The Office: Episode 119 – The Sting


  • The Writer – Mindy Kaling
  • Directed by – Greg Daniels
  • A brief synopsis – Danny Cordray (Timothy Olyphant) is stealing clients from Dunder-Mifflin Sabre and so the Michael decides to trick him.  When that does not work, he hires him.  Andy starts a band after Broccoli Rob does a milk commercial.
  • The best line – Andy: [reading Cornell magazine] Whoa. Libby Dirketts got married. Big Red mazel tov to the Libster. Ooh, says here Dan Becker fell off the side of Kilimanjaro in a climbing accident. It appears Dan’s Sherpa survived to tell the tale-Oh, my God!
    Phyllis: What? Is Dan okay?
    Andy: No, he died. It’s Broccoli Rob. You know this guy; I showed you his picture on Facebook.
    Phyllis: Yes.
    Andy: “Some Vermont-based alums can hear ‘Broccoli’ Rob Blatt, ’96, in the state milk lobby’s new milk awareness song, ‘Calci-YUM!’, featuring Phish’s Trey Anastasio. Says Broccoli, ‘Trey and I had a ton of fun in the studio, and I think you can hear it in the song.'”
    Phyllis: Oh, that’s great news for your friend.
    Andy: Yeah, yeah, it’s great…
    Phyllis: You know, I forget about milk. This is a terrific reminder.
  • The best moment – Meredith acting as the head of a company masquerading as a potential client.  As Danny shows his sex appeal Meredith turns into…Meredith.
  • The best storyline – Michael selling Dunder Mifflin Sabre to Danny.  Then he realizes he just outmoded Bob Packer.
  • Notable guest appearance – Olyphant as Danny is a coup.  I can only hope for more episodes with him.
  • Would Michael have been reprimanded? – No, amazingly, he should be commended.
  • Grade – B+
Episode thrives even with an ill-conceived Sting plot.  Michael brings it back from the dead with a convincing sales performance.  Olyphant is awesome as usual.  Meredith thrives as her normal, harlot self.  The band dynamic is kind of cool and the reaction to Andy’s song is a great moment for the cast.  This is a good example of why this show is so important.  Ensemble.
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