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The Office Episode: "Moroccan Christmas"

Season 5, Episode 11
Episode Synopsis: The staffers jingle all the way at a Moroccan-themed holiday bash, but tensions flare when Meredith's hair catches fire. Dwight's fired up as well: He becomes consumed with the hottest toy of the holiday season.
Original Air Date: Dec 11, 2008

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Season 5, Episode 11
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Aired: 12/11/2008
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The Office Episode Recap: "The Duel" Season 5, Episode 11

Burr v. Hamilton can't hold a candle to Dwight v. Andy, as the two foes face off in "The Duel" for the everlasting love of Angela. Michael sets the stage by breaking the news to Andy as he drives off to the city, where he's summoned by CFO David Wallace to talk about "big picture stuff".

But before we get on to the recap, check out Matt Mitovich's great interviews at the Golden Globes with BJ Novak, Rainn Wilson and Leslie David Baker — as they tease the Office Super Bowl episode, as well as future story arcs.

"The Elephant in the Room"
This was a great episode — possibly the best of the season. I loved the first few minutes, as we're put on edge about when and how Andy is going to learn the truth. I also loved Dwight's reaction every time he thought Andy had uncovered the affair — crouching at the ready when Andy comes in and announces he wants to speak about the "elephant in the room", and grabbing a spoon so he can always keep an eye on Andy (in keeping with the 40 rules all Schrute boys must learn before the age of 5).

The cafeteria scene was awesome, especially when it dawns on Oscar that he really does know where Angela and Dwight had sex in the office. I also loved Michael's question: "Are you still having intercourse with her?" Of course, we leave it to Michael to break the news to Andy in his own inimitable way, as he reveals the truth to Andy while literally driving away to NYC, leaving the rest of the Scranton team to deal with the fallout.

"This economic climate"
You know things are wacky in this economy when Wallace looks to glean business insights from Michael. Michael's "philosophy" had me rolling on the floor, and I can only do it justice by recreating it verbatim: "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 were with or ... or where you were going or where you've been ever for any reason whatsoever"

We need to do two things:
1) Put this on a t-shirt
2) Live this philosophy, it's the only way we're going to bring American out of its economic doldrums.

"The Duel"
Finally, we have The Duel —a bold test of manhood between two fearsome adversaries, where the combatants will battle to the bitter end for the right to claim the fair maiden's hand. Or not so much.

Dwight thinks Andy hasn't shown up to fight - but Andy had other plans. After pinning a note to the wall, Andy sneaks up on Dwight in his super-silent Prius and pins him in place as well. But in the end, Andy and Dwight both learn they've been betrayed, since Angela has slept with both of them. And so ends the duel, and so ends, for now, this triangle, with Andy calling off the wedding and Dwight dumping the Schrute bobblehead in the trash.

There were a bunch of great lines and moments from the show — here are a few of them:

• "If I'm sitting, I can't disable his neck or his groin."
• "Eventually he'll figure it out, when their kids have giant heads and beet-stained teeth."
• "That can not be true! You're going to charge me a fee to cut my own cake?"
• "Rule 17: Don't turn your back on bears, men you have wronged or the dominant turkey during mating season."
• "So you like missionary? I said nothing fancy."
• "I feel the need, the need for tweed."
• "I am so impressed with the potential you see in me."
• "Is she crazy in bed? Yes. Limber and Flexible."

So what did you guys think? Are you glad The Office is back, and did you enjoy "The Duel" as much as I did?

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Burr v. Hamilton can't hold a candle to Dwight v. Andy, as the two foes face off in "The Duel" for the everlasting love of Angela. Michael sets the stage by breaking the news to Andy as he drives off to the city, where he's summoned by CFO David Wallace to talk about "big picture stuff". read more

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