'The Office' recap: It's a Dundie-ful Life

"The Dundies," the first episode of The Office's second season, was a massive turning point for a then-fledgling show. Season 1 had been fairly funny but inconsistent; it also seemed a little too mean-spirited for a mainstream American sitcom. (Maybe that kind of stuff will fly across the pond, Ricky Gervais, but in the Land of the Free, we like the protagonists of our comedies to be lovable. At least on some level.) The premiere of season 2, however, revealed that over the summer, the series had undergone fairly significant retooling — tertiary characters were starting to be fleshed out; the humor was less discomfiting; there was a lot more heart — and that it was much better as a result.

So it should be no surprise that The Officeelected to bring back the awards ceremony to mark another important milestone: Steve Carell's second-to-last episode as a series regular. Though the Dundies themselves hadn't graced our TV screens since 2005, we learned tonight that Michael's still been holding them every year — and that hosting his last Dundies ever is a huge deal to him. It's also a huge deal for Deangelo, who will be responsible for taking over Dundie duty once Michael has left for Colorado (a.k.a. the Sunshine State). Read More...



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