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Recap / The Office USS 3 E 13 The Return

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Dwight takes a job at Staples. Andy tries to bond with Jim, to Jim's annoyance, which makes Jim realize he misses Dwight. Oscar returns after his "gay-cation." Michael, despite his Friendless Background, rejects Andy's attempts to bond. Angela is upset at Dwight's departure, and tries to reach out to both Oscar and Pam. Jim hides Andy's phone in the ceiling, to prank Andy.

Air date: January 18, 2007



  • Armor-Piercing Question: Karen, after watching Pam and Jim interact all day, asks Jim if he still has feelings for Pam.
  • The Atoner: Angela invites Oscar to join the Party Planning Committee.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Along with a touch of The Alleged Car. The top to Michael's convertible won't go up. In PA, in January.
  • The Bus Came Back: Oscar returns to work.
  • Call-Back: Back in "The Coup", Dwight refused Michael's offer of his car, claiming that the convertible was not suited for Scranton's climate. Here we see that he was indeed correct, as the hood gets stuck when Michael tries to close it due to the cold causing it to freeze up. He later tries to leave with it only to have to scoop out piled up snow in the driver's seat first.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Creed's recap of events while Oscar was gone. Ironically, it is a garbled version of what really happened in "Grief Counseling".
    Jim: I'm pretty sure none of that's real.
    Creed: You're not real, man!
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  • Comically Missing the Point: Michael misses several cues to Dwight and Angela's relationship.
  • The Fixer: Michael sees himself as "The guy they call to clean up the mess."
  • Gag Boobs: Pam refuses to "shake her maracas" at Michael's request, but Phyllis obliges.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Weirded out by Andy's behavior, Michael tells the camera that "I don't understand how someone could have so little self-awareness."
  • Innocent Bigot: Michael suggests a "Mexican" themed party.
    Oscar: Why don't you have me riding in on a donkey?
  • Literal Ass Kissing: Discussed during one of Michael's segments.
  • Motive Misidentification: When Angela explains what Dwight was really doing in New York that morning, Michael assumes that the reason he delivered Angela's forms for her was because of his dedication to Dunder-Mifflin.
  • No, You: Jim receives this twice. From Creed: "You're not real, man!" From Andy: "Maybe you're in the ceiling!"
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  • Punch a Wall: Andy does this after he's been tormented by his own song and rejected by Michael.
  • Put on a Bus: Andy gets sent to anger management at the end of the episode.
  • Pūnct'uatìon Sh'akër: Ryan adds Spanish punctuation marks to "lemonade." It would be pronounced "lemonyaday."
  • Re-Cut: A "supersized" cut of this episode was available on after it originally aired. This lead to a number of complaints as the extended cut featured the scene of Andy going to anger management at the end, whereas fans who did not see the extended cut were left without an explanation for his disappearance the following week.
  • Shout-Out: Michael coming to Dwight to convince him to come back plays out like the ending of An Officer and a Gentleman. If you listen closely, you can hear "Up Where We Belong" playing on the store's PA system.
  • Stalker Without a Crush: Andy follows Michael around the office, to the point where Michael hides to avoid him.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Played with, when Andy takes the spot usually occupied by Dwight in Michael's "talking head" segments.

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