The Office Promos Episode 18 Season 9 – TV Review

The Office returns to the Thursday night line-up with essentially the beginning of the end; tonight’s episode, “Promos”, centers on the previews of the upcoming TV documentary, and is the first of the final six episodes that will close the book on the series.

Check below for the full review…

The Players:

  • Director: Jennifer Celotta
  • Writers: Tim McAuliffe
  • 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: “Promos”

When the promos for the documentary begin airing, the staff realizes all their secrets could be revealed.

The Good:

  • Clark: The shining light in a mostly ho-hum episode. His winning the night starts early, in the cold open, with his emphatic “It’s porn” comment about all the “50 Shades of Grey” insanity.
  • Promo Madness: The soon-to-air documentary promos show up on What is up with that? Do we ever find out who is flipping the bill for these 10 years of shooting footage for the TV doc?
  • In A Tizzy: The office gang is flipping out now that they have seen the promos and realize all will be revealed in the documentary. It looks as if the promos are helping Pam feel better about her love for Jim, but maybe this reviewer is reading her reactions wrong.
  • Bad Phone Call: Wow, that Jim and Pam phone chat was uncomfortable. Trouble in paradise. If America was unsure about their status, that phone conversation clearly states: “We are unsure about where our relationship is headed.”
  • Meredith: Another boob flash. She will be missed.
  • Kevin: Very funny he didn’t really know it was a TV documentary – more like specimens in a human zoo. The Dumpster Man!
  • Andy: His obsession with what people are commenting about him online actually did not suck. That it was Nellie screwing with him was nice. Andy flashing some of that old rage brought back fond memories.
  • Angela-Oscar: The voice message the duo leaves the senator about the secrets to be revealed in the upcoming documentary was funny. A favorite moment of the night.
  • Best Line: Clark: “There are no games with fours.”
  • Best Line II: Clark!: “You fell in love with that hair?”

The Bad:

  • Ryan Howard/Jim/Darryl: This segment of the episode was – not good. The lead-up with Pam thinking it was the other Ryan Howard was amusing, but the rest was blah, which is being kind.
  • Brian The Boom Guy: He is back, and his apartment is messy. One might have figured there might be a touch more sizzle between he and Pam, but it was brief and rather boring. Still not sure what the scene achieved, or was supposed to, so feel free to comment below.


Forget the Jim and Darryl storyline ever happened. The rest of the episode did provide some laughs – mostly courtesy of Clark -, but once again we are left with another installment that is more flat than funny. There was movement in the Pam and Jim Love Troubles storyline, to go along with the staff suddenly worried about the documentary. The Dwight/Tractor plot wasn’t totally useless, especially with Clark involved, and hooray – Boom Guy Brian returned, and not really sure why. Kevin, Oscar, and Angela delivered some good moments. Down to the final five episodes, and it doesn’t feel like there is solid momentum moving into the home stretch. The Jim/Pam thing will get sorted out eventually, but everything else feels in disarray. Here’s hoping they can build a hot streak before it’s all over, which is not far off.


Rating: 6/10

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

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