positives: Something quasi-approaching real stakes, and a nice meaningful focus on Jim and Dwight's relationship. That was cool!
negatives: They basically laid their cards down that this whole season -- an entire season of episodes that they wrote and made and put on television -- was one long stall until they could bring in (the apparently fundamentally vital) Catherine Tate. So ... time well spent. At least things can start being super good now that they have full Tate capabilities, which I'm sure they will. I kind of think the only reason the show is still going at all is just so Paul Lieberstein can be near her and win her heart. It's like a romantic comedy contrivance.
Sad/mad Leaving Florida Stanley staring out the window sulking was pretty cool.
I don't care for Tate at all. But Packer getting the boot was nice, as was Dwight walking in late, hearing everything was going south, and getting such a jilted look knowing A)the effort he gave was lost, and B)his nemesis Jim was telling the truth.
I just can't see it being as good back in Scranton. The dynamic of the Florida crew was terrific.
Andy fleeing to try to get Erin back wasn't expected, I wonder how that's going to play out.
This was one of the few (only?) new shows I was really interested in checking out. Like Kim, I too immediately compared it to Arrested Development, especially when the mom was consoling the daughter (don't really have the names down yet). It was....