The Office

Season 4 Episode 16

Did I Stutter?

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM May 01, 2008 on NBC
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Episode Summary


After Stanley snaps at Michael during a meeting, Toby tries to convince him that Stanley needs to be dealt with. Dwight buys Andy's car. Pam's forced to wear old glasses instead of her contacts.

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  • Did I say this was a good episode?

    This was a rare episode is that it was about Stanley. He was always a guy who kept to himself and didn't help out other people. The only ambition he shows is when it's pretzel day or he gets to leave early. He has always had a rock realtionship with Michael. In yet another meeting, he pushed him too far and Stanley yells at Michael. The scene was done very good. While I understand Michael can be well Michel I think Stanley did cross a line. Toby suggests to Michael that he deal with Stanley and in classic Michael fashion he finds any way to avoid it. The chart that Dwight made was pretty interesting. If you have the Season 4 DVD, you can see it. It was funny the suggestion that Darryl made for Michael on how to deal with Stanley. It was too bad you never got to see it done on Stanley. The final confrontation between Michael and Stanley was made not to be funny but I enjoyed it.

    There was not much a second storyline. There were actually two. Pam having to wear glasses and people reactions, especially Michael were amusing. The storyline of Andy's car was also good. It set up something that would happen later on. Speaking of setting things up. Ryan gives Jim a job warning. It was kind of surprising and a little mean of Toby. I think he did it not because he likes Pam but he's leaving soon.

    This was a good episode not because of the laughs but this didn't a full season or to be set up from a previous episode.moreless
  • Stanley disrespects Michael in front of the whole office, Dwight buys Andy's X-Terra, and Pam is forced to wear her backup glasses.

    The one thing that is great about The Office is that the show can go on and not really need to follow a consistent plot. Not one time during this episode was mentioned that the Dunder Mifflin employees were locked in the previous week or the fact that Toby basically molested Pam in front of the whole staff, nor was Ryan's drug problem brought up. I, myself, do not mind this because I know that there are two more episodes before the end of the season, so they have plenty of time to bring those stories back. Getting back to this episode though, Stanley decides to mouth off to Michael at a meeting with the whole office staff. Michael was looking for ideas from the team and when he got to Stanley, doing a crossword puzzle as usual, firmly told Michael he didn't want to participate and then asked him if he stuttered. Whoa Stanley, where did this come from? Michael, feeling ashamed and embarassed, goes to his office, where Toby tells him that he has to discipline Stanley for being insubordinate. Michael has another plan of action and decides to get the whole office involved on fake firing Stanley. We'll get back to that. Hey, Andy is selling his car. He owns a Nissan X-Terra and has a poster up in the break room. Dwight sees this as a chance to get a new plow for the farm, so he tells Andy that he will take the SUV off his hands for $1500 less than what Andy asked. Andy reluctantly agrees after Dwight's in-your-face style of business. And of course, what does Dwight do? Flips it for more than he paid, more than what Andy has originally asked. Think he is still bitter about Angela? Maybe a little. Pam had no contact solution so she was stuck wearing her old back-up glasses after she spent the night at a "friend's" house. It was pretty funny when Pam was trying to function without her glasses because she could not see and I definitely can relate to that! Finally, in front of the whole staff, Michael decides to fake-fire Stanley and upon hearing this, Stanley goes off on Michael citing all of his mistakes over the years. Michael kicks everyone out of the office, except for Stanley, and starts to cry a little, asking why he always picks on him? After talking it out and telling Stanley that he simply cannot talk to him like that, Michael and Stanley are ok. Just a great episode that really had no relevance in the story line but definitely an instant classic episode!moreless
  • Not funny, just sad. It was just plain uncomfortable to watch.

    I didn't laugh at all at this episode. The characters I usually love were mean, bitter, and hostile. Dwight was exceedingly aggressive and crazy, and not in an amusing way. The confrontation between Stanley and Michael was awkward and painful to watch. Usually, this show does a great job of making awkward moments funny, but this episode was full of moments that were just plain heartbreaking. Everyone was mean to Pam because of her glasses, and Toby, who is normally sweet and sensitive, was cutthroat and ratted out Jim because he is jealous. This episode was too close to the painful realities of real life relationships going sour, and I didn't like it at all.moreless
  • Stanley speaks up to Michael.

    Season 4 of The Office is like a string of bad dreams. You used to have good dreams, but every once and awhile you have a bunch of rough nights. They could be from seeing a horror movie, or having a bad experience in life, but those few weeks make your sleep seem even worse.

    Why has Season 4 been bad? Well, the episodes have all started off poorly. Weak openings, lame openings, even painful to watch beginnings have plagued the show.

    The plotlines have just lacked any direction, or even a reason for the viewer to stay tuned. The typical humdrum The Office brings up is really getting old. The fact that they chose to have a 22 minute episode revolving around Stanley shows how desperate the show has become. Reminiscent of Seinfeld after Larry David left, the show is just lacking what made it unique, and has amended itself into a generic hump of human waste.

    Dwight has become one of the most irritating cast members. After incredibly quotable lines in Seasons 1-3, Dwight has produced less memorable lines than a NBA game on TNT with Doug Collins commentating. Pam wearing glasses was a failed attempt to create some entertainment from her character. Jenna Fischer's horrible acting was protected during Seasons 1-3, but her flaws have really shown this year.

    BJ Novak is almost the opposite of funny, as his lines are just so poorly delivered. His character changes nearly every episode instead of being carefully constructed like an Emmy-winning show should do. While we can savor the fact that his role has been reduced this year, his intolerable personality still plagues my TV screen on a weekly basis. Michael is another example of a character that has lost direction completely. His doltish behavior is in no way believable, and his overrated acting only brings down the show. His moments in previous seasons were awkward, yet amusing, but now they've simply become awkward. His rant at the end of the episode made me want to throw a rock through the TV, and the only reason I didn't was because it would not be a wise financial decision. I like to think things through before doing them, something the production team should've done before sending this episode to air.

    The object of a television show is to leave the viewer wanting more. The Office is a rare example of wanting less than from a show. Remember when the clock seemed like it moved so slowly during math class? Yeah, that same feeling happens at 9:00 on NBC.moreless
  • 412

    Another good episode from The Office, as I started watching it, I honestly didn't think it was going to be a good episode, but by the end, I found myself laughing all the way through. So now Creed & Kevin are falling in love with Pam? Seriously, what's up with that? The definite highlight of this episode was everyone making fun of Pam's glasses, especially Michael, it was just absolutely hysterical. Toby ratting out Jim was also funny, we got a bit of a follow up from the last episode which I certainly enjoyed. The Michael and Stanley confrontation was also quite funny, I also enjoyed Dwight and Andy bumping heads, this season is definitely improving, lets just hope it continues to improve.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Toby: I really think that you need to address what happened with Stanley this morning.
      Michael: (sighs) What are you blabbering about? Nothing happened.
      Toby: Well, you know, Stanley was openly insubordinate.
      Michael: That, in the conference room?
      Toby: Yeah.
      Michael: We were joshing around, the two of us. And he said, "Did I stutter?" And I said, "Wh-wh-wh-what, dog?" It was joking, Toby, all right?
      Toby: He didn't seem like he was joking.
      Michael: Well, you don't get it, because Stanley is a beautiful, sassy, powerful black man, and you're you. If you had any friends, you would understand. Friends joke with one another. "Hey, um, you're poor." - "Well, hey, your mama's dead." That's what friends do. It's... You're so white.

    • Kevin: It's Michael versus Stanley, and it's the Clash of the Titans!

    • Michael: Have you ever been in a gang ?
      Darryl: Yes, I have.
      Michael: I knew it !

    • Creed: A lot of jazz cats are blind, but they can play the piano like nobody's business. I'd like to put the piano in front of Pam, without her glasses, and see what happens. I'd also like to see her topless.

    • Dwight: (putting Michael's face in the wet cement) Force it in as deep as you can.
      Michael: That's what she said.

    • Michael: Oh, my God, Pam, those make you look so ugly. Umm, Pam, in order to get hotter, you take the glasses off. You're moving in the wrong direction.
      Pam: I don't have my contacts.
      Michael: (jibberish) I can't even hear you. It's just noise coming out of an ugly scientist.

    • Dwight: Angela and Andy seem very happy. I hope nothing horrible ever happens to them.

    • Dwight: I've got a Mad Lib for you: A stupid, idiotic numbskull named Andy Bernard sold his Xterra to a smart and capable man named Dwight. This is shaping up to be an awesome day for Dwight!

    • Andy: (reading a Mad Lib Angela did) The tall man entered the nice building to visit a very nice man. Sit down, Mr. Smith. Can I interest you in any good cat food?

  • NOTES (3)

    • Dwight mentions that the pink dots on the chart are the menstrual cycles of all the women in the office. In many of the DVD Commentaries, Jenna Fisher (Pam), commented that she felt Dwight would know all the cycles of the women, so it is possible the writers wrote that in because of what she said. Oddly enough, in the commentary for this episode, nothing is said about it.

    • The French episode title is "Stanley se fâche (est ce que j'ai begayé?)", meaning "Stanley Gets Angry (Did I Stutter?)" The Spanish title is "Respeto", meaning "Respect".

    • Dwight's Dunder Mifflin Scranton organizational chart is available to view and/or download as a PDF on NBC's website. It is also included (with pictures) on the Season 4 DVD boxed set.


    • When Michael asks if he was in a gang Darryl claims membership in three gangs featured in the movies: The Latin Kings (from 2003 documentary The Latin Kings: A Street Gang Story), The Warriors (from the 1979 cult movie of the same name) and the Newsies (from the 1992 same-named movie about paperboys on strike).