Tuesday, February 14, 2006

"The Office" on Valentine's Day

Dwight Schrute with his bobble-head.

The Valentine's Day episode of "The Office," summarized here by Northern Attack, was a television masterpiece. It deftly yet subtly explored many stages of romance, from Ryan the intern and Kelly's "hookup" the night before (they kissed, she thought she now had "a boyfriend," he tried to pull his own hair out), Pam's endless engagement to Roy, who in lieu of a gift, offered "the best sex of your life"; Angela's gift of a Dwight bobble-head to her secret sweetheart, and his gift in return of a mystery key (to the cellar at the beet farm, maybe? There was also Phyllis' endless parade of gifts from her refrigeration-obsessed husband, Meredith's passing out drunk, Oscar's gift from a mystery admirer who only we know (yet with whom Dwight Schrute has been comfy on the couch), and of course that kiss between Jan and Michael after he first dropped her ass into the frying pan and subsequently saved it.

Note that I didn't mention Jim and Pam? Because NOTHING happened between them. And that's the story there. I'm not in "The Office" for what Northern Attack readers call the JPI or Jim-Pam Index -- there's so much more to the show, and a coupling of these two threatens to be a shark-jumping moment, for that matter. There are already 133 comments on the episode at Northern Attack, and I just don't have the will to go on.

Here's the Dwight K. Schrute quote of the night, and I quote Dwight Schrute because quoting Dwight Schrute, heck, even mentioning the name Dwight Schrute is like catnip to Internet searchers who should be enjoying the witty repartee herein. Anyway, back to the quote:

Dwight : Women are like wolves. If you want a wolf, you have to trap it. You have to snare it. And then you have to tame it. Keep it happy. Care for it. Feed it. Lovingly, the way an animal deserves to be loved. And my animal deserves a lot of loving.

1 comment:

Ilene said...

It was a masterpiece because it explored different stages of relationships all within the universal concept that Valentine's Day raises expectations and consequently dashes (most) people's hopes to have them met.

Still, my favorite part was when Dwight asks Pam to help him figure out a gift and Pam suggests she's hard to find a gift for because she's a bit uptight. Dwight says Yeees with a grin that shows enough sexual excitement that the relationship is entirely believable.