Fun Run tonight on Must See TV Thursday

It’s a rerun of Season 4 Premiere and another must see episode of The Office.  I can’t express to you how badly we need our writers back.  We need more Office.  We need new episodes.  I can’t take this anymore!

I digress….back to the episode.

A freak accident causes Michael to feel the office is cursed. He explores the religious beliefs of his employees before deciding to hold a charity 5K fun run. Meanwhile, further developments in the romances of Pam and Jim, and Dwight and Angela are explored.

Hi. I’m Mork from Ork. Well, I’m Bork from Spork. Nanoo, nanoo. Jibelee, baloobaloo. – Michael

Congratulations to Steve Carell

Golden Globe nominee for Best Actor in a Comedy Series.

Merry “Benihana” Christmas on TBS

Tonight it is a very Merry Christmas as the gang celebrates the holidays in the most unique way including a very hilarious lunch at the Benihana restaurant, two very different planned Christmas office parties, and an extremely original prank on Dwight.

This hour long episode is fun-filled and packed with it’s usual JAM moments with a bit of Karen thrown in for good measure. We also see the ladies dueling for party planning rights and as always Dwight and Michael are the humorous “cherry on top.”

Catch a Benihana Christmas tonight at 10 pm on TBS.

I’ve been recommending downsizing since I got here. I even brought it up in my interview. – Dwight Shrute


Celebrate Christmas at The Office

It’s a Benihana Christmas tonight on NBC.  In a one hour special episode, strife on the party planning committee results in two competing Christmas parties as Michael gets dumped for the holidays because he sent out an inappropriate photoshopped Christmas card of himself and his girlfriend’s family.    Andy takes Michael out drinking, with Dwight and Jim , while tensions on the party planning committee between Angela , Pam and Karen  cause rival parties to form. 

Tune in for this special episode at 8 pm.  The scene at Benihana will be well worth the time.

Hug it out bitch. That is what men say to each other after a fight. They hug it out and in doing so they just let it go and walk away and they’re done. Not a good idea to say that to a woman however. I have found it doesn’t translate.-Michael

Latest Strike News

I am really starting to miss my new episodes of season 4 and I keep hoping that the strike will end soon or else I have to keep blogging about old shows which can get rather repititious. So here is the latest from Reuters.

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Hundreds of film and television production workers, joined by florists, caterers and dry cleaners, marched through Hollywood on Sunday to urge both sides in the screenwriters strike to settle the 5-week-old stoppage that is crippling businesses linked to the industry.

The “Strike a Deal” march brought together about 500 people who are not on strike themselves but who have been laid off or are losing business because of the strike by about 10,500 members of the Writers Guild Of America (WGA).

“We’re not here today to take the side of either party, but rather to make ourselves seen and make ourselves heard and call for both sides to return to the table immediately,” said one of the organizers, Christopher Griffin, a line producer for the “Nip/Tuck” TV series.

Dozens of workers from shows where production has stopped including “Ugly Betty,” “Desperate Housewives” and “The Office” were joined by representatives from floral, catering and cleaning small businesses that work closely with studios.

The rally and march was intended to “put a face on the thousands of us adversely affected by the current strike” and “to show a united front in calling for responsible and serious negotiations,” the organizers said on their blog site.

Studio bosses and the WGA broke off contract talks again on Friday after four days of negotiations ended in acrimony, dashing hopes of a quick settlement of the worst Hollywood labor crisis in two decades.

The writers went on strike on November 5 in a dispute that hinges on how much they should be paid for work used on the Internet. It has halted production on dozens of TV shows as well as several movies and idled thousands of non-writing film and TV workers.

I’m a pretty normal guy. I do one weird thing. I like to go in women’s room for number 2. – Creed

The Casinos Are Open tonight on TBS

Tonight on TBS is the new Must See TV with a full plate of JAM…..

First at 10:00 is Conflict Resolution where Michael takes advice from the Human Resources Dept to resolve office conflicts which in turn produces chaos at Dunder Mifflin.

 Then at 10:30, some of the office employees take a real gamble as they head to the warehouse casino in Casino Night.  This episode is season 2 finale and is probably the best episode to date.  The relationship of Jim and Pam really come to a head in this episode and is definitely one of the best season cliffhangers ever.

 Catch both episodes starting at 10 pm tonight on TBS.

I give them money. I give them food. Not directly, but through the money. I heal them. – Michael

Happy Birthday to Michael – TBS Tuesday

Tomorrow night on TBS, help Michael celebrate his birthday as the Dunder Mifflin gang goes ice skating.  Meanwhile Kevin  nervously waits for some medical test results.

 Then at 10:30, Dwight finds half a joint in the Dunder Mifflin parking lot and when he does look out.  He puts on his Volunteer Sheriff’s uniform and launches a full investigation — prompting Michael to ask for an unusual favor. Pam playfully issues a challenge to Jim and he does his best to follow through with it.

It’s a fun filled night at the office starting at 10 pm on TBS.

I just, I don’t think it’s many little girls’ dream to be a receptionist. Um, I like to do illustrations – Pam

Back From Vacation – Must See TV Thursday

Fed Up Michael returns from his Jamaican vacation as the office prepares for a night of inventory.  Still in “vacation mode” after his trip to Jamaica, Michael tries to hang on to his relaxed island vibe despite a wave of office hassles. But it becomes too much when an e-mail containing a racy vacation photo is forwarded around the office. In the meantime, Pam gets caught in the middle as Jim  and Karen argue.  This provides our first real glimpse of what Jim really means to Pam as she is now stuck watching Jim and Karen from the sidelines.

 Be sure to catch The Office this Thursday night at 9:00 pm on NBC.

Jim told me you could buy gaydar online. – Dwight to Michael

Boys vs Girls tonight on TBS

At 10:00 tonight on TBS it is the Boys vs the Girls.  Jan leads the female Dunder Mifflin employees in a “women in the workplace” seminar. Miffed at being excluded, Michael conducts a competing “men in the workplace” seminar in the warehouse. Roy approaches Jim under the belief that Jim used to like Pam. Darryl and his equally irritated crew are forced to participate in Michael’s shenanigans, which culminates in Michael trying to drive a forklift.

Michael’s recklessness makes a complete mess of the warehouse while jeopardizing the employees’ safety. Michael’s plans to hold his own seminar backfires when the warehouse workers decide to form a union. Jan intimidates them into reconsidering, citing mass firings if it were to occur.

Jan urges Pam to take a corporate training program in graphic design in New York when Pam reveals that she wants to be a graphic designer, but Roy quashes the idea. Jim rebukes Pam for listening to Roy when he is clearly wrong and acting selfish, which creates tension between them. As the day comes to a close, Michael leaves the warehouse in complete disarray.

Then at 10:30 it is Valentine’s Day.  Before a Valentine’s Day meeting at “Corporate” in New York City with Jan and the new CFO, Michael lets slip to the other branch managers that he and Jan “hooked up”. At the meeting, the presentation of Josh Porter (Stamford) goes well. Michael shows a video called “The Faces of Scranton” before reluctantly providing the information the CFO requested. Craig from the Albany branch is completely unprepared and attempts to cover for it by suggesting that “maybe I should’ve slept with [Jan], too.”

The Dwight bobblehead makes its premiere as Angela’s present to Dwight and he gives her a key, presumably to his home. Phyllis is inundated with gifts from her boyfriend Bob Vance – Vance Refrigeration, while Pam is irritated with Roy when the only thing he gives her for Valentine’s Day is the promise of the “best sex of her life”.  Jim is forced to witness Ryan turn Kelly down for a date and also forced to watch Pam settle for Roy.

In a private conversation with Michael, Jan is convinced that her career is over, but Michael defuses the situation by explaining to the CFO that it was a bad joke and accepts responsibility for the situation. As Michael leaves, Jan kisses him then groans when she realizes they were caught on camera.

 Watch The Office tonight at 10 pm on TBS.  Then catch my blog tomorrow for more Office News and a preview of Must See TV Thursday.

 Everyone. Ok, I have an announcement. Apparently in business school they don’t teach you how to operate a toaster oven. Because some smart, sexy temp left his cheese pita on “oven” instead of timing it for the toaster thing. [holds up burnt pita and laughs maniacally]- Dwight Schrute

The Deposition – Recap

I was very sad to see this episode come to an end because there will be no more new episodes until the writer’s strike is over.

 Still, there was a lot of excellent comedy in this episode that I am not sure where to start.  Michael was yet again center stage where just about anything can happen where he is scheduled to be deposed in the lawsuit of Jan Levinson vs Dunder Mifflin.  It couldn’t happen to a nicer guy who is loyal to both the company that he works for and his current lover. Through a series of comedic twists and turns which highly emphasize “that’s what she said” and brings back the emailed photo of Jan topless we find that Michael has a special loyalty to Dunder Mifflin.  In a stunning revelation, Michael finds out that he was not in the top 5 of considerations for the corporate job which was David Wallace’s testimony.  This somewhat stuns Michael but he deals with it like a champ and remains loyal to Dunder Mifflin. But what will happen to he and Jan now that it appears that her lawsuit is over without the estimated 4 million dollars?  Only the striking writers know!

In a secondary sub-plot of The Deposition, we find Jim in a heated war with Darryl at the ping pong table where Jim shows his severe lack of skills.  This kind of surprised me because Jim was so good at basketball in season 1 yet that coordination does not carry over to the ping pong table.  Even though the men were enjoying a little friendly competition, not so for the women as Kelly took every opportunity to “talk smack” NOT “trash talk” (because there are two distinct differences between the two) to Pam.  Pam didn’t appreciate this and decided to challenge Kelly to a match of ping pong. Needless to say, neither of them could get the little ball over the net and that was the end of the story.

Overall I give this episode a B+ with a lot of tears because we are now heading into reruns.

I’ve got three cases of imported beer, a karaoke machine and I didn’t invite Michael. So three ingredients for a great party…Jim Halpert