Sorry to be so late with this, guys! Been very busy. But enough excuses, let’s go!
Last week, some fans were upset with all of the rampant cutthroat back-stabbery that was “New Leads”. Well, this time we get The Office the way we generally like it; crazy co-workers as big dysfunctional family, along the lines of “The Dundies” and “Casino Night”, with the requisite romantic entanglements. And it was pretty good… although I’m gonna need somebody to explain Pam to me. Would YOU try to set up someone who dumped your own mother??? Read on »
I really enjoyed these two deleted scenes. Angela lets her hair down, Oscar becomes social, we get to see more of Michael actually doing well with Pam’s friend before “Date Mike” showed up. Seriously, is there anything Brian Baumgartner is not good at? He’s already shown his precision in basketball and now ski ball; amazing.
Searching for ANY Scranton references in “New Leads” has proved to be as challenging as searching for any “new leads” at the Scranton dump. I was about to give up, and not write anything this week. Then, I thought to myself: Hey… there are regular readers of Scrantonicity; I don’t want to disappoint either of them. So, I may not have found any new Scranton leads, but instead let’s think of this column as a big, ol’ stinky beanbag chair that I’ve tied to the top of the LITO-mobile. Read on »
My first impression of “New Leads” was not a good one. But I know from experience that a second viewing usually lets me get past the developments that I didn’t care for, and enjoy the sly humor that can be found in the shows’ nooks and crannies. So let’s give some real good looks into those nooks.
The cold opening was weak. The scene itself could have worked OK if it had been slipped into the middle of the show, because the unlikely “Johnny Depp,” and very likely “Roger Clemens” sightings were amusing. But the “cold opening” calls for more; the bar is set much higher for the opening act, and in my opinion this bit just wasn’t up to the task. We here at Life In The Office have been spoiled by LITO staff writer Kevin Greene’s Cold Openings. For those who are unfamiliar with Kevin’s fantastic fan-fiction, please check these stories out! Read on »
This Scrantonicity was going to be the prettiest Scrantonicity… of all the Scrantonicities. I had “insider information” for quite awhile that the show was going to send a camera crew to film the local St. Patrick’s Day parade, including a Dunder-Mifflin float. Talk about a slam-dunk! The parade is one of the country’s largest, and the route goes right through downtown Scranton. I would have been able to tell an uplifting story, or a lurid tale about every identifiable background shot. Well, that didn’t happen. NBC changed the schedule around, moving this episode up to air before the parade, making it all a moot point. That’s a lot of lurid tales left untold. For now.
Top o’ the Mornin’ to ya, LITO readers! Sure and begorra, it’s St. Patrick’s Day in Scranton. Michael comes into the office and gleefully grabs some green M&M’s from Erin’s festive reception desk. He exclaims, “Green M&M’s?! Nature’s viagra!” Everyone seems to be a good mood. The camera pans around the office to show that mostly all (except Angela) are smiling and a wearin’ o’ the green. Kelly and Ryan walk by, they’re arguing about going to a St. Patrick’s day party after work. Meredith, looking so pretty in her green dress, interupts them and tells them to stop fighting. She says, “Don’t fight today. There is just one perfect day a year. There’s no hassles, no problems, no kids.” Ryan questions her, “Why no kids?” Kelly chimes in, “Yeah, where are your kids?!” Meredith gets upset, “Nope! Nuh-uh! Not TODAY!” and she stalks away. I guess in the world of an alcoholic (Meredith), there is no greater day than St. Patrick’s Day, where drunken debauchery is not only accepted but is encouraged? The only question is…what did she do with her kids?!
Michael explains this St. Patrick’s Day fevor in a talking head. “Here in Scranton, St. Patrick’s Day is a huge, big deal. It’s the closest the Irish will ever get to Christmas.” Huh? Well, there’s some typical Michael Scott logic for ya! Still you get his meaning. St. Patrick’s Day is a big deal where he comes from.
Camera pans to the door and in comes our favorite new dad, Jim Halpert. His co-workers greet him warmly. Then Jim sees his desk. Or actually, Dwights “Mega-Desk”. In Jim’s paternity leave absence, Dwight has taken over Jim’s desk and added it to his own, “for surveillance, gaming and business”. Jim takes all of two seconds to pull the desks apart.
Dwight is not happy! He acknowledges that he shouldn’t have gotten hooked on Mega-Desk, but now that he has, he’s unrepentant. He explains, “All I care about is Mega-Desk”. Read on »