The Office Season 9 Review “A.A.R.M.”

The Office Season 9 Episode 22 A.A.R.M. (6)

Another week, another hour-long “The Office.” Boy oh boy, they are milking this thing, aren’t they? This one, entitled “A.A.R.M.” (that would be “Assistant to the Assistant Regional Manager”), was a slight improvement over the last one, at least, with some pretty genuinely earned moments towards the end that gave a nice end cap to two of the more memorable couples in the history of the show.

First, we got a way better (and longer) Jim-and-Pam montage than the last one, thanks in part to the documentary crew, who Jim called in a favor to, after Pam admitted she overheard that conversation last week and felt like she was standing in the way of his dream. He did not feel the same and proved it with said video, which I must say went a long way towards reminding me why I liked them in the first place.

Let’s face it, they’ve gotten a bit stale in recent years, seeming more and more disconnected as the show has gone on, with Erin in particular stealing a bit of Pam’s thunder. Meanwhile, Jim’s antics also have seemed off for a while now as well, a fact not exactly disproved by them in this very episode. The montage was a much-needed recap that did them more justice, and even came close to bringing a tear to this critic’s eye. (I probably would have, but I’d already met my quota with the whole Idol debacle earlier in the evening.)

Almost as good was Dwight’s proposal to Angela, which was pure Dwight through and through. First, he ran her off the road like a madman, then shouted in her face with a bullhorn. Telling her he didn’t care if her child was his or not, he screeched: “I will raise 100 children with 100 of your lovers if it means I can be with you.” The he pulled out his “grandma’s buttock bullet ring” and it was game on. For Dwight, that was pretty romantic, and she said yes before then revealing that, in fact, her son was his. This was definitely a big moment for fans of this unlikely twosome, if bad news for young Esther.

Andy’s storyline was a bit stale, sad to say, though there was some sharp singing show critique hidden in there. (“On this show, all three judges are mean,” said avowed “pitch bitch” Andy- One of them? None other than “American Idol”-vet Clay Aiken.) I did like his bit about the extensive line to audition: “This is like the March on Washington, but for a singing show. Can you imagine if Martin Luther King were here? And sang “I Dreamed a Dream” from “Les Miz”? With that baritone? Now that would be historic.” LOL.

We also got that rogue’s gallery of guest stars, which in addition to Aiken, included Aaron Rodgers and Santigold (!) as the other judges, and Mark “Pour some Sugar Ray on me!” McGrath in the Seacrest hosting role. The casting agents must have thrown the same dart Andy did when he chose his audition tunes, which included “The Cornell Fight Song.”

On the plus side, there also was that great scene with the office gang having a goodbye dance with Darryl. He summed it up nicely with the following: “I wanted to leave quietly. It seemed dignified. But having Kevin grind up on my front while Erin pretends to hump me from behind…it’s a more accurate tribute to my years here.” Indeed. Classic “Office.”

Line of the night goes to Dwight, summing up his feelings for Esther in a nutshell: “She’s young, she’s beautiful. Genes so pure you could lick them. Her family admires me, my family tolerates hers. A lot of them are the same people because we’re third cousins, which is great for bloodlines and isn’t technically incest.” LOL. Esther, we hardly knew ye.

So, that’s about it. Not a lot of quotable stuff, and I’m not sure this episode should have been extended, either, but those moments mentioned above made it worth it, especially the long-awaited Dwight and Angela reunion. Will we see the wedding next episode? I guess we’ll find out.

As you know, unless you haven’t been paying attention to all the hype, the final episode is next week, and it’s a two hour-plus blow-out, though part of it is the requisite retrospective. Will Steve Carrell return? I can’t imagine he won’t, but I guess we’ll find out about that, too. I do hope they pull it together for one last episode, though. Despite the highs and lows of the post-Carrell era, I do still like the show, and I will miss it, so here’s hoping it’s a good one.

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