"Dream Team" chronicles Michael and Pam's first, ambitious and predictably uneven day at the Michael Scott Paper Company, while Jim finds himself facing off against Charles in a pickup soccer game.
Before I begin, can I just say: thank God for DVR! I forgot that there were two Office episodes on tonight, but my trusty DVR caught both, so I was actually able to recap both "Dream Team" and "The Michael Scott Paper Company". Whew.
I can empathize with poor Kevin. If you ask me to do anything more complicated than pick up the phone and talk, I'm at a loss. Transfering, conferencing, holding, muting — almost invariably I'll wind up hanging up on the person at the other end of the line. That's why I was whoopin' it up with the rest of the DM crew when Kevin finally got that call to the 'Nard dog. I was so proud.
Egg on His Face
Before he even begins the day, Michael can't begin the day. Michael has a panic attack in the form of obsessive French toast-making, as the enormity of his decision to leave Dundler Mifflin hits him. Pam brings him down by organizing his day into a series of very doable items in a list. The top priorities for the first day? Assemble a sales "dream team," meet with a local investor, and, after receiving a threatening letter from the association, finding an office space.
The Orange Team
Everybody has a weakness. Andy exploits Charles' love for soccer by running glaringly obvious soccer screenshots on his monitor. Charles comes by and pow-wows with Andy, and soon the entire office is sucking up/ (I loved Stanley taking a furtive peek at his notes and saying "I prefer Maradona. Diego Maradona. From Argentina.")
Jim resists sucking up at first by saying he's not a fan of the game, but when Charles dismisses him by saying "I guess it's not for everybody I suppose," Jim tries to save face by saying he's not a fan because he's a player instead. And that's when Dwight pounces. I love the relish Rainn Wilson brings to Dwight's character, who at long last has the upper hand. He suggests that Jim and Charles kick the soccer ball around after work, and Charles thinks that's a great idea. And so, as Dwight says, it's Game On!
"I love you, Michael, but no"
Michael convinces Vikram to leave his telemarketing job, and it looks like the dream team is starting to take shape. But on the way to the investor, Michael takes a "pit stop" at the local bowling alley, and it turns out it's to recruit Ryan, who's now, as the bowling manager calls him, "the shoe bitch." Ryan decides to make a go of it and leave the bowling job behind, and now the Michael Scott Paper company is fully staffed and on its way to make a pitch to get some seed money from this local investment club.
It turns out that the investment club is based out of a nursing home and is headed by Michael's Nana, so this should be a slam dunk, but it turns out that Nana is one tough cookie who asks hard questions and ultimately is not convinced that the Michael Scott Paper Company is operating under a viable business model. So, rejected by Michael's own grandmother, the team goes back empty-handed. And when Vikram finds out that "Nana" means "grandmother" he decides to high-tail it back to his old job. Very quickly the Dream Team is minus one and has no cash to speak of.
When they get back to the condo, it's Pam's turn to have a panic attack, and suddenly Michael is the calm, steady hand, telling her that since they quit, they have no other option than to try to get the paper company off the ground. He then tells her that he's going to show her why she joined the company by getting an office space — and it turns out he's as good as his word. Thanks to an assist from Bob Vance, Michael Scott Paper Company gets an office... in the same building as Dundler Mifflin. This ups the ante, so that when Charles confronts Michael, Michael has a nice comeback: "The Michael Scott Paper Company is about to open a big 'ol can of whoop ass on Dundler Mifflin." Game On, indeed.
Here are the bullets, and remember to jump to my recap of "The Michael Scott Paper Company" also!
• "Oh good, my hooker's here"
• "How are operations of the company, just day-to-day"
• "Would you like some French toast?" "Yes Please." "What Shape?"
• "Next on the list: Song Parodies." "Ok." "Achy Breaky Fart."
• "Back to Work, Shoe Bitch"
• "Oh no, the new boss does not find Jim adorable? Awww ..."
• "What does Nana mean?" "Grandmother." "Oh Sweet Jesus."
• "Confidence. It's the food of the wise man but the liquor of the fool"
• "Hmm. I'm looking forward to getting to you know you bettter Vikram"
What did you think of the episode?
"Dream Team" chronicles Michael and Pam's first, ambitious and predictably uneven day at the Michael Scott Paper company, while Jim finds himself facing off against Charles in a pickup soccer game.