TV Review: The Office – Broke


The Office, NBC, Airs Thursday 9/8c

Episode: “Broke” (Season 5, Episode 23)

Synopsis: 10 major clients are moving over to the Michael Scott Paper Company, and the Dunder Mifflin looks to stop the bleeding by buying out MSPC.

Review: David beat Goliath. How often do we get to see this?

I’m starting to think that Michael (Steve Carell) is as clutch as Michael Jordan. In MSPC’s darkest hour, he hit the shot. When David countered with a 60,000 dollar offer, Michael’s face was priceless, and may or may not have been exactly the same face as I made at the end of my prom night escapade. Okay, I didn’t go to prom. Michael’s successful negotiating reflects what America needs right now, a return to principles. It’s not always about money, unless you want a government bailout. Then it is.

Broke showed the challenges that both small and big businesses are having in today’s market in a small amount of time. It also had a few one-liners that made me spit on my screen from laughing so hard. That’s a bad thing for my computer but a good thing for my heart.

Did anyone else see the attempted buyout on Michael’s company coming the moment that the funny man defected? It doesn’t mean there is a flaw in the writing, far from it. It just shows us that we have become hyper-aware of how big businesses work. Corporate America, your greedy predictability has taught us well.

How misguided must Charles (Idris Elba) be that he thinks Dwight (Rainn Wilson) is the heir apparent? I mean there’s nothing better to get back clients than unleashing a bee attack on your opponent, but somehow I think Jim (John Krasinski) is a better fit to be an assistant. I am happy to know that The Case of the Beet Bandit was solved though. Whew.

It’s sad to see Pam (Jenna Fischer) get turned down by Wal-Mart after making such an impulsive decision. But what can you do in this economy?

Now that Michael, Ryan (B.J. Novak) and Pam have put their balls back into the Dunder Mifflin’s court, we can focus on the Scranton branch again. In most cases, I would be frustrated to see a story run around in a complete circle for part of the season, but The Office pulled it off.

Up Next Week: Michael has to mediate a dispute within his new sales team. Meanwhile, trouble brews in the office when several employees take the term “casual” Fridays too loosely.

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Did you catch this week’s episode of The Office? If so, 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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