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The Office (US)


Reviews: 57
Brilliant.Rating: 5 likes, 0 dislikes
I love this show to death, mainly because each of the characters reminds me of someone at my own office. In every office there’s always the older guy who’s been there forever, yet no one knows exactly what he does; the mother-figure always bringing in baked goods; the uptight one who always looks angry at everything; the student temp; someone who’s always a little hung over from the night before; the quirky boss with odd motivational techniques; the secret inter-office romance that everyone knows about but acts oblivious to; and the Dwight. Every office has that one person with the off-beat comments, the constant sucking up, and the behavior that makes everyone’s life miserable.

The series portrays each of these personalities so accurate that it’s easy to forget it’s a scripted show, not a reality series. The set that’s used for the series is perfect too – the fluorescent lighting that does no one justice, the little desk areas, the break room – it all makes me feel right at work.

It’s hard to explain how this show makes you think about different topics, but every episode has a bigger story to it, despite Michael’s very politically incorrect and/or sexist and/or racist comments he makes every episode. But despite his off-color comments, you can’t help but love him. Through it all he truly tries to be a good boss and truly cares about his employees … maybe a bit too much at times.

And who doesn’t love the Pam-Jim scenes? You can’t help but root for those little lovebirds.

If you haven’t seen The Office, check it out. There’s no doubt it’s the best half-hour of comedy on TV.

Review posted on Thursday, September 13th 2007 at 6:58 pm


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The Office Season 5 Episode 24 Review by Connie No...Rating: 2 likes, 0 dislikes
The Office Season 5 Episode 24 “Casual Friday” Review by Connie Norberg

Kevin Malone begins our hilarious episode with his “Kevins Famous Chili” as he walks into the building with his very big pot of homemade chili. With the elevators out of order, he is forced to walk the chili all the way to the office. Unfortunately, he doesn’t make it far before it spills onto the carpeted floor. So he looks around for something to scoop it up with and put back into the pot. Using 2 folders, he slops the now contaminated chili back into the pot, while falling directly into the spill; his suit is covered in chili.

Meanwhile, Michael Scott holds a conference in hopes that he receives some sort of apology from the sales staff since he is sour about them turning their back on him when he needed sales people for his paper company. Without directly asking for an apology, the staff does not know why he is holding the meeting. He never receives the apology he was looking for.

Phyllis Lapin and Pam Beesley discover they are both wearing the same shirt so, Pam comments that Phyllis has great taste. But because Phyllis is mad about Pam stealing her clients, her response was, “close your mouth sweetie, you look like a trout.’

Angela Martin decides that she is so disgusted by seeing Oscar Martinez’s feet, she frantically and hysterically asks Toby Flenderson to confront him about it. And she screams to him, “Do your job!” as she walks out of his office.

Dwight Schrute decides to phone Andy Bernard to have him call the rest of the sales staff to a secret conference, with the exception of Pam Beesley and Ryan Howard.

Dwight Schrute decides that something must be done to get back their clients from Pam Beesley and Ryan Howard. Jim understands that they are all upset over losing their clients to Pam Beesley and Ryan Howard, so he suggests they just confront Michael Scott about it. But they all insist they receive revenge. So, Jim Halpert refuses to be involved. Instead, he gives the heads-up to Michael Scott, personally to inform him of a possible “mutiny forming in the warehouse right now.” This is giving Michael a challenge so he puts them to the test.

As they return, Michael Scott confronts them by asking them where they went for lunch. Their reply was “At a restaurant.” But Andy Bernard comically embellishes his lie by telling Michael Scott he had a “Salmon Salad with water, no ice. I was going to get a soda, but the waitress talked me out of it. Her name was Flo, she had black hair.” So Michael insists they must not be hungry for the food they brought to work, sitting in the refrigerator. And with that, Michael Scott begins to open the refrigerator, handing Pam Beesley and Ryan Howard their food. While they eat it in front of them, you could clearly see Stanley Hudson, Andy Bernard, Phyllis Lapin and Dwight Schrute sweating regret.

Toby Flenderson decides to confront Meredith Palmer for her very short dress she is wearing by asking her to “Pull it down a little bit.” But as she arguably pulls it down, her left breast is exposed so one of the coworkers calls out, “Meredith, your boob is out!” Continuing on to argue, she pulls the dress up even further and another coworker calls out, “Damn it Meredith, where are your panties!?” Her reply was simply put, “its casual day!” After disgusting the staff, she then continues to walk over to the printer while slightly bending over to retrieve some paperwork, her derrière is exposed.

Dwight Schrute finally confronts Michael Scott insisting, “Michael, we want our clients back!” But Michael wants an apology from them first. Dwight Schrute insists he will quit if he does not get his clients back. But instead Michael Scott realizes that they are the ones who deserve the apology and later decides to give them back all of their clients. This meaning, he has to now fire Pam Beesley or Ryan Howard since there is not enough clients for them. His decision wasn’t easy so he confides in Jim Halpert for help. Jim offers the “pros and cons” to help decide. Later, Michael Scott decides to keep Pam, but not before he fake fires her! After she figures it out and is relieved, Michael Scott asks Pam Beesley, as she is walking out of his office to have the new receptionist Erin, so he can fake fire her!

Review posted on Monday, May 4th 2009 at 4:27 am

Classification: Scripted
Genre: Comedy
Status: Ended
Network: NBC ( USA)
Airs: Thursdays at 09:00 pm
Runtime: 30 Minutes
Premiere: March 24, 2005
Ended: May 16, 2013
Episode Order: 24
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