Diversity Day: Episode 1.02

102-diversity-bigger“Diversity Day”
Season 1 Episode 2
Air Date: March 29, 2005
Writer: B.J. Novak
Summary:
After the company sends a “sensitivity” trainer for a diversity seminar, Michael creates his own seminar complete with his special brand of insensitive sensitivity. Jim is constantly interrupted while trying to close his biggest sale of the year.

1. Supplemental Materials
Pam Pong Scorecard, transcript at OfficeQuotes.net, old review of this Episode

2. Quick Recap
The Topic: A “diversity” trainer is sent to Scranton to hold a seminar about recent insensitive remarks spoken by a certain regional manager. Michael is left of out the leader ship role in the seminar. Even worse, the seminar was really all for him, corporate only had everyone participate so Michael wouldn’t be embarrassed.
Meanwhile: Jim is having difficulty renewing his biggest account. First Dwight decides to do some important document shredding right when Jim’s on the phone, and then the diversity seminars keep him away from the phone all day. When he finally gets a hold of his client, he finds out Dwight had swooped in and renewed the account already.
Diversity Tomorrow: Not to be outdone by the corporate mandated seminar, Michael holds his own diversity seminar in which he makes everyone wear a card with a race or culture on their foreheads and treat everyone else like the race on their forehead. When Michael starts talking to Kelly (an Indian-American) in a stereotypically Indian way, Kelly slaps him.
“Not a bad day”: After learning he’s lost his biggest client to Dwight, a very down Jim reenters the conference room. He sits down next to a sleepy Pam, who unwittingly nods off and rests her head on Jim’s shoulder. A smile spread over Jim’s face, and prompts him to say in a talking head that it wasn’t a bad day after all.

2A: Flonkerton Medal Ceremony
The “Squirm in your seat” Medal: Michael thinks he’s addressing race-relations in a progressive way, but really he’s just making everyone uncomfortable, especially all of us watching.
The “Awwww” Medal: If the shear joy on Jim’s face when Pam falls asleep on his shoulder or his lovestruck smile when he, despite losing his biggest client, proclaims it was “Not a bad day” doesn’t make you go “awww”, then I don’t know what will.

Previous Episode: 101 The Pilot | Next Episode: 103 Health Care

3. Flonkerton’s Favorite Quotes
Dwight:
Retaliation. Tit for tit.
Jim: That is not the expression.
Dwight: Well, it should be.

Dwight: Excuse me, I’m sorry, but that’s not all it takes to be a hero.
Mr. Brown: Oh, great. Well, what is a hero to you?
Dwight: A hero kills people, people that wish him harm. A hero is part-human and part-supernatural. A hero is born out of a childhood trauma, or out of a disaster that must be avenged.
Mr. Brown: Ok, you’re thinking of a superhero.
Dwight:
We all have a hero in our heart.

Michael: You call that diversity training? I don’t. Were there any connections between any of us? Did anyone look each other in the eye? Was there any emotion going on? No. Where was the heart? I didn’t see any heart. Where was my Oprah moment? OK, get as much done as you can before lunch because, afterward, I’m going to have you all in tears.

Michael: This is an environment of welcoming and you should just get the hell out of here.

Michael: Abraham Lincoln once said that, “If you’re a racist, I will attack you with the North.” And those are the principles that I carry with me in the workplace.

Michael: Ok, well since I am leading this, let’s get down to business and why don’t I just kind of introduce myself, OK? Um. I am Michael and I am part English, Irish, German and Scottish. Sort of a virtual United Nations. But what some of you might not know is that I am also part Native American Indian.
Oscar:
What part Native American?
Michael: Two fifteenths.
Oscar: Two fifteenths, that fraction doesn’t make any sense.
Michael: Well, you know what, it’s kind of hard for me to talk about it. Their suffering.

Dwight: [has ‘Asian’ on forehead] OK, do me. Something stereotypical so I can get it really quick.
Pam:
OK, I like your food.
Dwight: Outback steakhouse. [Australian accent] I’m Australian, mate!
Michael: Pam, come on. “I like your food.” Come on stir the pot. Stir the melting pot, Pam! Let’s do it. Let’s get ugly. Let’s get real.
Pam: OK. If I have to do this, based on stereotypes that are totally untrue, that I do not agree with, you would maybe not be a very good driver.
Dwight: Oh, man, am I a woman?

Kevin: [has ‘Italian’ on forehead] Hey.
Angela: [has ‘Jamaican’ on forehead] Hey.
Kevin: You wanna go to the beach?
Angela: Sure.
Kevin: You wanna get high?
Angela: No.
Kevin: I think you do, mon.

Michael: That would really, really have shown him up, wouldn’t it? If I’d brought in some burritos or some colored greens. Or some pad Thai. I love pad Thai.
Stanley: It’s collard greens.
Michael:
What?
Stanley: It’s collard greens.
Michael:
That doesn’t really make sense. Because you don’t call them collared people, that’s offensive.

Jim: Uh… Not a bad day.

4. Trivia

  • Michael reenactment of the Chris Rock routine marks the first time someone’s been bleeped on the show.
  • Regular secondary characters Toby, Kelly, and Meredith make their first appearance in this episode (though Meredith is not named).
  • Michael states his heritage is English, Irish, German and Scottish. He also adds he’s 2/15th Native American, a fraction that, as Oscar says, “makes no sense.”
  • Writer Mindy Kaling (Kelly) was added to the show after the script called for Michael to be slapped by a minority.
  • The roles played by the employees during Michael’s diversity exercise are as follows:
    Michael: Martin Luther King Jr.
    Dwight: Asian
    Pam: Jewish
    Stanley: Black
    Angela: Jamaican
    Kevin: Italian
    Oscar: Eskimo
    Meredith: Brazilian
  • Goof: When Jim hangs up the phone after Michael calls him in for the first “Diversity Day,” the phone screen is clearly not on.
  • foreshadowing to future episodes: Dwight swooping in on Jim’s biggest client likely helped him win the “Salesman of the Year” award in Season 2.
  • foreshadowing to future episodes: Mr. Brown makes another appearance in “Gay Witch Hunt” in a scene which Jim nostalgically looking at an empty seat next to him.

5. Grade This Episode

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