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The Office: Casino Night (finale)

by Michael Sciannamea, posted May 11th 2006 11:26PM

Michael Scott, deep down he's a good guy(S02E18) In my humble opinion, The Office is hands down the best comedy on television today. Great writing, great acting, great stories--I could go on and on. This episode, the season finale, was, in a word, brilliant. You could not ask for a better way to tie up story lines that occurred over the course of a season while opening up new ones at the same time.

Let's briefly sum up what happened. Dunder Mifflin, led by Michael, holds a Casino Night charity function in the warehouse of the Scranton branch. Michael (played by the excellent Steve Carell) is doing his best to choose a suitable charity after the staff nixes the Boy Scouts. After some interplay, they decide to do something for AIDS patients, so that Michael can prove to everyone that he is a great "philanderer". (Michael's butchering of words reminds me of the old-time comic Norm Crosby.)

At the same time, the flirtation between Jim and Pam reaches a fever pitch when he offers to help her choose a band for her wedding. Just looking at them making eye contact with each other is enough to make you just want to shout at the screen, "Come on! Get together already!" In addition, how funny was seeing Kevin in "Scranton-icity"? The Wedding Singer flashed in front of my eyes at that moment.

Michael also is in a bit of a "love triangle drama" when he ends up inviting his real estate agent (Carol) and his boss (Jan) to the event. Of course, his bravado gets in the way and he looks foolish trying to "balance" both women, but still you root for Michael to find romance despite his boorishness. As we've seen over the course of the season, despite his over-the-top behavior, he exhibits a sensitive, human side that makes you think that deep down, he's a good guy who just needs some understanding.

One tiny part of tonight's story was Angela's slapping of Dwight. All season long it seemed they had a hot relationship going on, so her reaction to him was a bit weird. We'll have to see what happens next season with them and if their "romance" will continue.

Of course, like the rest of the viewers of The Office, I was chomping at the bit to see what finally transpires between Jim and Pam. The flirtation was strong between them the entire episode, and the subplot was whether Jim was going to tell anyone about his possible transfer out of Scranton because of the lack of a future there. After hanging out in the parking lot with Jan, she tells him he has to say something to somebody.

Finally, after Roy leaves, Jim finally professes his love for Pam. Shockingly, but not surprisingly, Pam rebuffs Jim, saying that he misinterpreted things. He says he wants to be more than friends, but she apparently doesn't. We then see Pam alone in a darkened office calling her mother and telling her what transpired. Jim walks in, and after hanging up the phone, Pam and Jim finally kiss! I would imagine most Office fans stood up and cheered, but I also think a number of you wanted to see Pam reject Jim's advances. The season ends with the kiss, so we'll be left to ponder all summer if the Pam-Roy wedding does take place or if Pam and Jim decide to hook up.

Again, this was a brilliant end to a brilliant season for The Office. I think all of us can't wait for September to see what happens next.

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July 24 2006 at 4:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

As a big fan of the orginals, I think the US Office is different but also great. The US writers have given Michael more opportunities to redeem himself [the sale to the county, the saving of Jan with the CFO], whereas Brent really only redeemed himself with one line at the end of the whole series.

Lots of great moments, the Jim-Pam thing was good, diversions to make you think it wasn't going to happen: Jim is going to hook up with Jan, Jim is going to tell Pam he is transferring. I don't see how it could drag on much more.

There is another season left in the show. I would not want anything as lame as a run-from-the-altar thing, but Pam will probably decide the Jim thing was a mistake, Jim will transfer, then Pam-Roy will blow up in Pam's face. Jim will save her, and Michael will begin to learn how to be human with Carol's guidance.

The embarassment Angela will have to go through when the office finds out about her kinky liaisons with Dwight, and other subplots are usually entertaining. And the whole downsizing thing will come to a head.

Lots of laughs can be twisted through and around that.

May 31 2006 at 6:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Water View

I taped the last episode and have watched it again several times. I think Pam is going ahead with her wedding and will suppress her feelings for Jim. At least for a while.

In the last scene where Pam is on the phone, the shot opens with the camera right on her left hand where she is fiddling with the phone cord. She is wearing her ring which I think is a big clue. In the parking lot scene with Jim, the scene closes with her playing with it. I thought she may have removed it, but it didn't happen.

And the scene where Ryan orders that drink is classic.

I do not watch much TV, but think this is the best show since Seinfeld.

May 19 2006 at 11:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

***And WHY WHY WHY is down-to-earth Jan at all interested in Michael??***

We found out in previous episodes this season Jan has her share of issues. Her condescending "Women in the Workplace" seminar ended with her running off after the women of the office peppered her with uncomfortable questions about her own relationships and life choices. Great scene. That was a real turning point. Loved it when Phyllis said "I think we're all happy with the choices we've made." Also kissing Michael in front of the elevator, then the mortified look on her realizing she was on camera...it was all leading up to her overnight bag in the car.

Great episode! Classic bit: Toby describing the many, many reasons the Boy Scouts shouldn't be there in person to receive their check (drinking, gambling, school night, etc).

May 16 2006 at 8:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


First, Angela and Dwight have had a seriously s&m relationship from the start - remember Angela stating that she was raised with a lot of disciplin, and she would never marry someone who wouldn't be so hard because that's what children need? Then Dwight went hardass on one of the kids on the show and she just grinned? Then, when Dwight questions her on the "drug" episode, and he's a hardass then, how she just grinned? They LOVE the rough stuff. The examples of this dynamic go on and on....so hot. And she did grin as she walked away, as did Dwight. I would love to know more about their relationship...seems VERY interesting.....

Second, aaaaah, the kiss. Who cares WHAT happens next? That was one of the single hottest moments I have held my breath through on TV in a LONG time. EEEEYA. hmmmm.

So well written; I hope Steve Carrell gets to write more....

May 15 2006 at 5:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Once again - Toby takes the highlight reel moment with "Chase that feeling."

May 14 2006 at 5:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Matthew Thompson

I absolutely loved this episode. I could not believe it. I had waited for that moment for a long time. It turned me into a 10 year old girl...and I'm a 35 year old man. LOL
I made a video that seems to be getting a great reaction so I thought I would put the link here. Enjoy.

May 14 2006 at 3:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I loved it. Loved it. I didn't want to start watching this show at first, but it is hands down the best thing on TV right now.

I was FLOOORED by what Jim said. Can't wait for the fall!

May 14 2006 at 1:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I loved this episode. Jim and Pam are right up there with Sam and Diane. Watching the romance between Jim and Pam this season, I felt giddy and excited, as if I was the one in the romance. What is so brilliant about The Office (particularly Casino Night) is not that they tug at the heart strings (or the funny bone, or any other metaphor), but they know exactly what to leave untugged; I'm always left wanting more, just like I did when I was a teenager and just like I did when I first fell in love. I have no idea what next season will bring. Even if it sux, as sophomore years often do, I'll always have this brilliant season to watch over and over.

May 13 2006 at 2:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Thanks, posters, for your ideas on where the Jim/Pam romance could go from here! I was worried that the writers didn't have anywhere to go, but now I can relax all summer...can't wait for Season 3!

May 13 2006 at 11:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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