A huge familiar feeling of disappointment may strike unsuspecting viewers at home tonight. Perhaps it’s because they were thinking, “Scranton is just getting off to a slow start, but it’ll pick back up.” Unfortunately every episode of The Office thus far has been filled with a straggling plot line of seriousness and terribly boring blasé.
And the vicious cycle continues.
Nellie (sigh) has decided to deceive Andy for treating her so poorly. With remarks like, “Nellie get your old saggy balls in here,” who can really blame her (I guess). Andy thinks that he’s related to Michelle Obama thanks to Nellie’s imaginary “genealogy research.” Although impressed at first, employees begin to question the legitimacy of his accessorial bearings, which leads to a classic office freak out.
They finally conclude that Andy must have been a product of slavery somewhere in his deep-seated ancestral past. Typical Andy becomes frantic, neurotic… obnoxious, about the whole situation.
In a classic “World’s Greatest Boss,” type of way, Andy rebukes and naively digs up more imaginary genealogy, this time of his employees. The show makes its way to an attempt at leveling the playing field or even at making a joke (imagine that?). Yet the plot is so sloppily all over the place that the shtick simply dies out.
Perhaps the most disappointing dilemma is that the two most useless characters, new and old, have united on the show. Nellie hits up Pam for lunchtime driving lessons, which isn’t necessarily a disaster, or anything at all really. In fact there seems to be truly no significance behind this newly found relationship. Which is also not too surprising.
Erin is trying to better herself for the sake of impressing Andy’s parents. According to Erin, all members of the Bernard’s speak multiple languages, especially when she’s around. She attempts to learn French at first, when Dwight finds out and is unimpressed he decides to teach her a real language. It’s only befitting that Dwight would be fluent in Dothraki, the indigenous language of “The Game of Thrones.”
While all this is happening, Darren is just trying to get a leg up in the world, devoting his time to, well, time management. Both Darren and Jim share a moment of bromantic realization while feeding each other the courage to take the next step in life. This scene is much cornier than words can properly describe.
This is another plot point that proves how seriously The Office holds it’s own esteem in regards of a moral message. Especially when Jim finally mans up and tells Pam his big secret.
The equation is simple, The Office season nine episode three: whimsical, slightly amusing, and totally disappointing.
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