At an early age, we begin to realize there is a distinct difference between girls and boys. They look different, they smell different, and they certainly act different.
As we get older, the differences grow, but it stops grossing us out, and starts intriguing us.
What does this have to do with The Office?
Thursday night, we learned some new differences between men and women.
The episode started after a parking lot flasher showed Phyllis the difference between an innie and an outie.
What happened next? Yes! Michael made insults and finger puppets, and Dwight raised the threat level to “midnight.”
Dwight tried to “save the cheerleader-save the world” by eating all bananas, stabbing bushes, and hanging posters of his own face. (Go Pam!) The only thing I enjoy more than Ineffective!Dwight is Ineffective!Dwight with a mustache. It was great to see Dwight and Andy (sorta) work together. We got a new side to Andy. For the first time, he was in on the joke. Dwight’s right, I think he might not be a total ass after all.
I enjoyed that Michael’s cringe-worthy conference room scene was not the climax (shush, you) of this episode, but instead a setup to see a different layer of Michael as well. His quest to boost “his girls” with a field trip, turned into tears in his lemonade, and binging on “calorie-free” frozen yogurt. The Michael I love.
He may be a lunatic, but he wants what we all want; someone to love who will love us back. And, like most women, he wants someone who won’t make him wear a dress, or treat him like hooker. Maybe there aren’t that many differences after all.
I loved that Pam told Michael he shouldn’t be with someone who doesn’t make him happy. You could say it’s “the pot calling the kettle black,” but I think it’s a sign she’s learning to do what makes her happy. Plus, I enjoy any time Pam reaches out to Michael. They have a sweet and completely demented relationship.
I feel a little movement from Pam. I get the impression she is fed up watching Karen date her boyfriend. She pulled a prank, and changed a tire by herself. Next up: breaking up a relationship! It’s natural order.
Despite the breakup, I don’t believe Michael and Jan are over. I think he does love her; he just wants to love a Jan who doesn’t scare the shit out of him. And, as much as I don’t understand why, I think Jan loves Michael. She reached out and gave him what he needed — if only for a moment — a moment just before she got dumped on voicemail.
While Michael was dishing with the girls, the boys were figuring out the ladies room. There’s a lot of girlie products — and Creed. It was interesting to hear the guys thought Jim and Karen were just hooking up. (Ryan is a dog.) Looks like Jim’s having a hard time convincing anyone Karen is the girl for him.
So here we are. Jim and Karen are at six months, and we are coming up on a year since Casino Night. With only two episodes left, Pam better get moving if she doesn’t want to mope around all summer.
It’s time for Beesly to put on Avril Lavigne’s “Girlfriend,” dance around her apartment like she is 14, and find some of the courage Michael wished on her.
Sadly, we probably have a better chance of seeing Michael do that.
We need a safe word.
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.