The Office: Employee Transfer

The Office, NBC, Airs Thursdays 9/8c

Episode: “Employee Transfer” (Season 5, Episode 6)

Synopsis: Holly (Amy Ryan) and Michael (Steve Carell) take the long trip to Nashua after they get some shocking news from corporate.

Review: Okay, let’s start by saying that Creed (Creed Bratton) makes a bad ass Joker. Dwight, (Rainn Wilson) on the other hand, reminds me way too much of this creepy kid I went to college with. There’s a fine line we walk when imitating Heath Ledger, something to consider when dressing up for Halloween, Rejects.

“Employee Transfer” taught us many lessons that we probably could have figured out on our own, but are much funnier having an image to go with them. For example, a 7 hour car ride with Michael Scott is as infuriating as watching Tyra Banks in Halloween Resurrection, Andy( Ed Helms) is a complete ass, and the only difference physically between Charlie Chaplin and Adolf Hitler is a hat. “It’s the little things,” I always say.

The strength of the episode came, not surprisingly, in the road trip Michael, Holly, and Craig (Darryl Philbin) took to move Holly following her transfer. There is nothing more entertaining than a man that is desperate not to lose his girlfriend. We haven’t seen this much crying since Heidi dumped Spencer in season one of The Hill … I mean … did anybody watch porn last night in honor of Porn Week, our tribute to the release of Kevin Smith’s Zack and Miri Make a Porno. Give me a second, I have to check how many chest hairs I have. I’m just that manly. Okay, now that I have compensated for my MTV reality show addiction, it was sad to see Holly and Michael break up. But on the bright side it makes us perfect so far on our The Office dating gambling pool. Another one bites the dust. Hmm, who to replace them? Michael and Craig did mention they hadn’t broken up yet …

I know I am going to hear some differing thoughts, which I always enjoy, but Andy and Dwight’s showdowns aren’t nearly as hilarious as the ones that exist between Dwight and Jim. It’s like watching Rocky fight Thunderlips after going toe-to-toe with Apollo Creed. Their hearts don’t seem to be in it as much, although I never usually pass on a chance to see a guy named Thunderlips fight. Now, let’s pair him up with Donkeylips from the Nickelodeon classic “Salute Your Shorts”. You’re probably saying, “where is he going with this tangent?” The point is that if I get so bored with one of the show’s relationships that I start making Hulk Hogan in feather boa references, then it is time for the show to go back to the drawing board.

If we’re not going to continue some sort of conflict between Pam (Jenna Fischer) and Jim (Jonathan Krasinski) it is better to just bring her back to Scranton. My friends and I are trying to figure out why they made her leave to begin with. it hasn’t really propelled the story in any way. One of my friends speculated that Jenna Fischer was pregnant but that doesn’t seem to be the case. Maybe B.J. Novak just wanted some face time? I have no clue but it’s time to make something happen with that part of the story.

Overall, “Employee Transfer” may have been the weakest episode of season five. It’s a testament to the fact that the show is better when all the characters are contained in the confines of Dunder Mifflin. To paraphrase a commercial, “what’s funny in Dunder Mifflin stays in Dunder Mifflin.”

Up Next Week: Dwight and Jim are shocked when they receive the results of an annual customer survey report. Pam and Jim decide they want to spend every minute together using their blue tooth phones. Meanwhile, Angela and Andy pick an unusual location for their wedding.

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Did you see the The Office this week? If so, what did you think?


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