Lesliedavidbaker_theoffice_s2_240"I wake up every morning in a bed that’s too small, drive my daughter to a school that’s too expensive. Then I go to work, to a job for which I get paid too little. But on pretzel day — well, I like pretzel day."

Stanley, I am right there with you. So much so that I’m willing to overlook the mildly disappointing Dwight-and-Ryan thread from Thursday’s Office. Not that it wasn’t funny: I mean, "Wrong! Flash floods" and "What is the Dharma Initiative?" and "Just as you have planted that seed …" were gold. But it was a little too much concentrated Dwightness to take in one sitting.

I just liked the action back at Scranton HQ and the squeaky-chair story in Stamford better, is all. Michael and Stanley’s high five? Genius. There are few things that will bring antagonists together like "no cuts." And I really loved Jan forcing Pam to keep tabs on Michael. If I may flatter myself and presume an Office writer might read this (I know, fat chance), please: Make Pam’s display of the log to the camera a recurring bit.

And then there was Jim and Pam’s phone call. I’m continually amazed at how pitch-perfect the show’s writers are in exploring their awkward, longing relationship. Their phone call was uncomfortable, then sweet and funny, and then kind of weird again right there at the end. But I don’t think we need to read anything into Pam’s concern for Ryan, other than she knew he’d been with Dwight all day. Because A) Pam doesn’t seem like the type of person to go after someone else’s (Kelly, in this case) boyfriend; B) I have to believe Pam is pretty well done dating co-workers for a while; and C) that would just make for another love triangle involving Pam, and the writers are too smart to do that.

And then there was:

  • Kelly trying to explain "Lazy Sunday" to Michael in the pretzel line.
  • Jim singing The Cardigans’ "Lovefool" to Karen as retaliation for her squeaky-chair offensive.
  • Just have to mention this again. Dwight: "Just as you have planted that seed in the ground, I’m going to plant my seed in you." Ryan: "I don’t think you know what you’re saying."
  • Pam: "What time is it there?" and "It felt far." Heart-breaking.
  • Kevin drumming and singing along to "Rock & Roll Part 2."

So what about you? Do you look forward to pretzel day as much as Stanley?

Posted by:Rick Porter