The Office Review: Guess That Price

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It has been four episodes now since the super team returned from Florida, and The Office still hasn't found its footing back in Scranton. "Fundraiser" featured some humorous moments, sure, but it was another continuation of the less-than-spectacular installments we have witnessed as of late.

There were highlights - such as Ryan's opening rant about Smokey Robinson, Dwight's efforts to win the silent auction or Kevin's straight forward attitude towards Andy - but even these pleasant sequences failed to make me laugh out loud. Not every comedy needs to have that skill all the time, but it definitely helps.

Senator Lipton & Angela Work a Fundraiser

In the cold open, Ryan was just being Ryan. He always has an agenda, and he usually doesn't have any idea what he's talking about. That's what makes him such a great character. Whether it is professing his love for a girl he will most likely cheat on, or pretending to have loved Smokey Robinson, Ryan will always be a douchebag.

I'm not sure which was funnier, Dwight's arrogance as he quietly outbid everyone at the silent auction by thousands of dollars, or his ridiculous celebrations after finding out he won every prize.

While the way Kevin treated Andy all episode - trying to convey the fact that losing his job was not a good thing, and being ridiculously obvious about that - was hilarious, Andy himself was once again the most frustrating part of "Fundraiser."

With only two episodes remaining in the season, I'm struggling to figure out what they're attempting to do with Andy Bernard. The character is stuck in this zone of being both horribly unfunny, and scarily depressing. Watching him sit there with all of those dogs just made me want to stop watching all together.

Whether Rainn Wilson leaves to do his own spin off show or not, The Office is going to need to change things up with Ed Helms and his character. It's not working, and it's slowly - well not THAT slowly - killing the show.

There were a couple of other things to enjoy from the half hour, such as the way Nellie ate her first taco, or Pam and Oscar bonding over the fact that Jim isn't fashionable enough to be gay, but overall "Fundraiser" was another lackluster effort on the part of The Office.

What did you think? Was it an improvement over the more recent installments? Which was the funniest moment from the half hour? Check out all the best lines from the series in our The Office quotes section and then sound off in the comments.

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Editor Rating: 2.5 / 5.0
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Chuckkw

Really? How is it that nobody feel bad for Andy at all? His own father does not like him, and some bitch just steal his job like that. Come on! Nothing against Catherine Tate, I hope Nellie and Robert California die a horrible death.

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Thought I was going to barf when I watched Catherine Tate's "Comedic take" on eating a taco. Not sure who I despise more. Her on the Office or Charlyne Yi on House.

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Everyone seems to have missed that this was basically the same as the episode where Michael had to (of course didn't) pay for a bunch of kids to go to college. I still hate Catherine Tate. And not just for her terrible character here.

Ssalunkhe

Episode seemed to be boring, Little disappointed due to writers work. The Office episode stories seem uninterested and it might be bad for TRP of The Office TV show.

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This episode was better than the abysmal previous episode, 'Angry Andy', but not much. I'm not sure what more to say about the show at this point, other than -- it's done. Most of the writers obviously don't know how to write good episodes for these characters now. The characters are written as cartoons, and every plot is just farce. I wanted to believe they could get over this rough patch, but now it's like a car which has lost all its tires just running on rims, with sparks flying everywhere. Of all the people tried or interviewed for the manager position, only Nellie had potential. The writers have wasted it. She showed hints of Michael in that role but she's just written as a cartoon like the rest. Oh, and BY THE WAY, why didn't Nellie get her own credit opening where she messes with something on the desk? EVEN CREED GOT ONE! Whether you hate Nellie or not, it's part of the show that whoever is currently boss gets to do that fiddly bit at the end of the opening sequence. Not having that changed just shows how much they just don't care anymore. Andy is dead wood. The fact that coming up we have YET ANOTHER whole "Who's The Boss?" episode centered around Andy makes me sick. There's no good way any of it can end now, based on how much Andy sucks and how poorly Nellie has written. Even if we get a new, funny and interesting boss, we don't have time to get to know him/her. Well scratch that -- the ONE good way this season can end is if Michael comes back at the end this season, for one more season. But we all know that isn't happening. Maybe they'll do a cliffhanger where people vote over the summer for the new boss. Blech.

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The real comedic fire of the show started sputtering long before Season 8. There have been moments of true wit, but it mostly seems forced now. The Office really should pull the plug, for I'm afraid the franchise cannot be saved at this point. There's no viable #1 character to play off - neither Nellie nor Robert will suffice for that - and Andy Bernard has been neutered all season. With Michael Scott at the helm, the show was quirky because he was quirky in a rather clueless, human way. Now the show is just quirky for the sake of being quirky, and that's not a good thing. End it with 8!

Sarah silva

I have no idea why I keep watching, I guess I am still thinking that the Old Office will come back but the last 2 weeks, talking on an on about Andy' sex life with Erin then the whole fiasco with this episode. NBC needs to cancel this show, yet they have already renewed it BUT yet will most likely cancel Bent which is super funny, cute and witty! NBC is just bad!

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I don't know what you people are talking about. Andy is still a fantastic character, his change into a new role is entertaining, maybe not funny, but at least the show is moving. Andy may not be funny, but he still makes the show enjoyable.

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End this show. I'm not going to watch next week. I barely cracked a smile, the characters are caricatures of actual humans (always a flaw with this show, but it's gotten worse), and I don't care what happens to any of them. Cancel this shit and renew Community for 100 years.

Fortyseven

Kevin`s dog is alive!

The Office Season 8 Episode 22 Quotes

Pam: Tears of a clown.
Ryan: Don't call me a clown, Pam. You're better than that.

If you would have seen the look he gave me, he wanted to rock more than just my vote.

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