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The Office: Manager and Salesman - Review

Michael is trying to confirm his hotel reservation for the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, which he made three years ago. After the customer service woman says she can't find the reservation, Dwight tracks it down. The woman apologizes, right before Michael announces he was only calling to to cancel the reservation. Classic Michael.

Sabre executive Jo Bennett (Kathy Bates) is coming to visit the Scranton branch after her company recently bought Dunder-Mifflin.

"She bought us sight unseen, like a mail-order bride"- Michael

Kathy Bates is so perfect for this role- a Southern firecracker with some aggressive overtones, someone who, for once in this company's history, won't take the usual crap and stupidity.

Right away, she sees Jim and Michael are doing half a job. Where were you on that one, David Wallace? Michael thinks he should stay manager, with Jim returning to sales, as he notes that there are two types of people, "those who ain't, and those who are knee-high on a grasshopper? Which type ain't you ain't? Y'all come back now."

Pam figures out Jim could make more money as a salesman, anyway, so Jim decides to "let" Michael have it. That is, until Michael finds out the same thing, and Jo decides to make Jim manager.

Dwight decides it's time to take action, and asks Ryan to help get revenge. Ryan's idea is to re-enact "Saw." Offffffff course it is.

"I might start a diabolical plot against him after this one." - Dwight

Michael has a tough time adjusting to sales. Phyllis' sulfur smell overwhelms him, for instance, and Erin no longer is at his service. He and Jim agree to switch back.

In the subplot:
Andy wants to make a move on Erin by giving her a Valentine's Day card, but, so as not to appear overeager, he gives everyone a card (actually, he gives Meredith a paper cut). Erin loves her card, even the smell of it.

"It's Roger Federer for Men. I sprayed some in there." - Andy

Andy was dumb, though, and gave Kelly a romantic card and Erin a friend card. Erin is now convinced Kelly is the one for him. What's a guy gotta do to get these two together?!?!

"If I got that card, we'd be in the bathroom doing it... right... nowwww" - Meredith

Andy has to send an e-mail out to everyone not to misinterpret his cards, but he can't admit he likes Erin. This is like a middle school dance.

Dwight Good: The show finally appears back on a track it hasn't touched since before Christmas. Michael was goofy but lovable, Jim wasn't too snobby, and the staff got in some great one-liners (Meredith!).

Having Jim back as a salesman should do wonders to restore his image, as I think a lot of people were growing weary of co-manager Jim. And Kathy Bates adds some life to the show, too. Good stuff. They could have cut out the Dwight/Ryan ordeal, however, and not be missing much. Ryan is so strange on this show now, like his style and mannerisms don't fit in with the flow of the show. And Dwight seems narrowed down to a person who only thinks about getting back at Jim- he isn't into romance anymore, he doesn't seem to care about sales, and he's got to interest in his beet farm. It's getting a little one-track.

Nice touches:

  • The photos of Jo with Nancy Pelosi and Truman Capote

  • Kelly assuming her card from Andy means he likes her, despite the fact she thought he was gay

  • The great danes licking Andy's crotch nonstop

Best quotes:
"They love a good crotch" - Jo Bennett

"Don't try to cut my throat" - Meredith

"Truman Capote and I slept with three of the same guys" - Jo Bennett

"I can't go near a cigarette now without thinking of a penis... and vice versa" - Michael

What did you think? Leave a comment, and vote in the poll...And follow me on Twitter @officetvfodder

Posted by Andy Shaw on February 11, 2010 11:14 PM
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