Someone totally did something uncool to Pam’s mural. And that means it’s revenge time on The Office in the episode titled “Vandalism.”

Check below for the full review…

The Players:

  • Director: Lee Kirk
  • Writers: Owen Ellickson
  • 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: “Vandalism”

Pam enlists Dwight and Nellie to help her track down the vandal who defaced her mural. Also, Darryl has difficulty dealing with the cleanliness habits of Jim in their shared Philly apartment.

The Good:

  • Welcome to the Boomtown: Boom Guy Brian is back, whooping ass on any man who tries to hurt Pam. His scene with Pam at the close was short and sweet. It was wild to see Pam start to realize that this guy digs her – hard. When he told Pam to call him, does this mean she already has his number? How? Did they fool around way back when or something? C’mon?!
  • Kevin: His line about being alone with the money was funny, as was his cut the crap moment after the party to tell the senator what a terrible guy he is.
  • The Whole Wash It / Rinse It Thing: This plot actually worked and delivered some good scenes between Jim, apparently a slob, and Darryl, who likes to put his name on everything. Their argument, especially about the five-pound bag of flour, was funny.
  • Pam: There is some serious build-up happening with Pam and what she knows, and will know, about Brian the Boom Guy and his feelings. Vandalism plot was just okay, but Pam did have some choice scenes.
  • Dwight: If there’s anything he hates worse than art, it’s crime.
  • Nate: Really enjoying this character, especially that he’s realizing gum is getting mintier.
  • Best Moment: When Brian taps Pam on the head with the Boom mic. Are you kidding me?! Too charming for words!
  • Best Line: Darryl: “What happened to all my Tavis Smileys’?”
  • Best Line II: Kevin: “Opening with puff pastries? That’s a bold play.”

The Bad:

  • Angela: We all feel bad for her son, right? Bad mom!

Overall:

The moment when Pam gets bumped – ever so gently! – on the head with the boom microphone was a highlight, along with her scene with Brian, holder of said boom mic, at the end. Here we see his feelings for Pam shine through – and also where we see Pam realize this, or perhaps realize she has some feelings as well. This is all very soapy, but it does add spice to the final handful of episodes.  No way in hell Pam and Jim don’t end up together, right?

 

Rating: 7/10

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

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