Original Air Date: Feb 14, 2013
Shannon – Associate Editor
David Wallace gives Andy a dressing down for lying about being gone for three months. David tells Andy he’s not going to fire him, because he owes him for helping him acquire Dunder Mifflin. Andy recites some Bon Jovi, awkwardly. David looks like he thinks he might be making a mistake. Of course he is. Andy should be fired.
Andy can’t deal with the break up with Erin. He moans like a wounded animal in his office and it’s making everyone uncomfortable.
Erin and Pete are keeping their new relationship on the downlow. Andy wants hang out in “the brozone layer” with Clark and Pete, because he’s upset Erin gave away the sweater he gave her. Andy is afraid Erin is moving on too fast so he steals her phone to see who she’s been texting. Everyone advises him not to snoop but he finds out she’s been texting Pete. Of course, Andy has been calling Pete “Plop” for so long he doesn’t remember his real name. Which is Pete. Andy fires Pete when he figures it out but Toby tells him he can’t do that. Erin and Pete tell Andy he needs to move on, so he takes revenge by hiring Pete’s ex girlfriend as a temp and Gabe as a consultant. Oh Andy, why? He gets perverse pleasure out of making Andy and Pete miserable. He’s like Loki, feeding on the chaos.
Jim got Pam a job interview at a real estate agency in Philly. Pam knows nothing about real estate and that coupled with the fact that things are moving fast makes her very nervous. When she shows up for her interview, the boss there is basically a Michael Scott 2.0. He’s really that awful. It gets worse when he plays guitar and sings her resume. She’s not impressed that the job she’s being offered is a receptionist position. Jim whips up a celebratory dinner in the Athlead lobby because he’s sure Pam got the job. She turned it down, but they have a great time anyway, that is, until Pam drops the bomb that she’s not happy with the way things are going. She was happy with their life in Scranton. They’re at an impasse and it’s hurting them both.
Dwight enlists Angela to help him with his drunk Aunt Shirley who’s on her last legs. He wants her to hose his aunt down like an animal but Angela takes charge of the situation and starts ordering everyone about. Dwight likes it and so does Aunt Shirley. Later, Angela serves dinner and it’s a pretty picture. Those two belong together. As she’s leaving, Dwight kisses her but she says she can’t be with him because of the Senator. Dwight says he wants to spend the next 80 or so years of his life with her, but Angela says she made vows. Dwight says she should stand by them because that’s what he’d want her to do if she was his. This was sweet in a weird way.
At the end of the episode, Oscar is watching videos online and a popup advertises “The Office: An American Workplace. Ten years in the making, a look at the lives and loves of an average American small business office”. I wonder how that’s going to play out.
Other than the awkwardness at the top of the episode, I have to say this is one of the better ones this season. Michael Scott 2.0 was worth watching anyway. I really need to see how Jim and Pam are going to work out their issues. I do think Andy’s trying to drive Erin and Pete apart is going to backfire next week. Let me know what you think. Leave a comment!