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3.11 Back From Vacation
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Apr 23rd 2007

Maybe she was still sad about her toaster warranty expiring.

Apr 23rd 2007

I think she was overwhelmed by the unexpected pressures of having three kitchens.

Apr 23rd 2007

Maybe Dwight was right after all.

Apr 24th 2007

She should see a doctor about that nanorobot infection. It's making her moody. (Too bad it's not covered by her health insurance.)

Apr 24th 2007

Jim and Karen's relationship was moving forward and she was being left behind. On top of feeling the loss of Jim's affection she probably also felt that it was her own fault for being too slow to respond to Jim's declaration on Casino night.

I can live with that.

It does require that you know the backstory - without the backstory, it's ambiguous at best

Sep 5th 2007

Michael's photoshopped picture of Ryan and himself on an Egyptian vacation was just... Wow! My friend and I were laughing for a long time on that one.

Oct 31st 2007

I was thinking about this episode lately. When it first came out, I loved it. After "The Return" aired, I remember thinking, "Pretty good, but 'Back from Vacation' was better." Now . . . I barely remember this one, other than Pam's crying and Michael and Jan at the end. Meanwhile, "The Return" is probably my favorite episode from Season 3, and slots in right below "Casino Night" and "Conflict Resolution" in my top five.

Weird how that happens.

Nov 29th 2007

This was the ep that was on NBC tonight, right? Well, it was the one I caught. I was really unimpressed with this ep. I was watching it with friends who aren't really big fans of the Office, so I wanted it to be a good show, a funny one, that would win them over. I had forgotten most of what happened in this ep. Funniest parts for me were the cold open annnnnnnd hmmm, that's it. There were a few 'heh heh' moments, but nothing classic. In a way this ep symbolized how I viewed all of season three. Just meh.

Plus, watching this ep made me really miss S4. This season was going so well. It had such promise!!! Bah! I cannot dwell on it much longer. The wind gets in my eyes and I have to keep rubbing them.

Nov 29th 2007

Honestly, I don't really miss season four. Jim & Pam have been better, but everything else (in my opinion) has been worse. Even the better episodes so far ("Money", "The Deposition") have felt fairly sub-par, and some of them ("Branch Wars") have been pretty bad. There's a part of me that thinks this show passed its expiration date somewhere around last March.

Did I really just say that?

I've been bottling it all year. But not saying it out loud didn't make it any less true.

Nov 29th 2007

You know what? I kind of agree.

Nov 29th 2007

I thought it was generally acknowledged that things took off after "Diversity Day" and peaked on "Casino Night". I hesitate to call it a shark jump, but that's basically what happened. There's been lots of good episodes and great moments since, but it's never been the same. That said, Season 4 has been stronger and more consistent than Season 3, mainly because they at least shed the gloom that hovered over everything last year.

I will introduce my son to the brilliance that was this show one day by handing him the Season 2 DVD. I won't tell him there were other seasons unless he asks.

Nov 29th 2007

You think he'll be able to enjoy the narrative subtleties but not recognize the digit 2? Maybe we'll all have converted to binary and he'll think it's a graphic.

Nov 29th 2007

This episode is memorable for the cold open, Dwight comforting Pam, and nothing else. I deleted it off my DVR without watching it. Part of that is because I needed the space, but part of it is I just didn't feel like watching it.

There's a part of me that thinks this show passed its expiration date somewhere around last March.

I kind of disagree, because of the awesomeness of Beach Games and The Job.

S4 so far, I'm not sure how I feel about it as a whole. I think there's been a lot of great moments, but it's been a bit inconsistent. I don't think any of the episodes have been bad, I wouldn't put any in my bottom 10, but I also wouldn't put any in my top 10. There hasn't been that episode yet that really grabbed me, the one where I said, "That...was...AWESOME" in my Chris Farley voice the minute it was over. Fun Run came the closest. I do think a lot of very interesting story lines were set up - Jim & Pam, Jim's dissatisfaction with his career, Michael and his money problems, Michael and his future with DM with Ryan as his boss, Michael & Jan, the Dwight/Angela/Andy triangle. Hopefully we get to see how those play out.

Jun 8th 2008 edited

So I was watching this episode last night (Get a life? Yeah, I'll have to look into that.) and it occurred to me that they had set this episode up perfectly to start the Pam/Roy reunion here. With the Pam crying scene followed by her and Roy joking over the honeymoon, they could have started the reunion quietly here and dispensed with it over the next few episodes (up to Ben Franklin), leaving about one third of the season to really work on getting them together. Oh, how I wish they had.

Also, Jim was acting like a jackass (like during much of S3) and Pam missed another opportunity to actually speak to him about the events of the year (also like the rest of S3).

Jun 8th 2008

So I was watching this episode last night (Get a life? Yeah, I'll have to look into that.) and it occurred to me that they had set this episode up perfectly to start the Pam/Roy reunion here.

They also set it up perfectly in Grief Counseling and Diwali for Roy to make a serious attempt to win her back and for Pam to turn him down once and for all. That would have been just as "realistic" as Pam going back to him in Phyllis' Wedding and would have let the audience get a taste of the breakup since the main one happened off-camera.

May 16th 2013

This episode is currently playing on a rerun. Boy do I miss Michael Gary Scott as a character.

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