Val- "Not bad fellas. You're better than you look."
Kevin- "Hey screw you!"
Through the first six episodes of The Office's eighth season, I have been right on board with the popular critique that the series has lost its focus.*To read the rest of my review of last night's The Office, head over to TV Fanatic.
(*"Garden Party" is the exception to that rule.)
But "Pam's Replacement" helped sideline the show's recent problems with a multitude of laughs and an improvement to its most glaring problems lately: the misuse of Ed Helms and James Spader.
After being thrust into the lead of the show, with a similar role and similar character to that of Steve Carrell, it seemed as if the Andy as branch manager project had failed. By giving him a smaller piece of the pie here, though, and fortunately creating a tasty flavor of pie, both Helms and The Office were much more enjoyable.
And how tasty was that pie? Andy, Kevin, and Darryl were great in their showcase of the rise and fall of Kevin and the Zits. And while Robert California didn't do anything all that overtly funny, quietly bringing in new great musicians to slowly hijack Andy's band was some of the best stuff from the Sabre CEO since last year's finale.
The Office 807 - "Pam's Replacement"