This Thursday’s Green Week episode of The Office, “Survivor Man,” Michael Scott (Steve Carell) is not invited to Ryan’s special Dunder-Mifflin wilderness retreat, causing the regional manager to attempt his own survival journey. “Hilarity ensues” can really go without saying for any premise The Office comes up with.
Back at the actual office, the only clue we’re given to the B-story is “Jim (John Krasinski) tries to revolutionize the office birthday party.” It looks like we’re in for another “when the cat’s away” story. Continue reading for some sneak peek video clips from this Thursday’s episode.
Great as the Michael Scott story sounds, I’ve always been partial to the employee B-stories. Every time Michael leaves the office for some reason (buying a condo, meeting a client at Chili’s), the antics of Jim Halpert and company are truly great. Putting together the “Office Olympics” and reading Threat Level: Midnight are some of the funniest moments from the show. Hopefully, Jim’s “revolutionary” birthday will be in that tradition.
The wilderness retreat plays into the Green Week theme NBC is offering all week. Every show is incorporating an eco-friendly plot or storyline to encourage environmentalism. As such, The Office seems to have taken a less direct approach, offering a more playful, thematic interpretation as the characters discover a respect and love for the outdoors.
In the first clip, Michael describes watching a reality show called Survivor Man, where the episode gets its title from. As can be expected, Michael is often heavily influenced by television, such as when he became obsessed with hugging it out, bitch. He asks Dwight (Rainn Wilson) for assistance in procuring the necessary tools to be a Survivor Man, and we get a typically Dwight-ish montage of…well, just watch for yourself and I’m certain you’ll be laughing.
Click Here for Clip #2 – Toby’s Adventure
Click Here for Clip #3 – The Hypothetical Game
-John Kubicek, BuddyTV Senior Writer
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