What a great little episode of The Office. Ellie Kemper got one of her first major episodes, the supporting cast was present in full force (except Creed), and we got to know Gabe a little better. All that and some god-awful/awesome Cookie Monster impressions made for a bang-up visit with the Dunder-Mifflinites. This also marked Steve Carell's second time as director, and while last season's 'Broke' covered a lot more ground, 'Secretary's Day' was similarly fast-paced and focused on the theme of how one fits in in such a strange environment.
The break-out characters for this episode were definitely Erin and Gabe, two of the newer faces at DMHQ, and one of the things that keeps me optimistic about The Office, even if I sometimes wonder about its lifespan, is its ability to integrate new people. Will there ever come a time when the show doesn't include Dwight, Jim, Pam, and Michael? I really hope not. But knowing that new characters can make sense within the show - without seeming like straight-up replacements, Law and Order-style - is encouraging.
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