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The Office

Season 2 Episode 4

The Fire

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Oct 11, 2005 on NBC
out of 10
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Episode Summary

The office is forced into the parking lot for the day when a fire starts in the kitchen. To ease everyone's boredom, Jim suggests a game of "Desert Island" and "Who Would You Do?," where certain staff members reveal a little too much information about themselves. Throughout the day, Michael talks business with Ryan, leaving Dwight feeling left out.moreless

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  • A fire happens in the office

    Like with the previous episode, Jim and Pam help organize some games among the employees. This time the games were not for prizes, just for fun. As with the Olympics, it shows how good Jim and Pam are as a couple even they are not at this point. This episode showcased Jim's charm on people even in possible uncomfortable situations. (Yes Kevin is hard to resist too)

    In the Season 2 premiere, we find out that Michael has a man crush on Ryan. This time you find out not only Michael see himself as a father figure and best friend to him. This just makes it funnier. It was great to see how uncomfortable Ryan is around Michael. It's also good to see Dwight jealous of Ryan. I like that Dwight switched from messing with Ryan, to intimidate him and try to be his friend.

    The person who started the fire? You have to watch to find out.moreless

    HILARIOUS episode, one of the best. The Office needs to be evacuated as a fire starts. The whole evacuation is hilarious, but it's really Dwight who makes the episode brilliant.

    His escape, his determination to get Michael's phone back.... priceless.

    The episode's ending is quite satisfying too. It turns out that Ryan started the fire, which gives Dwight a much needed satisfaction: even though Ryan is a member of a business school, he still doesn't know how to use a microwave, so they make up a song. H - i - l - a - r - i - o - u - s.moreless
  • The Fire

    A really entertaining episode of The Office tonight, we've got laughs, romance, fires, and even singing. So sit back and relax, because this is a great Office episode. Jim & Pam going back and forth is what's really helping the show out, to be honest. It's that one thing that you tune in every week for, at least it was for most Office fans. For me, it was never like that. The Office was just something that was on, and it was entertaining and funny. Seeing Pam & Jim's relationship progress along the way was just the cherry on top.

    Amy Adams reprises her role here on The Office from season one. Katie is now Jim's girlfriend, and by the end, she is no comparison to Pam. We've also got Pam playing the jealousy game when she kisses Roy in front of Katie & Jim. All the "psychologically" revealing games were the most entertaining, and that's what made this episode what it was.

    It wasn't because of Jim & Pam, and it wasn't because Ryan went to business school. It was because of those games, and of course the amazing scene in which the fire occurred. Great ending with the song by the way. Great episode from The Office this week, recommendable.moreless
  • Entertaining

    Ok so this was the first episode of The Office i have ever seen after my friends have told me countless times to watch it and i have to say i am impressed. they have a lot of different personalities in their characters and they were all very funny to watch. at first i thought Michael and Dwight were just plain old annoying but after awhile i began to find them more entertaining, especially when dwight sung his song about the fire at the end. i had a bit of a hard time following because i thought Jim and Pam were going out but once i got everything straight, i really enjoyed this episodemoreless
  • Ryan started the fire.

    “The Fire”, in my opinion, is one of the best episodes of “The Office”. It has humor, great Jam moments, and, of course, Dwight singing, “Ryan started the fire!” Whenever I want to get someone else as hooked on “The Office” as I am, I show them this episode. “The Fire” centers on Ryan, the young temp sent to work at Dunder Mifflin, as he is reviewed by Michael, and given the “ten steps of business”. Dwight becomes jealous of all the attention Michael is giving Ryan. Meanwhile, as a fire forces everyone outside, the rest of the Dunder Mifflin employees find out more about the people the work with by playing Desert Island, Who Would You Do, and Would You Rather. Overall, this episode is extremely funny, and one of my personal favorites. The only other episode that is above “The Fire” on my list of favorites would have to be the classic episode “Casino Night”. There are plenty of memorable moments and quotes in this episode, and there are very few, if any, dull moments. I loved seeing Michael push everyone out of the way and run out of the building at the sound of the fire alarm, and then try to rationalize it by saying that they do not employ children, and that if he were to let the women out first, he would have a lawsuit on his hands. I also loved that most of the minor characters got their chance to shine by participating in Jim’s games outside. I loved the pop culture reference to Lost, with Dwight asking if his shoes came off in the crash. One of my other favorite moments is seeing Dwight sulk in his car, listening to “Everybody Hurts”, and Pam telling him that she bets Ryan wishes to himself that he were a volunteer sheriff’s deputy on the weekend. The absolute best part of the episode, though, is definitely when Dwight comes running out of the building, coughing, and holding a burnt cheese pita. “I wrote a song just for the occasion, while I was up there among the flames,” he says, and then launches into a modified version of “We Didn’t Start the Fire”, substituting “Ryan started” for “we didn’t start”. This is brilliant writing on the part of the writers of this show; it does not get much funnier than this. This episode had me laughing for days on end; I rewatch it all the time; and, even though I know what is going to happen, I still laugh at all of (and there are plenty) the jokes. “The Fire” was the first episode I bought for my Ipod, and the one I rewatch on it the most. I never, ever get tired of this episode. If you a looking for an absolutely hilarious, well-written and well-acted episode of “The Office”, look no further. 10/10.moreless
Amy Adams

Amy Adams


Guest Star

Brian Baumgartner

Brian Baumgartner

Kevin Malone

Recurring Role

Oscar Nunez

Oscar Nunez

Oscar Martinez

Recurring Role

David Denman

David Denman

Roy Anderson

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Dwight: Everyone, okay? Uh, I have an announcement. Apparently, in business school, they don't teach you how to operate a toaster oven. Because some smart, sexy temp left his cheese pita on oven instead of timing it for the toaster thing.
      Michael: Wow. Okay. Well, I guess they don't teach how to operate a toaster oven in business school.
      Dwight: That's exactly what I said.
      Michael: Hey, did you miss that day there, Ryan?
      Dwight: Were you absent?
      Michael: Toaster Oven 101?
      Dwight: You failed?
      Ryan: I am so sorry.

    • Ryan: I don't want to be like, a guy here. You know? Like, Stanley is the "crossword puzzle guy". And Angela has cats. I don't want to have a thing... here. You know, I don't want to be the "something" guy.

    • Jim: Okay, so, three books on a desert island... Angela.
      Angela: The Bible.
      Stanley: That's one book, you got two others.
      Angela: A Purpose Driven Life.
      Jim: Nice. Third book.
      Angela: No.
      Jim: Okay. Phyllis?
      Phyllis: Um, The DaVinci Code.
      Angela: The DaVinci Code. I would take The DaVinci Code, so I could burn The DaVinci Code.

    • Stanley: C'mon people, you know the rules of the game now...
      Michael: Game? What game are we playing here?
      Stanley: It's called "Who Would You Do?"
      Michael: Oh! (laughing) I play this at home all the time when I'm falling asleep. What, uh, where are we? Where are we here? Roy? Roy, who would you do, Roy?
      Roy: Uh... Oh, I got it! What's the name of that tight-ass Christian chick, the blonde?
      Angela: My name is Angela.
      Roy: Hey, Angela! Roy. Nice to meet ya.
      Michael: Who's next, who's next? Jim? Who would you do?
      Jim: Um, Kevin, hands down. Yeah. He's really got that teddy bear thing going on. And afterwards we could just watch bowling.
      Michael: Well, I would definitely have sex with Ryan. Because he is going to own his own business.
      Roy: (laughing) You're all gay!

    • Michael: When I was Ryan's age, I worked in a fast food restaurant to save up money for school. And then I lost it in a pyramid scheme, but I learned more about business right then and there than business school would ever teach me, or Ryan would ever teach me.

    • Pam: You know, I bet Ryan thinks to himself, "I wish I were a volunteer sheriff on the weekend."
      Dwight: He doesn't even know that I do that.
      Pam: You should tell him.
      Dwight: Oh yeah, Pam. Right. That's gonna help things, just talk it out. I hope the war goes on forever and Ryan gets drafted!
      Pam: Dwight!
      Jim: What?
      Dwight: I'm sorry I said that. I didn't... Just part of me meant it. Besides, he'd end up being a hero anyway.

    • Michael: I did not go to business school. You know who else didn't go to business school? LeBron James, Tracy McGrady, Kobe Bryant. They went right from high school to the NBA so . . . so, it's not the same thing at all.

    • Michael: (after running out of the office because of the fire alarm) Yes, I was the first one out, and yes, I've heard women and children first, but we do not employ children. We are not a sweatshop, thankfully. And, uh, women are equal in the workplace by law, so I let them out first, I have a lawsuit on my hands.

    • Dwight: Would that make you happy?
      Michael: What?
      Dwight: If you had your phone... Would that make you happy?
      Michael: Yeah...
      Dwight: (Runs into the building) I'm on it!
      Michael: No! Dwight... Ok, he is an idiot. He is an idiot!
      Kevin: What if he dies in the fire, and that's the last thing you've ever said to him?
      Michael: I didn't say it to him, I said it about him.

    • Dwight: (to the tune of "We Didn't Start The Fire") Joe McCarthy, Richard Nixon,
      Studebaker, television,
      North Korea, South Korea, Marilyn Monroe,
      Ryan started the fire!

    • (Ryan and Michael are sitting in the back seat of a car in the parking lot).
      Michael: I became a salesman... because of people. I love making friends. But then I was promoted to manager at a very young age. And I still try to be a friend first but, you know... when you're very successful, your co-workers look at you differently.
      (Michael sighs).
      Michael: Ah, what do you think?
      Ryan: Maybe we should get some air.
      Michael: No, I'm okay.
      Ryan: I'm really uncomfortable.

    • Dwight: Question, is there fire wood on the island?
      Jim: I guess.
      Dwight: Then I would bring an ax, no books.
      Jim: It has to be a book Dwight.
      Dwight: Fine, Physician's Desk Reference...
      Jim: Nice, smart.
      Dwight: ...hollowed out. Inside: waterproof matches, iodine tablets, beet seeds, protein bars, NASA blanket and, in case I get bored, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. No, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Question: did my shoes come off in the plane crash?

    • Dwight: Michael and I have a very special connection. He's like Batman and I'm like Robin. He's like the Lone Ranger and I'm like Tonto. And it's not like there was the Lone Ranger and Tonto and Bonto.

    • Dwight: Hey, Michael. Ryan needs a number for the count-off.
      Michael: Ok, uh, well one is taken.
      Ryan: Uh, ok. Two?
      Dwight: No!

    • Michael: Ryan's about to attend the Michael Scott School of Business. I'm like Mr. Miyagi and Yoda rolled into one.

    • Michael: Ryan is book-smart. And I am street-smart...and book-smart.

  • NOTES (5)

    • This is the first episode in which Dwight wears one of his mustard-colored shirts, which he wears in almost every episode of the series.

    • The German episode title is "Feuer und Flamme", meaning "Fire and Flame". The French title is "L'Incendie", and the Spanish title is "Fuego", both exact translations. The Italian title is "Regole", meaning "Do's and Don'ts"

    • On the DVD commentary it is stated that this episode was the first one shot of the new season and was meant to be the season premiere, but that the network preferred "The Dundies."

    • While there is the occasional oversight on this show, the writers and prop departments do a good job on details. For example, the fire truck has written on the side "Bureau of Fire, Scranton, PA" just like the trucks from the city. It does not have a generic message on the side. However, there is no truck 254 stationed among the ten engines and trucks in the city. Moreover, a Scranton firefighter claimed that the uniform colors the firefighters in the episode were wearing are all wrong.

    • The song that Dwight listens to as he sulks in the car is "Everybody Hurts" by REM.


    • Ryan mistakes Michael's Yoda imitation for Fozzie Bear. Insecure stand up comedian Fozzie Bear was introduced on the first episode of The Muppet Show and has since become one of the mainstays of the Muppet franchise. Like Yoda, Fozzie was performed by celebrated puppeteer Frank Oz.

    • When Dwight asks Jim, "Question, did my shoes come off in the plane crash?", this is a reference to Lost, where John Locke miraculously walks after being paralyzed. Locke first awoke on the beach after Oceanic Flight 815 crashed on an island. When Locke woke up, he noticed his shoes weren't on.

    • On giving advice to Ryan, Michael says he's like "Mr. Miyagi and Yoda all rolled into one." Mr. Miyagi was the Japanese mentor for Ralph Macchio's character in "The Karate Kid" and Yoda also played a sage-like mentor character in "Star Wars." Both were known for giving brief, yet enigmatic advice, something that Michael, who spends the whole episode giving Ryan business tips, is a long way from emulating.

    • Michael comments that Ryan's 'accident' is a "bad idea... bad idea jeans," referencing a Saturday Night Live mock-omercial sketch advertising Bad Idea Jeans.

    • Dwight's "Ryan Started the Fire" song is to the tune of "We Didn't Start the Fire" by Billy Joel.