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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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