THE OFFICE “Christening” Review

THE OFFICE The Christening

THE OFFICE “Christening” Season 7 Episode 7 – This week on THE OFFICE, we never actually SAW the office of Dunder Mifflin. Let me rephrase. The opening minute and a half, which had nothing to do with the rest of the episode, was shot in the conference room. So “never” is incorrect. However the actual story of “Christening” took place at CeCe’s… christening. While there were funny highlight (which I’ll get to in a second), the episode as a whole didn’t do it for me. Again.

“Christening” felt TOO comfortable for me. And maybe I’m just REALLY hard to please, but I feel that The Office was SO great for so long that it blows my mind that it’s gotten as bad as it has in the past episodes.

Let me say this – they need to move the show BACK to the office. The Office was great because, if you worked in an office, you could completely relate to the shenanigans that went on at Dunder Mifflin. The office politics, the different personalities, even Michael Scott were all things that office workers could laugh about… and that feeling isn’t there anymore.

Now the entire crew is being moved to outside places, and while it was nice to see the characters occasionally off of the clock in earlier seasons, it’s becoming far too frequent and far too unrealistic.

No way everyone in the office, whether Michael invited them or not, would show up for CeCe’s christening. I miss the “believable” (and I use that term loosely because not EVERYTHING was believable, and even the believable antics were over the top) situations that the earlier episodes brought us.

Going off of that train of thought – another thing I did NOT like about this episode was Michael and Andy deciding to join the youth ministry on their trip to Mexico. Before you jump down my throat and tell me that I don’t know what I’m talking about let me explain.

Michael is an idiot, we all know this. And while I believe that in the moment of him jumping on that bus, he was fully invested in his choice, he is NOT stupid enough to hightail it on a bus to Mexico to build a school at the cost of his job. I understand that Michael felt a sense of camaraderie and family from the church, but I feel that this particular character choice was a poor one. I can see Andy’s choice more so because he did it strictly to impress Erin, so I’ll be a little more forgiving with that writing choice.

That being said, “Christening” wasn’t terrible. There were a few moments that I really enjoyed.

I loved the way Angela interacted with CeCe. Angela has been a favorite of mine since the beginning of The Office, and seeing her actually smile and laugh, and act… human (granted it was only to the baby)… was fantastic.

Andy jumping on the bus after Michael, while unbelievable was also one of my favorite moments. The guy JUST wants Erin back… and while he goes about it the wrong way, I thought it was endearing that he would actually attempt to go to Mexico to impress her.

I have two favorite parts of “Christening”. In the opening scene when Pam is explaining the “vampire cough” and Dwight schools her with: “They would ruin their cloaks. Do you know how much wool costs in Transylvania?” It was such a throw back to old Dwight that I laughed out loud.

The other scene that I enjoyed was Tobey attempting to go into the church. I felt BAD for him – especially when he finally walks in and just says “Why are you so mean to me sometimes?” (Forgive me if I got the line wrong, I don’t remember it verbatim)… It was just so sad and resigned, the delivery was perfect.

To sum up – “Christening” was okay. I think The Office writers have just exhausted their options and don’t really know what story line to pick up next, so things just seem sort of thrown together. I say, bring The Office back to the office – and let the shenanigans begin again!

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