• The Writer – B.J. Novak
  • Director – Paul Feig
  • A brief synopsis – Michael and Pam start out the Michael Scott paper company.  Day 1 starts like you would expect, French toast and no underwear.  By the end of the day, he has picked up Ryan and a new place to hold business, in the same building as Dunder Mifflin Scranton.  Meanwhile, Jim is stuck with Charles, having to pretend he likes soccer to make an impression.
  • The best line – Charles: What about you, Jim? You a fan of the game?
    Jim: Uh, no. Nope. Not really.
    Charles: Well, it’s not for everybody I suppose. [Andy laughs]
    Jim: It’s ’cause I’m more of a player.
    Charles: Yeah?
    Jim: You bet.
    Dwight: Really, Jim? I had no idea you played soccer. ‘Cause you never, ever talk about it.
    Jim: Well I do.
    Dwight: Wow.
    Jim: I play.
    Dwight: You can be so modest sometimes.
    Jim: Well, maybe you should get back to work.
    Dwight: Maybe you and Charles should kick the soccer ball around.
    Jim: Maybe we will someday.
    Dwight: Maybe you will tonight after work. What do you say?
    Charles: That’s a great idea, Dwight.
    Dwight: Great ideas are just part of what I bring to the table.
    Jim: Yeah.
    Dwight: I don’t try and be anything that I’m not.
    Charles: What do you say, Jim? Huh? Wanna play some soccer?
    Dwight: Jim, what do you say?
    Angela: Sounds fun.
    Andy: I’m in it to win.
    Dwight: Game on!
    Charles: Okay. See you on the field, there, bro.
    Jim: Let’s… eh… see ya.
    Charles: See you on the field. Ha, ha. I can’t wait!
  • The best moment – Jim ducks and Phyllis gets a soccer ball in the face.
  • The best storyline – I love seeing Jim squirm in the wake of Michael’s absence.
  • Notable guest appearance – Jim’s Nana, and his buddy from his telemarketer days.
  • Would Michael have been reprimanded? – n/a
  • Grade – A-

I love seeing Ryan giving out shoes in the bowling alley.  This is a realistically awkward portrayal that benefits from Pam being part of the mix.  Ryan, in his new form as sycophant weasel is adorable.  It is Dwight thriving (very subtly) in Jim’s misery over Charles that takes the cake, however.


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