It’s a super-sized episode of The Office this week, as the Jon Favreau-directed “Moving On” focuses on Pam visiting Philly, and a heartbroken Andy trying to cope with life without Erin.

Check below for the full review…

The Players:

  • Director: Jon Favreau
  • Writers: Graham Wagner
  • 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: “Moving On”

Andy copes with the realities of returning to work; Pam applies for a job in Philly.

The Good:

  • Office Dinner: One of the very few redeeming moments from the episode was Jim and Pam’s dinner. Pam’s admission of not wanting to live in Philly and be part of Jim’s new start-up business life, countered with Jim’s surprise and disappointment (sadness?), further keeps everyone guessing about what will happen between the couple as the shows closes.
  • Bob Odenkirk: He dropped a “Kids in the Hall” reference. This was one of the few moments during his Michael Scott routine that stood out. Also, the “I’m going to do Dylan” guitar part was also humorous. The whole thing dragged on too long but it did have merit.
  • Gabe: He returned, and he was amusing. Love the tiny desk he set up by Erin.
  • Kevin: His wave to Alice as she walked past him was funny.
  • Jim’s Headset: Sad to write that the scene featuring Jim’s headset is a highlight.
  • Pete: Stepping into a leading role, Pete did quite well.
  • Clark: Enjoyed when he offers Pete a hundred dollars to wear Andy’s sweater to work.
  • Documentary: The documentary is finally going to air. Still not sure if this just means watching highlights of classic moments, or if the producers have something else in mind when the staff is finally able to watch the footage.

The Bad:

  • Andy: Could not be anymore annoying and useless. Too bad David Wallace did not fire him. Unlikable is the only way to describe the character these days.
  • Angela/Dwight: Two awesome characters, one very sub-par storyline. Their kiss/moment at the close was sweet, but that’s it.
  • Toby: Toby is always good for a laugh here and there, but this Scranton Strangler thing is so played. Who cares?!
  • Andy II: The scene with Andy watching Pete, Alice, Erin and Gabe argue in the conference room was terrible. It was neither funny, nor smart – it was a waste of time.
  • RC: Does anyone else miss Robert California?
  • Jon Favreau: He directed this episode? Why? It sure as hell didn’t help matters.
  • The Entire Episode: Save for a couple scenes the whole super-sized episode was a total mess.

Overall:

With the exception of a couple scenes, the super-sized “Moving On” episode was a bummer. It was not only one of the worst episodes of the season, but one of the worst of the entire series. The Andy storyline was fine for a second, but then it just went over the top annoying. The Angela/Dwight plot, while sweet, was boring. Pam and her interview with Michael Scott 2: Electric Boogaloo just didn’t click – even though Bob Odenkirk scored a few comedy points. Never has the show received such a low mark around here, but this was just about as mediocre as it gets for “The Office”. The Jim-Pam dinner helps keep us guessing about their ultimate fate, and perhaps the blueprint is set for Dwight and Angela to ride off into the sunset together, but overall the episode accomplished nothing. Hopefully there will be a nice rebound when the documentary airs and the staff gets a look at their past.

 

Rating: 4/10

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

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