The Office A.A.R.M. Episode 22 Season 9 – TV Review

It’s the penultimate episode of The Office. Tying up loose ends and setting the stage for what should be a memorable series finale is at the heart of this enjoyable episode titled “A.A.R.M.”.

Check below for the full review…

The Players:

  • Director: David Rogers
  • Writers: Brent Forrester
  • 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: “A.A.R.M.”

Jim convinces Dwight that he needs to choose someone to act as an Assistant to the Assistant Regional Manager.

The Good:

  • Video Montage: The Jim Loves Pam/Pam Loves Jim video flashback was perfectly cute and sweet and — Come on! There is no way the documentary crew could have edited the DVD video that fast! The card from the famous tea pot was a nice touch.
  • Cold Open: Maybe the last cold open if they choose to jump right into it next week. And it was funny. “Gimme the steam,” says Dwight.
  • Oscar & Angela: It was mentioned here how fun it would be to see this fun duo as a ‘couple’. And the writers delivered, which included a solid and funny turn by Kevin, as well as the cute boy who played Phillip.
  • Jim & Dwight: Every scene together was delightful. There were funny moments, and a truly tender one as well. The episode is as a wonderful reminder of how terrifically Rainn Wilson and John Kransinski have worked together all these years. Both brought their A- game.
  • A.A.R.M. Plot: This storyline delivered the goods. It had the spark of vintage “Office.”
  • The Darryl Dance: The build-up might have been so-so, but in the end, the damn thing worked. It was mighty fun to watch the dancing, and Darryl’s goodbye words for the camera were short and sweet.
  • Pam: Now she feels guilty?! C’mon! In all fairness, Pam had some good scenes, especially her moment with Jim explaining she worries she isn’t enough for him.
  • The Proposal: Most figured Dwight and Angela would end up together. Dwight forcing Angela to pull over (siren included), plus the bullhorn and back-story of the wedding ring made it memorable.
  • Art: How awesome is the Dwight-influenced artwork in the office now?!
  • Clark: Did not get a lot of screen time, but loved his line to Darryl about how he’d like to record some of his stories – “just let the tape roll for for six or eight or 10 hours…see what we get.”
  • Nonsense: The ‘Days Since Our Last Nonsense’ sign deserves applause, as does the In and Out box on Dwight’s desk. Great!
  • Best Line: Dwight: “The way that boy looks at the Galactica, is precisely the way I look at the Galactica.”

The Bad:

  • Andy: For awhile there the Andy plot did not totally suck. And then it did. In the end, all it achieved was breaking the momentum of the other, far better story-lines happening in the office.

Overall:

The one before the last one. Everything that happened inside the Dunder Mifflin Scranton branch office during “A.A.R.M.” was damn good. It was as if the writers watched a few episodes from the show’s heyday and decided to try and recapture some of the old magic. And they did. The A.A.R.M. plot was enjoyable, as was the plot featuring Oscar and Angela. Jim and Dwight shined. So many good moments, it demands extra time in the comments section to go over it all. We resolve Jim and Pam, even though there is the sense that Jim – totally happy and in love – still is bummed about his career detour. Love conquers career where JAM is concerned. Maybe he gets the work dream after all when we find out what everyone is up to 6 months later.

With last week’s entertaining episode, and “A.A.R.M.” even better, it seems the writers of “The Office” were determined to go out swinging, not wanting to let the faults of the past two seasons blight an otherwise stellar residence the show has held on Thursday nights since 2005. Nice to see everyone help right the ship as the “The Office” prepares for its final episode before sailing off into the TV sunset.

 

Rating: 8/10

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

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