I truly have not understood where all the negativity concerning the show has come from this past year. The show has been just as great as it has always been. If you did not find this episode funny, I just give up; none of you have senses of humor, as this was just more printed gold.
The slideshow presentation of "turn-on" pictures was classic Michael. Brilliant follow-up to the manager hilarity from Date Mike. There was really no difference in subtlety between normal Michael and Date Mike this time around though. The awkwardness really ramped up there at the end, and Michael's last-minute mad dash was the best. "Oh, you are still here. I have your baguette."
The B-story with Dwight and Darryl and Kelly was amazing. Everything surrounding Darryl this season has been great, but his reaction to Dwight's questioning of his skills was money. All the Dwight/Kelly interaction was a nice callback to the earlier seasons. It hadn't been seen much since then and it definitely clicked this episode. Caucasians, amirite? Dwight's reaction when Kelly was accepted seemed like the ending from a while ago when Ryan shook hands with Dwight over the diabolical plan. Foreshadowing of more interoffice scheming! And of course the mandatory Ryan one-shot was hilarious, from temp to VP to jail to temp again to riding Kelly's training coattails.
"I stopped by your desk like 15 times a day." "I was after your money!" "Well, joke's on you." - The PB&J talking heads were awesome. They have a certain 'give-and-take', you might say.
"I can't stop myself from kissing her." "Now you know how I feel sitting next to those M&Ms all day." "Why don't you just move the M&Ms?" "WHY DON'T YOU JUST SHUT UP?!"
Michigan against the SEC: 20-5-1 (7-3 in bowl games)
It was fine, one of the better efforts in a season that, no, is not up to the standards of season two and three. The negativity has come from season six not being nearly as sharp as the show in its prime, particularly with the humor being much broader and not always succeeding. As funny as any quote from this episode might have been, pull a random season two ep and you'll find twice as many that are funnier.
The last two episodes have been a step up from the blah middle of this season, but it's still the third best show on NBC Thursday this year.
Very good rebound from last week. A lot of Jim and Pam but mostly as comic relief to Michael's painfully awkward attempts at getting Donna to like him. It was welcomed.
The fine line that the show walks is that between funny discomfort and just discomfort. When the show misses, it seems to be because they crossed the line on the wrong side, but sometimes, like at the end of this episode when Michael JUST COULD NOT RESIST TRYING TO KISS THAT POOR WOMAN, they get it right. And it's great.
And no, it's not season two or three when they were always on, but this one was on.
Originally posted by BoromirMarkI truly have not understood where all the negativity concerning the show has come from this past year. The show has been just as great as it has always been. If you did not find this episode funny, I just give up; none of you have senses of humor, as this was just more printed gold.
Is saying that everything they've ever done is one long continuum of equal greatness indicative a more nuanced sense of humor? I'm actually not on the boo train; I've laughed plenty, and I think the actors are nailing some bits, esp. Erin. I like the simple episodes where they just do a low-key story in the office. I don't think it's anywhere near as tight and refined in its comedy as it used to be, but it's doing quality work. I still think it's a discredit to how immensely good earlier seasons were to say it's all been one undeviating level of good.
Originally posted by PeterStorkit's still the third best show on NBC Thursday this year.
I'm gonna agree with DJP again and say that this week was a huge step up over last week's debacle of a show. It would have been nice to see some kind of follow-up on the Andy-Erin thing, but I'll take a funny episode where I can find it at this point.
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I don't get all the competition over which show is funniest. I love all the NBC comedies. I'll gladly take a mediocre 6th season Office as the worst show in a two hour comedy block, because if that's setting the low-end, then I know I'll enjoy the whole night (and I am).
As for this episode, I love Erin's comments with Dwight when he was recruiting Oscar and Stanley. And Kelly is evil.
Jim's reactions when disagreeing with Pam were funny. I like that he doesn't know how to deal with that.
I enjoy the awkwardness of the Sabre rep.
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I liked this episode because of all the side office humor, but Michael seeking love is no longer funny to me. I used to find his love life funny, now they just seem painful and take me away from the parts of the show that I do enjoy.
I'll go with 3rd funniest show on Thursday, since I have never been a fan of 30 Rock.
Originally posted by OliverI can't stand that show!
The first episode was funny ONLY because Larry David, Madonna, and Ricky Gervais seemed to be entirely aware that they were on a train wreck of a show and seemed to have no qualms about reveling in its stupidity. Larry David was basically playing his alter-ego on Curb Your Enthusiasm, which, to me, is always funny and never gets old.
As far a The Office goes, when the show is focused on the relate-able absurdities of every day office life, it hits on all cylinders. I actually had to attend a Sexual Harassment Training (yes, that's actually what they called it) - and all I could think of during the "seminar" was how much better it would be if there was a blowup doll.
The main issue I have is that they've all but destroyed Michael as the bumbling manager against whom the rest of the office is working. He's a pretty sympathetic character at this point. I think that the Sabre rep (whatever his name is) is a PERFECT foil for the rest of the office, and really show take Michael's place as the bumbling, incompetent manager as more of a focal point of the show. Frankly, I have little interest in watching Michael date yet another woman - he should end up with Holly and that should be the end of it.
Originally posted by Leroy ... he should end up with Holly and that should be the end of it.
I think that's where they're heading. Michael has racked up a short but disastrous list of would-be girlfriends since Holly left and that seems to be the basis for the sympathy that he garners. Michael being happy and the office seeing him finally be happy (and us seeing him be happy) is natural and seemingly fitting for the finale or at least approaching it.
I don't know if I'm rooting for anyone else, although I was rooting for Andy and Erin until the first date/foster brother episode. I think Oscar with eventually get with the dummy in the warehouse, but everyone else is just better single and miserable.
So happy this show is back on...and Green Lantern was great too, with the steampunk episode. There's so many plot/character threads to remember after all this time off, but I'm glad to be reminded of 'em all.