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To Hire or Not to Hire Mrs. California on 'The Office' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 2nd 2011 3:00AM

'The Office' - 'Mrs. California'If you've been missing that gut-wrenching discomfort you used to get from Michael Scott on 'The Office' (Thu., 9PM ET on NBC) this season, fear not: It's back. And this time it has the power of the CEO.

Andy wasn't elevated to Michael's position to give us those awkward moments, that's what James Spader was brought in to do as new CEO Robert California. This week, he was absolutely impossible.

He started the episode by giving Andy four seconds warning that Mrs. California was coming in for a job and that Andy shouldn't hire her. He then simply went way too far in insisting that Andy give her the job -- gotta save face in front of the missus -- only to yell at Andy later for doing just that.

We felt horrible for poor Andy, and Jim who had the misfortune of being in Andy's office when Robert first ran in. Jim made a valiant attempt to escape when the truth started coming out, but ultimately he was caught and forced into the room, where he played armchair therapist to the clearly troubled California marriage.

Maura Tierney was a great choice as Mrs. California, though she didn't have much to do this week other than be very sweet and a little confused. However, there are hints that there is trouble in the California marriage, and a certain missus may be a little smitten with a certain regional manager. Talk about uncomfortable!

Hopefully that hint means the incredibly gifted Tierney will have more to do in future installments.

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