Friday, February 16, 2007

Dwight Locked in his "Workspace"

Health Care (Season 1, Episode 3)

Jim Halpert

Dwight Schrute

After “grilling” Jim about the fake diseases listed in the health care sheets, Jim takes subtle action. He calmly and quietly stands up, takes Dwight’s keys, shuts the door and locks Dwight inside. He then goes to his desk and continues the day’s work.

A Schrute will not take this lying down. He calls Jim from the workspace and demands to be let out, even threatening to fire him. Jim quickly points out that he has no power to do so. In swoops Pam with a call on the other line to Jim to stop him from listening to Dwight. Not to be outdone, Dwight calls Jan from the conference room to get permission to fire Jim. Never giving a reason, Dwight is cut down in his tracks and even put in his place to stop acting as a manager. Even Michael (coming back from his ice cream sandwich run) doesn’t even care about Dwight locked in the room. The fact certainly doesn’t stop Jim from throwing an ice-cream sandwich right in the face of Dwight next to the glass. Finally, short of the day being over, Jim relents and opens the door.

4 – Locking someone in a room without the capability of release is an old staple, but not very inventive. Kudos to Jim for the quick thinking to analyze and utilize the situation at hand.

Length Taken
6 – This is only for the sole reason of length of time and guts. Jim had to know that Dwight would try to call Corporate, but he also had to know Corporate wouldn’t care. Dwight probably wasn’t locked in the room for more than an hour.

Special Awards
From the Hip Award – Jim using his environment to his advantage and quickly and quietly locks Dwight in the “workspace.”

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