Monday, October 8, 2012

What I’m Watching: The Office

The Office: Season 9, Episode 3 “Andy’s Ancestry” (C+)

I’ve had it with the stupidity in this place. Andy falling for Clark’s news setup for Erin was far-fetched enough, and now to believe that he’s related to Michelle Obama simply because his sworn enemy Nellie told him so is simply ridiculous. It’s just the kind of thing that Michael would do, but that doesn’t make it funny or worthwhile. Bringing up slaves and Andy unintentionally confirming that his family did in fact likely transport slaves was unnecessary, and the whole plotline devolved from there. This was the first productive use in a while, if not ever, of Nellie, as she prepared for her driving exam by bonding with Pam, and it was good to see Darryl try to accomplish more by presenting time-saving ideas to an utterly uninterested Andy. Jim offering Darryl a job was quite a step, and though Pam was supportive, she did seem very upset that he hadn’t told her in the first place. Jim’s Asian friend coming in posing as him to trick Dwight at the start was a wonderful nostalgic moment reminiscent of the way things used to be but haven’t been in a long time on this show. Dwight teaching Erin the Dothraki language, from “Game of Thrones,” so that she could impress Andy’s family with her knowledge of another language, was highly amusing, but I can’t comprehend why both new guys Clark and Pete, with extremely different approaches, think it’s anywhere near appropriate to try to flirt with and seduce the boss’ girlfriend.

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