This week's The Office didn't do much follow-up to all the disasters of "Night Out," which seemed a bit necessary, but it looks like that will be dealt with later considering the finale episode's focus on Toby.
So last week we were left with Toby hopping the fence after touching Pam's knee, Jim realizing he was an awful manager, and the discovery of Ryan's drug problem.
Ryan did appear this week, but he was still in hot-shot mode, including a a nasty power play on Jim, which I guess was about the only thing dealt with from last week. Ryan told Jim he was getting a warning for messing around more than he works - where would he get that idea?? While it was sad to see Jim discouraged, it was pretty hilarious to see Toby who's usually all about being fair and P.C. completely go along with knocking Jim down.
Oh that Pam is a powerful woman in this office! She also has some pretty hideous glasses that detracted Michael, but attracted Kevin. Good stuff there for Kevin asking Pam to play librarian... creepy?
It was actually quite a power play evening with Dwight playing Andy as he bought his car for far less than Andy wanted to sell it for, then flipped it right before Andy's eyes.
Also, we had the focus of the episode all power play-ful with Michael and Stanley. Now this was maybe a little too much. The great part of Toby making a big deal out of Michael and Stanley's "did I stutter?" moment in a meeting was that it was very classic hilarious Office humor to see how incredibly much worse Michael made it.
Michael asking Darryl about being in a gang and what they do was pretty priceless - my favorite has to be Darryl's list of the gangs he's been in including the Newsies. And of course Michael's belief that gangs really tickle each other to work out their problems, though for some reason, he didn't actually try this on Stanley.
Instead, all Stanley's under-the-breath moments came out in one big explosion as Michael tried to fake fire him to teach him a lesson. Oh, Michael. This is when things felt awkward.
Sure, it's funny to see Stanley come out of his shell and to see Michael get yelled at for all his stupidity over the years, but the horror of how it'd feel to be sitting there watching that was a little overwhelming.
But the interesting twist was actually getting some resolution including Michael acting like an actual boss and telling Stanley firmly but respectfully that Stanley simply couldn't talk to him that way because he is his boss. And Stanley respected him!
Turns out a little man-to-man talk actually worked for Michael! Will this mean the end of Stanley's snarky Michael comments?
This episode had me laughing out loud probably more than the rest since The Office's return, but was it up to par with the hilariousness we expect from The Office?
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