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April 9, 2010

Season 2 Episode 6 Interview

First of all thank God she said no. I was starting to really enjoy the episode and then Tim and Dawn. It was like the last episode of friends all over again, all you needed was Dawn to get on the airplane. I mean how cliché do you get? For a TV show that prides its self on outside the box she could not say yes. The show started on the anti classic story ending, instead of off to the happily ever after, you get fired. Then out of nowhere, BAM! Take out your trusty sitcom manual and there it is Rule # 356 Article c-3 “When ending a show, the great couple that just never worked out come together and ride off in to the sunset Roll credits” Sub-clause A-1 “it is better if the male overcomes great physical harm.” So when Tim turns his mike back on and says “She said no by the way” I went Oh thank God!

David’s melt down from almost giddy to be on the way out, to sniveling “Pu…pu..puleeez let me stu.. stu…stay”. All of this reminded me of the scrubs episode with the stages of grief. Where the annoying shrink keeps on popping his head in to the frame, “Denial! Bargaining!” David starts out with the denial. First thinking that everyone will miss him and the whole office will implode, than that this is the best thing ever to happen to him. We see him quickly move to anger, going karate kid on his desk. Then it was on to Bargaining, where all of the sudden he isn’t on top of the world anymore and he begs to be able to keep his job. The Depression is quite obvious. Lastly his little soliloquy at the end where he gives his little acceptance speech was a brilliant way to end the series. I know there are Christmas specials, but they don’t count. They are like the Sex in the City movies every fan saw them, but they don’t carry the same weight. So this ending was very apropos, start with David comparing himself to Jesus and end with him rambling in David speak, roll credits. No conventional everyone all together photo shoot ending, just Stop. Roll credits, like No Country for Old Men.

A brilliant way to end the series 5

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March 11, 2010

Season 1 Episode 6 Judgment

I watched the last episode of season one the Sunday afternoon after my daughter Meira was born. Me and my wife did not sleep the night before so she was sleeping while I had the kid. Meira seemed to enjoy it she kept making funny faces, but then she made a massive poop so it was probably gas. I guess I felt the same way she did about the show.

There were parts that made me giggle, but was it just gas? For instance Gareth’s “So, What’s an elf?” was one of the funniest things he said so far, it was set up perfectly timing was beautiful I was laughing. However, the whole scene just makes no sense. I understand that layoffs are the theme, but David doesn’t have the ability to lay anyone off. Let alone a forklift driver in the warehouse. He would make the warehouse foreman lay him off, or HR, or if there was no one else Gareth. It just doesn’t with the David I’ve got to know over the season.

My next little misplaced fuzzy feeling was the Tim and Gareth bit. It was just that a Tim and Gareth bit like a cut to the itchy and scratchy show In the Simpsons, funny but where did that fit in? Don’t get me wrong it was spot on Gareth had say “Maybe I should just hand them out to rival companies” and then stop once Donna asks him to. But funny should not be the criteria for putting a scene in to an episode, Tim has already decided to quit and we know why the dead end job having to deal with Gareth’s nonsense and David’s ego. The scene adds nothing to their dynamic or to the episode it’s just a funny time filling segue way to the actual episode.

The actual episode was too classic to actually be spectacular. David has the chance to get a promotion or save his branch and even with all of his “”family” talk and one organism spiel he jumps to take the promotion. Following classic sitcom strategy the end of every season needs the De Ex Macina, and at the last moment the David loses the promotion due to a medical condition and Tim is brought back from the brink of extinction with a promotion. It could be my lack of sleep, but I actually think it’s the fact that I’ve come to expect more from The Office than the classic sitcom in an office setting, that made me cover my daughters eyes during David’s ending monologue.

I give this episode an unsizzling 2.5