The Office Review: Schrute Point

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"The Farm" worked as a back door pilot for a new comedy starring Rainn Wilson of the same name.  A while back we learned that this sitcom exploring the lives of the Schrute family was in fact not picked up for series by NBC.

I'm torn on how to feel about that fact.  On one side of the equation, it will be nice to have everything and everyone related to The Office end when the show does this spring.  However, Wilson is so good as Dwight that The Farm was certain to be as funny or better than a majority of what's currently on television.

Dwight's Adventures

Throughout the last nine seasons, viewers of The Office have been handed snippets of what Dwight's farm life looks like, and it has usually been hilarious.  Seeing him in that element 24/7 might expand that hilarity, but it could have also gotten old quickly.  Maybe what made it great was that it was a rare occurrence.

If The Farm had just one moment per week that was as funny as the Schrutes' way of making sure that the people they are burying are truly dead, then it would have been worth making season after season.  Seriously, how could you not die laughing watching Dwight fire a shotgun straight into a coffin?!?!

I saw some potential in brother Jeb and cousin Zeke for laughs, and Fannie would easily step into the Jim/Pam role of straight person in this group of weirdos.  Already working in Dwight's courtship with a lady, and his fatherly ways with Fannie's son, they certainly had the right start to this could-have-been series.

Back at Dunder-Mifflin, Packer returned to seek revenge on his former co-workers for being fired a while back.  Other than a few bits by Kevin related to his need to eat cupcakes, and maybe one insult by Packer, this story was a dud.

What did you all think of "The Farm?"  What were your favorite moments?  Did you enjoy meeting the Schrutes?  Are you upset the new show didn't get picked up?  And, unlike me, did you enjoy the Packer scenes?

Check out some of our favorite quotes from the episode below, and then hit up our The Office quotes page for all the other best one-liners from The Office Season 9.

Packer: Sorry for calling you a fat little runt earlier.
Clark: You didn't actually say that.
Packer: No? Wow. I'm in this mode now where I'm apologizing for thoughts that are in my head. | permalink
Dwight: He used to talk about planting a peanut/grape hybrid...one plant, one sandwich. | permalink
Dwight: People underestimate the power of nostalgia. If baseball can use it to get people to care about that worthless sport, then I can use it to get my siblings to care about the farm. | permalink
Dwight: Nostalgia is truly one of the great human weaknesses...second only to the neck. | permalink

Review

Editor Rating: 4.0 / 5.0
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Rating: 3.4 / 5.0 (39 Votes)

Dan Forcella is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

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The episode made very little sense for me, and that is usually what happens when there is an ulterior motive (pushing a new show). 4/5 stars is ridiculous. 2/5 at the most.

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The Farm was very funny, a great mini-pilot, and that, combined with my memories of other episodes at Shrute Farms made me think NBC missed the boat by not picking this up.

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Agreed Ron. 4/5 stars is ludicrous. But I almost always disagree with the ratings here. Good parts of the episode:
- Clark, about Packer: "Who's that?" Pam: ".......... BAD."
- Dwight's hot sister.
- Andy's screen time approaching the theoretical minimum. Bad parts of the episode:
EVERYTHING. ELSE. 1.5 / 5.

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(continuing) ...of the true nature of the cupcake gifts. For all he knew, the moment he left the office the day before, everyone ate their cupcakes and got sick. At which point, Pam would have called her husband and told him all about it. Packer showing up at Jim's new place of employment could have led to an arrest. Overall, it's probably better that Dwight fade away with his Office cohorts when the show concludes, rather than be neutered to be the "normalized" lead of a group of boring misfits. ("Boring" and "misfits" shouldn't have to be used together like that.) This was probably the worst episode of what has actually been a pretty good season of "The Office".

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I'm not certain if it was the worst episode ever, but it was down there near it. It was very easy to see why NBC passed on "The Farm" as a spin-off series. There wasn't one interesting character amongst Dwight's relatives. I found it extremely odd how "out of character" Rainn Wilson was playing Dwight. I suppose that alteration may have been necessary for Dwight to be the lead character. In one of the few moments where he was sort of back in character, the scene of Dwight showing (or rather, not showing) his nephew how to milk a goat, Dwight came off as even more of an ass (and unlikeable) than in his confrontations with Jim. I thought the Packer story was much better than the farm scenes. Although I honestly didn't recall that Packer had been fired. The end moment when Packer is in Philadelphia to give Jim and Daryl their cupcakes didn't come across as true. There's no way that Packer would know that Jim and Daryl hadn't already been informed of the true nature of the cupcake gifts. For all he knew, the moment he left the office the day before, everyone ate their cupcakes and got sick. At which point, Pam would have called her husband and told him all about it. Packer showing up at Jim's new place of employment could have led to an arrest. Overall, it's probably better that Dwight fade away with his Office cohorts when the show concludes, rather than be neutered to be the "normalized" lead of a group of boring misfits. ("Boring" and "misfits" shouldn't have to be used together like that.) This was probably the worst episode of what has actually been a pretty good season of "The Office".

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This was the worst episode in the history of The Office. To give it 4/5 stars is insane.

The Office Season 9 Episode 17 Quotes

You had black hair and then grey hair.

Dwight

Actually that goes for all of you double XLs...Stanley, Kevin, this kid in a few years.

Packer
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