Andy returns to The Office this week with (newly reacquired) girlfriend Erin, only to find Nellie firmly entrenched in his office as branch manager. Comedy ensues. Well, enough comedy to power the latest episode with funny one-liners and great work from the ensemble cast. We even get a sexed-up Robert California appearance – always a plus.

The Players:

  • Director: Claire Scanlon
  • Writers: Justin Spitzer
  • Cast: Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, James Spader, 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: “Angry Andy”

Andy’s job – and manhood – are called into question as he returns with Erin to Scranton.

The Good:

  • Kelly: If the show returns next season there’s a good chance Kelly will be gone. She shined with some funny lines in the episode. She had to choose between Happy and Drama. I think we can all agree she chose wisely.
  • Ryan: B.J. Novak had one of his best episodes ever as Ryan, in my opinion. He was blessed with some damn good dialogue that had me smiling throughout.
  • Sexy Robert: Well, sexy is debatable, but the man is all about the S-E-X. His wanting more sexual stories during the staff meeting was great. His burning lust for Nellie even better.
  • Gabe: Nice to see Gabe back, even if briefly. His line about Erin not liking sex was a highlight for me. The entire impotence (not ‘importance’) meeting was well done and delivered some nice laughs.
  • Flounders: Dwight says they can experience impotence, which I did not know, but I laughed when he said it.
  • Intro: I thought Erin and Andy’s song and dance entrance was good. I guess we’re all happy they are back together. Right?
  • Cold: I actually had this in the Bad section for awhile, but after further review I decided I liked it.
  • Dwight: It’s nice to know Dwight has  no issues down in the engine room. Mr. Eiffel Tower, we’ll call him. And here’s a quick nod to Phylis’ endless orgasm.

The Bad:

  • Andy: Wall bashing Andy returns. And it gets his ass fired. The entire storyline didn’t sizzle for me. Maybe it is time for Ed Helms to say goodbye.
  • Nellie: I liked her more this week than last week, but something is off. Her character, at times, feels forced, which is annoying! But Nellie does provide a laugh or two.

Overall:

Andy is out. So does his firing mean Ed Helms is not planning on returning next season? Or does he slide back into the manager’s chair before the season wraps up?

They Ryan-Kelly material was the highlight for me, with Pam doing solid work (with Jim) to show Kelly it’s time to break from her crack addiction that is Ryan. Seriously, Ryan was on fire. Bravo to the writers. He was on a horse, professing his love… kinda, maybe… can’t be too sure.

Andy’s return to the office, along with his anger issues was okay. He and Erin’s office meltdown didn’t wow me, but when Andy picked up the phone to tell his dad to go to hell and that he is taller was awesome. The impotence meeting provided nice laughs due to the great work from the ensemble cast.

It wasn’t a home run episode, but good enough in all the right places. But the Ryan-Kelly stuff I give a 10/10.

Rating: 7/10

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

What did you think of last night’s episode?