The Office Review: I Am Deangelo Vickers

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The last time we saw Michael Scott, back in March, he was content in leaving Scranton and his long time job at Dunder Mifflin to go pursue his happily ever after with Holly.

Tonight, reality set in.

In "Training Day" Michael was as bitter as ever watching his new replacement receive the adoration of all Michael's employees, and changing many a way things get done around the office.  

I wouldn't have expected anything less. He wouldn't be Michael Scott if he didn't throw a tantrum on his way out the door.

Deangelo Vickers in The Office

But like the newly matured Michael Scott we have watched over Steve Carrell's last run on the series, he once again came to terms with the situation by the end of the episode, and reconciled with the new man in charge, Deangelo Vickers.

Superstar funny man Will Ferrell definitely lived up to the hype in his first episode of what is supposed to be a three or four episode stint as guest star.

By no means did he live up to his best role in an office - that title being reserved for the part of Mr. Tarkanian, manager at the "fourth best in-flight magazine in the business" back in his SNL days - but he certainly gelled with the rest of the cast well enough.

His immediate bromance with Michael was great, as they bonded over the unsung middles, Colorado the Sunshine State, and dead skiers, but his interactions with the rest of players may have been even better.

That's what is so great about bringing in a new star like this.

There are so many opportunities for new dynamics in the office.  It was great seeing him crush on Kelly after her "cute-meet," think Andy was the office funny man, and especially hate on Jim, Pam and their stupid baby. Their excitement in the early going made Deangelo's quote about the baby starring in "a show called Babies I Don't Care About" that much funnier.

There were other parts of "Training Day" that may have hit or miss, but it was definitely a great start to Will Ferrell's guest turn on The Office.

Other Thoughts ...

  • I am still holding out hope that this "three or four episode stint" is just a ruse to keep us in the dark about Carrell's replacement. To tease us with Will Ferrell and then have it be somebody lame in the end would be the absolute worst.
  • Maybe Ferrell doesn't want the gig, but why couldn't he do it?  Carrell has made big movies while starring in The Office, why couldn't Ferrell do the same?
  • The initial meeting between Michael and Deangelo was hilarious until the played out phone call between two guys in the same room.  It felt like I was watching something out of an early 90s sitcom.
  • It was hard to not think of Buddy the Elf when Deangelo walked into Dunder Mifflin wearing that camel hair top coat.  "I know, I'm in work clothes!"
  • Deangelo's love of the Southwest made for some good Daryl bits.  The final gag of walking in with the cowboy hat and boots was pretty fantastic.

Don't forget to check out all of best quotes from tonight's episode in The Office Quotes section. What did you guys think of this week's The Office? And are you glad to see Will Ferrell in Scranton?

Review

Editor Rating: 4.5 / 5.0
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Rating: 2.8 / 5.0 (53 Votes)

Dan Forcella is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

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Should have got rid of Carrell sooner. It just became about him. Gervais made a brilliant sitcom with a brilliant character and Carrell turned it intoa turd. Will Ferrell!!!

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I am not gonna lie when I heard that Will Farrel, was taking over, I was a bit skeptic,I was hoping to see a Ron Burgundy ish character come out of Will Farrel in the humor sense. To see where the office is going with Will Farrell taking over I don't see it lasting much longer...Steve Carrel is to the office as Jerry Seinfeld Was on, Seinfeld. The office had a great element of sarcastic clever humor as Will Farrel doesn't have that mine as well get Christopher Walkin, that way you can expect the show to be supported by some great punch lines and more sarcastic humor.Will Farrel is not relevant to intelligent humor...Frank The tank...pretty much sums it stick to you humor and end a great series.

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This might be Will Ferrel's all time low. He is so not right for this show. If they ask him to do a new season the office is over!

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I'm a huge Will Ferrell fan, but I was unimpressed with the both of his episodes so far. It's just not his venue.

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Have you all list your minds? None of you obviously know what comedy is. Will Ferrell is one of the funniest people on this planet. I think none of you are smart enough to get the humor. In all honesty it takes intellegience to get the full spectrum of comedy and you all clearly don't have that. My guess is you're foreign or from one of the Mormon states or something

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Farrel sucked 2 weeks in a row! I guess the office is over

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I didnt mind this episode, the "eat some soap" bit with Andy was classic and Will Ferrell at his best, but I agree, it was a bit of a shock change from Michael Scott, Steve has been so so good at him that it would always be hard to live up to that though. Im giving Will another chance because how hard would it be to come into this role, where everyone expects so much of you, but essentially your role is to act as naturally wierd and deadpan as possible.....

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EPISODE=AMAZING

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I am only here to see if there was anyone who liked this episode. If this is any indication of what The Office will be like without Steve Carell, then please rewind time and end the series with Threat Level Midnight. I have nothing against Will Ferrell, and he may have been well-suited to SNL or Buddy the Elf, but he does not fit here. The Office has always had its cringe-worthy moments, but they have served a purpose. Even the horrific Todd Packer is there to remind us how Michael Scott was shaped during his early years at DM, so we can forgive his tastelessness because it helps us understand and forgive Michael's own B-level tastelessness so that we can appreciate his poignancy. "Now eat soap" may be the worst moment on television this year. I was actually thankful to see Parks and Recreation.

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It still amazes me how many people dislike Will Ferrell.

The Office Season 7 Episode 19 Quotes

Michael: Do not tell my fiance I'm drinking on a Wednesday.
Deangelo: Haha. I won't...I don't know her.

Deangelo: To beginnings and endings.
Michael: And to middles, the unsung heroes.

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