Thursday, April 5, 2007

The Office: 3x18

The Office
The Negotiation

Let's get the basics out of the way.
Or: Things you should know about me and The Office.

1. This show sort of owns me. Just a little. As I told my friend (hereafter known as ANT), today, I'm waaaaaaay too invested in this show. Then again, she calls me with rants and raves on it as much as I call her, so I'm obviously not alone.
2. I like to quote it. A lot.
3. I love that there's something to love about every single character on this show. If I had room, or thought you cared, I'd list my thoughts on each one. I'll spare you.
4. Dwight and Jim - nothing makes me laugh more.
5. Jim and Pam... *sigh* Just make out already.

And now, on with the show!
Disclaimer: I cannot be held responsible for the length of this entry. I've gone 6 weeks with out a new episode.
Last time, on The Office: Dwight and Michael were inappropriate (but not moreso than "take me in the bathroom" Jan) at a party. (Shocker!) Pam was not kidding you, Roy, when she confessed her Casino Night Kiss and left you with murderous slander on your tongue.

Fade to black; begin hiatus.
Six Weeks.
We were richly rewarded for our patience.

Let's talk about the funny.
Or: Things you can learn from the Dunder-Mifflinites.
1. Dwight saving Jim is hot. Just ask Angela. Again and again and again. I'm sorry, but her conversation with Karen was the funniest. Hands on her neck, gasping, "And then..."

2. Michael has mad negotiation skills. Especially when it comes to whispering. Steve's facial expressions kill me.

3. Michael and Toby. I really don't think I have to say anything else.

4. Kelly and Ryan. I don't even know where to begin. I think I was laughing too hard to hear the fighting, but I loved Toby's feeble attempts to stop them. And the making out during Toby's TH was classic. But Ryan, are you afraid of the dark? Here we have the Kelly/Ryan dynamic. Props to Mindy. That girl cracks me up.

5. Sometimes the best way to say thank you, is to make a classic Jim face and never, ever speak about the image of Dwight and Angela kissing. To anyone.

6. Creed. The end.

And onto the drama!

I'll admit, I was excited (maybe even clapping my hands a little, as I settled into my Papisan chair to watch) about the resolution of Roy's, "I am gonna kill Jim Halpert!" I saw the Yahoo! preview clips last week when there were still three posted, so I knew about Dwight's mace attack, but what had me on the edge of my seat, was the thought of the fallout. Jim, Pam, Roy and Karen style.

After watching tonight, I'm convinced, the real explosion is yet to come. And I'm thinking, when it does, it's gonna look like Pam. Not Roy. But that's speculation for later.

1. I loved Jim's look to Pam when Roy barged in at the beginning. He knew. Just a little promise to us all that he hasn't forgotten.

2. It hurt me to watch the Jim/Pam scene in the break room, but I get it. If he doesn't shut her out, the only option is to let her in (we know he wants to)... but he needs to see some action from her first. Yeah, he was sort of harsh, but if he doesn't expect the worst at this point, he's set up to hope for the best - and so far, hope's kicked him in the butt with a broken heart.

3. I was proud of Pam for telling Jim it was a mistake to get back with Roy. It's her first step toward telling him the whole truth.

4. Are we supposed to assume that Jim told Karen about Pam being engaged when he kissed her? Because I've never heard that info revealed to Karen. Maybe that's why the five nights of conversation were so intense... but honestly, if Karen knew Pam was engaged at the time, wouldn't we have heard about it?

5. Um, hello, understanding!Roy. Where did he come from? He's cheering her and Jim on now? It seemed a little bit out of left field at first, but you know, for Pam to have been with Roy in the first place, he had to be a good guy. And I think he's proven he is. He loves Pam, he's been with her for 10 years. For better or worse, he knows her best. And I think he spoke for us all when he said, "I don't get you, Pam."

But I believe we're about to.

Drama, drama, drama. Yes, I've heard the complaints about the Jim/Pam saga being too dramatic for the show, but come on, things like that are dramatic. And our boys and girls do a fantastic job of coupling it with humor. I'm not disappointed. At all.

And last, but not least, I KNOW Krasinski is doing a movie, but come on with the hair!!

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