Dwight: What's your daughter's name again? Pee Pee?
Dwight: Peepa. That's great.
Ridiculous, right? But also kind of genius. I think part of what makes Dwight such a hilarious character is how rigid and serious he is, how even when it's clear that someone is pulling his leg or giving him the runaround, he always sticks to their logic, even if it doesn't make any sense. Like here. Peepa is clearly a ridiculous name, and Jim is clearly joking with Dwight. But Dwight takes Jim's joke at face value without even missing a beat.
It's like when Dwight and Jim get into a fight over the Party Planning Committee and the Committee to Plan Parties:
Jim: As ranking number two in this office, I am starting a committee to determine the validity of the two committees, and I am the sole member of the committee. The committee acts on this now.
Dwight: OK, this is stupid.
Jim: Could you please keep it down? I'm in session. [long pause] I have determined that this committee is valid.
Dwight: What? No! No! Wait! Wait, wait, wait. [thinks about it] Permission to join the Validity Committee?
Jim: Permission denied.
Dwight: Damn it.
Instead of calling out Jim, Dwight plays by his rules, even though they're clearly ridiculous and meant to get a rise out of him. He's so trusting and rule-bound that even when people are simply making things up to get the better of him, he unwittingly plays along. And I think it's hilarious!
Like when Jim moves Dwight's desk to the bathroom:
When Jim calls Dwight's phone line, he simply sits down and starts answering Jim's questions matter-of-factly. Because that's what you do when your phone rings. Even if your desk is in the bathroom.
Does anyone else like The Office? What's one of your favorite quotes?