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Jan 3rd 2008

I feel like "The Injury" is an example of how wacky things and field trips play better when they're rarer. There was no fatigue for this kind of thing when it didn't happen very often, but just as there seemed to be a party in every single episode last season, there seems to be a field trip in every one this season.

Jan 3rd 2008

I feel like "The Injury" is an example of how wacky things and field trips play better when they're rarer.

I've heard Ricky Gervais say that he specifically avoided too many "out of the office" scenarios for this exact reason. The only outing I can remember from the British version was the Trivia night at the pub. They did catch up with Dawn in America, but I wouldn't consider that an outing, and everything else was filmed inside the office.

Jan 3rd 2008

Didn't they go out to a night club, when Gareth made out with that married woman and rode off with her and her husband on that motorcycle?

Jan 3rd 2008

I'm counting 8 and possibly 9 episodes, (does CN count as an outing?), in S2 that there were outings. That seems like quite a few. Still, I didn't find it tiring. I have found the S4 field trips a bit over the top though. I wonder why. Maybe because they've been so concentrated. I also feel like Michael's behavior this season has been a little tedious.

Jan 3rd 2008

Didn't they go out to a night club, when Gareth made out with that married woman and rode off with her and her husband on that motorcycle?

You are correct sir.

Yes, I know you're not a sir, that was a Michael reference. At least I think it was. I seem to recall a time when Michael said that, but I can't pinpoint it in my mind. Oh well.

Jan 3rd 2008

I don't mind outings if they're plausibly work-related. Poor Richard's makes sense since people who work together go for drinks together. Mall at Steamtown did not. Bosses do not buy female employees lingerie, at least not in groups. Corporate not only makes sense but was the intent of the show, hence choosing a city within driving distance of Manhattan. The Dundies, Booze Cruise, Michael's Birthday and The Client all have prominent outings and are among my favorite episodes. Was The Fire an outing? They went outside. That worked.

I think the office should be used as a home base to recharge the vibe of drudgery that should drive the show's humor. When it's good and drudgeful they can go out someplace. When outings start to trend toward wacky, head back to home base and get your drudge on.

Jan 3rd 2008 edited

Just off the top of my head:

  • S1 outings: None.
  • S2 outings: Dundies, Office Olympics, Fight, Client, E-mail Surveillance, Booze Cruise, Injury, The Secret, Valentine's Day, Dwight's Speech, Michael's Birthday
  • S3 outings: Convention, Coup, Initiation, Diwali, Branch Closing, Benihana Christmas, Traveling Salesmen, Phyllis' Wedding, Business School, Cocktails, The Negotiation, Product Recall, Beach Games, The Job
  • S4 outings: Fun Run, DMI, Launch Party, Money, Branch Wars, Survivor Man, The Deposition

Bolded ones are outings that are at least a bit related to actual business, I think.

I wouldn't consider the Fire an outing.

Jan 3rd 2008 edited

I didn't consider Valentine's Day an outing because it really only included Michael. Guess it depends on the interpretation. I didn't include Office Olympics either. If those are counted, half of the episodes had "outside the office" moments.

I included these episodes in my count: Dundies, The Fight, The Client, Email Surveillance, Booze Cruise, The Injury, Dwight's Speech, Michael's Birthday, and Casino Night.

Jan 3rd 2008

Valentines Day also only went to corporate, which I contend is not an outing. I could see going either way on Office Olympics and even The Client, for that matter, since so much happens back at the office and it's still only Michael and Jan, who's never around anyway. As for The Fire, I've been working full time for 12 years and never spent the better part of the day in the parking lot under any circumstances, even for a blazing pita.

But to get back to DftF's point that field trips, however defined, are best when rare, I'd say the wacky excursions have been overdone. And still, when an episode just works -- Michael's Birthday, Beach Games -- the setting doesn't matter.

Jan 3rd 2008 edited

Yeah, I consider anything that sees us leaving the Scranton branch's building/parking lot, which is sort of why I bolded ones that involved normal business affairs.

And Office Olympics has Dwight/Michael eating out, so definite outing ;)!

Jan 3rd 2008

Is that what Angela/Jan said?

I'm sorry.

Jan 3rd 2008 edited

I think there were even more outings in ctf's list that were at least somewhat related to business. Dundies, Booze Cruise, Initiation, Branch Closing, Business School, Beach Games, The Job, The Deposition.

Jan 3rd 2008

I meant normal business, I guess. I left out parties. Initiation is an odd Dwight-only business adventure for the most part. Branch Closing isn't exactly normal. I could concede Business School, The Job, and The Deposition.

May 18th 2008

Is anyone watching the mini-marathon that NBC is giving? During Money, they added the deleted scene where Andy says he is suffering from lovesickness and horny sickness and then he says he is itching all over with Angela-pox and Jim says, "Oh.My.God. You do have gonorrhea." Then Phyllis tells Andy he needs to just "do" Angela. I am so glad they added this because I remember when I saw this deleted scene on nbc.com, I cracked up so much.

May 18th 2008

I'm confused about why they felt the need to separate these into "two" episodes? Why not just run them as the hour longs they were?

May 18th 2008

Syndication.

May 18th 2008

Ah, that makes sense. Thanks.

May 18th 2008

Is anyone watching the mini-marathon that NBC is giving? During Money, they added the deleted scene where Andy says he is suffering from lovesickness and horny sickness and then he says he is itching all over with Angela-pox and Jim says, "Oh.My.God. You do have gonorrhea." Then Phyllis tells Andy he needs to just "do" Angela. I am so glad they added this because I remember when I saw this deleted scene on nbc.com, I cracked up so much.

I watched those tonight, and yeah, totally cracked up. And bonus! They're now recorded....I'm still grooving on my dvr.

May 18th 2008

I thought about you when I saw that they were giving a mini-marathon tonight. I thought, "Yay! VG's going to be able to have more episodes on her DVR!"

May 18th 2008

Watched the whole marathon. I love that stairwell scene in Money so much. It gets me everytime. Poor Dwight. And, of course, "Jim is just passionate about Italian food." "Yeah, in fact, I'm in love with Italian food." Mmmmmm.

May 18th 2008 edited

I'm with you on that CbS. I also love their scene in the car as they're arriving at the farm. Just their banter back and forth. It's such a simple thing, but even in that short scene, it's obvious how much fun they have together. Oh, and Mose running beside the car? Kills me. So funny.

May 18th 2008 edited

Those are all great.

I love so many things about Money. It is definitely in my top 5 favorite episodes.
* The scene with Jim and Dwight when Dwight is moaning over the cherub
* In the stairwell, after Jim has left, Dwight reaches out for Jim.
* Dwight comes back to his desk and pushes Jim's stuff on the floor
* Jim's and Pam's expressions that Dwight's OK
* Michael saying the meetings at his second job are useless
* Jim and Pam snuggling with Mose rocking

Jul 13th 2008

I rewatched this episode yesterday, and I have a silly little question. I don't know why I even noticed it but with no new episodes to concentrate on I guess I'm being nitpicky...Is is just me, or while Michael is attempting his failed powerpoint presentation, is Pam sneaking a "hand hold" with Jim?

I just kind of wondered if anyone else noticed this. Man, I must really be bored.

Jul 13th 2008

Fortunately, that's not considered a boring question here. I've never noticed that, but I'll look for it when I watch it.

Jul 13th 2008

Thanks, Madge. Now I feel 1,000x less stupid for asking it.

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