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'The Office': driving a limo on the road to success

November 20, 2009 | 12:07 pm

Limo “Recyclops” is back!!!! Thursday’s episode opened with Dwight resurrecting his recycle-friendly character. Jimothy gave us an overview of the character’s evolution. Who knew the mythology surrounding his nemesis “Polluticorn” was so compelling? Odd that this is the first we hear of this so-called-ongoing gag … but I’m willing to go with it.

In “Shareholders Meeting,” corporate life took the main stage. And we all know how Michael loves to be center stage. We’ve seen his clownish antics in the conference room. Even at corporate picnics.  But nothing this big, which only meant a blunder from Michael could be even bigger.

The head honchos over at Dunder Mifflin sent over a limo (the kind that rich kids take to the prom in TV land, as Erin so kindly points out) to pick up Michael for a shareholders meeting.  The extravagant form of transportation — I mean, the company is facing bankruptcy, right? — had Oscar in a tizzy. But Michael, not one to overlook such an ostentatious gesture, invited everyone to join him, which, of course, led to Oscar, Dwight and Andy tagging along. Give the Dunder Mifflin gals a chance to stretch their comedic muscles!

Things at the big meeting didn’t go so well. Michael was booed as part of the leadership panel. But, really, was there ever any doubt, considering how much effort Michael put into the summit?  The booing, though tragic, was hardly the catastrophic doozie I was expecting.  But Michael showed off his managerial know-how by offering to assemble a 45-day, 45-point plan to pull Dunder Mifflin out of its financial mess.  But when it came time to deliver, his savvy skills were limp.

It will be interesting to see how the financial turmoil over at Dunder Mifflin will change the branch. Where do you think things are headed? Will we see any of the characters consider taking another job?

— Yvonne Villarreal

Photo: Ellie Kemper as Kellie Erin Hannon, Leslie David Baker as Stanley Hudson, Brian Baumgartner as Kevin Malone, Kate Flannery as Meredith Palmer, Phyllis Smith as Phyllis Lapin, Rainn Wilson as Dwight Schrute, B.J. Novak as Ryan Howard, Ed Helms as Andy Bernard. Credit: NBC Universal.