The Office: US Meets the UK in “The Convict”

November 29, 2006 by  

The Office: US Meets the UK in

You know who I think might be the most intriguing woman in all of television? It’s going to be hard to guess, because she’s never actually been on TV. But I’ll tell ya….it’s Michael Scott’s mother. I am consumed with curiosity about the woman who raised the bewildering and befuddled man that is Michael Gary Scott. Don’t tell me you aren’t the least bit curious.

In this week’s episode of The Office, Michael Scott outdoes even Michael Scott when he learns that one of his employees once spent time in prison. Under the always present guise of good intentions, Michael outs the man’s criminal past to the entire office, who in turn have a lot of question about prison life.

When one of the employees likens prison to the office, Michael sets out to prove to everyone how good they truly have it there at Dunder Mifflin. As you might expect, Michael’s tactics are just a little bit left of center, and no one is amused.

Thursday’s episode, entitled “The Convict”, was written by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant who were of course the creators of the original UK version of The Office. Although Gervais and Merchant have both said that they wrote the episode specific to the American version of the show, fans of the UK version may feel a sense of familiarity. Although you won’t be hearing Dwight Schrute saying “cheers” as he leaves the office, or Ryan inviting Kelly out for bangers and mash, the uncomfortable, unbearably awkward moments that the UK version perfected are definitely present throughout the episode.

In fact, there are parts of the episode that are so cringeworthy, that I almost had to turn away because I couldn’t believe what was happening. Remember that feeling you had when Michael tried to kiss Oscar in the season premiere? Yeah, well it’s a little like that. It was so painful to watch, that I didn’t really laugh the first time around. Of course, by the second viewing I was wiping away the tears from my fits of laughter. No, I repeat, NO episode of The Office should be viewed only once…it gets better and better every time you watch it. There’s just no way you could catch everything the first time around.

Although this episode is very focused on the antics of Michael, there’s a little somethin’ somethin’ happening on the other side of the office too. It seems that Andy is on the hunt for a new lady friend, and he has his eyes set on one Pamela Beesly (take a number dude, she’s a wanted woman).

If there is one guy that knows the way to Pam’s heart it’s Jim Halpert, so it’s only fitting that Jim mentors Andy on just how to win Pam over. Through Jim we learn some of Pam’s likes: pranks, and some of her dislikes: country music and pig latin (to name a few). As Andy courts Pam, Ed Helms proves once again how perfectly he fits in on this show as he is absolutely hysterical. Just incredible!!

I know many of you want to know if there are any new developments in Jim Halpert’s angst filled love life. While I’m certainly not going to give too much away, I will say that some Jam moments had a certain Season 2 feel to them, without letting us forget how smack dab in the middle of Season 3 we truly are. There will be much to dissect and analyze after the episode airs. Oh, and John Krasinski proves once again that he has the most charismatic face in all of TV. After this week, I think we will have a few more Jim faces to add to our always expanding collection. And that ain’t a bad thing.

With this week’s episode, The Office once again proves why it is the BEST comedy on all of TV. Hands down. There is nothing else like it. As perhaps one of the most die hard Officianados out there, believe me when I say that you are going to want to TiVo this one, as its genius warrants repeat viewings.

And for one final teaser to get you through until tomorrow night. Start thinking about how Michael Scott could bring together Justin Timberlake, Apollo Creed, Jesus Christ and Pam’s dad all in one conversation.

The Office airs Thursdays at 8:30/7:30c on NBC. And as always, I will be hosting a LIVE Office chat over at BuddyTV.com for those of you on the East Coast. Come on by and watch the show with your fellow Dunder Mifflinites.

Comments

18 Responses to “The Office: US Meets the UK in “The Convict””

  1. Kerry on November 29th, 2006 10:24 pm

    I can’t wait for tomorrow night, sounds like it’s going to be a great episode….as usual.

  2. kimberlee on November 29th, 2006 10:30 pm

    I’m on pins & needles, but will have to tape it to watch after rehearsal. Aaauuuughhhh!!! (picture Charlie Brown saying that. :-D )

  3. Clare on November 29th, 2006 10:45 pm

    Whoot!! Ok, I’m recovered (once again) and ready to go. Bring it on!!

  4. Allie on November 29th, 2006 11:05 pm

    I am ready for an episode that can just stand alone….too much stress with Branch Closing/Merger! (although they were both great!). Thank God, more jam moments to dissect! :)

  5. CasualViewer on November 30th, 2006 12:33 am

    Good preview. Not too spoilery and written in a fun way. Thumbs up.

  6. GMMR on November 30th, 2006 12:35 am

    Why thank you :)

  7. Darby on November 30th, 2006 2:01 am

    The Office is the best show and the thing that confuses me the most is I think I experience every emotion, fom joy, to stress, to embarrassment and about a million others every time I see an episode. Thursdays make me happy. :)

  8. Denise (ddker) on November 30th, 2006 5:37 am

    I’m really looking forward to this one. I’m going to a co-worker’s place tonight to watch it with her and one other person we work with that we are trying to get to like the show. Should be a fun time-althought I won’t be able to be at the Buddy chat tonight because of it.

  9. Mary on November 30th, 2006 11:04 am

    GMMR –

    Do you think, deep inside, that JAM will ever gel?

  10. Give Me My Remote » The Office Thursday on Give Me My Remote on November 30th, 2006 1:13 pm

    […] Tonight’s Episode – “The Convict”… There’s an ex-con in the office and Michael’s determined to be supportive – once he discovers their identity. Meanwhile, Andy makes a move on Pam with a little help from Jim. Prepare yourself for some super cringeworthy moments, after all it was written by original UK Office creators Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. I was lucky enough to see an advanced screener, so make sure you check out my review of The Office: The Convict (warning, minor spoilers) […]

  11. Dust on November 30th, 2006 1:17 pm

    Props to you for getting Office Thursday up so soon. I felt a shooting rampage coming on, but then I come over here to GMMR and it went away…for now. I am a little peeved by the comment “the uncomfortable, unbearably awkward moments that the UK version perfected are definitely present throughout the episode.”

    Hasn’t the American version also perfected this? They’ve been giving uncomfortable, unbearably awkward moments every episode, not just this one. I’m tired of hearing about the UK version, honestly. Sure, that’s where the idea came from, but I don’t think it’s NOWHERE as good as the U.S. version. And I’m not just a biased bloody American.

  12. GMMR on November 30th, 2006 1:27 pm

    Dust – you need to read the post again and not get so peeved. I didn’t say that the UK version was better than the US. I just commented that the UK perfected those moments. I never said that the US version didn’t have those moments too, but the UK version came first.

    If you really think about it, you are the only one that compared the US and the UK version here.

    And I know you have requested that THE OFFICE THURSDAY posts get posted earlier in the day, but GMMR (as much as I love it), is just a side hobby. I have a REAL job and life that sometimes has to come first.

  13. Jen on November 30th, 2006 5:03 pm

    YAY! Jim Halpert’s angst!!! Gotta love it!!!!! Oh, and Michael Scott’s mother, should be nominated for SAINTHOOD! lol, we’ve never met her, but I instantly love her for raising this crazy man. lol.

    Can’t wait, only 3.5 more hours!

  14. Dust on November 30th, 2006 6:41 pm

    That Dust guy is a dick. Don’t worry GMMR, you can’t please them all…wait a minute! That was me.

    I just wish the American version was the originator. Just like how the British are still peeved about the revolutionary war. Any who, I still love you GMMR.

  15. GMMR on November 30th, 2006 6:42 pm

    Right back at ya Dust :)

  16. Melody on November 30th, 2006 11:32 pm

    Yes. I too have spent way more minutes than I should have pondering the mystery that is Michael Scott’s mother. They HAVE to bring her into an episode at some point. They MUST. Because if there is one thing that’s more bizarre than Michael Scott, it has to be the woman who raised Michael Scott to be the man that he is.

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