They seemed to get back with Michael being someone who means well and fails as opposed to a cartoonish dolt this week. The level they go at is usually relative to whatever the plot is in a given episode. But this was a total Carell Showcase this week, with an assist of a golden reaction shot from a Cat Puppet (Edward R. Meow~).
But great episode, and if I quote one line from it, I'll end up quoting the whole thing, since it was one thing after another after another, so much so that the God-awful version of "Teach Your Children Well" that most weeks would have been a 3-Stars-Of-The-Game highlight was a mere afterthought this week.
I loved how we finally got to meet Stanley's daughter, after the discussion about her picture back in the Sexual Harassment episode. I also loved how she was hitting on Ryan and Ryan was the one who got chewed out for it. Plus, Ryan's interactions with Kelly are always amusing. Another great episode.
On a related note, I just stumbled on this (zap2it.com).
Apparently, over the summer, NBC will we airing 10 web-only episodes, or 'webisodes', if you will. The plot will be the accounting staff (Angela, Oscar, and Kevin) looking for some missing money. This should be fun. The article mentions that the episodes will stream at NBC.com, so hopefully that means they will be free.
[quote JoshMann with an assist of a golden reaction shot from a Cat Puppet (Edward R. Meow~)
Is is it possible for a puppet to win a best supporting actor Emmy? Not the funniest episode at all, but nice character development. This show is really blink-and-you'll-miss-it with reaction shots, one-liners, etc. The Scranton local references go over my head, but it's nice to know they're adding setting specific details.
"Abraham Lincoln once said, "If you are a racist, I will attack you with The North"," -Michael Scott, The Office
Looks like this clinches that this season will be centered around Jim's struggles to avoid morphing into Agent Michael Scarn. For the second time in like four episodes or so, Jim reaches out and commits four serious errors in judgment.