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Don’t Let the Pedophile Win Again!

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While this was a fun episode of The Office, it felt a little more mid-season to me than season closer.  It’s true that we’ve developed a bit of a tradition on Office closers of the guy getting the girl, or nearly getting the girl, or just missing the girl, or knocking up the girl in previous seasons.  And, sure, we had a little of that with Erin congratulating Andy and Michael facing the possibility of Holly’s return.  But this episode lacked some of the drama of previous seasons, probably because – while funny – this whole season all season long lacked a central narrative or group of central narratives towards which we were building. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 20, 2010 at 10:40 pm

Infidelity and the Worst Threesome Ever

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The Office doesn’t usually deal with complex moral issues – but tonight it took on questions of fidelity in some interesting ways.  In the previous episode Michael, upon suspecting that his girlfriend was cheating, found out that it was he, in fact, who was the other man.  When he doesn’t immediately lapse into his usual break-up routine, for which Erin is meticulously prepared by an exhausted Pam, the jig is up and everyone knows that he’s still seeing her.  The whole office turns against Michael (which they didn’t do with Stanley a few months ago when it was found that he was cheating on his lovely wife), trying to convince him to leave Donna.  What was interesting to me, though, was the journey Michael had to take to come to terms with doing the right thing. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 14, 2010 at 9:55 am

Caucasians, Am I Right?

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This felt like a classic episode – Michael centered with plenty of support from the ensemble.  It almost felt like Jan all over again…in more ways than one (two, to be precise, if you get my drift – Miss Boobs-shirt!).  Michael – for reasons existing beyond all our comprehension – has managed to get the attention of a very attractive and successful woman who, it seems, is struggling with her own comprehension of the whole situation.  We all remember him chasing Jan to the elevator – where she kissed him.  At least Donna managed to hold out till the car.  But Michael still got his girl!  And got her in a pretty sweet way in the end. Read the rest of this entry »

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April 30, 2010 at 8:27 am

C is for Suspension

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Erin continues to intrigue!  Tonight we got a sense of just how damaged this rube might be.  I think her panicked hair tossing – In the foster home hair was my room – was supposed to be played for laughs, but it was also quite disturbing.  Overly-cheery, simple Erin has a dark and complex past that, it seems, has resulted in some less than normal psychological behaviour.  Which actually could be quite interesting if the show decides to do something real with it rather than continually playing it for laughs.  And I think they did try to take it seriously by having Pam reach out to Erin in an effort to help her negotiate a difficult situation. That was a sweet moment.  Because despite the over-reaction, Erin’s trajectory of emotion is pretty dead on.  Who wouldn’t be pissed to find out that their boyfriend was once engaged to their co-worker?  But of course, what prior fiancé of Angela would want his current girlfriend to know?!  It’s a tough call and I hope those two crazy kids get through it. Read the rest of this entry »

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April 23, 2010 at 8:51 am

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Nice to Meet Me

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Well, I got what I’d been asking for – a truly ensemble episode!  I think Angela got to speak more last night than she has all season.  Plus, we got to see Kelly and Ryan AND Creed on Dance, Dance Revolution (although I have to admit, I really really wanted to see Andy up there!).  We got a good dose of Kevin (back to his fairly disgusting old self trying to make Pam’s boobs leak with the creepiest attempt at a baby noise I’ve ever heard).  And we finally got a little movement on the whole Oscar and Matt love / hook up story.  When the Office spreads itself out like this among all its great cast members, I actually enjoy Jim and Pam too – and I was so happy to see Pam get to have her night out after being stuck at home with the baby.  She was really cute as she reminded me of so many of my friends venturing out as first time mums, thoroughly enjoying the presence of everyone over the age of 10. Read the rest of this entry »

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March 26, 2010 at 7:40 am

Let’s Not Incentivize Murder

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This was a pretty great episode.  We got back to some basics with a focus on the whole staff, the relationship between Michael and Dwight, and even Jim and Pam were both doing what they do best – both negotiating the strangeness of office politics in their own uniquely skilled ways!  Tonight’s episode focused on the rift between the sales crew and the rest of the staff, but the heart-warming moments really came to the fore with a couple of couples, each finding love in the end. Read the rest of this entry »

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March 18, 2010 at 10:18 pm

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Suck it Up, Jim and Pam – part 2

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Wow, tonight’s episode was painful to watch!  There came a moment (right after Pam accidentally fed that other woman’s baby) where I was cringing so painfully that I started to realize I’d felt that feeling before…it was the same feeling I had in season 2 of the British Office when David Brent was working the night-clubs and that horrible girl threw the drink on him.  Nowhere near funny, it just hurt to watch.  But in the end, this couldn’t come close to the payoff you get with the British Office!  In the end, I just hated Pam more and more. Read the rest of this entry »

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March 4, 2010 at 10:46 pm

It’s Got Pheromones In It

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I was bummed to miss blogging last week’s episode – while I understand a lot of folks complained about it, I really liked it, not least of all because we got to hear someone finally tell Jim and Pam that they’re not as charming as they might think!  You know who is charming, though?  Andy and Erin!  And, perhaps with the new managerial situation, Jim and Pam might be so once again.  Let’s take each in turn. Read the rest of this entry »

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February 12, 2010 at 8:04 am

Fake eyelashes, fake Computrons, fake Stanley and fake episode – surprisingly makes for a hilarious 22mins!

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Wow, it feels like a really long time since I’ve seen a primetime sitcom do the old montage of flashbacks. I swear I was having my own mini flashbacks to various filler episodes of Growing Pains and Who’s The Boss.  And at first I felt a little ripped off.  But then somewhere in the middle of the liability moments flashback, I found myself laughing hysterically.  Somewhere between Andy’s parking lot Parkour into the giant box, Dwight and the fire, and Angela flinging her cat up into the ceiling, I realized we were in for a treat of reminiscence. Read the rest of this entry »

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January 21, 2010 at 10:30 pm

Scott’s Tots

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What is it I love about Michael seeking love so much?  Even though he totally screwed those kids over and couldn’t take responsibility for his actions, I still found him sweet and I wanted good for him.  And it’s not because there’s a silver lining to his foolishness.  It’s not because his promise did good despite his failure.  And while I really like the hope that Michael inspires with these forms of promise and inspiration – to the kids, to Kevin and now to Erin – I don’t think it’s that. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 3, 2009 at 11:16 pm

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