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The Office: The Merger

”office_jimpam.jpg"This week, Stamford and Scranton finally became one. All I say can is: More Dwight and Andy action!

Andy kicked off the episode by stealing Josh's computer, and ended the night by stealing Dwight's thunder. (Although who won the fight at the end of the episode? It's hard to figure out which one is the Dwight-iest.)

See, Andy plans to suck his way up the ladder. In other words, he wants to out-Dwight Dwight. He even got a smile out of Angela, which no one else in the office has ever been able to do. Ever. Of course, he is always thinking "one step ahead like a carpenter... who makes stairs."

Not to say that Dwight didn't have his moments tonight. After all, he does have speed that ranks "somewhere between a snake and a mongoose and a panther."

Angela notwithstanding, Michael is the only one that seems to buy into Andy's BS. The two rejoice by rocking like a hurricane to "What is Love?" Of course, that little impromptu performance can't hold a candle to the classic Michael and Dwight video "Lazy Scranton."

Of the other new people, I can't see anyone outlasting Karen and Andy -- or at least getting as much screen time. I mean Hannah? Does the office really need another Angela? Not that I am against breastfeeding or pumping at the office, but how about picking a conference room honey? I am not sure how she could pump in front of Creed anyway. I guess she was not aware of his creepiness -- although now she has a daily reminder on his screensaver.

Pam started the episode giddy with excitement. Of course, with all of the Stamford people, Jim also returns. Sadly, after the big hug hello, he blew her off for most of the day only to tell her that he started seeing someone. Did he mean Karen? Part of me thinks he is planning to start something up with Karen. On the other hand, he might just be protecting himself from more Pam heartbreak.

In the end, Michael managed to bring everyone together. The staff bonded over their feelings of how insane he is. And how sad is it that Michael hung out with the lunch lady in grade school? As dopey as he is, you just have to feel for the guy.

On a personal note: I can't imagine anyone moving across state lines for a job at a paper company. Granted, this is a hilarious paper company, but still…

And did anyone notice the Staples commercial -- for the exact shredder that Kevin was freaking out about (and making salad with)? I might have to add that thing to my Christmas wish list. -- Rachel Cericola

Posted by Rachel Cericola on November 16, 2006 10:06 PM
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I saw the Staples shredder commercial. I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me. I didn't really care for that manipulating bit of product placement...kinda took me out of the moment. I guess they know that people are fast-forwarding through the commercials so why not put the commercial in the show.

I really liked the Jim and Andy interchange...who reports to whom (Assistant Regional Manager vs. Director of Regional Sales)? I know it's not July, but can fireworks be far behind?

And what about the interchange between Ryan and Jim when Jim put his coat and bag on his old desk, which is now Ryan's desk? After Jim removed his stuff, Ryan said something like, "Jim's a nice guy. That's why it's my desk" meaning that Ryan was more willing to "fight" for it than Jim. Methinks our little temp has come far...thanks to Dwight's training regimen?

And where does Jim sit? I thought he was going to be second-in-command? Shouldn't he have an office? Or maybe that was just going to be under the Josh regine? How priceless would it be if Dwight and Andy have to report to Jim? Please o please o please...

-- Posted by: ransomjackson at November 17, 2006 8:58 AM

Ransom: It looks like your dream is coming true... I mean, at the end, Michael announced that Jim was second-in-command. It was kind of funny because all Andy and Dwight cared about was who was third-in-command (!) instead of the fact that they both had to report to Jim.

And I thought the same thing about Jim having his own office.

-- Posted by: Rachel at November 17, 2006 9:54 AM

Thanks for that. I had set my VCR to record Earl and Office forgetting that they were extended episodes so I didn't get to see the last 20 minutes of Office.

Majorly bummed out am I.

Also, did you catch the scene when they were all in the conference room for Michael's Unification Celebration and Jim wanted a piece of gum and Karen was oh-so-quick to give him one? Pam's worried/jealous glance as she watched this go down (you missed it if you blinked) was very telling.

And when Karen was setting up her voicemail and Jim was critiquing her message telling her, "You're Italian, use it." He was definitely spending more quality time with her than with Pam.

The claws are coming out...

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