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Recap / The Office USS 3 E 6 Diwali

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Kelly invites everyone to a Diwali party. Michael tries to educate the gang about Indian culture. Jim, Karen, and Andy have to stay late at the Stamford branch.

Air date: November 2, 2006

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  • All Guys Want Cheerleaders: Reflected in Carol's costume.
  • Characterization Marches On: While in "Diversity Day," Michael's racist jokes got him slapped, he's making a genuine effort to understand the festival and have a good time at the festival, including asking about arranged marriage and dancing in a group. It's still awkward, but he's trying.
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  • Drinking Game: An in-universe example of Andy trying to make their reports more fun.
  • Foreshadowing: Kelly's parents try to get her interested in marrying an Indian doctor. In Season 9, she does.
  • Fourth Date Marriage: Michael proposes to Carol on what is only their ninth date. She naturally turns him down.
  • Hidden Depths: Dwight knows quite a bit about Diwali, along with the historical and mythological significance. It's also a Call-Back to an early episode, where Dwight expressed an attraction to Indian women.
    • It also suggests that Angela's hostility for Indian culture is not merely xenophobia, but because of jealousy over Dwight's interest in Kelly's ethnic background.
  • It's a Costume Party, I Swear!: Downplayed. It's a genuine misunderstanding, in that Michael thinks Diwali is like Hallowe'en. He invites Carol, who dresses up as a cheerleader, and no one at the festival can understand why.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Angela is always a stuck-up, wet blanket who complains about things being "inappropriate." In this case, she's right, when Michael brings in a copy of the Kama Sutra, which is completely inappropriate for a workplace.
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    • Angela doesn't want to go to the Diwali party because "they eat monkey brains."
    • Andy describes his relationship with Karen as "Sam and Diane."
  • Straw Vegetarian: During the festival, Angela asks what she can eat because she's vegetarian. When the server replies that all the food is vegetarian, she settles for some naan bread.
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