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The Office: Episode 10

by Annie Wu, posted Aug 1st 2006 11:58PM
The Office

(S02E04)
Although I still obnoxiously quote it all the time, this episode kind of bugs me. I mean, it's hysterical in every way, but I've always thought that it stepped a little too far from reality. The beauty of The Office has always been the fact that all actions, all words, all awkward looks to the camera are realistically justified. David's ego is just larger than life in this episode. It got a little too sitcom-y with his training seminar storyline. Eh. Maybe it was just me.

So... yeah. David is still trying to up his cool points by keeping his leather jacket and heeled boots. He surprised Dawn when he showed up with one extra accessory...

Dawn: ... That's an earring.
David: Whatever. Get over it.
Dawn: How long have you had that?
David: Toooo long, baby.
Dawn: It's bleeding!
David: It really stings.

David's ego was still riding high after he was invited to be an expert speaker at some training seminars. He recruited Dawn to follow him along and carry his stuff for his first "gig" (he offered her £100 for an hour's work but quickly tried to drop down the price... No luck).

Tim and Rachel, making out in the corridors, also encountered a bit of awkwardness when Gareth confronted Rachel for dating Tim without telling him.

Gareth: Alright, I'll ask you straight... Is there anything that could happen between us while this is going on?
Rachel: ... Like what?
Gareth: What, specifically?
Rachel: ... Yeah.
Gareth: [Sighs and thinks] Hand job? ... Don't answer! Just think about it. [Starts to walk away; looks back in disgust]

There was a pretty random appearance by a new character, Simon the IT guy. He was a bit of a pompous jerk (much like many of the self-righteous computer geeks I know... a lot of that "holier than thou 010101011" attitude) and, although Tim didn't take to it, Gareth hung out with him for a bit. I loved his heroic retelling of his go-karting adventure ("Oi. No professionals") and the following dialogue...

Simon: Y'know Bruce Lee's not really dead, don't you? Yeah. It's in a book. What he did was, he faked his own death so he could work undercover for the Hong Kong police... infiltrating the drug gangs and the Triads.
Gareth: Yeah. I reckon that's true.
Tim: I reckon that's true... 'Cause if you were to send someone undercover to investigate the Triads, you'd probably want one of the world's most famous Chinese film stars.

While practicing his speech with Gareth, David found out that the Swindon intake had a few nicknames for him... Bluto (the villain from "Popeye" and Mr. Toad). David's subdued outrage at the "body fascism" in this scene is fantastic (haha, I especially love the way his voice goes really high when he says, "Mr. Toad!"). Another great David moment was when Neil walked in on him and Gareth doing sit-ups and working out together in his office. One of my favorite Gareth moments out of the entire series is when he senses that David is tense and starts giving him a massage.

Here's when it got kind of ridiculous... That night, David and Dawn went down to the place where the training seminar was being held. David was treating the situation like he was a real rock star, saying things like, "I love being backstage!" and posing seductively for a picture for the company's website. The whole pre-speech thing was a bit too sitcom-y for me. I think it was the first time that I ever thought that The Office had kind of stepped beyond their own little mock reality. I mean, it was really funny, but I just felt like it didn't belong. However, the speech itself was tremendously awkward (and therefore acceptable and hilarious by The Office standards). The "Simply The Best" thing was to die for (haha, it was like he expected credits to roll after his exit or something). Oh, and David's total disregard for Dawn was great (not holding the door open for her while she lugged in his giant duffel and boombox, flinging his cap and dirty t-shirt at her, accidentally spraying deodorant into her face).

The end of the episode (with Dawn dragging all of David's shit out) just made me kind of sad. I just wanted Tim to run in and help her carry the boombox or something. Sigh. I hate it when I start emotionally connecting with shows.

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Karen

This episode always bugged me a bit because I never understood why the two people from the seminar still used David after the way they saw him act in his own office. They spent quite a long time at Wernham-Hogg, and really saw David at his worst (for us, best). It was just crazy that they would still have used him.

That being said, the photo shoot WAS hysterical, and David's treatment of Dawn just over-the-top while still completely in character.

Even when the UK version stumbled a bit it never really lost its footing. Comedy gold.

August 02 2006 at 11:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mark Stevenson

I have to disagree, I thought this episode was fantastic and I don't think they went too far. I thought it was hilarious when he started striking poses (sits on the chair backwards and holds his hands around his face like a picture frame). I think it helps show how distorted davids own self image is. He thinks he's this leader/boss/friend/rock star/celebrity/etc...

It is so great to see the two people in charge of the event "interacting" with david (their looks to the camera are great), and him running off after his speach only to return to argue with the woman about turning off his stereo telling her "to let it play until he gets out of the building in the future..." was great.

I have no complaints about this episode or any of the brittish episodes for that matter, comedy perfection.

August 02 2006 at 10:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Thomas

To Keith L. Dick
What?

August 02 2006 at 8:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Keith L. Dick

As for the Pic, I'll give the *Tennies* a 10 since they look Brand new, Clean and have the typical Very Long Laces tied in the typical way...

The *Crotch Shot* get a huge minus 20 since it is totally stupid and not needed... The Pants get a 5 since they happened to have to be in the shot...

The Belt??? Well it could be any belt as is with the White T-Shirt...

The Guy in the Pic, well the same, Pic anyone off the streets these days and you got an actor... I have to say I never saw the show so I bet he is good in his part...


The look on his face???... Priceless!!!...




August 02 2006 at 3:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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