The Office: Episode 178 – Moving On

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  • Written by Graham Wagner
  • Directed by Jon Favreau
  • A brief synopsis – Andy is trying to get over Erin, who is enjoying her secret (from Andy) relationship with Pete.  Jim arranges an interview for Pam in Philly.  Dwight needs Angela’s help with his aunt.  Toby visits the Scranton Strangler.
  • The best line – Phyllis: I can’t be around sad people, it makes me sad.  Stanley:  I’m the same way with horny people.
  • 2nd best line – Dwight (on phone): No.  Don’t just let her eat the grass.  She’ll puke it right up.  Okay, just put out two bowls, and just see which feed she prefers.  I’m sorry to be taking up so much of your precious time, Mose, but she’s your aunt, too.
  • 3rd best line – Andy: Where are you going? Pam: Not on a 3-month boat trip.
  • 4th best line –  Aunt Shirley: So, when’s the wedding?  Angela: Oh.  Actually, uh, we are just friends.  Aunt Shirley: That’s what Mose said about his lady scarecrow and look what he did to that poor thing?
  • The best moment – That Andy has no idea who Plop really is.
  • 2nd best moment – “Time to get clean!”  I love Shirley’s enthusiasm.
  • The best story line – Dwight and Angela, taking on Dwight’s Aunt Shirley is an unusual side trip, but interesting, nonetheless.
  • Key exit(s) –  At this point, there are no guarantees.
  • Notable guest appearances – Mary Gillis is scary as Aunt Shirley.  Gabe is back.  Bob Odenkirk as Pam’s potential new boss.
  • Grade – A+

A super power episode that covers many topics in an exceptional manner. I love Dwight and Angela being together.  As strange as it seems, it feels right.  Andy’s measure of revenge is funny and something better than he’s done lately…when he was on the show.  The collision of Erin and Pete’s past is great, even if Andy created it.  Is Bob Odenkirk’s imitation of Michael a genius tribute or is it an example of how easy it was to play that role?  Either way, it is nice to experience an echo of the past.  Poor Toby has almost found his purpose.  Oscar’s moment is brilliant, and a nice change of pace for the format of the show.  Still, it might have been nice to see Odenkirk play his Saul Goodman instead.  Pam and Jim provide ballast to the show and their journey is still worth watching.  Just don’t bring back Brian.  Please.

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