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Recap / The Office USS 9 E 21 Livin The Dream

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Andy starts to believe that he'll never achieve his dream while working on the company and plans to quit.

Jim gives his relationship with Pam more thought after their marriage counseling and stays in Scranton for more time.

Dwight tries to finally get his black belt.

After her divorce, Angela's new studio apartment sucks.

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  • Burning the Ships: Andy brings up the example of Hernán Cortés burning his crew's ships upon landing in Mexico so that they couldn't return home, and decides to do this to himself by getting himself irrecoverably fired from Dunder Mifflin so that he can't fall back on his old position, forcing himself to move forward with his dreams.
    Andy: Huge dick move. But very effective. I need to be that same kind of dick to myself.
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    • Andy tells David about how he lost the Scranton White Pages account and only did it to spite Dwight.
    • As David is offering the manager position to Dwight, Dwight laments that he was acting manager once, and shot a gun in the office.
  • Character Development: Angela learns that she can't let pride dictate how she lives her life. At the end of the episode, without a place to live with her son and cats, she accepts Oscar's help without any pride.
  • Crazy-Prepared: When David offers Dwight the manager position, he pulls out a business card addressing himself as such.
    David: Why do you already have this?
    Dwight: In case Michael or Andy ever got killed in a traffic accident and there was a trade show on the same day.
  • Easily Forgiven: Andy outright tells David to stop forgiving him for every mishap as he tries to willfully get himself fired.
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  • Exact Eavesdropping: Pam was in the bathroom at the same time that Jim refuses a big opportunity for Athlead
  • Humiliation Conga: For Angela. After being personally humiliated, publicly humiliated, she is now divorced, leaving in a crappy apartment trying to balance out her too many cats and child. By the end of the episode, she is evicted by her mean landlady
  • Reality Ensues: Andy's decision to pursue his dream of acting/singing in his late thirties and with no connection or promises is treated as insane by the crew when he decides to quit his job.
  • Shout-Out: Andy mentions Death of a Salesman as a play that Kevin is referring, but he says that it was one that has Spongebob Squarepants in it.
  • Wham Episode: Dwight finally becomes regional manager. Andy decides to leave Dunder Mifflin forever to pursue acting.
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