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.
A: Amy AdamsThe Oscar-nominated actress (Junebug) played Katy, aka the Hot Girl, who dated Jim Halpert (John Krasinski). But he unceremoniously dumped her during the
B: Booze CruiseIt became the night that Jim made the ill-advised decision to tell Michael Scott (Steve Carell) about his feelings for Pam (Jenna Fischer). Executive producer Greg Daniels calls the episode "our Scranton version of Jim Camerons Titanic."C: Crystal Club ColaThe soft drink that you see Dunder-Mifflin employees occasionally sip in the employee lunchroom is a real regional soda brand from eastern Pennsylvania.D: Diversity DayThe hilarious episode about sensitivity training was partly inspired by a sexual-harassment seminar the cast and production staff was required to go through once NBC hired them for the show.E: EdgarSteve Carell has played unctuous and annoying before as Edgar, Ellies ex-boyfriend on Julia Louis-Dreyfus short-lived sitcom Watching Ellie.F: "Fundle Bundle"The clip of ...
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.
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.
No office party is complete without swans carved in ice. Angela Kinsey and Ed Helms by Justin Lubin/NBC.
Apparently Michael goes to the corporate party in NYC while the rest of the gang is left with a much less impressive bash back in Scranton. One wonders: was Michael invited or is he crashing the festivities? Is Jan coming along as his date? And will someone - most likely Meredith, if she's fully recovered - get loaded and embarass themselves? Post your thoughts on who will kill the party buzz and check back after the episode for my recap.
Michael, refusing to let his old clients go, tries to woo them back with gift baskets. Rainn Wilson and Steve Carell by Ron Tom/NBC
Episode Recap: Dunder Mifflin InfinityMy favorite thing about this episode was the sly parallel that connects the three love stories (well, two of them are technically deeply dysfunctional break-up stories, but you get what I mean) and Michaels obsession with sticking to his old methods rather than learning to change and embrace technology: in both cases, everyone in the office would rather go crawling back to whatever or whoever makes them feel comfortable, rather than move on after its over. This episode really reminds me how The Office works not only as a comedy, but also as a drama as well. I mean, its not exactly Tony Soprano strangling a guy in the witness protection program while hes touring colleges with his daughter, but this show isnt afraid to add plenty of moral ambiguity until were not sure how much we like some of these characters.Case in point: Ryan, whos let his new sense of power go way to his head. Hes clearly embarra...
Ryan's all-black wardrobe continues. B.J. Novak and Jenna Fischer by Ron Tom/NBC
According to the promos Angela is still grieving over the loss of her beloved Sprinkles, which definitely doesn't bode well for the future of her relationship with Dwight. And how will Michael adjust to taking orders from his new boss, the intern he used to make fetch his coffee? And will Ryan ever stop dressing like he's the frontman for a Weezer cover band? (I promise to retire these jokes soon...) Post your thoughts and be sure to check back after the show for my brilliant, insightful* commentary.*Not a guarantee. Sometimes I'm tired and just slum it.