The Triangled Web, Part 1
Later, Jimmy Barclay walks in followed by Jack Davis and Curt Stevens. Jimmy is working in a television station, Curt is working as a sales man and Jack is about to finish college. Lucy Cunningham-Schultz then strolls in. Immediately after she walks in Jack, Jimmy and Curt all become awkwardly quiet.
In a conversation with Connie, Jimmy reveals that he's had a long-time crush on Lucy and Connie encourages him to pursue Lucy. At the same time Jack reveals to Whit that he and Lucy were dating for four years and that he's at a crossroads as to whether to commit. In another radio conversation, this time with Jared DeWhite it's revealed he works for the CIA and that he still believes both the President and congress are aliens. Meanwhile Jack, Curt, Jimmy, and Lucy all stop by Odyssey High School. Bernard Walton lets them in to look around. Curt talks with him and reveals that he and Lucy were together in high school, but he stood her up on their last date and Bernard encourages him to make up with her.
After stopping by a seafood place with Jimmy, Jack, and Curt, Lucy talks about how she misses all three of them and all three of them take it as hints as to what kind of relationship she wants with each individual. Jimmy takes it as a sign that she wants a relationship with him and talks to Connie about it who suggests he takes her on an Imagination Station adventure together. Jack thinks Lucy wants to marry him and after talking with Whit decides to talk to her about committing to her at the Gazebo. Curt meanwhile thinks that she wants to get back with him and Bernard encourages him to make a date at the Odyssey Elementary School cafeteria. The episode ends with all three making plans.
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- This episode's title is based on #464: “The Triangle, Part 1”, #465: “The Triangle, Part 2” and #12: “The Tangled Web”.
- Jared DeWhite mentions a memory eraser in his conversation with Connie — something mentioned back in #478: “Strange Boy in a Strange Land”.
- The actress and actor playing Lucy and Jack are married in real life. This episode is a way of getting their characters together to reflect the actors' real-life relationship.
- This is Lucy's first appearance since 1996, Jack's first appearance since 1994, and Curt's first appearance since 1992. Interestingly, Jimmy and Jack had not interacted in a scene together since #75: “Connie Goes to Camp, Part 2”; Jimmy and Curt since #117: “The Trouble with Girls”; and Jimmy and Lucy since #141: “Over the Airwaves”.
- Jimmy references the events #62: “Let This Mind Be in You”, specifically Connie's poor advice to him in that episode.
- Jimmy's description of Imagination Station adventures involving being beaten by Egyptians is likely a reference to his adventure with his father in #190: “Moses: The Passover, Part 1” and #191: “Moses: The Passover, Part 2”; fleeing from rebel soldiers, his adventure in #104: “Lincoln, Part 1” and #105: “Lincoln, Part 2”.
- Jack's position as an "Assistant to the Assistant Manager's Assistant" is likely based on the character Dwight Schrute's fictional self-created position at Dunder Mifflin on the American comedy series The Office.
- Bernard jokingly calls Curt Casanova after the 18th-century Italian Giacomo Casanova.
QuotesLawrence Hodges: I...wrecked the flight simulator.
Connie Kendall: How did you do that?? A flight simulator doesn't move, right?
Lawrence Hodges: No, not normally.
Connie Kendall: Isn't that kinda like crashing an exercise bike?
Lawrence Hodges: Yes, except, this exercise bike cost three million dollars.
Curt Stevens: She really liked me.
Bernard Walton: What's not to like?
Curt Stevens: Exactly.
John Whittaker: It's just a part of growing up - adjusting to the seasons we go through.
Connie Kendall: It does feel a little like winter in here all of a sudden.
Lawrence Hodges: I wrecked a flight simulator...
Connie Kendall: How did you do that? A flight simulator doesn't move right?
Lawrence Hodges: No, not normally.
Connie Kendall: Isn't that kinda like crashing a exercise bike?
Curt Stevens: I'm glad you asked, Connie. Has this ever happened to you? You're walking down the street and you drop your keys. Isn't it a pain to bend down and get them?
Connie Kendall: Well, not real—
Curt Stevens: Exactly. Now with the new Vacu-Grab, you don't have to.
Connie Kendall: The Vacu-Grab?
Curt Stevens: It's portable, retractable, and can fit right into your purse. Just take it out, retract it, turn it on, grab the keys, un-retract it, open the special containment unit built right in, and voila! You've got your keys.
Jimmy Barclay: So, instead of going through all of that...why not just bend down and pick up your keys?
Curt Stevens: ...It retracts, Jimmy.
Jimmy Barclay: You think being beaten by Egyptians or being chased by rebel soldiers is conducive to romantic discussion?