A week after the emotional highs of "The Delivery," The Office employees reverted back to their normal, lighter shenanigans on Thursday night's episode, "St. Patrick's Day."
After such a watershed moment last week, this week's installment (see our recap) was bound to be a little bit of a letdown. Yet it was also good to have The Office back.
Last night was definitely one of those weeks where a lot happens, but not very much of it significant in terms of ongoing stories, relying instead on characters to carry it.
It worked well enough\, as it usually does when you've been a fan of the Dunder-Mifflin crew for five years and counting. There were three separate stories in play Thursday:
The 'Nard Dog made his move on Erin ... with typical results.
- Michael Scott being Michael Scott, and falling victim to his own idiocy in the form of Jo's Southernisms. Not the funniest plot of all time, but more than serviceable.
- Dwight reverting to his standard mind games with Jim. He may no longer have an Evil Plan, but he does have Megadesk ... and absentee parent guilt trips galore.
- Andy and Erin went on a date. Sort of. Naturally, nothing goes according to plan with these two, and there is great awkwardness. Yet their chemistry is really fun.
Between Kevin's typically hilarious two lines to Andy's How I Met Your Mother shout-out and some Michael and Dwight talking head gems, plenty of laughs were to be had.
All in all, a strong, if not exceptional, episode of a comedy that rarely, if ever, disappoints. Follow the jump for some of the classic The Office quotes from "St. Patrick's Day" ...
Michael: Did I mess up my career today? My future prospects at Sabre, I dunno, there is a chance, yes. I'll tell you what I love my job. But Jo, wants me to put on a show for her and pretend to work late? I spent all day trying to make her like me that I forgot to ask myself something, do I even like her! As the Irish poet Bobby McFerrin said, don't worry be happy. | permalink
Kevin: Just because Jo, has no life, does not mean that the rest of us don't have lives. Oscar, has a life. I think Ryan has a life. This is outrageous. | permalink
Oscar: I have a question.
Michael: [whispering to Jo] Oscar, homosexual accountant. | permalink
Michael: When you work for Sabre only one thing matters. And I don't care if you're a loser, orrrrr you practice bestiality. If Jo likes you, you are in. And I .... am in. | permalink
Erin: I'm a little sick but I don't want to miss my date with Andy. I'll get better. Whenever I get sick it goes away within a few hours. Except once when I was in the hospital, from age three to six. | permalink
Dwight: I'll tell you what happened to me. I didn't see my father for the first two years of my life. I thought my mother was my father, and my wet nurse was my mother.
Jim: Well that's a common mistake.
Dwight: Turned out fine for me. But Mose. Same story... Different. Ending. | permalink
Andy: Erin and I have our first date tonight. And it has to be perfect. Why? Because according to How I Met Your Mother, that's the date that your kids are going to wait patiently to hear about and you'd better have a good story to tell them. | permalink
Dwight: Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dumbass have been away on maternity leave. But now Tweedle Dumbass is back and we have a problem. Yes, getting hooked on Megadesk was my own damn fault. But [sighs] I don't care about assigning blame. All I care about, is Megadesk. That is all I care about. Getting. More. Megadesk. | permalink
Meredith: Stop fighting! Just on St. Patrick's Day okay? Just one, perfect day a year. No hassles. No problems. No kids.
Ryan: Why no kids?
Kelly: Yeah where are your kids?
Meredith: Nope. Uh uh. Not today! | permalink
Dwight: They say, that no man is an island. False. I am an island. And this island, is volcanic. And it is about to erupt, with the molten hot lava... of strategy. | permalink