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Old April 24 2009, 05:57 PM   #1
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The Office 5x22 'Broke' Discuss & Grade SPOILERS

Vague and misleading (the second part is barely mentioned in the episode) plot description below:

Michael's new company struggles to make early morning deliveries while the office tries to get their expense reports in on time after Angela enforces Dunder Mifflin's policy.
I'm surprised there wasn't a topic for this one yet.

Best episode of the season so far. Excellent.

I'll avoid being too specific until more people post, but you can still figure out most of what happened if you read my comments below, so if you don't want to be spoiled don't read them.







I'm impressed that for a story arc where you pretty much knew what the outcome would eventually be, that this had me on the edge of my seat throughout the last half of the episode, literally cheering for the twists and turns, hoping Michael wouldn't screw it up or Dwight sabotage it. It wasn't even an out-and-out hilarious episode, though there were a few good laughs, it was just a straight up contest between the characters you love and those you love to hate (or just hate outright).

After weeks of Jim looking like a tool, he comes through in a big way several times throughout the episode. Even Ryan came off humbled and likable in this, and Michael redeemed himself completely by showing loyalty to the people that stuck with him despite getting them in this mess in the first place. I love where they're going with Pam too. Just all around a great development and should make for some interesting changes on the show.

Really, I think this was the best possible way they could have ended this arc.
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Old April 24 2009, 06:08 PM   #2
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Jim's scene where he made Dwight discredit himself in front of the new boss to ensure he doesn't mess up Michael's deal was great. For a while I thought he might sell out Michael Scott Paper to get a better standing with corporate - I'm glad he didn't.
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Old April 24 2009, 06:14 PM   #3
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Re: The Office 5x22 'Broke' Discuss & Grade SPOILERS

No, you're done.

Yeah it was pretty good. I found myself cheering too. Saying, "come on Micheal keep it together just a little longer. Don't screw it up." This story arch was good. That's what they need to do to keep the series fresh. Keep mixing stuff up like that.
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Old April 24 2009, 06:17 PM   #4
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Re: The Office 5x22 'Broke' Discuss & Grade SPOILERS

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Jim's scene where he made Dwight discredit himself in front of the new boss to ensure he doesn't mess up Michael's deal was great. For a while I thought he might sell out Michael Scott Paper to get a better standing with corporate - I'm glad he didn't.
Yeah, I expected him to interrupt before Dwight spoke up, and perhaps convince Dwight that the deal was in his best interest, but the way he dealt with it was pretty damn smooth and funny as hell.

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No, you're done.

Yeah it was pretty good. I found myself cheering too. Saying, "come on Micheal keep it together just a little longer. Don't screw it up." This story arch was good. That's what they need to do to keep the series fresh. Keep mixing stuff up like that.
"No, you're done" was a great send off to an annoying character.

I was doing the same thing, telling Michael out loud not to screw it up to the screen.
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Old April 24 2009, 07:31 PM   #5
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I'm surprised there wasn't a topic for this one yet.
I fell asleep after dinner and a long week of beginner C programming classes and Cisco tests.

With that said, i'm watching on HULU

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Old April 24 2009, 08:06 PM   #6
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I liked it, better than usual. I thought Michael was portrayed more competent than normal. He came off pretty slick at the end.
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Old April 24 2009, 08:39 PM   #7
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I was shocked to see the story resolve before the finale but it was very well done. My favorite moment of the night was when Dwight is about to derail everything and Jim runs after him. I thought he was going to tackle him or something but NO he lets him tell Charles and then discredits the source by forcing Dwight into one of his insane rants. That was brilliant! While I enjoyed this story I'm glad it's over and the office is whole again and Charles is gone. This storyline has completely erased the B List characters from the show who are all my favorites.
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Old April 24 2009, 10:32 PM   #8
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That was pretty great... and they get to keep the hot new receptionist!
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Old April 25 2009, 12:45 AM   #9
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While the idea of Pam professionally competing with Jim is interesting I'm going to miss her as the secretary and as Michael's put-upon assistant.
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Old April 25 2009, 03:24 AM   #10
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What did the Korean labeling on the side of the van say? I'm betting there was another joke in there. I thought it was hilarious how that woman kept getting into the van and the team finally just gave up and let her ride with them.
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Old April 25 2009, 05:05 AM   #11
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I enjoyed how they resolved this storyline. And I like Pam being something other than a receptionist.
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Old April 25 2009, 06:46 AM   #12
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While I've missed the minor characters too, I thought this storyline was the freshest the show's felt in a couple of years. The growth in Pam especially has been awesome to watch, and I'm excited to see her in sales now. I was literally cheering at Michael's negotiating scene with David Wallace...always happy when he gets a chance to prove how competent he truly can be.
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Old April 25 2009, 06:17 PM   #13
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While I've missed the minor characters too, I thought this storyline was the freshest the show's felt in a couple of years. The growth in Pam especially has been awesome to watch, and I'm excited to see her in sales now. I was literally cheering at Michael's negotiating scene with David Wallace...always happy when he gets a chance to prove how competent he truly can be.
Yeah, I was expecting the worst, but Michael kicked so much ass. I was on my feet cheering as well.
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Old April 25 2009, 09:41 PM   #14
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I thought the episode was one of the best of this season. Jim's talking head "comment" about Charles' ass-kissing was hilarious, as was the complete turn around in Minor's opinion of Dwight.

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What did the Korean labeling on the side of the van say? I'm betting there was another joke in there. I thought it was hilarious how that woman kept getting into the van and the team finally just gave up and let her ride with them.
I loved that part too. The funniest thing was that it was a different woman each time.
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Old April 26 2009, 02:44 AM   #15
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I hope they remember Pam's triumph with the copier and make it a point of contention between her and the new receptionist. I could see nuPam cursing the machine or something and Pam coming to its defense.
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