Happy 'Office' Birthday
Good God, people, Jim is turning into Michael.
Yes, on last night's "The Office," Jim was in charge while Michael went off on his "Survivorman" adventure (nice plug for the Discovery Channel) and the first thing Jim does is pull some idiotic, Michael-like power move. His big initiative: combine all the office birthday parties (13 a year) into one annual party.
Sure, everyone agreed to it -- not wanting to seem like they would really miss their own individual birthday party -- but c'mon, we all like the office birthday recognition don't we (see quiz below).
Jim started getting the hint that his communal party idea was a bust when he started getting requests for various cakes -- Creed wanted his peach cobbler, Andy likes his Fudgie the Whale. Jim eventually backtracked.
It was eerie seeing Jim sitting in Michael's office and to hear Phyllis accidentally call him "Michael." By show's end he genuinely seemed to be enjoying the "That's what she said" routine. It's not too late to flee Scranton, Jim! Take Pam with you!
A so-so episode, I think. Perhaps the writers felt a bit hindered by the fact that they had to go green in this episode. Remember it's "Green Is Universal" week on NBC. Every NBC show (even Friday's "Deal or No Deal") is incorporating some kind of environmental theme. It seemed like a stretch tonight.
Michael in the woods wasn't as funny as it should have been but Dwight, once again, stole the show. Showing off his hidden weapons throughout the office (including "Mr. A. Knife" in the file cabinet) was inspired and we'll give him the line of the night as he opined on weapons in the home: "It's better to be hurt by someone you know accidentally than by a stranger on purpose."
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