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The Office: Survivor Man

When Michael learns he was excluded from Ryan's wilderness retreat, he goes off alone into the woods to prove to himself that he can survive. Back at the office, Jim is in charge and upsets the staff when he tries to combine several individual birthday parties into one large one.


Episode Info


Episode number: 4x11
Production Number: 411
Airdate: Thursday November 08th, 2007

Director: Paul Feig
Writer: Steve Carell


  • Currently 8.2/10
8.2/10 (11 Votes cast)
Main Cast
Steve CarellSteve Carell
As Michael Scott
Rainn WilsonRainn Wilson
As Dwight Schrute
John KrasinskiJohn Krasinski
As Jim Halpert
Jenna FischerJenna Fischer
As Pam Beesly
Leslie David BakerLeslie David Baker
As Stanley Hudson
Brian BaumgartnerBrian Baumgartner
As Kevin Malone
Kate FlanneryKate Flannery
As Meredith Palmer
Angela KinseyAngela Kinsey
As Angela Martin
Oscar NuñezOscar Nuñez
As Oscar Martinez
Phyllis SmithPhyllis Smith
As Phyllis Lapin-Vance
Mindy KalingMindy Kaling
As Kelly Kapoor
Paul LiebersteinPaul Lieberstein
As Toby Flenderson
Ed HelmsEd Helms
As Andy Bernard
Creed BrattonCreed Bratton
As Creed Bratton
Episode Notes
This episode was featured as a part of NBC's "Green Week" campaign, which was intended to promote environmentalism and encourage Americans to lead "greener" lives.

This episode takes place on Creed's birthday.

Stanley reveals that he is diabetic, and must take insulin.

B.J Novak is credited but does not appear.



Episode Quotes
Michael: I will only need two things: a roll of duct tape, and a knife.

Michael: When I return, I hope to be a completely changed human being.
Jim: That'd be great.

Jim: Yep, Phyllis called me 'Michael.' And I will always and forever be haunted by that fact.

Michael: I say stuff like that to lighten the tension when things sort of get hard.
Jim: That's what she said.
Michael: Hey.... nice! Really good! Bravo, my young ward.

Dwight: People say, oh it's dangerous to keep weapons in the home, or the workplace. Well I say, it's better to be hurt by someone you know, accidentally, than by a stranger, on purpose.

Dwight: I lied to Michael. I said that I would leave him alone but I will not. I will remain close by to provide unseen moral support. But I will never help him. I will let harm befall him. I will even let him die. But I will never let him lose his dignity.

Stanley: I took an extra shot of insulin in preparation for this cake today. If I don't have some cake soon I might die.
Oscar: Why don't you just have an apple?
Stanley: Why don't you mind your business.

Dwight: Do I believe that Michael possesses the skills to survive in a hostile environment? Let's put it this way... No. I do not.

Jim: When Michael plays the hypothetical game, I always say yes.

Pam: Do you want me to ask where you're going?
Michael: No.
Pam: Great.
Michael: Dwight will be driving me deep into the Pennsylvania wilderness, where he will then leave me. To either die, or to survive. The choice is yours.
Jim: No. The choice is actually yours.



Cultural References
Title: Survivor Man

The episode title refers to the television show, Survivorman, on which a man must survive in the wilderness for seven days without bringing any of his own food, water, or tools.

Michael: (singing) I'm lovin' it!

Michael is singing the musical catchphrase of MacDonald's restaurants.

Michael: Hello, I'm Broken Mountain.

Michael compares Ryan's wilderness retreat to the 2005 film, Brokeback Mountain, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger.

Visual: Michael's sweatshirt

At the end of the episode, when he is talking with Jim, Michael wears a Battlestar Galactica sweatshirt.



Episode References
Dwight: I saved Jim's life with a can of pepper spray I had Velcroed under my desk.

Dwight is referring to an incident in the Season Three episode, "The Negotiation," when he defended Jim from Roy's attack.



Warning: The Office season 4 episode 11 guide may contain spoilers
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