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The Office: Casino Night

”office_janmichael.jpg"Tonight was the season finale and I had the remote to myself, so prepare yourself for some major details.

The show starts off with Michael promoting Casino Night in the Scranton Business Park. Illegal or not, it's all for charity. Besides, he is comforted by the fact that some kid in the Congo has "a belly full of rice." After all, he is a "great philanderer."

Dwight walks in wearing his grandfather's tux, which he was buried in. Why I'm not exactly sure. I understand that maybe it's for casino night, but it's still the workday, right? Even more amazing is how Dwight falls for Jim's Jedi mind tricks so easily. This time, he claims he can move a coat rack with his mind -- and delivers.

Casino Night benefits the Boy Scouts, which seems to piss off Oscar. He wants the money to go to people that actually suffer. No worries; the winner of the night will get $500 to donate to whoever they choose -- not to mention a sweet mini fridge. Of course, everyone has their favorites:

• Michael chooses comic relief, despite the fact that it no longer exists.
• Creed picks a soup kitchen, which he seems a bit too familiar with.
• Kevin wants to pick something with animals or people.
• Kellie picks Kobe Bryant's charity, since she finds him hot and generous to the wife that he cheated on.

Michael wants to also deliver the proceeds to the Boy Scouts in person. Toby immediately shoots this down for a variety of reasons, my favorite being that "Hooters is catering." Michael seems offended asking, "Why are you the way that you are?" Well he is a sensitive guy. After all, one of his dreams is to see a day where AIDS jokes are funny. Wow.

Jim comes across some of Pam's potential wedding bands. Till Death Do Us Rock? I really hope there is such a band in existence. It's sort of odd that Jim sparked interest in the wedding, since two seconds later we find out that he talked up his own plans -- transfer plans -- with Jan because he didn't see a future for himself at the Scranton branch. In "Conflict Resoultion," we discovered that Kevin was in a band. Apparently they are one of the candidates to play Pam's wedding -- and Roy gives them the gig without consulting her.

Plans for Casino Night start to unravel, which includes Michael's plans for fire-eaters in the warehouse -- the paper warehouse. After inviting Jan to attend the night's festivities, he also invites Carol, his realtor (played by real-life Mrs. Steve Carell, Nancy Walls). So now, Michael sort of has two dates -- although neither has really acknowledged him as such. Of course, he ends up embarrassing himself, and Dwight being his wingman didn't even have anything to do with it.

Despite her typical chilly demeanor towards Michael, Jan didn't appear too happy about the whole situation. Even more surprising, Carol does acknowledge it as a "date."

A new character appeared tonight: Billy. Not sure who he is, what he does or if he will be back, but he certainly had a purpose: He was the catalyst that allowed Michael to show off what an ass he can be. He managed to insult the guy's girlfriend and call him out as a handicapped individual in a mere matter of minutes.

A few other tidbits from the night:
• Creed apparently is a thief and has no problem admitting it.
• He's also never owned a refrigerator.
• Jim is really good at cards -- at least when he's playing Dwight.
• Dwight kissed Angela in public, prompting a slap -- and it wasn't even on the lips.
• Kevin is sort of a poker semi-pro. Maybe more like a semi, semi-pro.

Pam and Jim have the big season-end, heart-to-heart talk -- and finally he tells her that he loves her. For some reason, she can't deal with it. But why? Roy? Ugh. You have got to be kidding me. So Jim leaves all heartbroken, although he must have seen that as a possibility. What I didn't see as a possibility was the big kiss at the end. Wow wee.

He wasn't the only one that left all bummed though. Jan was equally as sad, which also leaves me puzzled. -- Rachel Cericola

Posted by Rachel Cericola on May 11, 2006 10:07 PM
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I love this friggin' show.

I'm also convinced "The Office" is one of the greatest shows in TV history. Yes. History. It's drop-dead hilarious, but the ensemble can seamlessly switch into drama without missing a beat. The only show I can think of that pulled a similar manuever was "M*A*S*H," but that show tended to encapsulate its drama and its comedy in single episodes; there wasn't a lot of mixing (that I can remember -- it's been a long time since I saw "M*A*S*H"). Tonight's episode of "The Office" managed to work pure comedy *and* heartfelt drama into the same episode. It was *stunning*.

And because I'm a big softie, I sincerely hope Jim and Pam end up together ;) I also hope "The Office" just lets it happen. I think this show is good enough to survive without the ongoing "will they or won't they?" tension, so it'd be amazing to simply let their relationship occur (and let them be happy) and continue to build the comedy week in and week out.

Or maybe I'm just a wuss.

-- Posted by: mac at May 11, 2006 10:17 PM

My wife is going to kill me. Somehow I messed up the DVR which was set to tape the season finale of "The Office" so she missed the show and is beside herself. If anyone taped it on VHS or a DVD and wants to sell me a copy, please advise. Pleeeaaassseeeee.

-- Posted by: Ed at May 11, 2006 11:01 PM

Ed: You can probably find it on iTunes starting tomorrow... check it out!

-- Posted by: Rachel at May 11, 2006 11:23 PM

Or if you'd prefer a nice HD copy from one of your "friends" out in cyberspace, you can download the show via BitTorrent. . . try a site like - it was a great season ender, hopefully you'll get to see it!

-- Posted by: David at May 11, 2006 11:35 PM

Not only is the office a hysterical comedy, but it manages to be a well done show. The ensemble is amazing, the story lines are genius, and the filming is unique and brilliant. Maybe I'm just a wuss but I totally teared up when Jim told Pam he loved her, and I definately did a HUGE happy dance when he kissed her in the end!! What is horrible is I have to wait so long for the next season!!

-- Posted by: katy at May 12, 2006 10:50 AM

You are obviously not that big of an Office fan - Billy was the guy in 'The Injury' episode (the episode when Michael burns his foot in a George Foreman grill). Michael calls him into the office to talk about disabilities. Billy is the manager of the office park.

-- Posted by: Andrew at May 12, 2006 11:40 AM

Oh I do remember that now... thanks for reminding me.

As far as my not being a "big fan," sorry I don't live up to your psycho-fan standards.

-- Posted by: Rachel at May 12, 2006 11:43 AM

I didn't mean to sound like a 'psycho-fan' but I just feel like if you are going to write about a show, especially a season finale on a site like you should at least pay attention to what went on earlier in the season.

-- Posted by: Andrew at May 12, 2006 11:50 AM

Andrew: Um... I am the editor of I will make sure to reprimand myself later this afternoon. I'll even schedule a meeting.

-- Posted by: Rachel at May 12, 2006 11:55 AM

Let's clear something up here. Who's the psycho fan?

The one who watches the show and pays attention to who the characters are or the one who actually watches the show and WRITES AN EPISODE SYNOPSIS ONLINE?

Really now? Not to be all up on your case...but seriously.

-- Posted by: Joe at May 12, 2006 11:59 AM

Andrew, Rachel (why is it that every Rachel I know is so hypersensitive?): I know how we can settle this.


Let me just pull out my "Mediator's Toolchest" here....

Ah, here it is. Which style of conflict should we opt for? There's A: Lose-Lose; B: Win-Lose; C: Compromise D: Win-Win; and E: Win-Win-WIN.

What we're going to do is have Andrew print out this episode synopsis as a tee-shirt. That way, Rachel can read her post, but Andrew never has to.


-- Posted by: Joe at May 12, 2006 12:04 PM

"Cannnn you feeeeel the loooooove toniiiiiight ..."

Let's all hold hands and admit something: We're all kind of psycho about this show because the show is so friggin good. I, for one, don't mind being labeled as an office psycho.

Wait. Check that. Uh. I don't mind being labeled as a Psycho Fan of "The Office."

Office psycho might not look too good on a review ;)

So can we all just get along now? Please? Psychos unite? -- Mac

-- Posted by: mac at May 12, 2006 12:08 PM

Rachel, you're the editor?! You should fire yourself.

Just kidding, no hard feelings. I'm just glad I was able to point a flaw in your article. I take blogs very seriously. VERY seriously. I find them more credible than most newspapers.


-- Posted by: Andrew at May 12, 2006 12:09 PM

Mac, why are you the way that you are?

Honestly, every time I try to do something fun, or exciting... you make it not...that...way.

I much...about the things that you choose to be....

How's that for psycho fan?

-- Posted by: Joe at May 12, 2006 12:15 PM

Joe, I am your Toby ;)

-- Posted by: mac at May 12, 2006 12:18 PM

Well I'm glad we got that awkward atmosphere out of this thread. Haha. Everyone is welcome here. Except you Toby. Get out.

-- Posted by: Joe at May 12, 2006 12:30 PM

Joe, if you'd like to file a formal complaint, you're welcome to swing by around 4 p.m. Dwight had to cancel his standing appointment, so my schedule is open.

-- Posted by: mac at May 12, 2006 12:33 PM

No, I don't need to file a formal complaint, I'm just saying that you tried to kiss me and I really think we should all just talk about it.

-- Posted by: Joe at May 12, 2006 12:38 PM

Oh and by the way Mac thank you for that post since it reminded me that today is FRIDAAAAY. I am so over this week at work.

-- Posted by: Joe at May 12, 2006 12:39 PM

You redact that Joe! You redact that right now! ;)

Okay, I'm done now. If I don't get some work done my business is going to crumble ...

-- Posted by: mac at May 12, 2006 12:44 PM

Does anyone have the sexual harrasment episode on DVD or VHS I would like to buy and if other episodes are on the tape or dvd that would be great. But I exspecially need the Sexual Harrasment episode I believe it was the 2 episode of the 2nd season

-- Posted by: Zac at May 17, 2006 10:32 AM

You can buy that episode on iTunes for $1.99!

-- Posted by: Rachel at May 17, 2006 2:29 PM

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