The Office: Episode 31 – The Coup


  • The Writer – Paul Lieberstein
  • Director – Greg Daniels
  • A brief synopsis – Both Stamford and Scranton have ways to waste time.  Stamford plays video games online.  Scranton has Movie Monday.  Jan drops in on one of the Movie Mondays, calling an end to it.  Angela, against the time-wasting, cajoles Dwight into going to Jan and offering to “improve” things if Jan replaces Michael…with him.  Jan calls Michael and tells him everything, pushing Michael to fool with and eventually face Dwight about his betrayal.  Meanwhile, Pam has bought a bunch of new clothes online, at Kelly’s behest.  After being convinced to try one of her new blouses on, she tires of being leered at by the likes of Creed and eventually changes back into her office attire.   After spending all day in Stamford confused as hell at the Call of Duty game they are playing, Jim finds a bit of a connection with Karen.
  • The best line – Dwight: Ever since Michael dumped Jan for Carol, Jan’s been bitching out on him. Reject a woman and she will never let it go. One of the many defects of their kind. Also weak arms.
  • The best moment – Michael’s confrontation scene with Dwight is actually pretty effective and true to the natures of the two characters.
  • The best storyline – Dwight steps to the front, with his own Lady MacBeth at his side, or, at least, behind him.
  • Notable guest appearance – None that haven’t been there before.  Love Andy.
  • Would Michael be reprimanded? – If the first time, no, he would have talked his way out of this minor quibble.
  • Grade – A-

A decent turnaround from a slow start.  Much growth for Dwight and Jim is interesting again.  Karen and Andy are becoming assets to the show.  Then there’s Creed, staring down Pam’s blouse.  Priceless.  Michael tips back towards believable here, too.

 

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