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The Office is a comedy set in a paper sales company Dunder Mifflin. Shot in a mockumentary style the show follows the exploits of regional manager Michael Scott whose excruciating behaviour can make life difficult for his fellow employees. NBC 2005-???


Episode 5 - Employee Transfer

29 March 2012

Synopsis: Holly is ordered to return to her old branch because of her relationship with Michael. He and Darryl drive all her stuff back with her. On the way they break up because of the distance. Pam meets Jim’s brothers who play a rude prank on her and Dwight decides to annoy Andy by applying to Cornell.

The Good: The opening scene at Halloween is really funny (see Comic Highlight). Otherwise this isn’t a funny episode but a serious one.

Michael and Holly’s break-up is all too real and brings forth some excellent acting from both. Michael breaking down and crying and admitting that he will go back to Jan and that he hates her is particularly effective. Without any context his whiny voice might seem like overacting but it feels like the embodiment of Michael Scott and is very moving to hear. Corporate’s decision to split them up makes business sense, though seems a little harsh. In the wake of Jan suing the company though, perhaps they have new policies in place. Michael and Holly’s decision not to even spend the weekend together is sad and you feel sorry for Michael. Holly will be a great loss for the show too as she played her character really well.

Jim and Pam overcome their problems and Dwight and Andy provide the occasional laugh.

The Bad: It is difficult to care about Dwight and Andy though. Not only does the plot feel pointless but it is similar to Jim dressing up as Dwight in “Product Recall” (320). The reason it is difficult to care is because both characters are meant to be stupid (in different ways) and both love Angela who is meant to be horrible. So essentially we have two characters we aren’t really supposed to like having an argument which doesn’t have any real consequence to it.

Meanwhile Jim’s brothers look like complete ass holes for the way they treat Pam and the plot doesn’t seem to have much of a purpose. Though I suppose it does point to why Jim is so laid back and unflappable, it would seem he has had a lot of practise of dealing with people who annoy him.

Comic Highlight: The Halloween scene is regrettably short though I suppose that keeps the humour sharp. We have three guys dressed as the Joker, including the scarily effective Creed, we have Stanley amusingly asleep under his mask and we have Pam dressed as Charlie Chaplin or Hitler. It’s a really effective comedy sequence, using the characters as befits their personalities.

That’s what I said: Two plots which don’t have much to offer and a third which is a sad goodbye. I hope the writers make Michael learn something or gain something from his relationship with Holly because otherwise her cameo role in the show was a bit of a waste.



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  • I loved the halloween intro, Pam doesn't generally make me laugh but the Charlie Chaplin/Hitler made me laugh out loud. Stanley and Creed also brilliant. I absolutely love Holly and her character is done so well. I'm impressed they managed to balance someone perfect for Michael with an actually very believable character. I really felt for them both and can't believe she has left, one of my favourite people so far. All in all a sad but very good episode!

    Posted by Sophie, 21/01/2012 2:46pm (8 years ago)

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