The Office: Michael's Birthday
You know, I'm getting sick of this. After every episode of The Office, I usually say that this one was the best one yet. At some point, you can't get any better, right?
Wrong! Last night's episode, which focused on Michael's birthday "celebration" at the office, was simply the best one yet. It was so brilliant and so right on that I can't give it any higher praise. If this show doesn't win an Emmy, then the voters should be arrested and deported.
How great/sad was it to see Michael describe some of his past birthdays,
especially the one when he was 7 years old and his mother got a pony for his party which he couldn't ride because he
got a rash? Even though Michael does his very best to come across as a visionary business leader, he still is at heart
a very sensitive guy who has vulnerabilities just like everyone else. In addition, he so desperately wants approval
from his staff, although his attempts to get people to acknowledge his birthday with any enthusiasm prove wanting, to
say the least.
The subplot concerned Kevin anxiously awaiting news from his doctor on whether he has skin cancer or not. Michael attempts to downplay that so the staff can focus on his birthday, but Angela, who is an "Ice Queen" to the hilt, shoots him down. (How about that conversation between Dwight and Angela filled with sexual innuendo? Did your flesh crawl, too?)
The Jim/Pam dalliance seems to be heating up again, evidence being how much fun they had while shopping for the office party. This buildup to some sort of situation either before or during Pam's wedding to Roy will be something to behold.
The scenes at the ice rink were hysterical, especially with Michael trying to be his senstive best when advising Pam to get checked out because she has "ticking timebags." Plus, his getup as a hockey player was funny, but yet again, we see another side of him as he brings the kids of his real estate agent out on the ice showing them how to skate with her looking on approvingly. (Could something be brewing here?)
When Kevin says the tests are "negative," Michael immediately breaks down and vows to help him fight it. Of course, he has to be told this is good news. It's an old joke done many times before on TV and the movies, but it still was funny in this instance.
What else can you say? Another brilliant episode. This is the best sitcom on TV, IMHO.