The Office Review: Pyramid Scheme

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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.

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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!


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Meh...This season of the office has generally been very poor and this episode is no exception. I hate this whole story-line. Sabre wants to open up a store in Florida, so who does it hire? A group of experts, people who have been in the field? No! It hires sales-people and a secretary with no experience from Scranton and flies them down and puts them up in a hotel. The first few seasons of the Office worked because it was a funny riff on real life, the kind of awful jobs, insane co-workers, and delusional bosses many of us had. This is just unbelievable nonsense. (And as for the whole Kathy plot-line, it's not a good story, if there is no chance of anything happening. Is Jim actually going to cheat? Not a chance. There goes the conflict!)


Micaela the old lady was amys mom in everybody loves raymond! Lol


I don't think we saw the same episode. I didn't laugh once. Just watched the previous episode for the first time and I was in hysterics. Like night and day. I'd like to know who the writers were for each of those episodes. Some of the concepts were funny, but the actual execution was awful. 2 stars.


So, who was the cute old lady that Erin (Ellie Kemper) was walking and talking with outside of the store. It was only for a few minutes, but she's got such a recognizable voice, so I know that I know her, but for the life of me, I can't figure out what I know her from... or what her name is for that matter. Anyone know?!? I already tried IMDB, but since she was just a guest star, her name wasn't listed. I'm slightly OCD when it comes to having to make a connection to what I've seen her in before. So if you know, please respond so I am not constantly thinking about it while I try to sleep. (yes, I realize I have major issues). haha


Toby wasn't funny but his self-defense lessons were. Andy being beat up by a girl wasn't funny but the reactions to this were funny. I liked Erin's hipster outfit. Dwight playing Kelly was funny. Ryan wasn't funny. Pam's replacement is still trying for Jim?! Stanley pulling out the pizza was funny.

Childish gambino

like I said Creed is the funniest of the secondary characters they need to showcase him more
and when Stanley pulled a slice of pizza put pyramid holder I was in tears. BUT all in all wasnt my favorite episode.
i wasnt really feeling the "pyramid launch party" story line until Jim started giving the presentation
and other than the creed bit didnt think the "back in Scranton" parts were that good either, though it was good to see Toby...when was the last time we saw him.

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The Office Season 8 Episode 17 Quotes

When people see this presentation, they're gonna c** in their pants.


I auditioned for the Spice Girls, I didn't even get a call back.