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The Office: Initiation

”office-initiation.jpg"Quickest opening ever: Dwight is trying to trip Ryan up with brain teasers. Little does he realize that Ryan actually has a brain. Is Ryan the new Jim in Dwight's life? Read on...

But first, Jan needs to know what Michael does all day. Instead of pointing out his work accomplishments, he informs her of something equally impressive: He slept with his girlfriend. Not exactly the part of the day she was curious about -- although it did seem to piss her off. As punishment, she asks Pam to keep tabs on what Michael does. His first task of the day included a "Cosby Impression."

Michael's next task was to get a free soft pretzel in the lobby. Of course, the line is incredibly long, since they are making ONE AT A TIME. However, that doesn't seem to deter him.

Also, we finally found something that makes Stanley smile: Pretzel day. He even high-fived Michael when they called out Phyllis for trying to cut in line. A high-five from Stanley is like gold!

Why Pam tries to help out Michael is beyond me. Maybe she is afraid of getting a worse boss? Anyway, she offers to stand in line for Michael while he gets work done. However, he can't trust her with his order. How could he? Did anyone catch all 18 of those toppings? One would think that list would inspire the tummy-ache-to-end-all-tummy-aches. Instead, it hopped up Michael like a 4-year-old on Pixie Sticks. It also put him into a sugar coma by the afternoon.

The Karen/Jim flirtation continues. This time he stole her chair only to leave her with one that squeaks. I have sat in such a chair. Oh the agony! If that wasn't bad enough, he had to put the Cardigans in her head (love me, love me, say that you love me…). Andy rocking out to Jim's rendition was priceless. Even better: His office-killing-spree-styled response when he discovered that he now was the not-so-proud owner of one squeaky chair.

The best plotline of the show (and possibly ever) has paired Dwight and Ryan for sales calls. However, Dwight doesn't want to take Ryan to see clients; he wants to mold him into the anti-Jim so he can join the "Dwight Army of Champions." How many people think this is a very small army? However, I do see a great opportunity for T-shirts.

As part of the initiation, Dwight takes Ryan out to Schrute farm, where he hands him (or Ryan takes from him) a beet seed that Ryan needs to plant. This is where Dwight informs him, "Just as you have planted your seed in the ground, I am going to plant my seed in you." Then Dwight proceeds to drive off. If I were Ryan, I would have been happy.

They do catch up with each other, which is great. Otherwise, we never would have been introduced to Mose! Mose is Dwight's cousin and best friend (although he is willing to dump him for Ryan). He lives on the farm, and apparently made his own "FEAR" T-shirt using some type of colored tape.

Instead of wrestling "FEAR," Ryan walks away from Dwight. However, the two make peace over Mose’s basket of eggs (which get whipped at Axelrod after they get turned down for business), fat-back bacon, some strange carving -- and later on, beers.

After all that, the Pam/Jim interaction was a big letdown ... sort of like the first episode of this season. Don't get me wrong: Every episode is a gem that should be cherished! However, I am sick of the commercials playing up the Pam/Jim angle. They should have played up the Ryan/Dwight angle more. That is a couple that I am very interested in. -- Rachel Cericola

Posted by Rachel Cericola on October 20, 2006 12:48 PM
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Two words:


-- Posted by: mac at October 20, 2006 5:19 PM

Another favorite moment ...

When Ryan grabs an egg and unloads at the Axlerod building, Dwight shouts:


-- Posted by: mac at October 20, 2006 5:37 PM

I think that this was the best episode so far. I laughed so much!

Just when I think that Dwight couldn't get any creepier....

-- Posted by: Sibia at October 21, 2006 8:53 PM

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