Spoiler Alert...Thanks to another Nashville storm and the good people at Comcast, my internet and cable went out last night, and I was unable to file my review for The Office to TV Fanatic. So below is my review of "Todd Packer." Before reading any further, watch the ep, stop peeing all over the walls, then read what I have to say.
Packer- "It's great to be among friends...until then, you suckers will do."
Kevin- "Nice. We got burned."
Well this was definitely the calm before the storm. In "Todd Packer" we received a less than stellar episode after a very strong run through middle of this seventh season. The storm is brewing though, as the departure of Michael Scott seems to be on the horizon.
Like when he realized his Threat Level Midnight wasn't so hilarious a week ago, Michael Scott showed growth as a man when he let his good friend Todd Packer drive off to Florida. If Michael were to rank the funniest people on the planet, he probably would have put Packer up there with Bill Cosby and Steve Martin. It seems that Michael has finally learned that Packer's inappropriate behavior is not always a positive thing, which puts the man one step closer to becoming a well respected individual. At that point I can gladly say the character is ready to move on from Dunder Mifflin Scranton.
While it was completely appropriate for Jim and Dwight to send Packer packing, it doesn't mean that he didn't help create some laughs while he was around this week. Kevin in particular benefited the most from his presence. Packer's fat joke made Kevin admit that he actually needed to lose weight, and Kevin's response to Packer's "three muskaqueers" reference was that it was "mean but funny." Nice job by Brian Baumgartner.
And anyone that can get Jim and Dwight to team up gets a gold star from me. Jim was in the zone as he was pranking Dwight while teaming up to prank Packer. Jim had some good ideas to get back at Packer, but Dwight loving all of Jim's ideas was what made the whole plot so funny.
Finally, there was the Pam and Andy plot. Ugh. It was sweet and all how Pam worked things out for Andy and his new computer, but nothing about it made me laugh. Jenna Fischer is really just a straight man, but Ed Helms wasn't doing much to play off of her here. They definitely should not have dropped Erin out of the story so quickly. Her getting so stressed out about the ants for Dwight was one of the best parts of the episode.
So after another sweet moment between Michael and Holly, as they hugged it out to the tune of funny voice impressions, another episode of The Office starring Steve Carrell ended. Are you all going to miss him as much as I will?