THE OFFICE: New Boss
March 19, 2009 by Kath Skerry
(The following contains spoilers for tonight’s episode of THE OFFICE. Stop reading if you haven’t yet watched.)
If you’re skin is crawling with awkwardness then you might have just finished watching tonight’s episode of THE OFFICE. Talk about cringeworthy. I watched most of the episode with my hands over my eyes. And I loved every minute of it!
Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg have been with the show from the beginning and you could really feel that history tonight as they nailed the tone perfectly. Quotable lines, uncomfortable moments, and a (somewhat) shocking twist. Way to keep it classy guys…I hope you’re wearing your tuxes.
Idris Elba is a fantastic addition to the cast as the new corporate VP, Charles Minor. In the past the VP position has been reserved for the incapable and unprofessional such as Jan Levinson and Ryan “Fire Guy” Howard. Seems corporate stepped up their game because Charles seems to be the real deal. But Michael, and let’s face it Jim, managed to give their new boss a reason to keep a watchful eye on the branch. And it’s not the kind of eye you want on you when the company is looking to create efficiences across the board – especially when you are the Scranton Branch.
You can always trust Michael Scott to make an ass out of himself. He was childish, petty, inappropriate and off the charts unprofessional. But Jim. Whoa, talk about a bad day. We’ve seen Jim choke before but every time he opened him mouth it just got worse. The new boss didn’t take too kindly to Jim’s lack of professionalism and it seemed that’s all Jim was offering up today. I’m glad we’ve seen Jim exposed like this in the past because it made his fouls that much more believable. But I also don’t think he did anything to help himself. For instance, why not ditch the jacket and bow tie and leave the tux look behind? Certainly not the first impression you want to make when your career is possibly on the line.Think about your mortgage and upcoming (hopefully) nuptuials, James. Although, let’s be honest here, he did look quite handsome (and classy) in the tux so at least there’s that. I mean it did take him 40 minutes to get ready.
Despite some great lines tonight, I still continue to be disappointed in what the writers have done to Angela. Close your eyes and think back to the first few seasons. Picture Angela Martin with her tight bun and sensible shoes. Now would that Angela Martin practically throw herself at her new boss? I dare say not. But I need to get over it. I need to stop complaining. I fear that version of Angela Martin is gone…for good.
Not feeling he was getting the respect he deserved, Michael pulled something unexpected out of his hat – he quit. Didn’t see that one coming. We the audience of course know it won’t stick but it will be interesting to see how this plays out over the next few weeks. What will Michael Scott do without Dunder Mifflin? Who will he be? And who will take over the branch? I’m not sure Charles is going to put the “Assistant Regional Manager”, Jim Halpert in charge. Will Dwight finally get to rule the branch? I can’t wait to see!
Oh and Charles, a word please. Listen, I know you are new around here, but I’ve been here for a long time now. How about you ease up on my boy, Halpert. He’s a good worker. Perhaps a little misguided at times but he means well, and he is the glue that holds Michael, and by extension, the branch together. So chillax, ok. Oh and one more thing. Assistant Regional Manager is a real position. It was the title Jim received as part of him promotion when he transferred to the Stamford Branch. Dunder Mifflin even put his title on a name plate…so there!
I’m anxious to read what you all thought of the episode. I thought it was by far one of the strongest of the season. This is one that will definitely stay on the DVR for some time as it’s worthy of a few more re-watches.
Some other great moments from “New Boss”:
- I loved the cold open. Seems everything sounds better in a tux. Chocolate covered fruit anyone? Perhaps strawberries?
- I’ve seen John Krasinski in a tux many, many times yet tonight it looked 100% like Jim Halpert in a tux. Just an observation.
- In his first episode, Idris Elba figured out how to work the camera. His subtle glances were spot on.
- Michael: It was my understanding that I was not going to be managed.
David Wallace: What gave you that idea?
Michael: It was my understanding.
- Michael: I think I thrive under a lack of accountability.
- Michael: Tell him to call me ASAP as possible.
- Charles: Who is this? Who is this?
Michael: I was never given a name.
- MichaeI: I think it’s hypercritical.
- Kelly: Should I seduce him?
Angela: No. No one wants to see that.
- Michael and his copycat game was beyond uncomfortable. The whole office could feel it. But Andy’s “You need to stop doing that.” had me howling!
- Jim: And for my next trick I’ll make my career..disappear.
- Kelly: I can see our kids facing obstacles being half Black and half Indian, but it’s so worth it you guys.
- Angela: He does not need to go dumpster diving for companionship.
- Michael: I quit.
Talk to me Dunder Mifflinites. Was this episode classy enough for you? Could you handle the awkwardness of it all? Do you think Jim’s interaction with Charles foreshadowed some future issues?
Share your favorite (or not so favorite) moments!