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The Office Episode: "Prince Family Paper"

Season 5, Episode 13
Episode Synopsis: Michael and Dwight go undercover to snoop on a paper-company rival. Elsewhere, the staffers engage in a debate over the beauty of actress Hilary Swank.
Original Air Date: Jan 22, 2009

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Season 5, Episode 13
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The Office Episode Recap: "Stress Relief" Season 5, Episode 13

The Office Super Bowl spectacular, was ... spectacular. Dwight's fire drill led to Stanley's heart attack, and when Michael thinks there's too much stress in the office, he organizes his own roast. Meanwhile, Pam has to deal with her parents' separation, which may or may not have been stoked by Jim's advice to Pam's dad, and Jack Black dumps Jessica Alba for Cloris Leachman in the pirated movie.

This was one of my favorite episodes ever. It had me laughing out loud all the way through. To do justice to each brilliant scene, I'm going to change up the format a bit, and give highlights and favorite quotes after each section recap.

The Safety Inspector
I pay about as much attention to fire drills at work as I do to safety speeches on a plane. If my building caught fire, I'd probably head straight to the elevators; if I was on that plane in the Hudson, I'd probably be sleeping with the fishes. So I can appreciate the frustration Dwight felt when he gave his fire safety lesson the week before, and no one paid attention at all. To borrow a Chris Rock line: I'm not saying what Dwight Schrute did was right, I'm just saying I understand.

Dwight's meticulous approach to his "hands-on" fire safety lesson was brilliant: blowtorching the metallic door handles, jamming doorstops into all the doors, keeping the actual fire contained in a small space, and cutting the phone lines. The chaos that ensued had me rolling on the floor. Here are my favorite reactions to the fire drill:

• Kevin attacking the vending machine, and stuffing bags of chips in his suit.
• Angela tossing her cat to Oscar, which promptly falls through the drop ceiling, disproving the maxim that cats always land on their feet.
• Oscar's feet dangling from the drop ceiling, just as Dwight set off the fireworks — making it seem as if the office is not only on fire but under attack.

And here are my favorite quotes:

• "It was my own fault for using PowerPoint. PowerPoint is boring." (Amen to that, brother.)
• "Stay f***ng calm!"
• "Have you ever seen a burn victim."
• "Use the surge of fear and adrenaline to sharpen your decision making!"

And finally, the best line of the opening scene, when Michael tries to revive poor Stanley from his heart attack: "Stanley — Barack is president. You are black Stanley!"

After Dwight and Michael are summoned to headquarters, Michael invites the Red Cross to give a CPR course. Sounds like a great idea, but the actual CPR training goes a little awry when, amongst other things, Michael questions why the dummy doesn't have any arms and feet — and whether or not it is worth it to revive an armless and legless person. Then, Andy leads a (too passionate) rendition of "Staying Alive," and Dwight tears the face off of the CPR dummy, Hannibal Lecter-style.

Favorite quotes:

• Phyllis: "You almost killed Stanley." Dwight: "Yeah right, I filled him full of butter and sugar for fifty years and forced him not to exercise."
• "Red cross ... racket"
• "If we come across somebody with no arms or legs, do we bother resuscitating them?"
• "I love that song ... First I was afraid, I was petrified."
• Kevin: "I can't keep doing this forever." CPR Trainer: "It's been 20 seconds." Kevin: "Call it"
• Wallace: "Tell me why you had to cut the face off the dummy?" Dwight: "I didn't think it was very realistic in the movie, and it turns out, it's pretty realistic."

"Ommm ... my God"
In Michael's yoga session — interrupted by Meredith doing her best Sharon Stone circa Basic Instinct — he realizes that he may be the cause of Stanley's stress. As he walks around with that candle in hand (I thought for sure hot wax was going to splatter on someone's face), Stanley's bio-feedback meter starts beeping every time Michael approaches. When Oscar wears the bio-doohickey and it also beeps when Michael comes near, Kevin calls it: "Michael, I think you're what's stressing everybody out."

"If it were an iPod it would be a Shuffle"
For The Office employees, the roast is the best idea Michael has ever had. The employees have never seemed so focused on a common goal.

At first the roast is relatively harmless — Angela's "You know if you're Michael Scott: shtick, Kelly's list of people I'd do before I'd do Michael (including a turtle and Kevin) — but then the roasters hit a little close to home, starting with Oscar yelling at Michael in Spanish. (By the way, if anybody knows Spanish, can they please let me know what Oscar was saying? I'm dying to find out.) It continued with Jim's "spider-face" joke, Pam ending her roast with "and his thing is so small," Andy's "What I hate about you" ditty ... and so on. 

Poor Michael's so hurt by the roast, he can't even read his prepared remarks. Instead, he dashes out of the office and takes a rare personal day.

Favorite quotes/moments:

• "My thing isn't tiny, it's average.
• Michael stopping Toby from roasting: "Friends only! Friends only!"
• Dwight sticking up for Michael (How dare you all attack him! Michael is your superior!") and then attacking him for calling him an idiot: "You pathetic, short little man. You don't have any friends or any family or any land."

Michael Strikes Back
Michael goes to a playground to get some perspective, comes up with a spaceman analogy that I'm still trying to parse, and communes with nature by tossing whole pieces of bread on the playground pavement and yelling out "Caw! Caw!" Sadly, no pigeons came because they've headed "west" for the winter. Eventually, Michael's spirits are revived and he returns to the office with a vengeance. Giving as good as he got, Michael 'roasts' the crew. Here were my favorites:

• "Kevin, I can't decide between a fat joke and dumb joke."
• "Creed, your teeth called, your breath stinks."
• "Where's Angela? I didn't see her behind the grain of rice."
• "Stanley, you crush your wife during sex and your heart sucks."
• "Oscar, you're gay."
• "Andy, Cornell called and they think you suck. And you're gayer than Oscar."

That was a very satisfying ending to the roast saga. Michael provided Stanley and company with much needed stress relief, and he received some well deserved applause in return.

Jim and Pam Love Each Other
If this episode had a weak link, this was it. What did we find out? That Jim loves Pam more than anything and wants to spend his life with her. Well, we already knew that.

Frau Blucher Gets Blucher-ed
The Jack Black/Cloris Leachman romance was creepy and hilarious. I loved that Cloris Leachman was the fill-in for Nicole Kidman. Two scenes stood out to me during the movie: Cloris breaking up with Jack while seated on that stairway seat and, of course, the train-wreck bathtub scene that's still giving me the heebie-jeebies.

So, what did you guys think? Did The Office earn its plum spot after the Super Bowl with "Stress Relief"?

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The Office Super Bowl spectacular, was ... spectacular. Dwight's fire drill led to Stanley's heart attack, and when Michael thinks there's too much stress in the office, he organizes his own roast. Meanwhile, Pam has to deal with her parents' separation, which may or may not have been stoked by Jim's advice to Pam's dad, and Jack Black dumps Jessica Alba for Cloris Leachman in the pirated movie.

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