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"The Office": "Golden Ticket"

By admin Published: March 13, 2009

"Who can take a sunrise,
Sprinkle it with dew?
Cover it in chocolate and a miracle or two ...

More after the jump.

"Who can take tomorrow,
Dip it in a dream?
Separate the sorrow and collect up all the cream."

As you should know by now, "The Office" people can. Good episode last night, because it well balanced the silly humor (the Dwight-Michael diary battles), with character stuff (Andy, Kevin) and some really grim business (Michael trying to get Dwight fired instead of himself).

If there is one note in it that I did not quite go for, it was Jim's anger and resentment toward Michael. It made sense once Jim had lost a bunch of money in the golden-ticket promotion (and I never got a sense that he was going to recover it, since it didn't sound as if the increased paper order was going to redound to Jim in any positive way), but he seemed irked even before that.

But so many other things were good, whether it was Michael's list of reasons for being out of the office, the Andy-Jim-Pam debates over what Kevin should do, Kevin's resolution of the situation, Michael's desperate efforts to get in on the conference call, and of course Andy's sadness. One of the many things "The Office" does well is address its characters' pain. They don't just mope or feel single-episode hurt, they carry it with them, and it shows up, sometimes when we expect it (Andy's is still very close to the surface), sometimes when we've been focusing on something else. But it makes the people on the show feel all the more real, even when their actions don't seem realistic.

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