The Office Recap: The Coup
October 6, 2006 by Kath Skerry
Title: The Coup
Original Airdate: 10/5/2006
All these years I have been dreading Mondays. If only I had worked at Dunder Mifflin I would have known that the only cure for the Monday blues is Varsity Blues. Yes, Michael has decided that the Scranton office of DM should have “Movie Mondays”. I mean it only makes sense, taking time out of the workday to watch a movie means the employees have to work extra hard to make up for the time lost while watching the movie. It’s a win-win-win-win. The 4th win? Well that one goes to to Mox and the West Caanan Coyotes for winning the big game in spite of Coach Kilmer. I mean, that was HUGE!
Not as excited for Movie Mondays is Jan, and she lets Michael know. You know who else isn’t down with Movie Monday? Angela. Surprised? No me either, but Dwight is. At least he is when Angela goes all Lady McBeth on his ass and urges him to use Michael’s latest screw up as a way to take over the office.
Angela: Dwight, you should be running this office
Dwight: Michael would never let me
Angela: It’s not up to Michael. It’s Jan’s call, talk to her.
Dwight: I could never do that.
Angela: Fine. Sit back and do nothing and let us all get fired.
Angela: (to camera): I know that patience and loyalty are good and virtuous traits. But sometimes I just think you need to grow a pair.
It seems Fraulein Martin has had an impact on Dwight. Seeing an opportunity to finally rule Dunder Mifflin under the Schrute Regime, Dwight meets Jan for a secret meeting in which he tells her that HE should be running Dunder Mifflin and NOT Michael. Gasp!
Too bad for Dwight Jan calls Michael to tell him of Dwight’s hideous betrayal. Upon returning from his fake appointment with his dentist, Dr. Crentis, a bitter and seething Michael informs Dwight that he and Dwight will be switching places. Dwight is the new Regional Manager of Dunder Mifflin and Michael has been demoted to Assistant Regional Manager…or actually, Assistant TO THE Regional Manager, as Dwight is quick to point out. Of course all of this is a ruse, but Dwight doesn’t know. Michael is just trying to teach Dwight a lesson…and we all know how this is going to turn out, because Michael – he’s not the best teacher.
The Scrantonites are not pleased to hear they now have to report into Dwight. Phyllis even considers quitting…NO!! Pam doesn’t seem to think it matters who’s in charge.
Pam: I have this little vacuum cleaner that’s broken. If Dwight doesn’t work out, maybe that could be manager
Dwight seems to be taking to his new role rather quickly, and before you can say ‘Flonkerton Rules’, Dwight is cleaning out Michael’s desk. Michael seems a bit stunned at how quickly his loyal compadre has become a power-hungry dictator. I, on the other hand would expect nothing else from Dwight K. Schrute. The game continues until Dwight crosses a line…and I mean a serious line when he insults Michael’s ride. Yes, Dwight speaks ill of The Sebring.
Dwight: I’m thinking about getting something German, something with decent gas mileage. Plus the convertible is a ridiculous choice for this climate.
Michael: Take it back.
Michael: That’s my car. THAT’S MY CAR!
Oh no you didn’t?! Straw, let me introduce you to the camel’s back.
In a hilarious scene, Michael tells Dwight that he knows that he went behind Jan’s back. He’s sooo busted! Dwight immediately starts groveling at Michael’s feet. No, I mean really, he starts groveling…like on the ground begging for his job. Ha ha!!
Being the man that he is, Michael decides to keep Dwight on board…but first they need to hug it out.
Michael: Hug it out, bitch. That is what men say to each other after a fight. They hug it out, and in doing so, they just let it go. And walk away when they’re done. Not a good idea to say that to a woman, however, I have found…doesn’t translate.
Michael: Yup, yup, we hugged it out. But it turns out I was still a little angry. So I felt I needed to punish him just a little bit more and I’m making him do my laundry for a year.
In other Scranton news, Pam Beesly is doing a little shopping. Since ditching her fiance and starting out on her own, Pam thinks her wardrobe could use a little updating too. After ordering some clothes on line, Pam’s new BFF Kelly Kapoor urges her to do a little ladies fashion show. Fashion Show at Lunch!! Fashion Show at Lunch!
A hesitant Pam tries on her new, sexy shirt in the break room. The top is a big departure for Pam who is used to covering up the TTBs at all cost while at work. She looks hot – the women of the office agree. As does Roy who happens to stop by during her break room catwalk show. Aw, he really misses her.
But I’ll tell ya who appreciates Pam’s new outfit the most – Creed.
Creed: I’m just looking.
Pam: Please go back to your desk.
Creed: In a minute.
Dunder Mifflin Stamford Branch…
Maybe our first impressions of Dunder Mifflin Stamford were a bit off. The seemingly straight-laced,buttoned-up, hard working office isn’t without its fun. Maybe there’s no Office Olympics, but they do have ‘Call of Duty’…an multi-player, online war game played by all the employees. And Jim? Not so good at the video games.
Jim: We didn’t play many video games in Scranton. Instead we’d do stuff like uh, Pam and I would sometimes hum the same high-pitched note, and try to get Dwight to make an appointment with an ear doctor. And uh, Pam called it ‘pretenditis’.
But this isn’t ‘prentenditis’ and Jim is getting his ass handed to him. He’s even reprimanded by Josh for his lack of skills. And Andy isn’t happy with the new guy’s level of game play:
Andy: The Saboteur! Saboteur. I’m going to kill you, for real. This game..the game is over. I’m really going to shoot you.
The Big Tuna is eventually caught and killed, but the fisherman isn’t Andy, but Karen – or “KarentheJimSlayer” as is her game call name. We quickly see that someone is a little smitten with our Jimmy Halpert. The camera catches Karen looking longingly at Jim. Stop looking at him! Only Pam should look at him like that you little hussy!!
As Jim shuts off his computer and leaves for the day, he takes a moment to stop, turn around to look at Karen and give her a little shy smile before launching a fake grenade her way.
The scene was adorable. Too adorable. And I’m not quite ready to handle the fact that I’m not HATING the idea of Jim and Karen. I feel like I’m betraying Pam. I’m still a JAM shipper all the way, but it’s nice to see Jim smile again…and have the smile actually reach his eyes.
So that was another episode of The Office. Sorry for the rather lackluster recap, but I’m not near a TV and had to write the recap from memory. A special thanks to OfficeTally.com who’s inspired quotes were instrumental in helping me to remember what happened during the episode. And don’t forget to visit Office Tally to rate tonight’s episode.
You know me…I have to watch the episode at least 3 or 4 more times to really properly judge it. There were some seriously funny, laugh out loud moments tonight, but I don’t think this episode is going to make my favorites list. But even when The Office isn’t at its best, it’s still hands down the best comedy on TV.
For a two minute recap of tonight’s show, visit NBC.com/TheOffice
Deleted scenes from THE COUP are also available now on NBC.com/TheOffice
Photos courtesy of NBC/Universal
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