"After Hours" was a perfect example of the positives and negatives that arise by The Office's decision to split the cast into two for at least a few episodes in the middle of season eight.
Essentially, a super group has been formed in Tallahassee, joining together for some of the best characters on the show. Dwight, Pam-less Jim, new and improved Stanley, Ryan, Dwight, a surprisingly funny Gabe, and the better of the guest stars from last season's finale in Catherine Tate, are here in one place, and it made for some darn hilarious escapades this week.
While I'm not sure how to react to the idea that Pam's Replacement wants to hook up with Jim, I do know that everyone's reactions to it have been hilarious. Jim acting awkward around her, Stanley turning the other cheek and Dwight all but expediting the process was great.
Nothing was better, though, than when Jim tried to get out of it by telling Dwight he had bed bugs. Whether it was asking Jim about the bug's mood, spraying Pam's Replacement with chemicals or jumping under the covers in his underwear to catch the bugs, Dwight was on fire in Jim's hotel room.
Dwight also had some great moments in fighting with Packer over who would bed Nellie Bertram to get the VP position. I respected Dwight for choosing his honor over sealing the position, but I revered him for telling Nellie that "a real man swallows his vomit when a lady is present."
Elsewhere in Tallahassee, Gabe was complaining about getting vomit on his boot cut cords and revealing that his full name is Gabriel Susan Lewis, and Ryan was making moves on Erin Hannon.
That is like my dream couple on this show. Ryan and Erin would make a hilarious pairing. It's too bad he's not willing to wait six months. That was just classic Ryan, immediately losing interest when she simply mentioned the thought of waiting six months for something to happen.
The problem with this project is that the super group doesn't leave Scranton with much to work with. Kevin is still around, but he's only good for a random quip or two every so often. He can't carry a story line.
Dunder Mifflin has to be led by Andy, Pam, and unfortunately for this week's episode, Darryl. Was anything about Darryl, Val and Val's boyfriend funny? If so, enlighten me. If not, then is it about his romantic endeavors? If so, then I'll paraphrase Stanley's comments about reality singing competitions and say: how many relationships am I supposed to care about on comedies these days?
I couldn't care less about Darryl, and whether he can get with Val or not. If you want to give him some funny lines, feel free, but don't act like we all care if he gets into a serious relationship with this girl from the warehouse we just met. It's not working.
After reminiscing about the fact that Erin ordered a waffle at a fancy bar, and that Dwight always carries around 40 buttons, check out our The Office quotes section for all the best lines.
Don't forget to sound off in the comments! What did you think of "After Hours?" Was it one of the better episodes of the season? Who would you choose, Dwight or Packer? And what was the best bananas foster you ever had?
Dan Forcella is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.Tags: The Office, Reviews