The Office: Episode 122 – Viewing Party


  • The Writer – Jon Vitti
  • Directed by – Ken Whittingham
  • A brief synopsis – Gabe and Erin have a Glee watch party at their house.  Michael, of course, has issues with Gabe and goes out of his way to sabotage the party.  Andy happens upon Gabe’s “seahorse” powder and takes some, thinking it will give him the ability to somehow attract Erin.  Pam, suffering the results of CeCe’s reverse-cycling, convinces Dwight to use his mystical power over babies to get her to sleep.  This indebts Jim to Dwight.
  • The best line – Kelly: [reacting to Erin’s invitation] No really? Is there time to change this?! That show! Now first they say that Mr. Schu doesn’t know anything about choreography, then like three episodes later he’s this fantastic choreographer?! Pick a lane people!
    Kelly: [to camera] And what was with Jesse’s sudden turn on Rachel, between Dream-On and Funk. Where the heck did that come from?! Honestly that show, it’s just. It’s irresponsible.
  • 2nd best line – Daryl: [to Andy] Take a shot.
    Andy: Oh thanks.
    Daryl: Wow, so much Asia stuff. I wonder if there’s a guy in China right now, looking at a bunch of our stuff.
    Andy: Why does Erin like Gabe?
    Daryl: Andy look, all I know is that if I was a girl, and I had to choose between the tall dude who loved Asia, and the you looking dude who loves sweaters and wearing sweaters… I’d choose you.
    Andy: That’s really nice, thank you.
    Daryl: And I’d blow your mind.
    Andy: [pours powdered seahorse into his wine glass]
  • The best moment – Any time Kelly talks about pop culture, everyone wins.  Her words about glee are pure poetry.
  • 2nd best moment – Michael’s walk around the office leading Erin.  This is why Michael is boss.
  • 3rd best moment – Kevin accidentally calling Gabe the boss to Michael, and then when Michael turns around to ask Oscar and Darryl about it, they have magically disappeared.
  • The best storyline – Who knew Dwight had a power over babies?  I did.
  • Notable guest appearance – N/A
  • Would Michael have been reprimanded? – No, but Erin handled it about as well as anyone could.
  • Grade – A-
This episode benefits from many wonderful moments, even if the overall arc of events is pretty slim.  That they can go so many directions, some old (Michael’s jealous again?) and some new (Dwight with CeCe) only benefits the overall experience.  A good ensemble piece.
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