The Office Recap: Junk Toucher

For a show that employs many hilarious female actors and writers, more than many of its competitors, The Office has always been disappointingly light on female-driven episodes. That was sort of excusable for the first seven seasons in which Michael Scott presided, while the entire ensemble took B- and C-story duties. But this season, some fans were hoping for more. Tonight, we got it.

Enter Cathy, the temp who will be filling in for Pam. She is pretty. Super pretty. It's easy to imagine her standing out in Scranton, Pennsylvania, people asking her if she is an actress researching for a television show. Now, I have no experience being pregnant, but the thought of an impossibly beautiful woman working next to your husband (who has a history of boyishly obsessing over cute co-workers) while you are on maternity leave must cause some anxiety. Pam, sweet and trusting as she is, can’t contend with her neuroses. (We will note here without further comment that this plot, about a woman who wants her partner to admit he finds another woman attractive and gets crazy when he won't, recently appeared on an episode of Whitney.) She’s sure Jim thinks Cathy’s hot, and she wants to hear him say it, because hey, she’s about to pop, and no one is dumb enough to stop a pregnant woman from doing whatever the hell she wants. Read More...


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