The Office - 10/4/07

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  1. Oct 7, 2007 #101 of 141

    VegasVic Craps Player

    Nov 21, 2002
    The Craps Table


    30? sweet.
  2. Oct 7, 2007 #102 of 141

    Neenahboy Statistical outlier

    Apr 7, 2004
    Seattle, WA
    You all don't realize that that moment was a parody of the English town in which rescue services have to drag cars out of the lake because of a GPS map bug. Totally in character for Michael, but it has a double meaning, and that's what made it hilarious for me.
  3. Oct 7, 2007 #103 of 141

    getreal postcrastinator

    Sep 29, 2003
    Michael opened his door and held it open for him while Dwight was flailing his way around the front of the car in order to "save" Michael.

    You see the cameraman's POV as he exits the back seat.

    BTW, it was completely within character for Michael to drive into the lake, and he wasn't doing it to prove a point at the time. He simply rationalized his actions when explaining to the office staff how technology wanted to kill him, but the gift basket was never a threat to him.

    It's so obvious ... <shakes head, rolls eyes, slaps forehead>
  4. Oct 7, 2007 #104 of 141

    bullitt New Member

    Feb 12, 2002
    I thought this was one of the better shows of the series, it actually remained focused for 60 minutes.
  5. Oct 8, 2007 #105 of 141

    OhioUmpire New Member

    Dec 2, 2003


    Loved Seasons 1 and 2, though 3 was ok, but was concerned it was a dropping show. so far season 4 is proving that the show will not have the longevity of a Seinfeld or Friends.
  6. Oct 8, 2007 #106 of 141

    Peter000 Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Apr 15, 2002
    Red Wing, MN
    I actually just started watching the show a couple of weeks ago, and having marathon sessions to catch up. Today, for example I watched the last disc of season 2 along with the first two discs of Season 3. I would have finished Season 3, but the discs haven't come from BB yet. :eek:

    It's really interesting watching it like that. I'm really seeing a definite arc of improvement starting with season 2, and into season 3 so far. Some of the funniest stuff has been in Season 3. I've found very little breaking of character... Dwight is always Dwight.

    I'm watching the new stuff as it comes up, and found it not nearly as funny, though. Maybe just because it's transitioning some of the characters still.

    It took me awhile to get used to and even like the looks to the camera that various characters would give (Jim is by FAR the best at it). But I'm enjoying it alot.

    As far as the "driving into the lake" thing goes, I think it was pretty much in character for Michael. His stubborness and his anger at the technology at the moment was just paralysing him into following the computer blindly and accepting the outcome. Kind of like when one is frustrated at a video game and just "commits suicide" by doing stupid things with the onscreen character.
  7. Oct 8, 2007 #107 of 141

    JLucPicard Active Member

    Jul 8, 2004
    West St....
    In the scene where Angela was telling Dwigt exactly how to take care of/feed Sparkles I thought to myself, 'yup, cat's gonna wind up dead' and was not at all surprised when Dwigt told her it had died. Though I was surprised that he put it in her freezer rather than dsiposing of it.
  8. Oct 8, 2007 #108 of 141

    wendiness1 WiiMomma

    Jul 29, 2005
    Likewise. Don't you just hate finding gems like this late? My son bought me Season One for my birthday (well, okay, I helped him). Gotta catch up!
  9. Oct 9, 2007 #109 of 141

    Robin Impolite arrogant woman

    Dec 6, 2001
    LOVED it! Reminded me of one of my favorite movie scenes:

    "Do you like apples?"

    "Cause -I- got her number. How do you like THOSE apples?"

    So much better than the standard "pissed off because he hit on my girlfriend" approach! :up:

    Yes! For a minute there I thought he had them. My husband (sporadic watcher) was completely confused. "Did he googlestalk him before the meeting?" Nope. Michael is a killer salesperson he's just fallen victim to the Peter Principle.

    (Note: there's no better way to needle your boss than to ask whether he's familiar with the Peter Principle. ;))

    Google sez they're both 3h away. FWIW, as a VA resident & former MD resident, I associate Herr with PA in a way I don't Utz. AAMOF I didn't know Utz was in PA too until this thread!
  10. Oct 9, 2007 #110 of 141

    MickeS Well-Known Member

    Dec 26, 2002
    Completely the opposite of how I feel.
  11. Oct 9, 2007 #111 of 141

    appleye1 Active Member

    Jan 26, 2002
    Back From...
    I agree. Most stores in VA give Utz almost as much shelf space as Frito-Lay, so to me Utz seems like it's almost a national brand. Herr's seems like more a of local PA chip.
  12. Oct 9, 2007 #112 of 141

    uncdrew Annie 2.0

    Aug 6, 2002
    Down South
    That's another point.

    Is Michael really a good salesman?

    I've known good salesmen, and they're better than Michael. Remembering facts and faces is a powerful skill, but not rare. Knowing your product, reading people... again skills, but ones I see in many good salesmen I run into.

    The sale he closed over the "awesome blossom" was more Michael just being his goofy self, not as much sales skills. Other than that, I don't see many examples. DM is losing business pretty quickly. Michael's not winning much back.

    He did land that one big account while they were at that conference, but I don't remember getting many details about how.
  13. Oct 9, 2007 #113 of 141

    SeanC ECT

    Dec 30, 2003
    When he interviewed for the NY position his boss said he'd done an impressive job of keeping customers during the consolidation. (or something like that, something that sounded like a hard number where Michael had done a good job).

    Either the awesome blossom was pure luck or that was Mike reading his customer, I dunno which way to go on that one. I think Mike is sometimes a phenomenal salesman, which makes up for the fact that his is sometimes a horrible salesman, so on average, a pretty good salesman.
  14. Oct 9, 2007 #114 of 141

    getreal postcrastinator

    Sep 29, 2003
    Well, I never heard of either of those brands before reading this thread.
  15. Oct 9, 2007 #115 of 141

    IndyJones1023 Auteur

    Apr 1, 2002
    Orlando, FL
    That driving into the lake scene was stupid. Normally, this show is better than that. Much better. Otherwise, it had some pretty good laughs.
  16. Oct 9, 2007 #116 of 141

    jerrye25 unsocial idiot

    Jun 8, 2002
    Didn't he do one in season 2 where Jan wanted Pam to document everything he did. He spent most of the episode screwing off but in the end, Pam congratulated him because there were some documents faxed to him about a big sale he made.
  17. Oct 9, 2007 #117 of 141

    SeanC ECT

    Dec 30, 2003
    I don't understand why people have a problem with him driving into the lake. People do that in real life, it happens!

    If anyone on The Office was going to drive into a lake, it would be Mike.
  18. Oct 9, 2007 #118 of 141

    Fofer Bo55man69

    Oct 29, 2000
    I think the conceit is that we never really see Michael's best work on this show. He hits home runs from time to time, but doesn't even realize they are home runs. He takes more pride in letting the bells of Dunder Mifflin chime out Jim and Pam's love. :D
  19. Oct 9, 2007 #119 of 141

    GoHalos Registered User

    Aug 30, 2006
    OC, CA

    Never heard of them.
  20. Oct 9, 2007 #120 of 141

    fmowry Well-Known Member

    Apr 30, 2002
    Baltimore, MD
    Agreed. It made the show too cartoonish. And while people do it in real life, it ain't funny there either.

    And you people who have never heard of Utz need to get out more. ;)


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