It was nice to see Andy get ahead for once. It was also nice to see Jim and Dwight actually working and making some sales calls. Both of these things occurred because there were clients up for grabs thanks to Robert closing one of Dundler Mifflin's branch offices. The race to get the clients made this week's episode of The Office a treat to watch.
Of course, Jim's and Dwight's work doesn't last longer than a coffee break before they're up to goofier pursuits. There are weight contests recorded on video phones and I laugh at scrawny Dwight trying to be tough working out and eating, then breathing out, protein powder dust.
Robert is all hung over after drinking a case of white and red wine the night before and he wipes out in front of Jim's desk. I'm not really liking the character of Robert California, but the name is a fun gag in itself. Nellie, whose character I love, is pissed at Robert for leaving a message on her phone last night, but Robert can't remember what he said and Nellie refuses to repeat it. Robert makes Pam try to find out, but she doesn't and Nellie thinks and hopes Pam wants to be her 'office friend." This Nellie woman is needy, but I like her!
Andy the ant
Like a bug infestation, Andy just won't stay away from Dundler Mifflin. He uses any excuse he can dream of to be there such as dropping off a pair of Erin's socks to her at reception. Even having to wear a big vistor's pass around his neck as per Robert's instructions to Erin doesn't deter Andy's pestiness. Andy even sets up a little table by reception and prepares fancy, flaming desserts. This guy needs attention - and a life!
Wind in my sales
Jim and Dwight are happy making sales at the same time and having clients to burn. Then, the fake salesman they made up, Llyod Gross, comes back to haunt them in the form of Harry, a salesman from the Syracuse office who is angry at the non-existant Gross and is there to choke him. No one tells Harry that Gross is fictitious. Harry talks to Robert in the break room and wants the Prestige client - the company's biggest. Robert says no one will have that account until he has a chance to figure things out. Andy, washing his dishes, overhears and races to get the Prestige client.
Soon, Harry leaves Dundler Mifflin and runs across the parking lot to his car. Jim and Dwight see this from the window and figure he's going to scoop the Prestige account. Neither Harry nor Dwight and Jim knows that Andy is actually ahead in the race. Andy easily gets to Prestige and is let right in by the receptionist. It's so fun to see things go easily for Andy for a change and he gets the client and leaves to tell Robert.
Too little too late
Harry, Dwight and Jim end up on the same elevator. Dwight yells at Jim to get off and find the stairs. When Jim bails as Dwight stops the elevator on the next floor, Dwight then starts jumping up and down in the elevator trying to make it stop between floors, but instead, only his pants fall down! I love me a Dwight clown!
Harry, Jim and Dwight are all there at the receptionist's desk and Dwight's trying to get his pants on straight. The Prestige client says he's already given his account to the Big Red Paper Company. Meanwhile, Andy phones Robert to tell him he has Prestige. If Robert doesn't rehire him, he'll go somewhere else with this account.
The show ends with Harry, Jim and Dwight hanging out together. Harry says that Robert's going to ruin the company.
I loved this episode of The Office with the twist of Andy winning for once. Did you?
"Why don't you list the things that would keep you from helping me."
Robert to Pam
"Lloyd Gross eats bullies like you for breakfast."
Oscar to Harry
"Forgive me, my pants are falling down."
Dwight to the Prestige receptionist
"Robert is a filthy beast."
Nellie to Pam
"I'm the Lizard King."