For the webisode, see The Accountants: Stanley

Stanley James Hudson, is a fictional character played by Leslie David Baker in the television series The Office. He was a salesman sitting across from Phyllis Lapin-Vance at Dunder Mifflin Scranton.

Season 1

Stanley works hard at cross word puzzles. Stanley is a long-time worker at Dunder Mifflin; he's been divorced and has a daughter from his first marriage. There is a picture of his daughter hanging over his desk that Michael tends to stare at, despite the fact she's in Catholic school and only in the 8th grade. He later takes down the picture, because Michael makes a comment about it that Stanley finds very offensive. He hates Michael with a passion and even saying that he would not piss on Michael if he were on fire, and was very happy to hear he was getting laid off, even though the rumor was false.

Season 2

Stanley works hard at cross word puzzles. Teri (or Terry) is the name of his new wife. When he brings his daughter to work, she tries to flirt with Ryan. Kelly sees this and tells Stanley out of jealousy. Stanley takes Ryan into the break room and yells at him for flirting.

Season 3

Stanley works hard at cross word puzzles. A notable line of his is: "I wake up every morning in a bed that’s too small, drive my daughter to a school that’s too expensive, and then I go to work to a job for which I get paid too little, but on pretzel day? Well, I like pretzel day..." "Pretzel day" refers to the annual day on which the employees are given complementary baked pretzels, which he greatly enjoys. It is the only time Stanley gets along with Michael, who shares his love for Pretzel Day.

Season 4

Stanley is known as the sassy man at the office. Also, the manager of Utica branch, Karen, tries to get Stanley to join her. Michael, Dwight, and Jim go there to stop her and succeed to get Stanley to stay. Then as always not doing work and on a crossword, Stanley yells at Michael "Did I Stutter?!" in the episode called Did I Stutter? . Michael fake fires Stanley who immediately threatens to sue Michael and tells him that he does not respect him, and once he learns it is fake he becomes even more furious. Michael kicks everyone out of the office for the day, and in the end Michael and Stanley argue. In the end Stanley stays and continues doing cross-words at work.

Season 5

Stanley continues with work until Stress Relief. Dwight fakes a fire and everyone freaks out. Stanley has a mild heart attack. When he returns, his doctor has told him that if Stanley keeps getting stressed, he will die. Now, Stanley has a stress monitor. When Michael is near are the times where Stanley is the most stressed. Thus the "New Boss" stops letting him do crossword puzzles later on.

Season 6

Stanley starts having an affair with another woman, Cynthia, revealed by him to be his nurse when he was in rehabilitation.

Season 8

In "The List", Stanley was put on what was considered the "bad side" of Robert California's (the new CEO's) list. Later in that episode, Andy (the new boss replacing Michael) defends him to Robert's face saying "...did you know that he [Stanley] has the most consistently high sales numbers in this office? And you may think that he's hard to love, but did you know that he is in not one, but two long term romantic relationships?" Stanley has also started doing this thing, where it sounds like he's giving advice, but then says "and shove it up your butt."

Season 9

Stanley retires from Dunder-Mifflin and moves to Florida. He later returns for the reunion, where he reveals that he now carves wooden birds as a hobby. He also carved a Phyllis one.


  • Stanley has worked at Dunder-Mifflin for 22 years.
  • A line in "Survivor Man" seems to indicate that Stanley may be diabetic. This is later confirmed when Stanley talks of taking shots of insulin.
  • In the episode Gay Witch Hunt, Stanley implies he has 2 toasters at his house, one of which was intended to be a wedding gift to Pam and Roy, but the wedding was canceled. He states he tried to return the toaster, but was unable to do so because the store claimed they "no longer sold that kind of toaster". He even tries to give the same toaster to Bob and Phyllis, only to find that Jim had gotten the marrying couple a toaster as well.
  • Hired in 1989, Stanley was Dunder Mifflin's first black employee, according to the timeline on


  • "I got them [Pam and Roy] a toaster. I tried to return the toaster, but the store said they no longer sold that kind of toaster, so my house now has two toasters."
  • "I wake up every morning in a bed that’s too small, drive my daughter to a school that’s too expensive, and then I go to work to a job for which I get paid too little, but on pretzel day? Well, I like pretzel day..."
  • "Yes, I have a dream, and it's not an MLK dream for equality. I want to own a decommisioned lighthouse. And I live at the top, and no one knows that I live there. And there's a button that I can press, that shoots the lighthouse... into space."
  • "Boy, have you lost your mind, 'cause I will help you find it!"
  • "Are you out of your damn little pea-sized mind?"
  • "It's like I used to tell my wife: I do not apologize unless I think I'm wrong, and if you don't like it, you can leave. I say the same thing to my current wife, and I'll say it to my next one too."
  • "I'll give a million Stanley Nickles if you never speak to me again." (Dwight: What's the ratio of Stanley Nickles to Shrute Bucks?) "The same ratio of unicorns to leprechauns."
  • "Did I stutter!?"
  • "...and stick it straight up your candy ass"


Stanley appears and has lines in every episode, with the following exceptions:

Characters of The Office

Main characters

Michael Scott | Dwight Schrute | Jim Halpert | Pam Beesly | Ryan Howard | Andy Bernard | Kevin Malone | Stanley Hudson | Angela Martin | Phyllis Vance | Meredith Palmer | Creed Bratton | Oscar Martinez | Kelly Kapoor | Toby Flenderson | Darryl Philbin | Erin Hannon | Gabe Lewis

Other characters

Jan Levinson | David Wallace | Nellie Bertram | Roy Anderson | Karen Filippelli | Robert California | Bob Vance | Hank Tate | Pete Miller | Clark Green | Nate Nickerson | Holly Flax | Todd Packer | Robert Lipton | Glenn | Mose Schrute | Cathy Simms

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