TV Review: The Office 5.1 – Weight Loss

The Office: Weight Loss

The Office, NBC, Airs Thursday 9/8c

Episode: ‘Weight Loss” (Season 5, Episode 1)

Spoiler Warning: If you have not seen this week’s episode of The Office, this recap does contain some spoilers.

Synopsis: The Scranton gang competes in a company weight loss contest with hopes of winning three days vacation. Andy (Ed Helms) plans his wedding with Angela (Angela Kinsey), meanwhile Angela and Dwight (Rainn Wilson) do the dirty in the warehouse. Pam (Jenna Fischer) leaves for a three month design program in New York, prompting Jim (John Krasinski) to finally propose to her.

Review: Now THIS is what the premiere of last season should have been more like. Following a wave of success that came with a countless amount of Emmy nominations, season four felt a little flat. A lot of this, in my opinion, can be attributed to the writers’ decision to make Jim and Pam an item. The term jump the shark came out of my mouth more than once and I wondered if anybody on the writing staff had watched the nosedive Frasier did after they hooked Niles and Daphne up. It’s a simple formula. No conflict = no real reason to watch. But the season 4 finale introduced potential love interest for Michael and a renewed secret relationship between Dwight and Angela.

The season five premiere is a case of The Office getting their groove back. The beauty of the show lies in the awkward moments, many obviously improvised, and there was plenty of awkwardness to go around. Ryan (B.J. Novak) has come crawling back after his embarrassing drug scandal to find Kelly (Mindy Kaling) dating Darryl (Craig Robinson). Now if only we can get Creed and Phyllis to hook up!

Now that Jim and Pam are engaged it will be interesting to see whether the show can find the resolve to keep our interest. I havde always been a person that believes the build up is the best part of a story, not the climax. Watch any great horror film and you’ll know what I am talking about. Michael’s seemingly non-stop revolving love triangle is always good for laughs, so look for The Office to amp that up.

Steve Carell and Rainn Wilson have stepped away from film projects and come back to the platform they are best in. And as much as I love John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer on the big screen as well, there’s no matching the chemistry they have between each other on the show. Let’s be real, this cast is a million times more talented than the one America fell in love, Friends, but none have made the box-office splash they had probably intended. It will happen but until then, as University of Texas football coach once said, dance with the one who brung ya. Yay, Austin bias.

Up Next Week: The NBC site doesn’t have a bio up for next week, so we are going to take a guess that relationship issues will grow for Michael and pretty much everyone on the show.

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Did you see the season premiere of The Office? What did you think?

Adam Sweeney has a background in journalism, having spent 4 years on the Lone Star Lutheran as an Opinions and Arts & Entertainment columnist. He graduated in May 2008 from Texas Lutheran University with a Dramatic Media degree and hopes to become a filmmaker/journalist/radio host/actor extraordinaire. He also writes film and play scripts and figures if Good Luck Chuck can make it to the big screen then why can't he? He can also be read at as a feature writer on all things basketball, and his personal blog covers everything from politics to why Keira Knightley is looking more like Jack Skellington every day. (

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