I've been loving this season of The Office, but as can be expected in the fourth season of a show kind of about nothing, plot development becomes unavoidable and the show gets a little more about plotlines, and a little less about the totally absurd everyday office moments that made this show the hit comedy it is!
But this week's "Frame Toby" felt like it brought back those hilarious little moments of office awkwardness and fights that made this show so fun in the first place.
"Frame Toby" was focused partly on Pam's note on the dirty microwave to keep it clean for the office community, and partly on Michael discovering (after an entire week) that Toby returned to his job which then led to Michael and Dwight tring to sabotage Toby back out of his job. And that landed us in what I thought was a whole barrel of Office laughs and awkwardness as Michael screamed "Noooo!" in Toby's face when he saw him, stress ate a huge amount of brownies while planning Toby's demise, fought with Dwight over how he didn't think Toby would find Dwight attractive, tried to make Pam get sexually harassed by Toby, then finally bought fake pot, aka caprese salad in a ziplock bag, to try to frame Toby for having drugs.
Oh, how I've missed you, totally out of hand office moments! I also completely loved Creed freaking out about the police coming to look into a call about drugs in the office!
I give this episode a 9/10 as it had such great office conflict moments that made me laugh out loud many a time, plus it still had some great plot moments like the fact that Toby's back, Pam's back, Ryan broke up with Kelly to go to Thailand with some friends from high school, well... a... high school, and Jim and Pam got a house!
So what did you think? What's your rating for this episode? Did "Frame Toby" bring back that bit of funny we've been missing on The Office, or did you find this episode just so-so?
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