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Bill decides to join a gym. The staff learns a shocking, horrifying secret Dave Nelson has been keeping from all of them .


Gregg Heschong


Paul Simms (created by), Joe Furey | 3 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Dave Foley ... Dave Nelson
Stephen Root ... Jimmy James
Andy Dick ... Matthew Brock
Maura Tierney ... Lisa Miller
Vicki Lewis ... Beth
Joe Rogan ... Joe Garrelli
Khandi Alexander ... Catherine Duke
Phil Hartman ... Bill McNeal
Ben Stiller ... Vic
Eric Allan Kramer ... Eddie Chambers
Patton Oswalt ... Guy


Bill joins the Ted Chambers gym because, as always, Bill can't control himself around celebrities. As quickly as he joined, Bill wants to quit the gym but a guest-starring Ben Stiller refuses to let him go. The staff learns Dave's big dark secret that he is... Gasp! ...A CANADIAN!!! Of course this leads the staff to question all they know about their own Dave Nelson and themselves. The staff is left feeling hurt and as Beth says, "naked." Jimmy seeks Dave's help to work on his table manners so he can sit next to Bill Clinton at a White House dinner. Dave confesses to Jimmy that he has hidden his true origins because of his fear of being thought to be a Canadian spy. To this, Jimmy replies, "you poor misguided Canadian bastard." Written by Novotny

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Comedy | Romance







Release Date:

18 December 1996 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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During Mr. James and Dave's talk about his feelings on being Canadian and being afraid the kids would think he was a spy, the stapler on Dave's desk that's laying on top of a blue piece of office equipment, disappears and reappears a few times. See more »


Bill McNeal: So Dave's Canadian. So what? Everyone here is from different places. Joe, where is your family from?
Joe Garrelli: Italy.
Bill McNeal: And Beth?
Beth: Ireland.
Bill McNeal: How about you, Catherine?
Catherine Duke: Africa.
Matthew Brock: Really, you're from Africa?
Bill McNeal: And Matthew, of course, is from Neptune. I, myself, am descended from the Pilgrims who came over on the Mayflower from... Portugal, or somewhere.
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It's silly, but it works beautifully
12 April 2016 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

Ben Stiller guest stars as a physical fitness trainer (a real used car salesman type) that ensnares Bill in a gym membership - and seeing Stiller play such a sleaze is enough of a win right there.

But I have to confess to being utterly enthralled by the other story line, in which Dave's Canadian origins are found out . . . and he proceeds to take heat from everyone in the office. Canadian jokes are low-hanging fruit, but there's something about seeing the character getting flack that's so tickling. Foley's a Canuck himself, so it feels like he's in on the joke.

It's the little things that make this work. Like this priceless one from Joe: "I can't believe it. All those hours I spent talking hockey with him and he pretended not to be interested!"


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