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The Office preview: Two Weeks (hint: Spoiler Alert)


To paraphrase Dwight Schrute from “Cocktails,” if you think Michael Scott said “I acquit” last week then you are an idiot. No offense.

He said “I quit.” I don’t believe he’ll stay quit, but he quit. And I guess what we’ll witness tonight is how the two weeks’ notice that we didn’t see him give is going. Here’s the episode summary…

Michael’s relationship with the new vice president becomes increasingly tense, as Michael finds an excuse to goof off even more than usual. Meanwhile, Pam faces the challenge of a new copier and Kelly develops a crush.

That doesn’t even acknowledge Michael’s change in employment status, nor does it recognize any of the spoilers that are floating about the fandom. I’ll save those for after the break.

First off, if anyone watches HBO’s Big Love more regularly than I do, then you might know what EW’s Michael Ausiello means when he says “we’ll soon learn that Ryan pulled a Margene during his time away.” To another reader, he says Michael’s resignation was more than a one- or two-episode sweeps stunt. “Not only will his departure stick, he’ll decide to start up his own paper company.”

Hmmm, Super Duper Paper? It’s super! (joke credit: lemoñadé. Thanks lem!)

More from Ausiello… Michael’s not the only one on the way out. Ausiello says Ellie Kemper  from the Upright Citizens Brigade has been cast as a receptionist, which would give Pam Beesley some free time, no?

On another front, exec producer Jen Celotta commented to E!’s Kristin on Idris Elba’s Charles Miner and says he “continues to not be impressed with Jim” and that Stanley the Manley doesn’t love the new boss either. You know Stanley, he’s all about the money. And in reference to the season finale, Kate Flannery (Meredith) dropped a teaser on Kristin with a cryptic “We’ll answer some old questions.”

I haven’t read Jenna Fischer‘s MySpace blog — or anything on MySpace — in months, but she dropped a few tidbits at the surprisingly not defunct site recently. First off she settles a stupid controversy.

Jenna there is crazy controversy if Michael said “I quit” or “I acquit”.  Look at any message board, it’s crazy. Can you please set the record straight? – Erock from Fenton, MO

He said “I quit”.  And he meant it.  You will see how it all plays out this week on the show.

We saw a lot of wedding planning when Pam and Roy were engaged, but haven’t really seen any (so far) of the plans for Pam and Jim’s wedding. Is that going to be worked in to upcoming episodes any time soon? I’m a lot more interested in TV weddings since my own recent engagement and my fiancée and I are big Office fans, so I was just curious. -Karen from Clifton, NJ

There will be more of this in the upcoming episodes, yes.

And this has been out for a few days. It’s from the Academy of Television Arts and Science event last week where The Office was honored…

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And here’s another from the same event…

<div><iframe height=”339″ width=”425″ src=”http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22425001/vp/29800975#29800975″ frameborder=”0″ scrolling=”no”></iframe><p style=”font-size:11px; font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; color: #999; margin-top: 5px; background: transparent; text-align: center; width: 425px;”>Visit msnbc.com for <a style=”text-decoration:none !important; border-bottom: 1px dotted #999 !important; font-weight:normal !important; height: 13px; color:#5799DB !important;” href=”http://www.msnbc.msn.com”>Breaking News</a>, <a href=”http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3032507″ style=”text-decoration:none !important; border-bottom: 1px dotted #999 !important; font-weight:normal !important; height: 13px; color:#5799DB !important;”>World News</a>, and <a href=”http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3032072″ style=”text-decoration:none !important; border-bottom: 1px dotted #999 !important; font-weight:normal !important; height: 13px; color:#5799DB !important;”>News about the Economy</a></p></div>

And here’s an interesting little blog post that suggests there’s big things to watch for as this season progresses.

Photos: Jenna Fischer and John Krasinski arriving for the “Inside ‘The Office'” panel discussion at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in L.A. March 18. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

This entry was posted on Thursday, March 26th, 2009 at 11:14 am by Brian Howard. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
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