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The Office: Survivor Man

After this episode of The Office, there is only one left to run due to the WGA strike. You know all the episodes you watched online and on iTunes? The writers of the show get paid zero dollars for all of that. That is simply absurd.

The plot for this episode of The Office centers aroudn Michael not being invited on Ryan’s camping trip. Toby, Michael’s point of focus for all anger, was invited. And now, Michael is going to find someway to make his own camping thinger.

Michael will actually be trying to survive by himself for a couple days. And with that framework, let the funny begin.

Did I make it clear enough that we should be supporting the striking writers? Because we should.

Dwight is fake abducting Michael, so Michael can feel like he is really stranded.

The office related humor for this episode comes from a month of birthdays. Kelly, Creed, Oscar, and Meredith all have their birthdays this month. Jim, put in charge during Michael’s adventure, thinks consolidating the birthdays into one big party would be the best idea. It is not easy. And funny conflicts happen.

Were you aware that the actors and directors don’t get paid when their shows are run online either? They’ll be striking too when their union contracts are up, unless things change. If the writers win, that will make further strikes and TV stoppage unnecessary.

Creed wanted a birthday peach cobbler. Michael, gone for less than a day, was back just in time for the end of the birthday debacle.

So in conclusion, support the writers! And enjoy the last Office that is in the can next week!


The Office: Safety Training

The best show on television is here. Delivered to you, in a package none to heavy, is one quality episode of The Office.

Andy’s back from anger management! And he is calling himself Drew! Thank the good dude for hilarious cold opens.

Michael is being much louder and more ignorant than usual. Which makes me cringe and laugh and cringe some more.

Head thrown back in a fit of laughter at least once? Check.

The last few weeks, we have been seeing a lot more of Kelly and Ryan’s relationship. There is a lot more to it than we have been lead to believe. There are so many dimensions on this show, and their dynamics can be change only slightly for maximum results. The Office is an amazing machine.

Embarrassed by the constant dangers of the warehouse, Michael has decided to show how dangerous regular office work can be. How can he do that? By creating a visual aid for suicide. This, of course, turned into an almost real suicide.

How do you do it, The Office? How do you take these harsh topics with such perfect humorous twists?


The Office: Cocktails

Rubber pants? Check. Time to watch The Office.

J.J. Abrams, of Lost, Alias, and What About Brian? fame, is directing this episode. That means it should be long and confusing. Haha, yeah. I went with the obvious joke that a five year old could have thought of.

Uncomfortable points to cause drama and humor for the episode? Michael and Jan go to a work party as boyfriend and girlfriend. Roy and Pam are already hitting rough waters after getting back together last week.

The framework is there. Nothing left to do but place the bricks. The hilarious bricks.

Oh! My! God! Pam just told Roy that Jim had kissed her. Then he and his brother went crazy and wrecked up the bar. Seriously! I totally did not image that happening, considering how nice Roy has been this season. It was a fantastic shock!


The Office: Business School

The OfficeThis episode of The Office was directed by Joss Whedon of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly fame.

Micheal is going to speak at Ryan’s business school in this episode. It will be uncomfortable. Very very uncomfortable.

Pam is, officially, back with Roy. That will be a fun enough dynamic to play with until Karen leaves for some reason. Probably because she did a pilot for another TV show.

And there is a bat loose in the office. Not Batman. Just a bat. And Dwight thinks Jim might become a vampire.

Plenty of creepy Creed moments this episode. In fact, we’re getting a little bit of everybody. Kelly and Toby are getting their fair shake. Kevin is a hero.

I’d have to say that I love The Office even more than 24. I look forward to both, but I get all happy inside when The Office is coming. It’s like my heart is smiling to hard.

So harsh and funny and sweet. The Office doesn’t rest. Not a straight comedy. Not a straight drama. It’s the perfect mix of everything that is wonderful.


The Office: Ben Franklin

I guarantee at least twenty hearty laughs during this episode of The Office.

Two laughs in the first minute. I made a good guarantee.

Phillis is getting married in a week, so the office is getting ready to celebrate. It will involve a “one hour shower with guys.”

Packard! He hasn’t been around for a while! What a wonderful jerk.

Michael has decided that it’s a good idea to hire strippers. Jim, charged with hiring a male stripper, hired an educational speaker who dressed as Benjamin Franklin. I’m smiling really big right now. You could see my teeth of you took a look.

Creed! Finally some creepy Creed scarffing down man meat.

Lots of fantastic Pam-Jim-Karen tension this episode.

Who knew just how uncomfortable a non-dead stripper at a bachelor party could be?

Benjamin Franklin is coming on to Pam.


The Office: Traveling Salesmen

The OfficeThe Office is here to wipe away the stink of My Name Is Earl.

Hey, one of my friends saw Jim and Karen leaving a coffee shop last week. California is neat.

Michael is making everyone pair up and go out on sales calls. Everyone is mismatched for assured comedy.

Dwight pumps up for a sales call by blasting Kickstart My Heart by Mötley Crüe. I wish I didn’t know that song.

I love how Stanley is always doing is crossword puzzle whenever possible.

We get to see most every character in a different situation today. It’s done right and without forcing it down your throat. It’s just good. Plain and simple. Dwight and Jim did very very well together.

Dwight just quit rather than reveal his love for Angela. That’s an onion in the ointment. What a great show.


The Office: Back From Vacation

The OfficeThe Office gave us plenty to be happy about with their last one hour episode. Let us enjoy the uncomfortable comedy. Here it comes!

Gut shaking laughter in the first minute? That’s The Office for you!

Michael is back from his Jamaican vacation with his mystery guest. The commercial showed us it was Jan. You stupid commercials. Movies and TV? Listen up. Quite giving us the secrets of your hidden insides!

Jan and Michael finally did that wild thing which involves them not having clothes on. Jan wanted the vacation to be kept a secret. Michael accidentally sent a risque picture by email to the wrong address, and now it is forwarded around the office. Whoops!

Oh no! I think Pam is becoming Jim’s gay advice giving friend. Not that she’s gay, but it’s like a Clueless reversal. Or Emma reversal.

Sometimes a steal drum can be the loneliest instrument in the world.

Pam and Dwight just had the sweetest moment. Almost. And then it was ruined in a fantastically horribly way. I love this show.

Jan is going with her self destructive tendencies and staying with Michael. Pam is bound to fall back with Roy. But then again, I didn’t expect Jan to stay with Michael. So it is anyone’s guess what will happen. And that why this is the best show ever.


The Office: A Benihana Christmas

The OfficeIt’s finally here! The hour long episode of The Office! And it’s directed by Harold Ramis! Win-win! Sorry, every sentence won’t end with an exclamation mark.

Michael Photoshopped his head onto his girlfriend’s ex-husband’s body. On a ski trip. With her kids. It was super creepy and perfectly awesome! Needless to say, they’re broken up now.

In other news, it looks like Jenna Fischer’s note is still on her desk in this episode. So awesome!

Karen and Pam have started to bond, oddly taking the place of Jim and Pam’s shenanigans. That’s wonderful! Again, I can not not say how brilliant the writing on this show is.

Andy has taken Michael to Benihana to cheer him up. Wait a second, does that mean that Benihana is as uncool as Chili’s? Damn. I like Benihana.

Karen and Pam started their own holiday party to compete with Angela’s holiday party. The office is divided! Well, Stanley is impartial. Which is hilarious. How can someone standing up and not doing anything be funny? But it was.

Andy and Michael came back to the office with two of the waitresses from Benihana. You know, so everyone in the office can meet his girlfriend of twenty seconds.

I wish the show were an hour every single week. Or on 24 hours a day. The quality might dip a little then, but it would still be better than most everything on.

Naturally, Michael mixed the two waitresses up and can’t tell which Asian waitress is his new girlfriend. Oh! My! Goodness! Michael just marked his girl with a pen! I think I hurt my neck from laughing.

The levels of this show needs to be studied and buried in a time capsule so we don’t lose the brilliance. It brutally blunt and subtly smart. Michael doesn’t know which Asian girlfriend. Blunt. Jim gives Michael advice about the rebound being a fun distraction from the girl who you really want and broke your heart. Subtle.

One hour isn’t enough. I demand a two hour episode of The Office!




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