The Office
Casino Night

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Jacob Clifton: A | 3 USERS: A+
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Casino Night

"Please don't stand so close to me," Scrantonicity sings.

Kevin: "We really don't do a lot of weddings. We actually don't play in public very often. We're all really hoping that Pam's wedding works out...this could be a turning point for the band." His cuteness defies explanation.

In the conference room, the screen goes crazy Dogtown style, and our kids lose it, screaming wildly. "Haven't seen that since 1983!" Jim jumps up and starts talking about how he's calling a music label right this second and they're totally signing Scrantonicity for the wedding. Pam grabs him playfully and a mock scuffle ensues. Jim protests that if they don't act now they'll lose him to another wedding, and Jim calls out to Kevin through the door she's trying to shut on him, and there is much laughter and horseplay. The Mock Scuffle: Sublimating the hazy, adolescent sexual impulses of girls with poor self-image since fifth or sixth grade.

Pam: "Jim is great. Being with him just takes away all the stress of planning my wedding." Complete the thought! God!

Michael answers his phone on speaker again, which is just so...when you're sitting in the airport, do you look at the guys on their earpieces and try to think about the percentage of them that are actually talking to people versus the people who actually have something to say to the people to whom they're talking? That's speakerphone to me. Which I know is the entire point of this show, but still. Argh! Pam tells him Carol Stills is calling, and he doesn't quite remember who it is. (But we do! It's the real estate agent from the prenominate "Office Olympics," with whose two children Michael made friends on his birthday, not to mention being played by Steve Carell's wife in real life, the incredibly beautiful Nancy Walls.) He tells Pam to put her through, and launches into: "Hey Carol, how goes the real estate biz? Is it real good?" Pam meekly says she hasn't put her through yet.

Pam: "Sometimes I don't put Michael through until he's already said something. I look at it as a practice run for him. He usually does better on the second attempt." It's like, second drink. The Booze Cruise and the Christmas Party both happened after Jim dumped his girlfriend, you know? Maybe he'll do better on a second attempt.

Carol's calling for a signature on Michael's mortgage insurance, and Michael makes incredibly horrible small talk ("Oh, hey, no problemo... Incidentally, love the place. A little bit of a weird smell... It's okay, at Christmas, the tree helped"),and Carol is just trying to get out of there alive. Lots of "great, great" and "Oh, I'm glad." She asks if she can come by, and Michael -- having been shot down by Jan -- brings up Casino Night. "You know what? Why don't you come by? Bring the papers, I'll sign 'em...and then you can stay and have a drink..." She's about to agree when the phone rings on Michael's second line. Jan's on line two.

"Okay, put her through. Jan Levinson, I presume?" Practice run! "Still me. Uh, Jan? Here's Michael."

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