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?