After last week’s misstep, to put it nicely, “The Office” showed it could rebound with the best of them, offering up a very funny episode that not only brought us Pam back to the office, but also sets up some interesting story lines for the remainder of the season.

Check below for the complete review…

The Players:

  • Director: David Rogers
  • Writers: Amelie Gillete
  • Cast: Rainn Wilson, James Spader, John Krasinski, B.J. Novak, Jenna Fischer, Ed Helms, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Creed Bratton, Mindy Kaling, Ellie Kemper, Angela Kinsey, Paul Lieberstein, Oscar Nuñez, Craig Robinson, Phyllis Smith

Episode: “Special Project”

Dwight heads to Florida for a Sabre special project and he’s determined to take key staffers with him.

The Good:

  • Cold Open: Nothing like a funny opening to help wash away the memories of last week’s crap. Right out of the gate, it was as if the writers/cast wanted to show the fans they still got it! Between Angela and Pam it worked perfectly. All the right glances and pauses and one-liners – all packed into a solid cold open. That open was better than some full episodes this season.
  • Dwight: Funny again/as usual. The gig in Florida as Special Project Manager is right in his wheel house. Also, Dwight apparently ‘cannot be tantalized.’ The writers served up Dwight with some good material in this episode. The team meeting about the perils of Florida was particularly funny. The photo of Casey Anthony on the wall collage was a nice touch.
  • Kathy the Temp-tress: They have been dropping hints all season, but now we gt to see what this devil woman has in store for Jim in Florida. And why is she even still working at the office now that Pam is back? The whole thing has a “Brothers & Sisters” – ish feel to it (boy did I not like that show!), but my faith is in the holy union of Jim and Pam. They will overcome whatever this office strumpet is up to.
  • Jim: Nice to have you back. He did nothing super special, but I thought the texts to Robert California sub-plot was actually funny.
  • Erin: Her ‘good-bye’ to Andy was sad, considering he has no idea she has no intention of returning to Scranton. A quick, tender moment that stood out in the episode.
  • Stanley: Stanley Hudson decked out in pink cabana-wear? Um, yes and yes!
  • Ryan: The Power Point presentation was damn funny, as was his instructions to Kelly to put his jacket back on his chair.

The Bad:

  • Val & Dwight: I just do not care about this story line. I’m more clear on it, which helps, but I just cannot get excited about watching the narrative unfold. Also, Val likes to knit.


So, it looks like we’re off to Florida. There could be some good comedy mined from this detour south, so I am ready for whatever the writers’ have in store.

We have Erin, who is potentially never to return from Florida, and then there’s Kathy. The mysterious Kathy. They have been teasing us ever-so subtly the last few episodes, and now it looks like we will see what Kathy the Temp/Slut has up her sleeve. Are the writers really going to get all melodrama on us and do something that might potentially cause a right between Jim and Pam? Jammer?!


Anyway… the set-up episode leading up to the Florida story arc was good. After last week’s wretched episode, it was nice to see things fall back into place. There was a nice rhythm throughout “Special Project”, highlighted by some first-rate ensemble work. I was engaged from start to finish. I also felt the entire cast was put to good use, providing quick shots of humor from scene to scene.

Great comeback by “The Office.”

Rating: 8/10

“The Office” airs on NBC at 9pm (ET/PT) on Thursday nights.

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