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. Oscar is offended again, Stanley's always hated them (PB&J), and even Phyllis is having issues. The Toby thing (jesus toby, by the way) also happened on his watch, whether or not it was his fault (and maybe it is Jim's fault. Jim and Pam are a established work couple, but they do walk the line of PDA "H.R. No-no" in their relationship. Maybe it drove Toby to the edge, which can happen. I really should close this paraenthesis.)
- Meredith can't buy a break this season. - Andy and Angela are the best couple, but that's like 88% Andy there. - First time since he got dumped that I've seen Dwight on point. The way he took command of both the girls to get in the club and then helping Ryan out. I wonder if it was in the back of the writer's mind to contrast Dwight/Jim tonight. Dwight's been so focused on plotting against Andy that maybe he needs a round against the reeling Jim to further boost his confidence.
Interesting, seeing Jim as the designated dick of the night.
I really didn't get anything from this episode. I will admit, however, after two new episodes without seeing much (if any) of the supporting staff, and countless months of reruns due to the strike, it was very nice seeing everyone again.
I hope that Toby stays. He's one of my favorite characters on the show.
Originally posted by BigDaddyLocoI don't think Toby is really going to leave, which will just make the situation that much more awkward in the future. It should be great.
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One cast member is leaving to do the Office spin-off that debuts after the Super Bowl next year. It's not necessarily Toby (it could be a tease,) and I don't think he'd play well as a main character, but it's a possibility.
I'll try to get his people to call your people, but seriously, if this is a smash, I would think somebody trying to option other acts from the same time period with similarly interesting stores (and Ice definitely qualifies) would be a no-brainer....