THE OFFICE: Lecture Circuit (Part I)
February 6, 2009 by Kath Skerry
Attention Dwight Schurte and Jim Halpert – my birthday is March 21st. That gives you over a full month to plan my party. My chocolate ice cream cake better be covered in 24 candles (one for each year of my life) and my orange and purple balloons best be fully inflated. Got it? Good.
Last night’s episode of THE OFFICE had a great mix of cringeworthy moments and old school office antics, which made for a very fun episode – one of the stronger ones this season in my opinion. For the most part the humor in last night’s episode came from the Dunder Mifflinites playing off each other. Whether it was Stanley, Andy and Creed coming together to land Andy his new m’lady; Jim and Dwight trying to make right by Kelly; or Pam and Michael teaming up on their road trip, it all, for the most part, just worked.
I’m actually happy that we’re going to see more of these storylines play out in next week’s episode. I’m not holding my breath for the appearance of Holly in Nashua, but you never know.
Pam knows how to handle Michael better than anyone in the office, and that man needs to be handled. But Pam has a level of affection for Michael that is akin to a mother caring for a really annoying and inappropriate child. The scene in the car when they were discussing whether or not Pam could put on the music was especially stellar as it was well acted, well paced, and completely in character. More road trip fun with Michael and Pam next week. YAY!
As great as the scenes with Michael and Pam were, you throw Karen into the mix and it becomes all kind of uncomfortable…in the best possible way. From the pregnancy jokes, to questioning Karen on her sex life, to the mnemonic devices (how Michael managed to use the word “mnemonic” is beyond me) – it all had my cracking up. Ok maybe the fake dead father phone call didn’t, but the rest was all quite amusing.
I was really excited for the return of Rashida Jones (oh how far I’ve come). Despite how much many of us wanted her to just disappear back in Season 3, Karen really got the short end of the stick. She did what most of all of us girls have done…she fell for Jim Halpert. Can we blame her for wanting to keep him? She was left by a fountain, hours from home while her boyfriend went off to find the woman he really loved. As happy as I was about the Jim and Pam reunion, there was a part of me that always felt a little bad for Karen. I like that she’s happily married, with a baby on the way – even if her new husband did look a little like Jim.
Michael, of course, made the reunion about as uncomfortable as he could. He insulted in Karen in every way possible, but I kind of loved that Karen knew Michael enough to shrug it off with a roll of her eyes. The somewhat awkward hug that she and Pam shared was sweet, and almost a little sad as that was probably the end of Karen Fillipelli. Bye Rashida…see you on Parks & Recreation in April!
Back in the office….
Andy had a rather lame storyline about trying to get with one of Stanley’s clients (whom I mistook for his daughter at first). But it did lend itself to some great Andy/Creed interaction – which we definitely don’t have enough of. And I’m glad that Stanley is getting more screen time as of late, he’s a great character. Jim and Pam get the credit for being the “normal” ones in the office, but I think Stanley has them beat. He’s above all the nonsense, while Jim and Pam ofter get caught up in all of it.
Jim and Dwight as the heads of the Party Planning Committee cracked me up. Dwight being Dwight is naturally not a good fit for the role, and Jim has already proven that he’s not good at the whole office birthday thing. But I love when Jim and Dwight are forced to work together because despite how opposite they pretend to be, they have more in common than either would like to admit.
Jim and Dwight better be watching their backs 24/7. Last time the two of them crossed Kelly Kapoor there was a major fallout that could have cost them their jobs. You would have thought they would have learned by now. Tsk tsk tsk boys.
Other favorite moments…
- Jim and his trusty scissors save the day once again. First it was Dwight’s bouncy ball chair and now Michael’s intercom. Thank you, Jim.
- Michael: Shirty. Mole. Lazy eye. Mexico. Baldy. Sugarboobs. Black woman. I have taken a unique part of who you are and I have used that to memorize your names. Baldy. Your head is bald. It is hairless. It is shiny. It is reflective, like a mirror. M. Your name is Mark. It works!
- Pam: Perfect boobs. Of course I remember Holly
- Jim: It is your birthday, period.
Dwight: It’s a statement of fact.
Jim: Not even an exclamation point?
Dwight: This is more professional. It’s not like she discovered a cure for cancer.
- Dwight: Are you trying to hurt my feelings? Because if you are then you are succeeding. Fortunately my feelings regenerate at twice the speed of a normal mans.
- Creed (to Andy): Have I ever steered you wrong, Jim?
Thoughts on last night’s episode? Love it or leave it? Was anyone else as excited as I was to see the return of Rashida? What could Kelly possibly been in juvee for? Did she physcially hurt someone when they forgot her birthday, perhaps? Will the Dwight/Angela/Andy storyline ever be addressed? So much to discuss.