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The Office Webisodes -- Number 7: Things Are Getting Tense

by Michael Sciannamea, posted Aug 17th 2006 10:58AM

The investigation is at an impasseThe investigation of the missing $3,000 is going nowhere. Oscar, Angela, and Kevin are very frustrated with their lack of progress. Suddenly, Oscar discovers a missing $2,800 charge, but Kevin sheepishly admits that he took money out and gambled on pro basketball (Go Pistons!). He says he won, and put the money he borrowed back. However, that amount was different from the $3,000 in question.

Kevin then points to Angela's new necklace, and she says that a "friend" gave it to her. Oscar and Kevin are skeptical about this "friend," but they drop the issue. Angela then says that they have to investigate Michael, who's been the target of suspicion all along. Will we see Michael brought in for questioning? Time will tell...

Watch the webisode here.

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Why can't Rob and Amber work for a living?

by Anna Johns, posted Jul 18th 2006 8:25PM
rob and amberReality show whores Amber and Rob Mariano are getting another reality show because it's better than having a day job. This time the newlyweds are going to the FOX Reality Channel for a docu-series, The Rob and Amber Project. Over ten, half-hour episodes, cameras will follow Rob as he moves to Las Vegas and attempts to launch a career as a professional gambler. Amber is just there to look hot, I guess.

If you wonder who on earth I'm talking about, Rob and Amber were both on Survivor and became a couple on Survivor: All-Stars, which Amber won. They placed second in The Amazing Race (the devilish side of me rooted for them) and they got married in a reality special last year. The Project premieres in January.

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The Office: Casino Night (finale)

by Michael Sciannamea, posted May 11th 2006 11:26PM

Michael Scott, deep down he's a good guy(S02E18) In my humble opinion, The Office is hands down the best comedy on television today. Great writing, great acting, great stories--I could go on and on. This episode, the season finale, was, in a word, brilliant. You could not ask for a better way to tie up story lines that occurred over the course of a season while opening up new ones at the same time.

Let's briefly sum up what happened. Dunder Mifflin, led by Michael, holds a Casino Night charity function in the warehouse of the Scranton branch. Michael (played by the excellent Steve Carell) is doing his best to choose a suitable charity after the staff nixes the Boy Scouts. After some interplay, they decide to do something for AIDS patients, so that Michael can prove to everyone that he is a great "philanderer". (Michael's butchering of words reminds me of the old-time comic Norm Crosby.)

At the same time, the flirtation between Jim and Pam reaches a fever pitch when he offers to help her choose a band for her wedding. Just looking at them making eye contact with each other is enough to make you just want to shout at the screen, "Come on! Get together already!" In addition, how funny was seeing Kevin in "Scranton-icity"? The Wedding Singer flashed in front of my eyes at that moment.

Michael also is in a bit of a "love triangle drama" when he ends up inviting his real estate agent (Carol) and his boss (Jan) to the event. Of course, his bravado gets in the way and he looks foolish trying to "balance" both women, but still you root for Michael to find romance despite his boorishness. As we've seen over the course of the season, despite his over-the-top behavior, he exhibits a sensitive, human side that makes you think that deep down, he's a good guy who just needs some understanding.

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New show invites you to bet it all

by Adam Finley, posted Jan 10th 2006 3:54PM
roulette wheelDouble or Nothing, a new FOX reality series, is looking for a person to sell everything they own for the chance to put it all on red or black on a roulette wheel. I'm not sure how you make an entire series out of one person making one bet, but I guess we'll have to tune in and find out. If you think this seems like a stupid risk to take, you're not alone. Author Steve Bourie, a gambling expert, says showing amateur gamblers making uninformed bets is very irresponsible. The show is inspired by Ashley Revell, an Englishman who literally bet everything on red and won. Bourie, however, still maintains that gambling should be a form of entertainment, and not a quick method of monetary gain. I would tend to agree, unless the person standing next to you is wearing a green sweater and you softly hum the theme to The Facts of Life while the wheel is spinning. Those are both signs of good luck and in that case you should by all means bet everything.

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