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The Office: Performance Review

by Michael Sciannamea, posted Nov 16th 2005 8:08AM

mikejan2This week we see the continuation from last week's episode detailing the hookup between Michael and his boss Jan. Michael is doing performance reviews but he is preoccupied with how to deal with Jan, who through her voicemails, doesn't want to discuss their time together. Michael plays her messages to some of his staff, including Pam, who gets him to believe that Jan is "conflicted," and Stanley, who says that Jan wants him. It is literally the talk of the office.

Michael says he wants "closure" with Jan, but as she arrives, she clearly does not want to discuss their previous encounter and strictly wants to get down to business and do his performance review. Michael tries to impress Jan with the hastily arranged "Suggestion Box meeting," but that doesn't seem to go to well. In his office, Michael tries his best to get Jan to acknowledge their relationship, but Jan walks out and basically blows him off. Michael is chastened, but he still thinks Jan wants him but she has to acknowledge her true feelings for him.

I liked the idea of having a continuation of a storyline, but the subplot of making Dwight think it was Friday when it was really Thursday really didn't go anywhere. Plus, Dwight's behavior was over the top again, and as we've discussed before, it can really be disconcerting.

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Katy Bischoff

I liked the "tomorrow is Saturday" story line. Dwight can be over the top but his hairstyle is the real comedy.

November 18 2005 at 11:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mattjh

"Of course, the essence of Michael is shown when all he remembers from Jan's comments is 'it has nothing to do with your looks'" A lot of people probably miss the humour of those little insights into Michael's character. I liked the bit in the episode 'Fire' where Michael is feeling inferior next to the temp, Ryan, who is attending business school. Michael says, "Ryan is booksmart; I'm streetsmart.....and booksmart". He just couldn't concede a single point. Dwight was over the top in that episode with his attempted heroics.

November 16 2005 at 12:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Richard Jensrud

I'd have to disagree that the "tomorrow is Saturday" story line didn't go anywhere. Maybe your TiVo cut off the end of the show? Michael walks out: "It's 12:30 ... where is Dwight? ... never been late my ass!" This of course ties the whole thing back to the performance review story line. Dwight had so adamantly proclaimed in his review that he had never been late, never missed a day and was the most reliable person in the office. The show ends with a distance shot of Dwight coming out of his car ... half dressed, dropping his briefcase, yelling "I'm here ... it's OK ... I'm here!!!"... another awesome Dwight moment. Also, the episode had an absolutely pivotal scene. Jan's explanation of why she didn't want to go out with Michael was the first time Michael has had anyone tell him to his face that's he's insensitive, rude, disrespectful etc. Of course, the essence of Michael is shown when all he remembers from Jan's comments is "it has nothing to do with your looks"

November 16 2005 at 10:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sean

The initial "popping the ball" scene had me rolling. A guy at work got some of those clacky balls (you know, the ones that "clack-clack-clack" on strings)... after about three hours, we were just about ready to go in there and cut the dang things off because we were so sick of the "clack-clack-clack."

November 16 2005 at 10:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mutehead

I didn't mind the "Thursday is Friday" subplot. It seemed very Tim/Gareth. What annoyed me was the prepping for the performance review. Hands down the best part of the show was Stanley's review. I hope he got his raise.

November 16 2005 at 10:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tully

I get the feeling that with Dwight, they just come close constantly, but never really lock on. I guess they felt the dry/uncomfortable British version was unaccessible? Too bad, I've dealt with far more Gareths than I have Dwights.

November 16 2005 at 9:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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