The Office: The Slovenly Joys of Wastefulness
Last night's The Office was great for one thing: Jim's complete pwnage of Ryan. I mean, it was an emotional teabagging. B.J. Novak is a hilarious writer and actor who's got a gift at making Ryan a complete douche, and it was great to see Jim get the better of him after weeks of Ryan's snotty whining. Oh yeah, plus Michael tanked the shareholders' meeting. But seriously though: Way to be, Jim. That was sweet.
The cold open was fun enough, with Dwight's insanely costumed ReCyclops tearing through the office and destroying everything. Jim explained how the character was born of a corporate instruction to be more environmentally friendly, but every year Dwight gets a little crazier, and now the character is wasteful and destructive and pretty much Dwight unfiltered. This week is Green Week for NBC Universal properties, so it was nice to see the Office crew take something that was foisted on them (green-themed plotting) and inverting it (the slovenly joys of wastefulness) just for the hell of it. It was like Greenzo!
Anyway, the main plot was about Michael being invited to the Dunder Mifflin shareholders' meeting in New York, an opportunity he greeted with glee. The bosses sent a limo to pick him up in Scranton, and he took Dwight, Andy, and Oscar with him to the meeting; the first two because they're up for anything, and Oscar because he wanted to hear the shareholders try and explain the company's money problems. Michael was adorably shocked when the crowd booed him and the rest of the board as they took the stage, and was so determined to win them over that he promised a
secret plan to fight inflation 45-day, 45-point plan to get the company back on track. Of course, Michael was equally dumbfounded to learn that the bosses don't have a plan, so he tried to rope Oscar in on helping, but Oscar covered his ass and kept his job by staying quiet. His best moment was when he got bitched out by the CEO -- though Michael did cite winning "over 17 Dundee Awards" -- and decided to bail and boost the limo for the ride back to Pennsylvania.
The secondary plot had more going for it this week. Jim adorably tried to announce his presence with authority, but with Michael out of the office and the company on the brink of bankruptcy, he had a hard time corralling the troops. Worst, of course, was Ryan, acting like the ideal officemate you love to hate. I remember guys like this. Vividly. Even Pam wasn't any help, so Jim had to figure out how to make an example of Ryan. (Jim's earnest attempt to convince Pam he was capable of raising his voice was great.) And Jim's final solution was masterful. He got everyone's attention and then showed Ryan to his new private office to work on a special data entry task: the storage closet next to the bathrooms. Ryan tried to plead out, but no deal. Jim smoothly pushed Ryan inside and swung the door shut in one graceful motion before swaggering off to his own office, leaving everyone else in the office wary of Jim's ability to take them behind the woodshed. Jim's winning grin after he solved the Ryan problem was priceless. As is often the case, the best moments on the show are the relatable ones that nail a realistic problem and present a fantasy way of dealing with it.
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