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Recap of The Office Episode "Counseling"

The Office, "Counseling": Best Lines of the Night

You know it's going to be a fun episode of The Office when Pretty Woman references come into play. After getting shunned at a store at the mall, Dwight returns with his co-workers to do exactly what Julia Roberts did on Rodeo Drive. Jim and Andy gussy him up (and nix his monochromatic wardrobe) to ready him for his purchase of . . . a pewter wizard.

While Dwight plots in the cubicle pod, Toby and Michael are holed up in the break room, as Michael endures his corporate punishment for spanking his nephew/assistant last week. Toby counsels the manager, and their conversation evolves from ridiculous to more ridiculous to actually kind of enlightening. Dive right in to the night's best quips when you

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  • "No one. The door locks from the outside. Escape is impossible." — Dwight, when asked who watches the children in his Insane Clown Posse-decorated daycare
  • "I'm glad Michael's getting help. He has a lot of issues, and he's stupid." — Phyllis
  • "I talk a lot, so I've learned to tune myself out." — Kelly
  • "I was probed by an alien life force. ALF. I may have actually been probed by ALF. You might think he's a puppet. You never see the lower half, but there's a lower half." — Michael, explaining his emotional problems to Toby
  • "Disposable cameras are fun, although it does seem wasteful, and you don't get to see your pictures." — Erin, after taking a photo and throwing away her camera
  • "You made a big mistake, HUGE!" — Dwight, doing his best Pretty Woman impression

Did you like the episode? What did you think about the Pretty Woman connection? Are you digging Dwight's makeover? Sound off below, or click on over to The Office community group!

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katialoves katialoves 5 years
my fave part this week was when Dwight says something about 'match LESS to look richer?!' otherwise...eh
Burkina Burkina 5 years
Its still extremely funny. I think people expect too much. Mindy is such a great writer and I just love her as Kelly. I just think its sort of getting old. I think they've explored it as much as possible and there isn't much left in the series. Still great though.
reba506 reba506 5 years
Um...I don't know why people aren't liking The Office. I think it still has finesse and is funnier than ever. Last night's episode was great - I loved seeing a more devious side of Pam and the Pretty Woman thing was hilarious, especially Kelly's constant interjections. I love this show.
dreamalittledream dreamalittledream 5 years
30 Rock is always great!
dreamalittledream dreamalittledream 5 years
30 Rock is always great!
stephley stephley 5 years
I want to say I didn’t hate The Office as much as last week, but I know I shut out the Toby-Michael scenes so that can’t be good – but I did laugh a few times. I never thought of Erin as stupid, just really naive so the camera thing came out of the blue. Pam did so much to become a salesperson it was a surprise to suddenly learn she’s not good at it, but I thought the whole finagling herself another position thing was more about shifting characters for next season. I thought Community was better and 30 Rock was best.
stephley stephley 5 years
I want to say I didn’t hate The Office as much as last week, but I know I shut out the Toby-Michael scenes so that can’t be good – but I did laugh a few times. I never thought of Erin as stupid, just really naive so the camera thing came out of the blue. Pam did so much to become a salesperson it was a surprise to suddenly learn she’s not good at it, but I thought the whole finagling herself another position thing was more about shifting characters for next season. I thought Community was better and 30 Rock was best.
kimmieb124 kimmieb124 5 years
I agree that they are dumbing everyone down. I cringed when Erin threw the disposable camera away. That was one of the lamer attempts at humor that I've seen. I also did not enjoy Pam's attempt to create another job for herself. I thought that was stupid, and I also thought it lack some continuity. I thought she was a decent salesperson before, but maybe I missed something since I didn't watch last season too faithfully. To me, it seemed like they were reaching for a story line. On the plus side, I thought Kelly's comment about tuning herself out was funny and I actually thought Michael's Alf reference was humorous as well, but that's about it.
dreamalittledream dreamalittledream 5 years
I agree, it's lost something
dreamalittledream dreamalittledream 5 years
I agree, it's lost something
kismekate kismekate 5 years
Urg. I don't think it was an improvement from last week or last season. I really think that at this point in The Office, they are dumbing everyone down big time to try and squeeze as much humor as the show has left. The Erin throwing away the disposable camera? That wasn't funny to me. It was so amazingly stupid that it was unbelievable that anyone would ever do something like that. So sad. I lovveeeeddd this show back in its hayday.
kismekate kismekate 5 years
Urg. I don't think it was an improvement from last week or last season. I really think that at this point in The Office, they are dumbing everyone down big time to try and squeeze as much humor as the show has left. The Erin throwing away the disposable camera? That wasn't funny to me. It was so amazingly stupid that it was unbelievable that anyone would ever do something like that. So sad. I lovveeeeddd this show back in its hayday.
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