Friday, April 20, 2012

NBC's The Office - TV Review

"Angry Andy" - Catherine Tate's Nelly has moved in, but we finally got the episode where Andy (Ed Helms) has returned and had to confront Nelly taking over his job and office. It had all the signature awkwardness of the series but it didn't get there in believable ways.

I get Angela taking Nelly's side, but all season long, Andy has been the underdog boss that the rest of the office rallies around. The group didn't rally around Andy this time. Even Robert California (James Spader) was baffled by Nelly and wound up taking her side. This did not feel right, especially since most of the office hates Nelly.

Now last week, Jim and Dwight got the dirt on Nelly, and so Jim decided to be nice about it, but this week, no, Andy was back, and the office should have stood up for him.

I did like Erin, seeing her man emasculated, deciding to stand up for him and show some anger. Andy - anger management graduate he - joined in, but in typical Erin/Andy fashion, they took it too far and Andy wound up punching the same wall he did a couple years ago.

And so Andy got fired.

Now we know that Robert California (Spader) will be gone by season's end, and we know that Dwight (Rainn Wilson), Kelly (Mindy Kaling) and Toby (Paul Lieberstein) are probably gone due to other projects the actors have. I also read somewhere that the contracts are up for John Krasinski (Jim), Jenna Fischer (Pam) and BJ Novak (Ryan) and they haven't signed new ones. If this was the last season for The Office, they're set up for it. Trouble is, NBC doesn't have anything on the schedule to replace it. Community and Parks & Recreation may be critical hits, but they can never muster the ratings.

So I would think they'll get Andy back as a Dundler-Mifflin employee by the season finale. In fact, my guess is Jo (Kathy Bates) will be back somehow to realign the universe. Nelly currently is one of those characters who's supposed to be an antagonist, but if she's still boss next season, it makes the already weakened Office that less appealing to keep on the DVR.

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