The Office: Episode 56 – Local Ad

  • The Writer – B.J. Novak
  • Director – Jason Reitman
  • A brief synopsis – Michael is appalled at the corner the branch is painted into for the local ad spot for the branch.  As a result, he challenges David Wallace (over Ryan’s objections) to give him one day to come up with a spot by the next morning.   Andy moves towards first base with Angela, Dwight falls into the online game Second Life for relief.  The rest of the staff is thrown into a wonderful creative effort that brings them together like never before.
  • The best line – Michael: Dunder Mifflin.  Limitless paper for a paperless world.
  • The best moment – The commercial was pretty good, and looked sufficiently homemade.
  • The best storyline – Everyone coming together for the ad.
  • Would Michael have been reprimanded? – Not a chance here.  Should have been commended.
  • Notable guest appearance – None
  • Grade – A

Solid half-hour show in a season of hour-longs.  The only thing that went a little long was Andy’s “Kit Kat” routine.  The rest was real solid.  Great movement on both Andy’s relationship and Dwight’s reaction to his new-found role as “advisor” to Andy.  Second Life Jim and Second Second Life Dwight are great, too.

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