The Office, NBC, Airs Thursdays 9/8c

Episode: “New Boss” (Season 5, Episode 18)

Synopsis: Just as Michael (Steve Carell) is about to ring in his anniversary with Dunder Mifflin, he meets his new boss.

Review: Barack Obama was on Jay Leno recently but it was The Office that brought about change that we can believe in by bringing in new regional manager Charles Minor (Idris Elba). His no nonsense attitude is the perfect catalyst to set Michael Scott off, and set him off he did. There are a few things you can’t push Michael on and one of them is the Party Planning Committee. A man has to have principles, you know?

Minor’s presence in the Scranton office exposed the absolute foolishness of the workers there. It was a brilliant stroke in how the episode made Jim look like a complete fool. Usually we see Dwight (Rainn Wilson) begging for the acknowledgment of his superiors. It was just as funny seeing Jim (John Krasinski) put in that position to be ridiculed. We were a bit ticked at Pam for not being supportive of Jim after he was made to look like a fool in front of Minor. Actually there have been a few times this season where Pam (Jenna Fischer) has acted a bit out of her sugar sweet character. Maybe the writers are just tired of playing her the same way.

Angela (Angela Kinsey) and Kelly’s (Mindy Kaling) desperate attempts to win Minor’s favor were hilarious. Calling him a Black George Clooney is one example of that and only proves how effective the introduction of one character can offer all those around him or her a purpose.

The climax of the episode was one of the most shocking we have seen on The Office and had us looking at Michael in a new light. We could only dream to tell a boss we’re quitting by saying, “You have no idea how high I can fly.” Will Michael actually quit? Our money is on the negative. What would this show be like without Steve Carell? Maybe they could have him quit for a bit and show how high or low he sinks. The show may be a day care, which makes sense if you think of how childish the Scranton branch behaves, but this show is Steve Carell’s baby. Without him to feed it, the rest of the show would be lost.

New Boss is one of the highlights of the five season we have seen in the American version of the show. The Office is proving that it can sustain itself, never easy to do on a comedy sitcom that is known for upping the ante every week. It’s even harder to do on a live-action show. South Park, Family Guy and The Simpsons can do it because their characters are stuck in time. Everyone involved with The Office deserves credit for continuing to bring hilarious and entertaining content. We can’t wait to see what happens next.

Up Next Week: Michael’s relationship with the new vice president becomes increasingly tense, as Michael finds an excuse to goof off even more than usual. Meanwhile, Pam faces the challenge of a new copier and Kelly develops a crush.

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