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The Office: Motivation

It's the first management training seminar for David, and he is cool and relaxed about the venture. Neil, on the other hand, is not so sure about it, since this new side job might start taking up too much of his time. Tim and Rachel seem to be an item, striking jealousy in Dawn and disappointment in Gareth.


Episode Info


Episode number: 2x4
Airdate: Monday October 21st, 2002



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Guest Stars
Jennifer HennessyJennifer Hennessy
As Jude
Recurring
Tom Goodman-HillTom Goodman-Hill
As Ray
Recurring
Che GivenChe Given
As Speaker #1
Episode Notes
Unofficial title: Motivation



Music
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Tina TurnerThe Best 


Episode Quotes
(Dawn notices David is wearing an earring)
Dawn: How long have you had that?
David: (acting cool) Too long, baby.
Dawn: It's bleeding!
David: (seriously) Really stings!!!

(Gareth has just caught Tim and Rachel kissing)
Gareth: I can't believe you'd get off with the bird that I fancy.
Tim: Why can't you believe that, Gareth?
Gareth: Well, I can't believe there's a bird that fancies you over me for a start. (to Rachel) What are you... he's a weird little bloke. Look at his cartoon face and his hair. He looks like a Fisher Price man. His rubbish clothes... It makes me think there's something wrong with you, for a start. But yet in my head I'd still do you, so I'm confused... Alright, I'll ask you straight: is there anything that could happen between us two while this is going on?
Rachel: Like what?
Gareth: What, specifically?
Rachel: Yeah.
Gareth: Hand job? Look, don't answer now. Think about it. (leaves disappointed)

Simon: You know Bruce Lee is not really dead, don't you? Yeah, it's in a book. What he did was he faked his own death so he could work undercover for the Hong Kong police infiltrating drugs gangs and the Triads.
Gareth: I reckon it's true.
Tim: Yeah, I reckon it's true, 'cause if you were gonna send someone undercover to investigate the Triads, you'd probably want the world's most famous Chinese film star.

Neil: I'm performing as I want me to perform. You're not performing as I want you to perform.
David: I'm performing as I want me to perform.
Neil: I don't want you to perform like that--
David: It's a good performance. Let's agree to disagree.
Neil: No! Let's agree that you agree with me.

(David is giving a motivational speech)
David: At least I've got my health. And if you haven't got your health-- if you've got one leg, at least I haven't got two legs missing. And if you have lost both legs and both arms, just go "at least I'm not dead." I'd rather be dead in that situation, to be honest. I'm not saying people like that should be... you know, put down. (pause) I'm saying that, in my life, I'd rather not live without arms and legs because, you know... I'm just getting into yoga, for one thing.

Dawn: I'd be lying if I said my life had turned out exactly as I'd expected. My old school just recently had a reunion, um - which I didn't go to – but, um, one girl in my class it turns out, right, that she's now running her own Internet auction website, making a fortune, and is happily married to a marine biologist. She used to eat chalk!



Cultural References
David: It's like bloody Dead Poet's Society sometime out there, you know, at the end when they all stand on the tables...

Dead Poets Society is a 1989 film written by Tom Schulman and directed by Peter Weir, starring Robin Williams who plays John Keating, an English teacher that wants to expand his students' narrow horizons caused by their uptight upbringing and Educational System. The scene that David mentions takes place at the end of the film when Keating is leaving and his students stand up on their tables as their special way of thanking him.

Gareth: You know he fights Chuck Norris in Enter The Dragon...?

Enter the Dragon is a 1973 martial arts film starring Bruce Lee, who is considered to be the greatest martial arts film actor of the 20th century. This film was released the month before he died.

Chuck Norris (nee Carlos Ray Norris Jr.) is a well known Action movie actor who is widely recognisable for movies like Missing in Action (1984) Missing in Action 2: The Beginning (1985) and the more recent TV show Walker, Texas Ranger. As Simon points out later, Chuck Norris only acted alongside Lee in The Way Of The Dragon (1974).

Simon: He fights Bob Wall in both, but Norris is only in Way Of The Dragon.

Bob Wall (nee Robert Wall) is yet another American actor who was in Enter the Dragon alongside Chuck Norris. He also guest starred in a couple of episodes of Walker, Texas Ranger.

David: Where's Leroy come from?
Gareth: The coloured fellow off Fame.

Gareth is referring to Gene Anthony Ray who played Leroy Johnson in the 1980's hit movie Fame and then again in the TV series based on the movie.

Gareth: Bluto.
David: The villain from Popeye?

Popeye the sailor man is a cartoon figure and comic strip created by Elzie Crisler Segar in 1929. The stories would often revolved arrond Popeye saving Olive Oyl from his nemesis Bluto, an oversized bully who also had a crush on her.

Employee: You used to call Malcolm 'Kojak'.

Kojak was a US detective TV series which ran between 1973 and 1978. Telly Savalas played Lt Theo Kojak, a bald New York police who often said "Who loves ya, baby?".

David: Is all you care about chasing the Yankee dollar?'

Yankee dollar is another expression for American dollar. Yankee is the name given to the native or inhabitant of the United States.

David: And it is foreword by Duncan Goodhew.

Duncan Goodhew is one of the most respected and recognisable UK swimming athletes, who also won Bronze Medal for the 4 X 100 Metres Medley Relay at the Moscow Olympics. He is also an author and motivational speaker and has given over 200 motivational speeches to many of Britain's leading companies, including Exxon, Prudential, IBM and Coutts.

David: Here we go. The Three Musketeers!

The three Musketeers are Athos, Porthos, and Aramis, featured in Alexandre Dumas's The Three Musketeers. The novel tells the adventures D'Artagnan, a young man who wants to become a musketeer.



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