TV Review: The Office – Heavy Competition


The Office, NBC, Airs Thursdays 9/8c

Episode: “Heavy Competition” (Season 5, Episode 22)

Synopsis: Dwight (Rainn Wilson) crosses over to Charles Miner’s (Idris Elba) way of doing business, and Michael (Steve Carell) looks to avenge the betrayal.

Review: So it has come to this. The master, Michael, has been betrayed by the apprentice, cowardly Sir Dwight . We knew that Dwight was a suck-up, but did anyone ever think we would see the day that Dwight would double-cross Michael? Okay, yes we did. Hell yes we did. Who could forget the time he made a pancake smattered proposal to take Michael’s job? That didn’t work out well and we’re hoping this little backstabbing attempt doesn’t either.

Why was there not a line by Michael after the betrayal that went something like, “Et tu Schrute-us?” Maybe it’s a bit too highbrow for Michael. Hmm.

Carell and Wilson’s chemistry and timing in the episode was flawless, and we were literally holding our sides as the two matched their dim wits against each other.

Heavy Competition also taught us that the Michael Scott Paper Company would kick our asses in a cheese puff catching competition. When the trio of Michael, Ryan (B.J. Novak) and Pam (Jenna Fischer) went for a triple toss, well we were just a bit misty eyed. Give us a moment, please?

We’re actually starting to care about Andy (Ed Helms). There’s something sad about a guy who is trying to sabotage a perfect relationship between Jim (John Krasinski) and Pam in order to start a bromance. Jim took his mockery of Andy to a whole new level, but was there for Andy in the end. Heartbreaks hurt. We all know this. But Andy will jump back on that horse and be singing a new song in that magical voice of his soon enough.

The Office is moving into season 2 territory again. There, I said it. I know it’s high praise but the way they have moved the story forward this season and turned the typical Scranton dynamics on their head makes this season one of the best that has come out of the Dunder Mifflin branch. The battle between Dunder Mifflin and the MSPC is beginning. Like Michael said, it is one that can only be rivaled by the Civil War. Let’s hope this one has less bloodshed and more laughs, though I did hear that the Battle of Vicksburg was hysterical. Who doesn’t love a good “You’re shooting your cannonballs in my mouth” joke?

Up Next Week: Michael’s new company struggles to make early morning deliveries while the office tries to get their expense reports in on time after Angela (Angela Kinsey) enforces Dunder Mifflin’s policy.

Did you see the Heavy Competition between Michael and Dwight? Who will win in this showdown?

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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