The Office – Deposition on NBC 11/15/07
Last night was a rough night for Michael Scott and myself. I was pretty disappointed in last nights episode. Nobody ever likes to see bad things happen to Michael Scott, but last night the blows just kept coming…(That’s what she said). I feel like last nights episode did not have the same light hearted banter throughout the office that I am accustomed to.
Michael and Jan are taking part in a deposition related to Jan’s wrongful termination suit against Dunder Mifflin. It is her intention that Michael will testify on her behalf and help her win a settlement of 4 million dollars. Ryan and other D-M employees expect that since Michael is such a loyal employee that he will be on their side. Consequently, Michael is thrown in the middle between his two loves and the two loves rip him to pieces.
Jan in an effort to establish her case brings out Michael’s personal diary and has it introduced into evidence allowing almost a dozen people he works with access to his personal thoughts. D-M brings to light Jan’s scathing performance reviews even after her and Michael became a couple. Jan brings forward communications by D-M that show that Michael was never seriously considered as Jan’s replacement. Time after time each side takes pot shots at Michael try to discredit the other’s position and Michael is caught in the crossfire. It is a very sad episode that is not nearly as much fun to watch as the normal hilarity.
Even the resolution is less than satisfying as both Michael and Jan appear to ignore the situation and pretend like nothing happened.
The side plot in this episode involves Jim and Daryl playing ping-pong and Kelly and Pam trash talking which we find out is different than smack talking. This is the only part of this weeks episode that was a good bet for laughs. Especially when Dwight starts talking about how all of his heroes are ping-pong players. However, in spite of the jokes, this ping-pong plot line was not quite enough of a comic relief to counterbalance the seriousness of Michael’s situation.
All in all I was disappointed and hope that next weeks episode leaves me with a little better feeling inside…(That’s what she said).
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