The Office

Season 3 Episode 20

Safety Training

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Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Apr 12, 2007 on NBC
8.7
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Andy returns to the office after several weeks of anger management training, determined to make a fresh start with all the Dunder Mifflin employees. Meanwhile, it's safety training day in the office, and Michael and Dwight are on a mission to illuminate the true dangers of the workplace. Staff amuse themselves with a series of office-related bets.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Two emloyees are back and some safety

    9.0
    The office of Dunder Milffin is full again with the return of Andy and Phyllis. Of course Phyllis was gone for a different reason then Drew. I never liked Andy trying to refer to himself as that name. However it's good that this is the only episode that you hear about it. The staff is back again in the warehouse but this time it's not just the guys (Bob's bachelor party) for a safety seminar done by Darryl who is on crutches due to Michael. It was funny how the story happened. It's probably a good thing that you heard it and not saw it. Michael's constant interrupting of the meeting was pretty amusing. My favorite was how he think he could use the bailor or other machines. Michael can sure dish it but not take it when gets a little hurt with the Nerf comment by the warehouse crew. Two other funny moments happened from the safety meeting in the warehouse are Ryan saying Kelly should apologize to the big black guy (rip) even though he insulted him first and some of the staff taking on bets of on goings of the office. All the bets were pretty entertaining. It's a tie in between Creed biting an potato and Kelly going on and on about Netflix for over two minutes.

    After the safety seminar by Darryl and Toby's in the office, Michael decides to take it up a notch with his own meeting. Michael makes it longer it's supposed to be, classic Michael. His bad acting along with Dwight was bad it was good and funny. One of my favorite lines by Pam is said in this episode. (He's going to kill himself pretending to kill himself) Other moments from Michael's safety meeting at Jim's comment about the play and just look what Creed did in the bushes. Another funny moment is Dwight shunning and re-shunning Andy.

    Overall a very good episode with very funny moments.moreless
  • 320

    6.0
    One of the first weak episodes of Season 3, it was still good, I just think this was not as good as the rest, it was hardly entertaining but I did get a chuckle or two but the plot wore very thin.



    I understood what the writers were trying to do, they were trying to take a break from all the drama between Pam, Roy, Karen and Jim off our shoulders and just give us a funny episode of The Office. I just think they could have executed it better, that's all I'm saying.



    I did laugh at all the betting that was going around the Office, which was definitely the highlight but Michael on a roof the whole time wasn't very entertaining and wildly unrealistic.moreless
  • safety training

    5.5
    "Depression Isn't that just a fancy word for feeling bummed out?"

    "Dwight, you ignorant slut!"



    Have to give props to the old-school SNL shout out there, but this episode was not really that great in my opinion. Toby was funny just ranting about computers and computer safety, but Paul Lieberstein's importance to this show is rarely recognized, so I doubt too many people even noticed it.



    I do not like Craig Robinson or any of the warehouse people, so to see them featured prominently in the episode did not sit well with me.



    Mediocre episode of The Office tonight, nothing more, nothing less.moreless
  • More painful than the bailer.

    7.0
    Andy returns to the office after weeks of anger management training, determined to make a fresh start with all the Dunder-Mifflin employees. Meanwhile, it's safety training day in the office, and Michael and Dwight are on a mission to illuminate the dangers of the workplace.



    This episode has two audience demographics covered; people who like unsubtle, physical humour and people who like subtle, verbal humour. The latter is hilariously demonstrated with an Office betting game between the whole staff. Despite the talking head interviews; This is one of the more stronger signs that the show is turning from a simple mokumentary to a full - blown sitcom and while it's not out - and - out bad, it doesn't deseve "The Office" title for making such a mockery of the original. As the shoe expands to a multi - camera show; it's also becoming less realistic that there's just one cameraman since it's meant to be a low - budget documentary. There is nothing remotely likeable about Michael anymore; verbally assualting Dwight and Toby is funny, physically assaulting Darryl and Ryan is too and so is showing he has little to no respect for anything or anyone but put it all together and you have a jerk. It doesn't help that the office is a deceptive show. We're meant to believe that it's filmed in Pennsylvania when the obviously hot weather and mountainous terrain indicate a californian setting. Also John Krasinski's back - to - front toupee doesn't fool anyone either. I watched this episode to fill the Office void after "Goodbye, Toby" and it wasn't the best choice.moreless
  • Free Falling

    9.5
    This episode I found just plain funny. It's directed by Haroid Ramis whom you know for doing the film "Groundhog Day" and others, this episode I felt was one of his good ones in his directing record.



    I thought this was one of the episodes where Michael was at his comidic best. I really like how he acts frustrated about the fact that Darel's safety sesion was cooler then Mike's, it's sort of like the common high schooler that is fighting for popularity. This was also the introduction to character Darel whom is one of my favorate sub characters because he's got this cool sometime smart ass atitude. He doesn't lose his cool with Mike but a bit of his patience from Mike's incompitance. From trying to conduct a safety sesion of his own from the office which just falls flat on it's face due to the fact there really isn't much of a level of danger involved. But of course Mike tries a second time which is the most daft yet funny but dangerous scheme he came up with. He believes the biggest threat level in the Office is suicide. Well I think his statics on that are off since it's very rare and most likely no one in the office will even consider doing it.



    I really love how Mike is conducting his sceme, from the test drive with the trampoline by throwing seedless watermellons, they see the result which is hillarous and is a punchline for a joke later. Then they have a better idea which is using a bouncing castle which I'll admit is big and wide enough, though there are two flaws with that plan. One, he could miss because the width of that castle isn't wide enough. Two, mainly that castle isn't strong enough to stop the weight of his decent. The only disapointment with that castle is we never got to see any or all of "The Office" characters play on it, that would of been funny.



    I really like some of the latter parts, when Dwight gives Mike the confidence and excited to take action which was hilarous. Seeing Mike reenact twice along with Dwight. But of course what was sweet and kinda funny was see the charcter talk Mike out of doing what he's doing. From Pam and Jim whom in a way I can't help but feel the friendship between Pam, Jim, and Mike is almost sometimes like a parent and child relationship, Pam and Jim are sort of parental figures to Mike heck their talking him down by trick him into thinking there is a present down for him much like how parients would just to get their kid away from something. Down to Darel whom suceeds.

    And the last words of the interview Mike gives were also funny as heck because it's not just overly dramatic but it's misplaced credit.moreless
Patrice ONeal

Patrice ONeal

Lonnie Collins

Guest Star

Creed Bratton

Creed Bratton

Creed Bratton

Recurring Role

Rashida Jones

Rashida Jones

Karen Filippelli

Recurring Role

Craig Robinson (I)

Craig Robinson (I)

Darryl Philbin

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Darryl says in this episode that the warehouse has never gone a full year without an accident, but this contradicts the sign in the warehouse in the episode "Boys and Girls" which says the department has worked without an accident for 936 days.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Dwight: When you land, try and land like an eight-year-old. These bouncy castles aren't made for adults.

    • Darryl: (to Michael) You live a sweet, little, nerfy life. Sitting on your biscuit, never having to risk it.

    • Michael: I saved a life... my own. Am I a hero? I can't really say, but yes.

    • 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's not true.
      Jim: Dwight says that he actually doesn't know one single fact about bear attacks.
      Dwight: Okay, no, Jim, tell him that bears can climb faster than they can run! Jim, tell him!
      Jim: Andy... no, it's too far.
      Dwight: Damn you!

    • Andy: You can call me Drew.
      Jim: No, I'm not going to call you that.
      Andy: Cool.

    • (After being told that the reality of Michael's suicide attempt ploy is 10,000 to 1 by Jim)
      Kevin: If someone gives you 10,000 to 1 on anything, you take it. If John Mellencamp ever wins an Oscar, I am going to be a very rich dude.

    • (Ryan is seated at a desk watching his watch while Kelly is seated on the desk in front of him talking. The rest of the office staff are in the background watching their conversation)
      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. 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: I guess I forgot.
      (Ryan stands up, smiles and kisses Kelly on the forehead before collecting his winnings)
      Kelly: You're such a ditz.
      Kevin: Ryan, well done, two minutes, forty-two seconds. Additionally, Pam, you win ten because she said "awesome" twelve times, and Jim, you win five because she mentioned six romantic comedies.
      (Pam and Jim smile in delight)

    • Michael: You don't go to the science museum and get handed a pamphlet on electricity. You go to the science museum and you put your hand on a metal ball. Your hair sticks up straight. And you know science.
      Pam: So you're okay?
      Michael: Indubitably.

    • Michael: Heart disease kills more people than balers.
      Lonnie: That's called having a fat butt, Michael.
      Michael: No, no, it's--
      Lonnie: Yeah, yeah. That's fat butt disease. That's what you suffering from? Fat butt disease, Michael?
      Kelly: Excuse me, Sea Monster, you weigh like a thousand pounds.
      Lonnie: Yeah?
      Kelly: Yeah.
      Lonnie: I bet you'd like to swim with this sea monster, wouldn't you?
      Kelly: Ryan!
      Lonnie: Dude, please tell your girl to shut up.
      Kelly: What?
      Ryan: Kelly, you insulted the gentleman. Please, apologize.
      Kelly: Are you kidding me?

    • Kevin: Ever since March Madness ended, I am so bored.

    • 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: (laughing hysterically) "Hey, Darryl, how's it hangin'?"

    • (Michael is on the roof and Darryl is below with a bullhorn)
      Darryl: Mike, this is the opposite of safety. You jump, you're going to seriously hurt yourself.
      Michael: You told me that I lead a cushy... wimpy... nerf-life.
      Darryl: Yeah, but I never said you have nothing to live for.
      Michael: What do I have to live for?
      Darryl: A lot... of things... uh... you... What about Jan? Lovely, lovely, lovely Jan, man. It's going good, right?
      Michael: It's complicated with Jan. I don't know where I stand or what I want; the sex isn't near as good as it used to be.
      Darryl: Mike, you're a very brave man. I mean, it takes courage just to be you. To get out out of bed every single day, knowing full-well you gotta be you.
      Michael: Do 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.

    • (Michael is on the roof and Dwight is below with a bullhorn)
      Michael: My life! Oh, my life!
      Dwight: Michael, what's wrong?
      Michael: Everything's wrong! The stress of my modern office has caused me to go into a depression.
      Dwight: Depression? Isn't that just a fancy word for feeling "bummed-out"?
      Michael: Dwight, you ignorant slut! Depression is a very serious illness. Over 32,000 people commit suicide every year, according to a 2004 study.
      Dwight: Is that the last year the data was available?
      Michael: Yes.

    • Dwight: Hey guys, listen up! Michael is up on the roof, and acting strange!
      Andy: Whoah! What's the situation?
      Dwight: Un-shun. I think he's suffering from depression. Re-shun.
      Andy: K, when's the shunning-thing going to end?
      Dwight: Un-shun. Never. Re-shun. I think he wants you all to come out to the parking lot to watch him die.
      Stanley: Is it nice outside?
      Dwight: It's gorgeous. Let's go.
      Stanley: Will I need my jacket?
      Dwight: No, really, it's very nice. Come on!
      Ryan: Will I be too warm in a long-sleeve tee?
      Dwight: Everyone's going to be fine in exactly what they're wearing! Let's go!

    • Dwight: (Confessional) Yes, I have decided to shun Andy Bernard for the next three years... which I'm looking forward to. It's an Amish technique; it's like slapping someone with silence. I was shunned from the age of four until my sixth birthday, for not saving the excess oil from a can of tuna.

    • Michael: Darryl thinks he's such a man because he works in a warehouse. Well big deal! I worked in a warehouse, Men's Wearhouse. I was a greeter. I'd like to see Darryl greet people, probably make them feel like wimps. Not me. I, 'Hello. I'm Michael. Welcome to Men's Wearhouse. We have a special on khaki pants today.' It's just one example.

    • Michael: Today is safety training day. Toby is leading ours upstairs. (makes grossed out sound) 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 goin' be zoppity.

  • NOTES (2)

    • The French episode title is "La sécurité", meaning "Safety". The Italian title is "Missione sicurezza", meaning "Safety Mission". The Spanish title is "Prevencion de riesgos laborales", meaning "Workplace Hazard Prevention"

    • Dwight's "Shun" and "Un-shun" hand gestures were improvised by Rainn Wilson.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Michael yells, "Dwight, you ignorant slut!", borrowing from early episodes of Saturday Night Live, where, in a debate sketch, Dan Aykroyd would say to Jane Curtin, "Jane, you ignorant slut."

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