The Office

Season 2 Episode 12

The Injury

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Jan 12, 2006 on NBC
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Episode Summary

When Michael burns his foot with his George Foreman mini-grill, he requires the entire office staff to work around his new injury.

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  • Michael hurts his foot

    This was truly one of the great episodes of this series. This was an instant classic. It was one of the best starts to an episode. Not many actors make throwing up funny, but Rain Wilson made it work. There was also the brilliant work of Steve Carell. He acts like a baby but he does it very funny. There were so many good moments in this episode. It's hard to pick just one. The meeting he had was also very entertaining. It was funny when he "recovered" after Ryan helped him. On a side note I wonder if this was the beginning of something later for Ryan. If it wasn't for Michael, Dwight would be the highlight of this episode. His concussion like state was very funny. Another great moment is when Jim drove Michael and Jim to the hospital. The scene in the hospital was also hilarious. This episode also had a sweet moment when Pam told Oscar that Dwight was going to be okay. for Angela's benefit.

    This episode had everything you could want.moreless
  • My Favorite

    Michael burns his foot while grilling bacon on his George Foreman grill. While Dwight is coming to "rescue" him, he crashes his car and suffers a concussion, which makes him more likeable and much nicer to his co-workers, particularly Pam. Michael is upset with the staff's lack of compassion towards his "disability". Jim and Michael take Dwight to the hospital where Michael insists that his burned foot is a more serious injury than Dwight's blunt force trauma. Before they go, Pam bids "goodbye" to the concussed Dwight, aware that she will probably never see the good-natured version of Dwight Schrute ever again.moreless
  • 212

    Definitely an overrated episode of The Office, this episode was great and really funny but I don't see how this is up there with "Casino Night" and "The Job" It really doesn't make much sense. I guess I just don't understand why everyone loves this episode so much.

    Yes Dwight has a concussion which is probably the best part about this episode but this episode for the most part was Michael complaining about his foot, and how he wanted people to take care of him and such. Michael's injury wasn't very realistic but it was laughable.

    We didn't get much Jim and Pam development but we did get some Dwight and Angela development which is always good. A great episode, but definitely not the third best episode of the whole entire series. Overrated in my opinion.moreless
  • Absolutely hilarious.

    "The Injury" is one of the best episodes ever of The Office: it is well-written, and absolutely hilarious. Whenever I am trying to get someone as hooked on The Office as I am, I show them this episode. It is packed with laughs; I can watch it over and over again, and it never gets old. My favorite scene of this episode is when Michael is on crutches and in the bathroom; he asks Toby to have Ryan come in and help him get up: Ryan makes a slashing movement across his neck, and Toby says he's dead. I also enjoyed seeing Dwight acting "weird" (or normal, however you perceive it). This episode is truly a series classic.moreless
  • My favorite episode of any show ever.

    This was hands-down, without a doubt, no questions asked my favorite episode of my favorite show ever. It is very funny. Dwight gets a concussion after he runs his car into a pole trying to help Michael after he burned his foot on a George Forman Grill. When Dwight throws up on his car, I lost it. Really, I did. It was perfectly timed. Then, he calls Pam, Pan. I asked myself, "who can think of this stuff?" This episode also has the awkward moments the British Original was famous for. When Michael makes fun off disabled Billy Merchant it makes you cringe. Overall, this episode was my favorite of the series, and had an endless amount of laughs throughout the 30 minute episode.moreless
David Doty

David Doty


Guest Star

Julia Prud'homme

Julia Prud'homme


Guest Star

Stephen Pisani

Stephen Pisani

Hospital Visitor

Guest Star

Brian Baumgartner

Brian Baumgartner

Kevin Malone

Recurring Role

Oscar Nunez

Oscar Nunez

Oscar Martinez

Recurring Role

Paul Lieberstein

Paul Lieberstein

Toby Flenderson

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • It is revealed in this episode that Michael apparently frequents Chuck E. Cheese when he complains out loud after Jim tells Dwight that they going there.

    • We learn in this episode that Phyllis had scoliosis as a girl and that Creed was in an iron lung during part of his youth.

    • The nurse says that no metal of any kind is allowed in the room when Dwight gets his CAT scan. Actually, metal is not allowed near an MRI/fMRI machine; it is not a problem around a CT/CAT machine.

  • QUOTES (28)

    • Michael: Oh, God, a minivan! What is Meredith's problem?
      Jim: Uh, I think she has a kid.
      Michael: Yeah she has one kid, no husband. And she's not going to find one driving one of these things around!

    • Michael: (after he fell off the toilet) Get Ryan! He needs to lift me, and he needs to clean me up a bit... Bring a wet towel.
      Toby: Ryan is (Ryan drags his finger across his throat) ...dead.

    • (Ryan takes a bite of string cheese)
      Toby: Wow, so you just dive right in, huh?
      Ryan: You know, around age 12 I just started going for it.

    • (Jim and Michael are driving Dwight to the hospital due to his concussion)
      Michael: (trying to coax a bottle of liquor from Dwight) Just give it to me...Give me the bottle or you're fired.
      Dwight: You can't fire me; I don't work in this van!

    • Michael: I enjoy having breakfast in bed. I like waking up to the smell of bacon, sue me. And since I don't have a butler, I have to do it myself. So, most nights before I go to bed, I will lay six strips of bacon out on my George Foreman grill. Then I go to sleep. When I wake up, I plug in the grill. I go back to sleep again. Then I wake up to the smell of crackling bacon. It is delicious, it's good for me, it's the perfect way to start the day.

    • Michael: While we are waiting for our special guest to arrive. I wanted you all to take a look at a few of the many, many disabled icons who have contributed so much to our society.
      Jim: Quick question.
      Michael: Yeah?
      Jim: Why is Tom Hanks on the wall?
      Ryan: Twice.
      Michael: Good question. Forrest Gump...mentally challenged. Philadelphia...AIDS.
      Kevin: I think that's from Big.
      Michael: I don't think so, no.
      Kelly: Yeah, he's dancing on the piano with Robert Loggia.
      Michael: He grew into a man overnight. A rare disability. It still works.

    • Michael: Dwight, what is your middle name?
      Dwight: Danger...
      Michael: Something with a "K."
      Jim: It's Kurt. Wow, I'm so sad that I know that.
      Michael: What do I write under reason for visit?
      Jim: Concussion.(Michael scribbles out something on form.)
      Jim: What did you write?
      Michael: Ahem, nothing. I wrote "bringing someone to the hospital."

    • Dwight: Where are we going?
      Jim: Come on. Get inside.
      Dwight: Where are we going?
      Jim: We're going to Chuck E. Cheese.
      Michael: Chuck E. Cheese? Oh, god. I'm so sick of Chuck E. Cheese.
      Jim: We're going to the hospital, Michael.
      Michael: I know. I'm just sayin'...

    • Michael: The rules in shotgun are very simple and very clear. The first person to shout shotgun when you're within the sight of the car gets the front seat. That's how the game's played. There are no exceptions for someone with a concussion.

    • Bill: Before you go any further, I'd like to stop you for a minute... and leave.
      Michael: (in confessional) Did you ever see Born on the Fourth of July? I thought Bill would be more like that guy.

    • Pam: Would you like some aspirin? You seem kind of fussy...
      Michael: No, I don't want any aspirin! Aspirin's not gonna do a dang thing, Pam. Of course I'm fussy! I'm sitting here with a bloody stump of a foot!

    • Dwight: Oh, man! Is that a Prism DuroSport?
      Pam: You've seen one of these?
      Dwight: Yeah, they're like an iPod, only they're better, because they're chunkier and more solid.
      Pam: Roy got it for me for Christmas. I'm just trying to figure out how to put songs on it.
      Dwight: Oh no, don't go there. I know this Russian website where you can download songs for two cents a piece.
      Pam: Really?
      Dwight: Yeah. Only, the only thing is, is all the songs are in Russian. (Pam rolls her eyes) Kidding! Why would they—Okay, see ya later, Pan.
      Pam: (confused) Pan?

    • Michael: (Pointing out his burned foot) What does this look like to you?
      Stanley: Mail Boxes ETC.

    • Ryan: I grounded up four extra strength Tylenol and put them in Michael's pudding. I do the same thing with my dog to get him to take his heartworm medicine.

    • Creed: I was in an iron lung when I was a kid.
      Michael: What? How old are you?
      Dwight: (looks at Creed) Dad?

    • Michael: The point is, I am the only one here with a legitimate disability, although I'm sure Stanley's had his fair share of obstacles.

    • Michael: (About Pam's phone calls) Well, it seemed very important to you earlier, that you needed to stay and...
      Pam: (Cutting him off) Do my job?
      Michael: No...your job is to be my friend, Pam.

    • Dwight: (About the CAT scan) I don't wanna do this.
      Michael: Well, you should have thought of that before you crashed your head on the way to pick me up.

    • Jim: I wanna clamp Michael's face in a George Foreman grill.

    • Michael: Do you know what it's like to be disabled?
      Phyllis: I had scoliosis as a girl.
      Michael: Never heard of it. No - a real disability. Not a woman's problem.

    • Dwight: Do you like candy?
      Angela: It's alright.
      Dwight: 'Cause you're sweeter than candy. (tickles Angela)

    • Pam: Oh, God no. Dwight's not my friend. (Thinks) Oh my God! Dwight's kind of my friend!

    • Michael: Pam, will you rub butter on my foot?
      Pam: No.
      Michael: Please? I have Country Crock!

    • Michael: Did you tell them why [I wasn't in]?
      Pam: No, I didn't mention that you cooked your foot.

    • Kevin: (To Michael on speakerphone) Can you hop?
      Michael: I tried hopping, Kevin, but I bumped my elbow against the wall and now my elbow has a protruberance.

    • Billy: Listen. I've actually used a chair since I was four years old. I don't really notice it anymore.
      Michael: Well, they do. They notice it, don't you? You notice it. It's the first thing you saw when he rolled in here.

    • Michael: Let me ask you something. How long does it take for you to do something simple? Everyday. Like brush your teeth in the morning.
      Billy: I don't know, like, 30 seconds?
      Michael: Oh my god. That's three times as long as it takes me.

    • Jim: So where are you shipping your foot?
      Michael: Ha ha ha. So where are you shipping...
      Dwight: ...your foot?

  • NOTES (10)

    • The French episode title is "La Blessure", an exact translation. The Italian title is "L'infortunio", and the Spanish title is "El accidente", both meaning "The Accident".

    • Deleted Scene: Dwight asks Michael to call his cousin Mose, to which Michael replies that Mose is 27 years old and has never left the beet farm.

    • In the beginning of the episode, when Oscar is discussing Lord of the Rings, Angela is seen laughing. Angela Kinsey, who plays Angela Martin, has admitted that she was not aware the cameras were rolling during the scene.

    • Greg Daniels, who is The Office's executive producer and creator, has said the scene where Michael asks Pam to spread butter on his foot to be one of his favorites.

    • The scene with Dwight & Angela was filmed several times. Unfortunately, after several takes, Angela Kinsey's bottom became bruised from so many attempts.

    • Jenna Fischer has stated Michael's talking head at the beginning of the episode to be her favorite of the series.

    • The original title for this episode was "My Grilled Foot". Additionally, the original plot for this episode was that Michael was sunbathing and he sunscreened himself everywhere except on his foot, resulting in a sunburned foot.

    • In her blog, Jenna Fischer pointed out that the elevator scene in this episode was the first time where she, Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, and John Krasinski did a scene together, just the four of them.

    • This episode was voted as the Viewer's Choice episode online by fans.

    • When Michael is filling out the hospital forms, we learn that Dwight's middle name is Kurt.


    • The pictures of the disabled people who have contributed "so much to our society"  include:

      Helen Keller: A woman who was deaf and blind

      Larry Flynt: Owner of Hustler magazine who is paralyzed from the waist down.

      Franklin Delano Roosevelt: President of the United States who had Polio

      Forrest Gump (aka Tom Hanks): Mentally Challenged man who was present during pivotal moments in history.

      Josh Baskin (aka Tom Hanks): A boy, who at 12, wishes to be older, and becomes 30 overnight.

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