Recap of The Office “Money”

I have to give this episode two thumbs up.  It probably is my favorite so far this season.  Here are a few of my favorite moments:

1.  Jim, Jim, and more Jim – I totally love the development of this character and not just because I love the pairing of Jim and Pam but mostly because Jim is so lovable and caring.  I love the actor who plays him because he is able to act with his eyes.  So many of his best moments have no lines…you can just feel what he is saying (Booze Cruise when he tries to tell Pam that he loves her comes to mind).

2.  Love the fact that Jim could relate to Dwight and what Dwight is going through with Angela.

3.  Love, love, love the fact that Jim related his Pam heartbreak to Dwight and then right after came back to the office and gave Pam a kiss. So touching.

Enough gushing about Jim…some other favorites….

4.  Oscar trying to help out Michael by showing him a powerpoint of his finances.

5.  Jan continues to be a psycho but redeemed herself at the end by talking to Michael at the train.

6.  Michael…poor guy…he couldn’t catch a break last night and how stupid he is for thinking that if he shouts out “I declare bankruptcy” that means he has declared bankruptcy.

7.  Kelly and Darryl – ewww  this one gives me a sick feeling.

8.  Andy scoring and getting a date with Angela.  Love the stance of Andy in front of Pam’s desk.

9. Angela getting back her sleep cardigan.  Um, who wears a cardigan to bed?

10.  Michael being broke and having to take the bus to his second job.  Poor guy.

11. The Beets Motel which was Dwight’s B&B.  This was too funny from the outhouse to the table making to the manure throwing to the beet crushing to Dwight reading Harry Potter to Pam and Jim before bed.

12.  Seeing Pam and Jim be a couple always warms my heart.

As I said before I really enjoyed this episode and I look forward to rewatching it many more times.  Come back next week where I will review the episode for next Thursday.

Productivity is important, but how can I be productive if I have this one little thing in my brain that I cannot get out. And that one little thing is a soft pretzel. So I’m just gonna have my soft pretzel. When I get back to work I’m gonna be super productive. Look out for me! – Michael Scott


Must See TV Thursday – “Money”

As Jan renovates the condo, Michael confronts his growing debt every way he can, which includes pressuring his employees for a loan. Pam and Jim spend a night out on Dwight’s family farm, now a bed and breakfast.

I suspect this episode will be packed with lots of Jan and Michael moments and you are sure to see some train-wreck moments from Michael.  I am loving the JAM moments too.  Sounds like we are going to get more of them.

Oh, fun fact: I share my birthday with Eva Longoria. So I have a perfect ice-breaker if I ever meet Teri Hatcher.- Michael Scott


Preview of The Office tonight on TBS

At 10:00 pm on TBS catch “The Client” from Season 2.

When Michael and Jan  go after a new client (guest star Tim Meadows), Michael surprises his boss — in more ways than one. Meanwhile, Jim  finds a screenplay written by Michael — and the cubicle jockeys at Dunder-Mifflin have a hilarious time acting it out.

 At 10:30 pm, don’t miss “Halloween” where Michael is forced by corporate to fire someone, putting a damper on the Halloween festivities at Dunder-Mifflin.

It all starts at 10 pm on TBS tonight.

Michael: Ok, I have an announcement.

Oscar: You pushed Darryl out the window…

Phyllis: You shot Dwight…

Michael: Ok, that is not funny. I love my employees even though I hit one of you with my car for which I take full responsibility.


Recap of Launch Party

I feel bad for being a few days late on my recap of last Thursday’s “Launch Party” (Not Lunch Party or Lanch Party according to Angela) …….I have mostly myself to blame though it was a hectic week at work and weekend with kids birthday parties, etc.

But I always say “better late than never” so in keeping with my tradition I will recap my thoughts of last Thursday’s episode.

1. Awesome Dwight Prank by JAM – the IMs were extremely hilarious especially the flashback to previous episode when DunderMiffSys asks “What is a Jim?”  Nice of Pam to feel bad for Dwight in the end and tell him he was the superior one. A+

2.  Awesome cold open – How many times were you distracted by your boss speaking that you concentrated more on the computer screen saver than on him or her speaking?  A+

3.  Meredith asking Jim to sign her pelvic cast.   I could have done without the visual but it is saved by Jim’s scared face.  B

4.  Ryan getting kicked out of someone’s office…..PRICELESS.  A++

5.  Jim and Pam on the rooftop eating pizza for dinner.  I grade this an A for awesome and C for Cute!

6.  Dwight’s race to beat the computer website.  This was a bit lame for Dwight especially the annoying bullhorn but it was a bit recovered by Kelly buying paper online so she can hear the computer say “Thank you for shopping at Dunder Mifflin.”  I give it a C.

7.  Andy serenading Angela.  Angela did her best to be disgusted by Andy but his “too cute” singing was just too much for her and as usual acted evil.  But fear not because I sense that this is not the last we will hear from Andy when it comes to Angela but I give him a B for trying.

8.  Kidnapping the pizza kid.  I thought this was a bit of a stretch and maybe one reason why I think they need to go back to 30 minute episodes. While I love this show and love the idea of seeing it for an hour, I think they are using up the extra 30 minutes with some less than ideal story plots.  The kidnapping is one of those so I give that side story a  C-.

Overall I give this episode a B. 

Stay tuned for tomorrow where I preview the Tuesday night re-runs on TBS.

The rules of “shotgun” are very simple and very clear. The first person to shout “shotgun” when you’re within sight of the car gets the front seat. That’s how the game’s played. There are no exceptions for someone with a concussion. – Michael Scott


Must See TV Thursday – Office “Launch Party”

Meredith is back and hilarious as ever sporting a pelvic cast! 

The Dunder Mifflin Infinity website is launching and Michael is excited about going to the big launch party in New York while Angela plans a satellite party for the Scranton branch. Meanwhile, Dwight competes against the website to see who can sell the most paper in one day.

 Check out The Office tonight on NBC at 9 pm and then check back here where I will be blogging afterward.

I wake up every morning in a bed that’s too small, drive my daughter to a school that’s too expensive and then I go to work to a job for which I get paid too little. But on Pretzel Day? Well, I like Pretzel Day…- Stanley


The Office on TBS tonight

Tonight at 10 pm we get a real treat as we enjoy “The Fire” from season 2.   A fire in the kitchen causes employees to evacuate to the parking lot where they learn more about one another than they wanted.  Some serious JAM moments here folks!

 Then at 10:30, Todd Packer is back as Michael’s most obnoxious best friend and Dunder Mifflin sales rep.  Todd pays Michael a visit which forces Michael to start behaving even more inappropriately.  If you like “that’s what she said” be sure to tune in tonight!  It’s a real riot when Todd’s in town.

 A hero is part human, and part supernatural. A hero is born out of a childhood trauma, or out of a disaster, that must, be avenged. – Dwight


Launch Party – Promo is out

The Dunder Mifflin Infinity website is launching and Michael is excited about going to the big launch party in New York while Angela plans a satellite party for the Scranton branch. Meanwhile, Dwight competes against the website to see who can sell the most paper in one day.

Here is the first promo courtesy of youtube.

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It is an outrage. That’s all it is. They are making a huge, huge mistake. Let’s see Josh replace these people. Let’s see Josh find another Stanley. You think Stanleys grow on trees? Well they don’t. There is no Stanley tree. You think the world is crawling with Phylisses? Show me that farm with Phylisses and Kevins sprouting up all over the place ripe for the plucking. Show me that farm.- Michael Scott



Interview with John Krasinski

Courtesy of today’s edition of The New York Post ….

John Krasinski’s Back in ‘The Office’ After Some Movie Moonlighting

Gerri Miller
Special to Hollywood.com

As good-guy salesman Jim Halpert, he’s navigating the tricky waters of a workplace relationship with Pam Beesley (Jenna Fischer) on NBC’s The Office. Off screen, John Krasinski is reaping the benefits of being on a popular, critically acclaimed, award-winning show: a higher Hollywood profile and the roles that come with it. Not only has he landed both leading and choice supporting parts in recent and upcoming films, he was able to secure backing for his directorial debut, Brief Interviews With Hideous Men, from a screenplay he based on stories by David Foster Wallace starring Julianne Nicholson, Will Forte, Christopher Meloni and Office castmate Rashida Jones.Krasinski, in fact, is no stranger to scripts. He graduated from Brown University in 2002 with honors in playwriting and a degree in English Literature and subsequently studied at the National Theater Institute. Then the native of Newton, Mass.,–who grew up playing Little League with Office mate B.J. Novak, who in high school wrote the first play Krasinski acted in–worked as a writing intern on Late Night With Conan O’Brien.

The actor most recently in the summer comedy License to Wed with Robin Williams and Mandy Moore, and blockbuster Shrek the Third as the voice of Lancelot. Both will be out this fall on DVD, following The Office’s third season set, just released. In November, Krasinski also plays as a football star whose fiance (Renee Zellweger) falls for his coach (George Clooney, who also directs) in the 1920s-set Leatherheads, and will appear alongside Adam Brody and Anna Faris in director Gregg Araki’s comedy Smiley Face, an independent film awaiting release.

Meanwhile, the 27-year-old actor is gearing up for The Office’s fourth season–and he brought us up to date on his return to the Dunder-Miflin cubicle.

Hollywood.com: What’s the scoop on Jim and Pam this season?

John Krasinski: I don’t know. The writers are committed to doing a real relationship and so what I keep saying is that as long as it’s something that people can go, “”Yeah, I’ve been down that road “” or “”I know someone who’s been down that road,”” that’s our goal. As soon as it starts getting out of control and we start dressing up in weird clothes or going to Disneyland on dates it won’t make sense.

HW: Are you concerned about jumping the shark?

JK: I don’t actually think that there’ll be an opportunity to jump the shark this season because–I always bring this up–but in the “”Booze Cruise”” episode it was so dramatic and so weighted about what Jim was going to say and then he said nothing. I honestly didn’t know that was coming and so I don’t know how anyone else can know. When you have writers who are coming up with ideas like that, that’s very real, because I’ve been there and I don’t always know what to say either.

HW: You’ve been doing a lot of movies lately. How are you balancing The Office and your film career?

JK: To be honest, I attribute it all to the show. The only reason someone like Robin Williams or George Clooney even know who I am is because of the show. So it’s really fun to bring that energy and they liked the show and they wanted to add that element to the movies.

HW: You’ve got Leatherheads coming up and Brief Interviews With Hideous Men. Can you talk about those?

JK: I directed and wrote Brief Interviews With Hideous Men and I play a small part in that, and Leatherheads is George Clooney’s movie that’s coming out is about the beginning of football, how the NFL got started. It comes out Dec. 7.

HW: You play a jock in that?

JK: I am the jock. I’m the best player in the country. So, thank you, George Clooney.

HW: Are you athletic off screen?

JK: I run a little bit and I do a push up here and there, but as you can tell I’m not necessarily the pillar of exercise.

HW: How good a football player are you?

JK: I played all my life, but never organized football. It was just playing everyday after school and things like that. But the fact that you’re doing it on film means that you can’t screw up and do another play. You’ve got to do that play over and over. So when the play was that I had to run a hundred yards down the whole field, I think that George started doing a few extra takes to get a little amusement.

HW: How is Clooney as a director?

JK: Fantastic. He’s totally different from anyone that I’ve worked with. He knows exactly what he wants every time and yet still somehow maintains a feeling of freedom and enjoyment. I was taking notes on everything that he did from directing to eating lunch to talking to the crew. Pretty much everything he does is the right way to do it. I had a great time.

HW: NBC is promoting a green-living initiative in its programming coming up in November. What do you personally do that’s eco-friendly?

JK: I drive a hybrid, the Lexus hybrid. On the set we are coming up with ideas all the time like collecting all the old scripts and stuff like that, which is really cool because no one is asking us to do it.

HW: The Office is a TiVo show for a lot of people. What’s on your TiVo?

JK: A lot of documentaries, Frontline. I was out of town for a while and it was nice to come back and learn about the world again.

Uh, yeah, I got a ’78 280Z. Bought it for twelve hundred, fixed it up, it’s now worth three grand. – Dwight to Ryan


Fun Run Repeat Tonight

You have 2 minutes to get to your TV sets to enjoy a repeat of the season premiere – Fun Run. 

 See my latest recap of that episode. It is worth seeing again tonight on NBC from 8 pm – 9 pm.

“I am not superstitious…just a little stitious” – Michael


Dunder Mifflin Infinity – Recap

Last night was the first night where Ryan comes back to the office as the new boss.  This proved to be very interesting as we saw him awkwardly react to Michael, the new Jim and Pam relationship and then with Kelly.

 The opening scene shows Jim and Pam by the vending machines.  Pam reminds Jim they are having lunch together and then gives him a peck on the cheek.  Toby sees this (remember that Toby secretly has a crush on Pam) and decided to write an office memo regarding PDAs (public displays of affection).  Michael gets the memo all confused because no one is yet aware of JAM and questions if the memo is written for him and Jan.  Toby admits that the memo is written for JAM. Michael turns to Jim and asks if Jim and Pam are dating and he says yes. The whole office now knows and reacts accordingly.

Next scene is where Dwight brings in a new cat from the farm for Angela. The cat is named Garbage and he is trying to make up for killing Sprinkles. Angela is clearly offended.

Jim and Pam approach Toby to sign a form declaring their office relationship but he tells them it is not necessary.  He does this because he is secretly hoping their relationship will end sooner than later.

 Enter Ryan who is sporting a new beard and pounding away on his blackberry.  Through various interactions with Michael and the rest of the employees, Ryan makes it painfully clear that he is in charge and needs to be treated as Jan was treated.  The rest of the episode focuses on Ryan trying to bring technology to Dunder Mifflin via a new website called “Dunder Mifflin Infinity”, all salespeople getting blackberries, and Michael sporting a new GPS system.  Michael, being old school, bucks the system by giving gift baskets to potential clients in an effort to gain sales.  He also uses the GPS system in his car and when the system told him to make a turn into a lake, he literally drives into the lake in an attempt to prove that technology is not always smarter than people.

Angela breaks up with Dwight and Ryan confronts Kelly who tells him she is pregnant. Ryan asks her to have dinner with him and she interprets that as a date.  This is where she admits that she isn’t pregnant and Ryan goes off on her.  Ryan also asks Pam to make a new website logo and then he asks her on a date where she respectfully declines and then tells Ryan that she is now dating Jim.  Jim is happy to be finally getting back at Ryan because Jim probably would have gotten the job that Ryan ended up with but Jim decided to come back to Scranton to be with Pam.  (I have a feeling this is going to somehow come to roost in the next few episodes and might cause some strife between Jim and Pam).   Jim apparently is also annoyed with Ryan’s arrogance. Therefore the admission by Pam that they are dating overjoys Jim and this is seen in the last Jim talking head of the episode.

I felt that this episode started out really great…fast paced, nice interaction with the other characters and lots of funny lines. I do feel that in the last half hour it slowed down quite a  bit and there was too much silliness by Michael and Dwight.  This was the only thing I feel would make it a negative but overall I give this episode at B+.

A couple of subtle points:

Nice reference to Fire Guy from past season.

Kelly saying she was pregnant when at Phyllis’ wedding she was telling Pam to fake being pregnant for the very same reason.

Creed using all of the ink in the printer to color his hair. 

People I respect, heroes would be, Bob Hope, um, Abraham Lincoln, definitely. Bono, ah, and probably God – Michael