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The Office: The Injury

by Michael Sciannamea, posted Jan 13th 2006 3:34PM

As we well know by now, Michael Scott can be as obnoxious as the next guy (or woman) sitting in the cubicle across from you. However, as a regional manager for Dunder Mifflin, his obnoxiousness is amplified many times over. This week we see that Michael is not exactly the toughest guy when it comes to dealing with pain, although burning his foot on a George Foreman Grill while waiting for his six strips of bacon to cook is kind of a stupid way to hurt yourself.

Michael calls the office and begs for someone to pick him up and take him to work, but no one is exactly jumping at the chance. Finally, Dwight (who else) volunteers to get him, but while leaving the office parking lot, he bangs into a pole and it appears he has hurt himself as well, but he soliders on.

We then see Michael enter the office on crutches with a makeshift bubble wrap around his burned foot. Although he is doing his best to garner sympathy from the staff, he is not very successful. We also notice that Dwight is acting a bit strange, which is a stretch because we all know he is a bit off-kilter to begin with. In fact, Dwight is being personable, and downright nice. Pam is pleasantly surprised, but Jim is not sure to what make of this development.


Michael continues to "struggle" with his injury, claiming that he is disabled and actually gets Billy Merchant, the property office manager, to show up in the conference room. Billy is in a wheelchair, and Michael tries to draw comparisons between his injury and Billy's situation, but no one is making the connection. In fact, Billy ends up poking fun at himself and at Michael. Meanwhile, it appears that Dwight could be suffering from a concussion because he continues to act weird.

Ryan, who was "asked" by Michael to bring him food, has had enough and crushes four extra strength asprins into Michael's pudding to stop the madness. Michael suddenly feels a lot better, but the decision is made to bring Dwight to the hospital because he really is not right. Michael and Dwight both act up in the van while Jim is taking them there, and Jim ends up squirting them from a water bottle to calm them both down.

At the hospital, Dwight is diagnosed with a concussion, and will be brought in for a cAT scan. Michael is still trying to convince the doctor that he is severely injured, but he has no luck. Again we see some of Michael's inner humanity as he goes with Dwight into the cAT scan room, but he still is seeking sympathy by attempting to stick his foot into the machine.

Another solid episode. This show gets better with each and every week. Even Dwight was fairly tame although suffering from a head injury.

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Byron Karmopolis

I still don't get the Dwight/Angela thing, but I did like when Pam told Oscar that Idiot was fine. Jim with the water bottle was as funny as when he popped Dwight's ball way back when. As much as the US version should stand on its own legs, I do like it when we see the Tim picking on Gareth kind of thing.
Anyway, "Kelly" wrote a most pleasing episode. She should do more. And where's the love for Stanley? He cracks me up long time.

January 15 2006 at 12:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I almost lost it during the van scene.

I love the human side to the show, like when Pam lets Angela know that Dwight is ok without revealing her concern for him (via telling Oscar). It supplants the comedy well and makes the show something more than just sketch comedy.

January 13 2006 at 7:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rich Keller

Cringe moment of the night: When Michael tells Billy 'You know, you and I aren't that different'. Change the channel there.
This episode was more absurd then the previous one. The moment that got me was when Dwight is in Michael's office with Pam and stops in the middle of a sentence. Very funny.
There was also a nice moment when Pam gives Dwight a hug after being so nice during the day.

January 13 2006 at 6:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Yeah, Michael wasn't over the top like other episodes, thus making it funny.
Dwight is very funny.
Pam is cute. I like that most of the characters are look like real people.

January 13 2006 at 6:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I loved this episode! This has become the big show for me. I tell everyone about it.

January 13 2006 at 5:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Every week it becomes harder and harder to tell whether Michael or Dwight is a bigger putz. Michael, despite his selfishness, occasionally gets my sympathy because he's just so darn pathetic. Dwight on the the other hand, is just nuts. It's sad that it takes a concussion to bring out the normal, sane human being side of Dwight. I felt sad (like Pam) when we knew he'd be reverting back to his nutty self.

of course, without original Dwight, The Office wouldn't be The Office. And then what would I do on Thursdays 9:30-10?


January 13 2006 at 4:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

when dwight puked on the car i lost it.

and then jim with the water bottle...

it was almost scrubs-like in it's absurdity, and i think this was one of the best episodes so far.

January 13 2006 at 4:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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