With the Florida storyline wrapped up,”The Office” now has the whole ensemble back in Scranton, where Nellie shows up angling for Andy’s job. He’s down in Florida trying to close out the weekly ‘Andy Loves Erin’ segment of the show. Catherine Tate and James Spader deliver the comedy hits in the Rain Wilson-directed “Get the Girl” episode, which is uneven, but shines in enough spots to make it enjoyable.

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The Players:

  • Director: Rainn Wilson
  • Writers: Charlie Grandy
  • 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: “Get the Girl”

With the Sabre store debacle a memory, Nellie shows up in Scranton and tries to claim Andy’s job. Speaking of Andy, he drives down to Florida to win back Erin.

The Good:

  • Chumbo: Nellie referring to Kevin as Chumbo was good. Jim explaining the possible origins of the name Chumbo was better.
  • Erin/Andy: So it’s done. Andy and Erin are back together. The storyline was just okay for me, but they both had some charming/funny moments.
  • Robert: Happy to see Robert California back for a full episode. And Spader did not disappoint. The nature vs. sexual metaphor option conversation with Jim was great, as was his quote: ‘sometimes the flowers arrange themselves.’
  • Rainn: The talented Rainn Wilson had double-duty as director for “Get the Girl” and his usual Dwight awesomeness. “Those who can’t farm, farm celery.”
  • Kevin: Yep, a hot tub party is the bet way to get to know someone. The sad face about Tinkerbell dying was also a prime Kevin moment.
  • Creed: His “I’ll sue” line to Dwight was a good one.
  • Cold Open: I liked the sad/happy balloon open. They continue to spin out solid openers.

The Bad:

  • Nellie: As much as I liked the Nellie storyline, it fizzled a little toward the end. I was tired of listening to Nellie by the close of the episode.

Overall:

Robert California’s return added a spark, as well did Nellie’s commandeering of the manager position. And then we had the finale of the Andy-Erin storyline, which ended in a way we all knew would happen. And that’s cool. They make a quirky couple.

The ensemble did fine work, with funny moments all around, even if for most of the cast they were brief.

I laughed. I chuckled. I was bored here and there. Just another typical experience with The Office this season. No word on certain cast members re-upping for next season, so the writers have some room to maneuver in terms of crafting plots for the end of the season. Or maybe it’s all been written, regardless if Jim or Andy return. Mindy Kaling’s Kelly Kapoor is probably good as gone, so we’ll see how they wrap her character in the coming weeks.

All-in-all, not a bad episode. There have been worse. And this is another one I will re-watch later and probably like better the second time around.

 

Rating: 7/10

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

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