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Recap / The Office USS 9 E 16 Moving On

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Pam interviews for a job in Philadelphia, where her potential manager reminds her of her former boss, Michael Scott. Dwight acquires the help of Angela in order to give his elderly Aunt Shirley (Mary Gillis) a bath.

Meanwhile, Andy attempts to make Pete and Erin feel uncomfortable.

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  • The Bus Came Back: Gabe Lewis, who left the company when Sabre was liquidated, is hired back by Andy in order to make Erin uncomfortable.
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  • Casting Gag: Bob Odenkirk plays an office manager who behaves remarkably similar to Michael Scott. Odenkirk was one of several actors considered for the role of Michael.
  • Expy: Mark is an obvious one for Michael Scott.
  • Five-Second Foreshadowing: After discovering that Andy has hired Pete's ex-girlfriend into the office to show him what it's like to work alongside an ex-partner, she realizes that he had also just hired a new management consultant...
    Erin: Oh no.
    Gabe: *standing in the doorway* Hello, beautiful!
  • Never My Fault: Andy blames Pete for stealing his girlfriend, blissfully ignoring the fact that he had effectively abandoned Erin while out on his boat trip and that the abrasive way he treated her beforehand was already drawing her to the much nicer Pete.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Pete tries to level with Andy about how hard moving on from a relationship is by telling him about his ex-girlfriend Alice and how sour their breakup was. This inspires Andy to track Alice down and actually hire her to work in the annex alongside Pete just to get back at him (along with hiring Gabe for Erin).
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  • Oh, Crap!: Pete, when Andy finds his lunch bag (with his name on it) inside the break room fridge.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Andy notes that while office relationships are fun and exotic, it can take a major downturn if that relationship ends because you still have to show up and look at your ex-partner every day.
    • Andy tries to garner pity from his subordinates, failing to realize that his new mean-spirited attitude was making him repugnant not just to Erin but to the rest of the office. Thus, they all sympathize more with Erin, seeing her new relationship with Pete as healthier than the one she was in with Andy.
    • Toby has to explain to Andy that he can't fire Pete purely out of spite (much like he also tried to do with Nellie). When Andy then tries to crumple up Erin and Pete's relationship contract, Toby states that destroying it won't stop them from dating.
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    • Although Pam is initially charmed by how much Mark reminds her of her former boss Michael, she comes to realize just how abhorrent it would be to work under someone like that again.
  • Refuge in Audacity: Pete realizes that Andy doesn't suspect him of being the "Pete" that Erin is now seeing because Andy's been calling him "Plop" for so long that he genuinely forgot Pete's real name.
  • Wham Shot: At the end of the episode, the camera zooms in on Oscar's computer screen where an ad pops up for The Office: An American Workplace airing in May.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: David Wallace chews Andy out hard for going away on a boat for three months and then lying to him about having still been there the whole time.
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