Monday, May 4, 2009

I Miss the Michael Scott Paper Company

I miss the Michael Scott Paper Company. Already. It completely rejuvenated The Office. It made us see the nutty, clueless boss Michael Scott (Steve Carell) -- who couldn't get his own grandmother to invest in his start-up company -- in a different light, as it did for Pam Beesly (Jenna Fischer) who became more than a phone-answering secretary.

The Dunder Mifflin salespeople got a boost from it as well. They actually had to work to try to actively save their clients, whose accounts they wanted to keep away from the clutches of the Michael Scott Paper Company's eager sales associates. Sure, you expected Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson) to tussle with Michael, Pam and Ryan Howard (B.J. Novak) over clients. Dwight would go to the mat over a lost paperclip.

And just as I was hoping that the Michael Scott Paper Company would actually take off from their puny closet/office, Michael, Pam and Ryan returned to the comfort of the Dunder Mifflin fold (although Ryan's stint in sales was short lived). Now I fear that The Office will lose the creative mojo it generated with Michael's departure from Dunder Mifflin and things will simply revert back to the way they were.

Here's to hoping my fears are unfounded.

Image credit: NBC.

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