Drug Testing

Thursday27 April 200622 Comments
  • Season 2 : Episode 20
  • First aired on April 27, 2006
  • Written by Jennifer Celotta / Directed by Greg Daniels
  • Recap by James Fan
  • Discuss this episode at The Watercooler, and remember to submit your vote at OfficeTally.
  • Thanks to flotsette for providing a closed captioning transcript.

The life of a Lackawanna County Volunteer Sheriff’s Deputy is a challenging one, riddled with difficult choices and taxing investigative work. Dwight is confronted with a difficult decision as he is forced to weigh his devotion to Michael against his oath to voluntarily uphold the law. The test puts a tremendous strain on his loyalties and leads him to perform extraordinary acts of weirdness. Jim, who has been served a debilitating jinx sentence, has no choice but to watch the events unfold in silence.

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Kinda Supersized Office

Thursday20 April 200614 Comments

Looks like the official word is out: we’ve got a supersized season finale to look forward to (scroll down to Thursday, May 11). The episode is titled Casino Night for those of you who are wondering.

IN SUPER-SIZED SEASON FINALE WRITTEN BY SERIES STAR STEVE CARELL, ‘OFFICE’ MATES LET IT ROLL — In the super-sized season finale, Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) and the Dunder Mifflin crew hold a “Casino Night” for charity in their warehouse — and take some big gambles. Rainn Wilson, Jenna Fischer, John Krasinski, B.J. Novak, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Angela Kinsey, Oscar Nunez, Phyllis Smith, Melora Hardin and David Denham also star. The episode was written by series star Steve Carell.

NBC decided on some pretty funky scheduling that night with expanded, forty-minute episodes of Will & Grace (8:00-8:40), My Name is Earl (8:40-9:20) and The Office (9:20-10:00). Not to take anything away from Will & Grace and My Name is Earl, neither of which I watch enough to judge, but their decision to supersize the entire night dilutes things a bit and makes this seem more like a marketing maneuver and less like a show of support for The Office.

But hey, what really matters in the end is whether or not Greg Daniels and Co. got the extra time they needed to accommodate the full potential of the finale. Ten minutes may seem underwhelming at first, but if ten minutes is all they needed, then I’m all for it. I just assumed that we would see an hour-long episode, but a complete forty-minute episode works just as well. Either way, NBC has my gratitude for giving them the extra wiggle room.

Thank you to all of you who participated in the Supersize My Office petition. I don’t know how much of an effect we had on the final decision, but it was an impressive act of solidarity if nothing else. I really enjoyed reading all of your comments, even the off-topic and off-color ones. Well, most of them, at least. Give yourselves a pat on the back for a job well done.

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Monday10 April 20061 Comment

So I had a chance to check out Slither over the weekend. I spent the entire time contorting my face between one of revulsion and one of laughter. While the movie is wildly funny at times, it is equally disgusting at others. Every time one of the characters turned a corner (literally), I expected them to encounter some new, horrifying brand of unpleasantness. It was great, stomach-churning fun. If slimy, mushy, exploding things aren’t your thing, then you may want to keep a safe distance. It’s vile stuff to be sure, but if you think you’ve got what it takes to handle the yuckfest, then by all means, head out and see it.

There were a couple highlights for me, but in the interests of keeping things spoiler free, I’ll mention a couple vague phrases and leave it at that: police station armory and squid tracker. Both are awesome. Also, Firefly/Serenity fans will dig the opportunity to watch Nathan Fillion back in the lead, and, of course, it buys you a quick glimpse of Pam’s Southern alter ego. Not a bad deal for eight bucks, give or take.

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