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Recap and Video From The Office Episode, "The Banker"

The Office, "The Banker": Highlights of the Night and Video

What just happened?! After a return from its Winter hiatus and a semi-promising holiday episode, I half-expected for The Office to resurrect itself from its Fall slump (the term "jumping the shark" comes to mind), and pull off a zinger of an episode. What we got was a mash-up of favorite Office scenes held together by a paper-thin plot.

You may recall that last we visited Scranton, Dunder Mifflin was bought out by another company. Now, a banker drops in to meet with Tobey to assess their liability. As they go over work injuries, sexual harassment, and the like, we're taken through past highlights of the show. While I did chuckle at a few clips, the whole thing felt thrown together. It's almost as if the writers want to remind us of how good the show used to be.

So without much new material — and therefore barely any new quips — I'm having to break from the usual format here. Instead, I'd like to let off some steam and share my thoughts (and please chime in with your own) when you read more.

  • I did enjoy seeing the lengths that the whole team went to pull the wool over the banker's eyes (faux Stanley was genius!). Why not just keep following their song and dance routine for the rest of the episode? At least it would have been an original story.
  • "That's what she said." Okay, it still makes me laugh.
  • One kinda funny line of the night, courtesy of Michael: "When you look in the mirror, and you see your push-up bra, and your fake eyelashes, and your makeup, and your press-on nails — the principles that I’m applying to the office are the same ones that made Lady Gaga a star. Or any number of drag queens."
  • Lazy Scranton! It may be over three years old, but I still love that music video and those lyrics. "Scranton – What? The electric city!" It was a nice way to end the episode on a higher note, and I almost forgave the writers for their cheat of an episode since they included it. Well, almost.
  • Another one of the episode's better moments: the jingle! It was light and fun and yes, it did remind me of why I used to love the show in the first place. Watch it again:
  • Why did the clips go from focusing on the hilarious office mishaps to a mushy-gushy montage with Jim and Pam? I smiled while re-watching the scene where Jim asks Pam on a date, but since when did this episode become all about Jim and Pam?
  • Speaking of Jim, remember how charming he was before he became a boss? Thanks to the clips, we're taken back to the days when he impersonated Dwight (complete with the mustard yellow shirt) or stuck his stapler in jello — please writers, bring that guy back!

Enough of my complaining — what did you make of this Office episode? Are you as disenchanted as I am, or did the footage only remind you of how much you love the show? Speak your mind the comments, or head on over to The Office! group in the BuzzSugar Community.

Photo and videos courtesy of NBC

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