The TV Addict to Michael Scott: REALLY?!?

the office recapI had high hopes for last night’s episode of THE OFFICE considering it started with one of the funniest cold opens ever. That said, much like Michael Scott’s common sense, funny was in short supply.

Sure there were cute moments between Jim and Pam, their prank on Dwight was classic and the growing love triangle between Angela, Dwight and Andy is somewhat fascinating. But Michael Scott taking a Pizza Boy hostage? To steal line from SNL’s Seth and Amy — REALLY?!?

One can’t deny the fact that these hour long episodes have seriously taken their toll on the THE OFFICE writers. Would a kidnapping plot really have entered into the equation if the writer’s had not been forced to fill an additional twenty minutes of story? This TV Addict is at a loss for words and is now officially starting the countdown to October 25. The commencement of SCRUBS’ final season [again!] and the return of 30 minute OFFICE episodes.

Two things most definitely worthy of an Angela thrown office party.

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  • Josh

    This week I agree with you. I thought the kidnapping storyline was stupid and completely unfunny. Same thing for Michael’s thinking that “chatroom” meant a nightclub in NYC, even though it had a www and a password. What the hell happened to the show we love?

    Now I’m really glad they didn’t go to hour-long episodes permanently. Clearly those should be saved for special occasions, like last year’s Christmas episode and season finale.

  • CT

    You know, my friend, I think it’s official. You’ve lost touch with your funny. Sorry, but I thought Michael’s taking the kid hostage was hysterical. The roomie and I laughed our butts off through that entire segment. And as silly as it was that Michael didn’t figure out the whole “chatroom” thing, you have to remember that this is a comedy… and that means we’re supposed to suspend our disbelief. And if you didn’t find the sequences in which Phyllis attempted to try a new route with Angela some of the funniest stuff on television this week, then you… you… I don’t know what.

    I don’t get it… you buy that Dwight lacks the common sense to see that he’s NOT chatting with a computer, and to, in fact, actually declare that the system has come alive, but you won’t buy Michael being SO determined to get the customer service he thinks he deserves that he draws a line in the sand? I thought that was classic… who in the audience hasn’t, at some point, wanted to extract justice from a world in which the words “customer service” have become an oxymoron? And how better to represent it than with an attitudinal (is that even a word?), snot-nosed punk of a pizza boy who aptly represented all the bad customer service experiences we’ve ever had rolled up into one?

  • Donkey Kid

    This is the same Dwight that thought the fax machine was sending him messages from his future self. Continuity in how the character relates to the world can be troublesome for some writers but Dwight thinking the computer is talking to him falls in line with his thought process.

  • Kurt

    It should also be noted that I think the kidnapping plot might have been built-in just because they finally wanted to give Dwight his chance to see his Jack Bauer fantasies come to fruition. While this may be problematic in practice- in concept- that is hilarious. So this whole problem was more of an execution problem in which they failed to capitalize on Rain’s penchant for 24. Had they found a better way to demonstrate this concept it would have easily saved the bit.

    In either case, the Car in a Lake thing is wholly indefensible.

    On that note, we might need to wonder if this new direction for the show has more to do with the new writer’s than the length. Hour long episodes of the past have never had this problem. However, the staff did take on new writer’s who could be interfering with the balance between reality and comedy. I think this is more likely than the format making things wacky.

  • Kurt,

    I think the real issue is that the writers were asked to do too much too soon. This year, they’ve been asked to write double the amount of episodes in the same amount of time. One really can’t blame them when the quality suffers. I blame NBC for asking them to ‘bulk up’ [as former President of NBC Kevin Reilly put it at the UpFronts[