• The Writer – Paul Lieberstein
  • Director – Greg Daniels
  • A brief synopsis – Jan and Michael take a client out to lunch for a pitch.  What started out as a trip to The Radisson ends up, thanks to Michael, a trip to Chili’s.  Meanwhile, Pam finds a script that Michael has written for a movie, which, with Jim’s help, immediately becomes the staff’s focus for the day.  They do a read through with Dwight playing lead, Michael Scarn.  This ends up with the staff working overtime, having a ball, until Dwight comes across his name in reference to the idiot assistant.  Given that it was a late night, Pam and Jim take the opportunity to have an impromptu dinner together.  Back to Chili’s Michael shows his sales instincts are pure and they land the client.  In the elation of the moment, Michael and Jan become intimate.  Jim and Pam share their own version of intimacy, listening to a song on Jim’s Ipod together.  The next day, both sets are trying to figure out what happened, what it means, and where they go next.
  • The best line – Pam: Here’s what we think happened. Michael’s sidekick, who all through the movie is this complete idiot who’s causing the downfall of the United States, was originally named Dwight. But then Michael changed it to Samuel L. Chang using a search and replace, but that doesn’t work on misspelled words, leaving behind one Dwigt. And Dwight figured it out. Oops.
  • The best moment – Take your pick: the Michael and Jan shocker or Pam and Jim take another step forward (I vote Michael and Jan).
  • The best storyline – Again, this could go either way, but I think that Jim and Pam follow-up their date with Jim’s bad line, thus pushing things back again, I think we go there.
  • Notable guest appearance – Tim Meadow’s exemplary performance as “The Client” Christian gives the middle section some great momentum.
  • Grade – A+

Easily the best episode so far.  All the cosmic tumblers click into place here.  The best thing about this episode is Carell’s incredible performance.  Managing to believably combine his usual goofiness with some believable guile, Carell shows for the first time how someone as seemingly inept as Michael Scott could end up a manager.  Add to this the wonderful script storyline and two (count ’em) romantic entanglements, this is one for the ages.

 

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