Wendy’s Review: Cocktails

I am not a violent person, peeps. But when super-spy Sydney Bristow was still hunting bad guys each week on “Alias,” I secretly hoped for a chance to kick someone’s ass in a red wig and high heels, too. Say what you will about my violent tendencies back then, but I blame J.J. Abrams.

He directed this week’s episode of “The Office” and, as a result, cranked up the action meter on our friends in Scranton.

Jan and Michael take their top secret romance public at their CFO’s cocktail party. Some may think Jan’s exhibiting the obvious beginnings of a nervous breakdown. Michael shares gory details of their Jamaican vacation (who knew Jan could limbo!), while sidekick Dwight’s party conversations are equally appalling (“You know that line on the top of the shrimp? That’s feces”).

Instead of “collapsing into herself like a dying star,” Jan collapses into a bathroom, begging Michael to slam her against the wall. When he refuses (because there is no place to cuddle), Jan learns a hard lesson — no means please don’t.

These two remind me of the Elizabeth Perkins and Tom Hanks characters in ‘Big’ — Jan is an adult who wants rough sex in dark corners, and Michael’s a little boy longing for ketchup fights and to giggle like schoolgirls. But I think they honestly recognize something fragile and damaged in each other. They are wrong on so many levels, and yet I find myself rooting for them. As Dwight says, they’re great together.

At the party, Karen tells Jim she’s basically dated every guy there. Before JAM fans can yell “Karen Fillipelli is a slut,” she tells Jim it was all a prank. He laughs, but I wonder if Karen noticed his lack of jealousy when he thought it was true.

Meanwhile, Pam “Don’t You Dare Call Her Pammy” Beesly has decided to be more honest about what she wants. She insists Roy “do boyfriend things” by coming to happy hour with her and her co-workers. All goes well until Pam drops one honesty bomb too many. She confesses to Roy that she kissed Jim on Casino Night and may have had feelings for him. Oops.

I must align myself with those who saw The Rage of Roy a-coming. The guy got a DUI after Pam dumped him. We’ve seen him act aggressive with Pam last season and with Jim in season one. David Denman does an awesome job of showing what a few beers and a confession like this does to Roy and I believed it. And from Pam’s reaction, they’ve been there before.

Kenny joining in was also telling. Those two quickly slipped into a routine that probably dates back to high school. Pam’s quiet reaction to this is heartbreaking and I question her real motives for telling Roy about Jim.

In classic J.J. Abrams form, we end on a major cliffhanger. Roy’s ominous “I’m going to kill Jim Halpert” sent chills down the spines of Office fans everywhere.

Will Pam warn Jim of impending danger before it’s too late?! Will Creed’s fake ID business reveal he’s really a CIA operative who can give Jim a new identity in Des Moines?!

Before you fear for Jim too much, remember that this is a sitcom. Though catching a few “Alias” reruns might not be a complete waste of his time.

“The Office” supposedly goes on a six-week hiatus before we learn Jim’s fate. I give it until week three before fans are echoing Jan’s painful question … “Why is this so hard?”

But that’s what she said … not me.

37 comments

  1. Oh Wendy…so worth the wait! Awesome recap once again.
    “Will Creed’s fake ID business reveal he’s really a CIA operative who can give Jim a new identity in Des Moines?! ” Still laughing at this!

  2. Great review! very clever last line ;)

    and i will echo the other comments by saying,
    “6 WEEKS!!!! ARGGGHHHHHHHHHH!”

  3. Haha
    First of all, I love Wendy’s reviews totally.
    Second of all, I thought it was a 4 week hiatus…so 6 is really painful to hear :[
    I don’t know how i’m going to make it

  4. Six weeks, as far as I know, hasn’t been confirmed, but I think people are deducing the timeline based on some other comments (like the showing running non-stop after it picks up from this break). Also, we know more or less when the finale will be, so six weeks seems to make sense. I’m so depressed. I wish it weren’t so.

  5. Wendy, that was an awesome recap!! Well done, you are too modest! Love the suspense you added at the end. Jan’s line was the best line of the episode and her “Oh my God” after she said it. Classic! HAHA! I also loved Dwight popping up from the back seat “Don’t break up you guys”. Awesome episode and awesome recap! :) But six weeks?!?! What will we do?

  6. Regarding Michael and Jan :”But I think they honestly recognize something fragile and damaged in each other. They are wrong on so many levels, and yet I find myself rooting for them. As Dwight says, they’re great together.”

    YES! I love the dynamic of this relationship, and this episode was so intriguing to me. I think Melora deserves an Emmy nomination just based on the scene in the car after the party.

    Your recap was great! Loved it!

  7. Wow, excellent explanation of the Michael/Jan relationship. It’s completely something out of the movie Big.

  8. A break of at least four weeks makes sense. We know the next two weeks are repeats. The two Thursdays after that are nights the NCAA men’s basketball tournament will be on CBS, so it’s doubtful NBC would put a new show up against that.

  9. for john, i dont want to sound like a jerk, but where have you been? JAM is jim+pam…sort of like brangelina, or frangelina, whichever you prefer….

    oh wendy, great recap, but i did think i saw somewhere that the next new episode would be on the 15…not sure, but i think i saw it…..

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