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The cocreator-star of the original Britcom waited seven seasons to drop in on the NBC version — and this was the best they could come up with? In a cold open that left us truly cold, Steve Carell's Michael Scott inexplicably bumped into Gervais' David Brent getting off an elevator. After they amused each other (and nobody else) with ethnic stereotypes, Brent declared, "Comedy is where the mind goes to tickle itself — that's what she said." Kind of a reach — that's what we said.
The stunt was only slightly less awkward and uncomfortable than Gervais' disastrous gig hosting the Golden Globes. We can only hope The Office makes better use of Will Ferrell when he does a four-episode guest stint setting up his Anchorman costar Carell's exit.
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