This week the characters of NBC’s The Office took on The Amazing Race. Alright, it wasn’t anything like The Amazing Race, but what do I know? I got my information from Michael Scott. Instead, at the suggestion of Andy (who will now be known as Doompadee Dumbass), Michael decided to pair up the sales team for a little “friendly” competition. Stanley took “The Kid” (Ryan), Phyllis (I love her) teamed up with Karen, Doompadee kissed Michael’s ass, and Dwight was forced to work with Jim.
When you take away the pranks and bobble-heads, Jim and Dwight are just good salesmen — and surprisingly — a good team. It was great to see this dynamic, and it was even better to see it peppered with “Kickstart My Heart” by Motley Crue, and a good old slap in the face. “Seven out of ten attacks are from the rear.” Dwim’s talent and promises of superb customer service helped them lure their customer like a Margarita Karaoke Christmas Party. Good thing Kelly wasn’t distracted by a bag of candy and actually answered her phone.
Even more beautiful than love between Dwim, is love between Dwangela. Ms. Martin must be spending too many late nights playing Carcassonne or Battle Ship with Dwight and Mose, because she missed a very important corporate deadline. “Is it a big deal? Is it, Kevin?” Luckily for her, her Dwight in shining armor saved the day and drove the tax forms she forgot to mail to New York and hand delivered them. Little did he know, his act of chivalry to save her job would doom his own. A true love tragedy. It was worth it, though, just to see Angela glow with pride — and actually smile!
Have I mentioned I love Phyllis? I do. Not in the way Michael loves Jan, but it is still pure and true. If there is one person rooting for Jim and Pam — more than Jim and Pam — it’s her. This week she planted a beautiful seed. She “accidentally” let it slip to Karen (nice hair) that Jim had a thing for Pam. “He was hung up on Pam for such a long time. I didn’t think he’d ever get over her.” Karen had no idea that her seemingly baggage-free boyfriend is actually carrying around an entire “Booze Cruise” and a “Casino Night”. I don’t think she did it to be mean and in the long run, she did Karen a favor. Karen needs to hear the truth and she isn’t getting it from Jim or Pam.
Karen, being the no-nonsense girl that she is, asked Jim if it was true. “Did you ever have a thing for Pam?” Brave girl. Jim? Not brave. “Pam? Did I ever have a thing for her?” Rehearse much? I picture him practicing in front of a mirror at home, wet hair, with just a towel around his waist (artistic license), “I’m sorry, did you say a pan? Oh! Pam! No, I’ve never noticed how the sun catches her hair. Alright, I had a crush. Small. Tiny.” Please. He left out the tiny fact that she was engaged when he “told her about it and she didn’t feel the same way.” You don’t tell an engaged woman you have a “crush.” You get drunk at her wedding and sleep with a bridesmaid like any other good friend. Yes, the seed of doubt has been planted. Hopefully, it will bloom by Valentine’s Day.
Now, back to Doompadee Dumbass. When Double D realized he wouldn’t be able to win Michael over with poor sales skills and cracks on the Schrute name, he decided to plant a seed, himself. Unlike Phyllis, this was done out of hate. Doompadee D went from lovable dumbass, to just plain ass in one episode. Michael is still a little wounded from Dwight’s antics in “The Coup” so when Doompadee brought up Dwight’s secret trip to New York, Michael became suspicious that Dwight was after his job again.
Michael: I want you to think about it long and hard.
Dwight: That’s what she said.
Michael: Don’t you dare. I want to know what you were doing this morning by the end of the day.
This put Dwight between a rock and an Angela. He had two choices: go down as a traitor, or go against his “Lady’s” wishes and out them as a couple. Much like most of the Bush administration, he gave up his job at Dunder Mifflin to “spend more time with his family.” “In other words, I’m quitting.”
Tune in next week! Will Dwight get his job back? Will Michael’s broken heart be mended? Will Karen be able to wash out that hairspray? All of our questions will be answered! And, if not, as a wise man once said, “Boobs.”