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post #401 of 1105
I got the "Sprinkles Memorial Tee Shirt" for my birthday!!! WHOO HOO!!!

post #402 of 1105
Sprinkles is one ANGRY looking cat.
post #403 of 1105
Was.
post #404 of 1105
If you think about it, Sprinkles is like a cat version of Angela. They even have that "owners who look like their pets" thing going on - the white fur matches Angela's blonde hair, they both have the angry face and the skinny body - the cat's even scowling and everything!

My boyfriend pointed out that I'll get to see who "gets" the shirt and who doesn't when I wear it. If people get the joke, they're true "Office" fans. On the other hand, if I get condolences on the loss of my cat - not so much.

Truly, the best part of that shirt is the birthdate and death date - that's when you realize the cat was 22 years old! Which makes me laugh even harder at Angela's line from that episode, "Sprinkles wasn't ready to go! She had so much more left to do!" I love this shirt, the Sprinkles episode is one of my very favorites.
post #405 of 1105
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Originally Posted by LisaNY View Post
Truly, the best part of that shirt is the birthdate and death date - that's when you realize the cat was 22 years old!
Which also explains the pissy look Sprinkles is giving the camera. My mom's cat is in his teens somewhere, and the already-ornery fucker just gets meaner with age. Old cats want you damn kids off of their goddamn lawns.
post #406 of 1105
It's true - my cat's 14, and he always wants me off of his goddamn lawn. And we live in an apartment.
post #407 of 1105
That cat, for the record, just hates Dave. Which is funny and sad, because there are some very cute pictures of Dave in his late teens holding that cat like a baby. Of course, it doesn't seem to be much of a fan of me. Or my family. Or life in general.

Love your shirt, Lisa. I, for one, would laugh at it, revealing myself to be the freak that I am.
post #408 of 1105
I gotta say, the reveal of Pam in Mexican stand-off made me laugh harder than the Office has in a long time. I think it was the lacy gloves that put it over the top. Or maybe just that of course they all had to have two guns.
post #409 of 1105
Followed by Jim's completely defeated "Really?"
post #410 of 1105
Those gloves were lacy? I thought they were those plastic ones that cafeteria workers use.
post #411 of 1105
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Originally Posted by Misfit View Post
Followed by Jim's completely defeated "Really?"
"Pam, I wanna go home."
post #412 of 1105
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Originally Posted by englebert View Post
Those gloves were lacy? I thought they were those plastic ones that cafeteria workers use.
Yeah, I think they were. I assumed it was so that she wouldn't leave fingerprints on the "gun".
post #413 of 1105
See, I thought they were her gloves from the prop box. She was supposed to be a Southern gentlewoman, after all. A Southern gentlewoman who happens to be a double-agent.
post #414 of 1105
Yeah, Zooey's right - I remember when she put them on earlier in the episode when they were playing the murder game. She was wearing the lacey gloves, they even had little scalloped edges, if I recall. I think it was the camera angle in the Mexican stand-off scene that made them look weird.
post #415 of 1105
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Originally Posted by MissZooey View Post
See, I thought they were her gloves from the prop box. She was supposed to be a Southern gentlewoman, after all. A Southern gentlewoman who happens to be a double-agent.
I believe the technical term is 'Southern Belle'.
post #416 of 1105
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Originally Posted by Diva View Post
Yeah, this ep was a chore to get through. I dug the Andy-Erin stuff, but was sad how it ended. I hope they don't make this another Pam-Jim situation where they drag it out for years.
This does not begin to compute for me. It's not as if the writers played the neverending Ross'n'Rachel game here. In fact, I'd be hard pressed to find a more realistic, fully realized romance on television than the one between PB&J.

Zooey, oddly enough, the second I saw the end scene of last week's episode, I knew you would have a new avatar and exactly what it would be. Well done.
post #417 of 1105
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Originally Posted by Mattioli View Post
This does not begin to compute for me. It's not as if the writers played the neverending Ross'n'Rachel game here. In fact, I'd be hard pressed to find a more realistic, fully realized romance on television than the one between PB&J.
Hear, hear. I've been watching re-runs on TBS here and there and it's amazing how real and well-constructed their relationship is.

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Zooey, oddly enough, the second I saw the end scene of last week's episode, I knew you would have a new avatar and exactly what it would be. Well done.
That scares me, because I didn't know I was going to do it until days afterward. I'm fairly certain you have mind powers, sir.
post #418 of 1105
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Originally Posted by Mattioli View Post
This does not begin to compute for me. It's not as if the writers played the neverending Ross'n'Rachel game here. In fact, I'd be hard pressed to find a more realistic, fully realized romance on television than the one between PB&J.
Also, the writers have done nothing to indicate they're thick enough to think these characters, who are so much kookier, could ground that kind of storyline the way Jim and Pam did.

Not to mention that it wasn't exactly strung along indefinitely. Pam and Jim have been together without interruption for the majority of the show's run at this point.
post #419 of 1105
I never said that the relationship wasn't portrayed realistically. I guess "drag" was an unfortunate choice of word, but it did in fact take years for them to be together.
post #420 of 1105
The show has gone out of its way to avoid the usual pitfalls of sitcom romantic relationships. No will they/won't they, no on again/off again (aside from Rashida Jones, but... hey).

"It's important that I be supportive. That was a close one."
post #421 of 1105
Loved the way the episode built up Oscar as if he was gonna save the company. Nope! Hahahah.

Cheers to the way Jim dealt with Ryan the Douche.
post #422 of 1105
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Originally Posted by mcnooj82 View Post
Loved the way the episode built up Oscar as if he was gonna save the company. Nope! Hahahah.


On the other hand I wouldn't be surprised to see a 'the Scranton branch saves the company' storyline developing in the rest of the season.
post #423 of 1105
They need to put a rein on Dwight for a few episodes. He's becoming way too cartoony. Yes, more so than usual.

Michael coming out for his "encore" at the shareholders' meeting was awesome, though.
post #424 of 1105
The Office-folk don't mix well with normal humanity. I've caught up a lot and when they have to interact with, like, real people, it comes across as painfully awkward and forced, especially when Michael is handed the wheel. The Jim/Pam/Office denizens stuff was the best part this episode.
post #425 of 1105
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On the other hand I wouldn't be surprised to see a 'the Scranton branch saves the company' storyline developing in the rest of the season.
Agreed. It'll be a totally last minute thing too.
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post #427 of 1105
haha, I love The Onion
post #428 of 1105
I know those of you that hate Michael won't like this episode, but this is my favorite of the season (after the wedding). Everything with Scott's Tots was so uncomfortable to watch, but so good. Also, Dwight calling David Wallace and doing the 3 voices was insanely good. Stanley barely had 2 lines but him laughing was cracking me up.
post #429 of 1105
Creed nails it again: "I'm beginning to think that Pam's not really pregnant!"
post #430 of 1105
WRONG! I hate Michael, but quite enjoyed this episode. For one thing, Michael didn't act like a total moron the entire time. He was quite remorseful and uncharacteristically mature about something moronic he did in his past. And some good development for the new receptionist.

Of course, I was totally enjoying the misery Michael was going through the whole episode despite the fact I knew they were gonna soften it up for him by the end. Pretty obvious.

I just wished that every moment of Michael's misery was intercut with the clip of Stanley laughing his ass off. Make it Lynchian!

Ryan joining in on Dwight's war? This show sometimes ends up ending like episodes of Lost, setting up twists and secret intentions...
post #431 of 1105
Wow, they really cranked up the 'everybody hates Erin' this week. Just makes her cuter but I predict a meltdown before season's end.
post #432 of 1105
Less cringe, more humor please. I laughed out loud more in the first five minutes of Parks and Recreation than the entirety of this episode. Stanley laughing was the single high point.
post #433 of 1105
Yeah, the wife had to leave the room when Mike got to the classroom it was so uncomfortable (I just giggle to myself).

I also really enjoyed him being a dick to Erin for some reason.
post #434 of 1105
Michael's remorseful 'I thought I'd be a millionaire' speech was oddly touching. Kinda felt for the guy. Not one for cringe humor (hell, AD doesn't do it for me), but the Office hijinks themselves was great.

Favorite moment was when someone yelled out to Pam 'What'd you do? Double your sales?' And then it cuts to Pam going 'YUP!' like she's queen of the mountain.
post #435 of 1105
Was Andy who sarcastically suggested she doubled her sales from two to four, followed by her triumphant "YUP!"

Creed wins again.
post #436 of 1105
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Originally Posted by Hammerhead View Post
Wow, they really cranked up the 'everybody hates Erin' this week. Just makes her cuter but I predict a meltdown before season's end.
I felt like the ride in the car with Michael when she actually finally did play the Pam role for him (finding the bright spot in the horrible thing he'd done) was the end of that. The fact that she was so flattered that Michael had the same feeling about her that he'd had about Kevin when he hired him into accounting even though he was applying in the warehouse was hilarious.
post #437 of 1105
the 'YUP!' was fabulous.
post #438 of 1105
I was severely disappointed that Jim couldn't figure out that he was set up by Dwight.
post #439 of 1105
Yeah, his acting all confused about it and Dwight being so completely transparent kept any of that from being funny, at least to me. Not like Jim at all.
post #440 of 1105
I saw someone in the comments thread of The AV Club review suggest (hope, pray) that Jim's seeming inability to see right through Dwight is the first move in a long con. He knew exactly what was happening but chose not to admit it. That would be very much in character. I don't know if I quite buy it, but this show has begun to excel at playing long ball over the past couple of seasons (the Michael Scott Paper Company arc last year, for example), so it wouldn't surprise me. Plus, I just really, really want Jim to get Dwight.
post #441 of 1105
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Originally Posted by MissZooey View Post
I saw someone in the comments thread of The AV Club review suggest (hope, pray) that Jim's seeming inability to see right through Dwight is the first move in a long con. He knew exactly what was happening but chose not to admit it. That would be very much in character. I don't know if I quite buy it, but this show has begun to excel at playing long ball over the past couple of seasons (the Michael Scott Paper Company arc last year, for example), so it wouldn't surprise me. Plus, I just really, really want Jim to get Dwight.
"Long con" is exactly what I thought when Dwight was snooping in on Jim's dressing-down, then dinner confirmation, phone conversation with David Wallace. Frankly, I think David's in on it too, seeing as how ridiculous Dwight's impressions were.
post #442 of 1105
Hahahaha... that would be great if only to totally tear Ryan down.
post #443 of 1105
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Originally Posted by mcnooj82 View Post
Hahahaha... that would be great if only to totally tear Ryan down.
I initially suspected Ryan was in on setting Dwight up when he told Dwight he wanted in, but I want him to be on the burning end so badly, I hope he's being duped too.
post #444 of 1105
Ryan totally wants to get back at Jim for putting him in the storage closet. That and the show's been having a fun time openly painting him as 'Office Douche.'
post #445 of 1105
Ryan's not in on anything with Jim. Ryan exists for the universe (read: Jim) to step on, over and over again. He's going down eventually, right along with Dwight.

My theory - Dwight is going to keep messing with Jim, stupidly, overtly, unrelentingly, until he does something (or does enough) that the company has legit reason to fire him. And Jim is going to be the one that saves him from it. Can you think of anything more degrading or awful for Dwight? Owing your job security to Jim?
post #446 of 1105
Good call MissZooey, I wouldn't be surprised if that's EXACTLY how it plays out. With Ryan also getting put in his place. Jim pulling some kind of long con on Dwight is feasible too, but I read his apparent cluelessness as an ill-conceived attempt on the part of the writers to keep playing up the whole "being the boss changes Jim" thing. Having to focus on the big picture blinds him to some of the specifics? Not saying it works, it's just a thought that occurred to me when the payoff to the plot was David Wallace not caring rather than Jim calling out Dwight.

I loved everything with Michael and thought it was hilarious. I guess it depends how you react to the uncomfortable stuff but I was laughing my ass off even as I was cringing all throughout the buildup to Michael admitting the truth to Scott's Tots. The scene with Erin in the car was so sweet and cute, and perhaps unlike some similar moments in the show's run, felt totally earned and appropriate to me.
post #447 of 1105
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Originally Posted by Dan Benenson View Post
but I read his apparent cluelessness as an ill-conceived attempt on the part of the writers to keep playing up the whole "being the boss changes Jim" thing. Having to focus on the big picture blinds him to some of the specifics?
This is what I thought was happening. But either way works for me.
post #448 of 1105
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Originally Posted by Dan Benenson View Post
I read his apparent cluelessness as an ill-conceived attempt on the part of the writers to keep playing up the whole "being the boss changes Jim" thing. Having to focus on the big picture blinds him to some of the specifics?
I could see that, too, but I don't like it. Being overwhelmed by new responsibilities seems realistic, but it still makes Jim about 50 IQ points dumber than we know he is. And, anyway, you would think his paranoia and urge to toy with Dwight would be a Zen reflex thing at this point. Snatch the Jell-O packet from my hand, grasshopper...
post #449 of 1105
Oh I agree. Like I said, ill-conceived. I like that general direction for Jim but if that's what they were going for in this instance it was too out of character, for the reasons you mention. Unfortunately I think that's what it is though - a moment of weak writing. Jim's consternation, especially on the phone with Wallace, just seemed too genuine for it to be an elaborate ruse.
post #450 of 1105
I'm getting reeeaally uncomfortable with how hostile everyone's being towards Jim. Not loving it, y'know?
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