The Office: Ain't No Baby Shower Like a Scranton Baby Shower

Last week, I felt as if The Office dropped the ball a little bit on its usual hilarity, but this week, it generally picked it back up, though it's still missing a little something that is probably partly the off feeling of not having Pam in the office.


Besides that complaint from this JAM lover, "Baby Shower" was pretty darn funny as we had Michael insisting on an amazing baby shower for Jan (and his non-baby), only to have Jan show up already with baby in tow! Poor Michael!


While the whole episode had plenty of laughs like Jan sitting on the floor rocking the baby and singing songs like "Son of a Preacher Man" and making everyone extraordinarily awkward plus Dwight running around "testing" the $1,000 baby carriage, I also felt a little sad for Michael as he so badly wanted to be part of the baby process even though it wasn't his, but Jan kept kicking him to the curb.


Of course that isn't the healthiest situation for Michael, so I was actually pretty glad to see Michael finally get to hold Astrid, the baby, and feel no connection to it like he expected. He then went to Daryl for "baby daddy" advice, as he usually does in a totally inappropriate way, and then ended up going to Holly after Jan left and just holding her - awww. Awkward and ridiculous, but the way Michael explained it as he felt a connection holding Holly which he didn't with the baby - pretty adorable.


I absolutely love how Michael can be so clueless and inappropriate all the time, but then has those moments of being like a little kid with his sweet heart - love it! And I think Holly did too - yea!


I don't know if it's the best idea to have Michael and Holly date already, but I guess with Pam still out of the office, there's room for a little more coupledom than there would be otherwise, even though it may get to be a bit overkill having storylines following Holly and Michael, Jim and Pam, and the Dwight-Angela-Andy triangle, but we'll see how it goes!


On the Michael and Holly note, I was surprised to hear Jan tell Michael as she left not to date Holly. I suppose she knows him well after being with him and picked up that his pretending to hate Holly was his way of covering up his crush, but it was still a bit odd. I think Michael did exactly the right thing by asking Holly out right away because Jan has no right to tell Michael what to do with the way she treats him... though maybe she figured that's exactly what he'd do and she wanted him to date so she wouldn't have to feel bad leaving him out of the baby's life. Hmm!


Besides all these ever so meaningful moments including a sad but sweet conclusion with Jim and Pam both leaving each other voice mails about feeling off that day, the episode had some great moments because hey, what's better than throwing a crazy lady with a baby into an office of awkward and insensitive people, one of whom steals your baby carriage to kick it, throw it down hills, and drag it behind his car? What an amazing parent Dwight would make.


What did you think? Was "Baby Shower" up the usual hilarious quality of The Office?


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Oct 17, 2008 3:45PM EDT

I completely agree with everything that you have posted. In fact I think this is one of the best reviews I have read on this site to date. Especially the part where you are glad that Michael didn't feel anything when he held Astrid. I think Jan being a control freak has a big part of her not wanting Michael to date Holly.

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Oct 17, 2008 4:06PM EDT

I really liked the montage scene of micheal holding all the babies, that was super cute

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Oct 17, 2008 6:00PM EDT

i LOVED the ending with jim and pam leaving the messages that were the same! that was some good writingalso, i do agree it is a bit of overkill with the love triangles and couples, but its the office, they are going to go somewhere with it

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Oct 18, 2008 12:44AM EDT

I am just glad holly and michael finally got together. It frustrated me SO MUCH to see them both fumbling around, and that michael didnt see that holly liked him back

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Oct 18, 2008 1:28AM EDT

Week 2's episode was bad I'll admit. Episode 3 is back to standard.Dwight destroying that stroller was gold haha.

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Oct 18, 2008 4:57PM EDT

Jan doesn't want Michael to date Holly because of that awkward scene between them when Holly was trying to make Jan laugh after she woke up from her nap. I think Jan realized that Holly is the exact same person as Michael and, being a crazy control freak, doesn't want Michael to be happy or not want her.
The end with Michael and Holly actually warmed my heart more than the phone messages from Jim and Pam (which was also adorable though)

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Oct 19, 2008 10:57PM EDT

What you guys are out of your mind. The Ethics Episode was one of the best Offices I have ever seen. It was up there with the "Diversity Training" episode. It was a Dilbert Comic stripe extended but Office style. It was so close to the truth and making fun of ethics training that you had to love it. None of you have obviously worked in a large corporation before other wise you should of gotten it.

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Oct 21, 2008 9:02PM EDT

very glad michael and holly are finally getting their act together.
i also agree that this week was a massive step up from last week.

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