Dwight Schrute: There is this yellow zigzag that does give Ryan the authority to discipline Stanley,--
Michael Scott: Great.
Dwight Schrute: However in so doing, it zigs past your name, hence zagging you and making you appear weak. That's the yellow color, yellow, for cowardly.
Michael Scott: What's the pink?
Dwight Schrute: Menstrual cycles.
This was probably one of the more serious (and I use this term loosely) episodes of "The Office" that I have ever seen.
Before we get to the real meat and potatoes of the episode (a.k.a. the Clash of the Titans a.k.a. Stanley vs. Michael), what is going on with this Ryan vs. Jim plot line? Ryan paid a little visit to the Scranton branch this episode and flat out told Jim his job was in jeopardy because he spent too much time flirting at the reception desk and goofing around. Seriously intimidating. But I think Ryan's coke problem will be revealed before Jim can be punished. And I even predict that Jim might be getting offered Ryan's job (just a thought!).
On to the Clash of the Titans. Wow, Stanley, wow. This plot line was a little too serious for my liking. I thought for real that Stanley was going to be fired for his 'did I stutter?' comment. That was seriously an intense little battle. However, I did like that we saw Michael get a little bit of respect from Stanley at the end of the episode. My heart goes out to Michael Scott and his awkwardness, and how he has no friends -- it's like he can't help himself! And then I remember what it's like to work for a boss like Michael and I commend Stanley for saying something (even thought it was entirely inappropriate).
Also, please, please, please tell me why Michael didn't use the 'fluffy fingers' technique. I kept waiting and waiting for him to start tickling Stanley, but nothing. Very disappointing.
I also had some side thoughts. Did Angela look a little puffy to anyone else? I think she might be real life preggers because they are only showing her from the face up. I hope this doesn't mean she'll be gone from the show for long after the birth! Angela is one of my favorite characters with her scathing glares and her love of cats.
Jim and Pam. Sigh. I can only hope that someday I fall in love with a Jim Halpert-esque man. I loved how he "proposed" that Pam go get him a nice, hot coffee for their brainstorming meeting with Michael. How long do you think the writers are going to tease us like this? I would love it if Jim just randomly stood up one episode and said, "Pam, will you marry me?". That would probably make my 2008 a whole lot brighter.