The Office

Season 4 Episode 1

Fun Run

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Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Sep 27, 2007 on NBC
8.8
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Michael hits Meredith with his car and starts to think that the office is cursed. Angela is upset that her cat, Sprinkles, is sick and asks Dwight to take car of her, and she winds up dead. Oscar and Kevin debate whether or not Pam and Jim are together.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Season 4 begins

    9.0
    At the end of season 3 things get shaken up when Ryan goes to corporate, and Pam and Jim look they start dating, I think. We'll get to that. That was a pretty funny image of Jan as Michael was describing what had happened at the office. It was a surprise that he accidentally hits Meredith with his car. I like that this was handled in a funny way. Michael takes this situation more further by making it more about himself. How Michael handles it is very funny. The scene in the hospital room with Michael and everyone else and then hugging her is an example of how funny Michael can be. His fun run was very entertaining. Another funny moment happened when Pam walked in on Michael and saw his thing was very humerus. Yet another funny scene when Michael asked Pam to enter the break room. Ryan was also good in this episode. His beard is interesting.

    Another big part of this episode was the start of the breakup of Angela and Dwight. I still think it's funny that only Jim and Pam know about Angela relationship with Dwight.. Angela asks Dwight to take care of her cat who is sick. Dwight does what he think is best but accidentally kills it. He does this in way that doesn't make you dislike him. I like that you never got to see the scene. You really feel sorry for Angela when she losses her cat. Her pictures were really sweet.

    The biggest part of this episode was Jim and Pam. When Jim asked Pam on a date, you would think that this would be the first thing to lead off this episode. In some ways this would have been nice but delaying it made it better. I did enjoy that Jim officially broke up with Karen. The camera on the show plays a part that is bigger then you think. When the camera goes to Jim and Pam and they are all in the conference room and then Pam says that they are dating it makes me very happy. I like that they both keep it secret from everyone at first.

    As great as this episode was at the time I didn't know that this episode would mark the beginning of the end.moreless
  • 401

    5.0
    A very weak season opener, it probably would have been better if it wasn't an hour long, since the writers didn't have any material left to fill the whole hour. It honestly didn't deserve to be an hour, and sure we got some classic moments such as Meredith getting hit by a car or Pam seeing Michael naked, but this episode wasn't the funniest, and with a season opener on a comedy, the first episode is supposed to draw you in and make you laugh. That was not the case for this episode.



    Michael thinking the Office was curse was completely ridiculous, which is who he is, but it wasn't entertaining or funny to watch the different religions that everyone had. The highlights of this episode were Dwight killing Angela's cat, and Jan telling Pam to back off. That's pretty much it in this hour long installment.



    Jim & Pam being together surely made a lot of fans happy, but the episode in quality wasn't. It was just a mediocre start to this season.moreless
  • Dumb.

    1.0
    This was the beginning of the end for The Office as far as being a good comedy. Coming off a strong Season 3 with some good cast additions and storylines, the show just went into complete dire straits with this episode. At no point did I even come close to laughing at anything said or done during this special hour long installment.



    The Office has jumped the shark many times, so that is not why I disliked this episode. I disliked this episode because they threw common sense out the window tonight as this is went Michael's behavior went from unique to simply ludicrous and unbelievable.moreless
  • Finally, season four has begun!! JAM is together! "It is going really great".

    9.5
    So much happened that I don't know where to start. I guess Meredith is as good a place as any. It was so shocking when Michael hit her! Even though I'd read some spoilers, I didn't know if she was going to live or not. Everyone visiting her in the hospital was great (but if anything, it probably made Meredith feel worse).



    The Fun Run was a…unique way to pay tribute to her. From Toby's chafing nipples to Michael's dehydration, I don't think there's ever been anything like it. And yay Toby for winning!



    At the office: it's really strange to hear Ryan's voice on the phone. I guess he won't be on that much anymore. (It was so funny when Michael was trying to convince himself that he's still the "big fish").



    The biggest shock of the episode was without a doubt Dwight killing Sprinkles. Wow. At first I thought he was just incredibly insensitive. But I really can't believe he put the live cat in the freezer. Wow. As much as Dwight is meant to be taken lightly on a show like this, I hope Angela doesn't speak to him again. (Although it is cute when he calls her Monkey).



    But the best, the absolute best part of the episode, is… Jim and Pam! They are officially JAM! Yay!! Not only did they kiss, but they were holding hands! That was beyond adorable. I know I'm too invested in Jam. But they're amazing. They're the most relatable couple on TV. As Jim so lovingly put it, "It is going great".



    Oh, I almost forgot. Pam saw Michael's baguette. And there are so many things wrong with that visual that there's no need to write any more.



    Oooh, and we got to see Jim kind of naked! :D If only the camera had panned down a bit more...



    All in all, it was a great season opened. It's beyond awesome that the first four episodes are each an hour long. I can't wait for next week!



    Random hilariousness:



    ~Pam's "celeb sex tape"

    ~Creed naming all those painkillers!

    ~Creed and his cults

    ~Phyllis's rabies quilt

    ~the pictures of Angela and Sprinkles

    ~bat birth control

    ~5k = 5000 miles

    ~the cheque made out to "Science"

    ~Pam and Darryl high-fiving about both being Presbyterian



    Quotable quotes:



    ~Angela: I have to visit the alchie.

    ~Michael: I'm not superstitious, but I am a little stitious.

    ~Kelly: If there was a god then Ryan and I would be married by now.

    ~Michael: ...and who is Jesus's dad?

    ~Angela: Just a couple 'a kittens, out on the town!moreless
  • oh my god oh my god oh my god!

    8.0
    this is a very good episode. I like the Alfredo/running reference. and mike hitting meredith with a car. its was a weird and funny episode. andy is ALWAYS funny. I think its funny( and horrifying)that andy is slower than kevin. this was a special episode and I loved it!

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Jackie Debatin

Jackie Debatin

Elizabeth the Stripper

Guest Star

Silvia McClure

Silvia McClure

Nurse

Guest Star

Omi Vaidya

Omi Vaidya

Sadiq

Guest Star

Rashida Jones

Rashida Jones

Karen Filippelli

Recurring Role

Bobby Ray Shafer

Bobby Ray Shafer

Bob Vance

Recurring Role

Marcus York

Marcus York

Billy Merchant

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • In this episode we learn that Stanley is a Roman Catholic, Pam and Darryl from the warehouse are both Presbyterians, Phyllis is a Lutheran and her husband Bob Vance is a Unitarian.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Pam: On average, how many hours a day do you spend naked in your office, just ballpark?
      Michael: European offices are naked all the time.
      Pam: They're so not.

    • Dwight: As a farmer, I know that when an animal is sick, sometimes the right thing to do is to put it out of its misery. With the electricity we're using to keep Meredith alive we could power a small fan for two days. You tell me what's unethical.

    • Creed: I've been involved in a number of cults, both as a leader and a follower. You have more fun as a follower, but you make more money as a leader.

    • Michael: So Ryan got promoted to corporate, where he is a little fish in a big pond. Whereas back here in Scranton I am still top dog, in a fairly large pond. So who is the real boss, the dog or a fish?

    • Michael: I am fast! I'm very fast! I'm like Forrest Gump, except I am not an idiot.

    • Jim: So what's your strategy for this race?
      Pam: Well I'm gonna start fast.
      Jim: Mm-hmm.
      Pam: Then I'm gonna run fast in the middle.
      Jim: What?
      Pam: Then I'm gonna end fast.
      Jim: Why won't more people do that? (laughs)
      Pam: Cause they're just stupid.

    • Michael: I'm not superstitious, but... I'm... I am a little-stitious.

    • Michael: Guess what, I have flaws. What are they? Oh, I don't know. I sing in the shower. Sometimes I spend too much time volunteering. Occasionally I'll hit somebody with my car. So sue me... No, don't sue me. That is the opposite of the point that I'm trying to make.

    • Jim: One day Michael came in complaining about a speed bump on the highway. I wonder who he ran over then.

    • Jim: (Appears shirtless in front of the camera) Oh, I'm sorry. This is a working office and not a French beach? (Smiles)

    • Angela: I'm having relationship problems, and since you're always having relationship problems I thought you'd be able to give me some advice.
      Pam: What's wrong?
      Angela: I have this crazy thought, that I know is crazy, that maybe Dwight killed my cat. (Pam nods) When I got home Sprinkles was in the freezer where Dwight said he left her, but all my bags of frozen french fries had been clawed to shreds. (Pam nods again) Something's not right! The vets are doing an autopsy.
      Pam: Angela, I'm sorry.
      Angela: Did Roy ever kill one of your cats?
      Pam: I'm more of a dog person.
      (Angela rolls eyes and leaves)

    • Kevin: Oh well, if they aren't together now then they probably never will be. I thought they'd be good together, like PB and J: Pam Beesly and Jim. What a waste! What. A. Waste.

    • Kevin: Are you kidding me? Jim and Pam are totally hooking up. All they do is smile. They're just keeping it a secret. Right?
      Oscar: I don't know. There is no evidence of intimacy. They've been in remarkably good moods, could be other things.
      Kevin: Are you kidding me?!

    • Sadiq: You know, generally it's not a good idea to click on any Internet offers if you haven't requested. What was the exact offer?
      Pam: It was for a... video.
      Sadiq: Yeah, what kind of video?
      Pam: (looking embarrassed) A celebrity sex tape.
      Jim: Really? What kind of celebrity?
      Pam: It's not relevant.
      Jim: How much you pay for it?
      Pam: Not relevant.
      Jim: You paid for it?!
      Pam: It all happened so fast!

    • Michael: Kelly, you are Hindu, so you believe in Buddha.
      Kelly: That's Buddhists.
      Michael: Are you sure?
      Kelly: No.

    • (discussing the accident)
      Ryan: Did this happen on company property?
      Michael: Yes. It was on company property, with company property, so double jeopardy. We are fine.
      Ryan: I don't think you understand how jeopardy works.
      Michael: Oh, right, I'm sorry. What is "we're fine"?

    • Michael: Dwight, you haven't seen Meredith yet, have you?
      Dwight: No, I have not.
      Michael: Well, I think you should go to the hospital and pay your respects.
      Dwight: I do not respect her, but I will go.

  • NOTES (6)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Michael imitates Mr. Burns' catchphrase "Excellent" in this episode. Greg Daniels was also a writer for The Simpsons.

    • When Ryan insinuates that Michael doesn't understand what double jeopardy means, Michael says "What is we're fine?" and makes a clever reference to the popular gameshow Jeopardy!, in which answers must be given in the form of questions.

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