The Office 5.23 'Broke' Review - Featured

The anticipation of how and when Michael Scott Paper would fall apart continued this week in 'Broke,' but just as the episode title indicates, we discovered the expected demise would come sooner rather than later. Michael, Pam, and Ryan discovered the shock that their little paper company couldn't make a profit with their low prices even in the long run. (After some quality moments of these three going out in a used Korean church van to deliver their paper while drinking milk and sugar at 5 am.)


But did this mean the company just fell apart and left the three compadres out of luck? Thankfully, no! For once, Michael's stupidity and business smarts came together, along with a bunch of luck! David Wallace came to visit to discuss the issue of Michael's company taking some of their best clients because, as will usually help the little guy out, the big guy was getting nervous about the little guy doing too well. This led to some hilarious and victorious moments as David and Charles discussed the issue, both bringing in their top guys, Jim and Dwight, and Charles quickly discovering Dwight's a nut while Jim was far smarter and savvier than Charles had been giving him credit for.


And so the insanity and awesomeness of Dunder Mifflin making Michael Scott Paper Company a buy-out offer ensued! And here's where that Michael Scott stupidity and business smarts came into play with surprisingly great results! They set us up for Michael yelling out in a nervous mess that they were broke upon entering the Dunder Mifflin office, but instead, he kept it together to the point of not just getting a good buy-out, but getting money, their jobs or even better jobs back, and getting Charles out of there. Go, Michael, go!!


It was wonderful to still have the ridiculous Michael Scott, but also see why on earth he's the boss of a successful branch after all. So now we'll have some interesting changes to look forward to as Michael has taken back his throne plus has finally earned the respect of David Wallace and corporate, Pam is going to be a salesperson, and Ryan, despite losing the company millions, is going to work for them again in some capacity. Now how Dunder Mifflin can afford all that is a bit of a mystery, but I guess Wallace knew it was worth it to get their clients back.


So what do you think comes next? Will it go back to business as usual with a happier Michael and a happier Pam, or will there still be ripple effects from all the drama of Michael leaving and starting a new company?


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Apr 24, 2009 3:49PM EDT

really wonderful episode. The Office never fails to be pure awesome.

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Apr 24, 2009 10:11PM EDT

What a great story arc! I'm glad to see that things are returning to 'normal', though. Pam becoming a salesperson was quite surprising. I wonder if she and Jim will get into a competition. I also wonder if the Office workers will finally give Pam some respect, or if they'll still treat her like a receptionist. Either way, the next episode promises to be interesting.

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Apr 27, 2009 10:53PM EDT

The last scene when Michael puts his foot on the desk and the camera pans out, was just golden!!!!

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