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'The Office' tonight: You down with the Dundies?

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Ah, the Dundies; how can I explain it? We were introduced to Dunder Mifflin’s in-house awards long, long ago — at the very beginning of Season 2, when Kelly still dressed like a librarian, Michael wore his hair slicked back (check out that vintage photo!), and Jan’s last name was Levinson-Gould. Since then, we’ve seen neither hide nor hair of the ceremony… but apparently, it’s been held off-camera every year, because tonight’s episode of The Office is called “Michael’s Last Dundies.” Suddenly, I’m getting a craving for baby back ribs.

Though Season 7’s callbacks to earlier Office touchstones haven’t always hit — unlike a lot of you, I wasn’t a huge fan of “Threat Level Midnight” — I can’t wait for the return of the Dundies. Here’s why:

1. This episode was written and directed by Mindy Kaling, who also wrote the original Dundie-fest in Season 2. That almost guarantees that it’ll be hilarious — and, as a bonus, we might get a little more Kelly tonight than usual.

2. If these Dundies are anything like the last one we saw, Pam is going to get very, very drunk. And drunk Pam is the most fun Pam.

3. We might also get another glimpse of Michael’s amazing, Office-centric parody of “Mambo No. 5” (“A little bit of Pam all night long, a little bit of Angela on the thing, a little bit of Phyllis everywhere…”)

4. This clip from the episode.

What about you, Office fans — do you welcome the return of the Dundies? Think someone might pick up the “Don’t Go In There After Me” Award again this year? And how will Will Ferrell’s lukewarmly-received Deangelo Vickers affect the episode?

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