Original Air Date: Mar 14, 2013
Shannon – Associate Editor
This week’s episode is the backstory for the failed Dwight spinoff called “The Farm”. Settle in for the ride because it ain’t pretty, folks. There is much forced “hilarity” and “antics”. The only reasonably normal person is Dwight’s sister. I suspect she was meant to be the voice of reason on the new show. Anyway, let’s get this over with.
Dwight catches the elevator at DM wearing the Schrute traditional funeral garb, which is a top hat, some kind of neckerchief, and a tuxedo. Dwight’s Aunt Shirley has passed away and he’s in mourning. Dwight flings dirt in everyone’s faces, except Oscar who gets manure. Apparently, dung to the face is also an invitation to the funeral.
I’m sorry, maybe I’m just cynical or burnt out or something, but that opening was just the worst. Dwight’s brother Jeb shows up to the funeral and runs his rental car right into the grave. As you do. Dwight’s sister Fannie, who is gorgeous, shows up with her son. A truckload of hot blond girls shows up to pay their respects as well. Apparently, those are Dwight’s cousins.
The funeral goes on and it’s just stupidly weird. Part of the process is shooting the corpse with a shotgun. I mean, really? Come on. Aunt Shirley left a video will and in it she says that if Dwight can convince Fannie and Jeb to come home she will give them the farm. Of course, Jeb and Fannie aren’t really into it but Dwight talks them into thinking it over. In the meantime, there’s some beak throwing courtship thing between Dwight and one of his hot blond cousins named Esther. It’s just bizarre.
Todd Packer shows up. Great. This is going to be the worst episode ever. Packer is in recovery so he has to apologize to everyone. Well, they’re not really apologies so much as they are loosely veiled insults. Pam calls him on it and he passes out cupcakes instead in order to buy forgiveness. Pam calls a meeting before anyone digs in because she believes they shouldn’t be bought by Todd Packer. They agree not to eat the cupcakes but then Packer leaves and everyone scarfs them down. Too bad Packer laced them all with drugs in revenge for getting him fired. The next day, everyone’s hungover and relives their nights. Packer shows up at Athlead with more drug-laden cupcakes which he gives to Jim and Daryl. We never see what happens with them.
At the end, Dwight and his siblings survey the land. I guess they’re gonna farm it. Or they would have if “The Farm” had worked out. Honestly, I’m glad it didn’t. I really think it would have bombed. I’m pretty sure all the fans of The Office have been burned by the last few seasons. I don’t know about you, but the last thing I want to watch is a bad spinoff of a show that jumped the shark ages ago. Let’s just let it die, I say. What do you think? Would you have watched “The Farm”? Leave a comment!