Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The Office: Is Anyone Else Concerned About the Post-Super Bowl Episode?

Yeah, it has Jack Black, Cloris Leachman, and Jessica Alba.

Yeah, Give Me My Remote raved about the episode, saying it was a delightful throwback to season two.

Yeah, the cast has been going on and on about it.

You know what I think? I think y'all said the same thing about "Dinner Party." And that episode was terrible. You know what else was terrible? Last week's episode, "Prince Family Paper." I suppose it's possible that they poured so much funny into "Stress Relief" (airing Sunday) that they didn't have any left over for its predecessor, but I'm doubtful that they can take such a huge leap from craptastic (no seriously, I never even cracked a smile) to comedic brilliance in a mere ten day turnaround.

The clips I've seen aren't very funny, although then again, the clips I saw for "Weight Loss" weren't funny, either.

The Jam storyline seems to be promising, though.

From what I can piece together...

Pam's dad shows up to tell her that he and her mom are splitting up.

Pam is pretty upset, and Jim tries to cheer her up by watching bootleg movies (?). But Andy is the only one who knows how this works, so they have to deal with Andy (?).

The breakup of Pam's parents makes Pam question her relationship with Jim (if Mom and Dad can't make it work, how are Jim and I supposed to do it?), but Jim is wonderful and reassuring.

And then Jim and Pam elope. (Okay, I made that one up.)

I promise not to forget that both Alias's "Phase One" and Grey's Anatomy's "It's the End of the World" were post-Super Bowl episodes and they lived up to some very high expectations. I refuse, however, to stop questioning why NBC chose The Office and not 30 Rock for this spot.

5 Responses to “The Office: Is Anyone Else Concerned About the Post-Super Bowl Episode?”

Alli said...

Maybe because the Office has done hourlong episodes in the past, and someone thought the post-Superbowl slot would be a bad time for 30 Rock to start? (On the other hand, Tina Fey can seem to do no wrong recently, so maybe not.)

I'd kind of love to see them elope, for the characters' sake--or at least pretend to elope and simply not invite any of their co-workers to the wedding. I mean, after what went down at Phyllis and Bob Vance's wedding, would you want Michael Scott anywhere near your reception hall?

Caroline Carter said...

I was really pulling for a reveal that, during the Andy/Angela/Dwight fiasco, Jim and Pam had taken advantage of the distraction and quietly gotten married. Of course, there would be home video footage, so we wouldn't be too disappointed.

And I was thinking about it, and I haven't really been crazy about most of TO's hourlongs. I think the perfect length is supersize, like "Casino Night." It keeps the story concise, but lets the awkward pauses breathe. An hour is usually just too long. Maybe they should've done an Office/30 Rock back-to-back extravaganza!

Alli said...

Or send Liz home to Pennsylvania again, with Jack tagging along, and have them stranded paperless in the wilds of Scranton only wishing they had Joe Biden/Jason Sudeikis around...

Or "The Office Goes on a Field Trip to the set of a *REAL* TV show."

Caroline Carter said...

OR Floyd (Jason Sudeikis) is Jim's third brother, who's super-nice and handsome, unlike the others.

Alli said...

Sold. As long as Joe Biden still gets a cameo.