Remember last week’s heartwarming conclusion, in which Andy Bernard got his nickname tattooed on his tuchus? Well, for this week’s Thursday-night promo, NBC digitally replaced said tat with an inky simulacrum of Whitney Cumming’s face. Barf. Unfortunately, tonight’s episode is only slightly more palatable than its ad. Even the cold open tanks and cold opens are The Office’s thing. The gang finds a dog locked in a junky sedan, windows rolled up, and everyone reacts like Neanderthals. Let’s just say the best plan to free the dog is had by Kevin, who locks himself in another van and passes out.
The episode begins in earnest when the warehouse guys win a $900K lottery and quit. Andy doesn’t know what to do, so he consults the entire office. We learn Jim would spend the money living in the country, but Pam wants a townhouse in Soho. Are the seeds of a marital spat being sown?
Beyond that juicy detour, we’ve seen this scene before. Problem arrives, Andy asks employees for guidance, everyone cracks unhelpful jokes, and the story slows down like an old dog in a hot car. Enough with the aimless group scenes already.
Eventually Erin, Jim, Dwight, and Kevin (who someone must have saved from dying of heat exhaustion in his van — astonishing, considering they couldn’t help the pup) volunteer for warehouse duty.
Meanwhile, Andy asks the downtrodden Darryl to hire his old friends’ replacements. Darryl doesn’t, as he’s too busy dwelling on the big what-if. You know, what if he hadn’t left the warehouse, what if he were rich right now, what if he were with his friends investing in energy drinks and opening a strip club on a boat. Instead, he’s stuck in a mid-level job getting fatter by the day. Help me here: Was he wearing a fat suit or is Craig Robinson just putting on the winter weight?
The remainder of the episode is spent waiting for Andy and Daryl to get at it, but as a boss, Andy is too nonconfrontational. It’s boring. Andy does everything for Darryl, recruiting, interviewing, and hiring candidates. Only at the very end, after Darryl gives Andy a douchey ultimatum — fire him or give him Andy’s job as manager — does the new boss muster some self-respect and stand up for himself. Read More...