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1.04 The Alliance
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Dec 13th 2007

Ok, people, this is the next episode up. It seems like a lot of folks have lives (what's that like, anyway?), but I'm still going to do this, even if I'm doing it by myself.

Dec 13th 2007

but I'm still going to do this, even if I'm doing it by myself.

That's what I said...about the last episode thread we opened up.

But I'm here with you griefbone. We can do it together.

Dec 13th 2007 edited

Eww.

I mean, grrreat. (The Trix Rabbit)

Dec 13th 2007

Silly griefbone...Trix are for kids.

Dec 13th 2007

Well for Health Care I put up a post with all kinds of insightful and witty comments and almost no one responded. So screw you guys. Plus the Broncos are on.

Dec 13th 2007

Pie balls! I forgot to re-watch Health Care! I was going to watch it over the weekend but I went shopping instead and forgot....no wait , my dog ate my dvds and my iTunes...no wait, I was deathly ill cough, cough. I will be watching this one. Fo Sho.

Dec 13th 2007

Plus the Broncos are on.

Sorry, I can't either. Oh wait, I don't have NFL network. Boo. Anyway, I'll be winging my way to Phoenix for a weekend of festivities tonight so I really can't.

Dec 13th 2007

Welcome back to Phoenix!

Dec 13th 2007

Thanks! I'm pretty psyched to see some cacti again....and friends. I made the decision to take the bus(es) to the airport, so wish me luck.

Dec 13th 2007 edited

Allrighty, here are my thoughts.

"Their bread is very good" has to be one of my favorite lines/delivery of a line on the show. It makes me laugh every time.
Pam's talking head about smacking Angela and gambling: there's some fire in Pam long before she became Fancy New Beesly. On the other hand, at the end of the epsiode, she meekly and with head down goes with Roy after the alliance blows up in her and Jim's faces. Perhaps there were some small inclinations prior to Season 4 (or "Beach Games") that she could be a take-charge type of gal.
Michael trying to think up a line for the card reminds me of how I sit in front of the computer while on this forum trying to think up something clever to match all of you. The difference? When I fail, I try not to overexplain my bad jokes.
Michael's distaste for Jim's corporate fraud joke: was he afraid that Jim's joke would outdo his or is that out of some weird loyalty to the company--Michael can make jokes about the company but no one else can? Kind of like when he got mad at Pam for jumping on his "I need a raise" joke earlier in the series?
I like the fact that Jim and Pam so willfully jump in and joke about downsizing throughout their prank: they sure don't care about it.
Finally, Pam has herself a kitten calendar behind her desk. That's interesting to me.

Dec 13th 2007 edited

I just watched The Alliance (and Benihana Christmas) and I realized that I really really miss our little show. Some thoughts:

  • I like when Dwight asks Michael if he needs to be worried about downsizing and Michael says while shaking his head “Mmm mmm mmm….maybe”
  • Ah, the watercooler, our home of the scuttlebutt.
  • Michael looks chunky in this episode. Its especially noticible when he is pounding on the desk for the drumroll effect when Pam is looking for the next bday person.
  • Pam’s “Of course by saying that, she was gambling that I wouldn’t smack her” is one of my favorite quotes. I am always saying that to my husband.
  • Mmmint Chocolate Chip
  • Absolutley I do. Who would have thought that something said so long ago would come back and be a recurring thing. (ie Jim telling Andy “Absolutely you should” about asking Pam out and of course Pam’s usage of the phrase with Dwight in The Job)
  • I have to agree with griefbone in saying that “Their bread is very good” is one of my favorite lines. Just the way Jim says it is all kinds of awesome.
  • In the deleted scenes, I don’t know why but when Michael asks Dwight to think up something for him to use on the bird day card and Dwight says, “Meredith, where’s your utereth”, it always cracks me up.
  • I remember them mentioning in the commentary that they filmed the final Pam/Jim/Roy scene a few different ways. One was where Roy came in like nothing and another was where Roy actually pushed Jim into the wall. I would like to see these scenes but I know they will never see the light of day. Maybe something for the boxed set whenever the whole series is over.
  • And finally, my favorite part of this episode is Jim’s talking head right after Pam goes over to his desk and tells him that she really needs to talk to him about what she’s been hearing about the downsizing. The whole “All her idea. Awesome. She is so great.” and how the camera catches him looking down, obviously thinking about Pam. Then Jim realizing that the camera just caught him. It’s the little moments like that that made me fall in love with this little romance.
Dec 13th 2007

Ah, the watercooler, our home of the scuttlebutt.

Did you know: the original meaning of "scuttlebutt" was a cask of water that was kept on a ship's desk, around which sailors gathered to gossip? Eventually it became synonymous with gossip for this reason. In a hundred years, people may be asking, "What's the watercooler?"

"Mmm . . . mmm . . . mmm . . . maybe" is one of my favorite moments of this show ever.

Dec 14th 2007

Did you know: the original meaning of "scuttlebutt" was a cask of water that was kept on a ship's desk, around which sailors gathered to gossip?

I did know that. I read it on a Civil War-related website a while back.

Dec 14th 2007

I did know that. I read it on a Civil War-related website a while back.

If NA had an election for biggest nerd, and these were the primaries, you would be the front runner and would get my early vote.

Dec 14th 2007 edited

If NA had an election for biggest nerd, and these were the primaries, you would be the front runner and would get my early vote.

I appreciate your support, Daoust, but, as your candidate, I would be remiss if I didn't make it clear that my reference to that particular website was a poor joke-reference to DftF's recap of this episode on northernattack, which for some reason my computer won't access.
Thank you all for your continued support in these troubled times for my campaign.

Dec 14th 2007

my reference to that particular website was a poor joke-reference to DftF's recap

I was sure I had read that factoid somewhere else recently! Thanks for clearing the air. Honesty goes a long way in the nerd elections.

Dec 14th 2007

Honesty goes a long way in the nerd elections.

If nothing else, I guess it bolsters my nerd credentials.

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