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. 592. Pamera  

    Everyone is saying that we didn’t get to see Jim and Pam’s first kiss, but we got to see “Casino Night” – what could be better than that? I guess I can understand that some people want to see their first days as a couple, but I personally like the fact that we haven’t gotten to see everything. It’s different from every other televison show today. Just think: If the writers gave us everything that we wanted too fast, then what would we have to look forward to in future episodes? I’m loving this season so far!


  2. 591. Tamar  

    I see so many are complaining about not seeing the first Jim/Pam date and/or first kiss.

    Well, obviously. This isn’t like Casino Night where everything that happened was in the office and it’s surroundings. I really doubt Jim and Pam’s first date would take place there. (Oops- second date. Their first really did happen there!)

    And I also don’t think we’ll be seeing flashbacks simply because it seems to me that the camera crew didn’t know about the romance until they caught Jim and Pam in the car (and they went after Pam because of Kevin’s suspicions).

    Just my two stanley-nickels. No need to throw rocks.


  3. 590. Matt  

    I was going to post that I don’t see anything wrong with Pam or Jim’s behavior in the episode like so many others. They are in a new love, but still consider those around them. Pam was trying to be helpful to Angela after her cat died. Then her little speech to Michael when he was on the ground almost in tears. And I didn’t see Pam being snarky or not sweet at all, but more assertive now that she has more confidence.


  4. 589. Pam-casso  

    A lot of folks are complaining that we didn’t get to see Pam & Jim’s first date, first kiss as a couple, etc. but I think it’s important to remember that we’ve only seen one episode so far. There’s plenty of time for flashbacks, etc.

    Regarding Pam’s new look, if she didn’t change her style a little to reflect the fact that she’s genuinely happy these days I think I would have been surprised. That’s precisely the kind of thing that happens in real life, and it’s the reality of this show that is one of its key attractions. I actually think could end up being an interesting plot device, too. For example, if Pam comes to work with her hair back as in previous seasons, we can know that she’s had some sort of fight with Jim…


  5. 588. Sara  

    CH – I know what you mean. I wanted to see the big first kiss after their date or something, which might still be possible if the crew shows the office the history of JAM or something, but even if they don’t, and they probably won’t, the kiss says it all. I think we’ll be seeing a little bit more of those and then some in the future (:

    & I don’t think anyone has mentioned how awesome it was to have the IT Tech Guy back! I loved him from Email Surveillance. And Elisabeth was back, too! It was like a reunion of my favorite guest stars!


  6. 587. Tricia  

    #630–
    Is this “Paul” as in Toby-Paul, or “Paul” as in Officetally fan with a theory?


  7. 586. Claire  

    Love triangle alert. Andwangela people! I don’t like it but i think its going to happen.


  8. 585. Krazy4Karen  

    The thought that I won’t be seeing Karen any more greatly disappoints me. She was a really great character, and an awesome girlfriend! I still love her more than Pam, and I hold to the idea that she was too good for Jim. I can’t believe HE broke up with HER. It doesn’t seem right. Maybe I just feel shafted because I missed all the fun details of the Jim-Karen break-up and the Jim-Pam get-together.


  9. 584. Paul  

    For everyone who is uncertain about the whole Pam downloading porn thing, this is the story: She must have seen it in her email inbox, like a spam email for a celebrity sex tape. Maybe Pam was just interested on which celebrity it was. She clicked on it and it caused the computer to crash, “it all happened so fast.” That’s why the I.T. guy was there, bring ing the computer back up to speed. Pam did not intentionally buy porn. Hope this helps.


  10. 583. CH  

    My sister said she felt cheated that we didn’t see Jim and Pam’s first big kiss as a couple; she thinks the 2-month-fast-forward robbed us of some of those crucial moments. I’m thinking there’s still a lot left to be said about the early days of the relationship. Thoughts?


  11. 582. Domestic Bliss  

    Question:

    Does anyone have any idea on how they did the Meredith getting hit with the car stunt. I’ve watched it over and over again and can’t quite figure it out. Either Meredith is riding on the hood of the car the entire time or she literally throws herself on top of a moving car. Either way….impressive.


  12. 581. Lila  

    I really hate the new Pam.

    It was great to see an actress as gorgeous as Jenna playing someone toned down, insecure, normal and kind. I think so many people were drawn to Pam because she was so different from all the other females on TV that are just used as sex symbols. But I feel that New Pam is just like every other female character we see on every other TV show. No longer does she have that sweetness, and she just seems smug, snarky and rude.

    We already saw Jim display some jerk-ish qualities last season, and now with bossy New Pam, this couple as a whole seems like they think they are too good for everyone else at the office.

    Of course, it’s only been one episode, so hopefully things will change…


  13. 580. Steamtown Buff  

    #604

    I think I started that rumor. Jim parked his car a few blocks from the office and then jumped into another car with Pam, followed by a “Hello Honey” kiss. If they weren’t living together they would at least drive home to their own apartments before going on a “date”.

    Jim and Pam also bought a lamp together. Not something casual dating couples usually do.

    Finally, the Pam Porn. I guess to show that Pam wants to be hot in bed for Jim?

    Pam is no virgin. She was shacking up with Roy for several years. But why fast-forward Jim and Pam to this advanced stage without showing us the steps along the way. That was incredibly disappointing to me.


  14. 579. LBJ  

    I always knew J&J had great chemistry but man, last night they just *sizzled*. That conference room scene–wow! JK knocked it out of the park (that boy can blush!) and it was so satisfying to *finally* see J&P busting-at-the-seams happy. My only worry is that they blew a pretty big wad in the first ep, so hopefully they don’t feel the need to create artificial tension down the line.

    It was great how much screen time there was for some of the under-utilized characters like Angela, Meredith and even Kevin. Hopefully the trend continues through the rest of the season–there’s some real under-tapped (is that a word?) talent in their ranks. Maybe in the next few weeks we’ll get to see more Phyllis, Stanley, Kelly & Darryl (my personal favorites).

    Some of the humor, especially in the Michael scenes, was pretty broad and not as nuanced as other eps but that could be because it was a season opener and they had a lot to accomplish bringing everyone up to speed. I’m hoping once they have to layer Ryan in, the fur will start to fly for real.


  15. 578. Moose  

    There were a lot of good moments, but even after watching it a second time, I still have this horribly nagging feeling – this felt a lot like an episode of The Simpsons. Maybe it was Michael’s Mr. Burns ‘excellent’ comment that triggered it, but I can totally see Homer hitting Barney with his car, Apu as the IT guy, Dr. Hibbert making the uterus joke, Lenny and Carl taking a taxi to Moe’s for a drink and Bart putting Snowball II in the freezer.


  16. 577. rachel  

    i think this season the focus will be on dwight and angela (plus andy?!?!), and not so much jim and pam, since their love life has FINALLLLYYYY been resolved. i love dwight and angela just as much as jim and pam, so it’ll be a great thing to see their relationship more. i think the episode wasn’t up to par, but i’m sure that the writers will take into consideration what the audience is thinking/saying, and the episodes will gradually get back to what it used to be.
    i also agree that thirty minutes is a way better time slot. the jokes did drag a little, but at least they were hilarious. “this is the face of rabies.” :]


  17. 576. GeorgeJetson  

    I loved the cold-opener… It was so serene, plain even. Then Michael hit Meredith with his car.

    I feel bad for laughing, but that was just -amazing-.


  18. 575. spinkles  

    helper-

    I noticed that in another talking head also… I think it was Kevin and Oscar’s.. I don’t really get it. Anyone else notice this?


  19. 574. helper  

    I revise my statement in #615, Andy moves slightly in the shot, my mistake.


  20. 573. Angela  

    Did anyone notice when Dwight was explaining to Angela how he killed her cat that he has a little of a lisp? Maybe I’m crazy but I thought it was cute.

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