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Wedding Crasher
Posted by Tom Coombe at 09:38:52 PM on February 8, 2007
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Not an episode of The Office goes by without Steve Carrell's Michael Scott doing something that makes you want to crawl under your couch. But tonight's episode had me pulling up the floorboards. Maybe it's just because it's less embarrassing to see his antics in a contained environment, like the workplace. It's awkward, but you're used to it. Going public as an attention starved boy in a middle-aged man's body is something else entirely.

You have to wonder if Phyllis -- poor Phyllis, who seems like she escaped from that "who does depression hurt? everyone" commercial -- turned Michael down for a date in high school. (They're the same age and went to the same school, despite Michael's allusions to the contrary.) She's just so put upon, even at her wedding (the six week honeymoon is well deserved).

The TV promos gave away the "Easy Rider" line, but Michael's premature announcement during the ceremony was stomach-achingly funny. (It was one of those "May I present to you for the first time in public, Mr. and Mrs." things, only the minister hadn't finished yet.)

The "Webster's Dictionary defines 'wedding' as..." joke was done (sort of) on The Simpsons at least 10 years ago, although their version used the definition for "weeding," while Michael's came from "welding." It actually worked a little better, because of the way he tried to shoehorn it into his toast.

This being the ostensible Valentine's Day episode, the Jim-Pam-Karen-Roy love rectangle moved along. Roy is much more sympathetic than Lee, his dullard counterpart in the British Office, and his attempts to woo Pam back have only made him more likable. And take pity on Jim, who appeared to be rationalizing his happiness with Karen after seeing Pam and Roy leave together. For someone who makes playing pranks on gullible co-workers a second career, he's pretty good at deluding himself.

Other good moments:

  • Dwight's story about accidentally seeing Wedding Crashers.
  • Creed's amazingly cheap "gift."
  • The fact that Bob Vance's trademark ("Bob Vance, Vance refrigeration") was part of the wedding vows.
  • The return of Scrantonicity, Kevin's Police/Sting (and in this case) Jewel cover band. Take that, Police reunion.
  • Toby's little cheer to the camera after his date caught the bouquet.
  • This has nothing to do with The Office, but with a commercial that ran during the episode. That Ghost Rider movie looks pretty bad. It's almost like someone made an official ruling: the more obscure the Marvel Comics character, the lamer their movie.

Tom Coombe

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