Last night’s episode of THE OFFICE was most definitely this TV Addict’s least favourite of the season (possibly ever!). While still entertaining at times, I found the episode overall simply difficult to watch and almost a re-hash of earlier ‘Michael makes the office’ uncomfortable episodes. While it may be the conceit of the show that Michael is simply socially impaired, I’d like to think that after three seasons Mr. Scott has evolved just a little bit as to realize when he’s grossing out the entire office (apparently he hasn’t). I also found his quick personality shift — after he had his lapdance and berated the entire office repetitive and something we’ve seen before (If I were a more addicted OFFICE fan, I’m sure I could reference an earlier episode, but sadly I’ll have to leave it to a reader to back up my point).
That said, the episode had its funny moments, namely Meredith’s surprising ‘Shut Up!’ to Angela when she told the office, “Under no circumstance should a man strip off his clothes in this office,” and Dwight’s shout-out to one of my favourite shows ever (ALIAS):
Jim: Have you ever seen a stripper before??
Dwight: Yes. Jennifer Garner portrayed one on Alias. It was one of her many aliases.?
Jim: Yeah. Me neither.
I suppose that’s the ‘problem’ with creating one of the funniest shows on television. When the bar is set so high, you’re bound to have an episode each season that just doesn’t stand out.
Finally, two quick questions for everybody:
1. Does anybody else think Angela may be pregnant? She spit out her champagne, and I’m pretty sure I’ve seen her drink before. A baby would certainly be a great way to bring the Dwight/Angela (Dangela?) relationship out in the open. You heard it here first folks!
2. Where was Andy? According to reports all week, actor Ed Helms has been made a series regular. Why no mention of the man who coined the term ‘Big Tuna’?