THE OFFICE Recap: Beach Games (aka Oh.My.God)
May 10, 2007 by Kath Skerry
I’m not sure I’m of the right emotional state to write a proper recap of tonight’s episode of THE OFFICE, but I’ll try. I will say that I thought there were some really funny moments in tonight’s episode. Andy floating in the lake might just replace the picture of John Krasinski and I as my screensaver (yes, I thought it was that funny). But to be honest, I was so caught up with what happened in the last few minutes of the show that everything that came before is a bit of a blur. So my apologies to Greg Daniels and Jennifer Cellota – you wrote a great episode but it was all about the ending for me.
Let’s talk about what happened during Dunder Mifflin’s Beach Games, shall we?For reasons that completely bewilder me, Michael Scott gets a call from the Dunder Mifflin CFO informing him he’s being considered for a position with Corporate. His interview is next week, and he needs to come prepared with a name of a replacement for the Scranton Branch. Despite the fact that his obvious replacement would be the Assistant Regional Manager, Jim Halpert, Michael decides to hold a Survivor-esque competition to see who can be the last man standing and take over ad Regional Manager.
The Dunder Mifflinites think they are in for a fun day at the beach. I mean even Angela joins in during the group sing-a-long on the bus (the song – “The Gambler” – perhaps a nod to last year’s ‘Casino Night’ which coincidentally aired one year ago tomorrow). But once they get to the beach, the DMers are not too enthused about the “funtivities” Michael has planned. Especially not Pam who is told she has sit on the sidelines and take note of everyone’s “indefinable qualities”. As with most of Michael’s ideas, things don’t exactly go as planned. Although he has pre-selected Jim, Dwight, Stanley and Andy as early favorites, none of them are showing Michael they have what it takes to be the leader he is looking for.
The office partakes in what under other circumstances (or perhaps at a different company) could be some fun activities. The blindfolded egg on a spoon race ends with no winner as Jim guides Karen into the lake, Phyllis drops her egg in the first few seconds, Kelly gives up thinking she is going to walk into a rock, and Ryan quits after Dwight screams in his face. The hot dog eating contest is off to a slow start until Michael reveals that he is searching for his replacement. Dwight, Stanley and Andy start getting a little more competitive. Jim on the other hand bypasses the whole day and calls David Wallace at Corporate directly and asks to be considered for the position…as does Karen. Shady? Wow Jim you HAVE changed since you left for Stamford.
Later Stanley and Dwight show no mercy when they take out Jim and Andy in a sumo wresting contest. And next to Roy’s DUI mug shot earlier in the season, seeing the guys walk around in the Sumo costumes has to be the best visual moment of the entire season. Actually walking isn’t quite right…it’s more like waddling. Although when Andy waddles into the river and falls in there seems to be no saving him – he just floats away like the August Gloop down the chocolate river (oh Andy how your words come back to haunt you). Angela is the only one that can save him, but she seems to have taken a break from the Lord’s work and just lets him float on by.
The last activity for the day is the hot coal walk. No one seems enthused. Pam wants to be the first one to try, but Michael won’t allow her to. Um, Michael, how is Pam suppose to emerge as Fancy New Beesly unless you let her?
After Michael fails to have the courage to walk across the coals himself, Dwight volunteers to go in his place. Actually Dwight insists that he stays on the hot coals until Michael decrees him Regional Manager. This leads to some burnt skin and it ain’t pretty. Yet another failed funtivity.
Michael finally decides to have Jim and Dwight compete for the job by having each give an inspiring tribal council speech decreeing why they should be appointed Regional Manager. Jim is first up, and Michael is crushed when Jim tells him that he doesn’t want to be Regional Manager and he’s going next week to compete against Michael for the Corporate job. Again, WTF Halpert? Do we need to break up? You are so not acting like the boy I once loved.
Meanwhile, Pam is finding the courage to do the coal walk. She’s hesitant, but she’s also Fancy and New and when she goes for it she does it with no problem. YAY Pam!! (We were all rooting for you). Pam’s accomplishment gives her a major boost of self confidence and she wants to share it with the group. She runs over and decides it’s time to be honest about a few things…and here we have the OH.MY.GOD. moment of tonight’s episode, nay, season.
Pam: Hey, I want to say something. I’ve been trying to be more honest lately and I just need to say a few things: I DID THE COAL WALK. Just… I did it. Michael you couldn’t even do that. Maybe I should be your boss. Wow I feel really good right now.
Why didn’t any of you come to my art show? I invited all of you, and that really sucked. It’s like sometimes some of you act like I don’t even exist.
(turns to Jim) Jim, I called off my wedding because of you. And now we’re not ever friends. And things are just weird between us and that sucks. And I miss you. You were my best friend before you went to Stamford. I really miss you. I shouldn’t have been with Roy, and there were a lot of reasons to call of my wedding, but the truth is, I didn’t really care about any of those reasons until I met you. And now you’re with someone else. And that’s fine…it’s whatever…it’s not what, I don’t…ok my feet really hurt. The thing that I’m just trying to say to you Jim, and to everyone else in the circle I guess, is that I miss having fun with you. Just you, not everyone in the circle. Ok, I’m going to go walk in the water now. Yeah, it’s a good day.
WAH!! The show ended about an hour ago and I’m still shaking a bit. That was AMAZING. Jenna Fischer blew me away with that speech. It’s what I have been hoping for since the first episode of this season. It didn’t end with Jim swooping in and kissing Pam but there’s still one episode left in the season. So that’s what we have to ponder over the next week.
Will Jim get the job in New York? If so will he take it? Will he and Pam FINALLY talk about what went down at Casino Night? Will Jim think that Pam just misses him as a friend? And does she? There was no mention of love in her monologue. Will Karen keep Jim up with some more late night talks? Will Jim return to the Desk of Love? Will Greg Daniels leave us with a summer of happy thoughts and rainbows or tears and bad wigs? All this and more will be answered in just one week’s time. I’m not sure I can last a week.
Check out behind-the-scenes pics from BEACH GAMES at NBC.com
My apologies to the NBC promo department for a full week of secretly bashing you and wishing you nothing but ill will. You made good on the promo…please forgive me.