At times, I get extremely confused. I’ll sit in the chair in my dorm, stare at my television after a new episode of “The Office” has aired and ask myself, “What the hell happened to the show?” Harsh? Maybe a little, but as Season 6 has progressed, I’ve found it to be wildly uneven, and tonight’s episode sort of culminated in a few very funny moments and a slew of strange, out-of-character and painfully awkward moments that didn’t feel like the same show I have grown to love over the past five years.
People gave last week’s episode a lot of grief, but for me, that was a better episode than this week. Last week, we had a lot of the typical Office shenanigans, involving Dwight and Jim pranking each other, Todd Packer making his first return appearance since Season 3 and a lot of funny lines that wouldn’t feel out of place in an earlier season. However, tonight’s episode seemed to try to parody Glengarry Glen Ross TOO much, making Jim, Phyllis, Stanley and other salesmen and women in the office act so out of character that I felt they weren’t even the same people. Phyllis can be a funny character at times, but hearing her call Michael numb-nuts isn’t quite as funny coming from her. Maybe some people thought it would, but I just cringed at how odd it sounded coming from her. And Jim has stayed pretty much the same throughout the show (barring the occasional foray into co-manager territory), but tonight, it was hard to sympathize with somebody who was gloating about how much money they were making to the people making less money.