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It wasn't as laugh out loud funny as last week, but the points Michael made about running a company made a lot of sense.
Not that I care, but I found the idea that Ryan would get a letter-grade increase by bringing in Michael to speak more implausible than anything that happened in last week's episode.
Seriously. I laugh hard at the Office every week. The bat stuff was absolutely top-notch. Jim was hysterical. But the episode wasn't unusually good.
Look, I'm not trying to be a killjoy. I liked the episode. But as much as Casino Night, Branch Closing, Merger, Video IPod Christmas? I don't think it was. Those were transcendent.
Michael may not be in trouble with HR this time with the way he handled Ryan.
Can't Joss Whedon escape from vampires?
i really enjoyed tonights episode and felt it was one of the stronger ones, partly because im a sucker for those emotional/sincere endings with michael (my fav was the halloween one where, after firing someone the worst possible way, he handed out halloween candy alone).
plus, stanley's one line, per usual, was excellent.
"To make art you need honesty and courage."
"Those aren't Pam's strong suits."
"That's why this is motel art."
I don't know if she needed to hear that, but it was certainly true. I was more than a little surprised that Jim didn't show up either. I wonder if Karen made him stay home?
That you didn't think the Christmas iPod episode was funny makes we want to cry :(
Get the DVD's for The Newsroom TV series (like we talked about months ago) and I promise to change my mind about the iPod episode.[Smiley Face]
Today, companies all over would be clamoring to get their names on a soda can in a sitcom.
I enjoyed the pace of last night's show, as well as several of the story's threads. But it seems the writers have run out of ideas for creating conflict, and now feel the need to kill (or almost kill) a member of the surgical team in every episode.
Scrubs was sub-par again last night, but I've come to accept that from them now.
Would you believe... both?
I'm positive it's a ratings ploy, but if it were a good one, I could live with it. As it is, I'm just not buying it.
My wife did not care for my remark last night that if Meredith is indeed dead, I would support calling the program "Izzy's Anatomy."
The Staples thing I don't have a problem with, but (and, I could easily be wrong here), doesn't it seem like they used to use all the chain office supply stores, interchangeably, and now they're much more Staples-centric? The B-school student didn't even get out the name Office Max before Michael interrupted; but he did say Staples, unmolested.
I think Jon has referred to his regular viewing of GA as a "guilty pleasure" or "indulgence" or something to that effect. We've all got 'em.
I had a marketing professor at the time the show aired who did marketing for Apple, and I asked him about it. He said that the writers for the show approached Apple with the script and asked for money, and that Apple said no -- but "we sent them a bunch of stuff [iPods, I assume] and we told them to come back to us" when it was time to buy ads for the fall season. In other words, NBC no doubt profited from the placement, if only after the fact.
By the way, all the (many) product placements on that show don't bother me much, but only because the writing is so sharp. If it weren't as funny as it is, I think the in-show ads would begin to grate, and quick...
42 - They've created what my wordsmith uncle calls a "dogsandwich." They've got too many characters and not enough story keep them all interesting. Maybe killing off some doctors is the way to go.
The week before, they actually spent the first five minutes of the show explaining what triage was, as if anyone who has ever seen an episode of MASH, let alone actual doctors, had no idea.
And then they go out on the scene of the biggest medical emergency in Seattle in X number of years, and they're still moaning about their love lives. My personal life is important to me, but man, am I supposed to enjoy the fact that these doctors can't compartmentalize at all? Am I supposed to actually like these unredeemed egotists?
That only scratches the surface. The show has so many flaws, I've lost count.
When there are lots of dead people around, they round up an intern and a resident and ask them to console a group of 50-100 people.
I would hate to see what happens when some patient walks in with the Space Needle impaled in his eye, sort of like in "Itchy and Scratchy".
Let's have the police abandon a little girl who can't find her mom in the middle of a disaster because he has to "get back to his unit." 'Cause, you know, priorities.
Which was unlike the official "Lost" podcast where Lindelof and Cuse did admit that there were issues with Michele Rodriguez. They didn't blab all over, but they didn't act as if nothing happened.
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