I had high hopes for this episode expecting to be giving it an A or A+. It’s a good thing Michael was here to remind me about that next grade – the A++. Another great episode.
This merger is starting to look very promising. Where does this show find such talented people for its supporting cast! The Dwight-Andy rivalry is off to a good start with Dwight’s participation in Lazy Scranton and Andy’s rendition of A Night at the Roxbury. I only hope that Jim is able to use his new role as both their bosses to torture both Dwight and Andy at least once every episode.
We also get the first casualty of the merger. It seemed inevitable as Dwight and Michael tried to lift him up on the table following the Night at the Roxbury assault. At least he’s going to get severance.
Other great moments were the breast pump, Creed’s breast picture, Angela insulting Hooters and Michael defending it, lots of Bob Vance talk, Toby’s fist hello, Kevin’s Staples salad, Stanley being Stanley, pencil filled gift bags and most importantly the branch coming together in the end in their dislike of Michael.
I’m not sure I’m ready to talk about Pam and Jim yet. Jenna Fischer and John Krasinski are just unbelievable on screen. As the show built to their on-screen reunion like Pam I was feeling the excitement and anticipation and then throughout the episode the awkwardness of their interactions was so real and believable that it kind of distracted me from the rest of the craziness. I guess we also now know that Jim and Karen are together. As I said at the top of this post – this merger is off to a great start.
Avi’s Episode Rating – A++