The Office, NBC, Airs Thursdays 9/8c
Episode: “Dream Team” (Season 5, Episode 20)
Synopsis: Michael (Steve Carell) looks to assemble a team of stud salespeople that can make his company competitive.
Review: After giving us a break from the town of Scranton, The Office came back with a double dose of comedy, and the episodes couldn’t have mirrored each other more.
Greatness often comes from humble beginnings. At least that is what I would tell Michael Scott, up until he crossed his legs in a robe and showed his balls to me. These are the challenges Pam (Jenna Fischer) had to deal with in the episode. Now that the honeymoon period of leaving Dunder Mifflin has worn off, the two set out to make the dream a reality. About that …
Things couldn’t have started out worse for Michael and Pam. Michael’s grandmother turned down on investing in the company, his old friend Vikram bounced on him and he found out that his neighborhood wouldn’t allow him to run the paper company out of his condo. The only employee he could land was Ryan (B.J. Novak), who Michael’s bromance for can’t be explained in the English language. It still wasn’t enough to make Michael quit.
As the Michael Scott Paper Company was eating humble pie, Jim (John Krasinski) followed Andy’s (Ed Helms) lead in kissing Charles’ (Idris Elba) ass by pretending he could kick ass on the soccer field. One of the funniest moments came when Charles booted a soccer ball right into Phyllis’ (Phyllis Smith) face. I am still wondering how many takes it took to make that shot work, or was it through the brilliance of CG.
With Pam ready to bail, realizing how idealistic and impulsive her abandonment of Dunder Mifflin was, Michael took her under his wing and gave her just enough encouragement to keep her going. The trio of Michael, Pam and Ryan moved into their new digs, a closet right outside the office of Dunder Mifflin, and the company’s first day was over.
Dream Team continued the success of season five, which is probably tied with my second favorite season, as the second season respectfully has yet to be matched.
Episode: “Michael Scott Paper Company” (Season 5, Episode 21)
If you wanted to know the outcome of Michael Scott Paper Company, you can take Michael’s support of Pam and reverse it. The end. Okay, the episode overall can’t be reduce to that, but the situation in Michael’s company could.
Michael, Pam and Ryan bickered to no end as they were confined in the smallest office space known to man. Some moments were funny. Others missed a bit. We were absolutely shocked that Ryan would rate Pam a 6 in New York terms. But that’s the essence of Ryan, a total success in douchebaggery. That’s a new word you can use, by the way.
Jim continued to struggle working under Charles, having no idea what the boss meant when asking for a rundown. To be honest, I’m still not sure what Charles was looking for. The point is that Jim is in unfamiliar waters now that he doesn’t have a boss that looks to him as the go to guy.
Andy and Dwight’s (Rainn Wilson) new found friendship was hysterical, only matched by the ridiculous behavior they showed when trying to both court the new secretary, Kelly. A new Kelly, not Kelly Kapoor (Mindy Kaling), who Kevin (Brian Baumgartner) said has a boy’s middle name.
It was only a matter of time before Pam, the only reasonable employee of MPPC, would come looking for her old job back. Charles bluntly turned her down in every way possible, and Pam returned to Michael. Things worked out in the end as Pam made her first sale. Still, you wonder if drama will come about if and when Michael finds out Pam tried to leave the company.
Both episodes were satisfying and open the door for a heated rivalry between Dunder Mifflin and Michael Scott Paper Company. The best guess, in my opinion, is that Dunder Mifflin eventually tries to buy out the fledgling company. But who knows?
Read More: Office Recaps
Did you watch the two episodes of The Office? What were your favorite parts?