The Office

Season 4 Episode 11

Survivor Man

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Nov 08, 2007 on NBC
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Episode Summary


Michael goes on a survival adventure into the woods—with nothing except the suit on his back—in retaliation for not getting an invite to a similar party from corporate. Back at the office, there is a birthday going on while Jim tries to revolutionize the party.

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  • Michael is alone

    Ryan invites some of the branch managers and some other Dunder Mifflin employees for a wilderness retreat. Michael is not invited. This is made clear at the start of the episode. It's funny that this is said three times. As with the previous episode Michael is motivated to prove something. In this case it's that he wants to show everyone and himself that he can live in the wild. It's pretty entertaining how he goes about this. The only thing that I wish would've happened was that Michael calling Ryan and chewing him out for not inviting him. Dwight tags along. How he watches over Michael was pretty good as well. The best was when he was watching him through his gun with the safety not being not although not intentionally. I also liked how Dwight doesn't think Michael can survive.

    When Michael leaves he puts Jim in charge. This part of the episode was the biggest downgrade of it. Jim is in charge before but not in this capacity. He makes a decision to have all birthdays as one celebration. You could see this decision and how everyone reacts to it. It's not a popular one. Jim tries to correct this but it doesn't work. This one of the few times Jim is stressed and not due to Michael or Dwight. Ironically Michael helps Jim. It was nice of him to cheer up Jim. It was interesting reaction of Michael saying how didn't think he would be as long as he would be.

    Other moments that were funny are the clips of Michael and how he treats everyone at their birthday. He genuinely likes doing but does in it his way. Also a great reaction when he was signing in the forest. This episode was not as good as the previous one but still a sold showing.moreless
  • I barely survived this

    Michael is once again influenced by TV and wants to go on a survivorman - style journey in the wilderness, under the watchful eye of Dwight. Back at the office, Jim is left in charge but his workers are unhappy about his decision to merge all birthdays that month into one party. I didn't need to read the credits to know that this episode was written by Steve Carrell; from the cold open you can see how this episode is saturated in his humour. While he shows a reasonable amount of talent as a writer and actor, the episode shows that too much Carrell can just be too much to swallow. Despite being weaker than wet cake, the birthday sub - plot contained some of the best moments due to the subtle parallels between Jim and Michael with John Krasinki's flair really shining through, he wasn't doing an outright impression of Steve but paranormally adopted his traits once the power of the office were transferred to him. We realise that the most reluctant worker at Dunder Mifflin could be there for life. The clips of Michael ruining other people's birthdays and the closing scene were also great. Just when we thought Dwight's unhealthy fixation with Michael faded once Jim took his position, we see him practically stalk Michael and watching his every move like a hawk. Whatever overtone you pick up on while witnessing this (be it homoerotic or simply obsession), it boils down to Dwight being a person you don't want to be within 100 yards of, let alone working with. A majority of the material being improvised means there is only a 50/50 chance that it could actually be funny, Michael and Dwight supply some laughs but relying on their eccentric peronalities to sustain the episode results unsuccessfully. The birthday plot fares slightly better but not much and there is also that colossal error in continuity concerning the chronology of birthdays which you can see when juxtaposing this episode with "The Alliance" of season one, it's almost like the writers intentionally scripted this episode so that this mistake would occur. Survivor Man is yet another reason why the 4th season of The Office is the least satisfactory, perhaps it should've just stopped at two seasons like the British version.moreless
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    One really BAD plot compared to a really good one, this is the result. Michael's plot was completely ridiculous, honestly, Michael is becoming a caricature of himself which means he's character is becoming so exaggerated, that it's just not funny anymore. He's upset that he wasn't invited to a camping trip so he goes out in the wilderness by himself with Dwight standing idly by. It was so forced, the whole plot was forced, even the comedy was forced. The only highlight was Dwight and his mini survival quirks. That's it.

    Jim becoming the manager for a day unknowingly was hysterical as he tries to put all the birthdays on birthday month together. That doesn't work out, but he realizes he is becoming like Michael, something he never wants to be like. Which was a pretty great ending to a fair episode. So overall, an okay episode, not the best.moreless
  • I really like this episode.

    When Michael isn't invited to a company wilderness retreat hosted by Ryan, he decides to prove that he has the ability to survive on his own. Dwight drops Michael in the middle of a forest, and although told to leave, stays to prevent Michael from injury. When Michael almost eats poisonous mushrooms, Dwight jumps out to save him just in time. Meanwhile, back at Dunder Mifflin Scranton, Jim, who was put in charge by Michael after he left, decides to hold a combined birthday party for three members of the staff whose birthdays fall in quick succession. The plan, though, is not well received by the staff, and Jim decides to go back to having individual birthdays just as Michael and Dwight come back.moreless
  • Sure it was a filler, but it was hilarious. Probably one of my favorite episodes.

    Yeah not much happened as far as storyline goes...but who cares, its a comedy!. Michaels antics in the woods were downright hilarious (cutting up his pants to make scarfs etc only to re-tape them together when it got colder :P) Dwight was also hilarious in this episode.(various weapons stashed around the office)

    Jim learned a valuable lesson in that you cant please everyone. The ending dialogue is also quite interesting between michael and jim.

    all in all it was great fun to watch with many laugh-out-loud moments. all you people wanting drama should stick to your day-time soap operas.


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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Michael: Ten years, you'll figure it out.
      Jim: Well, I don't think I'll be here in ten years.
      Michael: That's what I said. That's what she said.
      Jim: That's what who said?
      Michael: I never know. I just say it. I say stuff like that, you know, to lighten the tension. When things sort of get hard.
      Jim: That's what she said.
      Michael: Hey! Nice. Really good. Bravo, my young ward.

    • Kevin: Most days I just sit and wait for the break.

    • Dwight: (using a M14 rifle to watch Michael) Nothing to worry about. Just using the scope. Safety is...(clicks safety on)...on.

    • Dwight: Do I believe that Michael possesses the skills to survive in a hostile environment? Let's put it this way—no, I do not.

    • Dwight: I would never leave you for dead, you'd never escape.
      Michael: Yes I would, and I would survive.
      Dwight: I would make sure you were dead. Then I would remove your teeth and cut off your fingertips so you could not be identified and they would call me the Overkill Killer.

  • NOTES (3)


    • Michael: I am...totally alone right now, with only my thoughts. I love it. I'm lovin' it.

      "I'm lovin' it" is the current global slogan for McDonalds fast food restaurants.

    • Michael is left in the woods having to survive on his own and filming the experience is in reference to the Discovery Channel's show Survivorman.