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Recap / The Office USS 4 E 9 Dinner Party

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Michael and Jan invite Jim, Pam, Andy, and Angela over for a dinner party. The night takes one uncomfortable turn after another.


  • Batman Gambit: Michael gets Jim and Pam to agree to dinner with one of these due to being turned down nine times prior. First, he had the office do a supposed overtime assignment from corporate. After asking Jim if he has any plans, he "angrily tells off" corporate, sends everyone home, then asks Jim again and reminds him that he didn't have any plans. Jim even confessed how clever this was.
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  • Big Damn Heroes: Dwight's surprise arrival makes Jim and Pam smile.
  • Blatant Lies: Jim tells the party his apartment is flooded. And on fire.
    • Does anyone really buy the "Michael ran through the glass chasing the ice cream man" story?
  • Call-Back: In "Women's Appreciation," Michael says that Jan records their sex and shows it to her therapist. When showing Jim and Pam their bedroom, there's a video camera near the bed.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Jan gets this way, when thinking that Michael once dated Pam.
  • Domestic Abuse : Jan is awful to Michael. Though it’s initially Played for Laughs by the end of the episode it’s Played for Drama.
  • It's All About Me: It's quite clear by now that Jan has fully taken over Michael's condo, with him merely being allowed to live there.
  • Malaproper: Michael describes some wine as having an oaky afterbirth. He hopefully meant "aftertaste".
  • May–December Romance: It's heavily implied that Jan had an affair with her much younger assistant, Hunter.
    You took me by the hand, made me a man...
  • Oh, Crap!: The look on Jim's face when he realizes that he won't be able to talk his way out of dinner with Michael this time.
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    • Pam and Jim get the same look when they realize they are stuck at Michael's for at least 4 more hours when Jan reveals that the meal hasn't even been cooked yet.
  • Paranoia Fuel: In-Universe, Pam starts worrying when Michael warns her Jan may have poisoned his food, she believes she would be the actual target due to Jan's Clingy Jealous Girl attitude.
  • Sanity Slippage: This episode is where Michael and Jan's relationship hits rock bottom, as they reveal more and more unsettling personal facts about each other. Eventually, the police get called in.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!:
    • Jim tries to leave early with Pam by claiming his apartment has flooded. When Michael says that both don't need to leave, he tries to leave alone but Pam cajoles him to stay.
    • After Jan smashes Michael's TV, all the guests decide it's time to leave.
  • Undying Loyalty: Dwight takes Michael home with him without a second thought.
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