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Recap / The Office USS 4 E 1 Fun Run

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Michael feels pretty good about his life...and then he runs over Meredith in the D-M parking lot. Pam and Jim claim they're both single. Karen has left the office, after Jim dumped her in New York.

Dwight takes care of Angela's cat, Sprinkles. When Michael finds out Meredith is being treated for rabies, he forces everyone to participate in a "fun run" to raise money for rabies.

Air date: September 27, 2007


  • Amusing Injuries: Andy's chafed nipples.
  • Chronic Pet Killer: Dwight euthanizes Sprinkles. He also points out that it's unethical to keep Meredith alive.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Jan threatens Pam after she inadvertently saw Michael with his pants down.
  • Continuity Nod: Elizabeth, the dancer from S3's "Ben Franklin" reappears as a sexy nurse.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Toby mentions Alfredo's pizza picked his business card. In "Launch Party," Alfredo's is part of the plot.
  • Everyone Can See It: Kevin says that Jim and Pam are hooking up because all they do is smile. Played With as Oscar says there is no evidence of intimacy, though he seems to agree with Kevin, noticing that they've both been in a remarkably good mood lately.
    Kevin: Are you kidding me?!
  • Foreshadowing: Dwight advocates pulling the plug on Meredith, saying that, as a farmer, you kill wounded animals. This is the first clue that he actually killed Angela's cat.
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  • Fridge Horror: An in-universe example. Jim points out that last year, Michael complained of a "speed bump." He then wonders who Michael ran over last time.
  • Gag Censor: Michael's penis is digitally scrambled when Pam walks in on him accidentally.
  • Giant Novelty Check: Michael insists on presenting one of these to a "rabies doctor," which drastically cuts into their donations. It ends up being only $340 made out "to science."
  • Hollywood Law: Michael being charged with assault, careless driving and a number of other things isn't even addressed.
  • Indian Burial Ground: Michael asks if anyone has done anything to an Indian burial ground.
  • Insane Troll Logic:
    • Toby is Satan.
    • The office is cursed because Phyllis and Bob are (slightly) different religions.
  • Lack of Empathy: Dwight is extremely cold when he tells Angela that her cat is dead. He doesn't even get her name right.
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  • The Maiden Name Debate: Pam notes out that almost marrying Roy is the closest she ever wants to be to "Pamela Anderson."
  • Manchild: In a deleted scene, Michael sees his pediatrician to treat his dehydration. Even in the aired version, he has a sucker in his mouth.
  • Product Placement: This is the first episode to feature Wegmans-brand products. Wegmans is a major grocery chain in the northeastern US.
  • Put on a Bus: Karen. She briefly appears in the cold open as Jim explains that he broke up with her, and then came in the next day to find her desk completely cleaned out. She appears in a later episode having become regional manager of the Utica branch.
  • Relationship Upgrade: Jim and Pam are now officially dating.
  • Rule of Three: Invoked in Michael's Insane Troll Logic. Pam crashes her computer downloading porn, Michael runs over Meredith, and then Sprinkles dies.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Oscar, Creed, and Stanley bail out of the race early on and go to a bar.
  • Tempting Fate: Michael declares that with Jan at home, Jim back, Ryan at corporate, Dwight and Andy rocking at sales, this is gonna be a good year. And then he runs over Meredith.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Michael pukes up his fettucine on camera.

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