There have been many romantic entanglements over the years in The Office, Jim and Pam being the biggest one, obviously. But we’ve had Michael involved with a few ladies. We’ve had Dwight and Angela and Ryan and Kelly and so many others. So it’s not surprising to turn on The Office and see two guys going after one girl, or a girl trying to seduce a guy or a guy trying to seduce a girl OR a jealous boyfriend come in and complicate a possible romance. What IS surprising, however, is when all of that happens in the same episode. YIKES. Read on »
Archive for February 2012
There were so many after-hours shenanigans going on during “After Hours,” that it was difficult for me to stay focused on finding any “Scrantonicity.” But I finally fought through all of the distractions, like Cathy’s bathrobe-clad athletic calves, and I managed to slap something together. So, let’s see what was ultimately slapped together….. after hours. (Yeppers, that’s five dots.) Read on »
I have a luke warm feeling towards this episode. It wasn’t the worst, it certainly had its moments, however the bar has been set pretty high by the last few episodes, and I guess I was hoping that even with the change of setting, the high caliber we’ve seen of late would continue. I’m not totally disappointed, I just don’t think it was as good as the past few episodes.
I did enjoy the cold opening which showcased typical Dwight behavior and a very realistic and doable Jim prank. The DM “Dream Team” is down in Florida, settled into a hotel which is a 30 minute ride from Sabre headquarters. Dwight, taking into account all of his subordinates’ idiosyncrasies, including allowing time for Erin to get lost on her way to the lobby, decides that he must begin waking up his team at 5:10 am; and by his estimation they are already 30 minutes late. He seems to have a room key for each member of his team and begins to enter each employee’s room to wake them up, beginning with Cathy. He just yells, “WAKE UP!” in her ear and she freaks out. He tries the same with Erin, but he only finds her feet on the pillow as she kicks him in the head. When he asks her why she’s sleeping that way she replies that she was reading the mattress tag and she fell asleep; classic Erin. Next is Stanley, who sleeps (and snores) so deeply, Dwight must cover Stanley’s nose and mouth to get him to wake up after Erin yelling that it’s pretzel day does not seem to stir him. Dwight has Erin pull a rather sneaky prank on Ryan. He has her sit on Ryan’s bed and run her fingers through his hair and whisper, “We’re in FL now, let’s have some fun.” Ryan takes this to mean “fun between the sheets” and admits that he’s glad that Erin is there and he actually came to her door twice during the night. Then he notices Dwight standing at the foot of his bed and realizes the jig is up. Jim is up and dressed and standing in his room telling the camera that he’s running on the two kids sleep schedule and he’s been up since 4:15. He just couldn’t figure out what to do with his extra time until it came to him. He wants to elaborate, but hears Dwight approaching his room and hides in the closet. Dwight and Erin enter and see a classic “Who done it?” set up complete with a briefcase full of cash and rope made of sheets leading out of the room and over the balcony. Written in lipstick on the wall are the words, “It was Dwightg”; along with some other cryptic message. Dwight and Erin are horrified and left wondering what Jim was into; when all of a sudden he falls face first out of the closet. Dwight and Erin shriek in unison and we go to credits. So Bob’s theory is that a good C/O will set the tone for the rest of the episode; well we’ll just see if his theory proves correct with this one. Read on »
For the next couple of episodes, I should re-title this column “Scrantonicity/Tallahassee-icity,” as much of the action will be taking place down in Florida. Since we know that The Office prop department is the hardest-workin’ bunch in show biz, there should be plenty of interesting stuff to find. And, as always, I am extending an invitation for any and all Floridians to help identify locations and props that are not clearly marked. So, let’s see about “Tallahassee”… Read on »
Two preview clips have been released for tonight’s new episode entitled Tallahassee. It seems as if Jo ended up giving her gal pal Nellie (Catherine Tate) a job before Robert California talked her into giving him her job. She hasn’t gotten any less bizarre since we met her in the Season 7 Finale. Apparently, she has a penis now, although she keeps it in her brain. Think I’m crazy? Watch and see.
We also get a chance to see exactly what happened to Todd Packer (David Koechner) in his first appearance this season. For those who wish to remain unspoiled, clips are after the jump. Read on »
I liked this episode, “Special Project,” but when it was over, I had to sadly admit that I saw no new “Scrantonicity.” Oh, I heard Erin tell her “pin twin” Andy that she bought her Valentine accessory at CVS, and those pharmacies are all over the Scranton area. But CVS is all over just about everywhere. So that’s no big deal. Why didn’t they use Rite Aid, a pharmacy chain that actually originated with store number one in Scranton, Pa!?! Anyway, then I re-watched the show a second time today on the internet, and I ended up finding a decent amount of material to use. So, “Scrantonicity” lives to fight another day! Or… at least another episode. Read on »
In my opinion, this season of “The Office” has been plagued by many less-than-stellar Cold Openings. The “cold opening” most often sets the tone of the whole episode for me. A weak, overdone, or unrealistic opening can put a damper on the rest of the show, kind of “predisposing” me to not be receptive to the charms of the episode. Well, I’m pleased to report that I really liked the cold opening for “Special Project.” The sweetness of Pam’s return to the office was quickly soured by coworker comments, and then completely upended by Angela’s unexpected entrance. The writing was excellent; the banter between Pam and everyone else felt realistic. Nobody’s remark was out-and-out mean; but the dialogue was a well-written example of passive-aggressive “sugar-coated” hostility, the kind we all experience in our lives. And that makes for some very humorous situations, as we see poor Pam slink away towards her desk. Welcome back, Pam! Read on »
Sorry I am a bit late with this recap everyone, but I was on vacation with very limited internet connection (I know, I know…the horror!). Despite the lack of internet, my family and I had a good time. Today, I finally got a chance to see “Jury Duty”. The verdict on “Jury Duty”? I loved it! It was like a little extra treat after my fun weekend. Read on »
A few weeks ago, I read that an upcoming “Office” episode was titled “Jury Duty.” I immediately (mistakenly) assumed it was going to involve the “Scranton Strangler” case. And that, of course, would bode well for the prospects of “Scrantonicity.” I’ve gotten a kick out of the ongoing “Scranton Strangler” bit, but it appears that the show is shying away from it now, probably because of the unsavory possibilities of real-life “copycat” crimes. All it would take would be one real strangler to cite “The Office” as an evil influence, a “voice” in their head … !!! Well, I’m sure that thought strikes terror in the hearts of the NBC suits and the legal eagles. Anyway, the “Scranton Strangler” was peripherally mentioned in this episode, so that was good. But was I able to scrape together enough to fluff up a “Scrantonicity” for “Jury Duty?” Well, let’s get to the verdict… Read on »
The Office star, John Krasinski, has a new movie opening this Friday along with Drew Barrymore, Kristen Bell and Ted Danson. Looks pretty cool. It might just be enough to pull this non-movie goer back into the theaters this weekend. It’s been a long time, ever since I’ve had to add the price of a baby sitter the the cost of the tickets. Oh and Netflix online has kind of played a part in it as well. I don’t think I’ve been out to the movies in about 3 years.
See the official trailer below: