There are basically two perils facing the workers of Dunder Mifflin: getting caught bare-sleeved in the occasional draft, and Michael Scott. Determined to prove to the warehouse that hazards of the cubicle are no laughing matter, Michael enlists the help of Dwight and a towering turret of air for a mock suicide attempt. However, poor planning and even poorer execution make the rooftop threat a little too real and the rest of the office has to bet against the odds that his life is worth talking him down.

The Michael Scott School of Hard Knocks

Of the many ill-conceived, disastrous ideas that continually incubate within Michael’s mind, hurling himself from the roof of a multi-storied building onto an inflatable bouncy castle in order to awaken his employees to the grave dangers of depression has got to be the worst to hatch yet.

Dwight : When you land, try and land like an eight-year old. These bouncy castles are not designed for adults.
Michael : I don’t know if I wanna do this.
Dwight : You wanna do another test? I got plenty of watermelons in my trunk.
Michael : No, no more. The tests are going terrible. If we keep doing ‘em, I’m not going to want to jump. [Exhales] This is about doing, not thinking.

Doing, not thinking… as opposed to everything else he does?

Dwight : Hey guys, listen up. Michael is up on the roof and acting strange.
Andy : Whoa, what’s the situation?
Dwight : Un-shun. I think he’s suffering from depression. Re-shun.
Andy : Okay, when’s this shunning thing going to end?
Dwight : Un-shun. Never. Re-shun. I think he wants you all to come out to the parking lot and watch him die.

Oh yeah, there’s no way this could end up as front page news.

Dwight Being Dwight

The last thing a boss like Michael needs is a sidekick like Dwight.

Michael : They use props, they use visual aids, and they just made us look like dopes.
Dwight : Idiots! God, what are we gonna do!
Michael : I don’t know. I don’t know. Because you know what our killer is? Depression.
Dwight : [at the same time] Wolves.
Michael : Depression.
Dwight : Visual aids.
Michael : Yes.
Dwight : A quilt– depression quilt?
Michael : No time to sew a quilt. I got it. Give me the number for the Giant Big Box toy store.

Knowing Michael, Dwight has that number on speed dial.

Michael : Maybe we should test this first. Letterman-style. Throw a TV over.
Dwight : We measured it once.
Michael : Go buy some watermelons.
Dwight : Seedless?

No request is too unlikely to not warrant an equally unlikely clarification.

[The watermelon test has not gone well]
Michael : Oh, crap. Deactivate the car alarm. Clean up the mess.
Dwight : Okay.
Michael : Find out whose car that is. If it’s Stanley’s, call the offices of James P. Albini. See if he handles hate crimes.
Dwight : Got it.
Michael : Also, take apart the trampoline. Stick it in the baler.
Dwight : We’re not allowed to use the baler.
Michael : Have Padge do it, or the sea monster.
Dwight : I’m on it!

I’m sure Dwight has that number on speed dial too.

The Many Faces of Jim

Now that Jim and Dwight are once again even, we can get back down to business.

Dwight : Jim, could you please inform Andy Bernard that he is being shunned?
Jim : Andy, Dwight says welcome back, and he could use a hug.
Dwight : Okay, tell him that that’s not true.
Jim : Dwight says that he actually doesn’t know one single fact about bear attacks.
Dwight : Okay, no, Jim, tell him bears can climb faster than they can run. Jim! Tell him!
Jim : [weakly] Andy… nah, that’s too far.
Dwight : Damn you.

Jim knows every one of Dwight’s buttons, and the biggest one is “bears.”

Confessions of a Receptionist

Pam loves office shenanigans as much as anyone (Jim), but unlike some (Jim), she doesn’t quite have it in her power to pull off many large-scale productions on her own. But once things get going, she’s all in and unstoppable.

[Gathered around Pam’s jellybeans]
Kevin : 10.
Oscar : Really, 10? That’s your guess? You’re a professional accountant.
Jim : There’s, like, 10 green ones.
Oscar : 42.
Jim : I’m gonna say 50.
Karen : 51.
Kevin : Oh come on. That is lame.
Jim : Don’t be that person.
Karen : It’s a strategy!
Pam : It’s called being smart.
Karen : Thank you.
Kevin : Oh, jeez.
[Cut to interview]
Pam : I don’t know how the whole betting thing started, but it’s fun.

Nothing warms the heart quite like a happy(er) Pam.

The Jim/Pam Index

Give Jim and Pam any amount of breathing room and they will default back to their natural orbit. And in a week with nothing more substantial to directly affect the Index, having them share the camera frame in scene after scene will more than do the trick. Safety Training safely stays an optimistic Even.

Supporting Nod

Darryl would have gotten this last week had not such fireworks gone off in the Dwangela camp. Thankfully he is back this week for the coup, however hobbled in the meantime.

Darryl : We do safety training every year. Or after an accident. We’ve never made it a full year. This particular time, I was reaching for a supply box on the top shelf, when one office worker, who shall remain nameless, kicked the ladder out from under me and yelled…
Michael : “Hey Darryl, how’s it hangin’?” [bursts out laughing]
Darryl : And I fell and busted my ankle and… I’m legitimately scared for my workers.

Supporting Supporting Nod to Lonny for his valuable contribution:

Darryl : These are very dangerous machines down here and the upstairs workers, Michael… should not go anywhere near them.
Michael : Yes, yes, but it wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world–
Darryl : It would be the worst thing in the world, it would! Very much so.
Lonny : What the hell is wrong with this man?!

The Superstar

Michael : I saved a life– my own. Am I a hero? I really can’t say. But, yes.

He, Braveheart.

Transmissions from the Office

  • Andy : You can call me Drew.
    Jim : No, I’m not gonna call you that.
    Andy : Cool. I can’t control what you do, I can only control what I do.
    Jim : Andy.
    Andy : Drew.

    I give the new Andy– er, Drew– two weeks max before another meltdown. That’s a ticking time bomb if I’ve ever seen one.

  • Michael : Today is safety training day. Toby is leading ours upstairs… yuck. But I am giving everyone a little bit of a treat. We are going to listen in on Darryl’s presentation to the warehouse. And if I know Darryl, it gonna be zoppity.

    Feeding Michael nonsensical faux-Ebonics is the gift that keeps on giving.

  • Darryl : Quiz. Mike. Should you drive the forklift?
    Michael : I can and I have.
    Darryl : No no no no no no. I said should you? You should not drive it. You should not drive the forklift. You understand?
    Lonny : You’re not allowed to drive the forklift.
    Darryl : It’s not safe. You don’t have a license.
    Michael : Guys, I’m not the only one who’s driven the forklift. Pudge has driven the forklift.
    Madge : Madge.
    Michael : I thought your name was Pudge.
    Madge : No, it’s always been Madge.
    Michael : Okay. Um, her.
    Darryl : Her. Yes, her is qualified to work a dangerous machine. You are not. Okay?
    Michael : Fine.
    Darryl : Do you understand that?
    Michael : Yesh.

    Lest you think Michael’s oblivion to danger is limited only to heavy machinery and not the wrath of a woman who could no doubt make better work of him than the baler.

  • Michael : Toby now has the floor. And he is going to try not to screw this up, like everything else in his life.

    One of these days, Toby will… actually, he probably won’t. But if he ever does… look out.

  • Michael : Okay, you’re making it sound kind of lame. So, skip ahead to the really dangerous stuff. Like sometimes computers can explode. Can they not?
    Toby : No, no.

    Michael’s version of reality has no actual grounds in reality.

  • Kevin : [to Pam] That is not fair. He has spent hours up here at reception with you. Hours and hours.
    Jim : Okay… okay.
    Kevin : No, constantly– like, for years.
    Jim : Okay.

    Best use of Kevin’s emphatic enunciations yet.

  • Kelly : So then the next movie moves to the top of the queue. So number five becomes number four. Number six becomes number five. Number three becomes number two. Etcetera, etcetera.
    [As she continues, the rest of the office one by one throws money on Ryan’s desk]
    Kelly : And let’s just say that I just sent back Love Actually, which was awesome. And they sent me Uptown Girls, which is also awesome. But guess what? Now I want to see Love Actually again. But it’s at the bottom of the queue! Oh no, what’ll I do? What I do is this. I go online, I go “click, click, click,” and I change the order of the queue so that I can see Love Actually as soon as I want to. It’s so easy, Ryan. Do you really not know how Netflix works?
    Ryan : [kisses her forehead] I guess I forgot.
    Kelly : You’re such a ditz.
    [She leaves]
    Kevin : Ryan, well done, 2 minutes, 42 seconds. Additionally, Pam, you win ten because she said “awesome” twelve times, and Jim, you win five because she mentioned six romantic comedies.

    Kelly, the leading cause of carpal tunnel syndrome in transcribers since 2005.

  • Toby : [to camera] Creed is eating an apple. I found a potato.
    Pam : Hey Creed.
    Creed : Hey!
    Pam : Hi.
    Creed : Hello.

    Initially overshadowed by Jim making the swap, the background exchange between Pam and Creed is simply not to be missed.

  • Karen : I don’t know this place as well as I thought I did. I’m getting cleaned out.

    First, never underestimate the depth of Creed’s weirdness. There’s something else you shouldn’t underestimate either, but I think she’s beginning to catch on for herself, so I’ll leave it at that.

  • Dwight : [rocking out on an air guitar and making all kinds of electric sound effects] Michael is awesome, jumpin’ off the roof, bouncin’ on a bouncy bounce, show ‘em who’s boss! Rip a hole in the sun!

    Okay, wow. I’m still in pain from how hard this made me laugh.

  • Michael : My life! Oh, my life…
    Dwight : [through megaphone] Michael, what’s wrong?
    Michael : Everything’s wrong. The stress of my modern office has caused me to go into a depression.
    Dwight : [through megaphone] Depression? Isn’t that just a fancy word for feeling “bummed out”?
    Michael : Dwight, you ignorant slut.

    Michael again demonstrating his knack for natural dialog, and Dwight the acting chops that once won him the role of Mutey the Mailman.

  • Jim : Well, you know, the first performance was a little off. But I really think they hit their stride in the second show. Um… might even bring my parents tomorrow to the matinee.
    Michael : [in background] And that is why I am going to jump off this roof.
    Jim : Oh excuse me. It’s my favorite part.

    I don’t know… personally, I’d have to go with “Dwight, you ignorant slut,” as the highlight.

  • Angela : This is just offensive.
    Ryan : At least we’re outside.

    The story of their lives.

  • Darryl : Mike, you’re a very brave man. I mean, it takes courage just to be you. To get out of bed every single day knowing full well you gotta be you.
    Michael : You really mean that?
    Darryl : I couldn’t do it. I ain’t that strong and I ain’t that brave.
    Michael : I’m braver than you?
    Darryl : Way braver! You Braveheart, man.
    Michael : I Braveheart. I am.

    Darryl is earning every cent of that new raise. Also, watch for the shot of John over in the corner trying not to break.

Odds and Ends

  • Dwight’s supervision of the single file line into the warehouse and out to the parking lot reminds me of my second year preschool teacher, Mrs. Weirnke, and our daily trips to the playground.
  • Nice work giving a nod to Michael’s previously utilized ambulance chaser of choice, James P. Albini. I actually didn’t hear this part until the second viewing, due to intense amounts of laughter from the surrounding parts, and boy am I glad for that rewind button.
  • Dwight, stop reading off your Christmas list.
  • So, does this count as resolution of last year’s threat?

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Ehhhh....not the greatest episode, thats for sure.

I thought that poor Pam would have been forced to kiss Michael as "the present".

1Posted by Pat D. on April 12, 2007

So much potential.....especially at the beginning.

Darryl was the highlight of the far.

2Posted by John on April 12, 2007

A little weak. Good luck writing a recap Jamie.

3Posted by Doug on April 12, 2007

I loved the betting. From jellybeans to Creed eating a raw potato, it was hilarious.

My hopes for JAM has gone up, them standing next to eachother in the PLoD. Kevin's observation about Jim ALWAYS up at reception. Priceless.

4Posted by pretendinitis on April 12, 2007

Kelly and Ryan had some great moments. My favorite part was Creed with the apple/potato. The bets were the best part of the show, but the rest of the episode was kind of . . . * yawn *

They could have done a lot better.

This new Andy (sorry. . . DREW) scares me more than psycho Andy ever did.

5Posted by Emily on April 12, 2007

Darryl saying it takes a lot of courage just to get up out of bed, knowing that you have to be you was my favorite part.

6Posted by John on April 12, 2007

I liked this episode, I don't need the relationship stuff every week. I loved the watermelons and Stanley's car.

7Posted by Ryan on April 12, 2007

I may be in the minority here, but I think I laughed more than any other episode this season. Watching as Ryan kept making money during Kelly's explanation of Netflix was great, as was all the betting stuff.

I like these kinds of episodes thrown in every now and then. May not have advanced the overall story, but they make me laugh :)


8Posted by Anthony on April 12, 2007

I absolutely LOVED it when they threw the watermelon off the roof and it bounced off the trampoline and hit the car, especially when Michael told Dwight to find out if it was Stanley and, if so, to hire his old ambulance chaser to defend the company against a hate crimes lawsuit. (Of all the things to throw at a black employee's car, it had to be a watermelon!)

9Posted by MarvSomething on April 12, 2007

Of course this was a letdown for all those PAM fans, but the potato and watermelon scenes were hilarious. I kept watching those scenes on my tivo.

10Posted by Peter on April 12, 2007

I loved the episode. Nothing much in the way of plot developments but with that many LOL moments I don't care.

11Posted by garbagethrower on April 12, 2007

I really liked this episode. It had many laugh out loud moments and Dwight and Michael's scheme made me chuckle.

I prefer these types of episodes because they are more faithful to the original concept of the show. Now, I'm all for character arcs/development, but when said arcs are way too focused on (JIM/PAM), then the show becomes more of a soap opera, which NBC completely exploits.

My favorite episode of the series is "Diversity Day", so I'd rather see (as an Office Manager/Drone myself) more office hyjinx infused with social commentary. Not another Ross/Rachel thing.

"Dwight, you ignorant slut."

12Posted by Jose on April 13, 2007

A pretty good episode with "the office workers" enabling Stanley's need to wager on anything and everything. The funniest scene in many an episode was the careening watermelon!! To hear Michael go from "bingo" to "whoa whoa whoa" in a split second was hilarious. To see him go into damage control was impressive. "Reset the alarm" "Clean up the watermelon" "If it was Stanley's car, call the offices of James Albini and see if he handles hate crimes". "Dismantle the trampoline and put it in the baler". What great writing!!! Leave it to Kelly to insult "sea monster" and then turn it over to Ryan to stick up for her. The "shun" "un-shun" "re-shun" stuff I could do without. Drew seems to have really paid attention in anger-management class. I miss Andy though. His ability to erupt like Vesuvius over practical jokes (staplers in jello, cell phones in the celing) was one of the best things about his character. We all know, though, that Andy will be back!

13Posted by Dunderhead on April 13, 2007

I thought the episode was very good. Sure, I enjoy some of the tension between Jim/Pam, but lately it has gotten a little tedious. This kind of episode is needed to keep the series about being an office, not about a relationship between two people.
A relationship doesn't develop day-to-day...there are some days that nothing happens. If the writers made every episode an advancement in the lives of Jim/Pam, the show wouldn't be the Office. Also, lets say they become a couple, but then John wants to leave the show to pursue a movie career. What happens to Pam then? Is she in turn forced off the show? If you read the Onion interview with Mindy, they wouldn't stop the show if one main character left, so they can't completely tie them together.
Anyway...I enjoyed it...I thought the jokes were spot on and I LOVED Dwight shunning Andy...pardon me...Drew.

14Posted by mike on April 13, 2007

Darryl definitely gets supporting nod this week. HE WAS FUNNY!!! Michael-funny as always. Glad to see his sidekick back by his side (Dwight). Pam...blah blah weak..."I have a present for you." Sure it's like Michael to fall for it, but it just solidfied her bubblegummy boring-ness to me.

Stanley at the end was hilarious. I dont know how many of you have ever paid attention to Stanley's one liners, but that dude can be SOOOOOO funny!!!! I have replayed so many of his looks, gestures and comments over and over and over again.

Good Episode.

15Posted by Monday Morning. on April 13, 2007

I really laughed during this episode. The betting was fabulous. Watching the characters faces was priceless. When they replaced Creed's apple with a potato and he didn't notice cracked me up. Also, when Jim was telling Michael of how he'd be badly hurt if he jumped on the moon bounce made me LAUGH SOOO hard. When Michael thought he'd be fine jumping on a trampoline made me laugh. Oh god, everything made me laugh. I laughed at Dwight making guitar noises and jamming with Michael on the roof - OMG Dwight's amazing!

16Posted by Lianna on April 13, 2007

I loved love loved this episode. Kelly describing netflix has got to be one of the funniest things I have heard this season. She and Ryan just get cuter and cuter in these new episodes. As for JAM, Pam and Jim working together to get Michael off of the roof was totally fulfilling. Reminded me of the way things used to be.

17Posted by sock filled with nickels on April 13, 2007

I just love Creed more and more each week.

18Posted by Ellie on April 13, 2007

More Darryl! More Darryl! More Darryl! He is The Office's unappreciated talant I hope we see his character develop more.

19Posted by Tammie on April 13, 2007

I quite liked this episode. Everything was funny, except toward the end, where Michael was going to jump. I wasn't really sure if he was still pretending to be depressed or seriously depressed.

20Posted by Cat on April 13, 2007

I think Michael did actually get depressed in the end. There's such a thin when you're playing with emotions. I think that was what was even funnier about it--he'd talked himself into a real depression. What started out as "I'll show them..." ended up in "I'm braveheart" hahah too funny.

21Posted by Monday Morning. on April 14, 2007

Did no one notice that Creed peed in the bushes while they were outside. talk about creepy. Also, I think the next episode Karen is going to confront Jim. He was spending waay too much time with Pam this episode. Luckily, we all know Rashida Jones is leaving after this season, so their break up is only a matter of time.

22Posted by Usher Jennifer Hudson Kapoor on April 14, 2007

I actually hoped she'd be back, but following such a breakup, I dont see how they would keep her character on the show.

23Posted by Pat D. on April 14, 2007

I really liked this episode. It is a great stand alone episode, instead of the instense story arcs, like someone else said. It actually kind of reminded me of "The Fire", the way Jim and Pam were working together. The way they kept standing together, and then the way they ran back from the castle together to talk to Michael reminded me of how they went over to talk to Dwight, when he was sitting in his car, listening to "Everybody Hurts."

But yeah, probably one of my favorites so far this season. There haven't been too many episodes this season, especially since "Branch Closing", that could stand on their own, I think this ep deserves a nod on that alone.

24Posted by Sarah on April 14, 2007

Not my favorite episode but I did love the bettng sub-plot. And JAM confused me this week. How did Jim go from barely talking to Pam/insulting her to being friendly with her?

25Posted by Wedding Belle on April 15, 2007

Loved this episode! So many funny moments, the cold open was one of the best in a while and Dwight was fantastic the whole way through. Shun and Re-shun, that was awesome. I actually liked that there wasn't much JAM, although enough of a hint of it to give some hope. Looking forward to seeing how things go from here.

26Posted by Alana on April 15, 2007

I can see why some people weren't crazy about this episode - but to me, it was the funniest of the season. Between Darryl, the betting, and Michael nearly "killing himself pretening to kill himself," there were just so many laugh-out-loud moments in this one. When Kevin gave the recap of who won what after Kelly got done explaining Netflix to Ryan, I literally almost died. Then like 10 seconds later, the Creed potato scene made me laugh even harder! And while the storylines weren't advanced in a big way, it was great to see Jim and Pam NOT being awkward around each other.

27Posted by Kyle on April 15, 2007

i thought this episode was really funny. it had more of a season 1&2 feeling to it where individual episodes could stand on their own and not rely on the week to week drama. the betting was well done, and the bouncy castle - GENIUS!

one thing that bothered me - the background was obviously southern california when michael and dwight were on the roof. maybe i just noticed because i live here, but it didn't stop me from laughing nearly to the point of tears.

i also thought it was nice to have a break from the jim/pam drama. i think their characters are the best when they interact without the whole "will they/wont they" question looming over the episode.

28Posted by Noah on April 16, 2007

Not quite sure why everyone keeps knocking this episode. I thought it was quite hilarious.

29Posted by Josh on April 16, 2007

i'm surprised no one is really talking about the part when michael and dwight started there scheming. dwight's "what are we going to DO!!!" cracks me up everytime. blatant over-acting was exactly what was needed.

then on top of that, dwight thinking the real killer being "wolves." GREAT timing!

and, of course, the depression quilt. between the quilt and the shunning, dwight is showing him amish background more and more!

30Posted by Tony on April 16, 2007

i said "there" when i meant "their."
and "him" when i meant "his."

i should start proofreading.

31Posted by Tony on April 16, 2007

I think this episode seemed weak to me because it was a typical "Micheal tries to out-do the standard office presentation (Diversity Day, Sexual Harassment) which results in an over-the-top akwardfest" Except that his preparations remove him from the office entirely this time. That leaves the office basically plot-free, much like in 'office Olympics'.

I'm not saying a plot-free office is bad, that's kinda the point of the show, sometimes the funniest things happen when nothing is happening. (the betting made for some great one-liners) But the other (extra-office) plot needs to pick up the momentum slack, which Micheal and Dwight on the roof didn't do for me. (As opposed to inspecting and buying a condo in 'Olympics') All they got done was covering Stanley's car in watermelon before the plot-arcs rejoined with the surprisingly short climax of talking Micheal down.

I'm actually surprised they didn't start taking bets on whether he'd jump while Darryl defused the situation. I had 5 bucks on him taking the plunge accidentally.

32Posted by Black Pepper Snake on April 16, 2007

I agree with Black Pepper Snake. I didn't mind the lack of JAM --- those two have been annoying for quite a while now --- or the lack of 'plot.' There were some fantastic moments in this ep, but overall, Michael trying to out-do Darryl and Tobey was too much of what we have already seen multiple times in the past.

33Posted by Emily on April 17, 2007