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Recap / The Office USS 3 E 12 Traveling Salesmen

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Dwight runs an errand for Angela, risking his position with Dunder-Mifflin. The sales staff partner up to go on sales calls.

Air date: January 11, 2007

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  • Call-Back: Dwight doing Michael's laundry.
  • Fetish: Phyllis and Karen's makeover doesn't seem to make sense, until we see a photo of the client's wife.
  • Hidden Depths: Michael continues to show off his ability to build up rapport with clients (which is only thwarted by Andy butting in) and Dwight and Jim shows that they can really work well together, despite their bickering.
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  • Jerkass: Michael knocks Phyllis' car keys out of her hand and under the car, for no apparent reason. Jim also undermines Dwight's attempts to protect himself from perceived attacks.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Dwight acts his usual boorish self when partnered with Jim, but when he quits, he gives Jim a silent reminder that he really likes Jim, and that he'll miss him.
  • The Load: Ryan and Andy end up being this to their respective pairs, though Stanley takes Ryan's awkwardness in jest.
  • Rouge Angles of Satin: In the cold open, Michael's "robot" mispronounces the words Michael misspells, ruining his joke.
  • Scary Black Man: A mild version. When Stanley and Ryan arrive at their sales stop, the executives are all tall, imposing African-American men, which scares the hell out of Ryan, much to Stanley's amusement.
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  • Shout-Out: To The Amazing Race and Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.
  • That's What She Said: Dwight tries this while Michael is yelling at him, only to be shot down.
  • Theme Music Power-Up: Also a Call-Back to Season 2's "Performance Review." Dwight plays air guitar to hair metal to psych himself up, in this case Mötley Crüe.
  • This Is No Time for Knitting: Dwight's apparent bizarre behaviour (yelling numbers into the phone) and Phyllis' stop at the beauty salon are actually great sales tactics.
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