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The Office Recap: Finale (Season 9, Episode 23)

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May 17th, 2013

“Finale” is about bringing them all together for one last hurrah, and it works emotionally and comically. Unlike “Goodbye Michael,” which was really farewell Steve Carell, this episode says good-bye to Jim Halpert, not John Krasinski; Stanley Hudson, not Leslie David Baker; and Creed Bratton, not Creed Bratton.

The Office Recap: ‘A.A.R.M’ (Season 9, Episode 22)

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May 10th, 2013

“This” is being Assistant to the Regional Manager (Dwight Schrute) at a paper company that, even if it can survive the death of paper and Schrute leadership, does not have any room for advancement. That is not enough, nor should it be for anyone, let alone a young father.

The Office Recap: ‘Livin’ The Dream’ (Season 9, Episode 21)

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May 3rd, 2013

One of my favorite aspects of The Office (both incarnations) is that we are watching sad people. Not damaged in the way the gang from Community are/were, but normal and pathetic. Painfully average. When the show started obtaining some popularity around the second or third season, this aspect kind of floundered. But “Livin’ The Dream” brings it back and moves forward many long-running story lines.

The Office Recap: ‘Paper Airplane’ (Season 9, Episode 20)

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April 26th, 2013

Overall, “Paper Airplane” was one of those middle of the road episodes. Not particularly memorable, but not terrible. The humor is toned down so it’s not cartoony/goofy and has the feeling of classic era Office, but it lacks many comedic moments of note, though it has a decent share.

The Office Recap: ‘Stairmaggedon’ (Season 9, Episode 19)

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April 12th, 2013

How many episodes of The Office: An American Workplace did they release to the press? Assuming that each “night” corresponds with a “season,” Senator Lipton did not appear until Season 7 and he was not officially outed until Season 9. Does each episode focus on a different character instead? Also, the poor documentarians had one thing of public interest in all their footage, and the news had to go and spoil it.

The Office Recap: ‘Promos’ (Season 9, Episode 18)

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April 5th, 2013

Does this mean that the ten years of filming has reaped maybe 18 hours at most of usable footage? Who sponsored this mad project!?! And why would the Dutch care!?!

The Office Recap: ‘The Farm’ (Season 9, Episode 17)

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March 15th, 2013

Tonight is the episode of The Office that I’ve been waiting for: “The Farm.” This is the pilot for the defunct Dwight spin-off, the news of which led to the Internet being chock-full of references to the classic Simpsons episode, “The Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase.” When NBC decided not to pick up the show, the producers opted to re-purpose it into a conventional episode of The Office. And here we are.

The Office Recap: ‘Moving On’ (Season 9, Episodes 16)

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February 15th, 2013

If [Pam] chooses the home of Dunder Mifflin, it will appear like settling and provide a depressing ending to her character. One where she willingly gives up hope for a better, more interesting life in exchange for an eternity of monotony, which she actually complained about in the first episode of this season.

The Office Recap: ‘Couples Discount’ (Season 9, Episodes 15)

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February 8th, 2013

After they elevated Andy to the star, the show and the character suffered tremendously. His unlikeable edges were dulled down to create a milquetoast figure that it was difficult to root for, partly because the show made it so obvious how much they wanted the audience to root for him. But I can’t deny that it is bothersome for the show to have rendered his journey over the past two seasons moot.

The Office Recap: ‘Junior Salesman’ and ‘Vandalism’ (Season 9, Episodes 13 + 14)

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February 1st, 2013

In both “Junior Salesman” and “Vandalism,” Brian the Consoling Mic Guy takes an onscreen role. And, over the course of the hour, we learn that he’s incredibly creepy. Disturbingly so. It’s like the second he broke the fourth wall, something triggered in his brain. I hesitate to call it the renowned “perv switch,” but that smile at the end of “Junior Salesman…”

The Office Recap: ‘Customer Loyalty’ (Season 9, Episode 12)

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January 25th, 2013

The episode itself was fine and comprised of several small storylines, all of which worked. The title, “Customer Loyalty”, refers once again to Dwight’s plot. Upon learning that Darryl is also leaving Dunder Mifflin for Athlead, he freaks out and accuses Jim of trying to poach everyone from the staff.

The Office Recap: ‘Suit Warehouse’ (Season 9, Episode 11)

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January 18th, 2013

Moreover, it brings back something that has been dreadfully missing over the past few years — actually working and interacting with clients. Last year, this element was virtually absent as the show’s idea of work seemed to be characters holding the phone or crying about “quotas.”

The Office Recap: ‘Lice’ (Season 9, Episode 10)

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January 11th, 2013

As the title “Lice” suggests, the office must contend with lice. Pam’s daughter Cece had lice, and, after cleaning the entire house, Pam unintentionally brings it in and infects more than half of the office.

The Office Recap: Dwight Christmas (Season 9, Episode 9)

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December 7th, 2012

A recap/review of The Office‘s Dwight Christmas (Season 9, Episode 9), and a look at the first, mostly successful, half of the long-running series’ final season.

The Office Recap: The Target (Season 9, Episode 8)

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November 30th, 2012

A recap/review of The Office- The Target (Season 9, Episode 8)

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