Tori’s Review: Local Ad

Michael Scott may have a small mind, but he certainly has big dreams.

In “Local Ad,” Corporate gives Dunder Mifflin Scranton the opportunity to shoot a five second tag for the national ad so customers can put a few faces with the name. Easy enough. I bet the kids over in Utica didn’t have too much trouble getting the job done.

But, one thing Scranton has that other branches don’t — Michael Scott.

Michael’s creative wheels started turning. I imagine his dream began with something from Norma Rae, and ended with Steve Carell’s acceptance speech from the Golden Globes.

The only thing Michael doesn’t like about creativity is when it comes from someone else. Michael hated everything the “people person’s paper people” came up with. It was great to see this odd bunch work together and show off some talent. They had great ideas, and seemed really inspired by the task. Michael, of course, crushed their inspiration like a child playing Godzilla … but they at least they were inspired for a short amount of time.

I loved seeing Pam so motivated by her animation project. It’s great that the writers made a point to show it even though Pam is in a new relationship; she is still working to grow as an individual.

I also think it is great they made Jim seem slightly annoyed by it at first. He loves Pam, and wants what is best for her, but I think it is natural that after all this time of wanting her; he might be a little worried that she could outgrow him.

He got over it and brought her breakfast. Super cute. In a good relationship, the other person makes you feel like you can do anything. I think Pam feels that with Jim. And, it might be time for Jim to share some of the things he wants with Pam. He may not have it anymore, but we remember that Jim had a guitar perched on a stand in his bedroom in Season 2. It’s sad that he possibly had the guitar for years without ever getting the motivation or courage to take lessons.

Pam would encourage Jim to follow his dreams; whether it was to be a sports writer, or just know how to play a few songs on guitar. She loves him. Why else would she go out of her way every morning to give him a ride to work —

What’s that?



Well … that’s a damn good reason too.

Dwight may not be getting rides to work from Angela anymore, but he has enough encouragement not to transport himself permanently to second Second Life. Angela still loves him. It grosses me out to picture Angela Martin moaning “Oh … D,” but I’ll push through the pain because it made our resident weirdo smile for the first time in weeks.

Corporate, of course, rejected Michael’s 1:30 commercial, but his hard work wasn’t lost. The Scranton bunch bonded over the experience, and that means more than a commercial. Well, not to Michael, but to most people.

Michael’s commercial wasn’t all that original, it didn’t really even make sense, and it included “Chariots of Fire,” but you know what? It wasn’t as terrible as I thought it would be. It was more than just him, it was them. Stanley was a stereotype, Dwight was an unwanted son, and Andy overcame nipple chaffing to bring home the win.

That’s the Dunder Mifflin we love.

Tori Weber is a Web Producer and writer for a television news station in Orlando, FL. Writing keeps her sane, and ice cream makes her happy. Dogs are good too. Visit her here.