J.J. Abrams Works His Magic on THE OFFICE

Last night’s installment of THE OFFICE was classic J.J. Abrams (see: LOST, ALIAS and FELICITY). The episode raised far more questions then it answered, provided viewers with some truly surprising (and funny) moments and most importantly left us with one hell of an ending.

Is Jan insane? The answer it seems is a little complicated. On the one hand, admitting to the world that you’re dating Michael Scott is a sure sign that something’s not right. Yet what’s keeping us from sending Jan off to Arkham Asylum is her logical explanation, which also happens to be the funniest line of the night:

I am taking a calculated risk. What’s the upside? I overcome my nausea, fall deeply in love, babies, normalcy, no more self-loathing. Downside, I date Michael Scott publicly and collapse into myself like a dying star.

There were actually quite a few surprising scenes in last night’s episode. Creed for one comes to mind. Why exactly was Creed at a Sheriff’s station — and more to the point — do we really want to know? Another surprise, was no follow up on the Ryan/Kelly working situation. While it’s a standard J.J. tactic to introduce a plot and not follow up on it for months and months (see: Michael and Walt from LOST) I was really looking forward to some serious Ryan/Kelly workplace hilarity (ie. Kelly driving Ryan crazy).

But the biggest surprise of the night (no, not the Pam/Jim break-up — we’re getting to that) is how on earth did Toby win the stuffed duck for Pam from the ‘Claw game’? Seriously, in my twenty something years of living on this planet, I’ve never even come CLOSE to winning the ‘Claw game,’ and believe me I’ve spent countless hours and large sums of money trying!

The trademark of any J.J. Abrams episode is a killer ending (no pun indented) and last night’s episode did not disappoint. Pam and Roy finally breaking up with Roy vowing to “Kill Jim Halpert.” WOW! Let’s hope we don’t have to wait the rumoured six weeks until a new episode and the inevitable Roy/Jim showdown. I wonder who would win in a bare knuckle wharehouse brawl? Sounds like a perfect episode for May sweeps!

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  • wth 6 weeks that is crule and inhmane nbc. haters i need to see roy and jim fight.

    p.s. i kinda wanted pam to get hit bc then jim wouldve seen her black eye went down the the wharehouse to beatup roy and then karen wouldve seen that he deff cares more for pam then he doesn for her and then all wouldve been right with the world again.

    again six weeks?!?!?!?!?!

  • Kristy, I hate to say this, but I have a bad feeling that in a fight, Roy would totally take down Jim.

  • yeah i know but kevin’s got jim’s back maybe dwight would even help with his 4th grade level purple belt.
    good over evil come on.

  • JennyC

    This is one of the best episodes of The Office (for the second straight time I am saying this.) I love seeing Dwight and his erratic behavior. Imagine waking up with Dwight in your bedroom!
    Can’t wait to see the Roy v. Jim saga.
    Is it just me or does anyone think that there could be something kindling between Michael and Pam? I know it’s a long shot, but this show has its quirkiness.

  • JennyC,

    You had me at hello….

    then you lost me when you said that you think there could be something brewing between Michael and Pam. Pam almost always looks mortified whenever Michael says anything to her. It will never happen!

    But thanks for posting

  • Cheryl B

    So far the best episode. The question of Creed and the sheriff station, this wasn’t the first indication of his criminal life. If you remember when they had ID photo’s taken he did turn to the left (or right) when his photo was taken. Makes you wonder, huh??