'The Office': Everybody run, the acting manager's got a gun


In theory, producing a few episodes of "The Office" after Steve Carell left was a good idea, signaling to fans that life goes on after Michael leaves. In practice, though? The experiment hasn't really lived up to what the show is capable of doing. That's not to say that Thursday's (May 12) episode, "Dwight K. Schrute, Acting Manager," wasn't enjoyable. By focusing on the regular cast, the episode felt more in line with the show's normal scale (and gave us a one-week respite before the guest star-packed finale). It was certainly a sizable improvement on last week's all-over-the-place episode.And, any episode that ends with the out-of-nowhere twist of Creed as acting branch manager gets a few bonus points. But it's hard to escape the feeling that "The Office" is kind of marking time until it figures out its plan for next season and/or gets a new actor under contract.Still, there are worse ways to spin...



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