"Women cannot resist a man singing show tunes. It's so powerful even a lot of men cannot resist a man singing show tunes."
So true, Andy. So true. Except Dwight who gets threatened and pulls out the knife he keeps stashed in his desk.
Love was in the air last night ... or maybe partially unrequited and utterly relatable love. Andy tries to sing his way back into Erin's heart. Jim and Pam's date night plans are ruined (but they still manage to be cute). Angela got her game on—donning her "gardening clothes" and playing hard to get—and turned the tables on Dwight. (On a side note, that awful Dwight-Angela subplot needs to end. They both can do better.)
Usually when The Office leaves the actual office, episodes are sub par. This was a delightful exception to the rule, when the whole crew goes to see Andy perform in a community theater performance of Sweeney Todd.
The gang was at its best because it did what The Office at its core does so well: be absurd enough to warrant a TV show, but normal enough to remind us that technically this is a faux documentary. Michael was sad about not being cast in the play but not sad enough that he could resist bringing balloons to the play to show he's "the bigger man." (On that note, the sound of Michael's balloons rubbing against each other during the play was spot-on. Hilarious). Jim and Pam freak out because Erin, their new babysitter, brings CeCe to the play—which is bad babysitting and something any parent would freak out about, but not so bad that it's out of range of something a real person like Erin would do. Andy's cellphone goes off in the middle of one of his scenes.
Also, we've been seeing a lot of music in The Office lately...is the show taking a cue from Glee?
The Michael Meter (scale of one to ten, Michael's importance in this episode): 7.5. Plot-wise he was unnecessary, but his closing scene—where he monologues an entire episode of Law and Order at a play audition—made the episode.
Best Joke You're Most Likely to Forget: It's not a joke, but the way Andy sings the word "trod." Troddd. Trodddddd. Seriously, go watch it again.
Prediction of the Week For Who Will be Scranton's Next Regional Manager: Andy, who showed some true leadership skills in the way he got the whole gang to not only come to his play, but also to sing Macy Gray around the piano together.
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