• The Writer – Paul Lieberstein
  • Director – Charles McDougall
  • A brief synopsis – Dwight wins an award for being “the top salesman of the year at our company. He wins a little prize money and gets honored at some convention. It is literally the highest possible honor that a Northeastern Pennsylvania-Based Mid-size Paper Company Regional Salesman can attain, so…” he is real nervous.  He goes to Michael for advice and gets typically bad advice.  Oscar and Angela set off a daily battle for the thermostat level.  Jim is driven to plan a trip after hearing Pam plan her wedding.  The trip is set to take him to Australia during the time when Pam gets married.  Dwight, seeking advice from Jim, gets instructions on giving an authoritarian version with text from a Mussolini speech.  Angela, going home “sick” after Dwight and Michael leave, shows up incognito to film Dwight’s engrossingly successful rant.
  • The best lines – Dwight: Excuse me! May I have your attention please? There has been an accident on 84 West. Cars have skidded off the road into the safety railing. Several cars have flipped. There is broken glass everywhere. Several people are injured.
    Pam: Do we know anyone who was in the accident?
    Dwight: Brad Pitt. Also there will be no bonuses.
    Stanley: Why would this affect our bonuses?
    Dwight: They are unrelated.
    Kelly: Is Brad okay?
  • The best moment – Dwight actually rouses the crowd with a dictatorial rant from WWII Axis.
  • The best storyline – Dwight showing a vulnerability.  More depth is revealed, and it manages to keep him in character.  Losing the spelling be at his elementary with the word, “failure” is classic Dwight.
  • Notable guest appearance – A bunch of stand-ins as salesmen don’t qualify, do they?
  • Grade – A-

This was a good to great episode mostly about Dwight.  Smartly doing their best to make Dwight into an anti-hero, the show is reaching another level of greatness.  The battle between staff over the level of the thermostat is classic, too.  It’s the little things, like Kevin turning it to “69” that go a long way to developing the entire crew into the hearts of its viewers.

 

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