THE OFFICE: Lecture Circuit (Part II)
February 12, 2009 by Kath Skerry
I’ve got a chainsaw, some mini Snickers and I know my movie quotes. Kids, I’m giving up the blog to hit the lecture circuit. Hell, if Michael Scott can do it than so can I. Then again, Michael Scott has been a bit of a train wreck, hasn’t he? Isn’t he always?
Tonight’s conclusion to “Lecture Circuit” didn’t have me on the floor as much as some moments from last week’s episode, but I was laughing…and crying and cringing and wanting to be Kelly Kapoor (and lusting after Jim Halpert) – all the elements that make up a great episode of THE OFFICE.
Bravo to Jenna Fischer who carried most of the episode on her back. Fancy New Beesly knows how to handle Michael Scott better than anyone else and she is the only reason he kept it together in Nashua. And seeing that he didn’t really hold it together all that well, I can’t help but imagine what he would have done if Pam weren’t there. But Pam could not have been more adorable. Seriously, I wanted to shoot her, stuff her and put her of my shelf. Adorable!
Pam Beesly – Public Speaker
I was genuinely sad for Michael that he didn’t get to see Holly while in Nashua, but thrilled that the writers kept the storyline open for the return of Amy Ryan’s Holly Flax. I did find the reading of a letter a bit strange. I didn’t have an issue with him stealing it – I would have done the same thing (what, it had his name on it…and it was left on her desktop – who does that?). But it seemed a little odd that Pam told Michael that Holly still had feelings for him. It’s been months – how does Pam know that Holly didn’t write that letter the day she arrived in Nashua? Maybe her feelings have changed. Has Pam unwittingly set Michael up for a huge fall? I hope not. Holly and Michael were meant to be. Now if we can just get rid of that boyfriend of hers. Stay strong, Michael.
Back at Dunder Mifflin Scranton, the Party Planning Boyz continued to fail at every turn in planning Kelly’s birthday bash…until they didn’t. I hope that Pam doesn’t let Jim within 50-feet of their wedding planning. He’ll ruin the whole thing. Dwight I would expect this from, but Jim? I loved seeing Jim so overwhelmed and flustered. With all that goes on in that office Jim always manages to keep his cool, but now he can’t seem to pull off a small birthday fete without bursting a blood vessel. The interplay between Jim and Dwight was spot on. I could watch these two bicker like an old married couple every week.
Jim & Dwight’s Perfect Party
And Angela? I think we were watching Angela Martin, but I couldn’t be sure. See the writers have diluted Angela Martin so much that I’m never sure which version of her we are going to get. Me, I prefer the old school Angela – a uncompromising and unforgiving woman who was set in her ways and who was led by her strict morals and values. I fear that that version of Angela Martin is gone forever. Not to say I didn’t find this Angela enjoyable, it’s just not the same. This new Angela sleeps around, cheats on her fiance, buys $7,000 cats and then licks them. I think they took Angela to a new place tonight and I’m not sure they will ever be able to bring her back. That’s sad. (And the coughing up of the hair balls? Really? No one questioned that in the writers room?)
Kelly “I’m too excited to sleep” Kapoor continues to be awesome! You gotta love that Mindy Kaling had no problem writing character into the central plot of one of her own episodes. Who knows Kelly (or is it Kelley) better than Mindy? I love Kelly. We just need to get her a man, agreed? Kelly’s at her best when she’s all clingly and neurotic…and psycho.
“Lecture Circuit” will stay on the DVR for a little while as I think it’s one of those eps that will only get funnier with multiple viewings (with exception of the hair ball which will never be funny).
Meanwhile, I’m going to sit back and wait for Amy Ryan’s schedule to clear.
Favorite moments, quotes, and other delightful tidbits from last night’s episode…
Many Happy Returns
- “$7,000? I could get you a kid for that”
- “There office is only accessible by cross country skis. Ayo.”
- “Good morning Vietnashua”
- “Blazer, Freckles, Penguin, k.d. Lang, Holly’s boyfriend.”
- “I have a chainsaw. Neeee. Cutting down the competition.”
- “So far, our ideal party consists of beer, fights to the death, cupcakes, blood pudding, blood, touch football, mating, charades and yes, horse hunting”
- “I’m too excited to sleep.”
- “Bonnie Hunt is on.”
- “We should go apologize to Roy or something.”
- “Jabba the Hut. Pizza the Hut. Fat guys like pizza. Pepperoni pizza. Pepperoni Tony.”
Next week on THE OFFICE…
Perhaps the single worst episode of THE OFFICE ever…”Baby Shower”. Oh no, I hope they’re not showing this episode to set up the return of Jan. Hey OFFICE writers – she hasn’t been missed!!