The Office

Season 2 Episode 4

The Fire

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Oct 11, 2005 on NBC



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • 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

    • 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.

  • Allusions

    • 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.