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The Office Review: Just Say No

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The main premise of "Angry Andy" was a smart, if extremely late, idea. Get rid of the Andy Bernard we have been forced to watch in this season of The Office. He has been lame and has never very funny.

Bringing back his anger management issue was a pleasant change of pace for a character that desperately needed something different. Will this be a permanent fix for the character and/or the series? Probably not, but it worked for this half hour.

Andy Getting Angry

Andy from the rest of this season would have taken the beating from the conference room impotence meeting, letting it roll off his back. That wouldn't have been nearly as entertaining as watching him yell and scream, throw things and finally punish the wall in the exact same spot he did back before his first stint in anger management.

I'm not saying this was comedy gold, it was just an upgrade from the disasterous arc Andy and Erin were going through up to this point in the season.

Do you know what WAS closer to gold? B.J. Novak. I know many of you aren't on my Ryan bandwagon, but this week proved yet again that Novak can handle a larger load. If Creed or Nate* were to be given as much material as Ryan had this week, it might be over doing it, but the layers to which Novak plays the character bring more and more laughs with each sentence he utters.

*Nate is becoming Creed 2.0, as his preference for Ravi to Ryan without ever meeting the former was absolutely hilarious.

Between his blatant jealousy of a man stealing the woman he honestly can't stand, the constant need for attention, his lavish gesture on the horse, and the subtle remarks about the probability of cheating on Kelly while professing his love for her, Ryan Howard was extremely entertaining this week.

Pam throwing water on Ryan's flame for Kelly was a nice addition, especially when it ended in boos and hisses when she saw him on the horse. The main question has to be: why bring Sendhil Ramamurthy in for one scene? He was good in it, but he seems more like someone you bring in for a multi-episode arc.

"Angry Andy" also gave us the great physical comedy of Kevin in Andy's sweater, Nellie refusing to leave her post as manager that she somehow snaked her way into and the brilliance that was Dwight Schrute reporting meaningless information back to Nellie.

It was certainly an improvement on last week's episode, but was it enough to bring The Office back to comedy relevance? What did you all think of the half hour? After checking out the best lines in our The Office quotes section, come back here to leave your thoughts in the comments.

Review

Editor Rating: 3.5 / 5.0
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Rating: 3.2 / 5.0 (71 Votes)

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Nellie is terrible. If she doesn't leave soon I will no longer be watching the show, which I've loved for so long. Go away Nellie !!

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Nellie needs to go I can't stand the ridiculousness of the character! And paired with Robert its a bloody nightmare! They both need to go!!!!

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I'm sorry to say this but because of Nellie, I'm starting to hate this show. I mean come on! She is not funny, she sure as hell cant replace Ed Helms no matter how bad Ed Helms character was this season. In my opinion it is a huge mistake keeping her one for such a long time and having her be the manager. Boo to Nellie, awful character choice and bad acting on behalf of the actor.

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The office really has Jumped the Shark one to many times. With Michael Scott gone the writers are trying to make everyone Michael. We need some straight men/women to play off of. We need ideas like the rabies run, and the dundies awards back. I am afraid that this show is soon to be a Remember when the Office was on Thursdays.

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Nellie has ruined the show. I have been watching the show since the first season and Nellie is forcing me to stop. I can't stand her.

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It is time to get rid of Robert, Nellie, and keep andy but, actually bring someone to the manager position who has a personality that all people connect with but is also funny!!! Like Micheal Scott!!! Come on people cancel or get rid of the characters that are ruining the show nbc!!

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I don't know who, but someone high up at the show was a Catherine Tate fan and so decided they would shoehorn her into the show even though her completely unfunny brand of "comedy" is a terrible fit. And no, it's not that her comedy is too British -- I love British comedy. Tate's just an insult to it.

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Very good. I hope Andy is gone for good. Nellie is great. Little Chubby!

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This episode makes me wonder... What if they brought in Nellie knowing that everyone would hate her. Then whoever (Andy) takes the job from her will be loved just because they aren't her. Compare that with feelings people had about replacing Michael Scott at the beginning of the season.

Ssalunkhe

Apart from Nelie, I can tolerate any character of The Office, these days Andy seems boring but Its ohk, it can be happen due to show’s scripting issues.

The Office Season 8 Episode 21 Quotes

I just wanted to take the man's job, not his manhood.

Nellie

I'd rather she be alone than with somebody. Is that love?

Ryan
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