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A little bit of a darker episode, sans Michael's very entertaining subplot. The use of Darryl and Toby always brightens up an episode.
The darker episodes keep the show grounded in reality, but unlike in the British counterpart, don't make it better. If the British "Office" was about the despair and futility of the office, then the American version is about the little moments of hope within that structure.


Enough with that. Pam and Jim take center stage, obviously, as they each question a lot of assumptions. Namely, Jim's relationship with Dwight and Pam, Pam's idea that she was progressing with her life, and the idea that somehow the two of them are OK.
Let's face it, JAM hasn't been right since "The Secret," which was more than a year ago. But after the initial responses of Pam trying to accommodate Jim's impossible crush and Jim's smart, if meek, decision to leave, it's degenerated into a hurtful, harmful relationship that leaves both of them taciturn, paranoid, reacting to their own (often incorrect) perceptions and without any communication skills. Yes, they weren't always the best verbally, but they had an understanding and ability to read each other. That's gone.

To root for them is to root against either of them doing something with their lives, at this stage. That's not to say their door is closed, but quite frankly, Pam is single for a reason, and Jim would be a fool to rid himself of Karen, who prevents him from being a near shut-in a la Pam.

When that changes, they'll change.

The rest of the cast, for the moments they got, did an excellent job. Angela has become more well-rounded than perhaps even the writers thought possible, and all the credit should go to Angela Kinsey and the chemistry her and Rainn Wilson have. Plus, she's the hottest uptight religious girl ever (no Ann from "AD," that's for sure).

The JAM thing drags on, at times, but it's fine as long as the rest of the show runs at its wacky, manic pace. The other relationships (the Ryan and Kelly thing -- wow, poor Toby) provide a nice counterweight. And while Jan isn't completely believable in her eccentricities, she manages to sell the genuine conflicted attraction to Michael, who, of course, sells the notion that he's a 10-year-old boy in his thinking.

Good stuff, if a little overplayed. Season's almost over, and maybe Rashida Jones' time. Interesting few weeks ahead.


1 Responses to “"The Office": Negotiation”

  1. # Blogger Cory


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    Cory Humes  

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