Original Air Date: November 9, 2007
Lauren - TwoCents Staff Writer
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In the opening segment, several employees are captivated as Toby talks about a wilderness retreat he went on with Ryan and some other branch managers. This is a combination of Michael’s two least favorite things; Toby and being left out, so of course he’s frustrated to the point where he interrupts Toby’s talking head to tell him no one cares. (Does anyone else feel like the cold openers have been steadily declining since the Launch Party “bouncing box”, or is it just me?)
So how does Michael respond to being left out of the wilderness retreat? The way he always responds; by creating his own retreat to go on. After Jim refuses to go (he has to donate blood . . . again), Michael decides to tough it out a la “Survivor Man. Equipped only with a knife (from Dwight’s arsenal of weapons that he keeps hidden in the office) and duct tape, Michael puts Jim in charge, and leaves with Dwight to be taken deep into the Pennsylvanian wilderness. Michael explains that a “true survivor man” simulates a disaster (in his case, a serial killer is taking him into the wilderness to leave him for dead). He then blindfolds himself so he would have no idea where he’s going, but opts not to be unconscious despite Dwight’s suggestion.