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Recap / The Office USS 2 E 15 Boys And Girls

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Jan holds a "Women in the Workplace" seminar with the women at the Scranton branch. Michael, jealous at being shut out of the conference room, gathers the men and heads down to the warehouse for what he hopes will be a good old-fashioned male bonding session. Instead, he learns the warehouse workers feel underpaid, and Darryl pushes to form a union. Pam starts to think about art classes.

Air date: Feb. 2, 2006

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  • Actually Pretty Funny: Angela actually starts laughing when Kelly asks Jan whether Michael getting to "second base" with her is a sales term.
  • Answer Cut: From a Pam Confession Cam bit back to the warehouse.
    Pam: I don’t know how I fit in with these women. Here, or with Jan. Um, I mean, we get along great. Fine. Um… I guess the person I have the most in common with is…
    Roy: (trying to get Jim's attention) Jim!...Halpert!
  • Armor-Piercing Question: After Roy shoots down her dream of taking art classes, Pam is sitting by herself in the break room. Jim confronts her about it.
    You've got to take a chance on something sometime, Pam. Do you want to be a receptionist here, always?
  • Battle of the Sexes: Michael tries to turn the day into this.
  • Bookshelf Dominoes: Michael drives the forklift into a row of bookshelves, that fall over in sequence.
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  • Break the Haughty: Jan gradually loses her composure when she realizes the other women don't really respect her, and that her self-aggrandizing seminar has little relation to the more pressing issues in the company like the low compensation for warehouse workers.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: While the others snicker into their hands, Kelly winks at the camera.
  • Call-Back: The blow-up doll from "Sexual Harassment" is now hanging in the warehouse.
  • Carpet of Virility: Michael unbuttons his shirt, causing Lonny to refer to him as "Hasselhoff."
  • Hypocrite: Michael's attempts to talk to Jan in a "women-appropriate" fashion turn out to be just slowly and patronisingly drawing his words out. When Jan, after instantly demolishing his weaselly attempts to back out of trouble for accidentally instigating the warehouse workers to unionise, uses the same tactic on him, he whiningly asks not to be spoken to in such a fashion.
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  • Ironic Echo: Michael speaks to Jan in a very condescending way, which she repeats back to him.
    Let's...be...reasonable...
    The consequences are, everyone will lose their job. What do you think the...pros...are?
  • Ironic Echo Cut: From Stanley telling Ryan to slow down on the unpacking because it's a "run-out-the-clock situation", to Jan discussing how men use sports metaphors in the workplace.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: While Angela is hardly the most likeable person in the office, her complaints about the unintentionally patronising tone of Jan's presentation are suggested to have merit; as she points out, she's already a fairly successful woman in a relatively high-ranking position in her workplace who is currently in, what is for her, a satisfying and fulfilling relationship.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Literally with Michael. His antics in the warehouse cause them to have to reset a two-and-a-half year record of no time loss in workplace accidents.
  • Not So Different: While Jan goes about it more professionally than Michael, her attempts to bond with the women of the office are indicated to be just as patronising and out-of-touch as Michael's blokey-bloke attempts to bond with the warehouse workers and male office workers.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name: invoked Michael compares Roy and Pam to Brangelina and coins "Ram" for their pairing.
  • Slut-Shaming: Jan's skirt shows a bit of leg, but otherwise her outfit is a perfectly respectable business ensemble. Angela, though, thinks otherwise.
    Jan: You can use your clothing to send a message about your ambitions by wearing clothes that reflect what you aspire to be.
    Angela: (on Confession Cam) ...I just think it’s insulting that Jan thinks we need this. And, apparently, judging from her outfit, Jan aspires to be a whore.
  • Take That!: Jan's "Women in the Workplace" seminar satirizes similar trainings in real life office settings by showing how, while they're meant to be empowering, they are often rooted in stereotypical ideas of women (such as they don't watch or understand sports, they have trouble finding balance between their work and home lives, and that women need to be extra-conscientious about their clothes and appearance).
  • Tropaholics Anonymous: When Jan asks the women at the seminar to talk about what they're good at, Meredith reflexively starts saying "Hi, I'm Meredith and I'm an alcoholic," implying she's had lots of experience with twelve-step programs.
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