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The Office, NBC, Airs Thursdays 9/8c

Episode: “Lecture Circuit: Part 2? (Season 5, Episode 15)

Synopsis: Michael (Steve Carell) takes his lecture circuit up to Nashua to see Holly (Amy Ryan). Angela (Angela Kinsey) takes her love of cats to a whole new level. Dwight (Rainn Wilson) and Jim (John Krasinski) prove they know how to get a party started with the quickness.

Review: A wise singer in an unbelievably obnoxious ballad once said that love hurts. Who knew that he looking into the future and observing the romantic equivalent of white water rafting for the insatiably romantic, Michael Scott. Alas, matters of the heart are not always uplifting or pretty, and we all handle them differently. Some accept that their old flames have moved on with a tender goodbye. Others melt down like a nuclear power plant. Michael is that courageous man.

The second half of Lecture Circuit was an exercise in absurdity as many of the Scranton crew raised the stakes in attempts to get a laugh. The lessons learned are:

1) Michael is the worst boss ever and will clearly never be fired, no matter what crap he pulls. We know the show is a comedy not necessarily grounded in reality, but you have to be somewhat true to life. He wields a chainsaw and there are no repercussions? Seriously? If a show is about the ridicule of the routine of office work, you have to show us there is a limit to what the characters we relate to.

2) There is trouble in paradise. As we prepare for Valentine’s Day, we were extremely disappointed not to see Holly in the episode. We’re also bit shocked that she latched on to a new boyfriend so quickly. We did get to see Michael confront the new beau and see an extended amount of time Michael spends with her sweater. So there’s that … We hate to go back to it, but Michael is turning out to be a very sick man, and it is reasonable to ask the question as to how he moved up the corporate ladder.

3) Jim and Dwight are the best party planning committee ever. As impractical as it seems, the “Sleep or TV” theme of Kelly’s (Mindy Kaling) party makes perfect sense. Think about it. The most mundane choices seem to become the biggest delights as you go into the work field. Hell, last year at college I learned the rapture that is the in-between class nap. So while Dwight always goes overboard, he has his ear to the pulse of what makes the ordinary business world content. Laziness and shutting your brain off.

One last thought. Is there anything funnier than cat ladies? Seriously, if you were to take the best comedic stereotypes wouldn’t Cat Lady have to be one of them? Angela took her affection for the feline persuasion to a level unseen since the Egyptians were building pyramids. We were wary of Angela before, now we are absolutely scared … and maybe a bit curious as to what goes on behind closed doors with her. Who the hell licks their cat? (If you do, please don’t tell us. It will kill the illusion of normalcy.)

The Office has held our sense of humor hostage for quite some time, and this episode was serious about bringing the laughs. Our counter-demand it that We demand Holly to return in the next episode. Bring it Dunder Mifflin. We dare you.

Up Next Week: The office park hosts a blood drive. Things will certainly get messy.

Read More: Office Recaps

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