Answer: After last night's "Office," nobody
Let's just list all the excruciatingly unfunny things that happened in "Night Out," shall we? Michael getting gum in his hair after chasing something shiny under Stanley's car. Dwight attempting to dislodge the gum by giving his boss a peanut-butter scalp massage. Ryan visiting the office and spouting platitudes like "Stay real, Scranton!" Michael's continual horndog antics, announcing to his employees that he was heading out to a New York nightclub to "get laid," and Dwight tagging on "With sex!" Dwight going ON AND ON AND ON about the guy who looked like a hobbit. (WE GET IT. THE DUDE WAS SHORT.) The security guard locking everyone in, because obviously he didn't see all their cars parked there. Ryan's obvious coke addiction. (Because cocaine addiction is hi-larry-us!)
Oh god, I can't even go on. Just typing this I can feel my soul seeping out my fingers, and, hey, what's that noise? Why, it's the sound of ten thousand babies crying. Nice job, "The Office." You made TEN THOUSAND BABIES CRY.
"Night Out," written by "Office" regular Mindy "Kelly Kapoor" Kaling, seemed to retread a lot of popular and oh-so-worn-out themes. Michael's hopelessness with women. Dwight's obsession with fantasy. Ryan's douchebaggery. Jim's ineptitude as a leader. It was stuff we have seen ad nauseum from this show, and simply stank of creative bankruptcy.
And to add insult to injury, it also appears that Toby, long my favorite character, will soon be exiting the show. Maybe. After a rather awkward (geez, does this show know how to do anything else?) moment involving his hand and Pam's thigh, Toby announces to the group that he's moving to Costa Rica, then jumps the parking lot gate and hoofs it home. Whether or not that's the last we'll ever see of our puppy-faced PR rep remains to be seen. But wow, he couldn't have picked a worse episode to go out on.
-- Adam Reinhard, firstname.lastname@example.org
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