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The Office: Ben Franklin

by Michael Sciannamea, posted Feb 2nd 2007 12:58AM

(S03E14) According to Michael Scott, the "dilly-o" of life includes learning how to jumpstart a car. His "epiphery" led him to create a video message for his future son, and his instructions on how to take off a woman's bra were fairly informative. But the sight of Dwight in a bra, even if taken from behind, was slightly disturbing, to say the least.

So Phyllis will be marrying Bob Vance of Vance Refrigeration in about a week. Good for her! She seems to be one of he few sane souls in Scranton, and she deserves to be happy. Lucky for her, when Michael discovered what "Primae Noctis" was, he quicklhy backed off.

I've worked in offices where a shower would be thrown for a female staffer with the men invited, but it always seemed awkward for us guys to be there. I liked Michael's solution of throwing a bachelor party in the warehouse much better. I loved the continuous reference to the 2:30 to 3:15 timeframe.

The Jim-Karen-Pam situation certainly took a weird turn, didn't it? You get the feeling that this whole thing is going to come to a head fairly soon, but I, for one, can't seem to get a handle as to what is going to happen. If the show follows the form of the British version, Jim and Karen will break up and Pam will continue to go back and forth as to whether she'll hook up with Jim. Too many awkward conversations and glances to believe that nothing will happen.

Some other thoughts:

  • Was the Ben Franklin impersonator really a male stripper/dancer? He did end up hitting on Pam, but we never got any hint of him ready to start doing a Chippendales sort of thing. The character had some great lines--very well-written part.
  • The scene with Michael and Ryan in the sex shop didn't seem to go anywhere, but the tiling out of the inventory got a big laugh out of me.
  • We only got a fleeting glance of Stanley this week. Too bad.
  • The man meat joke seemed rather Beavis and Butthead-ish.
  • Michael's guilt over his behavior at the bachelor party was rather surprising. The fact that he called Jan, who I guess is now his girlfriend, took some cojones. Is Michael in love? It seems like it.

Finally, one last thought. Where was Andy? You would think he would have been the most obnoxious boor at the bachelor party, but after his wacked-out behavior a few weeks ago, he may be laying low for a while. Since Ed Helms has been signed on for the entire season, the expected blow-up will likely come at the end of the season.

A solid episode. Not much happened here other than the Jim-Karen-Pam triangle, which seems to be headking for some sort of confrontation sooner or later.

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Dave

Here;s the thing - even with an episode that was reached 85% of the potential of what it could have been... it was LEVELS ABOVE this lame-ass review.


(1) We all know where Andy was.

(2) If it was the "dilly-o" of life, than - oh, forget it dude.

(3) You really don't know if Ben Franklin was a stripper/dancer? Wow.

Again, a slightly dull episode (emphasis: slightly) and a VERY LAME review.

February 04 2007 at 5:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
JPL

Yet another solid episode. Michael's video to his future son, the censored sex shop wall, Stanley trying to cut a steak using a plastic knife and fork, and eveything involving the Ben Franklin impersonator.
I was pleasantly surprised to see Andrew Daly, formerly of Mad TV and currently a correspondent on The Showbiz Show, as Franklin. I always felt he was underrated when he worked on Mad TV. Glad to see him get a decent sized part in this episode.

February 03 2007 at 4:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Craig

Didn't they send Andy off for anger management training? That's probably where he supposedly was. The Ben Franklin thing reminded me of the scene last year when Michael thought the copy repair woman was a stripper for his birthday.

February 03 2007 at 1:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tyler

oscar was on for a split-second. the fat guy (sorry forgot his name ) said : Maybe you should go to the bridal shower. or something like that. ben franklin was form the scholastic (lol) jim: should i get ben franklin or spongebob squarepants? michael: squarepants?is that sexy?
peace!

February 02 2007 at 4:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Amy

Forget Oscar & Andy - I want to know where TOBY was!! Strippers in the office? That's perfect material for a Toby/Michael smackdown! Or even, to make it interesting a Michael & Todd Packer vs. Toby smackdown!

February 02 2007 at 11:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
malren

"I'm sure that Michael Sciannamea is probably a really nice person, but could we maybe get someone from TV Squad that really watches (and more importantly "GETS") this show. Honestly, reading this review - it's as though they grabbed Mr Sciannamea off the street...."

Don't hold your breath waiting. It's not a requirement here at TV Squad that the authors actually pay attention to the shows they are paid to write about. How someone could miss the fact that Jim called a historical speaker service for school kids instead of a male stripper agency is beyond me.

February 02 2007 at 11:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
const

15. I'm sure that Michael Sciannamea is probably a really nice person, but could we maybe get someone from TV Squad that really watches (and more importantly "GETS") this show. Honestly, reading this review - it's as though they grabbed Mr Sciannamea off the street....

Posted at 10:07AM on Feb 2nd 2007 by Scott


Bingo! It'd be less unfortunate if this was the only show it is obvious that the reviewer/recapper doesn't regularly watch/get the show.

February 02 2007 at 10:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mad_dr

michael was "giggleing" the whole time in the porn store ..not laughing...some words are much funnier than other words,,,, giggleing..like the grill episode when pam said michael was "fussy" not complaining...the two words that were used connote childish behaviour and that fits with the michael storyline and character

February 02 2007 at 10:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Scott

The Stripper Rhyme (I think):

A secret secret
is not fun
A secret secret
can hurt someone

February 02 2007 at 10:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Scott

I'm sure that Michael Sciannamea is probably a really nice person, but could we maybe get someone from TV Squad that really watches (and more importantly "GETS") this show. Honestly, reading this review - it's as though they grabbed Mr Sciannamea off the street....

February 02 2007 at 10:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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