You knew it was going to happen sometime: the status
went back to quo
last night on The Office
. But, as far as ends getting tied off cleanly, "Broke" was an inspired episode, full of tension, suspense, and yes, humor. And Michael finally got to stick it to everyone, as a threatened Dunder-Mifflin had no better choice than to offer the Michael Scott Paper Company a buy-out.
In a rare moment of seeing the big picture, AND using the correct metaphor to describe it ("Wouldn't you rather have a fishing pole than a fish?"), Michael successfully negotiated the $60,000 buy-out into a multi-million dollar deal to get his old job back, plus a sales position for Pam, a job for the disgraced Ryan, and even Charles Miner tossed out of Scranton.
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The final moment of the episode was deservedly triumphant, as Michael,
foot to desk, silently flaunted his stuff, and Jim gave his signature
point-and-smirk, in a sort of salute to this day, when Michael Scott
showed everyone that this
idiot savant is a bit less idiot, and a bit more savant.
It was especially great to see a rarely glorious conclusion for Michael, since "Broke" was directed by Steve Carell. Under his hand what could have been a frustratingly straightforward wrap-up of the MSPC storyline became an outstanding vehicle for real character-driven comedy, at the end of one of The Office
's most successful arcs to date.
With three episodes left this season on The Office
, most major elements are back in their rightful place, but we do have some important questions to tackle, such as:How and when will Holly return?
How will Jim deal with Pam's new role as a salesperson?
Will Ryan sit next to Kelly, and will their "romance" rekindle?
Will we see Charles Miner again? We're led to assume that he's not fired... just relocated.
Stray observations/Best Quotes:
- "Ever since I've gotten clean, there's something about fresh morning air that just really makes me sick." - Ryan
- "Boner patrol! Arrest that man! Your donuts make me go nuts!" - Michael to Jim
- "Come along, afterthought." - Dwight
- I want the Dwight "Idiot" ringtone. Special shout-out to anyone who can point me in the right direction...
- The MSPC accountant made me LOL when he "crunched" the numbers again by hitting enter on his Excel document, just to get Michael off his back.
- "When a child gets behind the wheel of a car and runs into a tree, you don't blame the child. He didn't know any better. You blame the 30-year-old woman who got in the passenger seat and said, 'Drive kid. I trust you.' " - Pam
- "Did I ever tell you about the day that Steve Martin died?" - Michael "Steve martin's not dead, Michael." - Pam "I know. But I always thought that the day that he died would be the worst day of my life. But I was wrong. It's this." - Michael
- "I will see you titans of industry upstairs." - Jim "Yes well, we are not only tight ends, we are also quarterbacks." - Michael
- I didn't quite "buy" that Charles would ignore Dwight's tip about the MSPC being broke because of his stupid bee ideas, but I did love how Jim has such perfect knowledge of Dwight's weaknesses that he can take him out in any situation. This week: by challenging his detective skills. "You don't "crack" a case. That has a pejorative connotation, like calling a policeman a cop." - Dwight
- Phrase I plan to incorporate into conversation this week: "Well, well, well... how the turntables..." - Michael
- Funnier, the Harder You Think About It of the week: "I don't care if Ryan murdered his entire family, he is like a son to me." - Michael
- That's What She Said of the week: "Our balls are in your court." - Michael
- YES! Moment of the Week: When Michael tells Charles, "No. No. You're done," in a perfect echo of what Charles said to him after Michael quit.
-Meghan Carlson, BuddyTV Staff WriterImage courtesy of NBC