The Office Review: Return of the Teapot

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The Office is leaving viewers with such a great taste in their mouths that it's as if they are force feeding us beets through the screen. "A.A.R.M." was the second of three hour-long episodes to end the series, and like, "Livin' the Dream," it didn't disappoint.

With how many perfectly executed emotional moments there have been over the last two hours on The Office, I can't imagine what they have up their sleeve for next week's finale.

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The scene in which Pam was watching the docu-created montage just as Jim was giving Dwight love advice was the most emotionally rewarding moment on The Office since Michael Scott's goodbye.

Those meaningful heartfelt scenes are difficult to achieve for an absurd comedy. Heck, Parks and Rec has unsuccessfully attempted to do similar things for years. The Office itself failed at with numerous Andy/Erin mishaps.

But when you are talking about Michael Scott, Dwight Schrute, Jim Halpert and Pam Beesly, there has not been a comedy ever that could compare in The Office's ability to pull at the heartstrings.

As Dwight told Jim that he was a good assistant, and the tears welled up in both of their eyes, it was difficult not to get a little misty myself. Despite their heated rivalry, these two have had one of the most loving bromances on television, and it was great to see them have that moment.

Then, immediately afterward, watching Jim and Pam interact after the latter finished watching that montage of Jam moments over the year, was fantastic.  "Not enough for me? You are everything." Man, that was moving.*

*The only part about the whole Jim/Pam thing I take issue with is that their problems of late have been all about his job in Philly and the trouble that has caused. So why did they ever need to bring Boom Mic Brian into the fold? They could have caused an issue between Jim and Pam through Philly, as they ended up doing, and still had these great emotional moments at the end. Boom Mic Brian was unnecessary, as was noted from the beginning.

This is still a comedy right? Of course, and the Jim/Dwight arc was one of the funniest ever. Unlike much of this season, when Jim was bringing nothing to the table in Philly, the new Assistant to the Regional Manager was back in his sweet spot in looking for an "A.A.R.M."

From the Days since last nonsense sign, repeating everything Dwight said in the conference room meeting, comparing the new position to a knight of the round table, and the ridiculousness of the actual competition, Jim was on fire this week.

The other stories had laughs as well. Andy telling the producers about his experience (local theater, industrial flick), Kevin coming around on Phillip after the toddler gives him an iTunes card with seven dollars on it, and the ending dance scene were all highlights.

My biggest question is, which of the following screen shots was your favorite moment from that dance? STANLEY, TOBY, or CREED?

With Angela accepting Dwight's proposal, there seems to be a big wedding in our viewing future. Will it live up to weddings of The Office's past? Will the finale build on the success of these last two episodes?  And how will it all end for our favorite paper people?

Check out some of our favorite quotes from "A.A.R.M." below, hit up our The Office Quotes section, and then let us know what you thought in the comments.

Dwight: It's not the KGB, but it's a start. | permalink
Creed: If my parents see this, I am toast. | permalink
Pete: Plop? Still?
Dwight: We owe Andy that much. | permalink
Dwight: Anyone who needs to speak to me has gotta go through me first. | permalink
Dwight: We're third cousins, which is great for bloodlines and isn't technically incest.
Jim: Right in the sweet spot. | permalink
Darryl: I want to leave quietly, it seemed dignified. But having Kevin grind up on my front, while Erin pretended to hump me from behind, it was a more accurate tribute to my years here. I'm gonna miss these guys. | permalink

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

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This ep was a big letdown after last week's 5 star ep. The Jim & Dwight moments were great, and demonstrate how amazing the Dwight / Jim interplay could have been with Dwight as manager for these past 2 seasons. I'd venture a guess that some of the many Dwight/Jim ideas they used here were brewing for a while, and never got used with Andy mucking up the works. Pam is just horrible now, not sure if she can even redeem her character. Andy was painful to watch. A lot of it was painful and unbelievable. 2.5/5.

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I love when a comedy can be so funny one minute, then tug on your emotional heart strings the next. That's what this one has been doing. Jim and Pam really are truly the greatest couple in tv history. I think they had to have these problems this season. It showed the reality of their relationship. It's not always sunshine and flowers. Plus Jim's scenes with Dwight were just incredible. I love the bond they've formed after such a crazy rivalry. Darrel pretending he didn't want a real goodbye, coming back to get the one he felt he deserved, was classic Darrel. I love Angela and Dwight together, but I expected a little more when he found out Phillip is his son. But I guess it's hard with so little time left. I love her new comraderie with Oscar too, it's nice to see. Man, next week is going to be tough!!

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I think after the finale I am going to have to watch these last 5 episodes in order again because they are so good. I was also skeptical for the Jim and Pam relationship troubles thing, but it really has had a great payoff. I wonder if they dropped the whole boom guy thing when they saw how horrible fans would find it.
Great episode, really looking forward to next weeks and psyched to see that their real life Scranton wrap party looks like it will be in the finally. That's pretty cool.

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This episode was AWESOME!!! It brought tears to my eyes to see Jim & Dwight and their bromance!! I can't even imagine how emotional next Thursday will be!
No more PB&J ...............their romance has epitomized everyone who has ever waited for the love of their life!
I think my ALL TIME Favorite moment of the entire series was Jim & Pams wedding episode when Jim (talking to the camera)when he made Plans A, B & C..........how can you not fall in love with Jims love for Pam!? Their romance should go down in TV history as Best Ever!
The dance montage was so The Office - Darryl "we are going to do this up right"
I will need a week just to prepare myself for the Finale!

The Office Season 9 Episode 22 Quotes

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It's not the KGB, but it's a start.

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