Livin the Dream
Original Air Date: May 2, 2013
Shannon – Associate Editor
Jim is taking time off from Athlead to spend more time with Pam. The guys in Philly are going a little crazy. Pam is loving having him home.
Andy talks with Jim. Jim sagely tells Andy that you can’t give 100% to two things at once. Andy can never remember if he’s wearing his stage makeup or his work makeup, so clearly something has to give. Angela rolls into work with disheveled hair, no makeup, and a sweater covered in cat fur. The county took two sacks of her cats because her apartment complex has rules about how many animals you can have in a studio. She is distraught. There’s a lot of stress in this office lately.
David Wallace drops by the office to see Andy. He’s come to let Andy go because he’s been on thin ice since his boating hiatus. Now he’s spent company money on a photo printer so he can print headshots. Andy makes it easy on David and quits in order to follow his dream of being famous. Andy makes his announcement and the rest of the office does not share his enthusiasm. Darryl tries to talk him out of leaving but Andy misinterprets that as Darryl not wanting him to leave. Nellie and Kevin try to talk him out of it as well. In fact, everyone is trying to persuade him not to give up his day job. You know it’s bad when Meredith, the queen of bad decisions, questions your life choices.
As you recall, Clark was made junior salesman and has been using Jim’s desk while he’s in Philly. Well, Jim is not in Philly today and Clark wants to use the desk to impress David Wallace so Jim gets banished to the annex with Pete.
Dwight is stoked because he’s just earned his black belt in martial arts. He holds the black belt ceremony in the office. His sensei, by the way, is Christopher from the Sopranos. While Dwight is doing his katas around the office David Wallace talks to the sensei who says that Dwight is a weird guy but is totally tenacious and dedicated to his work. You can see the gears turning in David’s head. They do need a manager around there now.
David and Jim chat and David mentions he wants to offer the manager position to Dwight. Jim says he thinks that’s a great idea. Andy gets really nervous since everyone has told him how much he sucks and wants to keep working. David generously allows Andy to stay on as a salesman. David then calls Dwight into the conference room and offers him the manager position. Obviously, Dwight accepts. And cries.
Jim and Pam flirt with each other and I am charmed. I really do hope they make it.
Dwight makes his thrilling announcement and offers Jim an assistant manager position. Jim declines saying that isn’t a real position but he will take assistant TO the regional manager. Nice throwback there. Almost as good as a stapler in Jello.
Andy can’t stand the fact that he’s not going to be famous so he decides his only option to end the waffling is to get himself fired and burn his ships so he doesn’t have DM to sail back to. He asks Toby to change his file to reflect that he was fired for “groping weiners”. Toby won’t agree to it so Andy gropes him. Then Andy insults David and poops on David’s new car. Things were going so well and then they threw this in here. Sigh.
Angela gets a call from her landlady who tells her she’s evicted. Oscar looks sad and horrified all at the same time. At the end of the day, Angela’s looking at camping tents on Amazon. Oscar doesn’t want Angela and her son to be homeless so he offers to let her stay with him until she gets on her feet.
As a goodbye, Andy sings Sarah Mclachlan’s “I Will Remember You”. Everyone is touched and there are legitimate tears.
Later, Darryl tells Jim he got a call about a big investor for Athlead. Apparently, they’re going to be traveling out west to score some big clients. Jim says he can’t go because he just can’t do that to Pam. Pam overhears the conversation and looks pretty guilty.
As the credits roll, Oscar and Angela are sitting his car when Angela breaks down and says she’s in love with Dwight. Oscar holds her.
This is the best episode this show has had in YEARS. Seriously. Stuff was resolved. There were real emotions. Awkwardness was kept to a minimum. This is what should have been happening all along. It’s nice they got their act together for a last hurrah, I guess, but it makes me sad that we’re almost at the end and good stuff is happening. There are two more hour-long episodes and I’m hoping that things will end satisfactorily. I don’t want to be left with sadness. How about you? What do you hope will happen in the next two weeks? Leave your thoughts below!