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The Office Episode: "Employee Transfer"

Season 5, Episode 6
Episode Synopsis: Halloween gets tricky for Pam when she's the only one at corporate wearing a costume. Meanwhile, corporate delivers shocking news, and Dwight harasses Andy.
Original Air Date: Oct 30, 2008

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Season 5, Episode 6
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The Office Episode Recap: "Customer Survey" Season 5, Episode 6

"Customer Survey" continues the string of strong openings in Season 5 of The Office. Michael deals with his breakup with Holly in inimitable Michael Scott style: by announcing to the entire staff that he and Holly are engaged — proving once again that he's the master of painting himself into his own awkward corners. The entire staff has gathered around to congratulate him, they make him call his Mom to announce an engagement that she doesn't believe has happened and he's even encouraged Kelly to buy a (white!) bridesmaid dress. The cutaway to Darryl provides one of the best lines of the show: "I was there. That dude is not engaged. I'm not a big believer in therapy, but I'll go into my own pocket to cover his copay." Does the rest of the show, which deals primarily with the mystery of Jim and Dwight's poor reviews, maintain the momentum?

Sadly, no.

After the opening, the episode hit a prolonged lull, then picked up some steam past the halfway point, finishing strongly with Angela's decision to have her wedding on Schrute Farms. But before I get to the good stuff at the end of "Customer Survey," I want to air three grievances.

1) The Holly-Michael breakup was too abrupt. As conveyed in the cold opening, Michael's feeling the aftermath of his loss, but Holly, Michael's only slightly less wacky girlfriend, humanized Michael in an endearing way, yet without extinguishing his core Michael Scott-ness. Are the writers closing the door on his potential evolution? Methinks there's going to be some reconciliation down the line, and we haven't seen or heard of the last of Jan either in Michael's life. But the entire situation is currently vexing to me, and frankly I'd rather have Holly around than not. So to borrow TV Guide's own convention: Jeers to The Office for banishing Holly to New Hampshire.

2) My boss has been on the warpath about Jim and Pam since the season began. She thinks they've become unwatchable as a couple. I never really thought so, until this episode. But the gimmick of having them bluetooth each other throughout the day was gag-worthy. Yuck. I know they're long distance — but who would actually do that? There was some redemption when the bluetooth served to confront Pam and Jim with the idea — voiced by her art school friend — that in order to truly succeed as an artist, Pam should stay in New York and leave Scranton behind once and for all. Let's hope that that awkward moment puts the bluetooth idea to rest permanently.

3) Where was Creed? He was a complete no-show for this episode. I need my Creed Bratton fix! C'mon Office writers: You're better than that.

Schrute Farms
The Andy-Angela-Dwight triangle is getting deliciously weirder and weirder and was the saving grace of the episode for me. Angela's sudden capitulation to Andy's wish to have the Shangri-La Tent wedding (by the guy who did Guiliani's first and third weddings — Ha!) was driven by her epiphany to have her wedding on her once and future lover's farm. I can't really explain the dynamics at play driving Angela's or even Dwight's decisions, but I love it. If this means we're going to see more of Shrute Farms in the coming episodes, that's great news. If this also means more Moze, then even better!

So, what did you guys think? Was I right in my assessment that this week's Office — save for the Schrute Farms subplot — was subpar? Was it the curse of Creed that kept The Office from reaching its usual high standards? Weigh in below.

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"Customer Survey" continues the string of strong openings in Season 5 of The Office. Michael deals with his breakup with Holly in inimitable Michael Scott style: by announcing to the entire staff that he and Holly are engaged — proving once again that he's the master of painting himself into his own awkward corners. The entire staff has gathered around to congratulate him, they make him call his Mom to announce an engagement that she doesn't believe has happened and he's even encouraged Kelly to buy a (white!) bridesmaid dress. The cutaway to Darryl provides one of the best lines of the show: "I was there. That dude is not engaged. I'm not a big believer in therapy, but I'll go into my own pocket to cover his copay." Does the rest of the show, which deals primarily with the mystery of Jim and Dwight's poor reviews, maintain the momentum? read more

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