The Office: Episode 82 – New Boss

  • The Writers – Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky
  • Director – Paul Feig
  • A brief synopsis – David Wallace hires a new VP for the Northeast region, Charles Miner, from outside the company and uses him to act as a buffer between Wallace and Michael, but his abrasive style wears thin fast.  Angela and Kelly fall for Charles big time.  Jim, wearing a tux to annoy Dwight, gets under Charles’ skin.
  • The best line – Dwight: Oh, here’s one: a string quartet, playing classy-cal music. [Jim grimaces]
    Michael: [watches Jim grimace, copies him] You know, that’s good but it’s not classy. I-I need something classy like the opening of a car dealership.
    Jim: That’s it. Or Mr. Peanut.
    Michael: Yes.
    Dwight: Mr. Peanut is not classy.
    Michael: He is.
    Dwight: He is a regular peanut. He just happens to have a cane, a monocle and a top hat.
    Michael: That’s what makes him classy.
    Dwight: Ok, how about this? An ice sculpture, shaped like you, covered in chocolate-covered strawberries.
    Jim: Oh, Dwight, you’re trying too hard, and that’s just not classy. You see, the thing about classy is it’s a state of mind.
    Dwight: Well, I’m sorry, I just don’t know what classy is then.
    Jim: Ok, well let’s just try this one on for size. And I apologize because it’s right off the top of my head: an ice sculpture. Of you. Completely surrounded by a variety of chocolate-covered fruits.
    Michael: Strawberries?
    Jim: That’s inspired.
    Dwight: I said that! [storms out, slams door behind him]
    Pam: Not classy.
    Michael: Not classy at all.
    Jim: De class.
    Michael: French. Classy.
  • The best moment – When Charles explains to Jim that his position is non-existent: ironic echo from the past.
  • The best storyline – Charles really making Jim sweat.
  • Notable guest appearance – Idris Elba, perfectly cast as Charles Miner.
  • Would Michael have been reprimanded? – I think it played out well.
  • Grade – A

Good episode that really shook up the series (thank God).  Charles Miner does a perfect job of not getting it, and the rest of the staff are perfectly on cue.  Quitting speech is about what one would expect from Michael.  Jim is in the perfect tight spot.

 

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