Grief Counseling - The Office (Season 3, Episode 6)
Original Air Date: October 12, 2006
Jan calls Michael to let him know that Ed Truck, the
former Reginal Manager, has died.
In Stanford, Josh is holding a staff meeting. Turns out
Karen, the co-worker with her eye on Jim, didn't get her
work done on time. Josh assigns Jim to make sure it does.
Karen is none to pleased with this outcome.
Jim sees Karen in the breakroom moaning that the vending machine
is out of her favorite chip. She snips at Jim that it doesn't fall under
his authority. He disagrees. He tells her that today he is her
project manager and they will do nothing until she gets the chips
that she requires. They should leave now to find them. Karen
Michael and Creed are talking about Ed. Creed tells Michael that
Ed was drunk as a skunk flying down route 6 and ran right under a semi
which took off his head.
Michael is distraught to hear how Ed died. Dwight thinks it's
the perfect way to go..quick, instant, painless. But Michael dosn't
think a Reginal Manager of Dunder-Mifflin should go out like that.
The news of how Ed died really shocks everyone.
Michael calls Jan to discuss what can be done to honor Ed. He
argues that Martin Luther King has a day but he never even worked
at Dunder-Mifflin. Jan suggests he give his staff the ay off.
Michael says that is not what they would want. He thinks they
should put up a statue of Ed. Jan laughs. Micheal gets very
irate with Jan and the two exchange heated words.
In Stanford, Jim is calling all around town to find the chips that
Karen wants. But Karen is not having a good time. She rather just get back to work.
In Scranton, Michael can't stop talking about the gruesome details
of Ed's death. Stanley and Phyllis are getting pretty tired of it.
Michael feels it's his duty to get his staff through this, because
right now they are denying their feelings.
Michael takes everyone into the conference room. They are all
sitting in a circle. He says he is going to through someone a ball.
And that person is to tell of a special person in their life who
dies and how they died. Crying is allowed.
Grief Counceling Session
- Michael: I lost Ed truck. And it feels like somebody took my heart and dropped it into a bucket of boiling tears.
At the same time somebody else is hitting my soul in the crouch with a frozrn sledgehammer. And
then a third guy walks in and starts punching me in the grief bone and I'm
crying and nobody can hear me because I'm terribly, terribly, terribly, alone.
Just as Michael finishes his speech, Roy comes in and says he needs
to see Pam right away. There seems to something wrong with
the radiator in her car. As soon as they leave the room, Roy admits
her car is fine he was just giving her a break from the grief
However, Michael put the group on hold until Pam returned.
Back to the Session
- Dwight: When my mother was pregnant with me they did an altrasound and found out
she was having twins. When they did another altrasound a few weeks
later that they discovered that I had resorbed the other fetus.
Do I regret this, no. I believe his tissues made me stronger. I now
have the strength of a grown man and a little baby.
- Stanley refuses to participate and throws the ball back at Michael
- Pam: I had an aunt that I was really close to, she was this amazing female
boxer. Anyway, she was injured in a fight and she was paralyzed.
So you can imagine how upset I was when she asked her manager to remove
her breathing tube so she could die. (Ryan looks at the camera and
knows she is using Million Dollar Baby.)
- Ryan: A few years ago my family was on a safari in
Africa. And my cousin Mufasa, was trampled to death by a
pack of wildabeasts. And we all took it really hard. (This is from the Lion King)
- Kevin: I was trying to throw this party once, and everyone was
over for the weekend. And then my Uncle Bernie died. So then me
and my best friend had to pretend like he was alive. (This is from Weekend At Bernie's)
Michael figures out Kevin is using Weekend at Bernies and gets
very upset that no one is taking his session seriously. He
can't understand why no one cares that the man who used to sit at
his desk is now dead. When Toby tells him that just this morning
a bird flew into the glass doors and died, Michael goes over the edge.
Michael goes downstairs to try to save the bird with Dwight chasing
after him. The bird is dead.
Michael announces to the group that at 4pm everyone is to be in
the parking lot for a memorial service for the bird.
In Stanford, Karen finds her favorite chips on her desk...Thanks
During the funeral, Pam gives a really nice euology. It touches
everyone, especialy Michael who cries. Dwight plays his flute while
Pam sings. Everyone holds hands and sways.
Best Funny Quotes From The Office - Grief Counseling
Hey Ryan, can I get you a pencil from the warehouse?
Uh, no thanks, I’m good.
Oh, it’s okay, I’m going down.
Um… Yeah, absolutely.
All right, I’ll be right back. goes down pretend stairs
laughs uproariously and applauds Whoo!
hands Ryan pencil There you go.
Michael, can you get me a pen from down in the warehouse?
Don’t mind if I do. See you in a minute. goes back down pretend stairs and grabs pen from Stanley’s desk
Okay. continues to laugh Whoo!
There you go, fresh from the warehouse.
Hey Michael, would you get me some coffee from the warehouse?
There’s coffee in the kitchen, Pam.
But the warehouse coffee tastes SO much better.
Ryan and others
Yeah. Yes, it’s better. It’s great.
breathless All right. Okay. goes back down pretend stairs, crawls on belly to the kitchen for the coffee
I am like Bette Midler in For the Boys. Gotta keep the troops entertained.
after Michael returns with coffee With cream and sugar?
sighs All right.
on speakerphone So, I wanted to let you know that we lost Ed Truck.
Oookay. Let me see if I have his cell. Is this the only reason you are calling, Jan? Or does somebody miss me?
Michael, Ed died over the weekend.
Attention, everybody. I just received a call from corporate with some news they felt that I should know first. My old boss Ed Truck has died.
Oh, Michael, that’s such terrible news! You must feel so sad.
Yes, I am. It’s very sad. Because he was my boss.
That’s a shame. Ed was a good guy.
That’s right, you worked with him. So did Creed. Well, I’ll be in my office in case anybody wants to drop by. Cheer me up.
So did you hear the news?
The news that you just announced? That Ed died?
Is there anything I can do?
Oh, gosh, what can anybody do, really? It’s… pssssh… . He was almost 70. Circle of life.
holds out arms to Pam
extricating herself Okay.
What’s going on with Fairfield County schools? Karen, did you generate that price list?
Um, shoot. Uh, I will. Sorry.
Okay, just get it done. Jim, will you make sure?
Oh yeah, definitely.
coughing out his words Suck up! Josh, did you hear what I said?
Thank you, everyone.
at vending machine Dammit.
Uh, nothing. They’re just out of Herr’s chips.
But don’t worry about it. My snack food doesn’t fall under the umbrella of your authority.
Mmm, that’s where you’re wrong. I’m your project supervisor today, and I have just decided that we’re not doing anything until you get the chips that you require. So, I think we should go get some. Now, please.
It’s a real shame about Ed, huh?
Yeah. Must really have you thinkin’.
The older you get, the bigger the chance is you’re gonna die. You knew that.
Ed was decapitated.
He was drunk as a skunk, he was flying down Route 6. He slides under an 18 wheeler. Pop. It snaps right off.
Oh my God.
That is the way to go. Instant death. Very smart.
You know a human can go on living for several hours after being decapitated.
You’re thinking of a chicken.
What did I say?
That is just not the way a Dunder Mifflin manager should go, I’m sorry. Alone, out of the blue, and not even have his own head to comfort him.
clears throat So, I’m not exactly sure how to say this…
Ed was decapitated.
What are you doing?
You said you didn’t know how to say it.
I didn’t… he was driving on the road and he went under a truck. And that’s when his head was separated from the rest of him. And I will let you know more as soon as I find out.
If my head ever comes off, I would like you to put it on ice.
I do not wanna talk about this.
When I die, I wanna be frozen. And if they have to freeze me in pieces, so be it. I will wake up stronger than ever because I will have used that time to figure out exactly why I died and what moves I could have used to defend myself better now that I know what hold he had me in.
I don’t understand. We have a day honoring Martin Luther King, but he didn’t even work here.
on speakerphone I understand how you feel, Michael. I really do. So, would it be helpful to give everyone the day off?
You really don’t get it, do you? You don’t understand these people. That is the last thing that they would want is a day off.
Well, what would you suggest?
thoughtfully A statue.
scoffs I’m not sure that’s realistic.
Well, I think it would be very realistic, it would look just like him.
No, that’s not—
We could have his eyes light up, we could have his arms move…
That is not a statue, that is a robot.
I think that is a great way to honor Ed.
And how big do you want this robot?
Mm, no. Better make it two-thirds. Easier to stop if it turns on us.
What the hell are you two talking about?
Well, we are talking about how to properly honor a man who gave his life as regional manager of this company, Jan.
You know what, Michael? I’ve really tried with you today…
…and I have to get back to work.
Oh do you? You know who wished they could get back to work is Ed Truck.
So call me when you feel like having a real conversation.
But Ed truck can’t because he is—
Goodbye. hangs up
Look holding up sketch I gave him a six foot extension cord so he can’t chase us.
Okay, that is a “no” on the on the West Side Market.
Okay, great. I think that’s enough. Can I get back to work now?
Wow. Never pegged you for a quitter.
I am NOT a quitter. I will do this all day if you want.
Yeah, all day.
Hey. What are we doing? What’s the game? I want in.
Oh, there’s no game. We’re just trying to get these chips for Karen.
Did you check the vending machine?
Oh, the vending machines! How did we miss that?
I have no idea. We went right for the copier.
And then we checked the fax machine.
Yeah, nothing there.
Did you check your… butt?
Oohh… can you imagine how much blood there was? If it happened right here, it would reach all the way to reception. Probably get on Pam.
Okay that’s enough.
We do not wanna hear about this.
Well, you know what? I didn’t wanna hear about it either, Stanley, but I did and now I can’t stop picturing it. He leaves work, he’s on his way home… wham! His cappa is detated from his head!
You have just spit on my face.
Well, you know what? There’s something wrong with you. There is something wrong with everybody in here. Because we have lost a member of our family and you don’t wanna talk about it, you don’t wanna think about it, you just wanna get back to work!
There are five stages to grief, which are glancing at computer screen denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. And right now, out there, they’re all denying the fact that they’re sad. And that’s hard. And it’s making them all angry. And it is my job to try to get them all the way through to acceptance. And if not acceptance, then just depression. If I can get them depressed, then I’ll have done my job.
I am going to throw you this ball. When you catch the ball, I want you to say the name of a person very important to you, somebody really special who died, and then I want you to say how they died, and you may cry if you like, that is encouraged. Let me just start. Let me show you how this works. I catch the ball. I lost Ed Truck. And… it feels like somebody took my heart and dropped it into a bucket of boiling tears… and at the same time, somebody else is hitting my soul in the crotch with a frozen sledgehammer… and then a third guy walks in and starts punching me in the grief bone… and I’m crying, and nobody can hear me, because I am terribly, terribly… terribly alone.
Excuse me, I’m sorry to interrupt, uh, I need to see Pam. There seems to be, like, something wrong with the radiator in her car.
Okay, fine. Hurry back.
as they leave There’s nothing wrong with your car. I just thought you might like a break from the “grief counseling” session.
Oh. I would like a break.
How are you likin’ the new car?
Yeah? Sure is small. Got airbags?
I think so. I don’t know, I was mainly focused on the cup holders.
laughs Well, you’re not still driving so fast, are you? Yeah.
on phone Hi, yeah. This is Mike from the West Side Market. Well, we get a shipment of Herr’s salt and vinegar chips, and we ordered that about three weeks ago and haven’t … . yeah. You have ’em in the warehouse. Great. What is my store number… six. Wait, no. I’ll call you back. quickly hangs up Shut up to Karen.
as Pam returns to conference room Okay, we can start. Um…
You waited for me?
Yeah. Pam, you’re a member of this family. So we will wait for our family members. Phyllis, you wanna give it a shot?
grabbing ball I got it. When my mother was pregnant with me, they did an ultrasound and found she was having twins. When they did another ultrasound a few weeks later, they discovered, that I had resorbed the other fetus. Do I regret this? No. I believe his tissue has made me stronger. I now have the strength of a grown man and a little baby.
Okay, why don’t you throw the ball to somebody else.
throwing ball back Nope.
returning ball to Stanley Oh, yes Stanley. Come on. Your turn, you have to go.
I will NOT. throws ball back
Okay… I’m going to toss the ball to Pam.
Let’s see. I had an aunt that I was really close to. She was this amazing female boxer. Um, anyway, she was injured in a fight, and she was paralyzed. So, you can imagine how upset I was when I found out that she asked her manager to remove her breathing tube so she could die.
Wow. If you wanna cry, that’s okay.
catching ball Thanks. Um, a few years ago, my family was on a safari in Africa and, um, my cousin, Mufasa was um, he was trampled to death by a pack of wildebeests and, um, we all… took it really hard. All of us kind of in the audience of what happened.
Do you want to talk about it anymore?
Oh, it would probably take me like an hour and a half to tell that whole story.
Me, me, me, me, me me. catches ball Yes. Okay, um. I was trying to throw this party once. And everyone was over for the weekend. And then my uncle Bernie died, and so me and my best friend, we had to pretend like he was alive, so…
Wait a second. That’s Weekend at Bernie’s. upset Do you think that this is a game?
Well, there is a ball.
All right, we’re starting over.
No, I’m done.
You are not leaving. No! We are not done.
We really have a lot of work to do right now.
Yeah. Well, you know what? The guy who had my job has died. And nobody cares! And he sat at my desk. breaking down
Michael, look. I know this is hard for you, but death’s just a part of life. I mean, just this morning I saw a little bird fly into the glass doors downstairs and die. And I had to keep going.
How do you know?
That that bird was dead? Did you check its breathing?
It was obvious…
Was its heart beating, Toby? Did you check it? No, of course you didn’t. You’re not a veterinarian. You don’t know ANYTHING! runs out of conference room crying
Michael! following Michael downstairs Michael. Michael …
seeing bird Oh, God!
in disgust Oh…
Oh my God! Oh my God, come on …
Poor little fella.
He is a goner.
No, he’s not.
No, he’s not. cradling bird next to face
Michael, get him away from your head! He is covered in germs and bacteria!
Well, you can’t get diseases from a bird!
A dead bird should not be in the kitchen!
We don’t know if it’s dead.
Ugh, no that thing is dead.
You want me to flush him?
Attention everybody. This will only take a second of your time. Today at 4 p.m. we will be meeting in the parking lot to have a funeral service for this bird.
I have a lot of work to do.
Well, I’m sorry to inconvenience you, Meredith. But that is what you do when things die. You honor them. Toby killed this bird. And now we are going to honor it.
No, no, no! That’s enough! You know what? This bird is dead. He died alone. The least you can do is be there for him now. to Dwight Find a box for him.
I’m calling a supermarket in Montreal.
on phone Bonjour. Je cherche des tchips de la marque Herr’s. Non? Ah… merci quand meme. Au revoir.
It’s okay. It’s okay. pats Kelly on shoulder Shh… yes, I know, I know. It’s been a tough day, but it’s good to let it show.
I mean, how many times to I have to confirm with Ryan Michael walks away disgusted for him to know that we have a date tonight?
trying to shove bird into a can Argh… gah!
What are… What are you doing?
What? No, this is about the right size.
No, God, no it’s not! What is the matter with you? Is that the beak!?
I’m sorry, I grew up on a farm. We slaughtered a pig whenever we wanted bacon. My grandfather was reburied in an old oil drum. pause It would have fit if he had given me another minute.
I need a box. I need a box. A small box… not too confining.
Is it for the bird?
I have it covered. hands Dwight a decorated box
Oh, thank you.
If you wanna do something for the funeral…
Maybe you could play a song on your recorder.
Do you have it with you?
Always. runs off
Did I wake up this morning thinking I’d be throwing together a bird funeral? You never can tell what your day here is gonna turn into.
spotting Herr’s chips on her desk Where’d you find them?
Where’d I find what?
I called the manufacturer, who referred me to distributor, who referred me to the vending machine company, who told me that they sell them in the machines in the building next door.
Glad you could all make it.
You told us we had to.
Dwight, do you have the box?
Actually, I have it.
You made this? Wow. impressed That’s… that’s very nice.
When I was five my mom told me that my fish went to the hospital in the toilet and it never came back so we had a funeral for it. And I remember thinking “I’m a little too old for this.” And I was five.
I’d also like to say a few words if that’s okay.
What do we know about this bird? You might think, “Not much. It’s just a bird.” But we do know some things. We know it was a local bird. Maybe it’s that same bird that surprised Oscar that one morning with a special present from above.
Oh, I remember that. That was SO funny.
And we know how he died. Flying into the glass doors. But you know what? I don’t think he was being stupid. I think he just really, really wanted to come inside our building to spread his cheer and lift our spirits with a song.
He’s not a songbird.
An impression, then. Lastly, we can’t help but notice that he was by himself when he died, but of course, we all know that doesn’t mean he was alone. Because I’m sure that there were lots of other birds out there who cared for him very much. He will not be forgotten.
begins playing recorder
singing Just smile for me and let the day begin. You are the sunshine that lights my heart within… on the wings of love …
Society teaches us that having feelings and crying is bad and wrong. Well, that’s baloney, because grief isn’t wrong. There is such a thing as good grief. Just ask Charlie Brown.
Let’s get back to work.
Hey Jimmy. Want to see some pictures of my baby?
shows picture Here he is.
chuckles He’s so cute.
And here’s his first bath. Warning: contains nudity.
That’s okay. Hannah shows pic of husband naked with baby Oh, no, it’s not. I’m sorry, is that your husband in the tub with him?
You think we should have left our baby in the tub alone? Jim shakes head Talk to me when you have kids.