After last week’s likable enough debut, The Office looks to establish some comedy consistency in week two, which features a storyline that should provide a few good laughs: Pam and Jim attend Roy’s wedding.

Check below for the full review…

The Players:

  • Director: Matt Sohn
  • Writers: Allison Silverman
  • Cast: Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, Ed Helms, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Creed Bratton, Ellie Kemper, Angela Kinsey, Paul Lieberstein, Oscar Nuñez, Craig Robinson, Phyllis Smith, Clark Duke, Jake Lacy, B.J. Novak

Episode Title: “Roy’s Wedding”

Pam and Jim attend Roy’s wedding, which leads to some questions about their relationship. Meanwhile, Clark is looking to cozy up next to Erin, while Nellie and Dwight do office battle.

The Good:

  • Chore Wheel: Yes, it should definitely spin!  And Kevin yelling ‘big money!’ was great. Actually, the cold open was the best part of the episode. Seriously.
  • Roy, The Return: Good to see Roy. If anything it brings back fond memories of early Office. Also, gravel. Who knew?!
  • Piano Man: It was a short sequence, but Roy sitting down at the piano to bust out Billy Joel’s “She’s Gotta Way” was pretty awesome. Pam’s reaction was also good.
  • Clark Duke: Watching Clark put the moves on Erin via a fake newscaster job is both creepy and funny, so it’s a win-win for the night. His disappointment when Andy shows up with Erin is hilarious.
  • Pete Quote: “No, Clark is not my friend. He’s the douche that sits next to me in the office” It’s all in the fine delivery from new cast member Jake Lacy.
  • Dwight: His, “The nanny state is over!” line was a highlight of an otherwise blah storyline with Nellie.
  • Secrets and Lies: Jim keeping his new job from Pam is doing its part in adding doubt in Pam’s mind. The Oscar-Angela-Senator plot remains interesting, even when it’s touched on in passing, as was the case in this episode.
  • Phyllis: Phyllis and hubby Bob going at it at Jim and Pam’s table during Roy’s wedding party is marked as a highlight.
  • Hmmm….: Does the scene with Erin and Pete in the diner mean something is possibly in the cards for a romance? Just sayin’….
  • Best Line: Meridith wins the night – again! – with: “I’d take that mustache ride.” Speaking of Walter Cronkite, of course.

The Bad:

  • Nellie: She managed to make Dwight a non-factor, which is saying something. The storyline yielded a humorous moment or two, but then it just hit the wall with all that big knife/Taliban stuff.
  • Wedding Blues: One would have hoped for much more action from Roy’s wedding. It seemed like the prime setting for some comedy. It did help push along the ‘Jim and Pam: Love In Crisis (Kinda)’ storyline, but Roy’s wedding was over far too soon.

Overall:

Anyone who left the show for dead years ago won’t exactly regret their decision if they happened to view the latest episode. ‘Just okay’ about sums it up: some humorous moments scattered throughout, but too many story sequences either lost steam (Clark/Erin), or went nowhere from the start (Nellie/Dwight). The ensemble can always be counted on to score funny points here and there (specifically Creed in this episode), but there weren’t enough of those to make “Roy’s Wedding” a fun celebration.

Rating: 6/10

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

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