The Office: Two men, an affair and a baby

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September 19, 2009

9:01 PM

Before I delve into the season premiere of “The Office,” let’s do a quick recap of the season five finale: Pam is pregnant and a total beast at volleyball.

While the bun-in-the-oven revelation left the majority of Dunder-Mifflinites enthused and excited, I myself preferred the secrets revealed over the summer during the hilarious “Blackmail” webisode series. Among other shockers, the office discovered Andy’s sexy tramp stamp and Creed’s stint as Janis Joplin’s dealer, knowledge I shall cherish for years to come.

So with all these secrets, it’s no wonder that on the premiere, the entire office is abuzz with gossip: Is Stanley Hudson having an affair? Is Oscar the voice of the Taco Bell dog? Is Kevin really a robot controlled by a little man inside him?

All of these questions came up as Michael learned one piece of true, damaging gossip, told everyone in the office (even the interns!) about it and then brilliantly attempted to hide his gaffe by spreading multiple and more increasingly ridiculous bits of rumor.

I enjoyed seeing the temporary addition of the summer interns. They’re sassy and have some personality, unlike the new cast regular Erin. That receptionist needs to step up her game and find some personality quick if she’s going to continue on for the rest of the season.

In the end though, Jim and Pam ended up sharing their pregnancy with the office. The hilarious reactions of everyone hint that the requisite baby shower episode should be a gem.

I will leave you with my favorite quote of the episode, courtesy of Michael Scott: “I hate, hate, hate being left out. Whether it’s not being picked for a team, or being picked for a team and showing up and realizing the team doesn’t exist. Or that the sport doesn’t exist? I should’ve known. Poopball?”

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