Season 2 Episode 3

Rat Funeral

Aired Tuesday 8:30 PM Oct 10, 1995 on NBC
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Episode Summary

When the office pet rat dies, the staff hold a funeral. Dave who dislikes the rodent tries to figure out why everyone thinks that he is a cold and heartless person.

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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

    • QUOTES (6)

      • Bill: Say, Dave, maybe after work you'd like to go by the zoo and shoot goats.

      • Matthew: Hey Dave, what's this?
        Dave: Matthew, that's a glue trap. I put them down in case there are any more rats.
        Matthew: Well we're not going to need these because Mike and Mike's friend are no longer with us. There aren't any rats in the office.
        Dave: How can you be so sure?
        Matthew: I just know.
        Dave: Yeah but how?
        Matthew: Mike would have introduced me to them.
        Dave: I'm sure he would.

      • Bill: (To Dave about Mike the rat's death) For you this was like stepping on a bug. Only this bug had a name and a personality, and was a rat rather than a bug.

      • Dave: It has come to my attention that some of you may have been deliberately setting off the rat traps. Now I don't know nor do I care to know why you do such a thing but please cut it out.
        Matthew: Yeah Dave, we actually had a staff meeting about this. We don't want rat traps in the office.
        Dave: You'd rather catch them by hand?
        Matthew: Well that's just silly.

      • Building Super: I'm gonna have to come back later and spray for roaches.
        Dave: Is that really going to be necessary? I don't think we have any roaches.
        Building Super: Maybe not yet. But I just finished spraying upstairs on 15 and 16. They'll probably be on their way pretty soon.
        Dave: Should we be wearing any sort of protective headgear?

      • Bill: You're not in Wisconsin, Dave. The big story isn't about a cow wandering into the town square.
        Dave: Bill, you know I worked in Millwaukee. It's a city with a population of over a million people.
        Bill: So there must have been quite a hubbub when that cow got loose.

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    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Dave: Does anyone around here remember a little thing called the Black Plague?
        Matthew: That really wasn't as bad as people make it out to be.

        The Black Plague and the Black Death are old nicknames for the bubonic plague, and contrary to what Matthew says, it used to be a very devastating illness. There were epidemics of it throughout European history (i.e. in Venice in 1350 and London in 1664) that killed thousands of people. The virus was usually spread by fleas on rats and in those days almost everyone who contracted the disease died from it. People do still get the plague, but now it can be cured with antibiotics.

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