WEIGHT LOSS (Sept. 25) For the first time, we see what happens over eight weeks of the summer, as a Dunder Mifflin weight loss initiative causes the branch to diet and become obsessed with their weight. Michael (Steve Carell) pursues a friendship with his new HR rep, Holly (Oscar nominee, Amy Ryan). Jim (John Krasinski) misses Pam (Jenna Fischer) who attends art school in New York. Dwight (Rainn Wilson), Andy (Ed Helms) and Angela (Angela Kinsey) attend to unfinished business. B.J. Novak, Kate Flannery, Mindy Kaling, Oscar Nunez, Brian Baumgartner, Leslie David Baker, Phyllis Smith, Creed Bratton and Craig Robinson also star.
BUSINESS ETHICS (Oct. 9) Following Ryan’s (B.J. Novak) recent scandal at corporate, Holly (guest star Amy Ryan) must hold a business ethics seminar. The meeting gets out of control when Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) lets everyone speak freely about their unethical behavior at work. Meanwhile, Jim (John Krasinski) makes Dwight (Rainn Wilson) comply with the company’s “time theft” policy. Jenna Fischer, Ed Helms, Leslie David Baker, Kate Flannery, Mindy Kaling, Angela Kinsey, Phyllis Smith, Oscar Nunez and Creed Bratton also star.
BABY SHOWER (Oct. 16) Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) practices for the birth of Jan’s (Melora Hardin) baby by having Dwight (Rainn Wilson) go over possible birthing scenarios. Meanwhile, Michael tells Holly (guest star Amy Ryan) that he will pretend to dislike her for Jan’s benefit. John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, B.J. Novak, Ed Helms, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Mindy Kaling, Angela Kinsey, Oscar Nunez, Creed Bratton and Craig Robinson also star.What NBC is not telling you: * Gene Stupinsky and Lee Eisenberg (“Dinner Party”), hard at work on “Ghostbusters III,” wrote tonight’s episode, which was almost called “Summer.” * Jim may propose to Pam in a downpour. * Pam will continue to study and dwell in New York well into the season, while continuing a long-distance relationship with Jim. The show will follow her much as it did Jim when he was in Stanford. * And, as Jim did, Pam will get her own supporting cast. Rich Sommer, who plays Harry Crane on “Mad Men,” and John Cabrera, who played Elliott on “Studio 60,” will play elements of her new New York life. * Despite the season-ending make-out session, Angela and Andy remain engaged. * Dwight may apply to Cornell to win back Angela. * Holly will learn that Kevin isn’t special. * Amy Ryan appears in six episodes total. * Toby will suffer more misfortune, and return. * Ryan may not be long for prison. * The Dunder-Mifflin branch in Nashua, N.H., targets Kevin as a weak link in a company-wide weight-loss contest. (Winning branch gets three extra vacation days.) * Viewers will finally get to meet Dunder Mifflin’s human resources head. * Alcoholic Meredith, not sociopathic Creed, is said to emerge as Amy’s focus in the ethics episode. * Michael may pretend to be engaged to Holly. * British “Office” co-creator Stephen Merchant is directing a big upcoming Halloween episode. * Jason Reitman (“Juno”) will direct another episode this season. * Pam will reunite Jim with his two brothers. 9 p.m. Thursday. NBC.
Sept. 25, 2008, 4:06 a.m. CST
by Horace Cox
Just my opinion. They should do another special.
Sept. 25, 2008, 4:18 a.m. CST
what ever happened to the supposed "crossover" between British Office and American Office that was to happen? And while in many people's opinon's the British (original) version is better I think the American version is more fun and less meanspirited, call me a wuss but I always get a little uncomfortable when things get r eal mean, don't find it funny, but that's just me
Sept. 25, 2008, 4:20 a.m. CST
That shit worked in the first season. It's become something different now. Bad form.
Sept. 25, 2008, 4:48 a.m. CST
Argh I say!
Sept. 25, 2008, 4:49 a.m. CST
I got to see the line *Shut up Horace* in text/print whatevah
Sept. 25, 2008, 6:04 a.m. CST
This show has very little in the way of new ideas - now they're using The Comic Strip Presents. Pathetic.
Sept. 25, 2008, 6:48 a.m. CST
Sept. 25, 2008, 7:03 a.m. CST
So obviously, any discussion of a vacation to Disney World, FL must be completely unenjoyable and be hounded by some shrill, anonymous negativity. I guess I see the logic.
Sept. 25, 2008, 7:26 a.m. CST
by SID 8.0
This is ridiculous, every talkback gets highjacked by Supernatural. How about letting us have our own little thing instead of wasting it on shows we're probably never going to watch. I'm looking at you Gary Unmarried. It's one of the best shows period. By the way glad The Office is back.
Sept. 25, 2008, 7:30 a.m. CST
I'm British and prefer the US version over the UK version
Sept. 25, 2008, 7:32 a.m. CST
by Judge Briggs
Sept. 25, 2008, 7:45 a.m. CST
I need to get dvr. Which do I watch? The Office or Supernatural? The eternal dilemma. Wait a minute. Doesn't NBC show eps of The Office on their website?
Sept. 25, 2008, 7:59 a.m. CST
Oh wait...there's no It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia talkback. My bad.
Sept. 25, 2008, 8 a.m. CST
Amy Ryan is like Jenna Fischer's Pam in that you feel like you could possibly meet a person like that and have a chance with them. Unlike many TV babes who are so hot they seem untouchable.<p>Oh, and "season-ending make-out session"? Um, that was not making out. That was what was once referred to on television as "doing it".
Sept. 25, 2008, 8:03 a.m. CST
by David Cloverfield
was the funniest thing I saw on TV lately. They should lose DeVito though. I like him, but he should just let the gang do his thing.
Sept. 25, 2008, 8:08 a.m. CST
by James Westfall
She's pretty freaking awesome. I keep thinking back to her scaring Michael on the ferris wheel... I don't want Holly to go away. =(
Sept. 25, 2008, 8:24 a.m. CST
She's been fairly prominent in NBC's advertising, but maybe they're just trying to make us think she's staying. What's wrong with a new character once in a while? Andy's still around. But maybe that just means Toby will return.
Sept. 25, 2008, 8:55 a.m. CST
by eric haislar
Sept. 25, 2008, 8:56 a.m. CST
by eric haislar
They have said she will comeback near the end of the season. for more episodes.
Sept. 25, 2008, 9:03 a.m. CST
by James Westfall
Hadn't heard that and it's good news.
Sept. 25, 2008, 10 a.m. CST
by Little Beavis
Can't wait for 'em- can you say motorboat? bbbrbrbrbbrbbbrrrbbbb
Sept. 25, 2008, 10:01 a.m. CST
Where the hell is Todd Packer? He was totally absent from season 4, except for one mention in a deleted scene, and he had one episode in season 3!
Sept. 25, 2008, 10:03 a.m. CST
by Karl Childers
I used to love this show. It should've ended around Season 3. It's become a parody of itself.
Sept. 25, 2008, 10:05 a.m. CST
They want to hide her until after the election. Go watch that clip of her on Couric. CAN'T STOP LAUGHING!!!
Sept. 25, 2008, 10:07 a.m. CST
by Richard Cranium
I tend to agree that last season was the weakest of the 3 full seasons, but I'm willing to give it a mulligan due to the fact that it was strike shortened, and I'm sure there was a lot of character development stuff that had to get axed.
Sept. 25, 2008, 10:52 a.m. CST
Granted, you have to take 'The Office' with a grain of salt in terms of people's actions, but if Ryan is not in jail then has anyone heard how they are going to make him a regular part of the show? Even if the writer's come up with a demotion, why would this company continue to keep this guy around after being arrested for fraud? Even if some kind of magical aquittal is written into the show, the company would still never keep him around because of what it would do to their reputation.
Sept. 25, 2008, 11:47 a.m. CST
Fighter of the Night Man. Champion of the Sun. You're a master of karate and friendship....for everyone. Day Man, Day Man...Uhh, Ahhahh. Fighter of the Night Man. Champion of the Sun!
Sept. 25, 2008, 12:20 p.m. CST
You know who is REALLY funny? Joseph Robinette Biden is a comedic genius.
Sept. 25, 2008, 12:38 p.m. CST
NBC definitely has a fun lineup (especially when 30 rock returns), but it is all pale in comparison to Always Sunny. If you disagree, I will smash your face into a jelly!
Sept. 25, 2008, 1:18 p.m. CST
Yeah, he is. He's from Scranton (brining it back on topic, folks!!!).
Sept. 25, 2008, 1:33 p.m. CST
...how we are able to take a topic about The Office, relate it to a VP debate next Thursday, segue off to a discussion on Palin, branch off to a jab at Biden, then return it back to The Office without breaking a sweat?
Sept. 25, 2008, 1:36 p.m. CST
by David Lazarus Long
Where is the Always Sunny talkback? The two new episodes last week were the funniest things on television since... Ever. A straight hour of doubled over laughter. WILDCARD, BITCHES! Oh, man. That and Dee eating like a bird. "Does it make us racist if we don't eat this dead guy? Because that dead guy just looks SO much tastier!"
Sept. 25, 2008, 1:38 p.m. CST
by David Lazarus Long
The Office is cool too. And did anyone see the uber creepy bit on the Tim and Eric show with Rainn Wilson's head on a kid talking about peeing in a girls mouth to get her pregnant? Bizarre.
Sept. 25, 2008, 1:59 p.m. CST
by Hamtaro Hentai
Dwight and Angela. Uncomfortable... Anyway, glad to see the funniest show on american network tv back.
Sept. 25, 2008, 2:01 p.m. CST
We need more of the loveable sociopath.
Sept. 25, 2008, 2:03 p.m. CST
Sept. 25, 2008, 3:11 p.m. CST
by Rev. Slappy
What the fuck!
Sept. 25, 2008, 3:43 p.m. CST
Do It Herc!
Sept. 25, 2008, 3:53 p.m. CST
but, I'm planning on forcing an Arrested Development movie into existence. It's complicated to explain, but I'm gonna go back in time five years ago and shoot my brother, as well as eat all of the junk food from Joss Whedon's fridge and, believe or not, this temporal-spatial paradox will cause great comedy to ensue. Watch Heroes, Tuesdays on NBC. You may not understand it now, but all of the above was completely on topic.
Sept. 25, 2008, 4:17 p.m. CST
Is Herc's (admittedly excellent) column the only part of AICN you read?
Sept. 25, 2008, 5:18 p.m. CST
of Its Always Sunny is two hours of comedy bliss. Always will never, never, ever get the recognition it deserves but kudos to FX for giving it a 39 episode lock for the next several seasons.
Sept. 25, 2008, 5:26 p.m. CST
Didn't watch the preview, but I'm soooooooo hoping for Fat Albert from Michael
Sept. 25, 2008, 5:41 p.m. CST
by Kevin Bosch
I envisioned a type of reverse Jim and Pam thing going on between her and Michael this season. She seems to actually him, and all their interaction is kinda cute. She would have to work to steal him away from his toxic relationship with Jan, just like Jim/Pam/Roy. So i hope she isn't leaving the show. I hate it when shows i like seem to be evolving, and then just take a step back and reset.
Sept. 25, 2008, 9:02 p.m. CST
I am so glad they are not dragging the Jim/Pam thing out. That was a great episode. And I hope sweet Beadie Russell is around for the whole season.
Sept. 25, 2008, 9:19 p.m. CST
by The 6th Conchord
I want a 1000 year old cathedral in the continental United States.
Sept. 25, 2008, 9:21 p.m. CST
by The 6th Conchord
I've been sittin' all day.
Sept. 25, 2008, 9:30 p.m. CST
by Gungan Slayer
I enjoyed it.
Sept. 25, 2008, 9:35 p.m. CST
by Flim Springfield
Sept. 25, 2008, 10:04 p.m. CST
Kept disappearing and re-appearing.
Sept. 25, 2008, 10:23 p.m. CST
That was everything a season premiere should be.
Sept. 25, 2008, 10:44 p.m. CST
Sept. 25, 2008, 11:04 p.m. CST
by Mose Schrute
Michael Klump = David Brent
Sept. 25, 2008, 11:16 p.m. CST
by eric haislar
The Office is back in top form!
Sept. 26, 2008, 12:09 a.m. CST
he kept his word
Sept. 26, 2008, 12:10 a.m. CST
it looked burned. pics here. http://tinyurl.com/meredithface
Sept. 26, 2008, 12:15 a.m. CST
..look like Tony Stark. Michael saw Iron Man a month after a came out, where he really should have been excited for the Dark Knight. Behind on the times, he grows a goatee to fit in. I LOVED that idea and thought that was it when they didn't mention it, then they had to go on and ruin it by explaining it. Other than that, GREAT premier. I laughed numerous times outloud. The Jim and Pam thing was unexpected, and made me genuinely smile, Ryan and Tobey's return is more than welcome, and it had more of a documentary feel to it (no cold opening, not as many talking heads); am i the only one who feels this way? Oh, and Amy Ryan HAS to stay on the show.
Sept. 26, 2008, 12:22 a.m. CST
And yeah, the goatee popping in and out all episode was off-putting. I know the show's supposed to look like a doc so continuity doesn't have to be perfect, but man, that was distracting. Especially since the gag with Ryan wasn't all that funny.
Sept. 26, 2008, 12:25 a.m. CST
seeing Michael with the goatee reminded me of evil cartman
Sept. 26, 2008, 12:26 a.m. CST
Seriously? Did anybody else think that? Man, I gotta say, that's like, wow, outta left field. I never woulda thought that's where they were going with it.
Sept. 26, 2008, 12:46 a.m. CST
Just saw it in the context that this was the first time we ever saw the office during the summer. Didnt see any ostensible explanation to why Mike grew it, so that was my first instinct, then i found myself laughing by the thought of Micahel, alone in a theater, watching Iron Man, and totally geeking out.
Sept. 26, 2008, 10:36 a.m. CST
anyone notice how gravely it sounded? also looks like craig robinson put on some pounds
Sept. 26, 2008, 11:01 a.m. CST
is funny and pathetic. The cornerstones of Office comedy. I have to say considering the opener was a parody of The Biggest Loser/Celebrity Fat Club, and Sunny's episode was a parody of America's Top Model, Sunny's was the funnier. Just sayin'<p>Still funny, funny stuff.
Sept. 26, 2008, 11:30 a.m. CST
by Stuntcock Mike
Sept. 26, 2008, 12:47 p.m. CST
Wasn't he just copying Ryan?
Sept. 26, 2008, 12:50 p.m. CST
How can you guys miss *that? What else have you missed??
Sept. 26, 2008, 2:30 p.m. CST
Yeah. I know he was copying Ryan. But they didn't mention that until maybe 10-15 minutes later. Started wondering why they would have him grow it. First thought it was a shout out to Gervais, then I thought of Stark. Then I chuckled to myself. Finally, I was disappointed, since the Ryan punchline wasnt as funny in my head.
Sept. 26, 2008, 9:58 p.m. CST
by Bricktops hammer
does not need his own show. The beauty of Creed is his infrequency and overexposure would ruin it.
Sept. 27, 2008, 12:03 a.m. CST
by Steve Young
You're right about Creed. Oh, and the episode was great. The British vs. American debate is so Season 2. It's dry versus hysterical, and they both win.
Sept. 27, 2008, 12:52 a.m. CST
by Bill Clay
Was there an actual reason for that, other than sloppy continuity?
Sept. 27, 2008, 11:03 a.m. CST
by Bricktops hammer
Yes, there was an actual reason for it. He copied Ryan when he saw his, then cut it when Ryan cut his. Did you really watch the episode?
Sept. 27, 2008, 11:25 a.m. CST
His beard actually appeared, disappeared, reappeared, then dissapeared. It was a mistake.
Sept. 27, 2008, 11:36 a.m. CST
Was there a talking head after Micheal shaved where he had a goatee? Because all I saw was him admiring Ryan's beard, then getting rid of it after Ryan got rid of his.
Sept. 27, 2008, 1:11 p.m. CST
by Bricktops hammer
I'm with you. Must've missed the continuity issue. Dwight has a goatee at the end. maybe people are getting confused. Andy Bernard was hilarious in this episode btw.
Sept. 27, 2008, 1:25 p.m. CST
and i loved that they downplayed it. way cooler than bigging it up. best show on tv, period.
Sept. 27, 2008, 1:34 p.m. CST
by Bill Clay
Watch it again. Week 3, Michael's clean shaven. Week 4, Michael's goatee appears. Week 5, when Jim has lunch with Michael and Holly ( The 'dreadmill!'), Michael is clean shaven. Week 6 in the fat suit, the goatee is back. Week 7, he finally gets rid of it for good.
Sept. 27, 2008, 1:48 p.m. CST
was really obvious and sloppy....<p>But the episode was GREAT.<p>the paging was funny (and if only Jenna would page me!!)<p>And the payoff for the mistaken assumption of retardeness was hilarious--though they could have kept that assumption in play for a lot longer and it would have been fine by me.<p>And leave it to Michael to screw up an almost suave moment--tearing up the tickets!
Sept. 28, 2008, 7:03 a.m. CST
For once in American Sit-Com history, the writers of a show are taking a quirky, hilarious little bit and leaving it obscure. Anyone else would make Creed a feature player and beat the humour right out of him. Creed works solely because it is so unexpected when he shows up, and when he does, he's doing something so utterly ridiculous that you can't believe it. This show needs the same amount of creed. And more of Pam's tits.