The Office – Recap & Review – A.A.R.M.

photo: nbc

photo: nbc

The Office
A.A.R.M

Original Air Date: May 9, 2013

Shannon – Associate Editor
shannon@thetwocentscorp.com

In order to get into the office these days, you have to pass through an intercom and buzzer system, installed by Dwight who has increased security since becoming manager. In addition, there’s a secret code phrase to get into the office. If you don’t get the code right you get the steam. Creed is saving a fortune on dry cleaning.

Angela has been living with Oscar who doesn’t approve of her fashion choices for Philip. Or much of anything Angela does, really. Meanwhile, Dwight is feeling pretty good about his life right now and he’s planning on proposing to Esther later today with his grandma’s buttock bullet ring. Don’t ask.

Andy auditions at America’s Next A Capella Sensation. It is pretty lame. While he waits in the huge line he meets some girl there and then Mark McGrath is there telling them how things are going to go down. Also, there’s a mole. Andy dresses up as an old man and then he busts into the audition room even though they’ve stopped taking auditions. Aaron Rodgers (who is judging alongside a misshapen Clay Aiken and someone named Santigold) kicks a crying Andy out. They flat out tell him no and crush his dreams. That’s pretty bad if Aaron Rodgers is tired of your crap. I’m tired of this part of the show, honestly. This whole bit was unnecessary and ruined the flow and emotion of the show, I think.

Jim is still on the hook for the 3 month road show thing with Athlead. He’s already told them no because he nearly lost his wife over it. Pam feels guilty about being the reason he’s missing out.

Angela has to bring Philip into the office because the daycare will no longer take him. Oscar and Angela fight over the contents of the diaper bag like a married couple.

The documentary airs that evening so Dwight is letting them off 30 minutes early. He’s running a No Nonsense office so Jim is acting as a Nonsense Liason, a job he is taking not at all seriously. They start the A.A.R.M Challenge to choose an assistant to the assistant regional manager. Jim’s plan is to make it so that Dwight chooses himself to be the assistant to the assistant. Well, I’m interested to see how this plays out.

Darryl shows back up to say goodbye (he’s leaving to work full time at Athlead) and inadvertently makes Pam feel more guilty for causing Jim to miss out on the Athlead stuff. Pam leaves out of the office and Jim chases her. She tells Jim that she’s afraid if he doesn’t do the Athlead thing he’ll resent her and she doesn’t feel like she’s enough for Jim. He thinks that is ludicrous and enlists the help of the camera crew to prove to her just how much he loves Pam.

Meanwhile, the rest of the office crew is giving Darryl flack about sneaking off and not saying a proper goodbye to them. They all want to spend time with him in different ways before he goes so he compromises and tells them to pick one activity they can all do together. They choose an epic dance party. Everyone is dancing their butts off with Darryl and it is adorable and heartwarming. It looks like these people truly enjoy being together. Darryl says he’s really going to miss them.

Dwight is taken with Philip because they eat the same kind of paper. He’s not totally convinced that Philip isn’t his son. Esther and Dwight have a picnic on Dwight’s office floor. Dwight decides not to propose today.

Jim is about to show Pam the disc the crew made when Dwight calls him off on important business. While Jim is off, Pam puts the disc in and watches it on the laptop.

Dwight is having a love crisis. Never thought I’d type that about Dwight, did you? He doesn’t know if he should propose to Esther because he can’t decide how he feels about her. Jim advises Dwight to follow his heart. That he just has to forget logic and pick the woman he can’t live without. Jim tells him that he believes Dwight loves Angela and always has. Dwight gets tears in his eyes because he knows he loves Angela. We’ve all known it forever, haven’t we? Dwight calls Angela into his office and says he will marry her if she tells him Philip is his son. Angela says that he isn’t and leaves.

Back to Pam. The disc is footage of Pam and Jim over the years. I’m gonna cry, I know it. At the end there’s the Christmas teapot from a billion years ago and the note Jim swiped. He gives her the note and tells her she’s everything for him. Yep, crying. We don’t get to see the note and I’m totally fine with that. Some things need to be private. I’m sure whatever was in the note was perfect.

Later in the day, Dwight and Angela are driving to Poor Richard’s to watch the documentary airing. Dwight runs Angela off the road and tells her that he loves her and that he will raise a hundred of her lovers’ babies if it means he can be with her. He proposes and Angela accepts, of course. She tells Dwight that she lied and that Philip really is his son. She just wanted Dwight to want to marry her and not because he felt obligated. They are so happy and adorable and I’m crying again.

The crew is at Poor Richard’s to watch the documentary and Andy shows up. They’re all watching and we hear Michael Scott’s voice from the television and then it’s over.

They’re really pulling out all the greatness of this show for the last two episodes. If they’d have stopped the show last season I’d have thought “good riddance” but man, they’re really making me sad it’s over. There should’ve been this much emotion and characterization and less lame jokes all the time. That’s what made this show great in the first place. I’m so happy to see it back, but it’s bittersweet at the same time. Next week is the introspective and the series finale and then we shall part ways. I look forward to sharing it with you. Leave me a comment below!

About Shannon

Shannon is a wife and mother of 3 kids. She adores all things Disney and loves a good tall Dole Whip.
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2 Responses to The Office – Recap & Review – A.A.R.M.

  1. Gernot says:

    Last night’s episode was the funniest I’d seen in quite a while. I laughed out loud at some parts, and it was really good. 🙂

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