The Office 'Business Trip': We Laughed, We Cried...

The Office got a whole lot more cultured this week as Michael, Andy, and Oscar headed out for an exciting international business trip - to Canada.


We heard David Wallace explaining he was glad Michael was excited about the trip since he knew Michael was sad about Holly leaving, and David actually felt bad about transferring her. But Michael was an adult about it, and told David not to worry and it was all in the past.


So off they went to Canada with Michael all excited about getting star treatment in business class on the plane, and geisha treatment from the hotel consierege - yikes!


The best moments of this business trip were Andy trying to hook up Michael with the consierege at the bar, Andy trying to hook up Oscar with two straight guys, then Andy and Oscar drinking too many Long Island Ice Teas and drunk calling Angela - to ask her why she wouldn't "do it" with Andy!


I'm feeling really bad for Andy in this Angela situation as yeah, he's a moron, but he really is such a nice guy who wants to be happy and in love. I don't think he really is in love with Angela, but he'll still be crushed if/when he discovers the truth of what's going on. And speaking of that truth, how hilarious, scandalous, and awful that when Andy called Angela, and we heard "who is it, monkey?" in the background from Dwight!


So we were left with Andy feeling stupid and awful when he realized that call to Angela was not a drunken dream, but a drunken reality, and Michael realizing he couldn't go through with hooking up with the consierege, leading him to call David Wallace at the airport to tell him how awful the trip was, and how "sucky" a thing it was that David moved Holly. So sad!


Meanwhile, back at the office, the main drama was around Jim and Pam, as Pam was supposed to be back working at the Scranton office after completing her design classes the following week. But Pam found out she was failing one of her classes, and would have to retake it if she wanted that credit! Jim was clearly bummed by this, as was Pam, since it would take 3 more months of living apart, but Jim being the sweetheart he is, told her she should come back the right way, meaning feeling good about completing and passing her design program.


At the point of Pam getting off the phone with Jim in tears over this, I thought for a moment maybe Pam was lying to Jim about failing the class. She's a smart girl who doesn't seem to be the type to suddenly be failing, plus her probably interested NY guy friend asked her last week to stay in NY to continue her art experience. So I was thinking maybe Pam wanted to stay longer, and didn't know how to tell Jim besides lying about having to stay for a class!


But it turned out that possible JAM betrayal was not true as Pam appeared outside Dunder Mifflin at the end of the day to meet Jim, telling him she was coming back and it wasn't because of him - she wanted to be home, and she hated graphic design - but Jim didn't wipe that smile off his face, and oh the JAM cuteness - hooray! That is, until Dwight showed up to ask Pam if she was back and to make some copies, but what better way to welcome Pam back??


So it looks like we'll finally be back to having Jim and Pam together and Pam a part of the office again which will be great as the chemistry is all off without her there. We'll have to deal with the new Kelly-Ryan drama, the continued Andy-Angela-Dwight triangle, plus see how Michael fairs now that he's admitted he's not fine with Holly's absence.


What did you think? Did you love this episode with the pains of waiting another week for more or did you feel so-so about it?


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Nov 14, 2008 8:48PM EST

I really loved pam showing up, that was a highlighti think with michael telling off his boss will end up kind of messy, but maybe the writers have a plan to bring holly back!! after all, writers want to make us watchers and avid fans happy!

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Nov 15, 2008 1:17PM EST

The last two episodes have showed me that this season could REALLY get good...I've liked each episode so far better then the last. And now with Pam back to DM (it really didn't feel the same without her) and the love triangle, and who knows...maybe something will happen between Mike and Wallace...? There's just so much material for some genuinely funny stuff...

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Nov 16, 2008 9:20PM EST

I really enjoyed this episode :) It was probably the first time in the series that I actually liked Andy, and actually felt bad for him for this whole Angela thing!
Hilarious that Angela told him they'd have to go back to "first base" which turns out to be he can kiss her on her forehead... since she's boning Dwight in the meantime!
<3 The Office!

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Nov 16, 2008 11:55PM EST

i was wondering about michael mentioning that they say they wouldnt fire him for telling off the boss because they respect him, and the obviously don't show that much respect for michael so do you think they could fire michael? You couldn't think of the show without michael the boss but at the same time you didn't think dwight would actually have to leave back in season 3 i think anyways maybe we could see another brief job abscence.

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Nov 22, 2008 4:29PM EST

what oh what is happening to this show? why is it so emotional now? id really like to have the old office back, as opposed to what is now a narrative style of The View.

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