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The Office: Dream Team

by Jay Black, posted Apr 10th 2009 12:06AM
The Office: Dream Team, official picture alternative text generated by ROBOBLOG 2000(S05E20) I've always said, if you're going to assemble a "Dream Team" for your new company, you need: 1) a super-hot redhead in a business suit, 2) an incompetent man-child, 3) a bowling-shoe-stealing sociopath, and 4) a surgeon-turned-telemarketer named Vikram. I mean, it's just common sense.

The Dream Team in question applies to the four new cornerstones of The Michael Scott Paper Company, an enterprise built on such shaky ground that even Michael's grandmother doesn't believe it has a shot to make it.

But, after a generous dose of Pam's tears (is there any better motivation for a stupid man than a crying woman?), it seems like Michael is starting to believe he has a shot. Pam, too. And you know what? Sign me up. I believe in the Michael Scott Paper Company ...

While Michael was putting the pieces of his Dream Team together, Dwight was manipulating newly-minted suck-up Jim into playing soccer with Charles Minor. While the outcome was predictable (you just knew somebody was getting hurt, right?), it was an interesting shift in roles. It was nice to see Dwight taking advantage of Jim, instead of the other way around.

That's why I'm loving this set of episodes so much: the writers have found a way to shake thing up very organically. Nothing feels forced, and yet everything is different. I guess that goes to show you how far sitcoms have come in the last twenty years: if this were 1989, Pam and Jim would have had a kid at the end of the 4th season who would be a toddler this year (for some reason).

Other stuff:

-- I love when The Office nails the little things, like the desperate scramble to find common ground with a particularly demanding boss. I imagine this sort of thing happens a lot at offices. (And, thank goodness I left the corporate world for show business where sucking up to people never happens. Er...)

-- Speaking of desperately trying to find common ground, did any of you hear this interview with Billy Bob Thorton on Canadian radio? I was reminded of it every time Jim tried to talk to Charles Minor tonight.

-- "Oh, he goes. He goes."

-- Was tonight the moment that Michael's man-crush on Ryan went from cute to creepy? Or was it always creepy? It's hard to tell.

-- I love Pam and Michael's business relationship (do we need a portmanteau for this: Pamchael?). There have been several wonderful pairings on The Office: Pam and Michael, Jim and Dwight (working together version), Andy and Oscar, etc. What's your vote for best?

-- Was anybody else disappointed that Vikram left as quickly as he did? I kind of liked the idea of him being there for the long haul. Michael needs someone who is willing to yell at him in an Indian accent.

-- Shoe Bitch was my nickname, too.

As always, your comments are like ads for Parks and Recreation: overwhelming, but oddly ingratiating.

The Office' Photos

    THE OFFICE Steve Carell as Michael Scott and Amy Ryan as Holly star in the episode "Weight Loss." Airs Thursday, September 25, 2008.

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    THE OFFICE Steve Carell as Michael Scott and Amy Ryan as Holly star in the episode "Weight Loss." Airs Thursday, September 25, 2008.

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    THE OFFICE Mindy Kaling as Kelly Kapoor and Craig Robinson as Darryl Philbin star in the episode "Weight Loss." Airs Thursday, September 25, 2008.

    NBC

    THE OFFICE Amy Ryan as Holly and Brian Baumgartner as Kevin Malone star in the episode "Weight Loss." Airs Thursday, September 25, 2008.

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    THE OFFICE, Steve Carell, ''Did I Stutter'', (Season 4, airing May 1, 2008), 2005-. Photo: Chris Haston / NBC

    THE OFFICE, Rainn Wilson, ''Did I Stutter'', (Season 4, airing May 1, 2008), 2005-. Photo: Chris Haston / NBC

    THE OFFICE, Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, ''Did I Stutter'', (Season 4, airing May 1, 2008), 2005-. Photo: Chris Haston / NBC

    THE OFFICE, Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, ''Night Out'', (Season 4, airing April 24, 2008), 2005-. Photo: Mitch Haddad / NBC

    THE OFFICE, Rainn Wilson, Cassie Fliegel, ''Night Out'', (Season 4, airing April 24, 2008), 2005-. Photo: Mitch Haddad / NBC

    THE OFFICE, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, Rainn Wilson, ''The Dinner Party'', (Season 4, episode 4013, aired April 10, 2008), 2005-,. Photo: Chris Haston / NBC / courtesy everett collection



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ConspiracyGuy

"Michael needs someone who is willing to yell at him in an Indian accent."

Why does he need someone with an Indian accent to yell at him?



April 12 2009 at 9:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sarah

I really like it when Michael is genuinely supportive and serious. We don't see that from him much, but each time we do its a gem. He was really able to help Pam when she was having her little meltdown in the car. The other times we've seen this is when he showed up to Pam's art show (which is probably my favorite scene of the whole series) and even when he defended himself to Stanley during the whole "Did I stutter?" dibacle.

Btw, the opening scene was hilarious! Too true.

April 10 2009 at 2:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Andrew

These were 2 of the funniest episodes of the 5th season.

April 10 2009 at 1:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Frank

I'm really enjoying the humbled Jim...

April 10 2009 at 1:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jay Black

Hmmm... I notice that our episode counting is off by one. I think I've tracked that two the fact that NBC counts one of the hour longs as actually being two episodes (while we only counted it as one).

What do you think, obsessive Office fans? Change it to match NBC's numbers? Or stand as one lone voice against the col, Orwellian dictators of false-episode numbering? You decide, but remember... this isn't just a vote for or against episode numbering, it's a vote for or against me having to go back and edit like ten reviews, which is like a total pain in the butt.

Choose wisely.

April 10 2009 at 5:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Michele

Unfortunately for you Jay..I think you have to match NBC's incorrect numbers. We need symmetry in our world!

April 10 2009 at 8:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
DarthPaul

well s05e20 & 21 is how TV.com & the t*rr*nt sites label these so if that's how you had it then stick to it.

(I'm in the UK so HAVE to get them elsewhere)

April 10 2009 at 10:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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