Through the first six episodes of The Office's eighth season, I have been right on board with the popular critique that the series had lost its focus.*
*"Garden Party" is the exception to that rule.
"Pam's Replacement" helped sideline the show's recent problems with a multitude of laughs and an improvement to its most glaring problems as of late...the misuse of Ed Helms and James Spader.
After being thrust into the lead of the show, with a similar role and similar character to that of Steve Carrell, it seemed as if the Andy as branch manager project had failed. By giving him a smaller piece of the pie this week, and fortunately creating a tasty flavor of pie, both Helms and The Office were much more enjoyable. Read More...