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The Office recap: The Power of Love

Whether they’re waiting patiently, pushing for an answer, or basking in the glow of newness, for three men in the office it’s all about their women

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Good evening, my little binder clips, and welcome to your Office recap! I couldn’t be more thrilled with tonight’s episode, in which they took all the notes I had about last week’s hyperactivity and calmed things down a notch or twelve. (Yes, I have the power to control not only television shows, but also the time-space continuum.) What a lovely little gem of a half hour, all about the show’s three romances: the long-distance love of Jim and Pam, the estrangement-affair of Dwight and Angela, and the sickening, perfect happiness of Michael and Holly.

It seems Michael is far more charming on the putt-putt course than he is whenever we see him, because after going out the night before, Holly jumped at the chance to go out with him again right away. Steve Carell and Amy Ryan spent tonight bouncing off each other like a couple of really dorky puppies in a box, and because of their chemistry, every bit of Michael Scott’s traditionally awkward verbal diarrhea was adorable…and successful! For example: It seems Date #3 is traditionally the time for sex in his world, and though he didn’t know Holly’s perspective on the issue (“If she starts having sex with me, I’ll know for sure”), he couldn’t quite keep it inside. As they chatted about what to eat later, he suggested their choices might somehow hinge on whether or not they’d be consummating anything afterwards. She looked shocked, so he tried to cover by laughing, but couldn’t help himself. “Are we having sex tonight?” he asked. “Hell yeah,” she responded. (“Probably get soup,” Michael thoughtfully said later, just to clear up the lingering question. “Or something light.”)

The two killed time before their 8 p.m. dinner reservation by playing Extra-Crrrazy Eights in the conference room, then walked out of the building holding hands. Holly suddenly claimed she’d left her keys upstairs, but as they headed back inside, she turned and slyly locked the doors — with the documentary crew outside. Then she pulled Michael into the stairwell to make out, as he helpfully turned their mics down so no one could hear. Except, you know, he accidentally turned them up. (Confession time: Whenever they use the camera crew as a character on this show, I totally eat it up. The fact that I got three breaks of that fourth wall tonight made my week.) And then at some point on that magical night, the Boss and the HR rep left the building, forgot to lock the doors behind them, may or may not have had dinner, then went against all the laws of Office nature and did the deed. There’s hope for all of us, kids.

NEXT: We wuz robbed!