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They dropped a deuce on us: Episode titles with two meanings
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Jun 26th 2007

We all know that "The Job" could mean the job they were all applying for, but also Jan's boob job. Watching "The Secret" on the flight reminded me that there were TWO secrets in that episode, Jim's and Oscar's. I was also thinking that "The Fight" could refer to Jim and Pam's tiff as well as Michael and Dwight's. Are there any other episode titles with two meanings?

Jun 26th 2007

"The Injury" was about Michael grilling his foot and also Dwight's concussion.

Jun 26th 2007

Off the top of my head: "The Injury", in which the injury is ostensibly to Michael, but the more serious one is to Dwight.

Jun 26th 2007 edited

Also: "Initiation". Dwight's ludicrous routine with Ryan, but also the initiation of A) flirtation between Karen & Jim (the "Lovefool" sequence) and B) the re-initiation of Jim & Pam's friendship. The last of these loses impact with the falterings of the Jim & Pam storyline later in the season, but at the time, that was a big part of it.

Jun 26th 2007

"The Return" is about Oscar returning to work and also Dwight returning to Dunder-Mifflin after he quit.

Jun 26th 2007

"Casino Night" was about the staff gambling with Lady Luck and Jim taking a gamble on his relationship with Pam.

Jun 26th 2007

Nice work, everybody. OK, I'm on here at this hour because I'm currently in England...what are you guys doing up?

Jun 26th 2007

"Performance Review" has Michael's personality under the microscope rather than the staff's work performance and he gets a personal review from Jan:

"You're obnoxious and rude and and and stupid. And you do have coffee-breath, by the way."

Jun 26th 2007

These are the hours when I feed my obsession. Well, actually, when I feed my obsession unabated.

Jun 26th 2007 edited

redacted

Jun 26th 2007

Nice work, everybody. OK, I'm on here at this hour because I'm currently in England...what are you guys doing up?

There's a few of us who are always up.

Jun 26th 2007

I'm reminded of Tweak, the caffeine-enhanced and perpetually anxious boy from South Park. He tells the others "I don't sleep...ever!" and it's the way he squeaks out "ever" that cracks me up.

Jun 26th 2007

I'm put in mind of Real Genius, myself.

Jun 26th 2007 edited

And redacted again. Gotta stop posting after I take sleep medication...Sorry!

Jun 26th 2007

whatevs, whatever do you mean?

Jun 26th 2007

You've lost me, whatevs.

On another note, Pam leaves me up all the time. Was that too far? Should I not have said that?

Jun 26th 2007 edited

"Conflict Resolution" because everyone had conflicts with each other, but then Jim also sought and acted on a resolution to his conflicts with Dwight and his conflict he has over his feelings for Pam.

Jun 26th 2007

It just occurred to me that Oscar has two secrets in "The Secret"

  1. He's not sick, like he says.
  2. He's queer as f%$@.
Jun 26th 2007

On another note, Pam leaves me up all the time. Was that too far? Should I not have said that?

Pow! Loved it.

He's queer as f%$@.

That's not what it's called.

I don't even want to think about the double meaning of "The Job." After all, Jim and Karen did head off to NY a night early...

Jun 26th 2007

I always thought, for "The Return", that along with both Oscar's AND Dwight's returns it was also the return of Jim + Pam + pranks and fun. We all know it didn't last, and they could not have been more emotionally abusive to us (am Drama Queen, yes) than to follow that up in 2 episodes with the travesty that was "Phyllis's Wedding", but...

Maybe they dropped a tres on us sometimes?

Jun 26th 2007

I don't even want to think about the double meaning of "The Job." After all, Jim and Karen did head off to NY a night early...

MB, that's just mean.

Jun 26th 2007

"Women's Appreciation" Michael showed appreciation for the women of the staff by treating them to a shopping trip at the mall. He also appreciated the help he got from the women concerning Jan and the help he got from Pam who changed the tire he was supposed to change. I guess the guys all appreciated having the use of the women's restroom too.

Jun 26th 2007

Halloween was about the Halloween holiday, and also about what a Hollow Weeny Michael is when it came time to fire someone.

Jun 26th 2007

The Alliance could mean both Jim and Dwight, but also the real alliance with Jim and Pam.

Jun 26th 2007

Traveling Salesmen was about 1) the sales team all going on sales calls and 2) Dwight re-signing and ending up at Staples. There's another one for your list.

Jun 26th 2007

Now, the question is, how many of these are intentional double meanings and how many are we drawing conclusions about?

Jun 26th 2007

Boys and Girls is both about how woman and men treat each other in the office, and in relationships (pam/roy/jim)

Jun 26th 2007

The Pilot was also about an airline pilot who has a crisis of conscience after he helps bilk an HMO out of millions of dollars to avenge the death of his grandmother after she was refused routine treatment for her gall bladder.

Oh wait, no it wasn't.

Jun 26th 2007

Now, the question is, how many of these are intentional double meanings and how many are we drawing conclusions about?

I would say that at least "The Injury", "The Secret", and "The Return" were intentional, and "The Job" and "Initiation" probably were. Other than that, we may be stretching it. I think one should always be wary of episodes that are called "The _".

Jun 26th 2007

I think one should always be wary of episodes that are called "The _".

Is this some sort of cryptic warning, Future Boy?

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