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I get all these ideas of topics to write about and store them. And then a week goes by and I look back and say, "Wow, that's a lot of ideas that ... I didn't write about."
Anyway, while I fix the hitch in my get-along, enjoy tonight's viewing.
I'm checking out Ugly Betty for the first time. It better be damn good to have beat out The Office for best comedy series.
Michael is supposed to be uncomfortable to be around. He is supposed to be a jerk.
Dwight had several great lines. Especially the part about his family traditionally getting married inside their own graves.
2. Michael, in addition to being uncomfortable, is also supposed to be funny. I didn't find that to be the case this time around.
3. The episode was awkwardly paced and felt rushed.
4. I am not what you would call a "shipper" but it has become clear that the writers have run out of ideas for genuine ways to keep Jim & Pam apart, but don't believe that they're capable of handling the show if the characters are together.
This might be the only episode of the show other than the pilot that I would describe as "bad".
But the Altoid/Pavlovian thing was funny, Scrantonicity rocked the house, and there were some good lines.
The British version of "The Office" was good. It's different from the U.S. version. But this one was more like the British version. That's all. You jumped to a lot of conclusions from my statement.
Why was Michael's behavior tonight anymore beyond the pale than any other episode?
I loved Jim siccing Dwight on wild goose wedding crashers.
And I don't know why putting Pam and Jim together is evolving like this. If they got together, I'm not sure the dynamic would change that much. This is not Moonlighting level sexual tension here. Jim and Pam getting along and pulling pranks is what I love about the show.
Similarly, the Pam-Roy moment has been set up this whole season. Roy has been carefully courting her. Pam likes Jim, but she can't bring herself to break up his relationship - that's just not in her. (Remember, Jim did not come back to Scranton single.) The reason the Jim-Pam story is paralyzed is because the two of them are individually paralyzed - both have deep, emotional reasons for not making the first move, reasons that have been laid down for upwards of a year.
And as Bob said, there were many great moments in this episode. Ryan knocking the bouquet out of Kelly's hands, the Toby moment, Michael looking up wedding in the dictionary but misreading it as welding. It was good stuff.
But she could read me the ingredients off the side of a box of pancake mix and I'd melt.
Love turning solid people into jelly is a story as old as time. The fact that she loves Jim but that she's worried about losing him ... her behavior is perfectly logical.
"in this episode Pam went from very spiteful of Roy to suddenly in his arms, and it made no sense to me"
Pam has not been "very spiteful" of Roy. Pam was annoyed that Phyllis stole her wedding plans, and annoyed that Roy didn't notice, but overall, Pam has borne no grudge against Roy since her breakup.
"Jim & Karen's relationship is showing cracks"
As far as Pam knows, Jim and Karen had one little hiccup, talked it out, and now look as happy as a couple sweetly slow-dancing on the dance floor.
In its history, the show's biggest problem was explaining why Pam and Roy were together. That being said, Pam was in love with Roy. It's axiomatic to the show, and now that Roy has been sweet all this season, it's no longer even as difficult to understand, because we know that Roy had a teddy bear quality inside him. Of course, no outsider really thinks they belong together, but seeing as we could see the possibility of them backsliding a million miles away, how could it not be convincing?
Daniels will get through the Jim and Pam story, but he has hardly exhausted the Jim-Karen or Roy-Pam plots, or the Jim-Pam being apart plot.
Toby clearly had the best time
"Where'd you find her?"
The gym, riight."
Photo of Ives.
But like all office episodes, they each had some good moments.
The good--Kevin's band.
Dwight escorting the old guy out of the place, then the old guy talking to Michael at the end was hilarious..."You know who was a great team....Boston Celtics.." then Michael without skipping a beat is like "Robert Parish..."
It does take some creativity to get a random Robert Parish reference into a show.
The one girl telling Pam too "Get drunk and tell everyone you're pregnant"...????? that made no sense at all.
Office has definitely went downhill since the first two seasons, but most TV shows are like that.
That part was too stupid to be believable, which I think takes away from the humor of the show.
Enjoy it because it's funny, not because it's believable.
I watched Scrubs when I got back from bars, so I don't remember it all that well, but I don't recall it being very good - too plotty again.
I don't normally watch 30 Rock, but that Arby's line was enough to get me to tivo it and watch it sometime today.
Homer: Now, what is a wedding? Well, Webster's Dictionary describes a wedding as, "The process of removing weeds from one's garden."
Moe: Tell us more about you and Marge!
Homer: This is a place of learning, not a house of...hearing about things.
All of that statement is true for Michael Scott with the exception of the word "successful"
P.S. The British Office is fantastic. But it is a very different show, far bleeker. I have read reviews that talk about the show as an existential statement about life. It has some great moments (the guitar episode in particular) but the American Office is generally funnier.
"I have two ears and a heart, don't I?"
I never thought this was the best episode ever, but I still am surprised that people have been calling it unfunny, or that it was the most that Michael has made them cringe.
42 - LOL
By the way, Jon, what is your take on the British version of The Office and how it compares to the American version? Or have you not seen it?
That being said, the two-hour British finale was incredibly good and touching.
46 - The combo of that Ryan moment with Toby's "Toby!" was, as Kevin would say, "Awesome."
Next you will be asking Jon to compare "The Flinstones" to "The Honeymooners" and while its true Ralph Kramden and Ed Norton had it all over Fred and Barney, Betty would probably out poll the other three "women" as the one most guys would want to go out with.
Unlike other shows that have hopped across the pond. "Steptoe and Son" and "Sanford and Son" had little in common other than the father/son dynamic.
Out of all of the pilots based on British series I have heard about, the pilot the fate of which I am most interested in, but that I dread might be totally messed up, is called Life On Mars. David E. Kelley is doing it for ABC. It's based on a BBC drama that aired its first season (8 episodes) early in 2006, and is about a cop who is hit by a car in 2006 and suddenly finds himself in 1973. Is he dead and in some kind of afterlife? Is he in a coma and imagining a world that isn't real? Has he literally travelled back in time? It is a fantastic series, and just from a cinematic standpoint, the scene in which the main character, Sam Tyler, goes from 2006 to 1973 is one of the best scenes I have ever seen on a TV show. Just perfect film-making. It starts with Sam standing outside his car and looking in through the driver's side window, and inside the car an iPod is playing David Bowie's "Life On Mars." Another car comes along and creams Sam. Sam wakes up in a very dingy city wearing ridiculously outdated clothes. He peers into a very old-looking car and he sees an 8-track casette player, which is playing Bowie's "Life On Mars," a newly-debuted song in 1973. I can't do the scene justice describing it: you have to see the camera-work, hear the Bowie song over the visuals you are presented with. Just amazing stuff. And the thing is, I really don't want that scene in particular RUINED in an American remake. I am not saying it WILL be ruined, but just the possibility it MIGHT be re-done badly bothers me. And this is the sort of fear that fans of the British Office had when they heard about The Office being remade for American TV.
RIP, Ian Richardson.
I loved the UK "Coupling"; it was everything "Friends" should have been. I nearly wet myself watching the "too many legs" episode. I had high hopes for the US remake, but it just never worked, and was canceled after a scant few episodes.
I expected the same fate for the US "Office", but it has far exceeded anything I could have hoped for. Just a wonderful, wonderful show.
Last night's episode was very cringeworthy, but I loved it. Michael embarked into a new territory with his ability to make the audience squirm, almost Curb Your Enthusiasm-esque.
Tying this all together, the Ricky Gervais interview of Larry David is a pretty good watch. Two unique comic geniuses connecting. The interview is on YouTube, in five 10-minute segments.
If you take out the Christmas Special (which was made 2-3 years after the other episodes, and wasn't planned when the series finished) the Brit Office is very dark. The series ends with David begging for his job, Tim not getting the girl, and Garreth becoming the new boss. Nothing is better, life goes on forever in both directions with no change in sight. It was quite a statement for television. As moving as the Christmas special was (I got misty eyed) in someways it betrays that feeling (or maybe it just builds on it). Anyway, I love the Brit version, and after watching the first few epispodes of the American version, I thought it would just be an Americanized copy, but they have really went in new directions. Great, amazing, wonderful, mind-bloggling directions.
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