The Office: Season 6 Episode 17: "The Delivery, Part 1" - Featured

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

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Mar 5, 2010 10:26PM EST

The main problem with The Office is that they made the Jim/Pam relationship the main focus of the show for so long, and now that those two characters relationship as been resolved it really isnt the same show. Now they are grasping a straws trying to find other relationships to feature like The Nard Dog and Erin, or Michael and Holly, but they are not the same. Plus on top of that the Jim and Pam characters, well not so much Jim, but definitely Pam's character has changed so drastically since the first few seasons, she doesn't even seem like the same character anymore. Its always the problem with the will they wont they relationships in shows, when they finally do, now what? How can you keep the same show that people tuned into alive? Probably a good reason why Ross and Rachel didnt finally end up together until the very last episodes. If they got married in season 5 or 6, it totally changes the dynamic of the show itself, and that is exactly what The Office is going through right now. And I agree with the reviewer, now all of the office characters are becoming almost like over the top caricatures of their former selves. Its almost like "ok we need to fill the giant void left by where the jim/pam stuff would normally have gone, so be bigger and louder and dumber characters." The Office is still good for a laugh here or there, but it is nothing like it used to be, they are definitely on the downhill portion of the show's life.

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Mar 6, 2010 10:38PM EST

great episode

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Mar 7, 2010 12:54PM EST

I thought this was quite a good episode, it is true, the office isn't what it once was, but I can't say that it was awful, it was nice to Angela/Dwight baby saga, Andy and Erin getting together was nice, particularly the bit with Michael in his office watching Andy & Erin, it kind of made me think that it could be a receptionist/sales person thing in the office.

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