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Archive for October 11th, 2007

WARNING: SPOILERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Don’t read this if you haven’t watched it yet. I really need to learn how to do that black bar thing.

The Office Season 4, Episode 3 (well, third hour-long) “The Lunch Launch Party”

Well, far and away the best scene of the whole episode was Andy singing “Take a Chance on Me” (ABBA!) with the two desk phones. And I love that it actually got to Angela. So excited about this love triangle, I cannot even tell you. It is probably because I love Ed Helms and this will mean more screen time. That being said…

The rest of the episode? Eh. It was okay. There were some laughs in there. I never knew I cared so much about Dwight until Angela broke his heart. I love how Dwight is unraveling. Once again, an episode almost exclusively focused on Michael. I love Steve Carell with a passion, but it is time to spread the wealth a little more, especially considering these are hour long episodes.

Oh and about that. I’m surprised to even say it, but this show is better as a 30 minute (with commericials) show. The hour longs just tend to fall flat at times and this one got almost boring in the middle there (was I distracted by continually flipping to CNN’s “Larry King Live” whose guest was Stephen Colbert? Yes I was. Did CNN go to commercial at the same time as NBC the entire hour? Yes they did. From what I’ve read on the boards about it, I missed a fairly inane and seriously insulting-to-the-intelligence-of-this-comedian-and-his-Colbert-Nation interview. And I agree with the people on those boards. Will everyone please stop asking the poor guy about his dad and his brothers dying? As Stephanie Tanner would say “how rude!”). Anyway, I look forward to going back to the shorter episodes. They allow everything to be more focused and more intense.

My biggest beef with this episode (“simmer down, Stu”) was the lack of JAM. I know I’ve said and everyone has said that we don’t want The Office to become the Jim & Pam show, but the scene up on the roof was an eight when it could have been an eleven. I think we all were waiting for an “I love you” or a kiss or even human contact. This episode showed them as friends, not as a couple. I need some JAM!

It just wasn’t all that great. The Andy moments were fantastic though and yay for the return of Dwight pranking, but even that ran out of steam. And I got so excited there for a moment when Michael mentioned Carol. I really hope she comes back at some point this season.

Oh, and I almost forgot. Giving the Andy singing a serious run for its best-of-the-night money, the opening with everyone in the conference room waiting for the box to hit the corner. I have done this so many times and celebrated in just that same way when I see a screen saver like that. It truly is hypnotic in a way. That scene was very real which is why it was so funny. Quite relatable. You have to imagine that came out of some writer’s screensaver with jsut the entire cast and crew waiting for the box to hit the corner. Anyway, that was great.

One final thought: is it just me or do Jim, Dwight, Pam, Andy and a whole mess of other people look heavier this season? Not in a bad way, but John Krasinski looks heavier. I think it looks good. I liked when Steve Carell was a little pudgier than he is now (that shirt he had on was so bad and so funny).

Okay I’m done.

 EDITED TO ADD: I just checked out some other Office boards because I am a procrastinator in doing my Earnest work and apparently I’m in a bit of a minority on this episode. A lot of people seemed to love it. A lot. I must have missed something of the magic they saw. I’ll have to watch it again. But really, the best episode? I don’t think so.

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ANDY!!!!!!!!

YES! That song made this entire episode, which was only okay, absolutely amazing. I LOVE ANDY BERNARD AND ED HELMS WHO PLAYS HIM!!!!

Even made it worth missing Colbert on Larry King.

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I’m sorry Tad

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I know this is posted in the Tad Story down below, but just disregard the book and the ice cream for a moment. Tad is looking at the camera as if to say “Why are you doing this to me? I’m just a big stuffed bear, please let me be.” Sorry Tad, due to my own stupid mistake on revising a press release, I had a lot of time on my hands last night.

Can you tell I haven’t slept much at all this week? 🙂

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“Hollywood Writers in Contract Showdown”

Broadway stagehands and now TV and Film writers. This is not going to be fun.

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Norbert!

Norbert Leo Butz Interview at BroadwayWorld.com

Yay Norbert! I love him so much. He’s another reason I can’t wait for Steve Carell’s new movie Dan in Real Life. This show might be worth going to New York to see, just because he is in it. I was fortunate enough to see him three times in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and I’ve never seen anyone have so much energy and so much fun on stage.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/11/washington/11military.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin

Maybe this is my bad, but I didn’t know there were no major Marines units in Afghanistan. That doesn’t seem right, does it? At least Gates seems to have a decent head on his shoulders about spreading the wealth of forces. Let’s see if his actions follow his words.

Excerpt:

The suggestion was raised in a session last week convened by Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates for the Joint Chiefs of Staff and regional war-fighting commanders. While still under review, its supporters, including some in the Army, argue that a realignment could allow the Army and Marines each to operate more efficiently in sustaining troop levels for two wars that have put a strain on their forces.

As described by officials who had been briefed on the closed-door discussion, the idea represents the first tangible new thinking to emerge since the White House last month endorsed a plan to begin gradual troop withdrawals from Iraq, but also signals that American forces likely will be in Iraq for years to come.

At the moment, there are no major Marine units among the 26,000 or so American forces in Afghanistan. In Iraq there are about 25,000 marines among the 160,000 American troops there.

It is not clear exactly how many of the marines in Iraq would be moved over. But the plan would require a major reshuffling, and it would make marines the dominant American force in Afghanistan, in a war that has broader public support than the one in Iraq.

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