The Office Season 6, Episode 3: 'The Promotion' Review - Featured

With all the hype about The Office's big wedding coming up, I was entertained by last week's business dealings for Jim and Michael, but this week I was really just wishing it was the wedding episode already!



But, as I should've expected, while we didn't get the excitement of the wedding quite yet, this week's 'The Promotion' was still plenty worth an episode of hilariousness!


I hadn't really thought through how difficult it was going to be for Michael to run the office with someone else since my focus after last week's decision to have Michael and Jim as co-managers had me just thinking on how that was a clever compromise to keeping Michael at the Scranton branch for our weekly amusement. But of course, since Michael's spends almost 50% of his time on distracting other people, as noted in Jim's pie chart, an always ridiculous amount of that distraction is about him looking important, aka lots of stupid meetings and talking to other people about how busy he is, while not actually getting to any of the work.


I loved the opening scene of Dwight running back and forth between Michael's office and Jim's new office trying to get someone to sign his expense report with Michael throwing him out because that was day-to-day stuff, now Jim's domain, and Jim throwing Dwight out because he didn't say please, leading Dwight to continuing to run around trying to file a complaint against Jim. Ah, all sorts of hilarious new drama to be had that's exactly the same conflicts, just set into a slightly new space with Jim getting promoted above the bitter Dwight!


It was a lot of fun to see Michael try to exert his power over Jim and Jim fighting right back, but I wasn't crazy about everyone yelling at Jim. It had to be done, but I felt like nothing was accomplished in quite the way I would expect.


It seems from where we left everyone still really upset with Jim's announcement that only the salesmen were getting raises, and then Michael saying they were just going to go into the conference room and not come out, well, it seems like this co-manager thing isn't going to work or last.


I suppose they can find a way to work it out, but I expected that solution to already come in this episode. Previously when Jim's been given the opportunity to be in charge in the office while Michael was out, he'd crashed and burned, but learned a nice lesson from Michael, and we'd get to realize that Michael wasn't such an idiot after all! Or rather, Michael's an idiot, but also actually a good manager. This week, though, we didn't see any of that. Michael didn't have any good ideas or moves that showed he's the experienced and good manager he kind of is, but instead he just seemed set on being a moron, and eventually bonding with Jim over their now matching "World's Best Boss" mugs.


The other thing that threw me off from what I was hoping for in this episode was that Jim wants this job enough to advance his career and make more money for the baby coming, that we had no moments of Jim freaking out about how he was becoming Michael which he despised (make note of Jim's rewind Michael-like dance), and he didn't at all comment on how he'd kill himself if this paper company thing became his career. Of course Jim can't be the young guy in the office blowing everything off anymore, but I'd like to at least see that quality we know and love shining through his desire to do better for his life.


When I started the episode, I just wanted to move along to next week for the wedding, but now after all the unresolved co-manager drama, I'm more wishing we had another in-office episode to resolve all that! I suppose I can wait, though, for what will probably be the sweetest and one of the funniest and best episodes of The Office yet with the thrilling JAM wedding!


So what did you think of the drama this week, and do you think it'll feed into next week at all? Also, what are you hoping to see in the JAM wedding? Are you most looking forward to lots of JAM adorableness, or are you more looking forward to the disastrous moments waiting to happen?

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Oct 3, 2009 11:14PM EDT

I agree with this review so much, I ADORE the office, however this series has seemed to be a bot lazy? I was angry at ep 2 for making Michael look like abogger idiot than he is and I have few issues with this ep that surprised me.One of the things I love about the characters is the way they can be stupid but there is human logic there in the end, and with all Michaels silly carry-on they always show that actually he got where he is because he has the ability to seal the deal etc.Jim looked for the promotion because he is going to be a husband and a father and yet in the first minutes of the ep he is winding Dwight up, as much as I love when Jim does this, its not how I think 'Jim' would behave, he would be taking it bit more seriously and be trying harder (remeber when he told Pam he couldnt play because of his promotion). Also the fact that they got away with ending the ep and there being no resolution to the problem at hand (the raise nad who got it) is extremely lazy.Anyaway, I love this show and I am a little (actually hugely) dissappointed at the lazy silly approch they have taken so far this serious. The thing I always loved was that there was a sophisticated under-current to the humour and not just slap-stick but I'm not going to give up n them just yet, they have a few more eps to win me round.......anyone else agree???(sorry, dont know when I decided my opinion mattered ha, just needed to vent it)

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Oct 5, 2009 5:21AM EDT

i really don't understand why people care so much about the wedding. i'm not particularly looking forward to it anymore than any other episode.
anyway, another great episode. i liked how it all led to Jim and Michael bonding. i think that was the point - the whole who-gets-a-bonus-issue was only a side story of not much importance, i expect.

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Oct 8, 2009 9:41PM EDT

I was severely disappointed with the idea of co-managers or, effectively, two managers. The Office belongs to Michael and no one else, making Jim a co-manager makes Michael unimportant. I absolutely hated the idea and was very very disappointed.
Taking the dopey and foolish leadership role away from Michael's character is entire character assassination. We love seeing Michael make a fool of himself as the unbeatable leader, making clumsy decisions and putting the entire Office at danger. We can't have Jim's sanity interfere with such comedy genius.
I am looking forward to Dwight trying to sabotage Jim, that will bring in a few laughs. I would love to have saw more of Andy, he is a natural comedian, I am still laughing from his last week's questioning "am I gay Michael?" LOL
I can't say I am much excited about the wedding, I am just happy to see a double-whammy of The Office this week. It seems to make me no more excited than I felt watching Phyllis' wedding. I don't know why they try force-feeding us their tailored emotions through the Promos.
I also want to see Ryan do a bit more. I think his character is becoming too unrealistic now, no one gets an MBA, becomes a VP (I think), then gets fired, then gets hired, then leaves and then comes BACK to the SAME JOB. We need the writers to be a bit more imaginative regarding his character.

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