The Office - "Search Committee" - 05/19/2011

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  1. PKurmas

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    That's conflict resolution approach #4... not as good as #5 "Win, win, win." :)
     
  2. KungFuCow

    KungFuCow Thread Killer

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    I wonder what the deal is with Toby and his massive weight loss. I hope Paul isnt sick.
     
  3. IndyJones1023

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    Just now jumping in here, I've always felt like Jim will wind up as manager. The Spader character wouldn't work for this show. It's about an inept office manager, not a fantastic one.
     
  4. Fofer

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    Were we meant to believe that Spader would be a "fantastic" office manager, though? My impression was that he was bat****** insane, teetering over that fine edge between genius and madness.
     
  5. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

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    I'm not sure what we were supposed to think, because in my opinion, not a single interviewee that we were shown was worthy of the job. They all seemed either crazy, or incompetent, or simply not up to the level of being branch manager. So if one of the people interviewed in this episode ends up getting the job, I think they'll have to retcon it to explain how someone who interviewed so poorly ended up with the job.
     
  6. jsmeeker

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    If Michael Scott had to interview for the job, how would he do?
     
  7. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

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    Well, it depends on who is writing the episode and which Michael Scott shows up. If it's the idiot savant sales genius, he'd probably do just fine.

    The new manager obviously has to be a little wacko or the show won't be funny. I freely admit that. But why show us the committee, trying to do a good job to find a new candidate, and then show us all these losers come and interview, and then have this earnest committee be forced to choose one of these highly flawed candidates? I think the whole concept of the search committee was just a writing device to get a bunch of celeb cameos for the season finale, and they didn't really think about how it would play moving forward. They didn't realize that if every interviewee comes in and plays their version of the eccentric manager, that it's going to make the search committee look bad when they make a choice, and up until now, we've been led to believe that Jim and Toby are about the most competent people in the office.
     
  8. IndyJones1023

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    Which is why I think they're setting up Jim to be the manager. Even if they're not, I don't think we've seen who NBC has hired to be the new boss yet. This episode was just fun for all the writers and actors to play around with funny throw away characters and use a bunch of big hitters as guest stars. Stunt casting, if you will.
     
  9. jsmeeker

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    that would be my guess too. At least, I think it's what SHOULD happen. Michael can be a brilliant closer.
     
  10. busyba

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    If they give it to Catherine Tate, there's no retcon needed, since they already seeded that possibility with the relationship with Jo.
     
  11. midas

    midas I heard that

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    Well putting Andy in makes sense. Since Ed Helms is getting more movie roles it would justify a bump in pay to keep him on the show. But somehow I have a feeling it will be Darryl. If anybody showed Michael Scott level incompetence it was him. But Jo likes him and, as he said, he's black.
     
  12. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

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    I disagree. If Jo is just going to force them to hire her buddy, why go to the trouble of forming a search committee? And it's not like she was even semi-competent in her interview. She threw out some abstract concept, and then when challenged, she changed her mind and threw out the exact opposite. She came off as someone who had no management experience, but had just finished reading some kind of management self-help book and was just spouting buzzwords from that. If she's hired, it's going to make Jim look really incompetent, and that's just not the way they've made Jim out to be over the course of seven seasons. He's always been indifferent, but never incompetent.

    After seeing that episode, I've got to think that Jim would be rethinking his desire to be manager, since he's more competent than any of the interviewees (although we've already seen what a disaster he was as manager).

    Having said all that, the rumors out there are that:
    Catherine Tate is the person the producers have selected, and now it's just a matter of seeing if the NBC brass agree with them or if they force them to hire someone more mainstream.
     
  13. Fofer

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    Please remember folks, normal job hiring rational (and common sense) don't apply in the fictional, surreal world of "The Office." This is the same workplace that put Creed in temporary charge, simply because he had seniority. This is the same company that re-hired Ryan, after being arrested for sales fraud.

    It doesn't have to make any sense, it's just supposed to be funny. Any deep thinking beyond that misses the point.
     
  14. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

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    I agree that it's just supposed to be funny, but it would be nice if it were also internally consistent. I have no problem with characters like Creed and Dwight acting absurd, because that's what they've always done. But Jim and Toby have always been portrayed as competent and logical, and for them to recommend the hiring any of those interviewees would go against seven seasons of the show's internal logic.
     
  15. sean67854

    sean67854 Why?

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    Okay folks, I'm calling it.
    Jim is the new manager. One of his first duties is to hire a replacement sales person. He hires.....












    Justin Timberlake!!!
     
  16. DeDondeEs

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    I think they should bring in Ted McGinley. He is always a good boost for a failing TV show. :D
     
  17. daveak

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    Fixed your spoiler:
    'The Best Candidate' is the person the search committee selects, and now it is just a matter of seeing if Joe agrees with them or she forces a hire of her choice.
     
  18. Numb And Number2

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    Despite story arcs The Office is primarily an episodic TV show.
     
  19. TonyD79

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    Well. A reality show would show the whacky stuff. Remember, we are watching a reality show not a normal sitcom where the viewer is omnipresent. Or do you really think the Osbornes are totally incompetent?
     
  20. mattack

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    Speaking of that, at least based upon my skim of this thread, nobody mentioned the one guy calling support for Word no longer bringing up Clippy because he looked like he was writing a resumé.
     

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