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The Office Rundown: Episode 12, "Duel"

The Office Rundown: Episode 12, "Duel"

Aaaaaand we're back! This new episode of The Office starts out with Michael running as fast as he can past the new radar gun set up just outside Dunder-Mifflin and ends with Dwight handing over his bow and arrows to the box of weapons Jim is holding. Only Office fans can truly make sense of this. It's a crazy day for Dunder-Mifflin employees: Michael's been summoned by David Wallace (who wants to talk about "big picture stuff") and the truth about Dwight and Angela is finally revealed to Andy, which leads to a duel between the two men.

What did you think of this episode? To see some of my favorite parts,


  • Andy comes in and asks if he can have the floor. He then expresses his concern that no one has RSVPed for the wedding yet. Awkward! Jim says it's been 17 days and Andy still doesn't know about Angela and Dwight's affair, but that he'll figure it out when his kids turn out to have giant heads and beet-stained teeth.
  • I love Kevin and Oscar figuring out how to leverage their knowledge of Angela's indiscretions while still keeping their little insults relevant to work. It's kind of an interesting challenge, really. Kevin: "How about, 'I'm sorry I did such a whorish job filling out this form'?"
  • Dwight: "Rule 17: Don't turn your back on bears, men you have wronged or the dominant turkey during mating season. There are 40 rules all Schrute boys must learn before the age of five." Then, a little song from Dwight's childhood: "Learn your rules, you better learn your rules. If you don't you'll be eaten in your sleep — arrrch!"
  • Michael wants Andy to know about the affair, but then he can't seem to bring himself to tell Andy until he's practically pulling out of the parking space. So he tells Andy through his car window and then quickly drives off. I liked this moment because it's so totally the way Michael would tell someone this information, but how sad is it to see the confused Andy alone in the parking lot?
  • Andy: "Just answer the question. Are you sleeping with Dwight?"
    Angela: "A little bit."
    Poor Andy. I really do feel for him.
  • David Wallace says that Michael's branch is doing very well and he wants to know what Michael is doing right. Michael launches into a long and convoluted sentence about nonsense, later explaining: "Sometimes I'll start a sentence and I don't even know where it's going. I just hope I find it along the way. Like an improv conversation. An improversation."
  • Andy: "I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for lying to my face and not telling me what's been going on this entire time."
    Creed, happily: "You're welcome!" Man, Creed makes every scene just that much funnier.
  • Dwight and Andy decide on a duel. Andy says his weapon will be his bare hands. Dwight says that's stupid and he'll use a sword and cut off Andy's bare hands. Meredith calls dibs on the loser of the duel.
  • Jim goes around collecting all of Dwight's weapons from the office, including a scythe behind the copying machine. (Dwight: "How'd that get there?")
  • Once in the parking lot, Dwight only finds a letter from Andy attached to some bushes which includes, among other things, this line (probably my fave of the night): "The soft underbelly of my refined upbringing is my soft underbelly."
  • Best screaming match ever:
    Dwight: "You're not a man, you don't know how to take care of her. All you do is dress fancy! And sing! Lalalalalala. What does that mean? You can't even protect her!"
    Andy: "Protect her from what? Bears? You idiot! When was the last time you saw a damn bear in Scranton?"
    Dwight: "Last year, idiot!"
  • Ha! Andy: "Go away, Tuna, I'm winning this!"
  • Dwight: "Sasquatch is only the strongest animal on the planet! So fine, call me a Sasquatch."
  • Dwight is stunned and hurt to find out that Angela had slept with Andy, too. The two men silently return to the office where Andy cancels the wedding cake (the one shaped like a sailboat) and Dwight deliberately throws his bobblehead doll of himself (which he used to use as a signal to Angela that they should meet) in the trash.
  • Back in New York, Michael is beaming from his meeting with David Wallace. "Just goes to show ya, leave Scranton, exciting things can happen!" This is, of course, hilarious because the Scranton office has had a pretty exciting day, too.

What did you think of "Duel"? The Dwight-Angela-Andy love triangle has come apart! What's next for these three?


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alethia037 alethia037 8 years
This was classic, awkward Office... LOVED this episode! I am with canadianchick... I loved Jim in this one. He really took charge (well, he tried anyways.)
fakeplanettelex fakeplanettelex 8 years
thought this was one of the better ep's of this season... HILARIOUS. poor andy, though. but SO glad angela got dumped at the end. i hate her.
bornthisway bornthisway 8 years
the 40 rules cracked me up
SexyNeverLeft78 SexyNeverLeft78 8 years
Hands down one of the best of the night: My philosophy is…basically this. And this is something that I live by. And I always have. And I always will. Don’t, ever, for any reason, do anything to anyone for any reason, ever, no matter what. No matter where or who or who you are with, or where you are going. Or where you been. Ever. For any reason, what so ever.
YMO YMO 8 years
AshleySunshir, that was one of my favorites too. And Meredith's line about the camcorder. Andy really should have dumped her when she didn't stand up for him to Dwight, but I like that in the end Angela was alone.
xopiperxo xopiperxo 8 years
i feel so bad for andy and dwight :(
couture-yourself couture-yourself 8 years
I don't know how I felt about the episode...I guess after "Morrocan Christmas", my expectations were high for the new episode. Even so, I always enjoy me some Office. ha. My heart breaks for Andy. As much as I can't stand him most of the time, I felt bad for him. When he crushed Dwight against the wall with the Prius (& Oscar, "The Prius is silent if kept under 5 MPH, Andy deserves to win"). I love Jim. He can really do no wrong in my world. ha. Oh man, when Meredith tells Jim "there's a star-shaped thing taped underneath the kitchen table", that made me LOL. As always, can't wait until next week's episode :)
smartiez smartiez 8 years
I loved how Jim was collecting Dwight's hidden weapons XD Love it! :P
NouraBee NouraBee 8 years
oscar's face when he discovered they did it on hes desk .....OMG i had to repeat it LOOOOL it was sooooo funny
misshouston misshouston 8 years
My spit-Diet-Coke-out-of-your-nose moment was when Meredith talked about how men have fought over her before ... but it usually involves who has to hold the video camera. We had to pause the Tivo until we stopped laughing.
kayedizzle kayedizzle 8 years
Yeah. Andy used his Cornell smarts. Haha.
lylpookie lylpookie 8 years
Great episode. "I agree to the outcome of the duel." "Why am I not surprised?" HAHA. Love it!
jhilly123 jhilly123 8 years
Loved the episode. I wish Jim/Pam had more airtime, but Andy/Angela/Dwight had precedent... I'm so happy both guys decided to dump her... and the look on Dwight's face when he found out Angela had slept with Andy as well. Poor Andy, even if he can be annoying, I love him for trying really hard. LOVE Kevin's paperwork innuendos as well, he fist bumped Oscar! HAHA. And Jim was funny taking away Dwight's weapons, lol. Can't wait for the next episode!
sobe101 sobe101 8 years
I'm so glad the show is back in all its glory. I thought it was unnecessary to throw out that Dwight bobblehead. That thing is priceless. I don't see why Andy changed his mind after revealing to Dwight that Angela only slept with him twice. There weren't any new revelations for him... So excited for next week!
yummyboo2 yummyboo2 8 years
Best line of the episode: "I've had two men fight over me before...usually it's over which one get to hold the camcorder." Also, could the reason for the Scanton branch doing well and the surplus be because Kevin isn't filling out certain accounting forms correctly?
bakedbeans bakedbeans 8 years
Great episode, unlike the last one which seemed to lack in the funny department. Anyone else see the little hi-5 between Kevin and Oscar? Too funny. Nice to see Jim take charge for a change, instead of giving looks to the camera every 2 seconds. I want an update of Jam's relationship, hope this season ends with their wedding!
jnnayoo jnnayoo 8 years
there were so many funny moments in this episode. one of my favorites was when dwight and andy high-fived in the middle of their fight... and the fight itself... hilarious
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 8 years
Angela really should have made up her mind sooner, preferably Dwight.
AshleySunshine AshleySunshine 8 years
I liked when Kelly said they were fighting over her becasue as you get older you have less options - haha!
sandy82 sandy82 8 years
the look on dwight's face when he found that andy and angela had slept together was so sad. the last scene where they the two of them come in and sit at their desks was sad too. not many laughs, but it was a good episode.
chatondeneige chatondeneige 8 years
Good episode. I can't wait for more!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
Loved Dwight's rule #17 followed by the song. Very funny episode. Angela deserves the double dumping.
luckyme luckyme 8 years
LOVED Oscar's reaction to Angela and Dwight having sex on his desk (at least, I'm pretty sure that's where they were doin it). I thought he was going to cry.
nery85 nery85 8 years
great episode! my boyfriend was telling me that he thinks angela is going to announce a pregnancy and not know who the father is
syako syako 8 years
This was a funny episode. I spent a good amount of time laughing... and an equal amount of time wanting to punch Angela in the face.
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