The Office: 'Business Ethics' = A Scranton Oxymoron

I usually am instantly in love with every episode of The Office, but this week's "Business Ethics" didn't quite do it for me. I thought a lot of it was hilarious (cue Jim discussing Battlestar Galactica and its cylons, wookies, and wizards with Andy trying to get Dwight to chime in and waste work time), but I found most of the Michael-Holly and Meredith situation a little too uncomfortable.


I almost felt like it was trying to hard to show how hard it can be to have a relationship with a co-worker because you have to deal with the tricky parts of working together. I guess we've touched on that plenty with the other office relationships including Michael's with Jan, but somehow, Michael at the deposition with Jan was funnier than seeing Holly get such a hard time, and then her have to give Michael such a hard time - maybe that's because she's so nice and funny unlike Jan (sorry, Jan) and that makes me feel worse for Holly.


Anyway about it, I felt bad for Michael when he was trying to make Holly "cool" around the office by not making her meetings so lame only for her to keep shutting him down, then bad for her to fight so hard, even though she wanted to be nice to Michael, and then get all her hard work shut down by the corporate guy!


Wow, this company is corrupt - which, okay, is pretty hilarious with all the Jan drama, the Ryan fiasco, and now Meredith's sex for discounts being acceptable, but the fact that Holly got scolded because of that is a bummer.


I'm curious what this will mean for Holly's place at Dunder Mifflin. It seemed as if at the end, all was happily resolved between Michael and Holly, and Holly felt grateful for getting some respect at the office thanks to Michael actually getting mad and yelling at everyone, (aw, Jim's scared face!) but will Holly feel like Scranton isn't the place for her or was that just a bump in the road to her really being part of the Scranton office "family?"


On a lighter note of office scandal, I was happy to see Dwight and Angela back to hooking up! Poor Andy, yes, but I have to say I was disappointed when Angela ditched Dwight because she actually felt bad - boorringg!


It was also really fun to have that be the point where Dwight happily accepted Jim saying he was wasting company time - too funny! I suppose Jim thought Dwight was in the bathroom for that 20 minutes or so, but wouldn't he be a little more suspicious about it after Dwight was finally okay with calling it wasted company time?


Orr maybe Jim suspects since he had caught them long ago and decided not to tell, and is happy for Dwight in some weird way.


Besides all the Jim and Dwight antics of this episode, I also thought the intro with Jim telling everyone he and Pam were engaged with her on speaker phone was hilarious and the reactions were perfect for every one of the characters! I love how selfish everyone is except Michael, kind of.


Hopefully we'll soon be getting more Pam back on camera, and also some more happiness for Michael and Holly since they're way more fun when they're not dealing with all that work mumbo-jumbo.


So what did you think? Join in this episode featured discussion:

The Office 'Business Ethics': Too Awkward or Totally Funny?


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Oct 10, 2008 4:36PM EDT

my favorite part of the episode was the intro to the business ethics meeting. Holly and Michael's "Let's Get Ethical" was hilarious.

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Oct 10, 2008 5:14PM EDT

I can understand and agree with this being one of the less interesting episodes in a while. I can also feel for Holly. One thing I don't think you touched on and maybe you don't understand is that true, you mentioned the irony of all the office scandals of the past but Holly's notation being completely blown by. You mention THIS (dunder miff) being corrupt. These situations can be seen on a nearly daily basis in most corporate company's, especially on the larger scale. I cannot tell you how many times I was put in Holly's situation where you felt ethics should override the dollar at the end of the day. But to face facts, this was a nearly flawless interpretation of what people have to go through working for company's like these.
On the entertainment side of it, I found the episode incredibly bland but this may also be setting up some new tension for Holly and Michael to deal with.

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Oct 10, 2008 5:28PM EDT

The premise for the episode was funny, because throughout it you thought maybe Michael was growing as a person, he did not just cave in to Holly cause he likes her, and then when coporate sides with him, he says so how do you tell someone I told you so, that you like. Do you say it in a funny way or do you just let it go cause saying anything would probably just make it worse(And you think well maybe Michael is learning), then he says,...probably the funny way. Classic.

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Oct 11, 2008 12:10AM EDT

Jeeeesh! Overanalyzing. I liked the episode.

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Oct 11, 2008 6:06AM EDT

This episode was awesome. A meeting about ethics that began with Micheal and Holly re-arranging the lyrics to 'Let's Get Physical' which lead into Meredith telling the whole office she was putting out for paper discounts and steak? That's hilarious.

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Oct 11, 2008 11:36AM EDT

I feel like those who expected more did so because of the stellar start to a season, seen in "Weight Loss". Sure this wasn't one of the greatest (cue Casino Night) but it was an Office episode, and still deserves credit for being the funniest show on television ( No offense to the Too-smart-for-me, Emmy-award winning 30 Rock). The Office once again beats all sitcoms today, and 5 seasons in, it still proves to be the most original.

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Oct 13, 2008 1:37PM EDT

i did like the episode a lot but was really diasppointed, that it took only around 21 minutes. did they run out of ideas for the full 40 minutes?

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