It’s a night full of drama as the company’s elite converge for a shindig with the CFO and the rest of the branch flock to Poor Richard’s for what quickly becomes a not-so-happy hour. Dwight makes known his devotion to structural integrity while Michael makes known his devotion to Jan with almost no integrity at all. Pam learns that honesty has its price, and that price is now on Jim’s head.

The Michael Scott School of Hard Knocks

Note some excellent follow-through here on behalf of the writers. In Pam’s Christmas gift to Jim, one of the secrets divulged by Dwight to her fictitious CIA had to do with their boss’s career at magic camp. And now,

Michael : A lot of people think that magic camp is just for kids. And that’s why so many other people in my class were kids. Self-fulfilling prophecy. It’s really for anybody with a dream and a belief in magic, and a little extra time after school.

These are the little strikes of detail that take this show to such heights of awesomeness. That, and scenes like Michael the Magic behind his desk, secure in the straight jacket, mussed from the failed attempts to escape, asking the camera crew if they happen to see a small brass key…

Dwight Being Dwight

How many times have we been treated to Dwight in various stages of undress? If I even have to ask that question, it’s been far, far too many.

Dwight : You’re dressed exactly like the servants.
Michael : Shut up. Okay, change shirts with me. Give me your shirt.
Dwight : Wait, I don’t think yours will fit me.
Michael : I don’t care.
[They struggle around for a few minutes, exchanging clothes]
Dwight : Crisis averted. That would have been really embarrassing.

As opposed to, say, standing amongst the caterers on your boss’ boss’ boss’ boss’ lawn, stripped to the waist in broad daylight. Showing once again that Dwight has supreme imperviousness to any kind of humiliation.

The Many Faces of Jim

Jim is the quintessential good guy, friend to everyone and enemy to (almost) none. Now the same guy out shooting hoops with the big boss and taking Karen such great lengths to get even a half-hearted rise out of him faces a serious threat to his lover-not-a-fighter existence.

In the event Roy does throw it down Jets-and-Sharks-style, let’s examine some potential alliances. Kevin, obviously, who pledged his loyalty as early as last year. Michael, not so much, as his brand of street-fighting belongs nowhere near the streets. Dwight, however, would be a good choice, if only for the inflated threats of his purple belt and paintballing prowess. Creed and his mysterious drawer of weaponry could also come in handy. Even Andy might be an unexpected ally, if the past is forgiven and his completion of anger management is timely and as ineffective as I suspect it will be.

Yikes. For Jim’s sake and safety, let’s hope and pray for some fancy peacekeeping, the likes of which the U.N. has never even seen. Or at least that Creed can stock him with enough fake ID’s to ensure a safe passage across the border.

Confessions of a Receptionist

In another fantastic throwback to the past, Pam’s invitation to Roy for happy hour and his less than enthused response has roots as far back as the pilot. Only this time, there are much different results and cause for long-awaited rejoicing throughout all of Office-land.

Pam : I have decided that I’m going to be more honest. I’m going to start telling people what I want, directly. So, look out world, ’cause ol’ Pammie is getting what she wants. …And don’t call me Pammie.

Throw in the ongoing saga of the jet skis and even the issue over the name “Pammie” itself, and you have a very rich history against which Pam’s triumph is all the more momentous. It’s a turning point of as-yet-unknown proportions, and I haven’t stopped beaming over it since.

The Jim/Pam Index

Once again, progress on the Jim/Pam front is operating at a deficit, but, for once, there’s enough action from the camp of Pam/Roy to really throw things into high gear.

Roy : What?
Pam : I want us to make it. I want a fresh start.
Roy : That’s awesome. That’s what I want.
Pam : Okay, but in order for us to make it, there can’t be any secrets between us.
Roy : I didn’t– I didn’t do anything, ask anybody, I totally could have, but I didn’t at all.
Pam : Just listen. Remember that casino night, about a month before we were supposed to get married? I kissed Jim.
Roy : What?
Pam : He told me how he felt, and I guess I had feelings too, and we kissed…
Roy : Jim came on to you?
Pam : Just listen.
Roy : No, I am listening. That’s the problem, I’m listening!
Pam : Don’t yell!
Roy : Don’t yell?!
[Roy hurls a glass into the mirror over the bar and Pam reacts]
Pam : This is over.
Roy : Yeah, you’re right. This is so over. You kidding me, Pam? Come on!

I applaud Pam, first for her honest attempt to clear the air, then for shouldering her responsibility without easy excuses– no “Jim kissed me and I didn’t know what to do,” which, in reality, could have easily been told as the truth– and finally, for her clear head, opened eyes and very mature exit once Roy blows up in her face.

It’s okay to make mistakes, to backtrack down roads that should have never been traveled in the first place, as long as the lessons are learned and prevent repeating. From the look on Pam’s face over the attack at the bar, the worst decision of her life isn’t one she’ll be making for a third time.

I’m throwing caution to the wind and slapping Cocktails with a solid Up, because Pam getting the courage to stand up for herself and chase after what she wants feels a lot like the battle that could potentially win the war.

Supporting Nod

Creed has been on a tear lately, and now, ever the entrepreneur, we learn of his celebrity-like status amongst the underage patrons of the neighborhood bar.

Creed : I run a small fake ID company from my car with a laminating machine that I swiped from the sheriff’s station.

Just when you thought Creed couldn’t get more… Creed.

The Superstar

It was all Pam the minute she issued the warning of, “Look out, world.”

Transmissions from the Office

  • Michael : C’mon guys, early worm gets the worm.
    Jim : Another worm? Like, are they friends?

    Sometimes it’s just too easy.

  • Michael : Actually, it’s polite to arrive early. And smart. Only really good friends show up early. Ergo de facto, go to a party early, become a really good friend.

    Meet one of the most forgiving hostesses in the history of hostesses. Anyone else would have had that rancid potato salad right in Michael’s face.

  • Pam : Kevin, you and Stacey set a date yet?
    Kevin : Yeah.
    Kelly : Omigod, when is it?
    Kevin : It’s complicated. I would appreciate some space on this.

    So I guess Scrantoncity won’t be rocking their fourth gig for a while.

  • Michael : What are you looking for? Did you bring dip?
    Jan : I am sure that it is catered. I need you to sign these, Michael. It’s a waiver of some of your rights. You should read it carefully. It releases the company in the event that our relationship in your opinion, or in reality, interferes with work. You get a copy, I get a copy, and a third copy goes to HR.
    Michael : Awesome. I’m going to frame mine. I could frame yours, too.
    Jan : You realize this is– this is a legal document that says you can’t sue the company?
    Michael : Over our love.
    Jan : I’ve never told you that I love you.
    Michael : You don’t have to, Jan. This contract says it all.

    It’s good that Jan stipulated, “in your opinion or in reality,” because for Michael, opinion and reality rarely ever align. Rarely as in never.

  • Jan : I am taking a calculated risk. What’s the upside? I overcome my nausea, fall deeply in love, babies, normalcy, no more self-loathing. Downside, I date Michael Scott publicly and collapse into myself like a dying star.

    This has to be one of Jan’s greatest scenes, all desperation and lovable disillusionment, from the “dying star” line right down to the resolute cigarette.

  • Jan : What’s this over the ‘i’?
    Michael : It’s a heart.

    Inside Michael lives the fragile soul of a 13-year-old girl. Which also means that if Ryan gets heart-embellished notes about how hot he is, he can’t be immediately sure they’re from Kelly.

  • Jan : Why is this so hard? That’s what she said. Oh my god. What am I saying?

    Jan just felt her world go up in flames.

  • Dwight : Do you ever watch Battlestar Galactica?
    Dan : No.
    Dwight : No? Then you’re an idiot.

    Because some issues are just that black and white.

  • Dan : So, did the merger go smoothly, or…?
    Michael : It did. “Like buttah.” Mike Myers, SNL. You can ask Karen, she was one of ‘em.
    Karen : I’m the only one left. Everybody else was either fired or quit. And there’s one in anger management.
    Michael : Yeah, but you’re great now, right? We’re all great. Aren’t we great?

    Watch Dan watch Michael quickly turn the conversation into an assault of affection on Jan.

  • Dwight : Oh good, you’re up. Hey, who makes this chair?
    David’s son : I don’t know, it was here when I was born.
    Dwight : Hmm. I want one. Really good, solid construction. It’s comfortable. What is this? Oak?
    David’s son : I don’t know.
    Dwight : What do you know?

    I’m trying to imagine what it would be like waking up to Dwight lurking in the dark shadows of the room. Scarred for life comes to mind, but this kid handles it with dignity and a withering glare.

  • Karen : Hey Jan.
    Jan : Not too good.

    Jan is a textbook of early indicators for emotional collapse.

  • Michael : Our first fight. If this is about what happened in the bathroom, there was no place to cuddle…
    Jan : I feel sick.
    Michael : You didn’t have any of the potato salad, did you?
    Jan : You know, we were good when we were just running around. You know? In secret, it was wrong, and it was exciting, and maybe it was a mistake to take it public.
    Michael : Well, if that’s the way you feel, my lady, then you have hurt me greatly.
    Jan : Michael…
    Michael : Greatly.
    Jan : …please don’t cry.
    Michael : [choking up] I’m not going to cry. I feel like it but I am not going to.

    Something tells me if Michael and Jan ever were to break up, he would be the one buried in tissues, inhaling Chocolate Chocolate Chunk by the gallon while watching a well-worn tape of Sleepless in Seattle. And then he would wake every one of her neighbors within a two mile radius by blasting Peter Gabriel from the Sebring’s stereo at unearthly hours of the night.

  • Michael : I want the house, Jan! I want the picket fence, I want the ketchup fights, and the tickling, and the giggling.
    Jan : [considers] I didn’t mean it, okay? I was…
    Michael : Whatever.
    Jan : I was tired. I’m tired, and I didn’t eat enough, and… and that’s all… that was it…
    [They go back and forth]
    Michael : I love you, Jan.
    Jan : Okay.
    Dwight : Don’t break up, you guys. You’re great together.

    For once, I’m with Dwight. I mean, if the ketchup fights aren’t a deal breaker, fate doesn’t give much stronger signs than that.

Odds and Ends

  • This week it’s the CFO’s wife, Rachel, running into the camera in a hasty escape.
  • Also note Rachel’s patient dismay as Dwight vigorously molests her banisters and studs. No, that’s not code for something dirty. For Dwight’s sake, you almost wish it was.
  • Poor Toby. Jim had some good tricks up his sleeve back in the day, but the telltale symptoms of a pining crush don’t come more obvious than a hard-won stuffed duck. Let’s hope he kept Gym Girl’s number.

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I'm excited for tonight. Word on the street is the last few minutes are pivotal moments. Here's hoping that's true!

1Posted by Megan on February 22, 2007

Ahhhh, so the stoic Jan gets turned on by anger........

Creed, once again, for supporting nod this week.

And Jimbo is toast....JUST as I predicted when David asked us that question months ago.

I think this was the best episode this season so far. No lulls at ALL.

2Posted by Pat D. on February 22, 2007

So, yeah, Jim's in trouble. Big trouble. But, the good thing about seeing more Roy is seeing more of Roy's brother, who is subtly hilarious.

Creed continues to be my hero.

Dwight in the rocking chair might be my favorite moment ever.

3Posted by JFernandes on February 22, 2007

holy crap
roy is scary as hell

on the other hand, the humor in that scene was abundant
i lol'd when roy's brother randomly smashed a chair

4Posted by Jon on February 22, 2007

"Roy's brother, who is subtly hilarious."

i couldn't have said it better

5Posted by Jon on February 22, 2007

Oh my.....What was Pam thinking???

6Posted by Jerry on February 22, 2007

first reaction:

second reaction:
Crap. We don't have a new episode for like, three weeks.

7Posted by Kerry on February 22, 2007

Wow...that [/Pam] That was an overreaction. [/Andy]

I'm shocked at how dramatic this episode was. But it was also hilarious! Easily the best of the season. LOVED. IT.

This hiatus is going to SUCK so hard!

8Posted by PrettyBaby27 on February 22, 2007

I love the new-and-improved "Don't call me Pammy" Pam. Guess she took the comments she overheard at the art show to heart. Good on her!
And this episode just demonstrated the HUGE disconnect between Jim/Karen. They are so not meant to be! So much action, finally, and now we've got to wait. Geez.

9Posted by SLR on February 22, 2007

Oh yeah, and you've also got to love dear, sweet Toby...

10Posted by SLR on February 22, 2007

Oh good, Roy is back. Hate to say I told you so... Wait, no I don't.

11Posted by Black Pepper Snake on February 22, 2007

Hallelujah! Pam finally admitted to having feelings for Jim and came clean about the kiss. Go Pam! Now she just needs to warn Jim to get a restraining order.

Creed gets the best line of the night. Hysterical.

The March hiatus is going to be awful. How will I cope?

12Posted by Megan on February 22, 2007

ok.... nbc isn't allowing canadians to see the deleted scenes again... i was able to see the first two from last episode last week, and now i can't see any of them.... efff..... come on now! someone is going to have to fill me in....

ps. awesome episode!

13Posted by Rolo on February 22, 2007

"Love the Drake."

Did anyone else think that when Karen's ex was introduced?

14Posted by Eric on February 22, 2007

Great Episode!!! I wanna see Halpert get his Butt Kicked!!!

15Posted by Myke on February 22, 2007

Wow...Andy and Roy need to be in Anger Management together, methinks. If Roy and Andy were ticked off at the same time? Armageddon.

16Posted by critterfur on February 22, 2007

Ok, I'm glad I wasn't the only one who thought Roy was scary! I was like wow, where the HELL did THAT come from! I can understand being mad or temporary insanity but destroying an innocent bar is not cool. I pray to God Jim knows how to fight. I think it would be awesome just to see Jim kick some butt.

17Posted by Angela on February 22, 2007

To be honest, I think Roy is all talk. He'd probably go down with one good punch...the funny thing is, if he does go after Jim, he'll probably give Jim a good beating and then get his butt handed to him by Pam. Ninja-Pam will destroy Roy!

18Posted by critterfur on February 22, 2007

Wow! All the efforts to humanize Roy really ended tonight. Roy revealed to be the same lout he was before.

19Posted by Kyle on February 22, 2007

Roy is becoming more like Biff from Back To the Future. Can Jim be like Marty McFly. A skateboard chase and Roy crashing his car into a manure truck seem to be on deck. After Jim punches Roy when he falls for "Hey Roy, What's that?" ;)

20Posted by Kyle on February 22, 2007

Yeah. Agreed that Roy is a lot of talk but I think the confrontation between him and Jim will not be pretty. The only good thing that will come from that for Jim is sympathy from Pam which may be the lead in to something very special.

21Posted by John on February 23, 2007

1. I don't know why everyone is just noticing Roy falling into his old ways this episode, he was kind of a jerk last week at Pam's art show as well. It's not so much that he tries to be a jerk, he just doesn't get it, he's clueless. When he left early last week and said, "It's cool if I go right? I mean I looked at all of them" or tonight when he was talking about going out with his brother instead of going to Poor Richards... you'd think getting left at the alter, so to speak, would slap some common sense into him... but I guess that would wreck the J/P storyline. (I will say I do think Roy's transition from nice guy to insensitive jerk was just a little too abrupt.)

2. We talked about how cartoonish and unbelievable Michael was at Phyllis' wedding, anyone want to comment on Dwight tonight? I like a good "Dwight is acting absurd" plot as much as anyone, but come on, on the roof, kicking the chimney? I think that was a little bit of a stretch, albiet it pretty funny. I like Dwight more when he's just on the edge of believability, like the "ESP coatrack" or the "hiding in a box in the basement" scenes.

3. As far as Jan and Michael, what the hell? This relationship may be more out there than Kurt and Noelle. Although I thought it was hysterical when Michael started "winning" the fight in the car on the way home, and then Dwight pops up... awesome! I'm really interested to see where this one goes.

4. Odds and Ends: Poor Toby. What happened to the gym girl? / I forget what it was about, but there was a good subtle Kevin-snicker early on. / Holy Hell Jim, look out.

22Posted by Doug on February 23, 2007

Oh yea, one more little thing I was wondering what you all thought of... for a show called "The Office" is anyone else noticing how little of the show is actually taking place in the office recently? I'm starting to miss the "Office Olympics" style creative use of the office setting... maybe it's just me.

23Posted by Doug on February 23, 2007 to the whole Roy was always a jerk thing...yeah. Of course he was a jerk. Some people were using his line during the Ben Franklin episode about not wanting to see the stripper because he loved Pam so much as evidence that he is really just a sweet, misunderstood guy. Wrong. He is neither sweet, nor is he oblivious, as some people say, "He just doesn't get it". He gets it. He knows exactly what he is doing. I believe that Roy decided the best way to get into Pam's good graces was to talk to the camera, the documentarians who are wandering around Dunder-Mifflin. In the hopes that Pam will somehow see this footage, he waits until the camera is on him, then does some awkward goodie-two-shoes act for a bit until the camera passes him by. The others still seem to be trying not to censor their emotions and outbursts, etc, even though they know these cameras are on them. Roy, the real roy, is physically aggressive and intimidating, insanely jealous and possessive, and selfish as hell. He is used to getting what he wants and keeping it. Pam was a trophy to him. I actually believed Roy at the beginning of the season when he was all down and disheveled talking about winning Pam back. Roy has been a good little actor for quite some time, but he could only hold in his inner neanderthal for so long.

24Posted by critterfur on February 23, 2007

As to the show being called The Office and the opinion that much of it doesn't take place in the office? Sure it does. Almost every time the show has jumped out of the office proper it does so to examine something connected to everyday work going out to a pub after work, going to business meetings, public speaking regarding work, even the cocktail party was linked to management. The little rituals and hoops that must be jumped through in the world of business. I personally love it when they get out of the office and its claustrophobic atmostphere. Some of the funniest stuff happens when these people just truck around town. Since the show is shot in California, and meant to be Pennsylvania, they could easily take the cheap route and shoot everything inside, not having to disguise the surroundings to be another state clear on the other side of the country. But they do take the show outside, wear winter coats and pretend to be cold in 80 degree weather, use fake snow and all kinds of things to make it look as much like Scranton as possible. I still think it looks a little California, but maybe that's just me.

25Posted by critterfur on February 23, 2007

Yup, looks quite a bit like California to me! They go to some lengths not to show any palm trees in the background, but the vegetation/architecture is clearly SoCal and NOT the snowy Northeast.

On that score, did anyone else notice that when Michael and Ryan were cruising toward Ryan's business school last week they crossed Victory Boulevard? I don't live in LA anymore, but sometimes this show makes me nostalgic about it.

26Posted by Terri on February 23, 2007

It really shocked me to see Roy flip out like that. I thought he really learned his lesson when Pam and him spit up the first time. I think that if Roy and Jim do fight it would be cool if Dwight saw it as his duty to protect Jim and ends up trying to fight Roy.

27Posted by Barry Yoakum on February 23, 2007

i don't know, according to dwight in "the fight", "warehouse guys don't count." i wouldn't expect him to do much for jim.

i just can't help but think that the next episode we see opens up with members of "the office" visiting jim in the hospital.

28Posted by Tony on February 23, 2007

Parrish the thought.

29Posted by Kyle on February 23, 2007

Dwight's investigation of the house didn't seem out of character to me - he did the same thing at Michael's condo. He's just interested in architecture, and armoires.

30Posted by Stooges Woman :-) on February 23, 2007

Whew! Long posts. Anyhow...Great episode.

I love Jim and Karen, but if the writers are trying to paint her in a bad light so that fans can stay hooked on the whole Jam thing...good job. Seeing a married guy?? By the way, was it true or false? Jim asked at the end if any of it were true (her dating the guys in the company) and she said no. Maybe the whole thing is going to be an "unable to trust" issue with those two.

I thought Dwight was funny, to me the over-the-top moment was him in the sleeping kid's room. Scary...

It was good seeing a sheepish Pam have some bakbone but she's still to "bubblegummy" to me...yuck!

Great supporting cast this episode. Everyone was great!

31Posted by Monday Morning. on February 23, 2007

"Why is this so hard? That's what she said." - Jan

Loved that moment. Michael's corrupting her!

32Posted by N. Monkey on February 23, 2007

I sorta enjoyed this episode until the last 3 minutes or so. I found Roy's fit of anger too disturbing and totally out of character for The Office. I have seen Roy display his anger in other episodes, but this was off the charts, and more appropriate for Law & Order. Why Pam felt she could be open and honest with him is beyond me, and it shows just how much she doesn't know the real Roy. As for Michael -- who can blame him for wanting to flaunt his relationship with Jan? The problem is that Michael has absolutely no experience in so many different areas -- diplomacy, etiquette, upper management, romantic relationships, escaping from straight jackets, and most importantly--the proper storage of potato salad. Jim needs to get away from Karen, and fast. He needs to get away from her and get to the nearest salon to get something done about that hair! I want Dwight to be my next home inspector. He tried to advise Michael on the purchase of his condo, and he performed a complete home inspection for David Wallace free of charge. Maybe the Wallace's son will just think he had a really weird dream. Toby must have spent $20 trying to win the duck for Pam, only to have her remind him that he has a daughter. I am really beginning to share Michael's hatred of all that Toby chooses to be. What the heck was the game the DM employees were playing at Poor Richards? I don't understand how Kenny took a bath on the jetskis, but he had money to pay for the damage to the bar. Was the money supposed to go to pay off the jet skis?

33Posted by Dunderhead on February 23, 2007

My prediction for the Roy/Jim will be uncomfortable and awkward/exruciating like all Office confrontations are, but I'd say there's a 70% chance no punches will be thrown, an 85% chance no punches will land, and a 99% chance there will be no butt-kicking more serious then, perhaps, a nosebleed.

34Posted by mrelegazna on February 23, 2007

Not to beat the whole Roy thing to death, but I remember the exact moment I realized I hated Roy. Not in the sense that I needed Jim and Pam together, but that I hoped she would find somebody, anybody other than Roy...whether it be Toby, Dwight, even Michael. At least those three have shown genuine signs of caring about Pam in an unselfish way. Anyway, the moment was when he practically shoved Jim into a wall for innocently flirting with Pam during a prank. The old jock-hating nerd in me came out right then and there. The second time was when Roy dressed up in a nice little sweater and put on that simpering little act for Pam's mom. It was then that I knew Roy not only had his hooks into Pam (since high school, I think), but that he manipulated those closest to her into believing he was a great guy, making it that much harder for her to ever leave him. By the way, if I'm correct in remembering that Pam and Roy have dated ever since high school, does that mean Pam has never had a relationship with another man? Yikes.

35Posted by critterfur on February 23, 2007

And now, after I posted all this anti-Roy stuff, the writers will probably come up with some way to redeem him and make him an okay guy, and I'll look like a big dork. If they can make us sympathetic towards Dwight and Michael and even Andy, then Roy is not totally lost...right? I feel bad because the actor who plays Roy said once (on a DVD commentary, I think) that he wanted Pam and Roy to wind up together, that he wanted Roy to learn his lesson and become a better person. Apparently the writers decided that Roy cannot be redeemed, not yet anyway...I guess he has to suffer some more to really learn his lesson.

36Posted by critterfur on February 23, 2007

I wonder if Pam's doormatishness comes from not wanting to set Roy off. She didn't seem too fazed by his little outburst, it was like she'd seen it many times before.

37Posted by Bees Kneesly on February 23, 2007

In the whole Jan/Michael thing, it's like everthing is switched. Michael acts like the woman in the relationship getting all emo-tion-al, and then you have Jan comforting, and Michael just kind of end the whole thing with "I love you" and not getting one back.
Best episode this season. Great action. Never got bored. Quite a jump from "Ben Franklin"

38Posted by Shep on February 23, 2007

Poor Karen. She's trying to be the prankster she thinks Jim wants, but she doesn't understand the rules of the game. You don't prank outside of the office, and you don't prank Jim unless he owes you a grape soda. I love that she's the only one from the Stamford branch who's survived the transition, though. It takes a hardy kind of person to survive the reign of Michael.

Speaking of which: I have major straight jacket love. I clung to those four lines where Pam and Jam worked together on that one.

Jim shooting hoops with the CFO (not his initials!) was fantastic. He's going to own that company someday if it doesn't go out of business first.

Good thing Jim's a vampire, or Roy could do some real damage.

In the future, Pam needs to give Roy the light beer.

39Posted by vancerefrigeration on February 23, 2007

I'll never listen to "Carry On My Wayward Son" the same way again.

40Posted by Kyle on February 24, 2007

argh i typed up a long comment, then accidentally closed the window.

anyway, looking forward to the recap. i really like toby's writing, even though he makes his own character sorta pathetic. interesting direction by abrams, was anyone else looking for lost or other parallels? one similarity (aside from the soapish DRAMA) is that we have to wait for an agonizingly long time to find out what happens next :(

i can't WAIT to see if/how anger management affected andy. i like how the explanation for his absence was kinda thrown in today, to fill in the people who didn't get to see the uncut version.

i sometimes wonder how regular (non-fanatic) audience members view the show, since so much is subtle. if you only watch it once, while it's on air (and while other people are laughing and gasping and talking) it's easy to miss a lot. even the deleted scenes are full of content. one of my friends "wants to get into the office" but hasn't gotten a chance to just sit down and catch up (still on season 1, hasn't even seen The Dundies yet, come on!)

p.s. critterfur, your roy's "inner neanderthal," comment made me lol

41Posted by anonymous coward on February 24, 2007

err couple lame corrections, i totally meant to say paul, not toby, and by "today" i meant thursday, i just finished watching the ep again today..

i worry that roy isn't out of the picture yet. i can see him not confronting jim at all, since it won't do any good anyway. he might try to wear down pam again instead, though hopefully she's learned from her mistakes by now.

do you think roy will tell his warehouse buddies? on one hand he can whine about how he's a victim, but on the other hand, he'll look like a loser, since "cold feet" wasn't the real reason pam canceled the wedding.

at least you've always got kenny.

42Posted by anonymous coward on February 24, 2007

I have noticed that some people find the bar destruction scene out of place in the Office. It's true that it kind of comes out of know Roy is going to be angry about the whole Jim/Pam thing, but the fact that he gets violent surprises the viewer (at least he takes out his aggression on inanimate objects...if there was even a hint that he would hurt Pam or that he had done so before, then the series would have taken a really dark turn). The drama has always been hidden there amongst the comedy, and not all the awkward moments end in laughter from the viewer. I realized this the first time I saw Pam cry on camera in the middle of one of the Talking Head segments. She's just carrying on, talking about her dreams and aspirations, and it just hits her, right then and there, that they will probably never come true. It's devastating to watch. Michael's sad statement as a little boy which shows how lonely he really is, how he desperately wants the approval of others, makes me disregard most of the seemingly selfish or mean things he's done. There's a reason behind it all. However, now that I look back on it, the bar scene was kind of funny. The initial shock of, Holy Crap, Roy's going berserk, and then Pam's simply little, "Okay, this is over". Just like that...makes you giggle a little. And then when Roy just starts to throw random stuff at the wall (beer mugs, etc) and his brother just joins in the mayhem out of support for Roy (probably not even realizing why they're doing it) and if you listen close Roy starts bitching about does deflate some of the attention. You know, the fact that Roy made a scene in a public place is bad enough, but he did it in front of almost all the other office workers. Those who seemed to like Roy before, like Angela and Kevin...maybe not so much anymore.

43Posted by critterfur on February 24, 2007

And by the way, I haven't figured out what the drinking game they're playing is, either.

44Posted by critterfur on February 24, 2007

The drinking game looks like a variation of "Hide the Quarter."

45Posted by Steve_OH on February 24, 2007

When Dwight leaned forward in the car at the end of the episode, and said:

"Don't break up you guys. You're great together."

I nearly lost it.

46Posted by Nick on February 24, 2007

Did anyone notice the C.F.O.'s wife bumping into the camera while trying to get away from Micheal? I thought it was pretty funny.

Roy is crazy.

47Posted by Podd Tacker on February 24, 2007

I'm a little dissapointed that Jim didn't claim his old desk. But then again for the past couple weeks we've had Jim/Pam storylines without them even looking at each other, this episode being a prime example.

Michael and Jan...weirder than Dwight and Angela because Dwight and Angela are at least happy with how they are.

Dwight at his best tonight!

48Posted by Wedding Belle on February 24, 2007

while the jokes in this episode were great, i'm honestly getting tired of Jim/Pam. I can stand the other relationships in the office because they're really funny (Jan and Michael, Dwight and Angela), but for a comedy show to have this much drama is getting really painful. I'm not watching the office to be shocked, I want to laugh. I'm going to be really disappointed if Jam isn't finished by this season.

On the upside, Dwight was terrific this episode, Michael and Jan is ridiculously funny, and Jim is clearly going to replace Michael soon, or at least get promoted to a higher position.

49Posted by Abe on February 24, 2007

"I hate so much about you....the way you choose to be...." I heart Michael Scott.

50Posted by bailey on February 24, 2007

Hoo boy, they really poked fun at the "Jim Halpert" face on SNL tonight.

51Posted by Pat D. on February 24, 2007

Am I the only one who is confused by the whole jetski thing? Something tells me that there is more to that story.

Perhaps Roy was selling the jetskis and using the money to invest in/purchase something for Pam, and that was where he was really planning on going that night, and why Kenny looked confused when Pam mentioned it. And why he reacted so violently when he realized his error in judgement in taking that step (due to Pam's confession).

And then maybe I'm just grasping at straws. Do we really have to wait six weeks to find out?

52Posted by Beth on February 25, 2007

Rainn's monologue on SNL was great. They got the characters perfectly. And nice cameo by Rashida!


53Posted by Anthony on February 25, 2007

When Roy said "I'm going to kill Jim Halpert", I screamed with excitement. Am I the only person who is not afraid of Jim's fate? I was about time Roy found out.

54Posted by sabrina on February 25, 2007

This episode had everything that I've come to love about The Office. Dwight sitting in that kid's room and wanting to know where the rocking chair came from was my favorite moment.

Jim and Pam play off of one another so awesomely. With Michael in a straitjacket - "So you don't want us to help you, no matter what?" I think that's why I don't approve of Jaren. We saw in this episode how her and Jim's senses of humor don't gel as well as Jim and Pam's do. He didn't find her prank funny. He found it frustrating.

Second Favorite Moment - Ryan totally ignoring Kevin and proving himself the master at finding the quarter. I wish I could have known Ryan when he was a frat boy.

55Posted by liesl on February 25, 2007

I'm not really sure about this...

but I always thought that Roy was using the "jetskis" thing as an excuse to not go to the bar with Pam, and when she told Kenny "sorry about your jetskis" he looked bewlidered ("what jetskis?") because Roy was making it all up.

Then when they mentioned having to pay for the bar's damages with "Jetski money" I thought that was because they don't even have them yet.

56Posted by Wesley on February 25, 2007

I agree that Roy was trying to use the jetski incident as an excuse to not go to Poor Richard's with the office staff, but the jetski money, which Kenny received as a result of selling the jetskis, is real (just not nearly as much as Kenny had hoped for; as Roy says, he "took a bath"). Kenny isn't bewildered when Pam mentions the jetskis to him; he looks queasy because he doesn't want to think about how much money he lost on the deal. And when he throws the chair at the end, it's because of his pent-up frustration. When Roy lost control, it was enough to put Kenny over the edge, too.

57Posted by Steve_OH on February 25, 2007

What was Jan saying when she was up against the room in the bathroom? I didn't hear it clearly.

58Posted by Bob on February 25, 2007

up against the wall I mean

59Posted by Bob on February 25, 2007

"Creed and his mysterious drawer of weaponry could also come in handy."

Haha...for some reason, that line had me rolling on the floor.

60Posted by Pat D. on February 26, 2007

When speculating over the potential harm that might come out of the Roy-Jim fight, remember "Basketball" from season 1. In the commentary for that episode, we discover that David Denman "unintentionally" whacked John Krasinski in the face, giving him a bloody nose. Can we expect more "accidents" if the fight is scripted?

61Posted by JamaicaJanSunPrincess on February 26, 2007

Great review, as always, but I must say I'm surprised how little mention there was of Jan. I don't know, Pam was great but in my humble opinion, I think Jan was definitely the superstar of the episode. she was absolutely hilarious and totally believable in her conflicted feelings towards Michael. The total exasperation with his antics mixed with true warm feelings for Michael.

62Posted by nola on February 26, 2007

I know somebody out there has a better memory of this than I do, but I seem to remember Roy using his brother's newly purchased jet-skis as an excuse to not join Pam in some office outing in the past (was it Jim's party?).

63Posted by Becky on February 26, 2007

"I know somebody out there has a better memory of this than I do, but I seem to remember Roy using his brother's newly purchased jet-skis as an excuse to not join Pam in some office outing in the past (was it Jim's party?). "

Weren't the jetskis mentioned in Basketball? Roy and Pam were going to take them out if the warehouse won the game and Jim was going to the outlet mall if the office won. Pam and Jim were talking smack at her desk about this before the game. Did I remember correctly?

Loved this episode. Dwight was awesome.

64Posted by samsmom on February 26, 2007

Right, the jetskis were in Basketball, although at the time Pam called them "WaveRunners" (a brand name).

I don't remember any time where Roy used them as an excuse to avoid a company function; in Email Surveillance, Pam just says, "He can't make it."

65Posted by Steve_OH on February 27, 2007

Yes, in "Basketball," Pam and Roy didn't want to have to come in on Saturday, because they were planning to go up to the lake with their jetskis. And Pam hints that she's not very pleased with Roy's having spent so much money on them. She also says something like "One of them is supposedly mine, but I hardly get to use it because Roy's brother Kenny is always using it."

So it seems to me that Roy spent a bunch of money on them, persuading Pam that it wasn't a selfish purpose because it's something they can do together.

For some reason, Roy and Kenny have to sell them, but I don't understand how they essentially became Kenny's to sell. So Kenny apparently sold them at a huge loss and then had to use the proceeds to pay off Poor Richard's.

I have absolutely no complaints about the directions they're taking the characterizations of Pam, Jim, Roy, Toby, etc. None of them are completely admirable and none of them are completely horrible -- just like real people, it depends on your point of view.

I do have a slight concern over how unrealistically goofy Michael and Dwight have become, but they're still damn funny.

66Posted by acsenray on February 27, 2007

You all have better memories than I, but I think Pam once (way back before they set a date for the wedding) said that she and Roy were supposed to be saving money for the wedding or the honeymoon, but Roy spent that money on the waverunners for the two of them. Then, (as mentioned above) she rarely got to enjoy that 'gift' because Roy and Kenny always took them out together. Do you think the-new-and-improved-Pam made Roy sell them because they were a source of bad history between them?

Also, I completely agree with nola (comment 62) that Jan was the highlight of this episode. Melora (and the writers) did an amazing job with the difficult task of explaining to us the chemistry between her and Michael. Much better than in 'Back from Vacation' when she says her shrink wants her to explore her self-destructive tendencies. What a juicy, weird, complicated character she is turning out to be. I love how they are humanizing her and showing how even the most successful, beautiful, strait-laced people can also be total nut jobs.

67Posted by Cleo on February 27, 2007

Also, I am the only who thought Karen's prank was pretty hilarious? She could be a great match for Jim, but, as they say, he just isn't that into her.

Is anyone taking bets on how Jim & Karen's relationship is going to end? I'd love to hear some theories.

68Posted by Cleo on February 27, 2007

All I have to say is that I am so glad that the whole Pam and Roy thing is broken up and when Jan said "Why is this so hard? That's what she said" I laughed so hard cuz its an awesome line!
Excited to see the next episode!!!

69Posted by Dingus Melingus on February 27, 2007

lol, my post is number 69 ...hehehe...

70Posted by Dingus Melingus on February 27, 2007

Normally I never watch the deleted scenes but Stanly versus Ryan in the Men's Bathroom was unofficially the funniest scene in the whole episode. Didn't quite fit with the rest of the episode understandably leading to the cutting room floor but still... a furious Stanley chasing a scared witless Ryan because of Ryan seemingly flirting with Stanley's underage daughter deserves a mention.

71Posted by S. Kim on March 2, 2007

Not directly relevant to this episode, but Joe Scarborough (Scarborough Country) visited The Office recently, and there are some video interviews posted at the show's web site , along with a clip of the segment itself.

72Posted by Steve_OH on March 2, 2007

Pam is cute, but how many times are actual certified knockouts going to be ignored in luie of Pammie? Both Karen and Gym Girl deserve a little more credit, hotness wise

73Posted by Matt on March 6, 2007

So my mother and I were talking and I have some predictions for Office hook ups.
Some of them are due to odd little hints some of them I just hope for/could make sense

Ok...Jim and Pam...duh. But how long will it take? Where will the show go? Part of me hopes this is gonna be a ridiculous friends type show that lasts years but I cannot wait that long for those two to get together.

Roy and Angela- I love Dwight and Angela. I do. But there have been numerous hints that Angela has it bad for Roy and Roy's answer on desert island....I could be making this up. give me thoughts.

Dwight and Kelly- He liked her in the beginning. She kissed him at Christmas and I seriously doubt her and Ryan are gonna survive. Never gonna happen but would be ever so awesome.

Micheal and Jan- That relationship is gonna last forever;) But seriously I love Jan and Micheal.

Ryan and Karen- I say this because they are both the most normal supporting characters and we all like Karen too much to see her go. And we know Ryan liked one of Jims exes.

Tobe and ?????- I really like Tobe and I love his crush on Pam. Part of me wants something to happen there....but that goes against all my better judgement right? And what happened to gym girl? I had hope for her till he bought pam the ducky.

Meredith and Creed- This is totally hopeful. I think Creed is such a creep and Meredith is such a nympho that one day it will make good TV.

I might be forgetting some.....Am I?

74Posted by friendofmozart on March 7, 2007

Maybe Tobe and Carol?????.....nah too normal...hehe

75Posted by friendofmozart on March 7, 2007

The thing about hook-ups on The Office is that all of them (with the exception now being Michael and Jan) are covert (Dwight & Angela), tenous (Ryan & Kelly, Roy & Pam, Jim & Karen) or unlikely for plot reasons (Jim & Pam). You could also argue that Michael and Jan is tenuous too. I don't think we will ever see, nor do we really want to see, a full-fledged relationship between any of the characters. It just isn't necessary, and could actually be detrimental, to the plot. The relationship between Ryan and Kelly is funny because he wants out and she wants to have his baby. Were Ryan to finally accept the fate of his union with Kelly, it would remove a plot device that has been working all along. The same with Jim and Pam--we like the way they flirt with each other and the feelings they have for each other that they don't express, but all of that would be gone if they finally got together. With Michael and Jan, the joy in their relationship comes from the fact that Jan has some serious self-loathing going on and she has this psychological need to be with Michael but she accepts the fact that her relationship with Michael could cause her to collapse into herself like a dying star.

76Posted by Dunderhead on March 7, 2007

Um...anyone know when we're getting a new episode? And what that new episode will be?

77Posted by Philip on March 8, 2007

This season started off slow for me, but it's picking up rather nicely.

Someone needs to explain to me this whole "jetski" issue, cuz I forget what that's all about, and it really confused me.

My wife and I have a theory on the Jan and Michael situation. During the fight in the car, she mentions that she doesn't feel well, and she seems very adamant when she explains why she preferred the secrecy of their relationship. However, once Michael is hurt and begins to imply that things may not work out, she completely switches her mindset and almost becomes afraid to lose Michael, and she completely cowers and practically begs for him to not be upset.

Mood swings? Nausea? We think it stinks of a possible "bun in the oven" for Jan!!!

78Posted by Big T on March 11, 2007

"Bun in the Oven"? I don't quite understand the saying.

79Posted by Kyle on March 11, 2007

Bun in the oven = preggers, knocked up, expecting, gravid, with child, etc.

80Posted by Steve_OH on March 12, 2007

I'm a little late on commenting about this episode but I guess it doesnt matter...anywho:
Um, I think that Roy and Pam will talk about it more, Jim will have to answer to Roy about a few things (probably no fighting)....which means, Kevin's back up wont be needed. He said in "Boys and Girls" that he had Jim's back if Roy wanted to kick his butt and if that oppurtunity arises...then Kev should be the first to step up. Dwight examining the house. It's so him. He did it with Mikes condo and when Jim had the BBQ, Dwight found his hide-a-key and scolded Jim on using it. So, Dwight was in perfect usual.

Have no clue what's happening with Jan and Mike.

Um...other than that, I just want a new episode!

81Posted by BeckySue on March 21, 2007

Will this hiatus ever end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

82Posted by Shep on March 23, 2007

Go check out GMMR....she has a teaser posted of the April 5th episode, where it appears that things do not work out peacefully. ;-)

83Posted by Pat D. on March 24, 2007

What is GMMR?

84Posted by Philip on March 24, 2007
85Posted by Pat D. on March 24, 2007

I should point out the only "spoiler" part in that video is near the end. Everything else is a recap.

86Posted by Pat D. on March 24, 2007

Great link Pat D. I'm on edge over this whole hiatus, been watching taped episodes and the season 1 dvd so often it's Incalclucable

87Posted by Count Halpert on March 25, 2007

WOOOHOOO the new episode is sooo close, but im really hoping that Jim and Roy dont fight, because it will be one step closer to a dramady.

88Posted by bozz on April 3, 2007