• The Writer – Mindy Kaling
  • Director – Bryan Gordon
  • A brief synopsis – Michael tries to live the dream of an automatic breakfast in bed goes awry when he burns his foot on a George Foreman Grill.  Dwight overhears everyone else in the Office refuse to help him and immediately bolts out the door to rescue Michael.  On the way out of the parking lot, he drives his car into a pole, getting a concussion, but going on to help Michael.  Michael arrives with him sometime later as he tries to elicit sympathy from his staff.  He even brings in the handicapped general manager of the building to give a speech on being sympathetic to the handicapped.  Dwight, meanwhile, is showing symptoms of his head ailment.  Pam is torn by the fact that Dwight with a concussion is really quite friendly.  Jim and Michael take Dwight to the doctor, where Michael gets in trouble trying to stick his foot into the cat scan machine.
  • The best line – Michael: Shuuut it, ok, well, well you know what, disabilities are not things to be laughed at or laughed about. You people are jerks. Imagine if you had left Stevie Wonder on the floor of that bathroom instead of me.
    Phyllis: Oh, we wouldn’t. We love Stevie Wonder.
  • The best moment – Dwight momentarily getting out of his car to throw up after his wreck, only to get right back in and drive off, sans his front bumper.
  • The best storyline – Dwight steals the show with his off-kilter performance that makes him…more normal and nice.
  • Notable guest appearance – Marcus A. York as Billy Merchant, a wheelchair-bound property manager for the building who shows, by being normal, how weird Michael can be.
  • Grade – A

Another quite wonderful episode, made so by a virtuoso performance from Rainn Wilson.  The physical acting involved is the best since Michael Richards played Kramer.  Depth is added to the cast with this performance, as Michael is allowed to be his normal goofy self and the rest of the cast shows how little he really influences their day.  Kaling’s strong suit, as usual is getting the most out of the peripheral characters.  She is showing to be a secret weapon of the show.

 

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