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TV Review: The Office – “Gay Witch Hunt”

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I started watching the Office last season. Trouble was I never could remember when it came on, so I only caught it sporadically. Over the summer I managed to figure out the time slot and catch most of the season’s episodes. By the end of the season I saw the finale ending with Jim finally telling Pam of his love and kissing her as the credits rolled. All summer I’ve waited for tonight to see exactly what Pam is going to do.

And here we are.

Jim transferred to Stamford and we get a few quick looks into how things work in another office. Jim has been promoted, but we quickly see that none of the employees like him. They certainly don’t take to his practical jokes (he puts Ed Helms' calculator in some Jello, and Helms promptly has a total freak out), or his mugging for the cameras.

I’m not sure how Stamford is going to work out. Ed Helms is a brilliant addition, and could create some wonderful comic moments, and the rest of the cast seem okay. They at least seem somewhat more normal than the Scranton bunch, and watching Jim try to find acceptance there could be very funny indeed. However, the overall cast is already almost too large, and adding an entirely new office may prove to be way too much for the series to hold. It seems highly difficult to handle plot lines for both offices which may mean Jim get regulated to quick gags, which would ruin the show.

Who knows, though — maybe he’ll work something out with Pam and move back to Scranton.

Which brings us to that relationship. Part of what made The Office work was the relationship between Pam and Jim. They have a great deal of chemistry, and the awkwardness between their obvious feelings for each other and their inability to do anything about it brought a nice bit of drama to the otherwise outrageousness.

Pam broke off the marriage and the relationship with Roy, though they had to keep all the food, now frozen. Roy doles it out at lunch time. He seems to have had a rough go of it, but promises he’ll get her back.

So now Pam and Jim could feasibly get back together. But as everybody knows, putting the couple together when it so much fun that they're apart is never a good idea. Just as with Sam and Diane or David and Maddie, I hope they don’t ever get together. I hope Pam feels too hurt over the breakup and doles out many more seasons of "will they" or "won’t they."

The bulk of the show dealt with Michael offending and then outing Oscar. Michael somehow felt that calling everyone “faggie” was appropriate. Oscar complained of this and confided in Toby that he is gay. Toby chastised Michael to be more sensitive.

Michael immediately blabbed to everyone in the office about Oscar’s homosexuality, and got mixed reactions.

Kevin thought it hilarious, Angela thought that it was disgusting (she said she tried to watch Will and Grace but was repulsed by it), Dwight doesn’t believe it (he’s not wearing women’s clothes), and Michael remained as obnoxious as ever.

Michael and Dwight formed a mission to find out who else is gay, but had no idea how to do it. Dwight searched gay porn for possible clues and called up Jim about purchasing that "gay-dar" he had mentioned before.

As tensions rose, Michael called an office meeting where he managed to enrage Oscar even more by raising more homophobic gossip. Ever-endearing Michael attempted to smooth it out by embracing Oscar and even gave him a quick kiss on the lips. Ever the follower, Dwight then jumped up for a kiss on the cheek.

Hilariously, the episode ended with Dwight receiving his very own gay-dar from Jim — it is a portable metal detector in reality. He quickly found Oscar and ran it over his body, pleased when it beeps at Oscar’s crotch — in reality the belt buckle — but was shocked to discover when it beeped at his own.

The show is back and in fine form. There were many laugh out loud moments and a few of the awkward, "I can’t believe Michael just did that" moments, as well. The two offices could create more moments of hilarity, or could cause the plots to be diluted. The Jim/Pam relationship is in flux once again and I’m crossing my fingers it will remain as such.

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  • http://www.fnparty.com Steve B.

    Jim and Pam have to get together…you’re right..it’s just a short thin thread that Jim has at the new office..either he’s dropped or included…he will be included. Dwight however steals the show. Michael is next…then the others are good fillers…watch the UK and you’ll see a true “michael” in thier boss ricky g. cafepress.com

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