Thoughts on Business Trip

This was...how you say?...a great episode. It was...how you say?...endearing, heartbreaking and hilarious all at once. I...how you say?...loved it. And now here are my thoughts, feelings, opinions - you know, the whole nine nards!

Jim and Pam - Oh JAM. *sigh* You are wonderful in every way and my heart just flutters at the mere sight of the two of you together. You gave me a scare there, you two! With that whole "3 more months of this" thing. I really thought the writers were going to be a-holes and drag this art school thing out for another 12 episodes (which I think would have put is almost at the end of the season). Thank GOD you were just teasing us, you big teasy teasersons!!

It was so sweet how Jim - despite being desperate for her to come home and devastated at the thought of her staying - set his feelings aside and did what good partners do...supported the one he loves. He was willing to sacrifice his own happiness for the sake of Pam's. He is definitely one of the good ones.

Jim really does love Pam. I know I am stating the obvious here, but it bears mentioning nonetheless. He really loves and adores that woman like nothing I've ever seen. The way he feels about her is pure. It's real. It's untainted. It's beautiful. The way he looked at her when she was standing in the parking lot. The amount of love on his face (I know they are actors. I know it's a TV show. Shut up!!!). I never get tired of it. I've watched that parking lot scene 6 or 7 times already. I could watch it a dozen more. It was perfect.

My only complaint regarding Jim in this episode comes from the scene where Dwight is making fun of Pam's painting on the wall. I would have REALLY liked to see (and was almost expecting) Jim get fucking furious with Dwight for saying those things about his beloved Pam. Considering how upset he was - how much he loved and missed Pam - to hear someone talking about what a shitty artist she is and how horrible her painting is...I don't know...most men would have blown a gasket. I kinda feel like somebody needs to knock Dwight down a peg or two, and that was the perfect moment - and the perfect person - to do it. Oh well.

Andy and Angela - When the Nard Dog is away, the Monkey will play I guess, right? Andy jets off to Ca-NA-da for his business trip and lo & behold Ms. Martin ends up in the arms of Dwight. But not before telling him to...oh I love this..."Be good". Cheaters are always the first ones to point the finger of blame.

So Andy goes away on his trip and, as is requested (demanded) of him by Angela, he behaves himself. Instead he channels his energies into "trying to get other dudes laid". But after a few bad decisions in a glass, he's drunk dialing Angela and telling her how he really feels; that there's something wrong with her and she needs sex school. Well, the first thing is true at least.

Poor Andy is going to have his heart not just broken, but shattered into a million little Nard Dog pieces. Whenever it happens (and I have to believe it will be soon) it is going to be explosive and unbelievable.

Michael - Heartbreaking. Absolutely, completely heartbreaking. He is so lost right now...maybe more than he's ever been. He's in his 40's and that window of opportunity for his happily-ever-after is quickly closing. He was sooooo close with Holly and then *BAM*. She's gone. David Wallace is a DICK for sending Holly away. There, I said it.

Michael's tryst with Concierge Marie happened because a) he was drunk, b) he is painfully lonely and c) he is desperate for someone to just make him feel loved. Clearly he didn't get that with her (as evidence by her almost instantaneously shoving him out the door). I think we are going to see the beginning of Angry Michael. I think we're going to see him be very short-tempered, snappy, irritable, and quick to punish. I think he's sick and tired of just trying to get everybody to like/love him because it's getting him nowhere. I think he's reached his breaking point and 40+ years of pent-up aggression are going to come out in a big way.

Favorite moments/quotes
*Meredith's "Hello"
*Kevin slapping Jim's ass, Creed rubbing his shoulder, and Stanley's knowing little laugh about Pam coming back
*"Michael G. Scott, rollin' like a pimp"
*"Follow moi, bro-seiur"
*"How you say...?"
*"Beer me dos Long Island ice teas"
*Drunk Andy
*Drunk Oscar
*Drunk Andy and Drunk Oscar drunk-dialing Angela
*"You get the whole nine nards"
*Darryl's victory march to his truck
*Michael telling off David
*"I realized that, for whatever reason, I couldn't do better than Kelly"
And my favorite: Pam's return and that entire scene in the parking lot. *sigh*


Thoughts on Customer Survey

Sorry I'm a little late getting to this post. I guess I'm just so much more important than all you people, and I have a million more pressing things going on in my life right now. Does that make me smudge?

LOL!! Just kidding, kids.

So...Customer Survey. What can we say about this episode? It had laughter, it had yelling, it had sweet moments, it had coffee mugs, it had the world's tiniest Bluetooth, and it had JAM's first "I love you"!!

Jim and Pam - What a cute idea - tiny, nearly undetectable Bluetooths (Blueteeth?) in your ears all day, so you can be a part of each other's entire day and feel like you're not missing anything. Let's hope Jimbo and Paaaaamooolaaaaaa have unlimited daytime minutes ;). But seriously, a cute idea that John & Jenna played very well.

But what's that old saying...Be careful what you wish for because you just might get it. If you're able to hear everything that goes on, you're able to hear everything that goes on, including some pudgy-faced art student trying to convince the future mother of your children to ditch you for the cornucopia of artistic opportunities New York has to offer. Because apparently there's a ban on water colors and easels in Scranton???? C'mon, Pam! Don't fall for it! Are there more opportunities in New York? Yes. Is it the end-all, be-all, centralized mecca of the artistic world and you're screwed if you go anywhere else? No! And don't tell me Pam hasn't thought about this herself already. Seriously! Pam's not a dumbass - she knows New York has more opportunities, yet she accepted Jim's proposal and they have begun planning their future together. I have a hard time believing Alex (Boooo, Alex!!) has suddenly opened Pam's eyes to new information. At least that's what I'm hoping.

My thought? This is angst created by the writers for angst's sake. Eventually Pam will come home to her beloved lanky assistant regional manager and they will live happily ever after...in Jim's parents' house (which damn well better have a terrace upstairs), watching "28 Days", eating mixed berry yogurt, and making thirsty Halpert babies.

Andy/Angela/Dwight - Apparently Angela's "office mattress-ness" hasn't been limited to the office nor to mattresses. Clearly she and Bobblehead Joe got it on in the barn a time or two...or twenty. And clearly she misses it...and misses him. So instead of - oh, I don't know - calling off her wedding to Andy and confessing her obvious love of Dwight, she decides to hold the wedding at Schrute Farms. Cuz that's whatcha do!

There is some question among the fandom what exactly that little "exchange" between Dwight & Angela meant - the long gazes, the look on Angela's face, Dwight's sexy little voice. Most people think it means Dwight and Angela have already rekindled the romance and now they'll just have free access to one another during the wedding planning process. I disagree. I think Angela cut Dwight off after the "6:14" discussion, but now realizes the error of her ways and wants to start things up again. I also think she often dreamed of her wedding being at Schrute Farms, in the hand-plowed field, with the barn full of antique tools, while she was dating Dwight. So now she's excited that her dream will be coming true...with a different groom, of course. Details, details.

Michael - The fake engagement thing was stupid. I'm sorry. I mean, don't get me wrong, I can totally see Michael doing this. I'm not saying the concept was stupid...just the execution. Having it be a cold open was a mistake. I think it could have been a funny, interesting, and poignant sub plot throughout an episode. Not this one, though.

Favorite moments/quotes
* "Our dusky, exotic customer service rep"
* "Pam's a gold digger" "Hey, New York ain't free. Get back to work!"
* "Alrighty, Dwighty"
* The first JAM "I love you"!!
* "Jim, they are a-poopy"
* Smudge and arrogant / "And there's your smudgeness"
* "Maybe that's because you spent the entire year flirting with the receptionist" "Little bit. Worth it".
* The entire Bill Buttlicker scene
* "...a bridal suite for my bridal sweet" (Oh Andy, you are SO screwed my friend)
* Dwight & Jim in the car, especially "Is there some evidence?"
* "Right Dwight is loud"
* "You juked the stats, cupcake!"
And my favorite: "Dwight, get out of my nook!" "That's what she said! That's what she said! That's what she said!"


Thoughts on Employee Transfer

Life's like a road that you travel on
When there's one day here and the next day gone.

Aww, Holly. We hardly knew ya!

So...some funny moments, some weird moments, some unnecessarily drawn out moments, and two rather shiteous actors playing the Brothers Halpert. Overall an "interesting" episode. Not one of my favorites, but still ok.

Michael and Holly - *sigh* So David Wallace saw them kissing and now Holly has been banished from Scranton. Can someone explain this to me please? Jim & Pam are engaged. Andy & Angela are engaged. Kelly dated Ryan and now Darryl. Michael dated Jan. All these office romances and not one person has been told to transfer to another branch. But one kiss and Holly is sent back to Nashua?? Why...because she's H/R? If Michael dating Jan, his boss, was ok, why wouldn't Michael dating Holly be ok? The logical answer is that the writers needed an explanation for Holly's absence, since Amy Ryan was only signed on for a handful of episodes. And I guess if they're leaving the door open for a possible reunion between these two, this story line is better than her dying, marrying an ex-boyfriend, or some other irreversible avenue. But still I'm bothered by the whole thing.

They are just so gosh darn adorable together. It breaks my heart to think Michael was that close to happiness and it's been ripped away from him. Again. It also breaks my heart that this dynamic duo of acting - Steve Carell and Amy Ryan - will be separated. They have such amazing chemistry and feed off each other so well.

Dwight vs. Andy - Yikes, guys. This little scenario dragged on for waaaaaay longer than it should have. It had some funny moments, sure, but overall it was too much. And why wasn't Anglea more involved in all this? I would have loved to have seen an Angela/Dwight "I know what you're trying to do. Knock it off!" fight by the elevators. Aside from a horrified or angry glance here or there, we saw NOTHING from Ang...ela...ela...ela.

Jim & Pam and the Brothers Halpert - Ok, so, cool concept - let's get the brothers together for a celebratory lunch. Yay! Cool! Oh and I know, let's find two of the worst actors available in the greater Hollywood area to play Jim's brothers. Let's choose one because he kinda looks like John Krasinski and let's choose the other because...well let's just throw a tall guy into a suit and call him "Tom Halpert". Yeah, that'll work!

That whole scene was painful. From Pam's weird "The absolute best!" talking head thing, to the Jim & Pam kiss on the cheek (???), to the clearly pre-arranged prank about Pam's art career being nothing more than a hobby. All around blech! The only good part was the Brothers Halpert making goofy faces at the camera. Other than that? Total trainwreck.

Favorite Moments/Quotes
* All the costumes in the cold open, especially Andy the kitten, Pam as Charlie Chaplain, and of course "Dave". Although I think "John" would have been funnier.
* Dwight asking "How are you, Phyllis?". It's so sweet seeing him be nice to her.
* When Dwight "clinks" glasses with Andy in the kitchen and Andy dumps his coffee in the sink
* "Did Darryl touch you?"
* "I've dated almost 4 women"
* "It's pronounced colonel and it's the highest rank in the military". Oh, Creed.
* "Dane Cook, Jack Bauer and Eli Whitney"
* Michael & Holly's goodbye hug
And my favorite: That single tear rolling down Michael's cheek when he said "We didn't break up". Oh my God.