The Office Review: Pyramid Scheme
Sometimes, the little moments in life are what make it grand, and sometimes the little moments in an episode of The Office are also what make it come together in the end.
That was true of "Test the Store," as Jim's heartfelt act of helping Dwight out with the presentation more than made up for the fact that the cold open and first act went laugh-less.
Thankfully things started to pick up in the second act, beginning with Creed's flawless execution of Toby's Strike, Scream, Run plan. Slapping Meredith upside the head, letting out a big "yaaap" and running out of the conference room might have been the best Creed moment of the season.
We also benefited from the good Andy Bernard this week. You know the one, the guy that isn't ridiculously irritating. Yeah, we don't see him very often, but he was back, and him trying to get details out of Toby on how to defend yourself against a fifth grade girl was hilarious.
Also hilarious? Everything Ryan Howard did. From him reacting to Jim saying that he seemed a little nervous by screaming "No shit Sherlock!" to flipping out yet again when Jim didn't impersonate his mother to his liking, Ryan was fantastic as he has been for the last couple of seasons now.
Oh yeah, and Dwight's impression of Kelly was also great.
Once the pressure got be too much for Ryan, and he ditched Florida to go see his mom, Jim stepped up to the plate. When Dwight called upon him, I knew Jim would do it, but it still felt really good to see him be there for Dwight.
Those emotional moments from Jim, like when he told Michael how good of a boss he was last season, are what make The Office still one of the best comedies on TV. Other shows might try to force that emotion, but with this show, and the great work from John Krasinski, it always feels real.
Jim couldn't pull of Dwight's presentation alone, though. He needed help, and he received in spades with the best multimedia presentation I have seen since Brennan Huff and Dale Doback brought the roof down with their introduction of Prestige Worldwide.
Between Jim's outfit and makeup, the fact that he embraced the presentation throughout, and all of the Chuck references, I was speechless by the end of that thing. How could Nellie not give Dwight the VP position after witnessing that? It was great by everyone involved.
What did you think of the episode? Was it one of you favorites from season eight? Who made you laugh the most? Check out all of our favorite lines from this entire season at our The Office quotes page, and then sound off in the comments below!
The Office: "Test the Store"
Dan Forcella is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.