The Office: Fun Run, 4.01-02

Thursday, September 27th, 2007 | 672 comments

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The Office Fun Run

W: Greg Daniels, D: Greg Daniels

Summary (NBC): A freak accident causes Michael to feel the office is cursed. He explores the religious beliefs of his employees before deciding to hold a charity 5K fun run. Meanwhile, further developments in the romances of Pam and Jim, and Dwight and Angela are explored. One-hour episode.

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Tidbits

Tipster: Andrea

Favorite quotes

Michael: I did not get the job in New York. But I got the real prize — domestic bliss.

Jim: I’m single now and looking. So if you know anybody …

Pam: It’s really nice to be good friends again.

Kevin: Are you kidding me? Pam and Jim are totally hooking up. All they do is smile.

Oscar: There is no evidence of intimacy.

Michael: The doctors tried to save her life. They did the best that they could. And she is going to be okay.

Stanley: What is wrong with you? Why did you have to phrase it like that?

Michael: She has a slight pelvical fracture.

Michael: I was able to be on the scene so quickly because I was in the car that hit her.

Jim: One day Michael came in complaining about a speed bump on the highway. I wonder who he ran over then.

Michael: It’s only Meredith. Thank god.

Dwight: Is this downsizing? Did she spurn your advances?

Kevin: Who’s “we”? You and Jim?

Angela: No one asks about Sprinkles.

Angela: There’s bad blood. Jealousies, cliques.

Michael: So Ryan got promoted to Corporate. Where he is a little fish in a big pond. Whereas back here in Scranton, I am still top dog in a fairly large pond. So who is the real boss? The dog or a fish?

Ryan: I don’t think you understand how jeopardy works.
Michael: Oh, right, I’m sorry. What is, “we’re fine”?

Ryan: People keep calling me a “wunderkind.” I don’t even know what that means. I mean, I know what it means. It means, very successful for your age. So I guess it makes sense, but, it’s a weird word.

Angela: I have to visit the alkie.
Dwight: Check to see if she’s faking. If a car hit me, it wouldn’t crack my pelvis. You know what. I bet she cracked it at home. Jumped in front of the car to get some worker’s comp.
Angela: I wouldn’t put it past her.

Angela: There’s a fungal cream, because she has this infection under her tail.

Michael: I love my employees. Even though I hit one of you with my car.

Michael: Guess what? I have flaws. What are they? Oh I don’t know. I sing in the shower. Sometimes I spend too much time volunteering. Occasionally, I’ll hit somebody with my car. So sue me. No, don’t sue me. That’s the opposite of the point that I’m trying to make.

Michael: I hate hospitals. In my mind, they are associated with sickness.

Meredith: It was really great of all of you to come and visit me at the same time. I’ll see you guys at the office.

Michael: You know what I was thinking might be sort of fun? Is if you forgave me in front of everybody.

Michael: You know what they say in the bible about forgiveness? Forgiveness … is next to godliness.

Meredith: You cracked my pelvis.

Michael: Do I need to be liked? Absolutely not. I like to be liked. I enjoy being liked. I have to be liked. But it’s not like this compulsive need to be liked. Like my need to be praised.

Angela: Any problems?
Dwight: Well you left the TV on. And your cat is dead.

Dwight: She’s in a better place. Actually, the place that she’s in is the freezer. Because of the odor.

Michael: I’ll tell you what’s going on. This office is cursed.

Michael: It is up to me to get rid of the curse that hit Meredith with my car. I’m not superstitious, but, I’m a little stitious.

Michael: Did anyone do anything involving an Indian burial ground?
Oscar: Like what?
Michael: Like park on it.

Michael: So our tragedy is your good luck. Satan.

Dwight: Cats do not provide milk or wool or meat.

Michael: I think you should go to the hospital and pay your respects.
Dwight: I do not respect her, but I will go.

Michael: Thanks for the permission. Psych!

Phyllis: I’m a Lutheran, and Bob is a Unitarian. It keeps things spicy.
Angela: That’s why we’re cursed.

Creed: I’ve been involved in a number of cults, both as a leader and a follower. You have more fun as a follower. But you make more money as a leader.

Michael: Kelly, you are Hindu, so you believe in Buddha.
Kelly: That’s Buddhists.
Michael: Are you sure?
Kelly: No.

IT Tech Guy: If you’re going to reduce my identity to my religion, then I’m Sikh. But I also like hip-hop and NPR, and I’m restoring a 1967 Corvette in my spare time.

Dwight: With the electricity we’re using to keep Meredith alive, we could power a small fan for two days. You tell me what’s unethical.

Dwight: Are you a doctor or a male nurse?

Dwight: Her chart doesn’t indicate that she had a hysterectomy, but she did, or at least, she got time off for one.
Intern: So that is where her uterus went.

Kelly: If there was a god, then Ryan and I would be married by now.

Michael: Maybe there’s some sort of animal that we could make a sacrifice to. Like … a giant buffalo. Or some sort of monster, like something with the body of a walrus with the head of a sea lion. Something with a body of an egret, with the head of a meerkat. Or just the head of a monkey, with the antlers of a reindeer. With the body of a … porcupine.

Jim: Six of one, really.

Michael: Is there a god? If not, what are all these churches for? And who is Jesus’ dad?

Kevin: Oh well. If they aren’t together now, then they probably never will be. I thought they’d be good together. Like PB & J. Pam Beesly and Jim. What a waste. What. A. Waste.

Michael: A woman shouldn’t have to be hit by a car to learn that she may have rabies.

Michael: Hi Stankley, how many sponsors so far?
Stanley: Zero.

Michael: Phyllis, how is the rabies quilt coming?

Michael: I know that you’re probably scared of people seeing your fat legs in shorts.

Michael: It is not olden times anymore.

Andy: I’m petrified of nipple chafing. Once it starts, it is a vicious circle.

Angela: This is Sprinkles. She was my best friend.

Angela: This is Halloween last year. Just a couple of kittens, out on the town.

Angela: I’m having relationship problems. And since you’re always having relationship problems, I thought you’d be able to give me some advice.

Angela: I have this crazy thought, that I know is crazy, that maybe Dwight killed my cat.

Angela: When I got home, Sprinkles’ body was in the freezer, where Dwight said he left her, but all my bags of frozen french fries had been clawed to shreds!

Angela: Did Roy ever kill one of your cats?
Pam: I’m more of a dog person.

Jim: So what’s your strategy for this race?
Pam: Well, I’m going to start fast. Then I’m going to run fast in the middle. Then I’m going to end fast.
Jim: Why won’t more people do that?
Pam: ‘Cause they’re stupid.

Pam: Yeah, I gave him a ride home because … we’re dating.
Jim: Wow. There it is.
Pam: Yeah. We haven’t told anybody, but it’s going really great. Right?
Jim: It is going really great.

Dwight: You’re taking this out on me, but I was only the messenger.

Dwight: You’ll feel better after the 5K. Exercise is good for depression.

Michael: I always imagined it with a giant check.
Jim: Yeah, I mean personally, I am definitely on board with the giant check.
Pam: Giant check it is.
Dwight: I don’t know. On the other hand, it does leave less money for bat birth control.

Pam: There is no such thing as a rabies doctor.

Michael: Have you met that kid? Not going to college.

Pam: Michael, 5K means five kilometers, not five thousand miles.

Pam: So I closed the door, but the image of his …
Jim: Baguette.
Pam: … dangling participle …
Jim: Ooh.
Pam: … still burned in my eyes.

Pam: On average, how many hours a day do you spend naked in your office?

Pam: I didn’t see where it started, but I saw where it ended.
Jim: Gross.

Pam: They say if you’re nervous around someone, you should picture them naked. I do not recommend this strategy. Try picturing them with more clothes on. Or a funny coat.

Jim: Oh, I’m sorry. Is this a working office? And not a French beach?

Jan: Look, I don’t know what your deal is. But he’s mine, okay? So hands off.

Michael: Myth: Three Americans every year die from rabies. Fact: Four Americans every year die from rabies.

Michael: It is truly the silent killer. No, it is the foaming barking killer.

Michael: He’s happy because he’s insane.

Michael: I would like you to accept this check for $340 made out to “Science.”

Michael: I’m fast. I’m very fast. I’m like Forrest Gump. Except, I am not an idiot.

Andy: The key is drafting, to eliminate wind resistance.

Michael: Rabies victims have to live with an irrational hatred of water their entire lives.

Michael: That fettuccini is hitting my stomach like a rock.

Michael: Wait, Imodium or Ex-lax?

Pam: You have reached the offices of Dunder Mifflin Scranton. Currently the entire staff is out doing the Michael Scott D.M.S.M.P.M.C. Rabies Awareness Pro-Am Fun Run Race.
Michael: For The Cure.
Pam: Leave a message.

Michael: Oh, alfredo sauce. I’m getting a stitch.

Dwight: I’m robbing her! It’s nothing!

Angela: Cat heaven is a beautiful place. But you don’t get there if you’re euthanized!

Michael: Take bat bites seriously. Don’t get bit.

Dwight: Or we can have her buried out at the east field. By mother.

Toby: And the winner is Toby Flenderson!
Kelly: Have a seat. I’ll write it down.
Toby: Where are we?
Kelly: I don’t know. Like five kilometers from the office.
Toby: He couldn’t have made it a circle?

Pam: I know you, Michael. I saw you naked.
Michael: You don’t know me. You’ve just seen my penis.

Michael: I ate more fettuccini alfredo and drank less water than I have in my entire life.

Michael: Today I had a triumph of the human body.

Michael: While I eventually puked my guts out, I never puked my heart out. And I’m very, very proud of that.

Rating

8.41/10

Find a summary of Season 4 ratings here.

672 comments

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  1. 672. Stacey  

    Just rewatching this ep on hulu and, when Pam says “Michael, Angela’s cat died,” I always loved how Michael knew Angela’s cat’s name was Sprinkles and how he says it in such disbelief. Hahahahaha it makes me laugh every time!!


  2. 671. Callan  

    In Ryan’s first talking head, did anyone else think he was doing a bit of a Ricky Gervais-as-David Brent? I thought it looked a little like that.


  3. 670. tuna tuna tuna  

    george- boycott the repeat! support the writers, no replacement programming!


  4. 669. Jason  

    It will be the hour long show.


  5. 668. Christian  

    “As great of a line as that was, this just doesn’t happen to people as successful as Jan, to break down and become a moronic fool like Jan has become”

    I think the thing is is that she put on a facade of being the perfect, successful corporate superwoman. Her whole breakdown is making fun of people who idolize the *image* of being corporate superstars.


  6. 667. tuna tuna tuna  

    In response to thoughts that Dwight killing Angela’s cat was “out of character”: remember grief counseling? He breaks the beak off of the dead bird trying to shove it into a soda can! and he references being a farmer as an explanation for his actions that time as well.


  7. 666. JJ  

    FYI – Fun Run is being repeated this Saturday night at 8pm!


  8. 665. Big Tuna  

    Oh, whats that? The deleted scenes aren’t available in Canada? Oh, yeah. Right.
    Thanks NBC. Thanks.
    Slash not.


  9. 664. shark eyes  

    I thought the deleted scene where Michael knew what secular humanism was hilarious; that should have been in there.

    Also, although I miss the confused/timid Pam of season one, I don’t think she’s necessarily too snarky in this episode. The way she deals with Michael is condescending, but it does get him to finish the race. I don’t think she was being snarky with Angela, I think she was just trying to find a nice way to phrase the fact that she couldn’t really relate, however much it might have ‘disgusted’ Angela.

    And this has probably been mentioned, but I thought showing Angela shoving Dwight into the filing cabinet right after that squee-worthy JAM moment was hilarious! The editing seemed kind of awkward for the rest of the show but that transition was great.


  10. 663. James  

    this was def. the hardest i’ve laughed in a long time.
    I don’t see how you could not like it, unless you just want to stray from everyone else.
    I don’t know. I woke up my family because i was laughing so hard


  11. 662. Callan  

    Re 719: Yeah, my original point was that even if Ryan was paid part commission with a base salary, it could not have been much to make a living, because he was not receiving any commission. Plus, he was paying for business school. That was my point.


  12. 661. jam fan  

    I thought that the writers handled the Jam relationship really well.. it’s good to see that their relationship hasn’t changed the dynamic of the show too much and I can’t wait to see more.


  13. 660. McOfficeFan  

    My thoughts exactly JMG #658. I’m glad you put that out there.


  14. 659. Callan  

    Re 713, Yeah, but he was no longer a temp. He was a full employee of Dunder-Mifflin when he became a salesperson. I doubt the temp agency kept paying his salary when he got the sales job, because I’m pretty sure they’re still not paying him now that he has a corporate job.


  15. 658. Pam-casso  

    BenA (#713) — Yes, you’re right. Ryan started as a temp. How could I forget that? Yikes.


  16. 657. bd1011  

    i would like to add my 2 cents to the criticisms of pam. she has always kept michael in check and been honest with him, her speech at the end was trying to appeal to his backward way of looking at things because she knows how to deal with him better than anyone and knows that is the only thing that will work- challenging him to prove that he is capable. as far as the angela conversation is concerned, remember is season 3 when angela offered pam her “dominant male” kitten and pam said no? obviously pam just doesn’t like cats and saying “i’m more of a dog person” is a more sensitive and tactful way of expressing that. she is the same sweet person and she has never been a doormat. she is just happy now. i also agree with kevin- trust the writers!


  17. 656. BenA  

    Actually, Ryan started as a temp, so he would be paid through the temp agency. As for the salesmen, I’m sure they’re paid a base salary, and then get commission on top of that. So Ryan just didn’t get anything extra.


  18. 655. Pam-casso  

    Callan (#711) — The sales staff definitely work at least partly on commission. That was a major plot element in “Diversity Day” when Jim was trying so hard to get a sale that would be 25% of his annual commission and then Dwight stole it out from under him. But how Ryan survived without making any sales I’m not quite sure. If he started as an intern that means that he was unpaid altogether–doing this for the experience, etc.–so perhaps he has some sort of outside funding keeping him afloat? Like, student loans, for example? I don’t know. Great question.


  19. 654. Callan  

    I have a quick question: In this episode, Pam makes reference to the hourly workers and salespeople when determing carpools to the hospital.

    To me, this was an inference that the salespeople aren’t paid an hourly wage and are paid based on a commission .

    If the salespeople work on commission or at least part of their salary is made up by commission, then how did Ryan ever earn a living last season??? He never made a sale!

    Sorry, this is probably a ridiculous question, but it was something I was wondering when re-watching the episode.


  20. 653. BenA  

    Re: #705 Pam-casso – Well put about Pam, and Jim encouraging her! Completely agree with you. “Boys and Girls” from Season 2 is a perfect example of that.

    Now enough about Pam, because I still think she’s completely adorable no matter what people say. What do you guys think will happen with Dwight and Angela? Will Angela turn from Dwight’s mercy-killing tactics to Andy’s anger-controlling tactics?

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