The Office: Survivor Man, 4.11

Thursday, November 8th, 2007 | 288 comments


The Office

W: Steve Carell, D: Paul Feig

Summary (NBC): After Ryan excludes Michael from a corporate wilderness retreat, Michael heads into the woods for his own survival adventure with nothing but the suit on his back. Back at work, Jim tries to revolutionize the office birthday party.

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Favorite quotes

Pam: Michael wasn’t invited. Apparently they already knew everything they needed to know about him.

Phyllis: Bob and I took rock climbing lessons once.

Phyllis: Michael wasn’t invited on Ryan’s camping trip. Toby went, but Michael didn’t go. He wasn’t invited.

Toby: “No more smores, no more smores.”

Jim: When Michael plays the hypothetical game, I always say yes. And I am always busy.

Michael: How often can you actually donate blood?
Jim: Is there a limit?

Michael: Hello, I’m Broken Mountain.

Michael: Okay, I will only need two things. Duct tape and a knife.

Dwight: It’s better to be hurt by someone you know accidentally than by a stranger on purpose.

Pam: Do you want me to ask where you’re going?

Michael: When I return, I hope to be a completely changed human being.
Jim: That’d be great.

Dwight: Do I believe that Michael possesses the skills to survive in a hostile environment? Let’s put it this way: no, I do not.

Dwight: I would remove your teeth and cut off your fingertips so you could not be identified. And they would call me the Overkill Killer.

Michael: You are as creepy as a real serial killer.

Dwight: It would be better if you were unconscious.

Michael: Please allow me to have one cathartic experience in my life?

Michael: Blacks do crack! Not crack the drug.

Jim: He only sings the high harmony to “Happy Birthday.”

Pam: Wow! You’re shaking things up a bit, huh?

Dwight: Can you smell the trees and the nature?

Michael: Leave me be, Dwight.

Creed: I want pie. I want peach pie.

Creed: You tell her it’s for Creed. She’ll know what that means.

Michael: The sun is in the two-thirds easterly quadrant, which would make it about (looks at watch) 2 o’clock in the afternoon.

Michael: Watch that I don’t hit my corroded artery here …

Dwight: I will let harm befall him. I will even let him die. But I will never let him lose his dignity.

Andy: Me likey the ice cream cake, okay? Fudgey the Whale.

Andy: Pizza rolls. Mushroom caps.

Michael: Jan has plastic boobs!


Michael: I have fashioned my hat back into my pants.

Michael: Happy birthday, buddy.

Kevin: Most days I just sit and wait for the break.

Stanley: I took an extra shot of insulin in preparation for this cake today. If I don’t have some cake soon, I might die.

Creed: Nothing! Nothing going on. We’re talking about nothing. C’mon gang.

Michael: Well if you take a look at this, I tented my pants. I’ve made myself a nice pants tent shelter.

Dwight: Nothing to worry about. Just using the scope. Safety is … on.

Toby: Michael scheduled it for 4:58 on a Friday. People sang in the parking lot.

Angela: I am not a machine, Jim.

Phyllis: Hey, Michael. I mean Jim.

Michael: Man became civilized for a reason. He decided that he liked to have warmth, and clothing, and television, and hamburgers, and to walk upright, and to have a soft futon at the end of the day. He didn’t want to have to struggle to survive. I don’t need the woods. I have a nice wood desk. I don’t need fresh air, because I have the freshest air around, AC. And I don’t need wide open spaces. Check it out. I can also make it the sky.

Michael: Ten years, you’ll figure it out.
Jim: Well, I don’t think I’ll be here in ten years.
Michael: That’s what I said. That’s what she said.
Jim: That’s what who said.
Michael: I never know. I just say it. I say stuff like that, you know, to lighten the tension. When things sort of get hard.
Jim: That’s what she said.
Michael: Hey! Nice. Really good. Bravo, my young ward.



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  1. 288. Wm. B.  

    Just watched the episode. VERY good! The interaction between Michael and Jim at the end was fantastic.

  2. 287. sorano916  

    Tanster, isn’t the car Behind-The-Scenes pictures from “Dunder Mifflin Infinity”?

    [from tanster: oops! moved. thanks!]

  3. 286. teampammy  

    Hahaha, when they are showing the sequence of surprise birthdays, you can tell that Phyllis was actually cracking up. I’m glad they kept it, though. It made me laugh so hard.

  4. 285. Rachel Lower  

    YES I PEED MYSELF TOO, haha. It was a very funny ep.

  5. 284. Gottalovedwight  

    A little daunting with Jim’s facial expression when everyone accidently called him Michael, I really hope this doesn’t mean Jim quits or leaves or anything tragic like that…oh no..

  6. 283. kim s  

    The only thing that bothered me about this episode was the obvious crane shot going into the first commercial break. How would the documentary crew achieve that shot? It took away from the perceived reality/rules of the show.

  7. 282. Mabby  

    I thought the episode was great as usual!!

    Pam making fun of “Boss Jim” was hilarious. Like when she said, “Conference room?” and gave that little smirk.

    I LOVED the end scene with Jim and Michael talking about how to be the boss. It reminded me of the scene at the end of Benihana Christmas where it really seemed like it was John and Steve talking to each other.


  8. 281. becky  

    AWESOME episode! hilarious! one of the best of the season!! :D

  9. 280. elena  

    why did this episode get such low ratings? I thought steve carell’s writing was GENIUS, and it reminded me of the injury in the way that MY PANTS WERE FILLED WITH PEE because I was laughing so hard. he got all the little moments right, like andy sliding his chair to talk to Jim, angela’s line about “party planning elves”, and creed’s aside to Jim about the cobbler. and him eating the cobbler alone. in a corner. Creed!! I also loved Michael in the wilderness “I have a wood desk…”

  10. 279. officeisms1978  

    Next 2 deleted scenes are up!! Hilarious.

  11. 278. ShruteBeets  

    Did anyone else notice how Dwight places the dart shooter on his lips AFTER he takes it out of the toilet!!! The funniest thing is, when he’s taking it out, he’s careful not to use his entire hand.

  12. 277. Helen  

    #286 I agree with your comments. What a great show!! When Dwight was looking at Michael with the scope and didn’t have the safety on was pure Dwight. I really got a laugh out of Jim having a hard time with the “birthday crew”, and loved the way Jim and Michael bonded at the end. Jim was so very, very glad Michael was back. And when Phyllis called Jim “Michael” and Jim saying that he will always remember that was really cute!!

  13. 276. Andy  

    “Well if you take a look at this, I tented my pants..”

    Best line of the episode. Good for Steve for taking a stand with his fellow writers and respecting the picket line. As Neil Young once sung “I’m proud to be a union man, I make those meetings when I can.. I pay my dues ahead of time, when the benefits come I’m last in line!”

  14. 275. ShruteBeets  

    It’s taken me this long to watch the episode, and man was i missing out!!!
    This could very well be my absolute favourite episode ever! Pure genius.
    I have always said and will continue to say that Rainn Wilson is the best thing about that show.
    Mouthing: “Come on. Come. Stay Back. But come.”
    Michael broke my heart singing to Creed.
    It was just perfection.

  15. 274. Look Alive Halpert  

    Great Ep. #283 & 284 – I noticed the same thing. It’s really cool, I bet the continuity guys didn’t give it a second though…it really speaks to the quality of the fan base that so many of us picked up on that so quick. Sometimes it’s as if we know that show better than they do :-)

  16. 273. CH  

    Am I the only one who noticed that the sex doll had a sign that said “Stacy” on her during Kevin’s bday party flashback? I just noticed this, and it added a whole new dimension of comedy to the scene.

  17. 272. james  

    With the birthday deal. A lot of the people that work in the office could have easily just not told anyone their birthday dates…until later on.

  18. 271. Awesome Blossom  

    Great episode. Really well written. But yeah, I couldn’t help but notice the birthday boner. That’s what she said!

  19. 270. websokind  

    92 – I know this is late but after a rewatch I did notice that the camera was most likely on top of a steep hill looking down on Michael in a valley.

  20. 269. Pucci  

    Did anyone else feel the intense mood shift when Michael entered the conference room while they were singing happy birthday to Creed? It was as if the entire room went from somber black and white to ebullient techni-color. Michael’s gift to the people who work in the Office is exactly that: he can lift their spirits in a nano-second with his ridiculous singing and commands for skipping. That’s what Jim needs to learn how to do in order to be a successful RM.

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