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"The Office" Recap: Episode 20, "Safety Training"

"The Office" Recap: Episode 20, "Safety Training"

This week on "The Office," Michael's safety lesson about the dangers of depression turns into a real examination of his life. Meanwhile, the other office employees start taking bets on anything and everything, and Andy (who now wants to be called "Drew") returns from his anger-management leave.

It was an amusing episode with some excellent moments, though I was bugged by how very quickly Michael's joke demonstration became a real thing. It just seemed strange.


Here are some of my favorite bits from this week's episodes. Tell me some of yours in the comments.

  • Dwight has decided to shun Andy for three years. He says shunning, an Amish technique, is "like slapping someone with silence." Dwight is familiar with it because "I was shunned from the age 4 until my sixth birthday for not saving the oil from a can of tuna."
  • Later in the episode anytime Dwight absolutely had to speak with Andy, he had to "unshun" and then "reshun" Andy, using his hand to indicate a screen opening and closing.
  • Everyone takes bets on Kelly's explanation of how to use Netflix, with some people winning more money based on how often she said "awesome" and "romantic comedy."

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  • Dwight demands to speak to Andy through Jim.
    Dwight: "Tell him bears can climb faster than they can run, Jim — tell him!"
    Jim: "An— ...nah, he’s too far."
    Dwight: "Damn you."

  • In the office, Toby has his own safety training speech to give, and Michael introduces him thusly: "Toby now has the floor, and he is going to try not to screw this up like everything else in his life."
  • "What, Nerf isn't cool anymore?" — Michael, when Darryl sneers at Michael's cushy "Nerf ball" life
  • "I worked in a warehouse. Men’s Wearhouse. I was a greeter." — Michael
  • Michael decides their safety training wasn't as interesting as Darryl's warehouse safety training, so he wants to do another demonstration explaining the dangers of depression. Dwight suggests they use a depression quilt, but Michael says they don't have time to make a quilt.
  • Dwight: "Depressed? Isn’t that a fancy word for feeling 'bummed out?'"
    Micheal: "Dwight, you ignorant slut."
  • "I’m Braveheart. I am." — Michael, when Darryl calls him Braveheart to talk him down from the roof
  • "I saved a life. My own. Am I a hero? I really can’t say. But yes." — Michael, upon deciding not to jump off the roof

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