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Recap / The Office USS 4 E 12 Did I Stutter

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Michael is shaken after Stanley shouts at him during a meeting. Meanwhile, Jim receives some unexpected news.

  • Call-Back: Upon arriving in Scranton, Ryan checks his eyes and nose for any signs of his drug problem.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: When Michael tells everyone he's going to pretend to fire Stanley and they should all act like it's for real to make it believable, Kevin asks why Michael wouldn't just keep them all in the dark so they'd naturally react to it.
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • Ryan is going after Jim because he criticized his program, and Toby's going after him because of his relationship with Pam, but they do have a point that Jim does spend most of his time goofing off.
    • After Stanley's "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Michael, Michael comes back with the fact that while that may well be the case, Michael is still his boss and so, while he might never have Stanley's respect, he doesn't deserve and won't tolerate outright insubordination. Stanley concedes the point.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Stanley lays into Michael, telling him how he can't stand working for him.
  • Shout-Out: When Michael asks if he was ever in a gang, Darryl says one of the gangs he was in was The Warriors.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: Dwight's emergency disaster mode for the org chart has this feel.
  • Title Drop: The episode is named after what Stanley yells at Michael in the cold opening, in one of the rare occasions that Stanley gets mad.
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  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Michael tries to portray himself and Stanley as this, despite that it's clear that Stanley just plain does not like him. The examples of "friendly trash talk" he gives are clearly serious insults.

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