“The Office” remains one of the funniest sitcoms on television, but has it featured a post-strike slump?
The first episode back, “Dinner Party,” had funny moments but didn’t quite hang with classic “Office” of the past. It did, however, set up the next week’s “The Chairmodel,” in which Dwight attempts to track down a model that Michael sees in a catalog and finds attractive.
I felt like things got back in stride with “Night Out,” where Michael and Dwight are back at their inappropriate best. Meanwhile, Jim makes a Michael-like move, locking everyone into the office lot late at night. Kelly’s retort to Ryan’s call for questions at an office meeting was probably the highlight of the show, the best of the post-strike episodes. Last week’s “Did I Stutter?” featured a Michael-Stanley power struggle, which felt a little out of character for Stanley. Still, the return of Darryl’s ridiculous advice to Michael about “the streets” made for a funny scene. Ryan and Toby ganging up on Jim added some dramatic tension — but do I need dramatic tension from “The Office”?
Check out “Night Out,” the high point of the recent “Office.”
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– Matt Price