The countdown for Phyllis’ wedding is on and the traditional celebrations take an unceremonious turn under the influence of one Todd Packer. Pam’s only success of the day is capturing the wandering eye of Benjamin Franklin, unless you count giving Karen plenty of lines to read between, and a last minute change of heart puts Michael in the very slim ranks of men to have their relationship saved by a stripper. Secret secrets, anyone?

The Michael Scott School of Hard Knocks

For a man who courts disaster at every turn, constantly antagonizes and sabotages his entire workforce, is unable to avoid any inappropriate behavior in any given situation, and manages to cook an appendage on a grill within the safety of his bedroom, well, death is bound to come by some bizarre and unforeseen means. A little contingency plan couldn’t hurt.

Michael : Yesterday I was scraping some gunk off my wall sockets with a metal fork, and I gave myself the nastiest shock. And when I came to, I had an epiphery. Life is precious. And if I die, I want my… son… to know the dealio. The dealio of life.

Just look at the near-death experiences he racked up during this video– that is by no means the correct way to jumpstart a car, and the intention to demonstrate bra removal with Pam? Yikes.

Let’s just hope that if it comes down to it, the mother of his offspring, rest her soul, will have taught the child to never rely on his father’s “epipheries.” Ever. And that it’s not a real word.

Dwight Being Dwight

Dwight is back home, the foliage fed, his boss reigning over a tidy desk, his woman happily hitting those sparkling grapes. But there is one task that should never be left to his care.

Michael : [whispering to Jim] And I need you to handle hiring the strippers.
Jim : [whispering back] Absolutely not.
Dwight : On it.

That’s the one.

Jim : Have you ever seen a stripper before?
Dwight : Yes. Jennifer Garner portrayed one on Alias. It was one of her many aliases.
Jim : Yeah. Me neither.

And that’s why. One of the reasons, at least.

The Many Faces of Jim

The procurement of the ladies’ entertainment falls into the unwilling lap of Jim and he goes the route of any decent, self-respecting guy, completely ignoring the banana-slinged suggestion of his boss and enlisting instead a society of the Scholastic Speakers of Pennsylvania. This makes him entirely responsible for such scenes as:

Ben Franklin : It was a warm June evening in 1752, the night of my fateful kite flight…
Karen : Mr. Franklin, do you have a girlfriend?
Ben Franklin : I have a lovely wife, Deborah.
Pam : But don’t you also have girlfriends in Paris? Like, a lot of them?
Ben Franklin : Ah, well, that is a gray area of my life. Okay? So, it was a warm June evening…

And this:

Karen : Oh, Ben Franklin tied a cherry stem in his mouth!
Ben Franklin : Well, that is because I am a renaissance man.
Pam : Ben Franklin? Do you wear boxers, briefs, or pantaloons?
Ben Franklin : Oh, well, you’re very saucy… [chuckles and winks]

We are forever indebted.

Confessions of a Receptionist

What you very rarely, if ever, see on a half-hour of television is someone having a trainwreck of a day. Not the classic comic foil at every turn, all frazzled hair and feigned exasperation. I’m talking about being hopelessly out of character with yourself, helplessly watching the derailment unfold.

Pam : You should get more sleep.
Jim : Yeah, I know I should.
Pam : Never underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep.
Jim : No, I’m sure you’re right.
Pam : When I get eight hours, compared to like, six hours… it’s like, big difference.
Jim : Really?
Pam : Oh yeah. Gotta get your REM cycle, going with the whole… sleeping… better than not.
Jim : Good advice, Beesly. Thanks. See you out there?
Pam : Yeah. Don’t fall asleep at your desk. [Under her breath] Oh my god.

It’s one of those moments that should only belong in junior high, that you expect adulthood to exempt you from right up until it plays like a bad joke on yourself and there’s nothing for you to do. And who doesn’t know what that feels like?

The Jim/Pam Index

According to Jim and Karen, Jim and Karen have spent the passing week in deliberations over their relationship, and most likely how it relates to Pam. Karen is pleased with their progress, Jim can’t hardly keep his eyes open, and naturally, Pam is the first and only to sense something amiss.

Pam : Something’s up with Jim and Karen. Not that I’ve been eavesdropping. It’s not really any of my business. But… I’ve gotten pretty good at reading the back of Jim’s neck.

It’s none of her business the way her old troubles with Roy were none of Jim’s business. As in, inextricable. And Pam, already thrown for an earlier loop, soon finds herself in over her head.

Karen : Hey, um, I wanted to talk to you… I know this is weird or whatever, but um… Jim told me about you guys.
Pam : What do you mean?
Karen : Well, that you kissed. And we’ve talked it through, and it’s totally fine. It’s not a big deal. It was just a kiss.

Having such a personal and undoubtedly precious moment dredged up and then shrugged off by the current girlfriend is more than just about anyone could handle, and Pam is no exception.

Karen : Wait, you’re not still… interested in him?
Pam : Oh, yeah.
Karen : [taken aback] Really?
Pam : Oh, no! I– I was confused by your phrasing. You should definitely go out with Jim. I mean, you’re going out with Jim. I‘m not going out with Jim. [Nervous laugh] You’re dating him. Which is awesome because you guys are great together.
Karen : Okay.
Pam : And I’m not into Jim. Yeah.
Karen : So, uh… we’re good.
Pam : Yeah. Sorry.
Karen : What are you sorry about?
Pam : [distracted] Um… what?
Karen : What are you sorry about?
Pam : Nothing. I was just thinking of something else.

The thing is, we want so badly for Pam to succeed where we fail, to make up for the times we’ve stumbled through any similar situation, to say and do and be what we have wanted to say and do and be ourselves. As with Jim in the past seasons, when she plays the heroine there’s something for us to cheer on and give us hope that maybe we could play it too. The show is scripted, after all; the advantage any of us would want in life. So when she fails, and miserably, the taste of disappointment is all too familiar.

She sinks further still to suddenly take Ryan up on some previous offer of his friends at business school, and right in front of Jim. Though I’m convinced it stems more from a mounting exasperation with herself than any desire to shove it in Jim’s face, it inevitably gets shoved anyway. From his reaction, it’s safe to say the nightly sessions haven’t done all that much to change what gave Karen cause for concern in the first place.

Still, as is too often the case, the recent high contributes to the present low and Ben Franklin ranks Down on the Jim/Pam Index.

Supporting Nod

Give Ryan two seconds of screen time and he’ll quietly steal the show. This week he got like, eight seconds. Plus this:

Ryan : Is this the same grill you grilled your foot on?
Michael : No. Yes.
Ryan : Oh gross
Michael : But I got all the of the foot off of it.

You can do the math, I’m laughing too hard.

The Superstar

Pam. For better or worse, sickness or health, she pulls it off in fine form.

Transmissions from the Office

  • [Filming the video for Michael’s hypothetical son]
    Michael : [into camera] And remember, no matter what, I will always love you.
    Dwight : What if he’s a murderer?
    Michael : He’s not going to be a murderer.
    Dwight : Maybe that’s how you die.

    No, Dwight, maybe that’s how you die…

  • Michael : Whazzup, spinstas?

    …Michael will most likely be bludgeoned to death by a size 6 heel.

  • Michael : This may be Phyllis’s only wedding ever. It’s my job to make sure that none of you look like ragamuffins. So… I am instituting primae noctis.
    [Cut to interview]
    Jim : Primae noctis, I believe from the movie Braveheart, and confirmed on Wikipedia, is when the king got to deflower every new bride on her wedding night. So…
    [Back to scene]
    Michael : I’m sorry. I had a very different understanding as to what primae noctis meant.

    Wikipedia is something Michael should consult a whole lot more.

  • Michael : I can’t get a stripper here. Sexual harassment.
    Todd Packer : Get one for the girls too. That evens it out. You know, separate but equal.
    Michael : Oh, that’s what that means.

    And Todd Packer is something he should consult a whole lot less.

  • Michael : I’m trying to get everyone excited about Phyllis’s wedding, because I want her to get people excited about my wedding. When the time comes. Which won’t be hard. Because it’s gonna be awesome. A lot better than hers, that’s for sure. It will probably be on a boat.

    How does Jan feel about another booze cruise?

  • Michael : Sort of a guy’s night out. A G-N-O, if you will. A gno. Actually, it’s more of a guy’s afternoon in. A G-A-I. A gai. Not. Not… it’s, uh… not gay. It’s a– just a– it’s a bridal shower for guys. A guy shower. An hourlong shower with guys.

    I’m not sure which is funnier, watching the ladies three steps ahead of him or himself three steps behind.

  • Angela : Under no circumstance should a man strip off his clothes in this office.
    Meredith : Shut up, Angela!

    Meredith speaks! And loud.

  • Jim : Okay, so they have Albert Einstein, Ben Franklin, or SpongeBob SquarePants.
    Michael : SquarePants?
    Jim : Yep. SpongeBob SquarePants.
    Michael : And you think that would be sexy?

    Absolutely I do. And you know we women totally dig that pineapple under the sea.

  • Michael : Mr. Franklin, I would say you were probably one of the sexiest presidents ever.
    Ben Franklin : Well, actually, I never was president.
    Michael : Yes, but Ben Franklin was.

    Well, he was president of the American Philosophical Society, as well as the Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania, so I’m sure that’s what Michael is referring to. Right?

  • Roy : I’m not really into strippers. You know what I find sexy? Pam’s art. She’s an artist. And I appreciate that. It’s very moving. And… sexy. The art.

    Um, who is this, and what have they done with our Roy?

  • Ben Franklin : You know, I invented electricity.
    Pam : I know.
    Ben Franklin : Well, I’m sensing a little electricity here.
    Pam : Didn’t Ben Franklin have syphilis?

    On one hand, it’s one of the worst pick-up attempts ever. On the other hand, how many women can claim to have been hit on by Benjamin Franklin? …Okay, in this century?

  • Elizabeth : Oh god, I would get so fat if I worked here.
    Pam : Oh yeah? I lose my appetite all the time.

    For instance, see above.

  • Dwight : Care for a piece of chocolate?
    Ben Franklin : Chocolate! Where did you acquire it? That is a delicacy in the Amazon but it has not yet been imported to the United States.
    Dwight : Who is the King of Austria?
    Ben Franklin : Joseph the Second.
    Dwight : Who is the king of Prussia?
    Ben Franklin : Friedrich Wilhelm the Third.
    Dwight : Who is the king of England?
    Ben Franklin : Why, the tyrant King George, of course.
    [Cut to interview]
    Dwight : I don’t care what Jim says. That is not the real Ben Franklin. I am 99% sure.

    I think it’s safe to go ahead and bump that up to 100%.

  • [Michael has just confessed to Jan over the phone]
    Michael : So you don’t want to end our relationship?
    Jan : I’m closer to firing you!
    Michael : That is so sweet. You are the best GD girlfriend in the world.

    And just when it looks like Michael is slipping back into his old ways, he keeps hanging on by a thread. Maybe there’s hope for him yet.

  • Michael : So you know who turned out to be kind of a creep? Ben Franklin. And Elizabeth, the stripper? Gave me great advice. Which rhymed. Really makes you wonder how Ben Franklin can become president, but someone like Elizabeth can’t.

    Or maybe there’s not. No, there’s definitely not.

Odds and Ends

  • Okay, so Andy’s gone to anger management– er, management training. But Oscar? Toby?
  • Notice Meredith’s fistful of dollar bills as Michael presents Ben Franklin. Now that’s a girl ready to party.
  • Kevin the card shark emerges again.
  • The way Creed tears into that meat is downright primitive.
  • Apparently the advice the stripper gives Michael is from a song “No Secrets” by the teen pop group No Secrets. Of course it is.

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1Posted by Philip on February 1, 2007

Holy crap, is Packer actually going to be IN this episode and not just on the phone?

2Posted by Pat D. on February 1, 2007

Damn, not enough PACKER!!!

3Posted by Pat D. on February 1, 2007

Awesome episode! This season just keeps getting better and better.

Actually, this season's been good so far but not nearly as good as last season. But this one was one of the best.

My reason for saying that is that season 3 has been more plot-driven than anything. It's been all about what's going on with the characters and less about general funny business around the office.

The plot does need forwarding, but eps. like this one are a breather because they kind of set the plot aside and just focus on funny stuff going on (with exception to Karen confronting Pam about her feelings for Jim).

4Posted by Philip on February 1, 2007

Where is Andy?
What son is Michael talking about? My husband says Jan is pregnant but I think he is making that up.

5Posted by Aziza on February 1, 2007

I loved how Pam told Ryan to set her up with some one of his business friends or something like that. It was slap in the face to Jim, which he deserved. He's still with Karen! arggg!

6Posted by sabrina on February 1, 2007

I have been loving this season, but this episode was definitely not up to its usual standards. There were some truly hilarious moments, as always, but it was a disappointment overall. Very few people seemed to behave in a way true to their character, especially spastic Pam who just oozed desperation. And what happened to Oscar...again?

I don't know, maybe I'm alone in this opinion, or I'll change my mind after a second and third viewing of the episode. It has happened before. :-)

7Posted by Emily on February 1, 2007

I thought the episode was very funny.

Throughout the episode, however, I kept noticing how awkward things are right now for Pam. I felt so bad when she couldn't even have a normal conversation with Jim in the kitchen.

-Anthony

8Posted by Anthony on February 1, 2007

I'm with Emily...not my favorite episode...not VERY funny to me (this time around) and just kind of..."let's waste time 'til we figure out what to do with Pam, Jim and Karen." I mean, shouldn't the parties been more funny?? BUT, I love The Office, love the characters and I may stand alone in this, but I would LOVE for Jim to commit to Karen 100%.

Another thought, and I'm sure I stand alone on this, Pam was kind of 'silly'. I guess my thing is that she didn't want Jim until he was with someone else and that's never nice. :)

9Posted by Stephanie on February 1, 2007

I really liked this episode, but feel the need to rant:

A) Karen needs to shut up. For serious. Because if Jim wanted Pam to know that he told Karen they'd kissed, he would have. Ok, probably not, but whatever. And stop trying to be all buddy-buddy with Pam; you're just torturing her. Back off Filipelli.

B) I thought Pam's dream speech was perfect and awkward and ridiculous and everything that Jim and Pam are right now. She's freaked out and desperate and trying not to show it. Which she's never had to do before. Give her some credit.

C) I LOVED that Pam said what she did in front of Jim. Too bad Halpert. Pam needs to date casually and build up her confidence. Tell herself that she's hot and fun and desirable and then just lay it on Jim when she's ready. POWER PAM!

10Posted by secondrink on February 1, 2007

I thought this episode was really funny, but nothing up to past episodes and especially not up to second seasons. I want the whole situation with Pam and Jim resolved, aka I want Karen to leave. It is agony to watch Pam and Jim be in pain and it kinda puts a downer on the show because I just feel sorry for them..The best parts of The Office are the relationships Michael and Dwight, Dwight and Jim, AND Jim and Pam, it;s just not the same without that open chemistry. I am patiently waiting for something to happen...hopefully it will be soon..: )

11Posted by Emily Pickens on February 1, 2007

No one has yet mentioned Roy! I fell in love with him and forgave him and i take him back!!!

12Posted by S. on February 1, 2007

I agree with S. This is the first episode I fell totally in love with Roy. How sweet was he when he said that he found Pam's art sexy? You know that last season he would have been all over the stripper, but now that he realizes he's lost Pam, he just doesn't even care. He was so cute and sweet, especially when he just walked away from the stripper.

Poor Pam. She was totally trying to flirt with Jim like he used to flirt with her, and she was just a disaster at it. Very sad. I do think she needs to get out there and date some. I bet Ryan could set her up with some nice people...hopefully better than who Kelly set her up with.

Where is Toby?

I think we learned in the Producer's Cut of the Return that Andy is off at Anger Management for 6 weeks. Or 10. Or something. I just know he's going to get through his (anger) management course in 5 weeks. How? Name repetition, etc....

I really, really enjoy the Pam/Karen dynamic when there is no Jim involved. Pam actually does seem to like Karen, and it's nice that Pam has someone closer to her own age and mentality to goof around with when Jim is off somewhere. During the Ben Franklin scene they were so nice together...it reminded me of the Christmas ep.

I LOVED the stripper. Especially when Michael walked into the break room, called her "stripper", and she said: "Secret secrets are no fun. Secret secrets hurt someone." Ha!

13Posted by Samantha on February 1, 2007

I think the problem with this episode was that there were a lot of questions going in that never got resolved. Actually, I think as a whole, a lot of the plot points never seemed to get fleshed out fully. I loved the premise, especially the whole Ben Franklin-instead-of-male-stripper thing that Jim pulled, but it never really got anywhere IMO. I think they might have tried to fit too many things into a short episode, and it might have worked better if it were longer.

I have to disagree with the above comment about Jim and Pam getting together though. The entire beauty of the relationship is that one thing or another has kept them apart. Them getting together too early would ruin the show. I like Karen though, and I don't see anything wrong with her befriending Pam (Actually Pam befriended Karen) or her wanting to know what happened between her and Jim, especially when neither of them seem to be revealing the whole story in her eyes.

14Posted by hulkweazel on February 2, 2007

I think I know what's going on here. I think we got a little too close to seeing Jim and Pam together a little too soon in the season. I predict we'll see a new "business school" guy for Pam for a little while, (about the same level as Karen is to Jim) that will drag on a bit throughout the season, cause us all (and Jim) a good amount of stress about the whole situation, and then have another crazy moment in the season finale, remnant of "Casino Night?"

Ya know, after last season, and Jim moving on, I became a very big Jim and Karen fan. I thought Pam screwed up and sorta deserved what she got (and I really like Karen and think she's great for Jim). Pam had her chance (chances, many) and blew it. ...However, even after accepting that, seeing Jim and Pam back together in their old form (the cell phone prank on Andy was BRILLIANT by the way) I can't help but root for her. I mean let's face it, they belong together. They just do.

15Posted by Doug on February 2, 2007

Has everyone forgotten the highlight of the episode?

Packer is back, and more awesome than ever!

16Posted by Philip on February 2, 2007

My guess: Pam's frustration leads her to a tentative reconciliation with Roy next week at Phyllis' wedding, propelling the entire love quadrilateral towards a big confrontation at the end of the season.

17Posted by Sempai on February 2, 2007

I actually liked Pam's comment at the end to Ryan: Jim was being wayyy too condescending while joking about Pam's sparks with Ben Franklin, and it was nice to see him get his comeuppance.

I agree with the abover posters, this episode was definitely lacking in laughs. The two funniest ppl of the ep, IMO, were Angela and Ryan.

18Posted by Kent on February 2, 2007

I'm with Emily; this episode wasn't up to the usual standards of the show. Having said that, I'll also add that I'd rather watch a "bad" episode of this show than a "good" episode of pretty much anything else! But still, I was a little disappointed - the characters just seemed a little "off" for some reason.

19Posted by Stooges Woman :-) on February 2, 2007

Why in the world are some of you glad Pam was a b**** to Jim at the end. He's already laid it out for her that he loves her.You can defend Pam till your blue in the face but I'm kind of getting tired of her and the way she's been acting. Poor thing has two great looking guys in love with her.

20Posted by hauseriv on February 2, 2007

The weakest episode of the season. The stripper storyline was misguided--- there's no way Todd Packer would have missed her show, but if he had been there he would have gladly volunteered for the full-on lap dance and the NBC censors would have blown a gasket. Therefore, we were stuck with Michael's awkwardness. There should have been some mention of Andy: he's been so strong the last few weeks, and his absence was jarring. Pam's behavior was out-of-character, as was Roy's--- it was like watching Bizarro Office. Finally, anytime Michael goes off the reservation (like hiring strippers during business hours) we should be treated to a confrontation between him and Toby. I really missed that.

21Posted by Tom C. on February 2, 2007

"you smell like Tide"

!Achtung-en!

22Posted by Jan Jacob Blikenlighten Klobbotten on February 2, 2007

Speaking of the absensce of Andy... Where was Oscar?

23Posted by Steve-O on February 2, 2007

Glad Andy's off.
Back to normal with Dwight doing everything Michael says.
Now all they need to do is get Karen off.
The show was very boring this week. Perhaps the first time ever. I almost quit watching it. CAN YOU BELIEVE IT!!!!

24Posted by Shep on February 2, 2007

In the producers cut we see the Andy is going to a "management program" it is actually anger management... but he still tries to munipulate his way to the top...

25Posted by tara on February 2, 2007

What's with all this craziness? This episode was awesome! From the beginning with Michael and his tape, to Ben Franklin hitting on Pam. It was great! I liked Pam getting some payback on Jim. He was being a little too smug. Anyway after seeing more than half of the season, I've been having some thoughts of where season 3 might be going.

1) I believe Andy will make a comeback and go after Michael and put his job in jeopardy. If Michael gets fired at the end of this season, the beginning of next season will focus on Dwight getting him back. (Kind of like what Michael did for Dwight but it will last for more than an episode.)

2) As far as Pam and Jim are concerned, I think they will hook up at the end of this season. Three seasons is long enough. (Even Ross and Rachel hooked up after season two.) I believe Roy will be the final hurdle in this marathon.

These are just some of my feelings of where this season might be headed. Please tell me what you guys think. Not as great as season 2 but still a pretty darn good season.

26Posted by Manny on February 2, 2007

Guess I'm the only one that liked it.

27Posted by Philip on February 2, 2007

I liked it too, I didn't think it was all that weak. I loved Dwight and Ben's interactions.

28Posted by Anthony on February 2, 2007

A Guys' Afternoon In. A GAI.

29Posted by Cecilia on February 3, 2007

I'm not sure if this would be considered a spoiler or not, so I'll just post a link to a news article discussing Andy and Karen's futures at Scranton.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070201/tv_nm/helms_dc

Check it out if you're interested.

-Anthony

30Posted by Anthony on February 3, 2007

The article seems to infer that Karen won't be staying. I guess that makes sense though when you think about that she only transferred because of Jim and she'll probably leave once they break up.

31Posted by hulkweazel on February 3, 2007

I'll agree that this episode felt weird... usually the painfully awkward moments come at Michael's expense, but this time they were all Pam's. I felt so bad for her. And i think this episode was definitely trying to portray Karen in a little more negative light... we have grown to like her over this season, and this time she just seemed clingy (that time she hugged Jim in the middle of the office for no real reason? come on...) and pushy.

Ben Franklin was great, though. We always knew people like that are skeezy in real life. And Dwight's "Battle of the Nerds" with Ben was the highlight of the day, perfectly timed to leave a good taste in our mouths after a slightly unsatisfying episode.

32Posted by Lan Jevinson on February 3, 2007

I need to watch this episode again. I totally forgot about Karen's hugging Jim. I dunno, seemed a bit childish, just to stick it to Pam.

-Anthony

33Posted by Anthony on February 3, 2007

I hope people realize that as soon as Jim gets over Karen (which is bound to happen), she'll be the new Jim in a way. She's a nice girl who cares about Jim and goes out of her way to be with him, and yet he doesn't return the affection because of someone else in his life. Unless Karen does something out of character and mean, she'll be as much a victim of fated love as Jim was in season 2.

The fact I can't get over regarding Pam is that even after breaking up the wedding, she never expressed her feelings for Jim. If you have the guts to call off a wedding, you should have had the guts to share your feelings for someone. And she had months to call before Karen even came into the picture.

I love this show, but one thing that irritates me about it is that in 3 years, nobody on the show has watched themselves. On the British Office, the events took place over a matter of weeks and by the special, everyone had seen the show and knew what each other thought and said. In this version, a film crew has been there for years now (example: numerous Christmases), and the workers continue to give interviews for a show that apparently never airs. To me, this element makes the show more and more unbelievable every episode, especially when it comes to the relationships in the office.

34Posted by CDog on February 3, 2007

Ok, I tried to like Karen. I really did. But she is just becoming plain annoying.

Where was Andy?!?!?!?!

I LOVED Pam's sleeping speech. It seemed very real, like something you would say to a guy you like just so you could talk to him, like in high school or something.

For some strange reason, I really liked Michael in this ep. He was so up for the lap dance, but when it actually occurred he was completely out of it. "You smell like Tide..." I dunno, that just kinda stuck with me.

And my favorite part- the cold open, with the video. It was so Michael-esque. Anytime you give Dwight a video camera, it's going to be awesome. My first thought was "OMG IS JAN PREGNANT????" And then of course, he had to give a weird story about how he almost "died". The jump starting a car- brilliant. "What if he murders you?" "He won't murder me." "What if that's how you die?"

35Posted by Mary Temp on February 3, 2007

I can't believe no one has mentioned this yet (ahem)..... SHUT UP ANGELA!!!!!

36Posted by sk24bl on February 3, 2007

CDog, I was thinking that a few weeks ago, about the documentary. A lot of times, I forget that it even is a mockumentary, mostly when I get so into the plot that I tune that out. You could make the case that it's going to be cut and edited as a 5 or 10 year look at life at Dunder Mifflin :-)

37Posted by Anthony on February 3, 2007

a sneak peak at the upcoming Threat Level Midnight Movie Poster is now up at my MySpace page (prisondwigt) for all you Dunderheads and Northern Attackers. More goodies to come.

PD

38Posted by PrisonDwigt on February 3, 2007

The tables have turned, and Pam is jealous of Jim's relationship, having none of her own. She's going into flirt mode but has no idea what she's doing.

What's with the Packer obsession, guys? Is he really that funny? He can stay on the road for all I care.

I think some of the awkwardness of this show came with a couple of the character's identity crises, mostly Karen-Jim-Pam (Ka-jam!). That's natural though, and real, which is what makes this show so great. And anyway, Office episodes are always less funny the first time you watch them, and better the second. And the third. Fourth. Etc.

39Posted by Steve on February 3, 2007

Ephipery!

I loved the Ben shtick. All the dirt about his Parisian girlfriends, syphillis and so on, plus Michael's insistence that BF was once President.

I am stunned that no one remarked on the "Oh no he ISN'T" that was Michael using Dwight as a model for the bra lesson. I laughed hysterically.

40Posted by Carly on February 3, 2007

Dwight in a bra is something that we can never unsee. It is etched into our retinas for all eternity.

41Posted by PrisonDwigt on February 3, 2007

On the NBC site it doesn't list Rashida Jones for next week's episode. I haven't seen any promos for the ep, is she in it or not?

42Posted by Cat on February 4, 2007

Another hilarious line was when the stripper told Angela she loved her poster (with the babies). What a sting!

43Posted by Sandy on February 4, 2007

Didn't think this episode was as strong as the last few but I look at it as a transitional episode-- what another poster called a breather-- setting up for what will come. Karen's days are numbered. Jim doesn't seem that into it (Karen's interview vs. Jim's on their late night long talks), Karen is still insecure so these talks haven't fixed anything, Pam is acting weird, and of course we know that Ed Helms got cast as a regular but Rashida Jones has not. Sad for Karen b/c she is likeable. I love Jim and Pam together but I also don't know if I want to see them together; that always somehow ruins things on good shows. Kudos to Michael for being in top form, Meredith, and Roy. AND! I love how we catch Ryan smirking/smiling at Todd Packer and Michael being idiots... a rare moment!

44Posted by Tracy on February 4, 2007

This episode was almost embarassing to watch...what's wrong with Mindy Kaling? And for that matter, what's wrong with everyone else, for actually producing this piece of crap? I'll always love this show, but this episode had to be the weakest of the series.

45Posted by Lena on February 4, 2007

Roy's sexy art comment was pitiful. It was so obvious he was lying...doesn't like strippers? Haha..this is Roy, remember? He'll never change.
Also, this is officially the first episode where I didn't like Pam.

46Posted by Katie on February 4, 2007

Didn't like Pam? What did she do to make you feel that way?

I feel bad for her. She's stuck in the same position Jim was last season, and it's just as hard for her as it was for him.

Hmm, maybe I'm thinking too deeply about this show, though. I mean, it is just television. But I get so attached to these characters :-)

47Posted by Anthony on February 4, 2007

I just wanted to say to all those people who didn't get Pam's pathetic 'sleep' speech to Jim...right after it finishes, he leaves, she turns her back to the camera says under her breath, really quietly....

'OH MY GOD...'.

The girl was mortified and knew she had rambled on about nothing (like we all do sometimes) in an effort to communicate with Jim, something which is sadly lacking between them these days.

Overall though I agree that this episode seemed a bit odd. Character weirdness.

To be honest, the bizarre change that happened to Kelly early on in the Office has always really got to me. One minute she seemed like a quite conservative Indian woman with principles and the next she has turned into a shallow, make up laden, gossipy, clingy, Bollywood princess...what the hell?

48Posted by Jen on February 5, 2007

"Michael referred me to a strip place called "Banana Slings"...

something about the way he says it CRACKS ME UP.

49Posted by Wesley on February 5, 2007

I used to like Karen but something I never liked was how she thought she had Jim wrapped arpund her finger. It's nice for her to see (shocker) not every guy in the world is head over heels for her. Also nice to see Jim come to his senses that, yeah, he doesn't like Karen.

50Posted by JimtheKarenSlayer on February 6, 2007

Wasn't the line from Michael when talking to Jan "You are the best G.D. girlfriend ever"? as in God damn; not "You are the best cheated girlfriend ever"?

Also, I was wondering where Oscar was.
I think Darryl explains where Toby is in one of the deleted scenes. He left early or somesuch thing.

51Posted by Nussy on February 6, 2007

Re post 51:

Michael definitely says "G-D" girlfriend, not "cheated" girlfriend. I've read reports that the CC said "cheated" but it was incorrect. "Cheated" doesn't really make sense in this context, anyway.

52Posted by No Cuts on February 6, 2007

I don't think the stripper's phrase can be attributed to that song... I've heard it a lot before, and it's something that little kids say

53Posted by jessica on February 6, 2007

Correction made. GD it is.

54Posted by James on February 6, 2007

Was anybody else struck by the similarity of Karen's "It's not a big deal" to Jim's "it's totally not a big deal" in the kitchen JAM scene from "The Secret." The two scenes are similar in other ways too, but I though that one line was particularly evocative.

55Posted by JamaicaJanSunPrincess on February 7, 2007

re: cheated vs. GD.

There have been numerous errors in closed captioning recently.

(Angela) Curt for Kurt, (Angela) correlated for quarterly, and now (Michael) cheated for G.D. I already wrote a sternly worded e-mail to Caption Max, but they mocked me. Should we start posting on cast myspace pages or here? NBC's complaint page was down the last time I tried. No one seems to care.

56Posted by Banana Slings on February 9, 2007

one thing to say(ahem)
"Are you near sighted, or far sighted?"
"Both that's why I invented the biphocals."
"Argh!!!"

57Posted by robert on February 15, 2007

Come on! This episode was heaps funny. Primae noctis, Guys Afternoon In, the foreman grill, the blurred censorship scene, Michael pretending to have a heart attack, "man-meat", making the stripper answer phones, it was all good. The only thing that bugged was Pam's flirting with Jim, I mean, he has a girlfriend, which makes him 100% off-limits and she should respect that. Geez.

58Posted by Michelle on March 17, 2007