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Oct 19th 2007

I just found a small instance of sacrificing continuity for funny:

Angela: . . . no bars, no vegetables. And no seafood.

So, if she's vegetarian (she said she was in "Diwali", I think), but doesn't eat vegetables, what exactly does she eat?

Oct 19th 2007

Noodles?

Oct 19th 2007

I could definitely see Angela on a noodles-only diet. Without sauce. Like a 5 year old.

Oct 19th 2007

I loved this episode, I felt like the show was getting its stride back after the first shaky few eps of this season (how will Jim and Pam come off? Is Michael more or less like his old self? Is it too cartoonish, and are the hour-longs killing the momentum of a tight twenty-odd minutes episode?). There's a lot to love about it, even if it wasn't laugh-out-loud funny most of the time.

Actually, let me take up that point for observation first: the show's greatest strength has been ringing out laughs from the uncomfortable moments more than from the over-the-top "no way that could happen" ones. I think if you didn't exactly come away with belly laughs from the episode, it doesn't mean that it was lacking in some way. There's a place for the darker humor on display, and it led to two people (Jim and Jan) really sticking their necks out for someone that might not deserve it normally (Dwight and Michael, respectively).

Jim and Pam's whole interaction this episode was fabulous, they were "couple-y" without be nauseating and I liked that Jim's confession to Dwight caused him to get up and kiss Pam just like that, in front of everyone. Who isn't in love with Italian food?

I thought it was nice to see that, while Michael's boss at the telemarketer thinks he's a bad employee, his co-workers (the young kids) like him and even want to hang out with him after work. A nice antidote to his unruly side is the way that Michael really can relate to people within his own mindset. Maybe Michael is stunned in his development, mentally. But when he's around people who share his mental age, he shines.

There's so much more that I could say, but I want to get in a re-viewing sometime this weekend so I can get more from it. I'm still glad about the return to the shorter format, but this (like Casino Night, Benihana Christmas, and Beach Day) justified the longer format. I was just on hour-long overkill, but this was a nice palate(sic) cleanser

Oct 19th 2007

Dwandgelangle
Fancy New Schrute

Yes. Double yes!

Jim knew he'd made Dwight feel better as soon as Dwight picked up the phone and put in an enthusiastic or at least true-to-form sales call, and pausing to clear the demarcation line between their desks with his ruler. Jim smiled knowingly. It was like a hug-it-out-bitch, because two straight guys could never recover from a stairwell embrace. One would eventually have to kill the other.

Oct 19th 2007

the show's greatest strength has been ringing out laughs from the uncomfortable moments more than from the over-the-top "no way that could happen" ones. I think if you didn't exactly come away with belly laughs from the episode, it doesn't mean that it was lacking in some way.

Really good point.

Oct 19th 2007

It was like a hug-it-out-bitch, because two straight guys could never recover from a stairwell embrace. One would eventually have to kill the other.

By far the best Brianpost of the day. Guy sitting next to me is still wanting to know what's so funny.

Oct 19th 2007

Here's what I was wondering regarding Jim's speech...

When he was describing the symptoms of a broken heart, was he talking about how he was feeling shortly before Casino Night, before he 'lost it', or was he talking about what it was like after he moved? Was he saying he regretted moving away, or just that his life was so unbearable that he didn't feel he had a choice?

Oddly, that speech made me think of Jim getting tanked on Jager in Diwali. It kind of made me sad. At the time I thought it was funny, but...in light of this speech, about how he was numb and miserable and unable to get joy out of anything, it made me sad to think that the reason that was so out of character was because we were watching a Jim who was desperate and willing to try anything to dull the ache. Maybe I'm projecting too much, but that's what it made me think of. Poor Jim.

Oct 19th 2007

I think he's talking about immediately before and after. Those conditions caused him to say something, and when he didn't get the response he wanted (though I would assume it was the response he expected), it got worse and he left.

Oct 19th 2007

Yeah, what he said.

Before:

Did I ever tell you why I left Scranton? Yeah I didn’t think I had. Well, it was all about Pam. Yeah, I mean, she was with Roy, and uh, I just couldn’t take it. I mean, I lost it, Dwight. I couldn’t sleep. I couldn’t concentrate on anything. And weird stuff like food had no taste.

And after:

So my solution was to move away. It was awful. And it is something that I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. And that includes you.”

Oct 19th 2007

I felt he was talking mostly about before Casino Night, that those feelings are what made him eventually break down and confess his love. I thought for a second he might go even further and tell Dwight about what he did on Casino Night. I think that would have been neat to see, but the scene worked just fine without it.

This must have been an interesting episode to film for John and Rainn. They probably had a blast doing the beet farm scenes, lots of goofing around, and then they had to flip their emotions for the serious scenes, which they pulled off beautifully. Well done by both of them.

Oct 19th 2007

So what exactly happened on the episode? I missed it all due to constant weatherman disruptions.

Oct 19th 2007 edited

Briefly . . .

Turns out Michael has a second job at a call bank. People there like him, but he sucks at it, unfortunately. Ultimately he has to quit because it's affecting his performance at work. This all brings to light the fact that he has run up a lot of debt on things like "second magic kits" and letting Jan use his credit cards to refurbish the apartment. Oscar attempts to save the day, cannot, and Mike attempts to hop a train out of town. This doesn't work, but Jan and Michael have a good moment together in which it becomes obvious just how screwy they are, and why they kind of work well together.

Meanwhile, Dwight is shaving again, but still completely out of his gourd over Angela. Jim & Pam, feeling sorry for him, agree to visit his farm/B&B for the night. Dwight is trying to sell the farm as an "agro-tourism" hot spot. There, Mose is creepy, there is a lot of poop in the fields, and Jim wakes in the night to find Dwight crying over a relic of Angela. The next day at work, Andy gives Angela a gift, Angela says he may take her out to dinner, and Dwight can't handle it. He ends up in his Power Spot (the stairwell), crying. Jim comforts him by spilling his guts about the Pam situation circa season two. It works, surprisingly well. It also causes Jim to have a mini-epiphany and kiss Pam in public, which is totally hot. Then, in a roundabout way, he tells us he's in love with Pam. (He doesn't tell Pam. He tells the camera. In a really convoluted way.)

Oct 19th 2007

Jim: "Does the department of health know about this?"
Dwight: "I am not telling you anything. (looks into camera) Permits are pending."

Oct 19th 2007

Tiny Dundie, I think the episode is available on nbc.com if you want to watch it. It definitely is worth it.

Oct 19th 2007

Dammit, I've hit "BACK TO DISCUSSIONS" instead of "Add your comments" at least three times today!!

Anyway, CZ-J, I thought of that exchange a bunch of times today when I was not on here and kept forgetting it when I was on here. Awesomeness.

Oct 19th 2007

Most of my thoughts have already been stated well, but here are a few anyway:

  • The JAM moments were sparse and brief but they were so powerful that they more than accomplished what JAM fans need. The kiss was incredible. Jim has been emboldened.

  • Jim finally willing to become vulnerable again - and to Dwight no less. The beat down Jim of last year is the new confident Jim and I love him. In addition to that, Jim's pep talk to Dwight reenergized himself as well, causing him to race back to Pam and show her what she means to him.

  • I love the whole triangle theme: Michael-Carol-Jan, Jim-Pam-Roy, Ryan-Kelly-Darryl, Dwight-Angela-Andy. Since JAM seem happy, the new triangle tension revolves around Angela and they are playing it out nicely. The same way they had me rooting for Jim, I now see myself rooting for Dwight, the perceived underdog.

  • Although this was a very quirky Ep, I see it becoming a personal favorite (top3) of all time.

  • As a computer geek - you cannot hit Start | Run and get the popup box that Michael got. Run only takes you to an input box.

  • As Darryl left the room, Ryan gave him a nasty look making me think he still likes Kelly.

  • The new constant quick glances and smiles we see between Jim and Pam take me back S01 when I first fell in love with this show because of those two.

Oct 19th 2007 edited

Thank you, DftF! :)

Also, re:

Tiny Dundie, I think the episode is available on nbc.com if you want to watch it. It definitely is worth it.

I've tried. I get to just where I can start to watch it and it says I have ad-blocking software and to turn it off so I can see the episode...

(Okay, as I was typing that, I was fiddling with the page, and now it works! YAY!)

Oct 19th 2007

As a computer geek - you cannot hit Start | Run and get the popup box that Michael got. Run only takes you to an input box

Glad I wasn't the only one that caught that. I even double checked myself and went to my system to see if there was some way to set that up, no luck.

Oct 19th 2007

Tiny Dundie,

The whole Ep can be d/l on the a.b.mm newsgroup. It's 1.2gb, HiDef and commercial free. It burns beautifully to a DVD and looks better than the copy my DVR records.

Oct 19th 2007

As a computer geek - you cannot hit Start | Run and get the popup box that Michael got. Run only takes you to an input box.

I realized this too. I'm glad you all are geeky too.

Oct 19th 2007

I was so glad to see S2 Jan back--smart, strong, confident. I liked the way they took her from boozed-out broad in the early part to savvy consigliere at the end. And her appreciation for Michael's simple virtues--like loyalty--are so endearing. I think they will make a great team to smack down Ryan.

And HOW much did I love Darryl's little face-off with Ryan in the conference room? Darryl is not going to be taking any shit from that little pipsqueak. Regardless of his relationship with Kelly, I wanna see Darryl get medieval on Ryan's ass. And soon.

Oct 19th 2007

Forget Darryl vs. Ryan. I want to see how Ryan reacts to Stanley going berserk on his ass for "hitting on" his daughter.

Oct 19th 2007

that little pipsqueak.

Isn't that Angela?

and looks better than the copy my DVR records.

Just burned my first DVR recording onto DVD and it looks a little like ass.

Oct 19th 2007

Is it like you're watching it through a mold of fart-flavored jello, Brian?

Oct 19th 2007

Just burned my first DVR recording onto DVD and it looks a little like ass.

I don't burn my DVR version. I download a HiDef recording from a newsgroup and burn that to a DVR. The quality is excellent. I will also watch the HiDef version on my PC.

Oct 19th 2007

Well the ass DVDs cost 100% less than iTunes and only have to last me a year until the season set comes out. So, win-tie.

Oct 19th 2007

Anybody else hoping S4 will come out on HD-DVD?

Oct 19th 2007

I just have to say after replaying the episode over in my head all day and breaking out into random smiles and possessing a general sense of euphoric giddiness, that this is definitely in my top 5 of all time.

I've read the 8 pages of posts, and I don't think anyone's commented on Dwight's FACE throughout the whole stairwell scene. It's screwed up in such anguish, I mean, I have NEVER seen a face like that on a human, or anything, really. I guess he was PMSing pretty bad that day. :P

Oct 19th 2007 edited

There are some good pics up on nbc.com of Mose jumping on a trampoline. There's a funny one of him jumping on it while Jim and Pam are watching Dwight make a table. Also, we get more Mose playng with poop and we get to where Dwight keeps all his weapons. I wonder if this is going to be seen in a deleted scene.

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