The Office - 10/4/07

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  1. Oct 5, 2007 #81 of 141
    uncdrew

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    Gotcha, thanks. The few I've seen are nothing like roads. Different material, gates to open first.

    But that makes a bit more sense.
     
  2. Oct 5, 2007 #82 of 141
    wooh

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    I just watched the second "episode" again, and laughed my bootie off.
     
  3. Oct 5, 2007 #83 of 141
    uncdrew

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    :up:
     
  4. Oct 5, 2007 #84 of 141
    Fish Man

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    The humor of Michael is that he has qualities that would cause him to absolutely ROCK as a salesman/business man if it wasn't for his outrageously over-the-top stubbornness and emotionalism destroying anything good that he might start.

    His "stupidity" is really just an extreme stubbornness. Any idea that pops into his head, no matter how obviously wrong, he acts on, no matter what, no matter the consequences.

    This character trait also explains exactly why he drove into the lake.

    The GPS said "turn right", and at that nanosecond Michael's brain locked in that he was going to turn right no matter what, damnit! It was 100% Michael, and not the least bit over-the-top for him!

    Brilliant comedy... :up:
     
  5. Oct 5, 2007 #85 of 141
    jradford

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    I agree, to a point. That point ends when he acknowledges the lake and continues to drive into it, unlike when he hits Meredith because he doesn't see her. Oh, well. I will give it a rest. The Office is my favorite show on television so I should focus on the parts I love, rather than the 1 time in the past 3 seasons that I got minorly annoyed.
     
  6. Oct 5, 2007 #86 of 141
    busyba

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    True, but people have done the same thing in real life more often than you'd think.
     
  7. Oct 5, 2007 #87 of 141
    Fish Man

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    No question about that!

    Also, the Bonnabel Boat Launch in Metairie LA is famous for people driving right to the end of Bonnabel Blvd., through the parking lot of the boat launch, and into the lake!

    That's part of the reason I found it funny. It actually happens!

    Of course, the most common reason people drive right off the end of the Bonnabel boat launch is because they're drunk...
     
  8. Oct 5, 2007 #88 of 141
    Fofer

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    Okay, I've undeleted the recording. You guys pushed me over the edge. I just watched the car-into-lake scene again. :D


    Dwight: It means, go up, to the right, bear right, over the bridge, and hook up with 307.
    GPS: Make a Right Turn
    Michael: Maybe it's a shortcut, Dwight, it said 'go to the right.'
    Dwight: It CAN'T mean that, there's a lake there.
    Michael: The machine knows where it's going.
    Dwight: This is THE LAKE!
    Michael: The machine knows! Stop yelling at me!

    :D



    What's funniest about this is seeing Michael's eyes in the rear view mirror. He's completely focused and stubborn and calm and confused, all at the same time. :D

    I think one element that makes this ridiculous scenario believable is because he failed so miserably at both clients (trying to win them back.) He feels betrayed by (his "friend") Ryan and his world is crumbling around him... the tension has been snowballing slowly the entire episode, and this is the result of his meltdown.
     
  9. Oct 5, 2007 #89 of 141
    Jesda

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    Brilliant comedy. BRILLIANT
     
  10. Oct 5, 2007 #90 of 141
    uncdrew

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    I'm with you.

    It was out of character to drive into the lake. Making the turn, of course. Perfectly in character. Perhaps the lake was immediately after the turn and you couldn't turn without being in the lake. To me there was lots of time between the turn and the lake, and Michael would not keep going into the lake. His point would be made just fine (and with him coming out looking better in his eyes) by not driving a car into a lake, just saying the computer wanted him to but he was smarter so didn't.


    But also with jradford, I'll let it go. We're obviously all intelligent and have valid opinions. :)
     
  11. Oct 5, 2007 #91 of 141
    uncdrew

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    And hey, I'm the one who thought it out of character for Dwight to have killed the cat.

    So I'm obviously off to one side on these things. I think these characters have limits and the writers are getting way too close to losing the believability.

    Perhaps in upcoming shows more people will see it the way I do. We'll see...
     
  12. Oct 5, 2007 #92 of 141
    Fofer

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    If you really want to dive into questions of realism... just how many cameramen are following these folks around? There sure are lots of camera angles. And how did the cameramen get out of the sinking-in-the-lake-car so quickly?

    :eek:

    Eh, I prefer to just let this all go, and enjoy the funnies.
     
  13. Oct 5, 2007 #93 of 141
    midas

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    Shocked nobody mentioned Dwight's valiant efforts (he's trained for this) to save Michael from drowning in the waist deep water.
     
  14. Oct 5, 2007 #94 of 141
    Lainie*H

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    Yes- that was great! They were flailing everywhere, Dwight's trying to get Michael over his shoulder, and then they both just stand. Awesome!
     
  15. Oct 5, 2007 #95 of 141
    marksman

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    Dwight is a farmer.. He knows when an animal needs to go down.
     
  16. Oct 6, 2007 #96 of 141
    Zevida

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    I think driving into the lake was completely in Michael's character. I just rewatched the second episode. Right at the start of the lake scene, Michael and Dwight are in the car and the GPS says "drive straight" (or something "straight). Up ahead in the road was a sign pointing to the left indicating that the road was curving to the left. I fully expected Michael to take the GPS literally and continue to drive straight right into the white fence. Thus, a minute later when he turned into the lake, I was not surprised and was quite amused.
     
  17. Oct 6, 2007 #97 of 141
    Magister

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    The more I think about it. I think he was trying to prove that machines don't work. He was going to follow the advice of the advanced tech and just do exactly what it told him. He was going to give it control just to prove the point. He was suicidal at that point, willing to throw it all away just to blame the machine.
     
  18. Oct 6, 2007 #98 of 141
    VegasVic

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    So because we are getting 4 hour long (or back to back) weeks to start does that mean there will only be 14 new episodes the rest of the season?
     
  19. Oct 6, 2007 #99 of 141
    JakeyB

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    I believe 30 episodes were ordered, so no
     
  20. Oct 7, 2007 #100 of 141
    campbellleo

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    Yeah, but I think the writers are fully aware of this danger. In fact, part of this episode was them poking fun at the concept ("has the magic gone now we're official?"). I love the other characters and humour of this show, but I have to admit, I still got a rush when Pam kissed Jim on the cheek.

    Which reminds me: Toby's love for Pam? So... cringeworthy... yet... so... hilarious...

    In fact, everyone is in love with Pam atm!
     

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