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The Office Episode: "Blood Drive"

Season 5, Episode 18
Episode Synopsis: Cupid's arrows fly in Scranton on Valentine's Day when Michael encounters an enigmatic lady at a blood drive. Meanwhile, a "lonely hearts party" at the office yields potential romances for Dwight and Kevin. And Pam and Jim share an uncomfortable lunch with Phyllis and Bob Vance (of Vance Refrigeration).
Original Air Date: Mar 5, 2009
Guest Cast Robert Ray Shafer: Bob Vance
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Season 5, Episode 18
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Aired: 3/5/2009
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The Office Episode Recap: "New Boss" Season 5, Episode 18

In "New Boss" Michael and Jim have major trouble with the new boss, which leads to a shocking twist ending. 

Classy
The opening was a great showdown between the uncouth, disheveled Dwight and the super classy Jim, as they discuss the celebration of Michael's 15th year at Dundler Mifflin. Proving that presentation matters, Dwight proposes to Michael "an ice sculpture shaped like you covered in chocolate covered strawberries." That is not classy. In fact, it's kind of disgusting. Jim's counterproposal to Michael (off the top of his head): "an ice sculpture of you completely surrounded by a variety of chocolate-covered fruits." Said suavely by the man with the slick-backed hair and tuxedo, this ice sculpture would provide refined taste and class to the festivities. Score another one for Jim as Dwight storms off and the opening credits roll.

Charles in Charge
Charles Miner, the new VP for the Northeast Region pays the Scranton branch a visit, and there are immediate ramifications. Jim's suddenly déclassé as he scrambles to explain why he's wearing a tuxedo in the workplace to the new head honcho. Miner announces significant cutbacks in benefits to the Dunder Mifflin staff — no more 401K matching, no more overtime, and a freeze on discretionary spending, including parties. To add insult to injury, as Michael tries to steer Charles back to corporate, the new VP insists that he's going to stay at the branch the entire day — which means that Michael's party is in serious jeopardy, and we can forget about the ice sculpture and the chocolates.

The Dissolution of the PPC
Michael tries to assert his authority by reconvening the PPC, but when Charles finds out what Dwight, Jim, Pam and Michael are up to, he storms in, calls the meeting off and dissolves the party planning committee. And that's when it hits the fan. Michael seems appalled that Charles doesn't have a paper background (he's coming from steel). And in their final confrontation, Michael threatens to ruin Charles by telling David everything.

The Humiliation of Jim Halpert
Poor Jim. First he wears a tuxedo on the day the new no-nonsense boss comes to work. Then, the boss catches Jim yawning. Then, the boss learns that Jim is part of the party-planning committee, and his contribution was "a two-way petting zoo" where the humans pet the animals, and the animals pet them back. Finally, as he tries to get into the good graces of the new boss, he humiliates himself by claiming to hold the "No. 2" position — a position that doesn't exist. Never had a prank so completely and perfectly backfired — well done, Office writers, well done.

I Quit
Every so often, Michael surprises me. When he came to David — finally tracking him down outside of the men's room — his chief complaint was that he had earned more in his time at Dunder than to have drive to NYC to get a one-on-one with David. David, like Charles, mistook Michael's chief complaint to be that of vanity — ie, that he was most upset that Charles had cancelled the 15 year anniversary he was going to throw for himself. Michael quits on the spot, and we're left hanging with our jaws dropped.

Overall, this was a terrific episode, tightly structured, some nice laugh-out loud moments, and a genuine shocker at the end that was completely consistent with Michael's personality.

Here are some of my favorite quotes/scenes:
• "I thought it would be appropriate to begin the festivities with a 15 minute round of applause. Followed by a 15 minute moment of silence."
• "I need something classy, like the opening of a car dealership."
• "Oh my God. He's like a black George Clooney."
• "What is a two-way petting zoo? You pet the animals. They pet you back."

So how shocked were you that Michael quit at the end of the episode? I still can't get over it.

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In "New Boss" Michael and Jim have major trouble with the new boss, which leads to a shocking twist ending. 

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