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2007-11-01 19:26
by Jon Weisman

2007-11-01 21:01:32
1.   Agronox
Where is everybody?

On first blush, tonight's was an excellent episode of The Office.

2007-11-01 21:31:07
2.   Jon Weisman
1 - In asking where everyone is to comment on The Office, you might consider this site is based on the West Coast :)
2007-11-01 21:56:47
3.   overkill94
Quality Office episode tonight. I think anytime you implement fake mustaches it equals pure comedy.

The eyes are the groin of the face.

2007-11-01 22:15:42
4.   Bob Timmermann
I miss the one-hour episodes.
2007-11-01 22:24:59
5.   Eric Stephen
Laugh out loud moments galore in tonight's Office, followed by a Men at Work appearance on Scrubs.

I love Thursdays.

2007-11-01 22:41:13
6.   Bob Timmermann
I have now seen parts of "Big Shots."

My degree of whelmment is very low.

2007-11-01 22:42:42
7.   overkill94
Scrubs was decent this week, though not as good as the season premiere. Hopefully now that everyone's had their babies there'll be a little less plot and a little more funny. Both episodes from this season were way better than pretty much anything from season 6 though - I'm not sure what the writers were smoking when they wrote that season.
2007-11-01 23:10:34
8.   Jon Weisman
I loved how they got Jim in the car, but hated how he went along with them to Utica after he found his phone. Otherwise, great stuff.
2007-11-01 23:38:34
9.   overkill94
8 I took it as Jim trying to be the nice guy by making sure Michael and Dwight didn't do anything particularly malicious to the Utica branch (aka Karen). He may have broken her heart, but I'm sure he still cares for her and didn't want to turn a blind eye when it was possible she would be in danger.
2007-11-02 07:22:50
10.   Jon Weisman
9 - I don't question Jim protecting Karen (much less Michael and Dwight from themselves), but I just would have liked a different way for him to do so. In fact, he put himself in a situation where he ended up being totally ineffectual.

Jim showed his similarity with Michael at the end, going for humor to try to deflect an uncomfortable situation, failing, and never really recovering.

2007-11-02 07:37:08
11.   Fletch
Stanley had some great lines-
"So how would sleeping at your desk be better than not being here?"
"I can't believe he called my bluff..."
2007-11-02 07:52:04
12.   Penarol1916
I really preferred the Finer Things plot to the Utica plot, especially after Jim got back in the car, it just really was not that funny to me at all until Dwight threatened to burn Utica to the ground. I did think that the Finer Things meeting was pretty stellar, as was Jim's Michaelesque foray into the group.
2007-11-02 09:22:52
13.   ssjames
I loved Oscar's quote about how the Finer Things club was the second gayest thing he did, other than having sex with men.
2007-11-02 10:00:57
14.   fracule
Was this episode Joss Whedon's first time helming 'The Office'?
2007-11-02 15:05:19
15.   D4P
Didn't care much for Scrubs. I really really don't like the Elliot/Keith and JD/Kim storlines.
2007-11-02 17:10:08
16.   mintxcore
14 - Whedon also directed a season 3 episode called "Business School", I think. It was the one with the bat, and Michael's speech at Ryan's college. One of my all time fav episodes.
2007-11-02 18:04:55
17.   KG16
So, writer's strike is set for Monday, it looks like. Why am I suddenly worried that the proportion of ESPN and FSW in my TV viewing is about to jump even higher than it has been?
2007-11-02 18:25:43
18.   Bluebleeder87
Should we expect writers to throw fruits & veggies at the ESPN broadcasters every morning when they go to work?
2007-11-02 19:18:38
19.   Bob Timmermann
I'll be plowing through my Netflix list very quickly if it's an extended strike.
2007-11-03 08:32:00
20.   CanuckDodger
With all the episodes of television I have recorded but that I just haven't had time to watch, if the writers' strike goes longer than, oh, five years, I might start feeling the pinch.
2007-11-03 12:36:30
Last night's FNL affirmed to me that its the best show on TV right now. Just the perfect combination of mushiness and moral ambiguity.
2007-11-03 13:54:01
22.   Bob Timmermann
But why have we only see Landry playing defense in practice, but in a crucial situation, he gets to play for the first time as a tight end?

I want Landry to be used most effectively!

2007-11-05 14:27:35
23.   Fletch
Who is Landry? Lance had a nice debut, but not sure about Landry
2007-11-05 23:17:20
24.   Ken Arneson
OK, now THAT, at last, was an interesting plot on Heroes.
2007-11-06 07:16:07
25.   Jon Weisman
24 - Was it? I mean, which one?

I have felt the same way about Heroes during its entire run. Good scenes mixed with dreck. I can't seem to shake the show entirely, but I probably should.

2007-11-06 09:11:28
26.   Ken Arneson
25 Oops, I left out the word "twist". Plot twist, not plot.

I meant that the last scene of last night's episode set up something that could be quite interesting in future episodes. Hiro has an arch-nemesis! I don't think they needed to use six or seven episodes or whatever it has been so far this season to set that up. I agree with you that the show's filler-to-action ratio is far too high, especially this year.

2007-11-06 09:27:21
27.   Jon Weisman
26 - Ah, yes. I noticed the whole Adam thing, but I was sort of dozing off by that point. But thinking about it now, I still sort of have a "whatever" reaction. Maybe it's my fault.
2007-11-06 14:22:16
28.   Bob Timmermann
I finally stopped watching "Heroes." I feel a great weight taken off of my shoulders.
2007-11-06 15:38:15
29.   dzzrtRatt
I've never watched "Heroes." Well, I tried once. I guess I had an instinct.

I'm going to have to try FNL I guess. With the end of Mad Men, that Glenn Close lawyer show, and Weeds, pickings are slim.

Does anyone watch "Brotherhood" on Showtime?

2007-11-06 19:28:29
30.   MC Safety
I caught an episode of "Heroes" over in the UK a few months back and they love it over there. I thought overall it was pretty boring.
2007-11-07 11:19:09
31.   Kevin Lewis
I have gone back to Heroes, but I think I am just waiting for Lost to come back on in January...if it does.

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