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Since: 24.3.02
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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.12
No thread yet? Maybe no one knows what to name the thread. That's my problem.

It was a show lacking in funny this week. It's amazing though how a show can have moments of funny mixed with moments of tenderness mixed with sadness. This show had the other two things in spades.

On NBC.com, they've got an extended version. It adds a couple funny scenes with Creed. I'm not all the way through it, so maybe there's more things that add to the show.

Ok, at the very end of the extended version, Andy says Michael made him go to anger management classes. He says it's supposed to take 10 weeks. I don't know if that means he's out of the office for that whole time or what.

(edited by Mr. Boffo on 19.1.07 0833)



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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.21

Another subtle thing I noticed was that during the meeting of Michael & Dwight at Staples, the Muzak track in the background was "(Love Lift Us) Up Where We Belong" ...
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Since: 12.2.02
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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.07
I loved the interaction with Jim and Ryan.
"I liked you better when you were the temp."
"Yeah, me too."

I also got a chuckle from Phyllis' little interview about her "strong personality".

But the line of the night was in the intro:
"I miss Dwight. Congratulations Universe, you win."



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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.76
To me, the whole episode worked. Andy just owned it, and I enjoyed seeing "vulnerable Angela"...Every subtle thing they did about how much Dwight meant to the office (his client list, how much busier everyone was, arranging Michael's desk, watering the plant, Andy driving Jim insane) was great. He has that same "great salesman/insane person" thing that Michael has going on, it seems.

"Phyllis, I want you to go find firecrackers and a chihuahua."
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Since: 21.11.02
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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.26
The only problems I had with this episode, which I loved was:

1. Why would the camera crew still follow Dwight around after he was fired?

2. Angela should have ben more vindictive towards Andy seeing how she was glaring at him at then end of last weeks episode. All week long I had been waiting for that payoff and for her to only point out to Michael that Andy would never have driven to NY like Dwight did was a bit of a let down.

Otherwise, great episode. I loved how Michael realized how much he missed Dwight and that he knew he had to aplogize to get him back. No squirming out of by saying he was testing him or anything. he came across as a man who did the right thing by apologizing to a friend. Of course, instead of telling Dwight he no longer had to do his longer (which Dwight requested0 he says "we'll talk about it". Classic Michael.

And "Congratulations Universe - you win" was awesome. As was "did you have a good Gay-cation?".

I am now guessing that karen and Andy will be gone soon. Count me in as one fo the few who will be happy to see both of them go. All the other supporting characters (Creed, Kevin, Phyllis, Kelly, etc) will get more camera time with him gone. His character was good for a while but he was starting to bug me. And karen offered nothing moe than tension for Jim and Pam. Now that the tension is gone, she needs to go. There is nothing else there for her.





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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.27
I actually am hoping that Karen and Andy stick around. I think Karen can still add moments of tension which will be a good thing. Andy was a bit over the top this week but by and large I like his character.

"In your head
in your hea-ead
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zombie
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What a random choice of song. I loved it.





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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.16
That episode has me looking at the ceiling tiles in my office and thinking about causing havoc.



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Since: 26.3.03
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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.06
The "Dwight in Exile" and "Andy Meltdown" storylines seemed a bit rushed, as if to fit this one episode. I think they could have gotten some great mileage out of both. I hope this means they've got bigger and better things up their sleeve.

"Congratulations Universe" was such an excellent treat for the longtime viewers.



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Since: 19.8.05
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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.73
You have to feel bad for Karen, she moved there to be with Jim.

And you know Andy is a jerk if he makes us and the characters root for Dwight. Dwight is like your annoying big brother/sister. He may be an a-hole, but he is OUR a-hole.

I missed the opening, who delivered the "universe" line? Jim?




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Since: 12.2.02
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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.07
    Originally posted by kentish
    I missed the opening, who delivered the "universe" line? Jim?


The show starts with Dwight botching his interviews with other companies, finally ending up at Staples until something better comes along.

Andy refers to Ryan as "Big Turkey". He then shows off his new cellphone ring tone that he recorded ("Rockin' Robin") to Jim. He compliments Jim, saying it'll be a pleasure working under him, "even though you're younger and have less experience."
(Cut from Andy singing "Andy and the Tuna" to Jim sitting in the 'interview chair', looking thoughtful.)

"I miss Dwight."

(long pause)

"Congratulations, Universe. You win."

*cut to opening theme*


(edit) I just finished watching the Producer's Cut. I'd single out the things I loved from it, but I'd just end up quoting all of the extras. This whole cast just kills me. I am now praying that they include this material on the future DVD release of the season.

I also get the feeling that Andy is done for the time being, but I hope they keep him and Karen around for awhile. I really like both of their characters.

(edited by whatever on 19.1.07 1408)

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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.54
    Originally posted by WPOB
    Angela should have ben more vindictive towards Andy seeing how she was glaring at him at then end of last weeks episode. All week long I had been waiting for that payoff and for her to only point out to Michael that Andy would never have driven to NY like Dwight did was a bit of a let down.

Concerning Angela: I'm assuming she's a woman of faith, so she'd expect her higher power to sort things out. She has said in previous episodes about going to Church, right?

And, about how Dwight saved her career the previous week, I'm thinking that many details are pretty much ignored after the fact. I mean, you'd think we'd hear about the "Jan/Michael in Jamaica" picture being sent through the entire Internet, but we've never heard a thing about it afterward.

Coincidentally, I'm wondering if anyone has that picture.

The producers' cut sounds good but...

...it's unavailable outside the USA, as per usual.

(edited by Oliver on 19.1.07 1211)


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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.00
    Originally posted by kentish
    You have to feel bad for Karen, she moved there to be with Jim.
Hey, Jim asked HER if she wanted to help him prank Andy FIRST. She gets what she deserves (ESPECIALLY after being dumb enough to ask that question knowing she couldn't handle a truthful response).



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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.41
    Originally posted by CRZ
      Originally posted by kentish
      You have to feel bad for Karen, she moved there to be with Jim.
    Hey, Jim asked HER if she wanted to help him prank Andy FIRST. She gets what she deserves (ESPECIALLY after being dumb enough to ask that question knowing she couldn't handle a truthful response).


EXACTLY. I was firmly in the Karen camp, but she brought it upon herself.

Michael caling Angela "Angela from accounting" has been making me giggle for 18 hours now.



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#14 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.36
    Originally posted by spf
    That episode has me looking at the ceiling tiles in my office and thinking about causing havoc.


A couple months ago we hid a two-way radio over the desk of a co-worker. And at various points durring the day someone who chirp in with "Kevin this is god, (insert witty/stupid comment here)".

Since then My name is Earl has used the voice of god, and the office has used the in the ceiling ideas. I guess we aren't as strange some coworkers thought.

(edited by brick on 19.1.07 1617)
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Since: 12.12.01
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#15 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.46
    Originally posted by Wpob
    1. Why would the camera crew still follow Dwight around after he was fired?


Same reason they followed Jim to Scranton. He's an integral part of the story they've been following and will be/are telling.
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#16 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.91
I feel bad for Karen too, but CRZ is right, she shouldn't have asked that question if she wasn't ready for the potential answer. Then again, I don't necessarily think her spacing herself from him after Phyllis dropped the bomb on her doesn't help either.

I think they maybe should have let Dwight stay "fired" for more than just an episode.

The Producer's cut was great...."Michael's sending me to New York for some Management Training. Well, it's Anger Management Training" but same thing. It's supposed to take 10 weeks, but I'll finish in 5."

I think regardless of Karen/Jim working out, or Andy's Anger Management issues, they both need to stick around. What's the point of doing a merger if everyone from the one branch don't stick around anyways?

Anyways, I've really gotten into the show, and had spent the past week or two catching up on the first two seasons that I'd missed. I feel so much better knowing that all the spaces in between are filled in, and feel much more knowledgable about the show. I have a funny feeling during the summer, I'll break out the first 2 seasons again, and watch them, waiting for season three on DVD and eagerly awaiting season 4.




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#17 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.66
While waiting for new episodes, I recommend renting the British version of The Office.
It's fun to see the inspiration for the version we all know and love.
Most amazing to me is the similarities between Jim/John Krasinski and Tim/Martin Freeman. Sometimes the looks they give to the camera are exactly the same.

Andy was so annoying that I just wanted to throw something at my TV screen. I do like that at any moment he will burst into the most random song. From "Benny and the Jets" to "Zombie" by The Cranberries. Whether his character stays or leaves, I think it would be funny if they left the hole he punched in the wall for the remainder of the series. Maybe he can go back to his job folding sweaters at Abercrombie.





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#18 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.05
Dwight working at Staples was amusing. "I will literally be standing right here if you need anything." and then he just stands there and stares at that old lady.

I know I've seen her in a few other shows, including Boston Legal.

Also, the line about how each of Dwight's files were password protected by the name of a different mythical beast was funny.
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#19 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.57
    Originally posted by JustinShapiro
      Originally posted by Wpob
      1. Why would the camera crew still follow Dwight around after he was fired?


    Same reason they followed Jim to Scranton. He's an integral part of the story they've been following and will be/are telling.


A. No, he WAS an integral part of the story. Once he is fired he is no long part of the story. The only reason to follow him would be if you know he's coming back. It made no sense.

B. Staples would not let someone doing a documentary about another company film at their store.

This season they've broken the mockumentary mold about as much as 24 breaks the time gimmick.

(edited by Quezzy on 20.1.07 2325)


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#20 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.77
    Originally posted by Quezzy
    A. No, he WAS an integral part of the story. Once he is fired he is no long part of the story. The only reason to follow him would be if you know he's coming back. It made no sense.

    B. Staples would not let someone doing a documentary about another company film at their store.

    This season they've broken the mockumentary mold about as much as 24 breaks the time gimmick.


I agree with your 24 comparison, but who's to say that the mythical crew that is filming this documentary didn't have the manpower to say "Hey, lets follow Dwight for a bit and get some footage so we can do a follow up with him at some point"? While I'm sure that most documentary filmmakers like to have their 'story' planned out ahead of time, all they can really do is capture as much footage as possible and hopefully they can edit a cohesive story out of it. It could be that the only reason Dwight's Staples footage was aired was because by the time it made it to the editing stage, Dwight was already back at Dunder-Mifflin, so his story was relevant once again.

But really, for a comedy, this is too much thought about the overriding conceit.



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