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Anger Management
Season 3, Episode 1
Dan-Vs.-Anger-Management 3
Air date November 17, 2012
Written by Chris Pearson
Directed by Ashley Lenz
Episode guide
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"Anger Management" is the first episode of season three and episode 41 in the series overall.


Dan is forced to take a course in anger management to control his destructive instincts and finds a kindred spirit in Amber, the mild-mannered but incredibly unstable class instructor.


After Dan nearly destroys the world using the US government's nuclear armament, only being narrowly stopped by Elise, he is taken to court, where the judge gives him a choice between 10 years in prison or four weeks of anger management class (along with Chris), the latter of which he reluctantly chooses. Dan and Chris are brought into the class by instructor, Amber (voiced by Jenna Fischer), who also introduces them to the other class members. The two take an emotion evaluation test, where Dan discovers he is ranked 80% out of an anger value of 1 - 50%, while Chris comes to the realization that he is repressing his own anger through excessive eating.

The next day, Dan incites a riot after a car alarm goes off, upon which the rest of the class wreck Amber's car and proceed to set it on fire. Dan and Chris both apologize, while Amber tries to suppress her anger. She later orders the two to collect trash at a local elementary school, where a passing motorist tosses litter at Amber, which irks her even more. Dan uses this to his advantage and confronts Amber, where he successfully coaxes her into enacting revenge on the litterer. They track down the man's home and trash his vehicle, tossing a trash bin at him in order to knock him out. They then proceed to Ninja Dave's for cookies, where Dan attempts to romance her, but she reveals she had no such intent. She then plots against a high school classmate, using the fact that Dan must pass his anger management coursework to force him into helping.

Dan wakes Chris and Elise during the night, where he vents his frustration about his latest development. At home, while kicking household furniture in frustration, Dan finds his course textbook and decides to read it in order to use the techniques therein.

On the final course day, Chris snaps and unleashes his anger by releasing garbage onto school grounds, which pushes Amber to her breaking point. She unleashes a hedge trimmer and attempts to demolish Chris, who climbs up into a tree. During this, Elise arrives with the judge in order to attend Dan's anger management graduation, only to discover the chaos that had amassed. Dan enlists the rest of the class to talk Amber down and provide her moral support. The judge, impressed by Dan's handling of the situation, decides he and Chris are free to leave once they are able to clean up the mess. However, the sight of nearby squirrels reminds Dan of his earlier vengeance and he chases after them in a fresh bout of rage.


  • An episode of Robot and Monster is also called Anger Management.
    • Except this one was about calming yourself
  • Dan seemed pretty upset when he saw the word mother meaning that his mother didn't treat him very well.

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