The Office: Episode 63 – Did I Stutter?

  • The Writers – Brent Forrester and Justin Spitzer
  • Director – Randall Einhorn
  • A brief synopsis – Another frivolous meeting in the office goes on with everyone except Stanley pretending to pay attention.  When Michael tries to bring his attention into the meeting, Stanley is grossly insubordinate, making Michael back down.  Toby pushes Michael to do to the right thing and work out an understanding with Stanley.  Pam, forgetting her contact lens solution at Jim’s house, wears glasses instead and hears about it from the staff.  Dwight uses coercion techniques to get Andy to sell his vehicle to Dwight dirt cheap, and Dwight turns around and makes a profit from it.  More is revealed about Ryan’s dislike for Jim as he writes him up as payback for Jim sharing his doubts with David about  the site.
  • The best line –
    Ryan:
    [to Toby] I think it’s self-explanatory. [to Jim] Hey, Jim, come here for a second. Can you answer me something, as, as a true Eagles fan?
    Jim: Oh boy…
    Ryan: How do you live with a franchise this bad?
    Jim: On a wing and a prayer, mostly.
    Ryan: Alright, whatever you say. Uh, listen, while I have you here with Toby, I need to give you a formal warning about your job performance.
    Jim: A formal warning… [chuckles]
    Ryan: It’s actually not a joke. I know how you spend your time here, and I know how little you care about your job. And honestly if you spent as much time selling as you do goofing around with Dwight and hanging out at reception, we wouldn’t be having this conversation.
    Jim: [stammers] I’m sorry, is, is this because I talked to Wallace about your website? Because I really didn’t mean to go over your head.
    Ryan: This is nothing to do with that, alright? I always appreciate constructive criticism about my job performance. I thrive on it.
    Jim: I’m sorry, then do you mind explaining a little better? Cause I’m not sure what’s really…
    Ryan: Woah, don’t get all defensive, alright? It’s just a warning. If you want the details, Toby can provide them. You take it easy, alright?
    Toby (later to the camera):
    I’d say all the goofing around at Pam’s desk, and, and hanging out with Pam, has finally caught up to him… w-with Pam
  • The best moment – Dwight trying the same methods he employed successfully with Andy and Michael, to no effect.
  • The best storyline – Michael and Stanley.  It had to happen someday.
  • Notable guest appearance – N/A
  • Would Michael have been reprimanded? – Not here.
  • Grade – A

A delightfully terse episode with many people getting their shot.  Nice to have a Stanley-based episode where he says what most of us have thought all year about Michael.  Pam with glasses is a dweeb’s delight, and seeing Dwight in societal survivor mode is awesome.  Ryan v. Jim is one of the treats of the history of The Office.

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