Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. I have a confession to make. I’ve never watched The Office before, British or American version. Blame Ricky Gervais. He’s the one who repelled me from the concept entirely.
Truthfully, it’s my fault. I run away from shows which gain cult status too quickly. That’s usually a warning sign to me that something’s utterly overrated. But I decided to watch my first-ever episode of The Office to coincide with the season 7 première. First thought? It’s a live-action version of Dilbert.
That said, there were plenty of laughs, and a couple of hints that Michael Scott (Steve Carell) may be leaving soon. Here are my 10 favourite moments from tonight’s show – share your highlights in the comments!
- That Lipdub intro – For a complete newbie, I was alternating between wondering if this is the kind of thing that happens every week, and just enjoying these office drones bopping around their cubicles!
- Erin and Gabe dating. Not the most romantic hookup in the world, as Erin explains: “Thank God he’s my boss, because I would not have said yes to a first date if I didn’t have to.”
- Jim: “Hey, Dwight, I don’t know if you’ve heard, but we’re supposed to be drinking out of weird backpacks instead of cups like normal people. Oh, you did hear.” Dwight: “Jim, you have one job to do and you do it forgettably. Those of us who are busy require hands-free hydration.”
- Dwight: “Bigger the keychain, the more powerful the man.” Jim: “That’s great. The janitor said that.”
- Oscar: “Michael, that’s nepotism. Luke is getting special treatment because he’s your nephew.” Michael: “Yes. Exactly. That is a very nice way of putting it, Oscar. Mixing family and business is a beautiful thing…Do you think they should have had open auditions for the band Hanson?”
- Michael tries another ploy to rationalise nepotism: “God, when he needed help here on Earth, who did he hire? Jesus Christ his son…”
- Michael takes exception to the staff breaking into his nephew’s car: “This is like the Blair Witchhunt Project.”
- Kathy Bates’ one funny line in an incredibly short guest appearance: “Lower yourself Gabe. I don’t want to be having a conversation with your crotch.”
- Pam decides to play a prank on Dwight: “Dwight is about to get so Pammed.” Dwight immediately peeing in the corner of a stuck lift was a little sick, though. Ugh.
- Texas Justice! Michael finally loses patience and actually gives Luke a spanking. That was awesome. Texas justice.
Let’s not forget that ending – Michael is more or less given an ultimatum: Submit to in-house counselling with a member of personnel or lose your job. Loved that ending, and Steve Carell’s look to camera. Wouldn’t it be great if they teased this every episode to play up his departure?