The Office Paper Airplane Episode 20 Season 9 – TV Review

The Office has its own Final Four, which gets underway this week with the episode “Paper Airplane,” featuring a mix of guest star Roseanne Barr, and, you guessed it – actual paper airplanes.

Check below for the full review…

The Players:

  • Director: Jesse Peretz
  • Writers: Halstead Sullivan, Warren Lieberstein
  • 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: “Paper Airplane”

Dwight and Angela compete in an office-wide paper airplane contest with a cash prize. Local talent agent Carla Fern helps Andy with his first acting role in an industrial film.

The Good:

  • Dwight: His line about Angela’s indifference to ‘manured fields’ was very funny. In between the paper airplane nonsense, he and Angela had a sweet/bittersweet thing happening that was enjoyable – and saved an otherwise dull episode.
  • Clark: His “Are you guys high?” line was awesome, and delivered superbly.
  • Angela: The scene with Angela in her (new) studio apartment, with the baby and the numerous cats was terrific.
  • Andy: The plot was useless, but his funny impression of Tom Brokaw deserves an approving nod.
  • Erin: Her scene with Clark after she defeats him in paper airplane throwing was funny, as was her freakout over not winning.
  • Wedding: The cutaway shot to the Jim and Pam wedding featured a glimpse at Michael Scott. So he makes it back to the show before it wraps after all.
  • Best Moment: When Angela rubbed/pushed Esther on the head, and when she is caught stealing toilet paper from the office.

The Bad:

  • Andy: Has he left the show yet? His plot that involved his playing Older Male Lab Assistant #1 in an industrial film didn’t go anywhere. Some will be sad to see him go next week, others will not.
  • Jim-Pam: Their couples therapy ‘routine’ kicked into boring mode quickly, saved only, for a moment, by Clark. But their scene in the parking lot was sweet. The Jim and Pam storyline has shined throughout nine seasons, but this episode clearly signals it is time to put ‘Jammer’ on the shelf, leaving us with fond memories to look back on.
  • Documentary: Is the documentary set to air on TV still in the storyline plans as the show heads into the final three episodes? Based on “Paper Airplane,” the hysterics of the previous episode over what is and isn’t going to be included in the final cut seems to have faded rather quickly. Also, why is the crew still filming?! What is the damn endgame for this documentary? How much more can they possibly film?!


There were about four moments during “Paper Airplane” that elicited a smile and/or laughter here. None of those moments included anything having to do with Pam and Jim. Their therapy plot was forgettable – except for two things: Clark’s “are you guys high?” line, and the parking lot hug with cutaway to their wedding. So…. does this mean all is now fixed with Jim and Pam? No more worrying about our favorite couple? Will we ever hear from Brian the Boom Guy again? The Dwight/Angela plot wasn’t so bad, even sweet, but all that paper airplane stuff was tiresome – even with a funny turn by an over-excited Erin. The less said about Andy the better. This will sound like a broken record, but once again, there were a few moments of quality humor in the episode that might even demand a second-viewing on DVR, but overall it was nothing special.

One down, three to go.

Rating: 6/10

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

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