Tuesday, December 4, 2012

What I’m Watching: The Office

The Office: Season 9, Episode 8 “The Target” (B-)

This episode, in concept, was a good idea, but its execution didn’t work out as well, namely because everything took too long to come full circle. Dwight rising to Angela’s defense and bringing in a friend to help her get her revenge made sense given their history, but trying to talk her out of murder didn’t track at all with his character motivations over the past nine seasons of the show. He’s always been the extremist, and fighting to save Oscar’s life, and his kneecaps, seems like the opposite of what he would usually have done. Things are going to plenty awkward now that Angela has in fact revealed her hand, and I’m sure it won’t be long before the secret gets out to the whole office. Jim spending lavish amounts of money trying to convince Phyllis and Stanley to help him out was excessive, mainly because he’s actually a good salesman and should have known that getting them drunk and feeding them plenty of food would win them over much more effectively than bringing up the favor every few minutes. This is not the first time that gross amounts of time have been wasted in the office, and building a ceiling-high complaint card tower wasn’t the most creative or invigorating method. Deliberately trying to lose a client seems irresponsible for the likes of Darryl and Nellie, and hardly something that Pam wouldn’t have thought through first. I’m still not pleased with the insinuation of an impending relationship between Pete and Erin, but I suppose it’s too late to lament the unfulfilling direction of this show.

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