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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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