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Deputy Marshall

Since: 28.6.04
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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.44
Great finish for the season, I thought. It was fun to see that one of Michael's normally clueless suspicions (both Jen and Carol being involved in a love triangle) actually turned out to be true. The highlight for me, though, was the entire scene where Michael talks about what charity the proceeds from Casino Night will go to.

The scene where Jim confesses to Pam was painful to watch, in a good way. I felt they could've saved the kiss for next season, though. Just seemed sort of...Idunno. Predictable. And too soon.


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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.84
I loved the ending. I thought for sure Jim was going to tell Pam about his transfer request or something like that. I gasped when he told her he was in love with her. I hope the first episode next season picks up right at the kiss.

I'm quite impatient for the start of next season.

Almost forgot, Kevin's band was great, as was Creed's stealing of everybody's chips. Just too much to mention, and I hope they rerun all 40 minutes if they do rerun the show this summer.

(edited by Roy. on 11.5.06 2238)
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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.05
Was I the only one expecting a Jim-Jan rejection hookup?

I loved that Jim told Pam he loved her right after Roy told Jim to take care of her.

Pam looked awesome in that dress.

I can't believe that Michael had two girls chasing after him... I think I need another drink...

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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.48
    Originally posted by Deputy Marshall
    And too soon.

Yeah, I thought they gave away too much. But the confession was a great scene. Also a great scene: things Darryl taught Michael.

Since: 26.1.03
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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.44
I agree with DM about the Pam/Jim confession scene being tough to watch. And I also thought the last scene between Jim and Pam just didn't seem right. I don't know what it was, but I thought it was kind of unnecessary too.

And Eddie, I thought for a sec that Jim and Jan were going to hook up.

(edited by geemoney on 12.5.06 0004)

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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.95
I can't argue with the feelings about the Pam/Jim situation, but the interaction between Dwight and Angela at the craps table was top-notch. Also, this was the Super-Sized episode of great lines...

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I really, really can't wait to see Jenna Fischer play on Celebrity Poker Showdown.

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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.07
    Originally posted by JustinShapiro
      Originally posted by Deputy Marshall
      And too soon.

    Yeah, I thought they gave away too much. But the confession was a great scene. Also a great scene: things Darryl taught Michael.

They sorta painted themselves into a corner with Pam & Roy setting a date. SOMETHING had to happen.

And HOLY CRAP, it certainly did. I have to rewatch this before the whole thing sinks in.

Amazing, amazing episode.

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Brian P. Dermody

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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.32
Freeway is right; they had to pull the trigger one way or the other after they set the date. Otherwise they come back in September and she's married; or they put the show in a weird "it's still May" timewarp and you get wedding shower episodes and that kind of thing.

(Tangent: Does Pam have any sisters? Maybe Oscar could settle down with a nice girl.)

The only other thing they could have done is Roy's off with a Hooters girl somewhere and Pam has to call off the wedding. But then we're getting into territory already trod by "Sports Night".

One nice little grace note that they don't even mention is Ryan's tendency to get stuck in bad spots. A temp gig at Dunder-Mifflin, three months at least (and counting) with Kelly...

Other brilliant details
- Jan trying gamely to look hot but not desperate, then being forced to hold it together while conceding defeat. Melora Hardin has done a lot with what could have been a nothing character.
- Seems like Ryan has Kelly's drink committed to memory
- Phyllis was so great, dolled up like that and delighted to have her co-workers see her out with Bob Vance (Vance Refrigeration)
- Phyllis's excitement when everyone heard that Bob Vance (Vance Refrigeration) was donating a mini-fridge. ~TONGUE!
- Oscar doesn't want the money going to the Boy Scouts.
- Angela tries like hell not to smile after having a kiss stolen.
- Kevin is a champion poker player who goes from smug to crushed to elated in 30 seconds. He can act a little too.
- "...and the disabled."

Only missed opportunity I caught
- Jan telling Carol that she came down to keep an eye on things. That was begging for a cutaway to Creed.

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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.00
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I can't believe you all forgot Dwight's cheek kisses to Michael. "Jan's here."


My prediction: Jim and Pam will NOT hook up over the break. Too easy.

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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.93
    Originally posted by Brian P. Dermody
    Only missed opportunity I caught
    - Jan telling Carol that she came down to keep an eye on things. That was begging for a cutaway to Creed.

Yeah, but Michael floating by in the background, hesitating, then evacuating was *fantastic*.

"So, that's still going on, huh?"

Another great moment was Kelly's bit about Kobe Bryant's foundation. Awesome.

I had to rewatch Angela's fighting a smile. I love watching her and Dwight's interactions.

Creed just flat out admitting how much he steals and how he just gave up caring about it a long time ago. I was dying laughing at that point!

BTW, for what it's worth, I've always liked Nancy Walls - she's a cutie. Likewise, I'll echo the sentiment that Jenna Fischer looked *really* good in that dress.

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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.05
"I like to think of myself as a great philanderer."

"I'm gonna drop a deuce on everyone."

Anybody know if the season will rerun during the summer? I didn't start watching until the episode where Dwight was staking out Oscar's place to see if he was really sick.

(edited by Spaceman Spiff on 12.5.06 0843)


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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.27
This episode just confrimed that Rainn Wilson deserves the Best Supporting Actor Emmy. John Krasinski is great and I love his character, but the true test for me is, could anyone lese play their roles? And I do think that somewhere they could find someone to play Jim's character, no one could pull off Dwight's character nearly as well as Rainn does. Much like Kramer, he is a totally original character that you need the right person playing and both times with Richards and Wilson, they got it right. The whole mind moving thing with Jim worked solely becasue of Dwight. His rapid response of "I don't beleiver you continue" was hysterical followed by hsi giving the coat rack a once over and ending with him trying to move his bobble head figure. I laughed the whole time. This is atruly unique character (much like Kramer) and as long as they don;t move him too much to the forefront and away from an ensemble cast, his character should continue to excel.

Last nights show was great. All the characters got in some great lines and I especially loved Toby with the reasons why NOT to have the Boys Scouts at Casino night with the clincher of after hitting like seven reasons, he just raps it up by saying should I continue?

I am glad NBC picked up this show and I hope that they do not shuffle it around and let it settle into a night and build a stronger audience. It is a great show.

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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.79
I was never sure if Jan was there to see Michael or not. Was that ever made clear? I was shocked by the ending, I expected it would drag out with Pam and Jim a little longer, and they would just delay the wedding again. But that was a balls out move for Jim! I expect they moved forward with Jim/Pam because there is no guarantee the show will be around beyond next season. Like Arrested Development, I think it will never appeal to a large fan base. Then again, i thought that about Seinfeld in the early days on Wednesday night.

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#14 Posted on
When Jan gets into her car at the end, she picks up an overnight bag she left in the seat rather emotionally. Yeah, Jan was coming to get herself some of Michael.

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#15 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.83
It's my understanding that it's the #3 sitcom on television, behind only "Two and a Half Men" and "My Name Is Earl". (That godawful new Julia Louis-Dreyfus show hadn't premiered when I read that, so it might be ahead of it now too.) Sitcoms aren't very big anymore, but that still ought to be enough to keep it around for a good while. It's also the most downloaded show on iTunes, which might be even more important, seeing as how much advertisers cater to that 18-35 market. Plus, Steve Carell is fast becoming a bonafide movie star, and that's just going to pull more and more people in.

BOLD PREDICTION: It'll be a top ten show within two years.

Oh, and with that ending, this break between seasons is going to kill me. Kill me, I say.

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#16 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.66
    Originally posted by Brian P. Dermody
    The only other thing they could have done is Roy's off with a Hooters girl somewhere and Pam has to call off the wedding. But then we're getting into territory already trod by "Sports Night"
I was thinking the same thing, that somehow Roy being caught with someone else would give Pam an out on the wedding.


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#17 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.43
Even though I had already seen it on Leno the other night when John Krasinski was on, the telekenesis gag STILL killed me. That was one of the best pranks on Dwight ever.

And yeah, that ending...whoa.

Even though there won't be any Pam, Jim, or Michael, I'm GREATLY anticipating the summer "webisodes", just so I can still get my Office fix.

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#18 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.69
    Originally posted by SchippeWreck
    And yeah, that ending...whoa.
Until NBC has it yanked, a video of Jim's admission, Pam's phone call, and their first kiss can be viewed HERE (

I thought the scenes were perfectly acted and scripted. I'm eagerly anticipating season 2 on DVD.

(edited by Oliver on 12.5.06 0934)

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#19 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.01
You can't help but think that Pam's mom asked Pam if she was in love with Jim when she answered "Yeah, I think I am." just before Jim came back in for their "Ross & Rachel Moment" - which also was classic in that unlike on "Friends", we don't get the chance to see if Pam is going to kiss him back after the initial kiss - the timing of the break was perfect.

Dwight was priceless - Creed was awesome - I wouldn't hire Kevin's band to play on a street corner but I would probably download a song or two just for grins when it popped up on my shuffle,

and finally, when is the Season 2 DVD expected to be out for sale - I need to buy it now.......

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#20 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.07
My favorite part of the episode was after Toby wouldn't let the Boy Scouts come to the event, and Michael just COULDN'T tell him that he hated him. It's such a perfect Michael moment. He hates Toby, but he's so obsessed with being everyone's friend that he winds up saying "I hate so much about the way you choose to be." Really encapsulates the character in one piece of throw-away dialogue.
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