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Jan's spending habits put a strain on Michael's finances, forcing him to get a second job. Meanwhile, Jim and Pam spend a night at Dwight's farm, which he's turned into a bed and breakfast.


  • Anti-Climax: Michael quitting his telemarketing job. He's never quit anything before and goes in with a long-winded speech. His manager cuts right to the point.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Jim gives Dwight a heart-to-heart upon seeing just how despondent he is over Angela.
    Jim: Did I ever tell you why I left Scranton?
    Dwight: [incoherent mumbling]
    Jim: Yeah, I didn't think I had. Well, it was all about Pam. Yeah, I mean she was with Roy, and, uh, I just couldn't take it. I mean, I lost it, Dwight. I couldn't sleep, I couldn't concentrate on anything. Even weird stuff, like food had no taste. So my solution was to move away. It was awful. It was something that I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy, and that includes you.
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  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Nick, the boss at the telemarketing company, addresses the camera crew to say that he runs a legitimate operation.
  • Brick Joke:
    • While checking in, Jim says that they will need a bedtime story, which Dwight scoffs at. Later, Dwight is shown reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows to them.
    • The cat that Andy finds and presents to Angela is Garbage, the cat that Dwight tried to give her two episodes ago.
  • Call-Back: Kevin has apparently started a new The Police cover band.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Kelly and Darryl start dating, and she is jealous when he says he is going to spend time with his daughter.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Oscar creates a slide to demonstrate Michael's finances, including essential, non-essential, and entirely unnecessary spending (like magic sets, bass fishing equipment, etc.). Michael is more interested in the graphics.
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  • Exact Words: This little gem from Dwight to Jim and Pam during their stay at his bed and breakfast.
    Dwight: As of this morning, we are completely wireless here in Schrute Farms. But as soon as I find out where Mose hid all the wires, we'll get that power back on.
  • Hidden Depths: Michael shows how he's quite the film buff when he discusses with his telemarketing coworkers the flaws of Live Free or Die Hard.
  • Ignored Expert: When Nick (the manager of the telemarketing company) chastises Michael for making small talk during his sales calls and not sticking to the script, Michael tries explaining that his experiences at Dunder Mifflin show that building a relationship with a lead tends to be more effective than making a scripted quick pitch, to no avail.
    • On that note, Michael ignores advice from the best seller at the call center, who understands the difference between cold calling someone once versus having an ongoing business relationship with them.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Andy, being unaware of Dwight and Angela's former relationship, comes to Dwight for advice on how to woo Angela.
  • Large Ham: "I...DECLARE...BANKRUPTCY!!!"
  • Literal-Minded:
    • Michael thinks declaring bankruptcy only involves saying it out loud (see Large Ham above). Oscar informs him that there's more to it than that.
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    • In a deleted scene, Oscar reluctantly asks if Michael has any CDs that he could borrow from. Michael says that he does, but it's soon clear he's talking about compact discs rather than certificates of deposit.
    "I've been putting money into CDs for years. I bought music I didn't even like."
  • Money to Burn: Michael attempts this by crumbling up a dollar bill and putting it in his pocket. Everyone is quick to point out that he didn't actually destroy it.
  • Never My Fault: While going over his finances with Oscar, Michael tries to put all the credit card debt on Jan. While she's certainly been treating him as an ATM, Oscar is quick to find that Michael has made a lot of foolish purchases on his own.
  • Oh, Crap!: When Michael realized that he has cold-called Stanley.
  • Pet the Dog: Jim and Pam feel bad for Dwight after seeing how heartbroken he is so they write a positive review of his farm and Jim gives him a heart-to-heart in the stairwell.
  • Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: Michael may not be rich, but he is terrible at managing his funds on his own. Oscar finds that he cannot resist buying everything he sees in late-night infomercials.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Michael runs out of the office and hops on a freight train, hoping to get away from everything.
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