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Feb 19th 2006 edited
  • Season 1 : Episode 3
  • First aired on April 5, 2005
  • Written by Paul Lieberstein
  • Directed by Ken Whittingham

Pam-a-lam-a-ding-dong!

Feb 23rd 2006 edited

watching it now :).

"why would you want to raise your cholesterol?"
"so I can lower it"

classic.

"count chocolitis... why did you write that down? is it because you know i love count chocula?"

haha, brilliant stuff.

and just finished...

is it possible that Angela and Dwight were already dating this far back? when Angela's medical condition is brought up he immediately accepts it and says it would be cover. Maybe he already had a crush on her or something? It just seemed weird, because everything else he didn't take lying down.

Feb 23rd 2006

I'm on my way to watch health care and the alliance.

I'm also going to watch performance review.

One of my favorite all time scenes...

"Why do I deserve this raise!?!?! Cause I'm awesome!!! I'M AWESOME!!!"

Feb 23rd 2006 edited

Every time I watch Health Care, I'm reminded of how great it is. It's a toss-up between it and The Alliance as to which is my favorite episode from Season One.

First, a few notable quotes:

Michael : I'm having an unbelievably busy day. [Pan to Michael's empty inbox] [Pan to Jim looking at Michael's empty inbox]

A textbook example of how to exploit camera-induced limited field of vision in order to nail a scene.

Jim : I just don't think that this is the kind of task that I am going to do... You know who would be great for this?

I always get a kick out of this scene and how Jim's voice trails off to nothingness as he finishes his sentence and then rapidly picks up again before Michael has a chance to be offended. Concealed insubordination... Jim is a master of it.

Pam : This is a ridiculously awful plan... because you cut... everything.

Perfect, perfect delivery.

And now, a few bits of miscellany:

  • Right after the first commercial break at about the 5:30 mark, Dwight hands the memo to Oscar and then smacks the paper. I'm not sure why I found this so funny, but it is.
  • Dwight has wicked sideburns.
  • Government created killer nanorobot infection. Oh yeah. Stanley likes it.

is it possible that Angela and Dwight were already dating this far back? when Angela's medical condition is brought up he immediately accepts it and says it would be cover.

I had assumed that the reason why he accepted her dermatitis without question was because it actually sounded reasonable. Course, this doesn't mean that he didn't already have a crush on her at the time. I can't say I blame him: that buttoned turtleneck is hot stuff.

Feb 23rd 2006 edited

I always get a kick out of this scene and how Jim's voice trails off to nothingness as he finishes his sentence and then rapidly picks up again before Michael has a chance to be offended. Concealed insubordination... Jim is a master of it.

That is exactly it. Jim never antagonizes Michael directly, he's much too polite for that. Jim takes passive aggressiveness to new understated heights.

Pam also has her quietly defiant way:

Michael: I gotta go, I’m getting a call.
Pam: No you’re not.

Michael: Oh, god, here we go again, gotta go, I have to take this…
Pam: Still no one calling.

You go, girl! You tell him!

Feb 23rd 2006

I don't think Dwight and Angela were an item yet, as Dwight asked out Katy a few episodes later. In front of Angela, no less. So I think there may have been some level of attraction there, but they weren't together. Or we'd be finding little Dwight-bits in Angela's famous brownies.

Feb 23rd 2006

Easily my favorite episode from season 1.

Often overshadowed by his other comedic gifts, Michael's improv skills are duly showcased with his inspired "I'm Bork from Smork, Glibiddy Blu Blu" comeback.

Step off Robin Williams, step off!

Word.

Feb 24th 2006

I really loved this episode.

James, I also found it funny when Dwight hands the memo to Oscar and gives it a little flip. Dwight was getting a little cocky, and that's not a good thing.

Two great Jim moments are when he tosses Dwight's keys and when he throws the ice cream sandwich at the window when Dwight is locked in the conference room. Brilliant.

Feb 24th 2006

I don't think Dwight and Angela were an item yet, as Dwight asked out Katy a few episodes later. In front of Angela, no less.

exactly. and there was no subtext in that scene with the purse girl either. actually, i think the writers might even have had plans early on to make it an angela and oscar couple. as the group walks away after confronting michael about dwight's health plan, she says to oscar, "you let him walk all over you." sounds very much like angela the girlfriend to me.

Feb 24th 2006 edited

i had forgotten how good this ep was.

*every line about the diseases was fantastic writing and delivery. jim and pam's plotting, dwight's frustration and the group's embarassed discussions. all perfect.

*pam's "it's an epidemic" is as cute, almost, as her falling off the stool in the dundies ep (which is of course, the gold standard for that sort of thing).

*stanley breaking up as dwight reads the fake diseases made me laugh hard every time i backed up and replayed it. (and it was a lot of times). this was so well done it seems more like an outtake than acting.

*in their discussion of delivering bad news, jan's telling michael "im doing it... right now... to you," was the point where her character seems an indispensible part of the show. (actually "if i werent dating pam...").

*and, i think, the very most embarrassingly uncomfortable michael moment the show has yet produced.... drum roll.... everyone waiting on the surprise that never was.

a great episode of a great show.

Feb 24th 2006

Watch the part where dwight gets the task for choosing the healthcare plan, his looks towards the camera when asking for an office...workspace... are hilarious.

One of the best parts of the show are the looks at the camera, especially dwights and jim's and occasionally kevin.

Feb 24th 2006

For me, hotdog fingers was the runner up to Count Choculitis for funniest disease.

This was Paul Lieberstein's first writing credit for the series, I think.

Ferd Farkel *stanley breaking up as dwight reads the fake diseases made me laugh hard every time i backed up and replayed it. (and it was a lot of times). this was so well done it seems more like an outtake than acting.

This was the show that locked in my mind the idea that the supporting cast (all veteran improv actors) did improvise a lot of their "work." They steal a lot of the scenes in this particular episode. In fact, I'm inspired to go back and try to see what they're actually pretending to be doing in the background while the scripted actors are running through their lines.

Feb 24th 2006

Todd Packer One of the best parts of the show are the looks at the camera, especially dwights and jim's and occasionally kevin.

I have been thinking a lot about developing at least one fanfiction plot fleshing out at least one or two details about the documentary cameraman and director only because the amount of dogging and off camera asides Dwight makes would support it. It would be a quite probable series finale of just the director's commentary, and documentary outtakes/post-documentary follow-ups.

As a comparison, for those of you who are still watching the reruns, Reno 911 did an excellent job with their cameraman character at times. I can't for the life of me remember it, but Lt. Dangle calls the cameraman by his name in at least one episode - I'm specifcally thinking about the one where they thought they had been exposed to SARS or something like it and were quarantined in the dead guy's house. The places the guy ends up - like locked in the holding cell for the weekend - were priceless.

Feb 25th 2006

holly

For me, hotdog fingers was the runner up to Count Choculitis for funniest disease.

i agree. if you dont count the inverted ones.

This was the show that locked in my mind the idea that the supporting cast (all veteran improv actors) did improvise a lot of their "work."

i have heard this somewhere else and i am trying to reconcile this with the fact that several of the cast members have said in interviews that every last glance is scripted.

Mar 6th 2006

In this episode Michael notes that Dwight failing at picking a plan would be strike two. Do we ever know (to this day) what strike one was?

Mar 7th 2006

One of my favorite scenes in this episode is when locked in Dwight calls Jim on the phone.

Pam calls Jim from 6 feet away and Jim cuts off Dwight to take Pam's call. They talk about nothing for a while just to tick off Dwight, but this is one of the first real intimate banters between Jim & Pam, showing just how much they like each other.

Mar 7th 2006

Healthcare is, hands down, one of my favorite episodes.

When Jim tosses the ice cream bar at the window and it thuds in front of an unflinching, EXCEEDINGLY pissed off Dwight. Oh man, I laughed forever.

And the listing of the extremely ridiculous dieseases; Rainn's delivery plus all the reaction shots = perfection.

Mar 7th 2006

Well how do you know they're fake?

Uh, leprosy?!?!

Mar 8th 2006 edited

They have this thing where they send a bus, right, for free, it picks everybody up. You head down there, get to the hotel. Room is comped. They give you a pile of chips, and your food, everything just kinda all-inclusive free kinda weekend.

How about the noise Michael ends up making at the end of his "drum roll" ?

Mar 22nd 2006

Ooooh, I'm proud of myself for this find... when Jim tells Pam not to write down Ebola or Mad Cow Disease because he's suffering from both and holds up his form with everything circled, look at the first three "other" diseases he has written down.

  • Count Choculitis
  • Ebola
  • Mad Cow Disease

I can't quite make out what the fourth disease is... something ending in "-east Ears" and the fifth disease is almost fully covered by his hand.

Mar 23rd 2006 edited

It is excruciatingly difficult to pick a favorite episode of this show because really, it seems like they get funnier each week, but I have to say that Health Care is my favorite. I've watched it countless times and just love it for its use of the entire cast as well as the happy, flirty JAM dynamic that is prevalent.

HOWEVER, my absolute favorite Jim scene of all time (as of this second), is found in this episode. Someone already mentioned it-it's when he gets up right in the middle of Dwight's berating of him, grabs the keys, locks Dwight inside the office, then smacks his own arm and the keys go flying across the room. I have never seen something so perfectly hilarious in my life. JK is just staring at the camera as the keys go sailing across the office and land on a shelf.

And then the look on his face when Dwight phones his desk immediately afterwards. "Jiiiiiim Halpert, who IS this?"

Hysterical. The best tv that's out there.

Mar 23rd 2006

I love this episode- one of my favorites (The Injury is the other). It was actually the first episode I ever watched. The whole "Count Choculitis" discussion gets me every time.

Mar 28th 2006

Pam - Michael Scott, how's tricks?

Apr 6th 2006

Pam - Michael Scott, how's tricks?

I never noticed this at all until my wife pointed it out to me. Haha. I think Pam's exclaimed "WHAT?!" made it even more apparant. Haha. =)

Apr 18th 2007

"Why do I deserve this raise!?!?! Cause I'm awesome!!! I'M AWESOME!!!"

I think that this is the third-funniest thing that has ever happened on this show.

Apr 18th 2007

First and second?

Apr 18th 2007

First and second?

  1. "This is humungous. I am not a security threat. And my middle name is Kurt, NOT Fart!"

  2. "Boy, have you lost your mind?! Cos I'll help you find it!"

I go back and forth.

Apr 19th 2007

I think my first and second funniest things comes from Health Care too.

  1. "Count choculitis? (Jim: "Sounds tough.") Why did you write that Jim? Is it because you know I love Count Chocula? (Jim: "Do you?")"

  2. Dwight: "Uh, someone forged, uh, medical information and that is a felony."
    Jim: "OK, whoa. 'Cause that is a pretty intense accusation. How do you know that they're fake?"
    Dwight: "Uh, leprosy? Flesh eating bacteria. Hot-dog fingers. Government-created killer nanorobot infection."
    Dwight: "You did this, didn't you?"
    Jim: "Absolutely not."

Apr 19th 2007

In the deleted scenes from this episode Jim is asking Dwight if he ever saw the movie Outbreak because of his supposed "never been sick", and then Dwight says "Yeah, well, did you see Unbreakable cuz that guy couldn't get sick at all!" And then Jim says "Okay, well, what about The Sixth Sense? Maybe you're already dead." Dwight just looks at him and says, "Unlikely."

I just loved that.

Apr 19th 2007

Favorite deleted scene ever, Dental Hydraplosion.

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