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Recap / The Office USS 3 E 18 The Negotiation

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Roy attempts to assault Jim, and is thwarted by Dwight. When Roy is fired, Darrell wants a raise. Michael has to negotiate with him and inadvertently reveals that he makes barely more than Darrell. Darrell encourages Michael to pursue a raise. Dwight won't allow Jim to give him a gift to thank him for saving his life.

Air date: April 5, 2007


  • Ascended Extra: With Roy now gone, this episode is when Darryl becomes the most visible warehouse employee and gains a larger role in the series.
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  • Black Best Friend: When Michael asks Darryl to teach him some phrases he learned "in the hood," Darryl can't help messing with him.
  • The Bus Came Back: Andy returns from anger management. And gets maced by Dwight.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Dwight not only keeps pepper spray hidden in his desk, he has a number of weapons, including nunchucks and throwing stars, around the office.
  • Delayed Reaction: Roy comes in to pick up his last paycheck, under guard, near the end of the episode, and Kevin runs in to warn Jim about him when Roy has already left.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: Michael is right when he tells Jan that Darryl is using Roy's firing as leverage to get a raise.
  • Extended Disarming: After macing Andy, Dwight is forced to give up all his weapons, including nunchucks, throwing stars, a sword, and a taser.
  • Genius Ditz: Toby concedes to Michael's brilliance in reassigning Ryan to the annex to punish Toby, not Ryan.
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  • Jerkass: Darryl asks for a raise and then when he finds out Michael's salary, he laughs at him and texts this information to friends. You don't do that to your boss, especially if you want a raise from them.
  • Manly Tears: Subverted. In his first talking head, Dwight is weeping, but it's from the pepper spray.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Roy says that, while he knew about Pam's friendship with Jim, he always thought Jim was gay.
  • Pet the Dog: While driving to New York, Darryl decides to spend the night in the city. He offers Toby to stay with him at his cousin's, while refusing to extend the invitation to Michael.
  • The Rashomon: Played with. Angela asks everyone what happened when Dwight defended Jim. Creed's version is completely useless.
  • Rule of Three: Dwight's nunchuks appear three times in the episode. The first time, Jim talks about them during his talking head after Roy's attack. The second time, Dwight puts his hand on them when Roy picks up his final pay and everyone is on edge. The third time, Toby confiscates them after Dwight pepper-sprays Andy.
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  • Schmuck Bait: Inverted, and commented on. Dwight falls for Jim's pranks every time, but when Jim wants to be nice to him, he can't.
  • Shout-Out: To Batman and to Superman, when Dwight states the true heroes get a call from the commissioner then take off their glasses and put on their capes and fly around.
  • Think Nothing of It: Jim is grateful for Dwight interceding on his behalf and tries to thank him, but Dwight feels that he was just doing his duty as a citizen and rejects all of Jim's thank you attempts.
  • Unplanned Crossdressing: Michael wears a woman's suit he pulled out of a bin, much to everyone's delight. While waiting for Jan, he sits next to a woman with the same jacket.
  • Who's Laughing Now?: Dwight uses these exact words in regards to the fact everyone mocked him for keeping weapons like pepper spray in his desk in case of attack.

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