" "meredith, you've slept with so many guys that you're starting to look like one" the roasts were hilarious
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