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Saturday, March 20, 2010

The Office 6x19 - "New Leads"



"The way this place used to work was make friends first, make sales second, make love third. In no particular order."

It's been pretty obvious for quite a while but The Office really has changed a lot, and they dealt with it head on. In the weirdest way they could, with a lot of key action happening in the city dump.

Michael and Dwight finally had it out, in the sequel to their season two karate fight. Dwight has changed substantially, but whenever I watch Office repeats, I do miss the weird supplicant role he played to Michael in the first three seasons. Michael even pointed out how much Dwight has changed before their fight in the dump. Without Dwight enforcing Michael's power as Regional Manager, he's been more or less impotent. I'm glad they're back on the same page.

I do feel like The Office has peaked in its original form and the show is struggling to reinvent itself. The Sabre storyline hasn't really translated to big laughs or been as interesting as the Michael Scott Paper Company while Charles Miner ran Dunder Mifflin.

Dunder Mifflin Divided was pretty great though, and I found myself siding with the non-salesmen. The sales staff were being real assholes, capped off with them getting away with not sacrificing a percentage of their commissions.

I liked Michael's clues and scavenger hunt. "The first President. Lincoln!"

The biggest laugh for me was Darryl's bizarre reaction to Michael inviting him to the dump: "I can't! You know that!"

Second biggest laugh for me was the weird tussle between Andy and Darryl in Darryl's office. The Hangover vs. Hot Tub Time Machine mano e mano.

The peripheral stuff continues to seem much more interesting than the main storylines to me: Andy and Erin, Ryan and Kelly's constant fights, Creed's glasses. Especially Creed's glasses.


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3 comments:

  1. I wonder if next season Craig Robinson will be featured in The Office main-cast photo. I guess that all depends on the success of Hot Tub Time Machine. I don't know, I hear they get the science of Hot Tubs all wrong. And I should know; I've been in a hot tub twice.

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