The Office Season 9, Episode 16 Review: “Moving On”

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Two hour longs within the span of a month?  Yup, it really is the final season of The Office.  This show has never really shied away from the hour long episodes in the past, with Season 5 in particular having another one every other week (or it least it felt that way).  But unlike a lot of those other hour longs, this one seems to be built from the ground up to be a double episode—it’s not just two episodes thrown together because NBC needed to fill up the vacuum that is there programming.  No, “Moving On” feels like an extended episode of The Office.  And for once, that actually seems like a good thing.

Let me first start out with the obvious; in no way shape or form was Andy acting any better in this episode than he has in any other this season.  In fact, he was acting even more despicable.  But in “Moving On,” I gave the character a pass because he was obviosuly heart broken about his break up with Erin.  Sure that doesn’t excuse his actions towards the second half of the episode, but at least it’s better than the character walking around and acting like a jerk for the entire episode for no good reason at all.  I’ll take whatever shred of reasoning for this character that I can get at this point.

Anyways, the reason I began with Andy is because, for this review, I want to focus on a little more pressing matters than what douchey thing Andy is doing this week.  In particular, I wanted to talk about the show’s two most dependable couples: Dwight & Angela, and Toby & Nellie.  LOL no…Jim and Pam.  Both couples experienced some pretty big stuff in “Moving On,” issues that seemingly will predict where the characters will be going when all is said and done.


Let’s start with the positive of Dwight and Angela.  Finally those two are getting some active time to be a couple again, even if Angela is still hesitant to dive back into it for fear of cheating on Senator Lipton.  Sure cheating on Andy was ay-okay, but cheating on the man who has cheated on you and basically used you as a prop your entire marriage?  Yeah, that’s SO much worse.  Whatever the case, Dwight and Angela used to be a surprisingly sweet couple, one of the best in the show’s run in fact.  The two have wonderful chemistry together, and I love how there’s a hidden backstory there between the two that we never really got to see (like with the cute pet names or how they hooked up in the first place).  For a show that spoon feds us so much with other relationships, it’s nice to see one play out with little fanfare.  Basically, I believe in those two guys.  If anyone can make those characters happy, it would be each other.

Switching gears, let’s talk about a non-happy couple: Pam and Jim.  Pam finally looking for a job in Philly was great, and became in better when Bob Odenkirk joined the mix as a very identical version of Michael.  It’s nice to see the show refer back to Michael again after such a long time, and I think Odenkirk nailed the best aspects of that character while still feeling distinct in his own Odenkirk-y way.  If anything, this sequence made me nostalgic for a better time on this show, and made me realize now more than ever how important Michael really was on making the show the triumph that it used to be.

But no time for that, as Jim and Pam are having marital discourse—again!  At this point I really feel like this plot development should be outstaying its welcome but, surprisingly, it’s still working.  Pam has laid it all out on the line, basically saying that she does not want to move to Philadelphia despite Jim’s dream of doing so.  Now more than ever the drama between the pair has reached its apex, and I still can’t imagine how Daniels can pull this off in a satisfying manner.  We know that the couple won’t be divorcing, and having Pam simply back down and move to Philly would be depressing as hell.  Is there a way for the couple to both win?  Well, I guess that’s for the writers to figure out.  Hopefully they won’t disappoint.

Loose Ends:

  • So real quick, the Andy/Erin/Pete story line worked as well as you would expect.  So basically it wasn’t horrible, but nor was it particularly engrossing.  Pam/Jim and Dwight/Angela really stole the show this week.
  • That said, the Gabe’s little tiny desk was great.  But hopefully, we won’t see him return in any capacity what so ever.  Man I hate that guy.
  • So just as I expected, the Scranton Strangler “mystery” was paid off with little fanfare.  I don’t think the show really cared about who the Strangler was, and I don’t quite understand why fans attached themselves to it either.
  • There was a surpring amount of good quotes from this week’s episode.  Here they are for you to revel in again!
  • “That’s a poem by J.B Jovi.”
  • “I saw Pete’s butt…it’s sick!”
  • “Where are you going?”  “Not on a three month boat trip.”
  • “Every phrase is like a dagger to my crotch.”
  • “I don’t agree with the use of the N-word in that movie.”
  • “My whole life is a booger bubble!”
  • “But I’m married…so…leave that be.”
  • “By the way, how long are these cameras going to be following you around?”
  • “I think this is the start of my first friendship.”
  • “That’s what Mose said to his lady scarecrow and look what he did to that poor thing.”
  • “I just want to be real clear that chopsticks isn’t the measure of a man!”
  • Pretty umm…shocking end, I guess.  I still can’t believe they are going this wrote with the documentary but, whatever.  Let’s see how this plays out.
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