The Office

Season 1 Episode 3

Health Care

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Apr 05, 2005 on NBC
out of 10
User Rating
543 votes

By Users

Episode Summary

Michael doesn't want to upset the staff, so he gets Dwight to pass on news about the company's reduced health provisions. Fed up with his nosiness, Jim and Pam pretend they are suffering from a variety of fake conditions.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

No results found.
No results found.
No results found.
  • Dwight chooses a Health Care Plan

    A third episode and another solid funny episode. This episode shows how great this season was even though the season was short. Another part of Michael's character was displayed in his dodging responsibility. Again with most other actors, this would not work but Steve Carell makes it work. You also see Dwight's character on display more. Rainn Wilson does a great job of playing Dwight and this episode is no exception. His instance on his job title is funny and a recurring theme. How Dwight handles the health care choices was very funny. Also funny was how Pam and Jim played the prank of Dwight was very funny. Another good part was how Michael acted like he was "busy." The ending was would later be classic Michael. If you have the DVD, check out the deleted scenes. The names that Dwight used but rejected were the best part.

    Again a very episode with many funny moments.moreless
  • 103

    A very hilarious Office episode, the comedy just keeps on coming. Michael makes Dwight the bad guy when he assigns him to choose the cheapest health care plan. Meanwhile Michael tries to find a surprise that he promised to the Office in the beginning of the day.

    Michael searching for the big surprise was absolutely hilarious. From the 300 ft drop to trying to go to Atlantic City and being turned down by both of those things was hysterical. Steve Carell has so much potential, and he manages to exceed all expectations in this episode. Since the first episode, Jim & Dwight have been enemies, and we got another classic prank: Jim locking Dwight in the office. Hearing about everyone's diseases were hysterical and I think at this point they realized that putting the supporting characters center stage is the best thing for this show.

    A hilarious episode, with some classic Michael moments, and just a great episode all around.moreless
  • Health Care, No surprise at the end of the day, terrible day for the employees.

    Time to pick a Health care and Michael picks one with acu-puncture, or the Gold Plan! Jan says we don't have that for the company and tells Michael he needs a new plan.

    Michael pawns the responsibility off to Dwight who makes the Health Care plan terrible and Michael tells him to pick something that the employees want. Jim locks Dwight in the conference room and throws the keys against the wall. In madness Dwight calls corporate and asks to fire Jim.

    Michael goes out and tries to get some favors for surprises for the employees for their bad day. Meanwhile Jim and Pam make up diseases and Dwight gets mad again.

    Michael finishes the day off with no surprise for the employees and they go home disappointed and depressed.moreless
  • An alright episode with a few hilarious moments.

    This wasn't my favorite episode of The Office (Season 1 of the show is probably still my least favorite, mostly because it's short and it just doesn't have the same feel), but that doesn't mean I didn't like it. I thought there were plenty of great moments to enjoy, such as Jim and Pam inventing different diseases to put down on Dwight's health care sheet. It always makes me laugh to see Dwight take a small amount of power and run with it. He lets it consume him, and its hilarious to watch every time.

    As a huge fan of awkward moments, I also found the ending to be excellent. The commentary on the Season 3 DVD had BJ Novak stating its rare you find a show brave enough to end an episode on nearly a minutes worth of silence, and they did just that here. Watching Michael stand there, helpless, as his employees slowly filtered out of the office, was painfully awkward. I never can get enough of those little moments

    I didn't think Michael finding a new surprise for the branch was as interesting. They seemed to pull the episode down a little, especially when Dwight's little conference room meeting about whose illnesses were real and weren't was such a high point. It felt as if there was just some parts that lagged a little, compared to Diversity Day, which felt as if it could've fit right in with Season 2 quality.

    Despite my dislikes, the episode was still funny and awkward enough to make me cringe while laughing.moreless
  • I needed Health Care after this episode made me laugh so hard.

    In yet another episode that can be summed up in the title; Dwight is put in charge of picking a health care plan for his co - workers and Jim insists on making the job impossible for him and Micheal goes to great lengths to find a big suprise for his "family" due to his guilt of possible downsizing.

    I can't watch this episode without thinking 2 things:

    1. This is an exact copy of the British version.

    2. Why is Steve Carrell fat, balding and a jerk?

    Both of these quandries are quickly lost because this is truly something special and proves once and for all that this isn't just a photocopy of another show.

    Despite their chemistry often coming off as forced; the Jim and Dwight scenes light up the screen with great humour and the Pam scenes light up the screen for a different reason.....

    Not only is Michael not likeable in the first season; his plot in this episode doesn't contain anything we haven't seen before and never quite gels with the Health Care storyline. The fact that he doesn't find a big suprise comes as no suprise to the audience.

    While the domino effect of funny scenes in this episode prepares us for a hilarious climax; we're let down as this episode merely relies on fading out on some awkward note.

    Not Emmy material but still good stuff.moreless
Charlie Hartsock

Charlie Hartsock

Travel Agency Guy

Guest Star

Oscar Nunez

Oscar Nunez

Oscar Martinez

Recurring Role

Angela Kinsey

Angela Kinsey

Angela Martin

Recurring Role

Brian Baumgartner

Brian Baumgartner

Kevin Malone

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Stanley is shown to have depression, mood swings, muscle cramps, and fatigue. This is seen in a brief scene when there is a close up of one of the employee's health care forms.

    • After Dwight says "There will be no health care for anyone!" there is a crew member visible in his workspace through the glass. It can only be seen for a few frames.

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Michael: If Dwight fails, then that is strike two, and good for me for giving him a second chance. And if he succeeds, then, you know, no one will be prouder than I am. I groomed him. I made him what he is today. Unless he fails, and we've talked about that already.

    • Jim: Well if you've never been sick, then you don't have any antibodies.
      Dwight: I don't need them. Superior genes. I'm a Schrute. And superior brain power.

    • Michael: …Robin Williams, oh man, would I love to go head-to-head with him! Oh, that would be exciting, hi, uh, I'm Mork from Ork. Well I'm, I'm Bork from Spork. Nanu nanu! Zippity bloo bloo!

    • Dwight: In the wild, there is no health care. In the wild, health care is, "Ow, I hurt my leg. I can't run. A lion eats me. I'm dead." Well, I'm not dead. I'm the lion. You're dead.

    • Pam: I'm inventing new diseases.
      Jim: Oh great.
      Pam: So like, let's say that my teeth turn to liquid...
      Jim: Hmm...
      Pam: ...and then, they drip down the back of my throat, what would you call that?
      Jim: I thought you said you were inventing diseases. That's spontaneous dental hydroplosion.
      Pam: Oh, nice.
      Jim: Thank you.

    • Dwight: I'm not mad, I just wanna know who did it so that I can punish them.

    • Oscar: (about Michael) He literally won't come out of his office.
      Kevin: He's gotta come out sometime... to go to the bathroom. (laughs)
      Angela: Kevin, that's inappropriate.

    • Dwight: Who wrote this, this hysterical one? Anal fissures.
      Kevin: That's a real thing.
      Dwight: Yeah, but no one here has it.
      Kevin: (quietly) Someone has it.

    • Dwight: Someone forged medical information, and that is a felony.
      Jim: Okay, whoa... all right, 'cause that's a pretty intense accusation. How do you know that they're fake?
      Dwight: (reading from a sheet) Uh, Leprosy, Flesh Eating Bacteria, Hot Dog Fingers, Government Created Killer Nano Robot Infection.

    • Dwight: The problem, Jim, is that people who are really suffering from a medical condition won't receive the care they need because someone in this office is coming up with ridiculous stuff. Count Choculitis.
      Jim: Sounds tough.
      Dwight: Why did you write that down, Jim? Is it because you know I love Count Chocula?

    • Dwight: Number one: Inverted Penis.
      Meredith: Could you mean vagina? Cause if you do, I want that covered.
      Dwight: I thought your vagina was removed during your hysterectomy.
      Meredith: A uterus is different from a vagina. I still have a vagina.

    • Jan: (on phone) Dwight, listen to me very carefully: you are not a manager of anything. Understand?
      Dwight: That's not entirely true, because he put me in charge of picking a healthcare plan.
      Jan: Really? Okay, when Michael gets back, you tell him to call me immediately.
      Dwight: Call you immediately, good. Hey, listen, since I have you on the phone, um, can I fire Jim?
      Jan: No.

    • Dwight: Through concentration, I can raise and lower my cholesterol at will.
      Pam: Why would you wanna raise your cholesterol?
      Dwight: So I can lower it.

    • Dwight: Please knock, this is an office.
      Jim: (indicating Dwights sign) It says 'work space.'
      Dwight: Same thing.
      Jim: If it's the same thing, then why did you write 'work space?'

    • Dwight: Okay, first, let's go over some parameters. How many people can I fire?
      Michael: Uh, none. You're picking a healthcare plan.

    • Jim: Right now this is just a job. If I advance any higher in this company, then this would be my career. And uh... well, if this were my career, I'd have to throw myself in front of a train.

    • Jim: Last night on Trading Spouses there's—did you see it?
      Pam: No, I have a life.
      Jim: Interesting, what's that like?
      Pam: You should try it some time.
      Jim: Wow. But then who would watch my TV?

    • Jan: Sometimes a manager, like yourself, has to deliver the bad news to the employees. I do it all the time.
      Michael: Oh yeah, when have you ever done that?
      Jan: I'm doing it right now, to you.

    • Michael: The most sacred thing I do is care and provide for my workers, my family. I give them money, I give them food. Not directly, but through the money. I heal them. Today I am in charge of picking a great new healthcare plan. Right? That's what this is all about. Does that make me their doctor? Umm... yes, in a way. Yeah, like a specialist.

    • Pam: There's nothing new.
      Michael: That's not what you said earlier.
      Pam: Oh, do you want me to repeat the messages that I gave you before?

  • NOTES (4)

    • The German episode title is "Gesundheitsapostel", meaning "Health Fanatic". The French title is "La Mutuelle", and the Spanish title is "El seguro médico", both exact translations. The Italian title is "Un piano perfetto", meaning "A Perfect Plan".

    • Two elements of this episode borrowed from the original British series:

      * Dwight and Michael argue over whether the workspace is an office. David and Gareth have a similar argument in the second episode of Season One.
      * Jim locks Dwight in his workspace. Tim does the same to Gareth in The Office Christmas Special .

    • When the episode was rebroadcast on March 29, 2007 as part of an "HR Nightmares" marathon, a brief interview with Toby was added as an epilogue. In it, Toby explains that he changed the health care plan to an HMO, but Michael thought he picked a "homo".

    • The final scene was scripted as "The longest pause in television history." It ultimately went two and a half minutes, so long that Steve Carell broke into a sweat from the awkwardness of the situation.


    • Michael says, "I learned improv from the greats. Like Drew Carey and Ryan Stiles." He is referring to the improvisational sketch comedy Whose Line Is It Anyway?, which starred Drew Carey, Ryan Stiles, and Wayne Brady. Formerly airing on ABC, reruns now air on ABC Family. It's also interesting to note that Steve Carell originally auditioned to appear in the original UK version of Whose Line, but was turned down.

    • Michael sees Pam at the copy machine, and exclaims, "Pamalama ding dong, making copies," imitating a Saturday Night Live character named Richard Lamer played by Rob Schneider in the early 90's. Richard's desk was in the copy room, and when his co-workers entered to make copies he would rhyme their names with gibberish and follow it by saying, "making copies."