Season 3 Episode 9
Michael finds out that there is an ex-convict that works in Dunder-Mifflin now. It turns out to be Martin Nash. Each of the characters react different. Angela is scared, Dwight is furious, and Stanley doesn’t care.
Martin explained to everyone that he served time because he started doing some insider trading. He also talks to the staff about the classes, tv, and outdoor time that prisoners get. They start to joke that prison is better than Dunder Mifflin and of course Michael is offended. Also, Kevin gets scared because insider trading sounds like what he does every day.
Michael turn into “Prison Mike” teach that prison is not fun. I thought this was an incredible scene. Jim, Pam, and Dwight played along great asking him questions. Also, he tells Ryan that if he was in prison, he would be the “belle of the ball.” Now that was funny stuff.
When Michael doesn’t get the response he is looking for, he locks the staff in the conference room. They eventually call Toby and ask him to come let them out. Toby did this by explaining to Michael that they were just teasing him. It was really fun to see Michael be so child-like and see how relieved he was when he understood what Toby was saying. Toby was a good man to help him even after all Michael had done to him.
All the attention ends up being too much for Martin and he ends up cleaning out his desk and quitting. This really caught me by surprise. It’s obviously a way to trim the cast down a bit and have more face time for everyone, but I just don’t think that it was set up real well. Martin didn’t seem offended at all during the day after being initially embarrassed a bit.
Of course the fun storyline was set up with the call to Jim from Andy. I crack up every time I hear Andy say, “I am so horny,” and then see Jim’s reaction. Andy has Jim tell him about the ladies of the office and whether Andy should make a move. When he mentions Pam, the prank is in motion.
Jim coaches Andy and gives him all bad advice. Andy then precedes to flirt with Pam using her “likes” of frisbee throwing, country music, pig latin, etc. I love to see how confident Andy is with his flirts. As soon as Pam realizes it was Jim that put him up to it, we get a little of the magic from last year.
Jim gives Pam the “Gotcha!” look and Pam is just happy to be a part of it.
We saw a little inside Jim when Karen wanted in on the prank. Jim mentioned earlier in the show that he is dating Karen and it’s going good. But, he was a little hesitant let Karen in on teasing Pam. Jim is obviously a little torn still. All I can say is he better pay it right. I think it’d be smart to let Karen know a bit of the history so she knows here he is coming from. And Jim definitely has to decide if he really is ready for the relationship with Karen or not. If not, don’t hurt Karen or Pam in the mean time.
But enough with the serious stuff. Andy ends the show with an awesome banjo falsetto number. Andy was awesome. You could tell that Pam had a really, really hard time not laughing.
Overall, I thought this was a good episode. But, it wasn’t really about the plot for me. It was more about the scenes. Michael, Jim, Andy and Pam were all awesome and we got to see a bit of their character again.
My laugh out loud moment was when Prison Mike yelled right in the face of Phyllis.