When I spoke to Paul Lieberstein earlier this week, I told him that, from what I had seen in this episode's previews, it reminded me of when Frank Burns took over the 4077th in a couple of episodes of 'M*A*S*H.'
Of course, Lieberstein knew exactly what I was talking about, despite the age of the reference, and he laughed heartily. "I was a big 'M*A*S*H' fan, I and I liked it when Frank ran things for a little while," he said.
"I felt like, you want to see what it's like. There's so much promise in the air of what Dwight would do, so many threats over the years, and he wanted it so bad." When I asked if we were going to see any new shades to Dwight in this episode, he flat out said with a chuckle, "No."
And, boy we didn't see any shades at all. It was full-on, maximum-strength Dwight. But the surprising thing about this episode -- and what made me enjoy it a lot -- was that we didn't spend the entire half-hour watching Dwight make everyone's lives miserable. In fact, the ending was interesting, considering what it means for the future of the series. Read More...