Yeah I said that wrong.
Howard definitely instigated it, but Artie blamed Howard's instigation for him going over the edge and freaking out. When Artie came back in the studio he kept implying that Howard wanted it to go that far. Howard's been bringing arguments onto the show for decades without people assaulting each other. I don't know what Artie was expecting when he was screaming at another staff member (in those hallways of all places) during the break. Getting everything out on air is the whole philosophy of the show. Artie kept saying "I've done this before!" as if he has the impulse-control of a retard or a female or something, and it made him look really bad for promising that it'd never happen again. Because when it comes down to it, Artie never had to take any serious heat on the show the way Jackie, Fred, Robin, Gary, Scott, and every single other person in the building did/does.
It's kind of like when AJ sucker-punched Stuttering John in the face just because he kept letting negative callers through. It makes me think A.J. and Artie didn't "get" the show as much as they would have really liked to. On the other hand, JD is someone who truly understands ball busting. I love when Howard will sit there and make fun of every little detail of JD's life for an hour, and then when JD thinks he's done and starts to leave Howard says "Don't go yet...uh...what else is going on with you?"
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