The CPR Episode of The Office Just Saved Someone's Life

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During The Office’s nine-season run, the beloved TV series featured dozens of episodes that fans constantly rewatch to this day. From “Casino Night” to “Diversity Day” to "The Dinner Party," the NBC comedy provided us with some of television's most hilarious moments. Arguably, one of the best of them happened in the season 5 episode “Stress Relief,” where office manager Michael Scott (Steve Carell) arranges a CPR training session for his staff that goes horrifyingly awry.

Though the session ends with Stanley having heart palpitations, it also includes an unforgettable rendition of the Bee Gees’s “Stayin’ Alive,” and Dwight Schrute’s Hannibal Lecter-like dissection of a CPR dummy.

With all of the comedy mayhem, it seems as if it would be impossible to pay attention to the actual CPR lesson. But one dedicated fan of the series was watching closely enough that he was able to use what he learned from the Scranton team to save a woman's life.

Cross Scott, a 21-year-old auto technician in Tuscon, Arizona, discovered a woman in her car who had passed out and was slumped over her steering wheel, with her lips turned blue. He broke a back window, opened her door and had to think of a way to save her. Scott had no prior first aid training, so he had to think quick. “I’ve never prepared myself for CPR in my life,” he told the Arizona Daily Star. “I had no idea what I was doing.”

But then he recalled the CPR scene in “Stress Relief." As awful of an example as the scene was in how to save a person's life, the one accurate aspect of it was using “Stayin' Alive” as the correct tempo for chest compressions.

As Scott began the compressions, he sang the song out loud, and says all he thought about was Michael Scott's face while singing the classic Bee Gees hit. After about one minute, the woman regained consciousness and took a breath. She was taken to a nearby hospital but checked out before Scott even got a chance to meet her later that day.

The Tucson Fire Department told Scott that had he not leaped into action, the situation could’ve turned out very differently for the woman.

In true Michael Scott style, The Office couldn't let the opportunity to promote their good deed go by without comment.

The next time someone tells you to quit binging The Office on Netflix, just let them know you’re training for the inevitable scenario in which you must save someone’s life.

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Wa Wa Wee Wa: The Origin of Borat's Favorite Catchphrase

Wa wa wee wa! Sacha Baron Cohen is back in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2020).
Wa wa wee wa! Sacha Baron Cohen is back in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2020).
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When Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan was released in 2006, a new audience was exposed to Borat Sagdiyev, a “journalist” portrayed by Sacha Baron Cohen who had made frequent appearances on the comedian’s Da Ali G Show.

Soon, in our country there was problem: People mimicked Borat’s catchphrases, "very nice" and “wa wa wee wa,” incessantly. The latter phrase was used to denote surprise or happiness on Borat’s part. While some may have assumed it was made up, it turns out that it actually means something.

Wa wa wee wa is Hebrew, which Cohen speaks throughout the film and which helped make Borat a hit in Israel. (Cohen is himself Jewish.) It was taken from an Israeli comedy show and is the equivalent of the word wow. Reportedly, the expression was popular among Israelis, and they appreciated Cohen’s use of it.

The original Borat also sees Cohen singing a popular Hebrew folk song, “Koom Bachur Atzel,” or “get up lazy boy,” among other Hebrew mentions. It remains to be seen how much of it he’ll be speaking in the sequel, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. It premieres on Amazon Prime Friday, October 23.

[h/t The Los Angeles Times]