The Office

Season 5 Episode 14

Stress Relief (1)

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Feb 01, 2009 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Oscar's rant in Spanish translates as, "You give me an ulcer every time I wake up, and I have to come to work. I have to come to work for you. For you!"

  • Quotes

    • Dwight: Last week I gave a Fire Safety talk and nobody paid any attention. It's my own fault for using Powerpoint. Powerpoint is boring.

    • Pam: What could Jim have said that made my dad want to leave my mom? And at what point in our marriage is he going to say it to me?

    • Michael: So, what kind of ice cream do you want? Yell it out!
      Meredith: Chunky Monkey.
      Michael: Too expensive.
      Stanley: Chocolate.
      Michael: Racism is dead, Stanley, you can have any kind of ice cream you want!

    • Michael: (after Stanley has collapsed) Barack is president! You are black, Stanley!

    • Pam: And one time I walked in on [Michael] naked... and his thing is so small—
      Kevin: How small is it?
      Pam: If it were an iPod, it would be a Shuffle!

    • (Dwight lights firecrackers in the smoky office)
      Andy: Oh, my God, the fire's shooting at us!

    • Michael: Oscar, you're gay—boom, roasted. Andy, Cornell called. They think you suck. And you're gayer than Oscar.

    • Michael: Stanley, you crush your wife during sex, and your heart sucks. Boom—roasted.

    • Michael: I have got to make sure YouTube comes down to film this.

    • Michael: (during the fire) People, we're trapped! Everyone for themselves.

    • David Wallace: Can you tell me why you had to cut the face off the dummy?
      Dwight: I didn't think it was very realistic in the movie. And it turns out, it's pretty realistic.
      David Wallace: We had to pay for it—cost us thirty-five hundred dollars.
      Michael: Five thousand, three hundred dollars for a dummy?

    • Michael: Do I stress you out?
      Dwight: Nothing stresses me out except having to seek the approval of my inferiors.

    • Pam: Once every hour, someone is involved in an Internet scam. That man is Michael Scott.

    • Creed: Give it up, [Michael]'s dead.
      Jim: He just sent a text.
      Creed: What's a text?

    • Pam: When you're a kid you assume your parents are soulmates. My kids are gonna be right about that.

  • Notes

    • The French episode title is "Temps de stress", meaning "Stressful Times". The Spanish title is "Liberación de tensiones", an exact translation.

    • International Airdates: Latin America: September 7 (Part 1) and 14 (Part 2), 2009 on Canal FX

    • Music: "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor, sung by Steve Carell; "Stayin' Alive" by The Bee Gees sung by the cast; "You Make My Dreams" by Hall & Oates; "All Out of Love" by Air Supply; "Lady" by Little River Band; "Have a Little Faith" by John Hiatt.

    • This hour-long episode aired immediately following Super Bowl XLIII, simultaneously across all time zones (excepting being delayed in the Super Bowl participant cities of Pittsburgh and Phoenix). Scheduled to air at 10:30 ET, it actually started at 10:40 and featured special opening credits that showed all show stars. It more than doubled The Office's previous best viewership.

  • Allusions

    • Angela's "You Might Be Michael Scott" roast and Jim's "Spiteherface/Spiderface" comment are both references to comedian Jeff Foxworthy and his "You Might Be a Redneck" and "Redneck Dictionary" material.

    • Dwight's cutting off the CPR dummy's face and placing over his own, followed by licking his lips, plays on Hannibal Lecter's cutting off a guard's face and using it to make his escape in Jonathan Demme's 1991 film, The Silence of the Lambs.

    • Andy's song at the roast of Michael is sung to the tune of The Romantics' 1979 song, "What I Like About You".

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