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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

The Office: The Convict

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The OfficeThis episode of The Office was written by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, creators of the original UK version of The Office. That was a little back story for those of you whose ears and eyes and mouths were stolen by gypsies.

Michael just joked around that Toby was a rapist. I just yelled “what” really loudly. I have so many vocal reactions to this show. So awesome.

Martin, the new black employee, is an ex-convict. There is your uncomfortable situation for the episode. Now watch Michael Scott dance his words around like a drunken Gene Kelly.

Jim is helping Andy hit on Pam. Well, not help. He is giving Andy terrible and incorrect advice. So there is some more hilarity.

It’s hard to quantify how funny this show is. It’s like quantifying the size of the universe. There is just too much of it.

And so, Martin quit. And Michael made up a character called Prison Mike who was used to scare everyone straight about prison. After every episode of The Office, I feel like watching it again right away. Sigh. I love this show.

The Office: The Merger

The super sized episode of The Office last year was fantastic. As I have said before, this show could consistently be an hour long with no drop in hilarity. The unused scenes on the DVDs are proof of that.

The Stamford branch is merging with the Scranton branch today. That means Pam and Jim will work in the same office again, which will lead to even more uncomfortable situations. Which is hard to believe.

Brilliant. Ed Helms is sucking up to Michael right away. The dynamics are changing! And Dwight won’t like that.

Also, unlike the previous episode of My Name Is Earl, I have already laughed heartily during this episode.

Next commercial break. Let me check. Am I still enjoying myself? Verily. The deadpan comedy is mixed with a very healthy helping of character dynamics. I want to hug The Office. There must be some way to hug a TV show.

No other show on TV pulls me in like The Office. Blogging about it comes second, as I am enjoying myself far to much to bother putting it into words right away. But you know. You had better know.

The Office: Branch Closing

The Office is on! The Office is on! The Office is on!

P.S. This is my favorite show.

Love, Aric

Jan starts off the episode with a bomb. The board has voted to close the Scranton branch. Some will be transfered to Stamford, some will be given a severance package.

The writers in this show come up with such brilliant situations to showcase the talents and emotions of the different actors and their characters. Michael has most wonderful pained looks on his face this episode.

After Jim’s boss in Stamford takes a new job at Staples, it turns out Scranton will be absorbing the Stamford branch.

There is no point in recounting the humor here. Rest assured, I am LOLing with a little dash of ROTFLMAOing sprinkled in for good measure.

Such a fantastic episode, like every other episode. I hate to see it leave for the week, but I love to see it walk away.

That doesn’t work at all. Damn.

The Office: Grief Counseling

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The OfficeAnother week, another The Office that makes me laugh so hard that my cheeks hurt. My face cheeks, not the other ones.

Michael’s former boss, Ed Truck, is announced to be dead at the beginning of this episode. And there is your plot created to show off Michael’s sensitive insensitivity throughout the entire episode.

The obvious solution to honor Ed Truck’s memory is to build a 2/3 size robot of Ed. Brilliant! Now they just need to slip pirates or ninjas into this episode.

Roy is flirting with Pam this episode. That will cause a lot of pain for the Pam and Jim fans. I say the more conflict, the better. The more conflict, the more comedy. The more comedy, the more I laugh. This is a good equation.

Out of grief, Michael is trying to revive a dead bird. When he fails, everyone is forced to have a funeral for the bird.

Again, if you are not watching this show, then you should be forced to. There is nothing better than it on television. What are you, some kind of loser? That’s loser talk. Watch The Office already!

Jenna Fischer is the coolest celebrity in the history of the world

Jenna Fischer's Note

You didn’t know there was a contest? Well that too bad, because it is over. We have a winner. Jenna Fischer of The Office is the coolest celebrity there ever was.

You may remember that on August 31st, Jenna Fischer was kind enough to be my Celebrity Remote and pick the shows I was forced to watch that evening.

Jenna made me watch Big Brother and First 48 Hours. They were both great shows to watch, and I thank her for that.

Flash forward to September 28th. I have been forced to watch the second episode of The Office by popular vote. Not that I mind. The Office is the funniest show on television. The episode was titled The Convention. It was the second of the season.

Let me ask you, do you have eyes like a hawk? GiveMeMyRemote.com does, as they pointed this out to me.

During the episode the divorced head of HR, Toby, tries to ask Pam, Jenna Fischer’s character, out on a date. It fails and there is much squirming done by the viewing public. It is a wonderful and painful scene.

But look closely now and ready your Tivos. When Pam interrupts Toby and answers the phone, there is a close up of Toby’s hands. Near those hands, there are two Post-It notes on Pam’s desk. Take a look at the image below for what is written on those Post-It notes.

Jenna Fischer's Note

Do you see it? It’s the schedule for Jenna Fischer’s Celebrity Remote!

Is the case closed for you? It is for me. Jenna Fischer is the coolest celebrity in the history of the world.

Hmmm, now to get a walk on.

The Office: The Coup

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The OfficeI just finished watching season two of The Office again on DVD. I already want to watch it again. Luckily, we have a new episode right here.

Jan is mad at Michael for having movie Mondays, where they watch a half hour of a movie every Monday in the office. Varsity Blues was the selection this week. With Michael in trouble, Angela tries to get Dwight to vie for Michael’s job.

And Jim sucks at Call of Duty, which they play in the Stamford office. Not too many gut busting laughs so far. Interesting character dynamics though.

There are some great laughs now. Michael knows that Dwight went behind his back. It’s just like Rolfe from The Sound Of Music. Not Rolfe from the Muppet Show.

And it’s over. This show works well as a half hour, but time has shown us that the super sized forty minutes also works great. I would like to see an hour long The Office, because a half hour just isn’t enough.

The Office: The Convention

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The OfficeThe Office is, if possible, even funnier than last season. Let’s hope that the one episode streak of excellence this season continues. Can a single instance be a streak?

Michael’s “fun jeans” are white jeans. Why would he need to pack those? Because it is time for the north western paper company convention. There is a convention for everything.

Pam is going out on a first date while Michael, Jim, and Dwight are hanging out at the paper convention. Pam is going out with a cartoonist from the local paper. I don’t know exactly why, but that seems so depressing. Especially since I am a cartoonist. I think that means that I hate myself.

Michael is trying to get people to come to his room party, and he just asked some dude in a giant Blackberry suit. Who would even think to make that up to write it down so we can see it on TV? That’s brilliant!

How could anyone be watching something else on TV at this time? This show is heads and tails above everything else out there. I am filled with the joy of watching it and the dread that, soon, the episode will be over. That’s good television.

Sorry I didn’t write much. If I take my attention away for too long, I miss laughter. Why would I ever want to miss laughter? If you don’t watch this show, you are missing out on happiness and joy and Lisa Frank folder covers. That’s right, you could be living with a world of rainbows and pink dolphins in your head. Who wouldn’t want that?

The Office: Gay Witch Hunt

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The Office!

Oh no! Ryan is a permanent employee! Jim is gone! Pam still planned on marrying Roy! That’s how you start a season.

Oh, and Michael found out that Oscar is gay. This episode is going to cause so much cringing. It’s awesome.

Jim transferred to the Stanford office, where he meets Ed Helms of the daily show. Ed calls Jim “Big Tuna” because Jim had a tuna sandwich for lunch. Man, I hate those guys. What a perfect show.

Michael needs to find out who else in the office is gay, so he knows who he can say offensive things around.

I have laughed out loud on at least 4 to 12 occasions already. No show even comes close to the joy I get from The Office.

Okay, Pam didn’t actually go through with the wedding. She and Roy decided to call it off. And thus, Roy grew a beard and became an alcoholic. Thus proving, Jim is better than Roy. Because, you know, no beard and booze. I think I’ll name a bar that. Welcome to the Beard and Booze? No beard? No booze.

Jan came down to talk to Michael. Which somehow ends up with Michael sending Dwight to find gay porn. Huh, when I go back and read this stuff, it sounds a lot more like tragedy than comedy.

Michael, to make amends with Oscar, decided that kissing him on the lips would be the best way to bridge the gap. That’s what he said.

The Office is back, boys and girls! Rejoice and be gay. And by gay, I mean happy.

The Office: Casino Night

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The OfficeIt has been an odd night of TV, and I blame Sweeps, the TV demon. Let us put that aside for now, and watch the…super…sized…The Office. Super-sized? Seriously? Even McDonalds dropped that slogan.

Hilarious and bittersweet. With The Office, you may be busting a gut one minute and somber with self realization the next. There must someone on this show you can relate to. Multiple people, even.

The premise of this episode is an office casino night. There you are. For The Office, you don’t need more than that. They will explore within those simple boundaries to great success.

It is hard to write right now, because I have tears in my eyes from laughing so hard. Michael is in a sticky situation where he accidentally invited two women to the casino night. Which, of course, leads him to say, “Two queens. I’m going to drop a duce on everyone.” Drop a duce on everyone is a t-shirt waiting to happen. Just wait till tomorrow, you will see them for sale online.

This extended episode doesn’t seem to be lacking. The extra time certainly hasn’t hurt the show. With a change in time, pacing could always be a problem. Not so with The Office. It is flying by just as quickly as a regular episode. It is always too fast.

I found myself sad, knowing that this is the last episode of the season. What will happen to these characters over the summer? They just go in to a holding pattern until fall. Fall? That’s so far away! It’s still spring!

Oh that hurts. You could see the Jim and Pam uncomfortable love conversation coming for two seasons, but you still can not prepare yourself for when it actually happens. You can not “strap yourself in” for an impact like this. This isn’t a Volkswagen commercial, after all.

Oh Jim. Oh Pam. Oh Michael. Oh Jan. Oh everybody! I will miss you! It’s time to break down and buy that first season on DVD, I guess.

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The OfficeHooray for a new episode of The Office. I have to imagine you wonderful people voted for this show because you like it. You are correct for liking it. Kudos to you for your good taste.

The episode starts of with Dwight finding half a joint in the parking lot. Now he gets to interrogate everyone in the office. Which, of course, will lead to hilarious situations. Of course Dwight is in full police getup.

This show is “throw your head back” funny. Perhaps the camera will catch this. My mouth wide open like an idiot, and head thrown back laughing at the antics of The Office.

This show relies on great characters. If it were just a show in an office, boring. If this show were just catch phrases and blatantly unfunny talk about sex, it would be like any other sitcom out there in the world. The solid and diverse character work makes this show one of the best on television.

I am constantly laughing at this episode! I am glad that I don’t get punched every time I laugh at The Office. First, I would be dead. Second, whoever was punching me would get very tired. Third, I would be dead.

And it is over, just like that! With so many shows, I am watching the clock count down bit by bit until the show is done. For The Office, it came as a surprise because I was enjoying myself so much.

Thank you for voting for The Office. It made up for the Gilmore Girls earlier this week.

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The OfficeIn a niceness double feature, tonight’s The Office is sponsored by Would You Like Fries With That? Please do not be a rerun. Please do not be a rerun.

DAAAAAAAMN! Reruns! This is a preview of what I will have to deal with all summer. Reruns reruns reruns.

The Office is a fantastic show. The characters are all so diverse and unique. The way they work together and the way the work against each other is brilliant. It fits together so nicely.

This episode, Michael Scott is holding his annual office awards party. He makes up awards for everyone in the office and emcees the night. Everyone dreads it, leading to wonderfully awkward moments.

There is a limit to the types of comedy people can handle. Comedy is tragedy plus distance. Distance usually equals a distance in time plus physical distance. Here, it is just physical distance. We are not these people.

Wait a second, in some ways, we are these people. So many of us work in an office. We see ourselves in the faces of the characters that are trapped on screen. It just depends on if you can laugh at yourself or not. Can you get far enough away to take a good look at yourself?

Wow, my comments are rather deep when I watch the comedies and funnier when I am watching dramas. That is kind of backwards. I must be trying to compensate for the shows.

Like My Name Is Earl, this show is still funny the second time through. There are so many jokes flying out that you probably dropped a few the first time through. Sweep those damn jokes up! You do not want someone to trip on them and snap their neck!

There we have it. Another night of TV done with, another night of my life gone. It was filled with boring reality and familiar comedy. It was exactly half bad.