Harold Perrineau as Lost's Michael
Our favorite castaways thus far have been on the island a few months, but for Lost fans, it's been more than 260 days since Jack's super-freaky flash-forward. As the Jan. 31 season premiere (finally) draws closer, TVGuide.com is offering daily profiles — "refreshers," if you will — of the key players in ABC's island-based odyssey.
Michael, By the "Numbers": When we first meet Michael (played by Harold Perrineau), almost 10 years before the timeframe of the series, he's an aspiring artist living with his pregnant girlfriend, Susan, in New York. She gives birth to their son, Walt, but Michael's life falls apart shortly thereafter: He's struck by a car and forced to spend almost a year recovering from the
Jan and Michael face off over a lawsuit. Steve Carell and Melora Hardin by Byron Cohen/NBC.
Episode Recap: The Deposition (November 15, 2007)Was anyone else convinced that Michael and Jan were going to break up before the end of this episode? Theyre hardly a stable couple even in the best of times, but here it was practically a competition to see who could do the most vicious thing to the other (or at the very least, to reveal who had acted worse in the past). Lets see: Michael emailed a topless photo of Jan to everyone in the company, so in turn she stole his diary and handed it over to her lawyer as evidence. She gave him a terrible performance review (okay, that one was probably justified), and he in turn sided with Dunder-Mifflin in her lawsuit, effectively destroying her case. Their horribly awkward conversation during the car ride home was nothing less than a look at a relationship on life support. Both Michael and Jan seemed committed to each other more out of desperation and loneliness than any sort of genuine affection. This might be the rare case wher...
Jan and Michael are headed to court. Melora Hardin and Steve Carell by Byron Cohen/NBC.
Sadly, this might be our last fix of The Office for quite a while: it seems that until the strike is settled no more new episodes are being filmed (though I'd love to be proven wrong on this). Still, tonight's episode looks like a worthy sendoff, with Jan suing Dunder-Mifflin and Michael caught in the crossfire when he's called upon as a witness. Will Michael be torn between his loyalty to his company and his loyalty to his ample-chested girlfriend? Post your thoughts and check back after the show for my recap.
Never anger a man with easy access to a blow dart. Rainn Wilson by Justin Lubin/NBC.
Episode Recap: Survivor Man (November 8, 2007)Like any good sitcom Im sure every episode of The Office is written as a collective effort by the entire staff (who are currently out picketing their own show, but lets not dwell on the strike for now), even if Steve Carell is listed as the sole writer in the opening credits. Nevertheless, I want to congratulate everyone involved on this one: Survivor Man has got to be the funniest episode of this show in a long time. Its certainly my favorite of this season thus far. I was laughing out loud during the surreal montage of all of the weapons Dwight has stashed around the workplace (you didnt think he gave them all up after attacking Andy last year, did you?), including one inconspicuously hidden away in a file marked Mr. A. Knife. Dwights smug look of superiority as he displays his arsenal away from home was terrific, especially when it came to a blow dart hidden away in a toilet tank....
Michael contemplates his journey into the wild. Steve Carell by Ron Tom/NBC.
Ryan holds a corporate retreat out in mother nature, and Michael, angry at not receiving an invite, decides to go camping alone. Considering his survivalist skills, I'd say the odds are pretty good for a Michael Scott bear attack. And really, if that doesn't make you want to watch this episode, what would?Post your thoughts and join me after the show for my recap.
Jim is dreading a reunion with Karen. John Krasinski by Ron Tom/NBC.
Episode Recap: Branch Wars (November 1, 2007)Jim has spent the past few weeks punch drunk happy over finally getting together with Pam. So it figures that karma is ready to pay him back by putting him through hell tonight. First he gets manipulated into taking the worst car ride Ive ever seen on The Office (and considering how many times Michael Scott has gone on a long journey while annoying the bejeezus out of his passengers, thats really saying something). And by the end of the half-hour hes face to face with his ex-girlfriend and you can almost hear him praying that he could just disappear.The last time Joss Whedon directed an episode of The Office it was, ironically, the one where Dwight fought a vampire bat. (Whedon swore that was just a coincidence and that the episode was written before he came in to direct). But in some ways this episode (written by Mindy Kaling, who also plays Kelly) is an even better fit for Whedons talents: hes a master at t...
Karen returns... to wreck havoc? Rashida Jones by Paul Drinkwater/NBC
We got a nice Halloween treat last night: Joss Whedon has a new television show in the works starring Eliza Dushku! (Read the full story here.) But you don't have to wait until The Dollhouse premieres to get your Whedon fix - he's directing (although sadly, not writing) tonight's installment of The Office, in which Karen returns to lure Stanley away to another branch of Dunder-Mifflin. Considering Whedon's past shows, could a Pam versus Karen fight be in the cards?Post your thoughts and check back after the show for my recap.
Dwight takes a break from shooting Michael's commercial to play some Second Life. Rainn Wilson by Byron J. Cohen/NBC
Episode Recap: Local AdIf you think about it, this episode is really based around one of the longest-running character traits of the entire series: Michaels inability to accept the compromises of reality and the corporate world, and his need to rebel against anyone who shoots down his ideas. Was the official, professionally created version of the Dunder Mifflin commercial pretty crappy? Well, yes. It might have had slicker production values, but the idea was lame and the whole thing was forgettable. Its interesting that Andy spends the entire episode trying to remember the end of a simple jingle: it proves that if your advertisement doesnt get the person to remember what youre selling, then its a failure no matter how well-produced it is. (Obviously thats a bad example in Andys case, since everyone probably knows that its break me off a piece of that Kit-Kat bar.)Michaels version of the commercial looked cheaply made ...
Is another serenade in store for Angela? Ed Helms and Angela Kinsey by Byron J. Cohen/NBC
Tonight The Office returns to its regular, half-hour length with an episode about the Scranton crew being chosen to star in a Dunder-Mifflin commercial. Meanwhile, Dwight manages to become even weirder by getting addicted to Second Life (my apologies if anyone reading this actually plays Second Life). Post your comments and return back after the show for my recap.
"Welcome to Hotel Hell! Check-in time is now... check-out time is never!" Rainn Wilson by Justin Lubin/NBC.
I guess Scranton's options for romantic getaways are pretty limited, because Jim and Pam are spending a lovely night together at.... the new bed and breakfast on Dwight's farm? Come for the bottomless glasses of ice-cold beet juice, but stay for the bear cage fights! Seriously, I'd book a room if this was a real place. In other news, Michael is reduced to declaring Chapter 11, and Ryan is still a tool. Post your thoughts on what an evening at Dwight's B & B is going to be like and check back later for my recap.