Will Ferrell is virtuoso but, I mean, this thing was weird. I like how they explained away his multiple personalities (every shade of the Ferrell rainbow) as a management technique. And that's the end of his character? Dunked to death? Geez.
Listen man, this was so weird! More breathing room for the whole cast -- how odd to watch them sit around in the break room and talk and not have it be reacting to something Michael was doing, elsewhere.
I guess what the real show will be starts now, post-Ferrell. But like. What. It was like that episode of Seinfeld they wanted to do in the last season called The Bench where it was just the ancillary characters. At least there'll be more time for Ryan, way to hang on to that credits spot, BJ Novak.
Out of the four, this is the only episode where I really even liked Ferrell. Seemed much better not having him and Carell try to compete for screen time. I know they were both in Anchorman together, but other than the bar scene, I didn't like their chemistry. It was too much.
First post-Carell episode was pretty good. I was curious if they'd keep him in the credits to finish out the year, but he was gone from all of them. I think the adjustment is easier than I thought it would be. Although really, until next season, who knows? n
Charlie Grandy's episodes always felt a bit off to me as compared to Office eps by other writers, so I'm still not sure what to think of the post-Michael era.
"It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone." --- Bart Giamatti, on baseball
Considering how weak the post-credit tag was, they should have written Ferrell out by implying the net and backboard had decapitated him, like Ed Truck. That way, we could assume that there's a curse awaiting whoever takes over the office next, which Michael only avoided it by quitting. Otherwise he would have eventually lost his head to the baler. Also, we'd never have to see Vickers again.
I didn't even find this episode to be really funny, but Kevin and to a smaller extent Gabe stole the episode for me. And yeah, I love Ferrell, but his stuff on this show hasn't done it for me.
"Put on your helmets, we'll be reaching speeds of 3!" "It was nice of you to give that dead woman another chance." "All right, look alive everybody...oh sorry Susan."- MST3K: Space Mutiny Click Here (myspace.com)
I can't believe that that many people only watched for Steve Carrell, and I'm surprised that if people were that fickle they wouldn't be curious to see how the show would fare without him. There has to be another reason for this. It was Cinco de Mayo so maybe more people went out than normal. The ratings drop seems portentious, but I suppose the real test will be next season.
As for the episode itself, it wasn't what I expected. Last week ended with Dwight and Jim looking at each other as they seemed to realize Vickers was insane and I was expecting them to have to team up to save the office. Instead we had everyone sucking up to Vickers. I wonder how much time was supposed to have passed since last week.
I liked Vickers' early line about Kevin figuring him out. Ryan weaseling his way into being Kelly's boss was good, but if Vickers is gone now I don't suppose that will keep.
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Whew, I am glad I qualified for that free pass! I thought it was fair, not great, and I've definitely seen worse. Hoffman and Natalie Portman were bland and there for the check at best, but I enjoyed Jason Bateman as The Accountant.