Michael Scott, The Office (Steve Carell)

I’m handling recap duties while Margaret’s on furlough. Fortunate for me, since last night’s episode was an instant classic! The pre-credits scene even outdid the Parkour sequence for pure comedic bliss. Michael called on Oscar with some concerns about his upcoming colonoscopy. ”Is there anything I can do to make it more pleasurable for me, or for Dr. Shondry?” Awkward grenade, explode!

Michael can’t stand secrets. So, Jim’s mysterious meeting with David Wallace drove him crazy. He needed to know more. ”You and Jim are close, huh?” he asked Pam. Pam: ”I think the pregnancy really brought us together.” She kept mum.

Meanwhile, Darryl was talking to HR about breaking his ankle on the job. Dwight wasn’t convinced: ”How did the ladder end up on top of you if you fell off of it?” (Then he said ”It just doesn’t add up” and pulled off his glasses dramatically. Pretty convincing reverse Caruso.)

Michael walked into the conference room while faking a casual phone call. His entrance line: ”Well, if he doesn’t like it, you can tell that S.O.B that he is fired. I love you too. Bye.” His exit line: ”Yeah? Well you tell the mayor he doesn’t have six votes!” His second attempt to listen in, by hiding in a cheese cart, was surprisingly successful, aided by Andy’s brilliant Ivy League-inflected cheese speech: ”Here you will find a cheddar-style spread, which has reacted nicely with the air to form a light rind, which I think you’ll find both challenging and delicious.”

Pam spent the episode trying to figure out who was coming to the big wedding. In the process, she ran afoul of a burgeoning Kelly/Ryan relationship reboot; isn’t it funny how their relationship is kind of a bleak, bizarro version of PB &J?

David Wallace asked Michael if he was okay with all his new responsibilities from the shuttered Buffalo branch (surely you recall Slumdunder Mifflinaire?) Michael, fearing for his job, downplayed Jim’s performance: ”Jim is like Big Bird. He is tall, and yellow, and very nice.”

Turns out, though, Jim thought Michael should get promoted, so Jim could take Michael’s job. But Michael’s bad review changed Wallace’s mind. Jim demanded an explanation: Why did Wallace change his mind? Michael dodged beautifully: ”That’s weird. You’re kind of weirding me out. Did you know that Lincoln’s secretary was named Kennedy?” (It’s true!) But Jim guilt-tripped Michael into calling Wallace back, and Wallace had an idea: Jim and Michael will work as co-managers.

Dwight and Toby’s investigation involved a stakeout of Darryl’s house and the phrase ”It’s just your run-of-the-mill slaughterhouse.” With a cast this big and this wonderful, The Office seems to have no end of surprisingly funny duos (remember Oscar and Andy’s drunken bonding last year?) I thought Dwight’s nerdy machismo somehow fit together with Toby’s manic depressive romanticism. More of these two together! (Wouldn’t Dwight make a great/terrible HR Rep?)

Toby mistook Darryl’s sister for Darryl, and called her a nasty name. Darryl threatened to complain to corporate. But Dwight solved the Case of the Broken Ankle: It turns out the warehouse has been using the forklift as an elevator. (They do the coolest things at the warehouse.) Dwight and Darryl both filed complaints, leaving Toby with the paperwork. That’s détente.

Michael had an announcement to make. ”We have decided to promote Jim to the position of Co-Manager.” ”Co-Manager of what?” asked Stanley. ”Of your butt!” To paraphrase another great TV comedy, if you ran that moment in slow-motion, you could actually pin-point the second when Dwight’s heart rips in half.

What’d you think, PopWatchers? Are you excited about the new co-manager plotline? We’ve known since the Office Olympics that Jim could be a great leader, but what does this mean for Michael?

Best line of the episode:

Michael: ”I have so much work to do, I feel like I’m gonna blow my brains out.”

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Michael Scott, The Office (Steve Carell)
The Office

The mockumentary-style sitcom chronicles a group of typical office employees working 9-5 at the Scranton branch of the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company.

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