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Thursday, March 19, 2009: The Office

by Zach Oat March 19, 2009 6:00 am
Thursday, March 19, 2009: <i>The Office</i>

So there's this little show that's on tonight that we think you should watch. It's kind of an under-the-radar thing, called The Office, and-- ...Oh, you've heard of it? Then you know that it's pretty damn fun -- ...Yes, that's true, some people say it's not as funny as it used to be, and -- ...Well, I guess you could argue that the characters have turned into caricatures, but that seems like just a one-syllable difference, to me, and it's still a damn funny show. And it'll only get funnier tonight, when legendary funnyman Idris Elba shows up to deliver his own brand of hilarity and turns -- ...No? He's from what? The Wire? Is that a British comedy?

I'm kidding, I know what The Wire is. In fact, I have four seasons worth of DVDs sitting on the floor of my office, and absolutely zero desire to watch them. But if Elba performs admirably on tonight's Office, he may convince me otherwise. Elba will play a new VP at Dunder-Mifflin who is supposedly "no nonsense," which I believe would also describe the character he plays on The Wire? Yes/no? Anyway, Elba shows up in Scranton on Michael's 15th anniversary at the company (coincidentally?), while the party planning committee is trying to put together a party, and at some point Michael decides to repeat everything he says, which seems like a bad idea on Michael's part. Meanwhile, we get to watch Jim walk around in a tuxedo all episode, simultaneously impressing Michael and mocking Dwight's memo about the dress code. Now we don't have to watch whatever terrible James Bond parody movie John Krasinski decides to do next!

To see what else is on tonight, check out our Week in Preview!

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