I’ll admit, I haven’t really been watching the Office, but then again, I haven’t really been watching much of anything as of late.
However, after watching the Superbowl, and seeing all the commercials for a Special One-Hour episode of the Office, I couldn’t help but watch it. And it was SOOO worth it.
The basic plot of the episode revolved around Michael trying to alleviate stress from his fellow Dunder-Mifflinites, as a result of Stanley having a heart attack, and it being all Michael’s fault.
But the funniest part of the entire episode was getting back to the down and dirty, nitty gritty, basic structure and character developments. In the first 10 minutes of the episode (or the “cold open”… depending on who you are), Dwight decided that a fire drill would save everybody’s lives. What really happened? We got to see the characters’ true colors.
Kevin broke into the vending machine to line his pockets with snacks, Oscar tried crawling above the ceiling to escape, only to fall through the ceiling. Jim and Michael simultaneously, but in different rooms, were using office supplies to break out of the building. Michael through a lamp or scanner or something through the window, while Jim unplugged the copier to slam it through the door. But the caveat of the entire episode lies in Angela’s reaction. And her cat. As Oscar was trying to escape through the ceiling, Angela throws Bandit (her cat that’s she’s been keeping hidden in a filing cabinet drawer), and the cat falls through the drop ceiling moments before Oscar does. Priceless.
I have to say, I really loved this episode because it really got back to basics. It was like the writers sat around the writers room, and thought, I wonder what would happen if…
And it worked.
And I absolutely loved the idea of the entire office roasting Michael. Steve Carrell is a funny actor. And he typically goes above and beyond as the character of Michael. But watching Michael squirm and trying to take the insults lightly was truly a tremendous feat. I think that may have cemented Steve Carrell’s place in my mind as a HUGELY funny actor. Probably more so than others I’ve seen in the past.
Now, the weakest part of the episode, and I daresay, the creepiest, was the movie that Jim, Pam, and Andy were watching, starring Jack Black, Jessica Alba, and some old woman who’s name I can’t remember Cloris Leachman. I understand why NBC wanted to promote the new episode, so I get why they threw in some pretty big names, but honestly, the movie wasn’t all that funny. In fact, it gave me a solid wiggins.