The Office Review: "Happy Hour"Steve Marsi at .
The Office went old school last night with what was likely the most hilariously awkward happy hour in work history, making for one of the best episodes of the season so far.
This is not to say we don't enjoy the emotional roller coasters of episodes like "The Delivery" or ones centered around corporate BS "Sabre," "Manager and Salesman," etc.
It's just sometimes, Dunder-Mifflin needs to be Dunder-Mifflin - a random company with quirky characters interacting and making mundane, ordinary situations memorable.
"Happy Hour" delivered big time. The premise for bringing the whole crew together for after-work drinks (as if you need one)? Oscar wanting to get to now Warehouse Matt.
Seeing as the small company that went on to develop was conceptualized on a napkin during happy hour, we really appreciated this. Now we just need Creed to write for us.
Michael receives a look from Jim and Pam that requires no explanation.
It was a great episode for The Office quotes, but before we get to those, just a couple of observations from the various developments taking place at the group outing:
- Michael, being Michael, acts like a complete moron after he realizes he's being set up with Pam's friend, making people even more uncomfortable than normal Mike.
- The Warehouse Matt plot was terrific, as it allowed Darryl to console Oscar, and for Oscar to later realize they have nothing in common ... which Darryl had predicted.
- Dwight deciding someone else (Isabelle) is better suited to enter into a child conceiving contract with than Angela, but being bound by a legal contract? Hilarious.
- What is it with The Office and lactating? The baby episode contained about 1,430 breast feeding references, then Kevin tries to make her ... Gross. But awesome.
Follow the jump for classic quotes from "Happy Hour" ...
Darryl: [to Oscar] Look just be straight with me man. You can be gay with Matt, just be straight with me. | permalink
Phyllis: Yeah! I love going to the bars with Bob. I wear a tend to wear something low cut, get men to flirt with me... And Bob beats them up ... What? | permalink
Jim: I gotta tell you this baby is amazing... She ... gets me out of everything... And I... and I love her. I also love her very much. | permalink
Dwight: Angela versus Isabelle. Height, advantage Isabelle. Birthing hips, advantage Isabelle. Remaining childbearing years, advantage Isabelle. Legal obligation, advantage Angela. | permalink
Michael: Hi I'm Date Mike. Nice to meet me. How do you like your eggs in the morning. | permalink
Dwight: Well well well. If it isn't Isabelle. What's a girl like you doing in a place like this.
Isabelle: A girl like me is why a guy like you comes to a place like this.
Dwight: Ooh. I love repartee.
Isabelle: Do you?
Dwight: Usually means there's a battle scene coming. | permalink
Kevin: [hugs her] Ahhhhhhh!
Pam: Yay! How are you!
Kevin: Oh I missed you so much!
Pam Beesly: Aww!
Kevin: Yeahhhhhh! Wahhhhhh! Wahhhhhhhhhh! Wahhhhhhhhh!
[cut to interview]
Kevin: Well when a new mom hears a baby cry, her you-know-whats fill up with you-know-what? And then her shirt gets... you know ... That would be funny! | permalink
Andy: Hey Boss Man, bunch of us are going to get some drinks, you in?
Michael: [pauses] Ladies and gentlemen it is quitting time!
Andy: I'm sorry I meant later.
Michael: Okay. Yes.
Andy: For happy hour?
Michael: Sure, no, I got that. | permalink
Michael: I would say I kind of have an unfair advantage because I watch reality dating shows like a hawk. And I learn. I absorb information, from the strategies of winners. And the losers! Actually I probably learn more from the losers. | permalink
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