'The Office' recap: Somehow, He Manages

"Deangelo is great. I love the guy. But I’m not sure he’s a great fit for the office. And I’m not sure I love the guy." Michael Scott, you took the words right out of my mouth.

Will Ferrell's debut as Deangelo Vickers, the probably-temporary new manager of Dunder Mifflin Scranton, was a mixed bag. Some of his scenes, like an amazing cold open in which Ferrell and Carell played beautifully off of one another, were comic gold; others, like when Deangelo sharply ordered Jim and Pam to stop talking about their baby, were less effective. It's tough to figure out what sort of guy Deangelo is -- I feel a little bit like The Office's writers elected to give the character a few goofy personality quirks (likes the American Southwest, has a peanut allergy which is "a part of [him]") instead of a fully-formed personality. This isn't too worrisome, since he's had fewer than 22 minutes of screen time total so far; hopefully he'll get a little more rounded out as his four-episode arc continues. Read More...



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