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The Office Episode: "The Duel"

Season 5, Episode 12
Episode Synopsis: Thanks to Michael's running mouth, Andy finally learns that his beloved Angela had an affair with Dwight, a discovery that incites the two romantic rivals to square off. Elsewhere, Michael is on edge about a corporate appointment with bigwig Wallace (Andy Buckley).
Original Air Date: Jan 15, 2009
Guest Cast Andy Buckley: Wallace
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Season 5, Episode 12
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Aired: 1/15/2009
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The Office Episode Recap: "Prince Family Paper" Season 5, Episode 12

In "Prince Family Paper," the Scranton Gang tackled three age-old dilemmas: the Darwinistic nature of capitalism, societal definitions of beauty and which restaurant is better, IHOP or Denny's. Michael and Dwight embark on a surveillance mission to capture intelligence on a small family-owned paper supply business, while the rest of the crew gets into a passionate debate about the hotness (or notness) of Hilary Swank.

The episode begins with yet another prank pulled on Dwight by Jim. Two thoughts come to mind: 1) Like the rest of the episode, this prank was mildly amusing, but not great. 2) One of these days I'd like to actually see the legwork Jim puts into these not-so-practical jokes. The funniest part of the cold open was when an out-of-focus Dwight appears climbing the telephone pole as Jim is being interviewed; Jim's nonchalance about the danger of Dwight climbing thirty or forty feet to chase that red wire without so much as a helmet or a harness was perfect: "Oh he'll be fine, I made it up there."

"The Sharks"
Michael and Dwight get more than they hoped for when they infiltrate Prince Family Paper. As it turns out, the Princes are angels: a successful family of business people who are just about the nicest people you'll ever meet. Roger Prince, a Vietnam veteran, entrepreneur and the patriarch of the clan, gives potential client "Michael Skarn" his complete list of clients as references. When Michael destroys his bumper trying to high tail it out of there with the ill-gotten goods, the Princes rush out with coffee to warm Michael and Dwight's cockles. They then proceed to fix the busted bumper themselves.

This is where the dilemma comes to the fore: Michael can't help but feel guilty now about potentially destroying such an amazing family. But Dwight — doing his best Wormwood — whispers into the ear of his leader and, after some doubts and a chase, Michael chooses to use his brain for business and hand over the client list to Wallace. Capitalism and "survival of the fittest" win yet again.

"The Next Karate Kid"
Is Hilary Swank hot? This question subsumed the Office mates, and their approach and answer to the question revealed essential truths about the characters.

The yays:
Jim: The sensitive man, he thinks stars are held to unattainable levels of beauty. Hilary is hot because she's real.
Stanley: The newfound optimist chooses not to find fault in people.
Kelly: Insecurity drives her decision. If Hilary Swank isn't hot, how can Kelly ever be?
Pam: She refuses to let womanly beauty be defined by macho louts like Kevin.

The nays:
Kevin: You can't intellectualize beauty. "It's a gut thing."
Oscar: The rationalist, meticulously graphs Hilary Swank's visage and determines that it doesn't meet scientifically accepted standards of hotness.

And finally, notable quotes and scenes:

• "What You Talkin' About Wallace?"
• "She looks like a monster" (love that this comes from Kevin)
• "Your fictitious name? Michael Skarn."
• "You know how I feel about IHOP. Are you a socialist?"
• The homoerotic simultaneous lip-licking "signal"
• "Here you go shark, let me fix your fin for you and sharpen your teeth while I'm at it." • "Ooh Vietnam, I hear it's lovely."
• "A painting can be beautiful, but I don't want to bang a painting."
• "She's a female Boris Becker."
• "All I'm saying is Kevin's not necessarily a feminist."
• "Your heart makes terrible decisions." "That's true, it has gone down the wrong path many, many times. Jan, Ryan..."

So, do you guys think Hilary Swank is hot (my vote: yeah, she's hot)? Did Michael do the right thing by selling out the Princes? (As much as I hate to say it, I think Dwight was right in this case, and Michael did need to "slightly" destroy the family.) And finally, which do you guys prefer, IHOP or Denny's? (I'm an IHOP man myself.) Discuss below!

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In "Prince Family Paper," the Scranton Gang tackled three age-old dilemmas: the Darwinistic nature of capitalism, societal definitions of beauty and which restaurant is better, IHOP or Denny's. Michael and Dwight embark on a surveillance mission to capture intelligence on a small family-owned paper supply business, while the rest of the crew gets into a passionate debate about the hotness (or notness) of Hilary Swank.

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