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Saturday, February 5, 2011

The Office- The Search recap/Review

Photo credit to jeffedoe.
You said you wanted more detailed recaps from us? Try this one. Bones, however, will remain short.

The episode began with Kelly and Ryan coming out to announce that they were getting a divorce after a week of secret marriage (and Ryan crying about it). Kelly threw her ring on the floor, and Meredith cried, “Free ring!” and dove for it. The ex-couple claimed that they didn’t want anyone in the office to take sides and that it was completely amicable. The office asked them questions, and Ryan said, “I’m not getting married until everyone else can get married.” We love that The Office made fun of this wishy-washy, pointless stance. If some man-ho doesn’t get married, it doesn’t help gays. One of us kind of wants gay marriage to happen just so that Brad Pitt has to marry Angeline. Such a cop-out. Anyway, Oscar was onboard with us and told Ryan that it was ok with gays if he got married. More arguing ensued, and then Ryan and Kelly decided they did want the office to take sides. No one in the office supported either of them. The opening credits started. The Office’s opening scenes have been a little useless lately (no offense to Ricky Gervais), and we thought this was a funny step up. It was typical of Ryan and Kelly to do this and typical for the office to ignore them as usual. (We almost wrote “typical for the office to blow them off as usual,” but with the fandom that comes with this show, we knew we would be risking a huge “That’s What She Said” comment.)

Michael met Holly in the kitchen and asked when they were going to get back together, since she and A.J. broke up. Holly moaned about how she didn’t want to continue a pattern of dating co-workers, and we raised our eyebrows. We know that the show wants us to think that Holly and Michael are in love and meant for each other, but Holly sure seems like she doesn’t care to be with Michael. We thought it would be hard for us to believe it if they got back together. She dumped him in the first place, because of long distance. Meh. Jim told Pam that he had done something to one of her doodles and hinted that he put it on the refrigerator. Then he had to leave for a sales call with Michael. Even though the sale was successful, Michael was still upset. He tried to get Jim to argue about Holly with him, and when Jim didn’t say anything, Michael whined, “Ok, let’s talk about you, like always. How’s sex after a baby.” Jim turned the music on. Michael griped that he had to pee, even though they were only ten minutes away from the office building. Jim pulled into a gas station, and Michael got out, leaving his phone and wallet in Jim’s car. While Michael was peeing, Jim got a call that said Pam’s mom had locked baby CeCe in her car, and CeCe had a fever. Jim panicked and ditched Michael to go help his baby. He called the office to tell them where Michael was, and he also told a stranger at the gas station to tell Michael what had happened. The stranger just took off. An employee at the gas station told Michael that he had been ditched. The mean documentary crew did not tell Michael what happened. They just followed him.

Holly prepared to go rescue Michael, and Erin wanted to come with her, because she thinks Holly ruins Michael’s life and sucks. Dwight didn’t think much of either of them. He said, "Space Orphan and Princess Nincompoop are off to rescue Michael…you drive, I’ve got a car full of fox meat.” So the three set off to get their boss. At the gas station, Holly asked the cashier which direction Michael took as he walked away (or “about.” Was that a LOST reference?). Dwight mocked Holly for asking that, when it would only be logical for Michael to walk toward the office. But Holly thought Michael would walk in the direction of a good-smelling bakery, and the cashier confirmed that she was right. Michael, meanwhile, had wandered into the pet store. He gave love advice to the puppies, asked it of the parrots, and to the snake he said something like, “You’re disgusting. No one will ever love you. Bleck.” Michael then went to a hot dog stand and tried to give them vendor his watch as collateral for a hot dog. Then he just tried to get a free hot dog. This didn’t work, so he went to a Chinese restaurant. He tried to dine and ditch, but he felt bad and went back in to tell the owner that he would come back later that night and pay. The owner was angry (“you dined so MUCH”) and took a picture of Michael holding a sign that said, “THIEF.” The Chinese man put it on his wall of shame for thieves. We saw that Creed had his own picture on the wall. Meredith should have had one too.

Pam had gone to the fridge and found that people had been writing captions under her doodle that made fun of Sabre printers. She went out to the office and proposed a caption contest. She made a new drawing of two dogs in pants, standing on a little island with a palm tree. Gabe was concerned about his own pride, so he told the gang that they couldn’t make fun of Sabre and they couldn’t make any pop-culture reference, because some people (Gabe) wouldn’t understand them and would be left out. He also said that they had to write the captions of new Sabre post-its. These rules sent everyone to their computers to IM Pam the real captions. They put the new Sabre post-its on Gabe’s back (one of them said, “DOOSH” and since stupid Erin wasn’t there, we are going to have to assume that was Kevin). Gabe got a hold of the list of captions because Phyllis doesn’t know how to use a computer. He read them out loud, and they were ok. The winner was, surprise, Angela, with “Is that a palm tree, or did Gabe get skinnier? Either way, let's pee on it."

Dwight and Erin were starting to realize that Holly and Michael have the same brain. She led them to the Chinese restaurant and then to the top of a tall building where they finally found Michael. Actually, Dwight had ditched the women by then. Holly got up there first. Michael saw Holly and told her that he missed her. Holly confessed that she missed Michael too. Michael asked if he could kiss Holly, and Holly said yes. Michael kissed the crap out of her. Erin emerged onto the roof and saw them. Her glee at seeing Michael happy overcame her dislike of Holly, and Erin smiled.

We enjoyed this episode, even though it wasn’t the show’s best. As nice as it is to see Holly and Michael get together, we really didn’t want an ending to Michael’s story where he rides off into the sunset, happy. We wanted something darker, funnier, and more interesting. We aren’t really believing that Holly likes him again after all this time of blowing him off in favor of A.J. And where the flip has Jim been for the past two episodes. He shows up for like two minutes and then departs. Is there something going on with the actor? He used to be one of the best characters on the show, and now he is just criminally underused. Does becoming a dad make you not want to pull pranks anymore? Try telling that to this blogger’s dad.

Episode Grade: B


  1. Whoa. That IS detailed! I'm all over the Holly and Michael thing, and I thought this was a cute way to get them together again. I do think, though, that they (the producers, that is) may have rushed it just a bit because of Steve Carell's imminent departure, but don't you think it was going to be inevitable? From Holly's perspective, I can see her previously pushing Michael away and being cold to him because she was trying to be faithful to her (failing) relationship with AJ, which she probably saw as a more realistic relationship (she did live with him, after all). It makes me like her better, actually. What do you think?

    Also, I'm like 90% sure that John Krasinski is/was doing post-production on a movie, hence his strange absence.

  2. We guess it makes more sense if you look at Holly that way. And we don't think John Krasinski's movie career is ever going to happen. He should stop.

  3. Agree! He's married to Emily Blunt. That should be enough for him.

  4. He's good as a cute side character. He doesn't have the charisma to pull off a movie career where he has a primary or secondary role.