The first of back-to-back episodes of The Office this week, “Junior Salesman” provides a return of some familiar faces from Dwight’s circle of friends who stop by to interview for the sale rep position.

Check below for the full review…

The Players:

  • Director: David Rogers
  • Writers: Carrie Kemper
  • 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, Andy Buckley, Chris Diamantopoulos

Episode Title: “Junior Salesman”

Looking for a new sales rep, Dwight must choose between his friends and Clark.

The Good:

  • Cold Open: Meredith’s “Boom me” line was great. It was a good open primarily because it was so different from any other cold open during the series.
  • Rolf: He had a terrific line (see below) and his interview segment was very funny. He also yells at a rabbit.
  • Dwight, Designer: His designs (summer, winter, jungle and formal) for Dunder-Mifflin uniforms was very funny.
  • Chris Diamantopoulos: Handsome Boom Operator Brian and his loving gaze at Pam gets a nod in the ‘good’ section tonight. Best part of the show.
  • Friends: Dwight’s friends provided most of the laughs, and it was good to see Mose back in action – and lying about his working at Dow Chemical.
  • Trevor: “Can I take a 20 on that? Maybe circle back around to it?” Good stuff! Love when he asks Dwight if he validates and hands him a bus transfer.
  • Jim: Dropped a Florence and the Machine reference into the funny conversation with Clark, which was nice.
  • Clark: Totally holds his own versus Dwight as he jockeys for the sales rep gig. Also, a wintergreen man, and a Dove man.
  • Best Line: Rolf: “I hope you like Norwegian Black Metal, because I don’t do ear-buds.”

The Bad:

  • Nellie: They could have not had her in the episode and it would have been just fine.
  • Wallace: There was this thing with Jim set to ask David Wallace about investing in his new start-up. He does, he gets denied, and that’s it. It was almost unnecessary. Jim’s phone does ring right after the call so maybe Wallace is calling back, but still, it was a goofy sub-plot.

Overall:

The Boom Guy Loves Pam! Yep, Brian on the Boom is in love with Pam. Now that the documentary crew is in play, we start to see the relationships that have formed through their years of filming the Scranton crew. The interview segments with Dwight’s kooky friends were funny, but the big takeaway from “Junior Salesman” is the shot of Brian gazing at Pam like a puppy dog in love. No doubt the producers are going to ram this Pam and Jim on the Rocks thing until the end. It’s not like the show can become Brothers & Sisters all of a sudden can it? Bad reference, yes, but still, how much TV drama can fans of ‘Jammer’ take?

 

Rating: 7/10

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

What did you think of tonight’s episode?