The Office & The O.C. on No Sleep
January 5, 2007 by Kath Skerry
It’s about 3:55 AM here in not so sunny, and not so warm California. How is it that it’s warmer in Boston than it is here in Cali? I mean, they have palm trees here…I saw them. Palm trees should always equal a warm climate. Anyway, it’s early, and although I tried to stay up late last night my body is automatically set to wake up at 6:30 AM. I thought maybe I fire off a quick post and then try to go back to sleep again (yeah, like that’s gonna happen).
So I didn’t watch much TV last night with my travels and such but I did fit in the best that last night had to offer…The Office and The O.C.
Feeling Hot! Hot! Hot! Michael got some action. Niiice [/kevin]. I’m still shocked that Jan agreed to go on the trip with him to Jamaica. And maybe even more surprised that they actually had sex. I know she said she was following the advice of her therapist, but clearly the therapist has never met Michael. And it seems no matter how hard he tries, Michael just can’t get out of his own way. But despite the drums and the ridiculous beading in his hair, we saw a maturity from Michael last night that we usually aren’t privy to. A nod to Steve Carell’s acting talents for playing Michael so on point that he is so many things at so many times – an over the top showman, a little boy desperate for acceptance, a lonely man afraid of losing a relationship he clearly cares about. It’s all there, and the amazing thing is that all those character interpretations are often present during the same scene. Now go off and make some sweet love to Jan.
Let’s talk about who won’t be making sweet love this week. Sigh. Are you kidding me? Crying Pam? I wasn’t expecting my heart to be ripped out and stepped on like that. Wasn’t expecting it at all. Bravo to Jenna Fischer for pulling it off so realistically. And to Rainn Wilson for leaving the largeness that is Dwight Schrute at the door for a minute and being totally sweet and vulnerable – even when throwing a hilarious line in the mix of it all. Much like Michael, Jim and Pam seem to be their own worst enemies. I was screaming at the TV during the break room scene last night. And although it was tough to watch Pam give Jim advice that would ultimately bring Karen and Jim closer together (figuratively and literally) it was nice to finally see Pam really yearning for Jim. I think it’s something that most of us have been waiting for all season long. Jenna and John spoke with their eyes during that scene last night, so it was almost like we were able to see two scenes play out at once. I can’t wait to go home and watch it again. Yeah, it hit me around 8:25pm last night that hotels don’t have TiVos. I always watch The Office at least three times on Thursday nights, so I’m sure I missed a lot. Because you know watching it once is never enough…the second viewing is like second drink.
And for third drink, check out the deleted scenes available at NBC.com. One is already up and I’m sure we will see more throughout the week.
Why God Why is this show going off the air? When I think about all the terrible television we are subjected to, it really bums me out that The O.C. can’t find an audience out there. The show has finally rediscovered its voice after a bit of laryngitis last season. It’s thankfully relying on the comedy and wit of Season One with the heavy handed angst being secondary to the emotional growth of Ryan Atwood (did I just type that…who am I? Clearly I need sleep). Even the whole storyline with Hercules (Ryan’s Dad) was well played. Yes, another Atwood family member presents himself with major issues, but unlike Trey (Ryan’s brother) and Dawn (his mother), Ryan’s father seems to really have truly made an effort to turn things around. Even though he lied about the whole I’m dying of cancer thing, it almost seemed like he was lying for a good reason – he just wanted to make amends with his son. And speaking of Father and Son, how sweet was is to see Sandy Cohen threatened with the thought of Ryan having another father figure in his life? And in the end, when Ryan finally referred to Sandy as his “Dad”…well, it’s something I have been waiting a lot time to hear.
Seth and Summer and their one upmanship over not wanting to cancel their ill-advised engagement was funny stuff. Clearly these two aren’t ready for marriage if they are pulling this sophomore BS, but it’s still amusing so I’ll go with it. Had I had my TiVo with me we could have talked about some of the hysterical exchanges last night regarding the upcoming nuptials. Maybe I’ll throw together an O.C. quote list for later this week because there were some doozies last night.
And Taylor Townsend was Taylor Townsend, and that’s ALWAYS a good thing.
Off to Bed…Again
Yeah, so I’m not sure how you managed to get through this poorly written, non-nonsensical post but kudos to you if you did. I’m starting to get a wee bit sleepy so I’m going to go back to bed and get int some Zzzz’s before I have to get up and start my day in two hours. Good morning and good night to you all.