The Office: Conflict Resolution
(S02E17) When you spend at least 40 hours in a confined area with the same people five days a week, it would not be a stretch to say that some conflicts will arise. At the Scranton, Pennsylvania branch of Dunder Mifflin, the term "conflict" rises to a new level when we learn of some of the seemingly hundreds of issues the staff has with each other. Of course, Dwight, the resident psycho (who asks "Can you imagine if I was deranged?"), has a regularly scheduled time when he submits a complaint about Jim (Fridays at 4 pm) which he thinks are being sent to the corporate office, but end up in a box under Toby's desk.
Michael is not pleased with Toby's method of conflict
resolution, so he decides to take matters into his own hands and whips out his "Mediator's Tool Chest" which
he basically leverages to make sure that he comes out ahead, no matter what. The issues that the staff members have
with each other are quite novel, including Angela and Oscar's dispute over her poster featuring two babies playing
saxophones, and Ryan stating that Creed "smells like death."
However, Pam is shocked to learn that the person who she thought complained about her constant talk of wedding plans was not Angela but Jim! Now we have to question whether Jim is upset over just the talk of the wedding OR the actual wedding itself. The flirtation/relationship between the both of them is certainly coming to some sort of head, and the previews of next week's season finale hint at it when Jim is told that he must say something to Pam. In addition, Dwight is pushing for Jim to transfer to another branch, and we briefly saw Jim going into Jan's office seemingly to talk about it. If and when Pam finds out about Jim's intentions, will she put a stop to them?
After a so-so episode last week, this was one was a return to brilliance. The interplay between the cast was top-notch, and even though I've complained much about Dwight's over-the-top behavior, it seemed to work quite well this time around, and actually had a purpose to the story. I am anxiously awaiting next week's episode, and am looking forward to the next chapter in the Jim and Pam story as well as whether Michael has found romance.