This has been my favorite show since inception, though I approached it with some trepidation after developing such an appreciation for the original version. But I digress.
Has the show finally jumped the shark? This episode was practically unwatchable. Michael has gotten into some bad situations but this one is too unbelievable to work. The logistics involved in providing tuition for a group of students would have resulted in Michael getting found out long before now. And from a standpoint of character development it doesn’t work. Michael isn’t supposed to be a sympathetic character exactly, but the audience is to forgive his faults (to a point) in observation of his innate innocence and kindness. But this mistake is too large to ever overlook. It may be too late for many of these students to secure funding at this point. He may have ruined their lives, at least in part. (They have responsibilities too.)
Pam has already changed to a completely different and far less likeable character, and I guess I can live with that. But now they have moved on to Jim. When did he turn so stupid? Dwight is able to outwit him. Really? He didn’t check to see who might be the Employee of the Month before announcing it? He didn’t just chastise the crew for giving money to Dwight? It doesn’t make sense. Any relatively together person would have seen through the plan from the start, and even if they didn’t they would have been able to easily explain how the whole thing was put together by Dwight. So now Jim has completely changed too. He is an idiot.
I’ve gone back and started watching my DVDs of season 1. It is an entirely different show; a much better one. It’s more a farce now. I guess all good things must come to an end. I wish they would at least be true to the characters though.