THE OFFICE “Training Day” Review

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THE OFFICE “Training Day” Season 7 Episode 20 – Gotta say I wasn’t that impressed with THE OFFICE this week. I feel sad writing this as I had high hopes for “Training Day”, but there was something missing. Like, oh I don’t know… the laughs.

In “Training Day” Michael meets his new replacement, Deangelo Vickers (Will Ferrell) and thus the training of the new Dunder Mifflin manager commences. Pam and Jim are somewhat scary in their attempts to get on the good side of their new boss, while Andy is dubbed the office “funny guy” when he wasn’t making a joke.

Obviously everyone wants to make a good impression on their new manager, and this makes this incredibly awkward for the entire office – except Dwight. Whom I love. Dwight is totally unphased by Deangelo, and instead is focusing on why he didn’t get the management position. Turn out Michael didn’t recommend him for the job, which we find out in a moment between Gabe and Dwight.

Deangelo attempts to take control of the office and tells Erin to answer the phones without her name in her greeting. This doesn’t sit well with Michael and his control issues begin to kick in, which leads to high tension on all sides of the office. Especially when everyone follows Deangelo’s orders, and not Michael’s.

Now given all of these points this should have been a HILRIOUS episode of The Office, but instead I felt like the laughs fell flat. They ALMOST got there for me, but didn’t quite hit the mark. It was more painful to watch, and not in the painfully awkward but funny way I’ve grown to love about The Office. Instead, this episode just seemed forced from everyone.

Andy’s predicament of being labeled the office “funny guy” was just hard to watch (aside from the part when he knocked over the table in the break room – I laughed HARD at that scene), especially because Deangelo just seems creepy. I couldn’t tell if he was serious or just pushing Andy half the time – especially when he told him to drink the soap.

Maybe the humor was just lost on me, I’m not sure.

Over all, I was not impressed with “Training Day”, but hopefully things will pick up for The Office next week. What did you think? Comment away and let me know!

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