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Oct. 8, 2006

Carell warrants an "Office" party

by Eve Gleichman, Online Editor-in-Chief
Dunder Mifflin Paper Company Regional Manager Michael Scott (Steve Carrell) is incorrigible. He offends his workers, throws terrible office parties and thinks he's hilarious all the while. And truth be told, Michael's complete ignorance may leave you cringing a lot more in a half hour than you ever have. Luckily, viewers have the support of Scott's equally bewildered eight-person staff, all of whom make their boss, and in turn this show, one of the funniest hits NBC has ever spit out.
This season, Dwight (Rainn Wilson) schemes to take over Dunder Mifflin Paper Company.
This season, Dwight (Rainn Wilson) schemes to take over Dunder Mifflin Paper Company.

This season, Michael wants to make sure he's seen as the "PC Boss." When he outs worker Oscar (Oscar Nunez) to the entire staff and promptly calls a meeting to discuss Oscar's orientation in the oh-so-beloved conference room, Oscar nearly leaves the branch in a fit of outrage. Meanwhile, Dwight (Rainn Wilson), Michael's power-hungry right-hand-man accompanies Michael, with the help of a "gaydar" purchased online from Sharper Image, on a hunt for any other possible gay workers at Dunder Mifflin.

On the sidelines, everyone's favorite sales rep, Jim (John Krasinski), still has feelings for Pam (Jenna Fischer) the receptionist, whose wedding to the much-less-likeable warehouse worker, Roy, is set for June. And even though we were all rooting for Pam and Jim to act on their impulses, Jim ends things by moving branches, leaving behind Scranton and (tear!) Pam.

But don't think this office romance is enough to make the show any heavier. Dwight's antics to take over the branch and Michael's constant schemes to get his office to celebrate his existence are enough to keep you in stitches the whole half hour.

"The Office" airs on Thursday nights at 8:30 on NBC

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  • 24601 on October 8, 2006 at 7:58 PM
    I love this show, I wish I had more time to watch it, but what I've seen of this is fantastic.

    Good review also, short and to the point.
  • Michael Scott on October 8, 2006 at 9:55 PM
    "I believe lincoln once said, if you are a racist, I will attack you with the north"
  • person on October 9, 2006 at 3:10 AM
    the british version is better. and original.
  • (View Email) on October 9, 2006 at 3:39 PM
    actually pam and roy arent engaged anymore. but if they did get married her name would be pam anderson... what an excellent show
  • heressomequalitytv on October 9, 2006 at 10:25 PM
    oh god, this show is truly hilarious. very accurate review.
    "it's not really a ride sir, it's a coal shaft!"
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