Obviously a transitional episode to set up the rest of the season, so not a real hoot, but still a good one. i like Andy’s little part about his bad sales (“Again with the cousin?”)
I didn’t really think Jim was dick, seeing as he was trying to get Michael promoted as well. And he was right about how it probably would have gone just as bad had he told Michael and he wanted to help.
I’m not surprised about having the wedding far away either, considering they wanted to elope. I also remember Phyllis’s wedding being one of the most cringe-worthy episodes of all time. Sure, some of the office workers aren’t too bad, but would you want Dwight, Angela, Meredith, and Creed at your wedding?
Also, I’m really curious as to what other job offer Jim got.
Even if Jim was trying to get Michael promoted too, it was still presumptuous and arrogant to do it behind his back. He may have meant well, but would anybody really want an underling secretly trying to make career decisions about them without consulting them.
Michael’s criticisms were not entirely without merit either.
I forgot about Any’s cheese platter. That was pretty funny. It not only contained a shaker of parmesan, but a bottle of blue cheese dressing.
Jim was afraid that Michael’s “help” would fuck it up, but he should have told him. The scary part was, the criticisms of Jim that Michael made were right on target. But of course, Michael winds up screwing himself over in the end.
I cannot blame Jim and Pam one bit for not wanting their co-workers at the wedding, and the ep amply demonstrated why. Meredith, Ryan, Angela, Kelly, all snotty, neurotic assholes in this episode. They should have just eloped. I wouldn’t invite Angela to my wedding if I were Pam after she told Pam her baby would be a bastard.
The Darryl/Dwight storyline was hilarious. Of course, Toby is the person who winds up screwed in the end.
Maybe, but weren’t those criticisms (the ones in Jim’s file, right?) actually made by Toby? Toby, who had a huge crush on Pam and was jealous that Jim spent time flirting and goofing with her. Not exactly an unbiased assessment.
Indeed. Not only that, but we’ve seen in the past that Jim is like Michael in a lot of ways. Michael was (and in theory still is) a great salesman, but a legendarily bad boss. Jim is a fairly good salesman, but he’s prone to dickish behavior and has screwed up most or all past instances of being in charge (with hilarious results).
It’s tempting to say that Jim is going to end up as another Michael Scott, but it looks like he’s going to be a husband and a daddy, which is the exact emotional outlet that Michael so desperately needs and craves. Of course, if something does split Jim and Pam apart, that would make his descent into Michaeldom all the more tragic.
There were funny moments in this episode but it was generally weak.
Yet ANOTHER unbelievable-by-any-stretch-of-the-imagination-Homer-Simpson-moment where Michael behaves like a borderline retard and rides into the meeting room inside a cheese cart.
And the whole plotline where Jim has a secret meeting with David in which he tells him “Promote my boss and then make me branch manager!” is completely unrealistic and would never happen in real life. It’s not up to a salesman to tell corporate to make changes to his management and oh-by-the-way promote me too.
The opening sequence with Oscar was the funniest part. By far.
Jim got another job offer. I think he went to David and asked him to match it (which would mean making him branch Manager). My guess is that David told Jim that there is already a branch manager and Jim tossed out the idea of promoting Michael.
I liked this episode, but this subplot seemed a little odd to me given the events of the “Cafe Disco” episode. I can totally understand Pam and Jim wanting to get married quietly without their coworkers present and they were indeed on the verge of just eloping, but changed their minds at the last minute. IIRC their reasons were not stated explicitly, they just said they decided they wanted to have a wedding, but I certainly got the impression that Pam and Jim had realized they wanted their annoying but sometimes lovable coworkers present after all. So it seemed a little strange to me that they would then try to discourage all their coworkers from coming.
Of course, given the kinds of people they work with Pam and Jim might very well have had second thoughts about the wisdom of inviting the whole office. But their apparent change of heart with no explanation bothered me a bit.