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The Office Episode: "Baby Shower"

Season 5, Episode 4
Episode Synopsis: In preparation for Jan's delivery, Michael practices various potential birthing situations with Dwight. For Jan's benefit, Michael also gives the false impression that he dislikes Holly (Amy Ryan).
Original Air Date: Oct 16, 2008

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Season 5, Episode 4
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The Office Episode Recap: "Crime Aid" Season 5, Episode 4

The Office continues a strong Season 5 with another great episode. "Crime Aid" spotlights the complications and the ups and downs of the relationships between Holly and Michael, Jim and Pam and Dwight and Angela. However, before we start my recap there's an important promise I need to make: Dear Reader, I pledge to you that in my discussions of these relationships I shall not engage in the nickname contraction epidemic that has lately plagued blogs across the Web. No "Jams" or "Dwangelinas" or "Mollys" shall be written by me; I shall also not use other "cute" couple nicknames — "PB&J" I'm looking at you — to describe the partners. I'm not asking you to do the same in your comments — I'm just saying that this is an important personal choice I'm making, which I hope you'll respect. Now let's begin.

Dwight and Angela and the Singing Buffoon
Dwight's in a tough, tough bind. The woman he loves — and who "practically told him" that she loves him in turn -- is going to marry Andy the "singing buffoon". Andy's save the date card to "D-Money" was the catalyst that set this plot point in motion; the reality of Angela and Andy's relationship — and perhaps the fantasy of Dwight and Angela's trysts —suddenly come to prominent relief for Dwight. Confused, angry and heartbroken, Dwight turns to Phyllis for advice, and their interactions produced some of the best moments of this episode, including this gem which managed to be at once wistful and absurdly hilarious: "She introduced me to so many things: pasteurized milk, sheets, monotheism, presents on your birthday, preventitive medicine."

Phyllis' observation that Angela's risk-averse nature makes Andy a more practical choice may be as good an explanation as we'll get about her decision. Despite Angela's still-smoldering passion for Dwight, he's a man who lives on a beet farm, who had to be introduced to monotheism and who of course has no capacity to repent for dead cats. Contrast that to Andy, the harmonizing, cat-loving and presumably one-God worshiping Ivy League grad (anger management issues not withstanding) — and things look bleak for the chances of Angela coming back to Dwight's arms.

Jim and Pam and the Distance Dilemma
As Jim bails out on the CRIME AID auction with the warehouse boys, he meets Roy at the local bar, where he proceeds to inform Pam's ex-fiancé that he, Jim, is now her current fiancé. He also tells Roy that Pam is in New York, studying art and having a great time partying with friends. John Krasinski inhabits the character of Jim so well, and you can feel his anxiety as he's driving to New York after Roy sows doubts into Jim's mind about what she's been up to: "you were her friend." It's a matter of trust, and Jim at the last moment decides that he needs to trust Pam to be true to their relationship. But the last few weeks have seen some shaky moments between the two of them, and I would imagine we're soon gonna see Jim making a trip to NYC.

"Hell Ya"
With Michael now unencumbered by the emotional weight of Jan and her baby, Michael and Holly are now free to date. They're basically giddy for each other, which is best exemplified by Holly's "Hell Ya" when Michael asks if they're going to have sex on the third date. I love Michael's interview afterwards: "I'll have something light — maybe soup" and the look of anxiousness and fear tinged with excitement during the interview is perfect. Of course since this is a sitcom after all, things are always too good to last, and we finally get a sense of the heretofore largely ignored HR-Supervisor issues and how they may come into play when CFO David Wallace sternly looks at the camera and declares "No, I didn't know Michael was dating Holly".

One more observation, then I'll get to my favorite quotes: Is it just me or are the camera folks being given slightly more prominence this season? In this episode alone we had Holly trick the camera crew so she can get it on with Michael in private (and of course Michael turns up the volume instead of turning it down) and Phyllis nods at the camera guys (and by extension the audience) as the only ones who know that Dwight and Angela have feelings for each other. It just seems that the show is getting more sophisticated in its interaction with the camera and breaking down the "fourth wall."

My Favorite Quotes
• "It squeaks when you bang it. That's what she said"
• "Nobody steals from Creed Bratton and gets away with it. The last person who did this disappeared. His name? Creed Bratton."
• "Crime Reduces Innocence Makes Everyone Angry I Declare"
• "Mike gave me a list of his top ten Springsteen songs. Three of them were Huey Lewis and the News, one was Tracy Chapman 'Fast Cars' and my personal favorite, 'Short People.'"

So, what did you guys think? Did you enjoy "Crime Aid," especially with how relationship-focused it was?

 

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The Office continues a strong Season 5 with another great episode. "Crime Aid" spotlights the complications and the ups and downs of the relationships between Holly and Michael, Jim and Pam and Dwight and Angela. However, before we start my recap there's an important promise I need to make: Dear Reader, I pledge to you that in my discussions of these relationships I shall not engage in the nickname contraction epidemic that has lately plagued blogs across the Web. No "Jams" or "Dwangelinas" or "Mollys" shall be written by me; I shall also not use other "cute" couple nicknames — "PB&J" I'm looking at you — to describe the partners. I'm not asking you to do the same in your comments — I'm just saying that this is an important personal choice I'm making, which I hope you'll respect. Now let's begin.

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