It won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series, and received another nomination for Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series. The instructor suggests they pump the heart to the tune of "Stayin' Alive", a disco song by the pop band, the Bee Gees, but Michael mixes the song up with "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor.
For typical episodes, the only cast members shown were Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, & B.J. Paul Lieberstein, Was this review helpful to you? However, Perez said he enjoyed the Black/Leachman cameos. The cat Angela threw into the ceiling actually fell out. Then there was a cat thrower who had an Angela wig and Angela wardrobe on that Jim attempts to cheer Pam up by watching a pirated movie titled Mrs. Albert Hannaday with Andy Bernard (Ed Helms) (they do not know how to access such films while Andy does, so they have to watch the movie in Andy's company). View production, box office, & company info. You are black! Michael tells his employees that they are the reason he got into the paper business, and they applaud him. Pam asks Jim to talk to her father and convince him to work things out with her mother. Dwight's too-realistic fire alarm gives Stanley a heart attack. Andy overhears her comments about her real life scenario, still thinks she is talking about the film they watched and concludes that he cannot be a movie critic because he is not as insightful as Jim and Pam. Stephen Merchant (creator). #TheOffice : @msjennafischer, A post shared by The Office (@theofficenbc) on Sep 19, 2019 at 7:00am PDT, Fans of The Office will never forget the cold open fire drill, with Dwight creating a frightening scenario to test the office staff’s response time. With Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer. Keep track of everything you watch; tell your friends. Meanwhile, Andy, Jim, and Pam download a movie, and Pam has to deal with her parents’ impending divorce. Producer Ben Silverman called the scene “insanity,” while writer Anthony Farrell shared that with Daniels’ directive to make it “bigger and crazier,” they pulled out all the stops. cat into the ceiling only to have it fall back down. Pam later confronts her father about why he left her mother while Jim looks on through the window.
 Lorenzo Perez of The News & Observer said the Pam subplot was "overworked" and lacked impact, and the Dwight character was over-the-top, proving The Office writers clearly have no idea how to rein him in.
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A laughed so hard at this episode. Krone specifically praised the Jim and Pam subplot and Dwight's character, adding, "It's a pretty perfect way to unwind – or, if your team lost, to become reanimated – after the Super Bowl. One of The Office‘s best cold opens is the fire drill scene in the season 5 episode “Stress Relief,” which aired after the Super Bowl in 2009. Morrow praised the Black/Leachman film, but said, "To be upstaged by a B-plot, one not involving the show's main characters at all, is a bit of a misdirection the show doesn't need in a post-Super Bowl time slot. After the roast, Michael takes a personal day (much to the concern of his employees, who start to feel bad about the scathing jokes towards Michael) and spends time at a playground to reflect, feeding pigeons by tossing whole slices of bread on the ground and making bird noises, despite the lack of birds in the winter weather.  In describing the upcoming roast, Michael says he plans to call YouTube, an online video sharing website, to record the event. In the final scene of the episode, the ending of the illegally downloaded movie is revealed: Jack Black visits Cloris Leachman with flowers and a new walker, only to discover her affair with another young man and he walks away heartbroken. Discover what to watch this November including a Marvel docu-series, a '90s reboot, and a Star Wars holiday celebration. " USA Today critic Robert Bianco said the plot was extremely thin and the Black and Leachman cameos were humorless and grotesque. Meanwhile, Andy, Jim, and Pam watch an illegally downloaded movie at work starring Jack Black, Jessica Alba and Cloris Leachman, and Pam deals with her parents' recent argument that's caused her father to move in with her and Jim temporarily. Directed by Ken Kwapis. 2020 Showbiz Cheat Sheet, All Rights Reserved. Dwight tricks most of the employees into signing his apology letter by pretending it is a sign-in sheet, but Phyllis Vance (Phyllis Smith) catches on and refuses to sign it. The episode originally aired on NBC in the United States on February 1, 2009, immediately after the broadcast of Super Bowl XLIII. Add the first question. " A deleted scene further addresses Obama's election, with Michael praising the choice and Darryl, with Darryl half-jokingly telling the Caucasian office workers what will change for them (they no longer have to pretend to like jazz, and Morgan Freeman won't get any more acting work because "he's more for you guys"). Michael believes the employees are stressed because they are reluctant to express their feelings, so he organizes a comedic roast of himself in the warehouse. When he returns, Michael learns that he is the cause of Stanley's stress. " "Stress Relief" marked Black's fourth television appearance in five years: he previously appeared in the Fox sitcom Cracking Up in 2004, the Comedy Central series The Naked Trucker and T-Bones Show in 2004, and the Fox animated comedy series The Simpsons in 2007. Both parts of "Stress Relief" originally aired together on February 1, 2009 immediately following NBC's broadcast of Super Bowl XLIII, and The Office writers and producers sought to attract newcomers to the series with the expected increase in viewership. ", In anticipation of particularly high viewership due to the Super Bowl, NBC officials encouraged The Office producers to feature celebrity guest appearances in the episode. Angela: Arms at your sides! With Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer. Michael arranges for a CPR training session for the employees, but they are too easily distracted and the lesson proves fruitless. | When Michael roasts Stanley, ("Stanley, you crush your wife during sex, and your heart sucks"), Stanley laughs heartily, breaking the tension. For more information on cookies including how to manage your consent visit our, Dwight's Fire Drill - The Office (Episode Highlight). It more than doubled the show's previously highest rating in the age group, and constituted the largest 18–49 rating for an NBC entertainment telecast in four-and-a-half years, since the tenth season finale of the medical drama series ER on May 13, 2004. The small b-plot between Jim and Katy is kind of tasteless, but still a good episode. However, Ingebritson said he was disgusted by the Leachman nude scene from Mrs. Albert Hannaday. Later, she expresses confidence that the two are true soul mates. "The Fire" is the fourth episode of the second season of the American comedy television series The Office, and the show's tenth episode overall. For an enhanced browsing experience, get the IMDb app on your smartphone or tablet.  Michael refers to Barack Obama, the first African American president of the United States, to Stanley while he is suffering a heart attack by shouting, "Stanley!
 Will Leitch of New York magazine, said the episode was funny, but "curiously unfocused [like] two half-hour episodes awkwardly spliced together. Employee of the Episode: The entire office, ... Dwight’s fire drill will live on in television infamy for years to come.  Angela makes a joke, "If you put sunblock on a window, you might be Michael Scott", which is modeled after the "you might be a redneck" one-liner jokes by comedian Jeff Foxworthy. " Lieberstein said the script drew less attention to long-standing story arcs, which new viewers would not understand. After this episode dwight truly became a legendary character, View production, box office, & company info, Greg Daniels (developed for american television by), You are black, Stanley!
" Actor Rainn Wilson said of the episode, "It's a great opportunity for people to revisit the world of The Office and hopefully get into our style of comedy.  Dean Holland and David Rogers were also nominated for Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series. When he returns, Michael learns that he is the cause of Stanley's stress. "Stress Relief" received generally positive reviews. Andy returns to the office after weeks of anger management training, determined to make a fresh start with all the Dunder-Mifflin employees. The episode drew a 10.6 rating and 14.46 million viewers between the ages 18 and 49. Title: They constituted the fourteenth and fifteenth episodes of the fifth season, and the 86th and 87th overall episodes of the series. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. We wanted it to be extremely funny and extremely funny up front.