The Office – Season 4, Episode 4 – Money

October 19, 2007

Let me first say this: Toby’s so cool – writing and directing this week’s episode. Well, it’s the final 1 hour episode of The Office and unfortunately I’m going to have to call the experiment a failure. As I said last week – the show just doesn’t work in hour increments. Again, 40 minutes would have been the optimal length for this episode. The whole Pam and Jim going to Dwight’s bed and breakfast had some funny moments but as with the pizza boy story last week, it could have been completely pulled out and the episode would have been much tighter.

Still, here’s what I learned from this week’s The Office:

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The Office – Season 4, Episode 3 – Launch Party

October 13, 2007

Sorry that I’m late with my look at this week’s Office but as I learned from the opening minutes of the show, watching the DVD box try to go into the corner (something I admit I’ve found myself mesmerized with on my own DVD player), good things can come if you wait for it.

Here’s what I learned from this week’s The Office:

  • I will never doubt Pam again. If she says she saw something, I’m going to believe her.
  • I should start printing my presentations on colour paper instead of white so they won’t be so bland.
  • The brainchild of my brainchild is my grandbrainchild. Cool.
  • From now on I’m only going to attend parties with sushi and important people.
  • If I ever need a good business cliche to be used in a presentation I will rewatch Ryan’s speech – (“apples to apples”, “flying at 30000 feet”, “don’t want to get into a beauty contest”, “convergence”, “going guerrilla”, “don’t want to reinvent the wheel”, “it is what it is”) – Awesome!!!

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The Office – Season 4, Episode 2 – Dunder Mifflin Infinity

October 5, 2007

Pam still looks great, Ryan still started the fire and this show continues to be the anchor of my Thursday night viewing. The show starts with Toby exposing Pam and Jim (not quite the way he intended).  Toby was great this week and how much did you hate Ryan – even more than before (but in a good way).

If you didn’t see, our favourite Dunder Mifflin couples were on the cover of this week’s Entertainment Weekly.  3 covers in all.

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Without further ado, here’s what I learned from this week’s The Office:

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The Office – Season 4, Episode 1 – Fun Run

September 28, 2007

How great is it to finally sit down and watch a new episode of my favourite show. I’ll tell you how great by doing what I always do when I review The Office, share what I learned. So without further ado….

Here’s what I learned from this week’s The Office:

  • If I buy milk for my wife, I might get credit for making breakfast.
  • Don’t click on Internet offers for celebrity sex tapes.
  • Beware office detectives who like to ask “Are you kidding me” or repeat what you say in the form of a question.
  • The duties of the Chairman of the Party Planning Committee are extensive and far reaching so don’t volunteer if you aren’t prepared to make sacrifices. Read the rest of this entry »

The Office – What They Did on Their Summer Vacations

September 7, 2007

Are you missing The Office as much as I am? Over the summer I rewatched seasons 1 and large chunks of seasons 2 & 3. NBC has released a short video of what The Office folks did over the summer. I love the new Ryan. Definitely shades of things to come. Check it out. It will tide you over until the September 27th premiere.


The Office – Season 3, Episode 22 – Beach Games

May 11, 2007

Here’s what I’ve learned from this week’s The Office:

  • Sometime you really just “gots to get your freak on” even if your uterus is contracting as the egg passes through.
  • You shouldn’t swim in leather pants.
  • We should all strive to have the indefinable qualities that let us be chicken heads.
  • The ideal off-site is chock full of funtivities and management parables.
  • You can’t go wrong making lists of pros and cons when making a hard decision.
  • A good manager is hungry and can eat 54 1/2 hot dogs without mustard.
  • 10 points = 1 gold star = 1 thumbs up; Please check your local bank branch for the most current conversion rates.

Not as many learnings this week but still a lot of moments to love in this episode. If I had to single one out (besides the obvious moment of Pam’s speech) it would be the Almost Famous-like bus sing-alongs with the entire cast. A great demonstration of what makes this great cast work.

Avi’s Episode Rating: A-


The Office – Season 3, Episode 21 – Women’s Appreciation

May 7, 2007

Here’s what I learned from this week’s super-sized The Office:

  •  3 demerits = 1 citation; 5 citations = 1 violation; 4 violations = 1 verbal warning; 2 written warnings = 1 disciplinary review that goes to your immediate superior.  Who ever said you don’t need math to go into HR?
  • Laughing about people behind their backs? They aren’t there so no harm, no foul!
  • Foliage isn’t just about leaves.
  • The cornerstone of our justice system to protect small and delicate people from local pervs: Better 1000 innocent men get locked up than 1 guilty man go free.
  • An emergency task force can be a useful tool when it is given priority one over other emergency task forces.
  • I have to agree with Dwight this week – Collectible action figures are not dolls.  Not that I’m being defensive or anything.
  • Context is everything.  It makes the difference between a monster movie and a wonderful sight.
  • I asked my wife if she’s more in tune with the moon and the tides – she didn’t know what I was talking about.  Sorry Dwight.
  • I always thought my kids looked a little too flashy in their Gap Kids clothes.
  • Just as all men suspected, the women’s washroom is NOT like the men’s.
  • Sometimes saying “It’s not me, it’s you” can make all the difference.
  • The Wizard of Oz is a great metaphor for life.

Great episode.  The pervert poster was brilliant – one of the best pranks in the history of The Office, as good as future Dwight sending himself faxes.  Michael was excellent starting off as his usual ass-ish self but by the end making us sympathize with him.  I’m going to miss this show over the summer.

Avi’s Episode Rating: A