THE OFFICE Recap: Women’s Appreciation
May 3, 2007 by Kath Skerry
WARNING! This post contains spoilers for tonight’s episode of THE OFFICE.
I’ve been looking forward to “Women’s Appreciation” since the end of February- and it did not disappoint. As I’ve mentioned before, this was the episode that was being filmed when Tanster and I were on the set. Later tonight I’ll post a few tidbits from behind-the-scenes so make sure you check back soon.
First off, kudos to Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky for writing a hilarious episode. If the reaction of those in the live Office chat at BuddyTV were any indication, it was one of the best of the season. I can’t wait to watch this one again…and again…ok who am I kidding, I’ll watch it at least 5 times before the weekend. Yeah, it was that good.
Here’s what I don’t understand though. Season 2’s “Sexual Harassment” had a warning before the episode because of the word “boner” but this episode was acceptable? I don’t think The Office has ever pushed the envelope in terms of sexual discussion as much as it did tonight. Michael with his hands down his pants? OMG!! Seriously OMG!! Watch the scene again and check out Krasinski trying not to laugh. So funny. And I think once they found out they could say the word “penis” they decided to just go for it. It was hilarious, but I kept thinking “how are they getting away with this?”
Here’s a short recap of the episode and then later I’ll share a few goodies from behind-the-scenes of “Women’s Appreciation”
Tonight on The Office…”Women’s Appreciation”
So here’s what went down tonight (that’s what she said). On her way into work, Phyllis was flashed in the parking lot. As a result Dwight became over protective of the women in the office and tossed out ridiculous demands about their clothes, makeup, etc. In turn Michael ordered everyone into the conference room for Women’s Appreciation Day. When his good intentioned meeting went sour (as they ALWAYS do) Michael decided to take the women to the mall where they could feel appreciated…and bond. But at the mall it was Michael was getting the most from his girls day out. He shared his issues with his relationship with Jan and decided that he was going to break it off with her…which he did…over voice mail…just minutes before Jan entered his office to apologize. Jan listened to his message and stormed out of his office. Is this end of Jan and Michael or just a temporary set back?
In other Office news, Dwight and Andy did a little bonding of their own while trying to catch the flasher. Andy is still rotten to the core, but he’s pretty funny while doing it so bring it on. And we learned that Angela isn’t afraid to shop in Gap Kids, or the American Girls doll store – she’s petite, she can’t help it.
Little progress on the Jam front but still a positive episode. Karen and Pam shared a quais-tense moment over lunch when they offered Michael different takes on what makes a good relationship. Later Jim is impressed when he sees Pam’s sketch of the flasher (who looks quite a bit like Dwight). He seems impressed that Pam is pulling pranks on her own (oh and all of things Halpert could be getting from the fridge he’s pulling out a yogurt? Mixed berry perhaps?). Pam meanwhile continues to prove herself as Fancy New Beesly by changing a flat tire (you go girl). And a talking head shows that Pam has at least thought of Jim’s well…you know that I mean. Join the club, sister!
All and all an absolutely hysterical episode.
[Just after learning about Phyllis' parking lot flasher]
Michael: (smiling) Phyllis you say? (snickers)
Angela: What is so funny?
Michael: (fighting back laughter) Um, did he even see Pam? Or Karen from behind?
Kevin: (staring at Karen) I’m guessing not.
Dwight: This is a petition for the business park to upgrade the security cameras as well as install two flood lights in the parking lot. I know what you’re thinking. Won’t that just shed more light on the penises? But that is a risk we have to take. Pam, you can draw, kind of. Why don’t you work with phallus on drawing a picture of the exposer I can post around the community.
Dwight: Phyllis. Sorry. I’ve got penises on the brain.
Michael: A penis, scene in the right context is the most wonderful sight for a woman. But in the wrong context it’s like a monster movie.
Dwight: I wish I could menstruate. If I could menstruate I wouldn’t have to deal with idiotic calendars anymore. I would just be able to count down from my previous cycle. Plus I’d be more in tune with the moon and the tides.
Michael: There’s a wishing fountain in the mall, and I threw a coin in for every woman in the world who made a wish. I wished for Jan to get over me. I wished for Phyllis a plasma TV. I wished for Pam to gain courage. I wished for Angela a heart. And for Kelly a brain.
So were you feeling this episode? I hope you found it half as funny as I did!!
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