Melorahardin_theoffice_s2_240_1 Jan, Jan, Jan. What are we going to do with you?

There have been hints on past episodes of The Office that Michael’s boss/girlfriend has a few issues, and even she can’t quite figure out why she’s attracted to Michael. But wow — things just kind of came spilling out tonight, didn’t they?

Granted, Michael wasn’t helping any with his barely restrained glee that they were finally going public with their relationship ("Hi. Jan and I are lovers"). But here’s what Jan had to say about the situation:

"What’s the upside? I overcome my nausea, fall deeply in love, babies, normalcy, no more self-loathing. And the downside? I date Michael Scott in public and collapse on myself like a dying star. … Why is this so hard? That’s what she said. [beat] Oh my god."

I understand that it would be a little weird to have Jan in every episode, given that she’s based in New York. But every time Melora Hardin is featured, she knocks it out of the park. She and Steve Carell work so great together that I think I’d take a little bit of contrivance in the writing to have her on screen a little more often.

Also, I take back all the nice things I’ve said about Roy in the past few months. If I were Pam I don’t know that I would have told him about Jim, but yeesh. His extreme and kinda scary reaction to it marred an otherwise sublime episode a little for me. Here’s hoping he feels some remorse in the near future.

But the rest of it, from Dwight’s house inspection to Michael’s potato salad, was great. Some highlights:

  • "Magic camp … is really for anyone with a dream, and a belief in magic, and a little extra time after school." Michael’s straitjacket non-escape was one of the show’s better throwaway bits this season.
  • Tonight’s guest director: J.J. Abrams, following Joss Whedon last week. I’m it’s fun for these guys to do, but given how strictly the show adheres to its documentary style, is it really that big a deal? (That said, I loved the shot where the CFO’s wife nearly runs into the camera.)
  • Kevin on his wedding date: "It’s complicated. I’d appreciate some space on this."
  • Toby. You poor, optimistic bastard you — don’t ever change.
  • I was a little worried that the show was setting up a revelation that Karen was a serial co-worker dater, and a little bit nutty to boot. Glad to see she was just messing with Jim — it may be inevitable that they break up, but I’d prefer it be over something that wasn’t so trite.
  • Of course Creed sells fake IDs to underage kids.
  • Dwight’s end-of-night assessment: "The chimney’s in good shape. Not great, but good. I found some termite damage in a crawl space, and some structural flaws in the foundation. So all in all — it was a pretty fun cocktail party."
  • "I want the house, Jan. I want the picket fence, and the ketchup fights, and the tickling and the giggling." Wait — ketchup fights?

Were you as bugged by Roy as I was? What would be in your intra-office romance waiver? And — seriously, ketchup fights?

Posted by:Rick Porter