Friday, October 19, 2007

Enjoy your stay at the Embassy Beets Radishon

I'm a huge fan of The Office. I'll warn you that if you haven't seen last night's episode, this post may spoil some surprises for you.

Read on at your own risk.

Last night's episode, while maintaining the usual level of wit and humour, was uncharacteristically emotional. There were several heart-wrenching and touching moments in the show, that cement the show in my mind as one of the best things on TV at the moment. Michael's "declaration" of bankruptcy was hilarious and tragic at the same time. I'm convinced that only Steve Carell could pull off that line.

The episode touched on several popular PF blog topics:
  • Budgeting - Oscar tries to help Michael with his budget by splitting his spending into three categories:
    • Things he needs (the smallest category)
    • Things he wants but doesn't need (the middle category)
    • Things that no one could ever possibly need (the largest category)

  • Communication - Michael tries to keep his financial troubles from Jan, and nearly loses everything as a result

  • Bankruptcy - Michael attempts to get out from under his debt load by shouting to the office "I declare bankruptcy!" Oscar later explains that this doesn't change anything

  • Knowing your Tools - Michael instructs Oscar to "ask PowerPoint" how to fix his financial troubles, prompting Oscar to explain that it is only a presentation tool

  • Dealing with Debt - Jan admonishes Michael that his debts can follow him around the world, electronically, and that, despite his plans to hop a freight train and "live off the grid", he needs to deal with the problem
I'm sure there are other references, but I just loved the episode. It had that winning combination of wittiness and heart that makes this show shine.

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1 comment:

small fish said...

This is an excellent financial analysis of "The Office"!

The show also really touched on living beyond your means, and the personal impact of working too much.

I also agree that the show really showed more emotion and personality into the characters then before.