This is the 3rd installment of my “viewing club” series. Each week, whatever rerun NBC airs, I will suggest 2 or 3 episodes with the same “theme” and post some discussion questions.
This week’s rerun: Grief Counseling
The theme: Michael facing serious life issues
Michael is a goofy, quirky guy who never seems to take anything seriously. So it’s no surprise that when faced with more serious issues, he’s never quite sure how to handle himself (other than to try to bring attention to himself).
The Viewing List
The Injury (2.12): After Michael injures himself (in, of course, an extremely ridiculous way), he tries to extract sympathy from his employees, and distracts from Dwight, who has the real injury.
Michael’s Birthday (2.19): Michael is unsure what to do when the staff is much more concerned about Kevin’s possible medical condition than Michael’s birthday celebrations.
Grief Counseling (3.04): When former Regional Manager Ed Truck dies, Michael is beside himself with grief (at least when Kelly suggests he should be), and doesn’t quite understand why the staff isn’t as upset as him.
Branch Closing (3.07): Watch Michael fall apart when he tells everyone the branch is closing
A Benihana Christmas Part 1 (3.10): Michael is dumped and takes it out on everyone
1. Why do you think Michael is so awkward when faced with serious situations?
2. Think about Michael’s level of compassion for others now (end of 3rd season) verses 1st season/early 2nd season. Do you think he has more, less, or the same amount of compassion? Feel free to elaborate on your answer.
3. How do you think Michael would act if he was ever actually seriously injured?
4. A current employee at Dunder Mifflin Scranton has passed away, and Michael is giving the eulogy. Choose the unfortunate employee and write what Michael would say about him or her.
Have fun answering the questions, or just thinking about them as you watch some “Office.” I’ll post my own answers probably at the end of the weekend.
I want to thank everyone for their suggestions here and on LiveJournal. This was kind of a tough week to come up to a theme. I also have some great ideas for future weeks. Next week is a rerun of Phyllis’ Wedding (on Monday) and Diwali, and I have an idea of the theme, but I still welcome suggestions.