Copy Machine

  • Season 4
  • , Episode 18  | 
  • Aired: 4/8/1998
    • Length: 06:20
    • Plays: ???
Synopsis >

Following a tragic accident with the office copy machine, Dave announces the death of an accounting department employee. Because he didn't really know Ted, Dave has a hard time mustering much grief over the loss. However, as Jimmy tries to get Dave to let his feelings out, Joe reveals that it was his modifications to the copier that caused Ted's death. And despite Lisa's efforts to comfort him, the responsibility weighs heavily on Joe, who tries flushing his tools down a toilet to keep from ever working again. As Matthew and Beth try getting Dave to open up about his grief, Jimmy arrives with Ted's college roommate, Jack. Asked by the family to deliver a eulogy at the funeral, Jack wants to spend some time with Ted's colleagues to help him prepare. While Dave is honest about their limited contact, Bill doesn't hesitate to regale Jack with his fictional accounts of the late accountant's life. But when pressed for details, he passes Jack along to Beth as Lisa hounds Joe about returning to work. As Matthew offers Jack a song he claims to have written about Ted, Dave and Lisa set out to prove that the death was a freak accident. But as he's trying to convince Joe that it wasn't his fault, the demonstration backfires, jeopardizing Dave's life, too. Announcing he's going to fix the copy machine so that it can never kill again, Joe discovers that Ted's death was actually a suicide. Finally, after Jack admits to never liking Ted very much, it's left to Dave to deliver the eulogy at his funeral.

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