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Nov 22nd 2011

That one guy got banned. Remember that one guy?

Nov 22nd 2011

mtt self-banned himself, if that's what you mean.

Oh wait...there was a guy who got banned. He got mad at something and starting spamming all the threads.

Nov 22nd 2011

I kinda remember that guy. But I thought he was saucey.

Nov 22nd 2011

He got mad that we wouldn't "delete" his account or something.

Nov 22nd 2011

Ah yes, IHaveaLaundryMachine, quickly changed to NorthernAttackSucks.

Nov 22nd 2011

He got mad at something and starting spamming all the threads.

That ... was ... an overreaction.

See, now I have to do this stuff from memory. Damn you, Officequotes!

Nov 22nd 2011

I think I speak for saucey and myself when I say "sweet merciful crap, yes!"

Did anyone notice that saucey made a brief appearance about a week ago in the Parks & Rec thread (as his RonEffingSwanson avatar) to comment on the hotness of some young actress? I thought it was considerate of him to finally confirm his identity. Also, well played everyone who spotted that and didn't respond.

Nov 22nd 2011

See, now I have to do this stuff from memory. Damn you, Officequotes!

This.

Nov 22nd 2011

Also, well played everyone who spotted that and didn't respond.

I saw it! I saw it and it was amazing!! Except the opposite of that.

See, now I have to do this stuff from memory. Damn you, Officequotes!

This

Indeed.

Nov 22nd 2011

Also, well played everyone who spotted that and didn't respond.

DC, did you just "well played" yourself? I don't think you can do that, man.

Nov 22nd 2011

I have well played myself thousands of times. Wait....

Nov 22nd 2011

I have played myself in well. Doesn't everyone?

Nov 22nd 2011

I have never done that in a well.

Nov 22nd 2011

Also, well played everyone who spotted that and didn't respond.

Yes, this. As it is the proper response.

Nov 22nd 2011

Yeah, I used to tell him to fuck off, but I think that just fed his weird fixation.

I think the other guy got pissed because we couldn't handle his lol'ing.

Nov 22nd 2011

I think the other guy got pissed because we couldn't handle his lol'ing.

ROTFL

Nov 22nd 2011

LMAO.

Dec 23rd 2011

I really sometimes wish I could send this to my students. But I can't.

Dec 23rd 2011

You so should. How mad could they get? At least they'd learn what google is. Maybe.

Dec 30th 2011

I'm only halfway through, and already I'd say that despite his taking awhile to make his argument and not seeming aware that Greg Daniels isn't directly around anymore, he's a Season 2'er like me, marking the decline's start at "Casino Night" and not at "The Job."

Dec 30th 2011 edited

Brilliantly played by Carell, Scott is less vicious than Ricky Gervais' David Brent. He certainly never did anything as mean-spirited as pretending to fire his receptionist for the purpose of ill-advised humor, as Brent did to Dawn Tinsley in the British version's first episode.

Yes he did.

As more and more episodes were ordered by NBC, more and more ridiculous scenarios were explored, until the program's absurdist realism slowly morphed into a cartoonish cacophony of stupidity.

Yep.

Over the course of eight years, Jim has slowly morphed from an easygoing, jokey slacker into a corporate stooge, a tense and angry dickhead, and an overwhelmed and miserable father and husband. Meaning to turn a meek and shy Pam into a strong woman, the writers rowed too hard to the other side, instead transforming her into a pushy, loudmouthed shrew who has spent the good portion of The Office's latter half in a state of constant pregnancy, hormonal imbalance, and vying with husband Jim for the title of 'Biggest & Smarmiest Asshole in the World'.

I don't know if I fully agree, but that was fun to read.

Dec 30th 2011

I found that paragraph about Jim and Pam to be the distilled essence of all those folks who hate them because it's not Season 2 any longer. Rather than admit it though they invent personalities for them that justify their nostalgia.

Dec 30th 2011

I haven't watched in a few years, but it seemed obvious to me that Pam received a personality transplant that wasn't particularly organic back in season 4 or so.

Dec 30th 2011

While they mishandled the the S3 to S4 transition to some degree, she has been fairly consistent for me since. The real problem is that they haven't given either of them anything to do. The screeching harpy and corporate asshole characterizations are ridiculous.

Dec 30th 2011

I thought this comment regarding the "It's a date" moment was pretty good:

The event that we hoped to witness, the reason that we started watching in the first place, happened years ago. And yet the show has churned on, searching in greater and greater desperation for inspired stories. Where The Office once had the feel of a mockumentary, it has transformed into something not unlike one of the United States' aged and melodramatic soap operas, running for what feels like decades of perpetuity and with no end in sight.

I started watching this show in Season 4, and discovered this forum after Season 5. I used to be puzzled by the "they should've ended after Season 3" sentiment, but I get it now. If you were a writer telling this story, that's where it would end. The irony for me is that when I started watching, I didn't even know that story ever existed.

Dec 31st 2011

Ryan (BJ Novak) begins the show as a temp at Dunder-Mifflin, works his way up the ladder to an upper level management position, is fired due to drug use and fixing the company's books, and ends up back at the Scranton branch as a temp again. Somewhat funny on paper, impossible in practice. Dwight (the incomparable Rainn Wilson) attempts on several occasions to seize managerial power from Michael only to be thwarted with no serious repercussions. Upon feeling threatened by a new boss, Michael quits and creates a rival 'paper company' which operates out of a supply closet. Even though his new company is an utter failure and complete non-entity, Dunder-Mifflin upper management somehow decides the new Michael Scott Paper Company is a danger to their bottom line. They not only buy Michael off with a handsome offer, but they also give him his old job back and fire his boss, per his demands. Oh, if only real life worked that way. Despite The Office's desperate attempts to emulate realism, very little of it has made rational sense of late. As such, very little of it has been funny.

When I read through that paragraph, I felt like Jim when he realized how much time he spent on pranking Dwight after he heard the pranks read out loud.

Dec 31st 2011

While he gets the Ryan details correct, I only remember Dwight trying to steal managerial powers once and he completely blows the Michael Scott Paper Company resolution. Other than that, he's spot on.

Dec 31st 2011

Rather than admit it though they invent personalities for them that justify their nostalgia.

This was pretty consistently true for a long time, but I think it's become less and less invented over time.

The real problem is that they haven't given either of them anything to do.

Yeppers.

I used to be puzzled by the "they should've ended after Season 3" sentiment

I'm with the writer. Season 2.

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