Last season and a returning showrunner, so let's see if they can end this show well for the longstanding fans.
Episode Title: "New Guys"
Synopsis: In the season 9 premiere, two young employees arrive for work at Dunder Mifflin, but the staffers label them as the new versions of Jim and Dwight; Andy returns from leadership training and targets Nellie for his revenge; Oscar considers adopting Angela's cat; Kevin saves a turtle.
Wow...this may have been the best episode in 2-3 years. And it wasn't even as much the humor (although the humor was definitely there), but just in terms of craft, it was head and shoulders above the mostly-amusing sitcom fare that The Office has been putting out as of late. The acknowledgement of the cameraman was well done and sets up a very important plot that will likely bring the series to a close. And the new guys ("Plop" and "Dwight Jr.", hah!) themselves were much better than I thought they might be. I don't want to get overexcited because I've seen the show be less than stellar before, but I'm crossing my fingers that this is no fluke and that Greg Daniels has managed to right the ship as it begins the final leg of its journey. Well done.
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I completely agree with Matty G. This episode gave the show some much needed direction for it's final season. Two new characters, both of whom seem like they could be great. A fantastic storyline for Jim and Pam. I think that their story line will bring back some much needed tension for the two. Also, Angela and Dwight may happen. With the realization that Oscar is having an affair with The Senator, it opens up tons of possibilities for Angela and Dwight. We finally had a few references to Michael, and what looks like a friendship between Toby and Nellie. Great epsiode, less for the humor, but more for the potential.
I agree with the above two comments. The episode wasn't big on the laughs (until the end with Dwight hanging on the wire, and Creed's hilarious comment about being at the circus), but the episode set up so many amazing potential storylines. Oscar and the Senator, the new guys (who were fantastic), and most notably, Jim and Pam. I was wondering at what the point the writers would touch on the fact that Jim was sort of "stuck" in his professional life. I'm glad they're going to have him move on from Dunder Mifflin at the end. It'll also give Krasinski and Fischer a good story to shine in.
One thing that kind of irked me, though, was Andy. I don't like that they're turning him into Michael. I liked last season how he was a good combo of Michael and himself. I mean, his attitude towards Nellie was strange. I know she stole his job last season, but didn't he offer her a job? Why is he acting like he didn't? I don't know. I feel it's a weird choice by the writers.
Yes. This was at least the best episode since "Threat Level Midnight" or "PDA." Everything is so much better. The writing was top notch, the new cast members are incredible, and; my favorite; they fixed the lighting. I know that sounds weird, but that's something that has been bothering me since season four, and now everything looks so much better. I hope that Rainn Wilson wins an Emmy here. I'm pretty sure I bothered some of my neighbors with how hard I was laughing at Dwight getting the news of the paternity test, and then woke up a few more by the end. I love where this season could go, and with Greg Daniels back, it's gonna be hard to botch this.
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That was a very good premiere. It looks like there's needed forward momentum to fuel the entire season. Loved getting the acknowledgement of the film crew from Jim and Pam. That and Jim taking the new job offer brings his work storyline full circle. Kelly's exit was fun and fitting. I liked both of the "new guys" who mirror Jim and Dwight. Once they start pranking each other, that dynamic will get even better. Great showcase for Rainn Wilson tonight. That slackline scene . . . wow. It's too bad the Emmys seem to be done with "The Office" for good. Angela's cat adoption interviews, Oscar's affair with the senator, Kevin turtle shell patchwork, Ryan's exit, Creed thinking the entire day was a trip to the circus, etc. The only thing I didn't like was the way Andy was treating Nellie. I think I'm the only Catherine Tate supporter here, but she's such a great comedienne and the only person they've trotted out who could fill the vast void left by Steve Carell's departure. Sharp writing and direction from Greg Daniels though. I feel like this farewell season is in good hands.
Did anybody else notice the credits this year? Now we know how they got Jenna Fischer, John Krasinski, Ed Helms, and Rainn Wilson all to return when they had other offers. They are all now listed as producers on the show.
Yeah, I saw this reported a few months ago. Maybe John Krasinski can finally get his Emmy nomination, but probably not.
Now we know how they got Jenna Fischer, John Krasinski, Ed Helms, and Rainn Wilson all to return when they had other offers.
They are all now listed as producers on the show.
Yeah I noticed that. I kinda chuckled since, yeah, clearly that was something in their new contract for the final season. I agree with all the comments. I wasn't laughing out loud often (except for the montage of Dwight falling off the rope, and Creed's circus talk) but this was a great setup for the final season, most notably for the Jim and Pam stuff. I loved the opening with them taking off the mics and addressing the cameracrew (very similiar to Michael's exit), and then whatever Jim is up to.
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Very good episode, I hope this is not an exception, and all episodes will be at this level, great to see new Jim and Dwight, the end was really good, the turtle scenes, very good episode, I can't wait until the next one, I don't remember the last time I said that about an episode from The Office .
Synopsis: Jim and Pam attend Roy's (Pam's ex-fiancé) wedding, but Roy's big day causes them to explore possible secrets in their own marriage; Dwight arrogantly protests Nellie's charity initiative; Clark tries to woo Erin by enticing her with a fake newscaster job.
There were some good parts to this episode, like the scenes at Roy's wedding (it's cool that he redeemed himself some and became a success) and the beginning seeds of doubt between Pam and Jim. Erin and Andy's "newscaster" scenes with the new guys were okay, but I didn't like how dim that all made Andy seem, and opening up a budding relationship between Erin and the "new Jim" seems like another detour to the Erin/Andy relationship. Everything between Nellie and Dwight was pure filler, and both Catherine Tate and Rainn Wilson deserved more. The chore wheel bit was cute in the cold open.