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The Office: The Carpet

by Michael Sciannamea, posted Jan 27th 2006 8:41AM

As we've readily seen so far this year, Michael Scott is an egotistical maniac. However, we have seen at times his more "human" side as well as his frailties. Upon arriving at the office one morning, he discovers a foul stench and sees that someone did a number two right on his carpet. He can't stand the smell, and immediately gets the cleaning lady to come up and clean, but it still reeks, and he then arranges to have the carpet removed and replaced with another one.

Michael is aghast that someone would do this to him because he thought was a beloved figure at Dunder Mifflin. He begins thinking about the previous district manager Ed Truck, who was not exactly popular with Michael or the rest of the staff. As his office is being cleaned up, Michael decides to sit at Jim's desk, and Jim ends up moving to the back and shares space with Kelly, who talks his ears off while he tries to work.

Michael tries to joke around with the staff, including a "raid" with Dwight in the accounting section, but everyone is too focused on their jobs. He continues to wonder why someone would do that do him by calling it an act of "terrorism." In order to pump up the staff, he starts a sales contest with the winner to get $83 out of his pocket. However, no one is very interested, and he decides to punish everyone by having them sit quietly, despite the ringing phones.

Kelly continues to talk to Jim, and then asks him to talk to Ryan and see if he is interested in her. Jim reluctanly agrees, and after talking to Ryan, there is a mutual interest. (Another romantic subplot to come?) Meanwhile, Michael encounters Ed Trunk (played by Ken Howard of The White Shadow fame) who tells him that you can't be a friend to the staff, you have to be the boss.

Michael is still despondent over what has been done to him, but after a phone call from his buddy Todd Packer, who admits to doing the deed, he then thinks it was a great joke "done out of love." A strange reaction, indeed. In addition, Jim and Pam haven't had much of a chance to interact, especially with Jim learning that Pam and Roy have set a June wedding date. As the episode ends, we hear Pam's seven voicemail messages to Jim throughout the day. It wouldn't be a stretch to say that we'll be seeing a cliffhanger by the time the season ends for The Office in March.

The Office continues to deliver solid episodes every week. What else can you possibly say? Steve Carell is just great.

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I don't think they're going to "jump the shark" with the Jim/Pam relationship. I think that may be why there are other office romances/pseudo romances (Dwight/Angela, Kelly/Ryan, Michael/Jan). They're keeping viewers enticed and somewhat satisfied at the same time.

February 08 2006 at 7:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Jim & Pam have absolutely the most realistic quasi-romance going on that I've ever seen on screen. (Where are the awards??) We've all been there before, so kudos to the writers, who capture that awkward push-pull of "Friends or lovers?" so perfectly. Even more props must go to the actors, who are able to communicate so well without words. The melancholy look on Jim's face when he's listening to Pam's messages was priceless. And Pam plays the object of desire so well: seemingly ordinary but sharp and canny in a way that only Jim can appreciate.

This is such a delicate balance, though, that I keep worrying that the writers are going to mess it up!

February 02 2006 at 10:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I have a vague recollection of Michael saying something vaguely homophobic, and Oscar giving a slight uncomfortable look, but I'm damned if I can remember what was said. Did it involve a pink shirt?

January 31 2006 at 11:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Michael G

No one mentions that Michael had a Mullet in the photo of him and Ed Trunk. I thought that was a nice touch.

January 30 2006 at 12:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Clint, he says "It's gonna wreak havoc on our plumbing." Hah!

January 29 2006 at 1:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Steve Carrel is a genius, because he can act like he is acting. Like in this ep, when he was acting like he wasn't starring at Ryan..or the last episode, when he was acting like he wasn't lying to Dwight (and Dwight belived him).

January 28 2006 at 11:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Aj, the blonde's name is Angela.

Best parts: Jim and Michael staring at the temp in the beginning, and the temp almost saying "junk in the trunk."

Hey, did anyone see the promo for next week's episode? What does Dwight say after he says "if they stay in there any longer, they all get on the same cycle"? I was laughing too hard to hear the second part.

January 27 2006 at 9:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Did you guys know the stars of The Office keep their own "blogs"? This is so interesting--much like Barney's Blog for HIMYM, Dwight Shrute's is written in character referencing something from that week's episode. It is SO funny. It's at http://blogs.nbc.com/office/. Jenna Fisher writes one also, but not in character (Pam). But that is cool too, she writes about what goes on around the set, etc. Hers is linked through TVGuide, at http://www.tvguide.com/News/Insider/default.htm?rmDate=01122006. I guess BJ Novak used to write the blog there before Jenna. His archives can be found there on the TV Guide page at http://www.tvguide.com/News/Insider/default.htm?cmsRedir=true&rmDate=11152005&cmsGuid={A24F8FAD-CC1A-4622-B8C9-8D71FC7FE6B2}.

may be more, but those are the only ones I've found so far.

Just in case you all need even more of an Office fix!

January 27 2006 at 3:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

There was an article in my local paper about the Office, comparing it to failed shows like Emily's Reasons Why Not, and why the Office is doing well. Check it out if you like

January 27 2006 at 2:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I really liked the beginning where Ryan feels a little uncomfortable that Jim keeps looking at him, and Ryan tells the camera that it's creepier when Michael stares at him. Then there's a cut to Michael in his office staring at Ryan through the blinds.

January 27 2006 at 1:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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