The Office: The Carpet
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.