Friday, September 28, 2007

Fun Run Review & Entertainment Weekly

Call me a girly girl, but I cannot stop glowing over last night's Office premier titled, "Fun Run." On the Jam scale, I give it an eleven. It deserves that extra number on the volume dial. Eleven, indeed.

First off, I'll say that the episode was good even without the Jam aspects and I'll dive into that later. For now, though, it's all about the Jam. I'm sorry. That's just the way I feel. I've got to get this out and then I can move on.

I love how they were adorably and naively trying to hide their relationship from the documentary crew. How long did they expect that to last? Heheh. I also love the paparazzi-like way they were busted. I wanted to giddily cry like a little girl again when Jim snuck into Pam's car and kissed her, but I wasn't alone this time and had to simply let out a girlish, "Awwwww," followed by an ear-to-ear grin that never came off my face through the entire episode.

Here is that squee moment:

I am so impressed that the writers are brave enough to let Jim and Pam finally get together and be happy (and man, were they happy). They (like me) were glowing and smiling the whole way through. And the hand holding? It was so damn sweet that I thought my heart might just imploded in on itself.

Jenna Fisher says that Jim and Pam are in a "courtship" and I'm sure they will experience a few small ups and downs that generally come along with new relationships and I can't wait to see them progress. Like Jenna Fisher says, I think Jim and Pam represent the idea of true love and if any TV couple can keep you interested and invested without having to do the "break up/get back together" dance a thousand times, it's Jim and Pam. I am SO HAPPY to see them happy. Bravo, Office writers.

Okay, now I can move on. Phyllis's quilt? Did you catch that? It was hilarious. She had sewn on the faces of a raccoon, a bat, and something else to honor Meredith's rabies. Awesome. Andy's nipple chafing was a little gross, but funny nonetheless. I love it when he ducked behind Kevin to alleviate wind resistance.

And Dwight killed Sprinkles! How could he? Well, you could kind of see it from both sides; although I side with Angela on this one. Dwight is a very black-and-white thinker. If something is not working he fixes it and moves on. He thought he was fixing her cat problem, but he was not. Poor Angela. I think Angela will hold this grudge for quite some time AND, I suspect that the love triangle Jenna mentioned will NOT be a Jim/Pam/Someone Else thing. I think it will be a Dwight-Angela-Andy situation. I think, during Angela's resentment towards Dwight, Andy will swoop in and "lay on the charm." Mark my words.

Having said that, I may back off of my initial idea that Ryan will hit on Pam; leaving Jim a little jealous. That may happen, but if it does I think it will be a one-time thing. Maybe, but you never know...

I loved Jan snapping at Pam for allegedly trying to see Michael naked. I need more Jan. She's such a dynamic character. I can't wait to see her unravel even more.

Oh yes, and the male nurse at the hospital deserves a good mention. His line got the loudest laugh of the night from me. "Oh, so that's where her uterus went." It wouldn't have been all that funny, but he gave the camera a look like 'I made a joke' and then he realized no one thought it was funny and got awkward and shy. That was hilarious to me. Way to milk that small part, Male Nurse. Awesome job.

Michael's "carbo-load" was ridiculously good, as usual. Carbo loads are supposed to be done the night BEFORE a big workout. Not right before. When he burps and says, "Fettuccine Alfredo." Uuuggghkkkk! Disgusting. Hehehe.

Toby won! (But nobody cared). Poor Toby.

Great episode and terrific season opener. My only complaint is that I'd like to see more scenes that are actually in the office. It is called The Office, after all. The outside excursions are great fun, but I'm excited for more awkward office scenes. I think Ryan will be upset about the 'Fun Run'. We'll find out next week, I suppose.

Until are some pictures from next week's edition of Entertainments Weekly.

There will be four covers to choose from: Jim and Pam, Angela and Dwight, Michael and Jan, and Kelly and Ryan. I plan on buying two of each; one of each to keep whole and one of each to frame.

Oh, and here is a link to an ADORABLE interview of Jenna Fisher and John Krasinski. They have so much chemistry even off the show. So wonderful. You will love this 3 minute video. Check it out right here. (But you have to click on the image of Jenna Fisher on the phone over to the right. Or you can just watch Rainn Wilson and Angela Kinsey, but...I highly recommend the Jenna/John).

God, I love this show. I can't express it in words, but my love just continues to grow and grow. I'm on cloud nine. I cannot wait to see what season 4 has in store (that rhymed).


Wednesday, September 19, 2007

"Dunder Mifflin Infinity"

There's a new sheriff in Scranton town. His name?
Ryan Bailey Howard.

Excitement ensued today as I stumbled upon new Office promo pics from Episode 2 of season four this morning. Two pictures in particular have intrigued me. (See pics below). I'm very giddy about it.

The episode is called "Dunder Mifflin Infinity" and it's centered around Ryan's triumphant return visit to the office; this time as Michael's' boss. Ryan has all sorts of new ideas for bringing Dunder Mifflin into the modern age. So he has created a website called Dunder Mifflin Infinity to help the company succeed in an "increasingly paperless world."

Here is the official synopsis from NBC:

Much to the dismay of Michael and many of the employees, Ryan returns to the Scranton branch of Dunder Mifflin to bring the company into the digital age. Angela is still upset about her cat.

And now for the fun part. Here are some of my ideas on these new promo pics:

First off...

Jim is back at his old desk (with his old hair)!!!! WooHoo!!!


(I'm probably totally off here [so don't hold me to this], but I believe this may be a slight jealous look coming from Jim. If you watch the deleted scenes from season 3's "The Job" there is a scene where Ryan and Pam have a bit of a flirtation that does not go unnoticed by Jim. So I'm wondering if, now that a newly single Ryan has acquired an inflated ego as the new bossman (and since Pam has enhanced her wardrobe), Ryan will start to flirt with Pam on his visits from corporate. With Jim back at his old desk he would have to witness every 'move' Ryan makes.

What fuels that theory even more is that I also have a feeling 'Jam' may be keeping their relationship [or dating-ship] under wraps for a while, as Kevin/Brian let it slip in the OfficeTally Chat Room that he [Kevin] is conducting an investigation to find out if Jim and Pam are dating. So, with all that being said, I think this picture is of Jim noticing Ryan flirting with Pam [see headlining picture above] and experiencing a teensy bit of jealousy; leaving him unable to object, since he and Pam are keeping things secret. Like I said, though, don't quote me on that [unless it turns out to be true. Then please tell everyone what a genius I am]) .


Okay, I have no idea what's going on here. Looks funny, though. Dwight and Michael (or "Dwighchael", as I like to call them) look very triumphant and very dirty. Have they intercepted this gift basket from Ryan?

(For the other two pictures click here).

*As an interesting side note, if any NBC show creates a fictional website for an episode, NBC is obligated to then buy the rights to it (as we learned from Conan O'Brien's incident. Check it out). So, as you can guess, NBC has already bought the rights to the real and has got the website up and running. It's still a work in progress, but it's certainly available to play with for the time being.

In an attempt at maintaining the show's popularity, NBC has wisely decided to make Dunder Mifflin Infinity a place where fans can create their own branches of Dunder Mifflin and compete against each other in weekly challenges. Each branch earns Schrute Bucks for their victories, which I'm supposing will enable to them to make purchases later on. Winning teams will also be given certain rewards.*

I've already jumped on this bandwagon and have been hired on as a temp (pending permanent employee status) at an existing Dunder Mifflin branch, which shall remain nameless (You'd never guess which one anyhow). I'm pretty excited about it, though. I've already got a profile set up and I can't wait to participate in these weekly "challenges".

Well, I hope you've enjoyed this new information as much as I have. I just love speculating about these episodes. It's been four months (and far too long) since I've had a fresh helping of The Office on my plate and I can't wait to see what's in store!