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After Pam rejected Jim's Anguished Declaration of Love, he moved to the Stamford branch. Ryan has his old desk, and his old job. Toby confronts Michael for using "faggy" as a slur, and outs Oscar in the process.

Air date: September 21, 2006

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  • Bi the Way: Creed. It was The '60s.
  • Brick Joke: Dwight claims that Jim told him about a "gaydar" once, and so he and Michael call him up only for Jim to fake-type on his keyboard and claim that it's sold out. At the end of the episode, he sends Dwight an actual "gaydar" in the mail (actually a metal detector)... and it goes off when put over Dwight's metal belt.
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  • Broken Aesop: Played with. Oscar threatened to quit and was given three months' paid leave and a company car for use during his break.
    Oscar: Kids, sometimes it pays to be gay.
  • Call-Back: Jim puts Andy's calculator in Jell-O. We also see a bit of Foreshadowing to Andy's later anger management problem.
  • Cannot Keep a Secret: Toby privately tells Michael that Oscar is gay and asks for his discretion. Michael immediately starts talking to Oscar about it within earshot of Angela and Kevin.
  • Comically Missing the Point: When Michael spots Oscar's roommate Gil and wonders if he knows.
  • Coming-Out Story: Along with A Day in the Limelight for Oscar. And Characterization Marches On , as during a season 2 discussion about their worst dates, Oscar speaks about a woman who had researched him thoroughly.
  • Digging Yourself Deeper: Michael tries to justify his insult, and keeps piling insult on top of insult.
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  • Dude, Not Funny!: Jim puts Andy's things in Jell-O just like he used to with Dwight, but quickly regrets it when Andy reacts with barely-restrained aggression.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Andy's first few scenes establish many of what will become his longstanding character traits, including his short-fuse temper and his choice of nickname for Jim "Big Tuna".
    Andy: I went to Cornell, you ever heard of it? I graduated in four years. I never studied once. I was drunk the whole time, and I sang in the A Capella group, "Here Comes Treble."
  • Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: Michael asks Dwight if he can picture Angela with another woman. Dwight stares at Angela for several seconds with a leer.
  • Literal Metaphor: Toby trying to explain that Oscar is really gay.
    Toby: All right Michael, but Oscar's really gay.
    Michael: Exactly!
    Toby: I mean for real.
    Michael: Yeah, I know.
    Toby: No, I mean he's attracted to other men.
    Michael: Okay, a little too far, crossed the line.
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  • Mistaken for Gay: Phyllis and the other students thought Michael was gay in high school.
  • Noodle Incident: In-universe. Shortly after the incident between Michael and Oscar, Josh Porter is shown having to lead a diversity seminar in Stamford, only dropping the detail "because of some more problems at the Scranton branch".
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Andy calls Jim "Big Tuna" and Jim doesn't think anyone knows his real name.
  • Put on a Bus: Oscar goes on vacation at the end of the episode and won't be back until "The Return."
  • Straight Gay: The reason no one suspects Oscar is gay.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: When Michael nearly assaults him, Oscar loses it.
    Oscar: I don't want to touch you! You're ignorant. And insulting. And small!
  • Took a Level in Kindness: After Pam called off the wedding and broke up with Roy, he went off the rails. We see he's trying to be a better man, to try and win her back.
  • Wham Shot: Roy meets up with Pam in what seems to be an intimate encounter. However, the cameraman zooms in on Pam's ring-less finger, and she reveals that she ended up getting cold feet and called the wedding off.
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