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The Office: The Fire

When a fire unexpectedly causes the Dunder Mifflin staff to evacuate into the parking lot, they play games to pass the time. Dwight becomes jealous when Michael lavishes his attention on Ryan the temp worker, and proves he would sacrifice himself to make Michael happy.


Episode Info


Episode number: 2x4
Production Number: 02001
Airdate: Tuesday October 11th, 2005

Director: Ken Kwapis
Writer: B.J. Novak

Alternate Airdates:

DE (Super RTL) Mar 08, 2008

  • Currently 9.5/10
9.5/10 (4 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Amy Adams (1)
As Katy Luke
Recurring
Angela Kinsey
As Angela Martin
Recurring
Brian Baumgartner
As Kevin Malone
Recurring
David Denman
As Roy Anderson
Recurring
Kate Flannery
As Meredith Palmer
Recurring
Leslie David Baker
As Stanley Hudson
Recurring
Mindy Kaling
As Kelly Kapoor
Recurring
Oscar Nuñez
As Oscar Martinez
Recurring
Paul Lieberstein
As Toby Flenderson
Recurring
Phyllis Smith
As Phyllis Lapin
Recurring

Uncredited
Devon Abner
As Devon
Recurring
Main Cast
Steve Carell
As Michael Scott
Rainn Wilson
As Dwight Schrute
John Krasinski
As Jim Halpert
Jenna Fischer
As Pam Beesly
B.J. Novak
As Ryan Howard
Episode Notes
NBC won the half hour for the 18 - 34 age group, with a total of 7.6 million people who tuned in to the episode.

The fire truck says "Bureau of Fire, Scranton, PA" on its side, just like the real trucks from Scranton. However, it also says truck number 254, but Scranton does not have a truck 254.

The alarm sequence (with the exception of Steve running down the hall on the surveillance camera) was all done in one take with two cameras.



Music
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
REMEverybody Hurts 


Episode Quotes
Dwight: Would that make you happy?
Michael: What?
Dwight: If you had your phone... would that make you happy?
Michael: Yeah...
Dwight: I'm on it! (Runs into the building)
Michael: No! Dwight... Okay, 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: Question, is there firewood 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: Fine, 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: 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.



Episode Goofs
We see Toby coming out with his coffee mug. But in the entire time people are heading out the door, we never see him in the office. The only person that comes from the back is Kelly.



Cultural References
Michael: Bad idea... bad idea jeans.

This is a reference to a skit performed on Saturday Night Live from the early 1990s.

Dwight: (Singing) Ryan started the fire...

Dwight's song is being sung to the tune of "We Didn't Start The Fire" by Billy Joel.

Michael: Much advice do you seek... Do you know who that was?
Ryan: Uh, Fozzie Bear?

These are references to the character Fozzie from The Muppet Show, and Yoda from the Star Wars films, both of which were voiced by Jim Henson, and later Frank Oz.

Audio: Michael's ringtone

Michael's cell phone plays the tune "Mambo No. 5" from one-hit wonder Lou Bega.

Michael: I'm like... Mr. Miyagi and Yoda, rolled into one.

Mr. Miyagi was a character from the 1984 film, The Karate Kid. He was played by Pat Morita.



Warning: The Office season 2 episode 4 guide may contain spoilers
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