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The Office preview — The episode otherwise known as ‘Goodbye, Holly


Ugh. This looks like it’s the one.

When last we were at Scranton Business Park, David Wallace left us with the chillingly glum observation that he didn’t know Michael was dating Holly. The branch manager whose last girlfriend and former boss sued the company is dating the HR rep. What’s not for a CFO to love about that arrangement?

So yeah, Holly’s gone, just as sure as Amy Ryan is gone, at least by all accounts. She wrapped her sixth and final episode several weeks ago, and it airs tonight. (The hour-long season premiere counts as two episodes.) And if there was any doubt, tonight’s episode title is…

Employee Transfer — Pam is embarrassed when she is the only person at corporate wearing a costume on Halloween. Holly and Michael take the long trip to Nashua after they get some shocking news from corporate. Meanwhile, Dwight torments Andy and tries to get under his skin.

It’s bad enough that we’ve seen Pam for all of about two minutes and 12 seconds of screentime all season. By the time she returns, DJ Holly Flax will be out of the hizz-ouse. Was it too much to ask that two of the show’s best female stars actually be on the show simultaneously? Instead we get Meredith-centric episodes and oodles of Phyllis. (No offense, ladies.)

Here’s an NBC promo. And here’s another one.

Anyway, the thought of Pam showing up in costume to a workplace where no one else is dressed up for Halloween strikes me as very funny, the kind of uncomfortable funny this show thrives on but too often foregoes. And Dwight going after Andy should be good. I enjoyed when he flipped Andy’s X-Terra on eBay, and now he has the added incentive of desperation to win Angela back.

Apparently we get to meet Jim Halpert’s brothers tonight, too, according to this article and to this article. If you dabble in spoilers, as I do from time to time, you might have heard about this encounter coming up. Here’s what Blake Robbins of Salem, Mass., who plays the older Halpert brother, has to say…

In the case of “The Office,” his height — 6 feet 2 inches — helped. They didn’t want an actor shorter than that because Jim, played by John Krasinski of Newton, is 6-foot-3.

On the show, Jim, a paper salesman, is engaged to receptionist-turned-art-student Pam Beesly, played by Jenna Fischer. Tonight, Pam organizes a dinner in New York City so she can meet Jim’s older and younger brothers.

“The most I can say is that it doesn’t go according to her plans,” Robbins said.

Sounds good. By the way, can you believe it’s been a year since The Office Convention in Scranton? I can. But I didn’t go. I may get another shot, though, because apparently the folks in the Electric City are talking about doing it again next fall. Just talking, mind you.

This entry was posted on Thursday, October 30th, 2008 at 2:45 pm by Brian Howard. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
Category: Amy Ryan, Employee Transfer, The Office, The Office Convention



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