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Friday, September 22, 2006
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The Office: Gay Witch Hunt
Thanks to my good friend AG for her constant plugging of how good this show is. Were it not for her, I must not have tried the show again and stuck with it.

I will admit I was worried a fin might be coming into view last year when Jim and Pam kissed in the season finale. But after seeing the season premiere, I think reports of a shark fin are vastly exaggerated.

Because while all the press and buzz this summer was about Jim and Pam, that's just one part of what makes the show so funny. And all those elements were here. I tend not to laugh out loud too much when watching something by myself, but I did that at least five times here. Honestly, the sight of Dwight crying because Jim was gone was classic, as was the gay-dar that Jim sends him at episode's end. Meanwhile, Michael has once again stuck his foot in his mouth and is trying to get out of it. He's almost like George Constanza in a way with how far he'll go to get out of the absurd situation he's placed himself in. He wants to appear cool and composed and an all around good guy when nothing is farther from the truth. The scene where Oscar tells him he's "a small man" was wonderful, esp. the look on Michael's face as he realizes the whole office sees through his facade. Classic.

As for the whole Jim and Pam thing--I like how it's being handled. I like that they're not together and that Pam is on her own now. It should be interesting to see how this develops and how long Jim stays away.

And the office equipment in Jello call back to the first episode...priceless.

Oh and check out the deleted scenes over at NBC.com. As well as producer Greg Daniel's live blog from right after the show aired.

Survivor: Cook Islands.
So, the great social experiment is in its second week and I've learned...well, nothing really. That said, it was a fairly non-eventful episode until the final 15 or so minutes when the Hispanic tribe threw the challenge in order oust Billy. I love that Jeff Probst called them on it and it made for an interesting tribal council.

And you know you're into good reality TV when you can get a reaction out of Jeff "I am the snark man" Probst. Billy's confesion that he was in love with Candice, that it was love at first sight and she loved him too....that was priceless. Of course, it's kind of sad because I had to go to CBS's web site to figure out which of the women Candice was....it's still early and we're only seeing a few personalities come to the front.

So I wonder--was this real or a calculation to stay in the game? And did the appearning insane seal Billy's fate? I think up to that point the two women in his tribe might have voted out Ozzy for being a manipulative player and wanting to dump that threat early. But I think the crazy "I love Candice" thing made the others realize how insane Billy really is...

posted by Michael Hickerson at 9/22/2006 08:07:00 AM | |
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Billy was a dolt. I am so glad he's gone. But hey, Survivor needs its nutjobs in order to stay fresh! That love at first sight thing was completely bizarre and a stupid play if he wanted to make sure that Cristina was in his pocket. He just broadcast to his group, "hey I have NO loyalty!! I'm going to try to bang Candace instead!"

In other news, I'm very glad Yul found the immunity idol. I like him so far.
 
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