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Recap / The Office USS 2 E 17 Dwights Speech

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Dwight has won Dunder-Mifflin's Top Salesman of The Year award, and he's nervous about giving a speech in front of everyone at the convention. Pam uses office time to plan her wedding, which drives Jim crazy to the point where he decides to travel when she gets married. The employees each adjust the thermostat to a different temperature.

Air date: March 2, 2006


  • Did Not Think This Through: Jim gives Dwight a speech with phrases used by dictators like Mussolini in the hopes it will embarrass him when the audience hears it. What Jim didn't understand was that part of the reason those men were able to seize power in the first place was that the public speeches they made were incredibly charismatic. The result is that the audience is captivated by Dwight's passionate words and gives him rounding applause.
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  • Erotic Eating: Dwight and grapes.
  • Hidden Depths: Creed can speak Cantonese.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Abso-fruit-ly.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: It appears that Jim is pranking Dwight by telling him to bang his fists, and giving him a speech by Mussolini. But when Dwight delivers the speech, it's amazing.
  • Overly Narrow Superlative: Dwight has attained the highest award a sales person at a mid-range paper company can receive.
  • Proud Warrior Race: In his speech, Dwight likens sales people to soldiers in the war of work.
    Dwight (while pounding fists on the podium): It! Is! A PRIVILEGE! TO FIGHT!
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Jim books a flight to Australia to make sure he's as far away from Pam's wedding as possible.
  • Truth in Television: Dwight's adapting one of Mussolini's speeches to sales is more plausible when you realize that many people already applied Sun Tzu's The Art of War to business.
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  • Wig, Dress, Accent: Maybe without the wig, but Angela's Paper-Thin Disguise while she takes off work to videotape Dwight.
    Kevin: I have never seen you take a sick day.
    Angela: Well, I've seen you take enough for both of us.


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