The Office: Season 9, Episode 16 “Moving On” (C+)
This show is now less than ten episodes away from its series finale, and I’m just not sure where it’s headed at this point. Jim and Pam were experiencing some trouble but seemed to be doing better when Pam suggested that Jim not go to Philadelphia and that he instead stay behind so that they could properly fight. But for Jim to react so poorly to Pam saying that she wasn’t sure she wanted to get a job in Philadelphia is a bad sign, and there’s definitely trouble ahead for this couple. Being told that she’s a good bet because she sticks around was a huge wake-up call for Pam, and I think she’s going to want to be sure she accomplishes something concrete professionally soon. I do prefer Bob Odenkirk’s conniving lawyer Saul on “Breaking Bad” to his Michael Scott imitation in this episode, but it was good to see a talented actor stop by for a guest spot. I’m not sure why the versatile Michael Weston was cast without really being given a role as one of Mark’s employees. Andy’s jealousy is, above all, petty, and the only worthwhile part of his temper tantrum was his boneheaded decision to invite Collette Wolfe’s Alice and Zach Woods’ Gabe to work for the company specifically to provoke conflict. It’s about time that Dwight and Angela got together, and I don’t think we needed this whole episode’s setup for it to finally happen again. I’m very curious to see how Oscar and the Senator will react.