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'The Office' - 'Manager and Salesman' Recap

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 12th 2010 12:02AM
Steve Carell in 'The Office' - 'Manager and Salesman'(S06E16) Ahhhhhh.... order has finally been restored to the universe.

Can you feel it? The air is cleaner, food tastes better, and the two feet of snow outside my window is a fluffy dream instead of an icy mess.

It seems like the producers of 'The Office' realized things weren't right in their world and they decided to rectify things. And in the process they made one of the more satisfying episodes of the season.

Has the show been completely reset? Not exactly. Jim and Pam are still married and having a kid (as we'll see in the first episode back). But at least now Jim is back to being the smirking, going-nowhere salesman he was at the beginning of the series, albeit making a lot better commissions. He can goof on Dwight again, and look into the camera when things go screwy.

It's the exact antidote to what what was making him a such a tool in the last year or so. Jim in a suit with neat hair, acting like the boss, wasn't working at all. Jim with his tie loose and sleeves rolled up, makin' sales and crackin' wise, is the Jim we love. Hopefully, that's what we'll see, even though now it's a Jim who "knows too much," as it were; he's seen what it's like to manage this bunch, which might change his view a bit.

Still not sure why the producers brought in Kathy Bates to play such a seemingly minor role like Sabre CEO Jo Bennett. Maybe this isn't the last we see of her, as she might run roughshod over Dunder Mifflin a la Mom from 'Futurama.' But at least it was fun to find out that she slept with some of the same men that Truman Capote did, and that her dogs really like Andy's crotch.

It really did seem like the episode was going to end with Michael being in sales and Jim being manager, didn't it? That would have been an interesting direction to explore. But it's better this way. Especially because it short-circuits Dwight and Ryan's scheme to bring Jim down, a plot that made both characters look more one-dimensionally evil than they had in past years.

Now, the big question is: What is Sabre's impact? Are we just going to see D-M sell printers along with the paper and everything else will go back to normal? That usually doesn't happen when companies are acquired. But maybe the integration of the Sabre culture will happen slowly.

It's not like Bennett's presence prevented the usual office shenanigans from happening, as we got Andy passing out a ton of Valentines to obscure the fact that he really wanted to give one to Erin. Despite how funny this plot was -- good to see Mindy Kaling come out of the writers' room for some extended screen time -- but this fumbling Erin/Andy romance feels like a parody of Pam and Jim, doesn't it? At least now we know that Erin knows where Andy stands; the near-misses were getting frustrating.

More fun stuff:

-- What allergy medicine would cause Phyllis to emit such noxious gas? Please let me know so I can avoid it. It does seem that sending a warning e-mail about your farts is proper office protocol, though.
-- We knew that Erin admired Kelly's singing and dancing abilities because of her participation in the group Subtle Sexuality. But who knew she also admired Kelly's ability to buy clothes at the mall?
-- Erin really enjoys working for Michael, doesn't she? She likes his toys, his keyboard, and his dancing. Jim was no fun for her. Talk about being the opposite of Pam...
-- After so many years, Jim is a Michael Scott expert. "In which movie did they realize the boss was within earshot and they just went to talk to her?" Michael: "'Leathal Weapon?'" Jim: "Then I think we should do it the 'Leathal Weapon' way."
-- Favorite Dwight line of the night: "I wish I had a lair."
-- Jim tells jokingly tells the camera that he really did join D-M for the money, "and for the women." True, D-M did bring Pam into his life. Can the company be all that bad?
-- The Vancouver Olympics-related intro was such a throwaway, but Michael going through three years' worth of e-mails just so he could cancel did elicit a chuckle.
-- I hadn't noticed Ed Helms in the opening credits before. Congrats, Ed!

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Katie

Favorite line - "It's a dog and a bird!" - Erin, commenting on the mistake card

February 13 2010 at 5:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Katie

Does anyone think that the writers are likely saving the pregnancy for the season finale? It's predictable, but it may be why they've been holding out on Jenna Fischer's actress pregnancy stomach pillow (or whatever the official name for those is) for this long.

Someone was cynical on the comments last week and said that they should've ended with the wedding, but that would've put all the material for babies to waste. Besides, after Michael's watermelon birth experience, I look forward to the next baby episode with great delight!

February 13 2010 at 4:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jon Carpenter

Did anyone else notice that Marc Webb directed last nights episode? Director of 500 Days Of Summer? I though him and Mindy Kaling's excellent script made last nights episode the best of the season.

February 12 2010 at 4:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Laura

Has anyone else notticed/been annoyed by how long Pam has been pregnant!? I just saw the ad for The Office Baby that's coming AFTER the olympics....Pam is already way past her due date even giving the writers a little leeway!

February 12 2010 at 12:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Zach

Did anyone notice when Michael messed up Jim's hair when meeting with the CEO it was messed up through out the back and forth? Then at the very end of the clip Jim's hair was combed nice and neat. I wasn't sure if that was a mistake or if they intened it. It was a very quick cut from Michael to Jim the last time, so I doubt he could have combed his hair in between.

February 12 2010 at 12:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mel

Andy's email....
"yours in Professionalism, Nard Dawg"

ha ha ha ha ha

February 12 2010 at 12:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mel

Meredith: "just don't try to cut my throat. don't cut my throat"

February 12 2010 at 12:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
themothchase

I'm also pretty excited about the return of wise-cracking Jim! Him and Pam are at their best when they're goofing on Dwight...here's hoping they'll be a bit less annoying again!

Kathy Bates was fantastic in this episode! I'm hoping for a reappearance of her and Christian Slater in the weeks to come!

I blog about this episode at http://themothchase.wordpress.com - check us out!

February 12 2010 at 11:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
kip

I really wish they had let Jim be the manager, and wait an episode before it sunk in with Michael that not being the manager has consequences.

February 12 2010 at 11:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
not good

I would have liked to have seen where the Ryan/Dwight, putting Jim into a Saw predicament would have gone...

February 12 2010 at 3:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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