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Worst Week Episode 15: The Epidural

I haven’t written about Worst Week since the pilot episode, so I’m a bit overdue on this follow-up.  At the time, I mentioned how great the dark humor and no laugh track was, and I wished that the clumsiness wouldn’t get old after a few episodes.  After 15 episodes, I can safely say my wish has come true.  In fact, the writers have done a great job getting the whole family in on the action.

Another comment I made before was the similarity of the premise to Meet the Parents.  Thankfully, the show has differentiated itself very well in only half a season.  While the physical comedy gets me laughing out loud, I’m more impressed with the very real back-and-forth that occurs between both Sam and Mel and Dick and Angela.  Both relationships show us the kind of genuine connection that’s missing from other shows.  I see a lot of the same interaction on the show that I have with my wife: awkwardness around the in-laws; having a few laughs at each other’s expense; teaming up to solve problems; and in the end a bond that survives whatever crazy shit you can dream up.


February 21, 2009 Posted by | Comedy, Television | , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Worst Week Episode 15: The Epidural

The Office Season 5 Episodes 1-2: The Weight Loss

There is something especially satisfying about a great show staying great.  Tonight’s season premiere included all of the best classic elements from The Office–Michael being inappropriate, Dwight giving outlandish orders, Angela treating people like shit, Kelly being ridiculously vain and much more.

Spoilers follow…

Having Pam head off to New York could have been a really easy way for the writers to keep making us wait for the moment we were anticipating through all of season four.  I’m so glad they didn’t.  Instead, we got a genuinely touching moment between Jim and Pam in the most unlikely of proposal locations.  I’m dually ashamed and elated to tell you I was actually surprised by the moment.  Despite my penchant for guessing the outcomes of most shows I watch, sometimes I get lost in the experience and I turn off the deduction part of my brain and just enjoy.  What I’m not ashamed to tell you is that I got quite weepy at the moment Jim proposed.  Not tears-rolling-down-the-face weepy, but definitely blurry-vision-wipe-the-eyes weepy.

September 25, 2008 Posted by | Comedy, Premiere, Television | , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on The Office Season 5 Episodes 1-2: The Weight Loss