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Jan takes Dunder-Mufflin to court over her termination, and Michael is put in the middle. Meanwhile, Jim tries to train himself at ping-pong in order to beat Darryl.


  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Michael ultimately sides with the company, even upon learning he was never seriously considered for the job, because David Wallace called him a nice guy.
  • Blatant Lies: Jim convinces Dwight that he needs to get better at ping-pong to impress a client.
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  • Comically Missing the Point: Michael tells a lawyer joke to Jan's attorney, "What do you call a buttload of lawyers driving off a cliff?" The attorney replies "A good start." and corrects the setup to "a busload of lawyers." Michael brushes this off.
    "Yeah, a bunch of rich lawyers took the bus."
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Michael starts crying upon reading a performance review from Jan after their relationship became official, in which she recommended that he be demoted back to sales.
  • Kick the Dog: When Toby starts trying to bond with Michael, recounting how he was in a similar situation when his parents divorced, Michael responds by knocking his lunch onto the floor.
  • Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: Michael and Jan would have gotten $4 million if the court sided in their favor, but Michael ends up siding with the company over Jan.
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  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: At the end of the episode, Pam challenges Kelly to ping-pong, and they are terrible at it. Rather than watching this, Jim and Darryl decide to go upstairs to play on the table in the conference room.
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