THE OFFICE: Golden Ticket
March 13, 2009 by Kath Skerry
Michael Scott tried his best at being Willy Wonka but ended up looking more like a bad Oompa Loompa in last night’s episode of THE OFFICE.
After devising a marketing plan to place Golden Tickets offering major discounts into random boxes of paper goes horribly awry, Michael sets up Dwight to take the fall with Corporate. But when the mishap is turned on its ear resulting in a financial windfall for Dunder Mifflin, Dwight takes the credit for Michael’s idea. When the lies are revealed, any good will David Wallace had for Michael in light of recent branch performance was seemingly erased setting up a major plotline that will play out over the course of the rest of the season.
Meanwhile, Kevin is contemplating his next move with the woman he met at the Lonely Hearts Party, but when he gets conflicting bad advice from Jim, Andy and Pam, he’s left a muddled mess.
The episode, written by Mindy Kaling, was simply fantastic. “Golden Ticket” wasn’t about the laugh out loud moments as much as it was the humor derived from those all too familiar awkward workplace situations. Ok, maybe your boss is running around the office dressed as Willy Wonka, but most of us have witnessed a colleague throwing another colleague under the proverbial bus. The tension that resulted between Michael and Dwight/Jim/David Wallace was uncomfortably fantastic.
Michael was flat out a bad boss last night. Despite the goofy hat and silly walk, what Michael did couldn’t be masked by his childlike innocence. He messed up. And rather than stepping up and taking the blame he manipulated Dwight’s feelings as well as his allegiance to both Michael and the company, in an effort to save his own ass. There wasn’t a way to spin this one. But Michael took it ever further when he wouldn’t allow Dwight to accept the accolades when the golden ticket idea turned, well, golden. He was prepared to let Dwight fall on the sword but not reap in the glory.
I liked that Jim got pissed last night. I liked that he stood up for Dwight. I can’t wait to see Jim & Pam live happily ever after but I’m equally as invested in the Jim & Dwight “ship”.
Speaking of “ships”, Kevin is on the verge of having a new one for himself, that is if he would stop asking his co-workers for advice. Andy is completely clueless when it comes to women so Kevin should know better. Jim Halpert finally got the girl but only after years of standing by and watching her with another man. His advice is a little tainted by his own experience. And while Pam probably offered the most sound dating advice, she wasn’t really taking into consideration that this was Kevin we’re talking about – perhaps touching on the first date isn’t the best idea.
In the end, Kevin took in all the advice and went his own way…with success. Good luck, Kevin. We’re pulling for ya, buddy!
I really enjoyed the show last night. Lots of laughs and uncomfortably fantastic moments. Here are a few more of my faves.
- Kevin: I don’t like getting advice from more than one person at a time. I’m a textbook over-thinker.
- Michael’s Willy Wonka somersault was hilarious. I can just imagine the number of time Steve had to do that before he got a clean take.
- Michael: Well you know what, Jim? It is not my fault that you bought a house to impress Pam. That is why carnations exist.
Creed: That’s not why.
- Who wouldn’t buy shoes at Shoe La-La?
- Michael: I do want the credit without any of the blame.
Thoughts on “Golden Ticket”. Did you want it to continue on like an Everlasting Gobstopper? (Sorry, I couldn’t resist!)