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March 23, 2010

DISCLAIMER: The Office has lost my love and is now graded like a regular run of the mill TV show.

Season 2 Episode 3 Party

Its Sunday afternoon again so that means me and my daughter are watching The Office whilst my wife is asleep. What I mean by watching The Office is, turning it on, pausing to go look for a pacifier (it seems like I’ve bought hundreds but I can never find them when I want them), turning it on again, pausing to change a dipper, turning it on again, pausing to try to understand why my daughter is crying, turning it on again, etcetera etcetera.  perhaps it is because of the disjointed way that I watched this episode that I came out with this impression, The Office seems to have morphed in too two different shows one about Tim love life and one about the battling egos of David and Neil.

The two story arcs are not bad in and of themselves, but they don’t help each other out either. It isn’t like the A story and B story in The Hardy Boys, where Chet’s new boss is also the maniacal killer that Mr. Hardy is tracking and the same person after poor Mrs. Hathaway’s prize petunias.  They are more like a bad Family Guy episode where Stewie becomes president of OPEC and Peter becomes a hooker, the stories run at the same time (or was that just a flashback?!?), but they definitely don’t help each other out.

The whole episode really started getting trippy for me towards the end, where they kept switching to the other story with no discernable break. First David is hitting on drunk birthday girl, quite horribly in his “I’m sooooooo superior don’t you see how come your not already in bed with me” kind of way. Then boom Tim caressing his new quazi rebound girl. Don’t blink though, because we’re right back to David making an ass of himself in a public display of his “sexual prowess”. Wait is that a shot of Dawn looking crushed? Is that because of Tim? I guess, but how would we know?

It is funny and made me laugh more than once (thank you Gareth), but still this episode can’t get more then 3.5

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