This episode started out pretty good with Pam about to give birth and and not wanting to go to the hospital because if she waits long enough here HMO will cover more of the hospital stay. It was interesting to see Jim get agitated. We seldom see a side of his character that actually cares about anything, so the couple minutes where he was upset and freaking out were his funniest moments in a long time. It was refreshing to see a side of him other than his usual snarkiness. For a moment I almost believed that these characters were people and not the one-dimensional persona's they have been reduced to.
One of the main problems of this episode, and with the series as a whole, is that I now longer believe anything that happens even within the universe of the show. You expect me to believe that Michael, the man who in almost every episode of the series has some sort of prop, game, costume, speech, toy, or other ridiculous piece of non-sense on hand to distract people from work, doesn't have any way of distracting Pam from her contractions? Come one. That's totally contrary to everything we've seen from this character in the past. Additionally, it seems like all the characters on this show have gotten dumber and dumber to the point where they're stupidity is no longer amusing or that interesting. When your racing to the hospital is a silly time to make some one hold the elevator, or talk about a deer you saw. I get it. They are stupid. How long do you expect that to entertain me, The Office.
I will say that the best part of this episode was Kevin and Pam's eating ritual. I don't know if there really is a Twilight Cookbook (I would not be surprised if there was) but that was the funniest line in the entire episode. That scene really spoke to all of us who enjoy a good second breakfast and first dinner.
All in all, this episode, like most of the episodes this season was sub par.
Read Part 2 here