The Office: The Surplus
The sad part is that the office as Michael would like it to be -- filled with ridiculous, unnecessary high fives and almost-sexual harassment -- actually looks like a fun place to work. Be honest, when Michael was doing his Stayin' Alive strut down through all the Mifflinites, you kinda dug it. For just a brief millisecond, D/M was a (gasp!) positive work environment.
Of course, it wasn't to last. For one thing, it came from the office's own self interest. For another, we are talking about Michael Scott here...
Let's get this out of the way first: I am not enjoying the soap-opera plotting of the Angela/Dwight/Andy triangle. It's starting to read a little bit like fan fiction (except without all the horrifying sex pairings).
That said, Andy Bernard is probably the funniest character on the show right now, and this plotline is giving him a lot of time to shine, so I'm torn on how I feel about this. It would be like if my wife suffered severe head trauma which caused her to suddenly find me as attractive as she does Jim -- I'd enjoy the benefits while feeling morally dubious about their source.
Tell me, am I alone in disliking the path they're taking with this plot?
The main action took place in the office tonight, however, and it was some stellar stuff. Each character got to play to their strengths, while a seemingly tiny disagreement opened some real-world strife between Jim and Pam.
Michael has to decide what to do with a budget surplus, which Dunder-Mifflin treats just like any other dumb, bureaucratic company: you spend it or you lose it (how long is it before the heads of the Pennsylvania paper industry fly on down to Washington to ask for their bailout?)
Instead of deciding, Michael does what he always does and puts it to a vote, with about half of the office wanting new chairs, and the other half wanting a new copier. Nothing new here; the twist is that Jim is on the copier side and Pam is on the new chair side.
You know I love this stuff. The Office is like the NBA; it's a lot more fun to watch when they play small ball. The more miniscule the disagreement, the better the show.
The entire office fights for Michael's attentions -- Jim and Oscar take him out to lunch, Pam puts on makeup and compliments his ass. But, in the end, Michael decides against spending the money so he can buy himself a fur coat with the bonus he gets for saving it. Solomon he is not.
This has the effect of making no one happy, so Michael decides to let the office choose their own fate (they go with the chairs, though we don't get a good reason why). And it's in this that we see why Michael can never have a true relationship with anybody: because, in the end, it's always all about him, and he's not smart enough to convince people otherwise.
- Was anybody else disappointed that Pam didn't undo any blouse buttons in her efforts to "sexy up"? And, no, don't ask me about my fan fiction...
- Speaking of Pam, she's a new person since ditching the Big Apple, eh? First the note on the microwave, now a full out offensive to make sure her lumbar gets the proper support. How do we like the new Pam?
- One more Pam note: did anybody else think the copier was a no-brainer? It's a business; copying comes before properly aligned spines. Maybe I'm just used to being a corporate cog, but I totally sided with Jim and Oscar on this one.
- Mose! There can never be enough Mose!
- Dwight and Angela are fake married now. Really? Sigh...
- I hate disappointing just one person. I really hate disappointing everyone. But I love Burlington Coat Factory. You go in there with $645, you are literally a king.
As always, throw your red paint on me in the comments.