The Office (2005–2013)
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Health Care 

Michael leaves Dwight in charge of picking the new healthcare plan for the staff, with disastrous results ahead.

Director:

Ken Whittingham

Writers:

Greg Daniels (developed for american television by), Paul Lieberstein | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Steve Carell ... Michael Scott
Rainn Wilson ... Dwight Schrute
John Krasinski ... Jim Halpert
Jenna Fischer ... Pam Beesly
B.J. Novak ... Ryan Howard
Melora Hardin ... Jan Levinson-Gould
Leslie David Baker ... Stanley Hudson
Brian Baumgartner ... Kevin Malone
Kate Flannery ... Meredith Palmer
Charlie Hartsock ... Travel Agent
Mindy Kaling ... Kelly Kapoor
Angela Kinsey ... Angela Martin
Paul Lieberstein ... Toby Flenderson
Oscar Nuñez ... Oscar Martinez (as Oscar Nunez)
Phyllis Smith ... Phyllis Lapin
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Storyline

When Michael is forced to pick a low-grade health care plan for his employees, he tells Dwight to do it for him. When Dwight chooses an extraordinarily bad plan for the Scranton Branch, the workers complain and Michael hides in his office, not wanting to face the wrath of his employees. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 April 2005 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

When Michael is trying to plan a surprise event for his employees he is seen inquiring about the Coal Mine tour thinking it's a thrill ride. It's not, as the Coal Mine tour guide points out. This is a real tour at McDade Park in Scranton and at some point almost every grade school student goes there for a field day. See more »

Quotes

Dwight Schrute: Through concentration, I can raise and lower my cholesterol at will.
Pam Beesly: Why would you want to raise your cholesterol?
Dwight Schrute: So I can lower it.
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References Saturday Night Live (1975) See more »

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"Well, I'm not dead. I'm the lion. You're dead."
11 February 2009 | by MaxBorg89See all my reviews

In the British version of The Office, there was a particularly hilarious moment when a doctored pornographic image of the boss was discovered and the concerned individual asked his assistant to find out who was behind it. Since the US remake of the show never intended to be a mere copycat, a roughly similar plot line (the assistant doing the job) is used in a completely different context.

The context - a very important one in the workplace - is health care, an issue that gives this episode its title. Michael's problem is he's been asked by Jan to find a health care plan that's effective but also not too expensive. Thinking such a task is too much for him, he passes it on to Dwight, who is always eager to please the boss. Naturally, given Dwight's strict adherence to work ethics and lack of sense of humor, Jim and Pam make it their mission to turn his day into a living Hell, whereas Michael must come up with a way to cheer up his employees in case anything goes wrong.

What makes this a great episode is the fact that it depicts the first open "conflict" between Jim and Dwight (with the former being helped by Pam, of course), following their minor dispute over the incorrect use of a stapler in the pilot (a scene that occurred in the UK blueprint as well). Even funnier, though, is the way they react to the presence of the camera: there's no greater joy than that which comes from watching Rainn Wilson as he compares himself to a hunter in the jungle or hearing John Krasinski deliver the priceless line: "If this were my career, I'd have to throw myself in front of a train.". A classic in the making.


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