The Office gave us an hour-long episode for Valentine's Day with actor-turned-director Jon Favreau (Iron Man) at the helm. Favreau is the latest celebrity guest director to direct an episode of the NBC comedy. Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and J.J. Abrams (Lost) are among the distinguished directors who have paid Dunder Mifflin’s Scranton branch a visit over the past nine seasons. In tonight’s episode Andy (Ed Helms) tries his best to move on and is hurt to learn Erin (Ellie Kemper) has already moved on to Pete (Jake Lacy). Meanwhile, Pam (Jenna Fischer) interviews at a real estate agency in Philadelphia with a manager (Bob Odenkirk from Breaking Bad) who is more or less Michael Scott 2.0. And Dwight (Rainn Wilson) enlists Angela (Angela Kinsey) to bathe his Aunt Shirley.
Andy Learns About Erin and Pete
Andy's emotions get the best of him as he tries to move on from his break-up with Erin. He slowly but surely begins to suspect that Erin is already seeing someone else. His suspicions are confirmed when he goes snooping through Erin’s phone and sees that she has been texting someone named Pete. Only he doesn’t know Pete is Pete because he’s been calling him Plop for so long. Eventually he realizes and tries to fire Pete, which he obviously can’t do based on a personal grudge. Pete and Erin approach Andy and tell him things don’t have to be awkward and he needs to move on. Instead, Andy decides to get back at Erin and Pete by hiring new marketing and management consultants – aka Pete’s ex-girlfriend Alice and Erin’s ex-boyfriend/ex-Dunder Mifflin employee Gabe.
Pam interviews with Michael Scott 2.0
Pam interviews at Simon Realty, a real estate agency in Philadelphia, with a boss who is an awful lot like Michael Scott. Bob Odenkirk (Saul Goodman from Breaking Bad) is said boss and he absolutely kills it. You’ll quickly find yourself thinking he is exactly what The Office has been missing since Steve Carell left. Being the good sport that she is, Pam endures all of his Michael Scott like behavior and plays along. That is until, she learns that the office manager position she thought she was interviewing for was just a less demeaning way of saying receptionist. Needless to say, Pam declines the job offer.
She later meets up with Jim for a romantic dinner. She tells him there’s nothing to celebrate, she didn’t take the job. Jim tells her that her being in Philly is reason enough to celebrate. He reassures her that her next interview will be amazing because she’s amazing. That’s when Pam finally tells her husband she isn’t sure she wants to move to Philadelphia – she liked their life in Scranton just fine.
Bathing Aunt Shirley
Dwight and Angela have differences of opinion when they team up to bathe his elderly Aunt Shirley. Dwight’s idea of bathing Aunt Shirley is getting her drunk off Schnapps, setting her out in a lawn chair, cutting her clothes off with a box cutter, then spraying her down with a hose. Angela refuses to hose Aunt Shirley down like an animal and sets the hose on Dwight instead. She firmly tells Dwight that she’s going to give Aunt Shirley a proper bath and a haircut like a lady, and there’s nothing he can do about it.
After her bath, Aunt Shirley sits down for dinner with Dwight and Angela and asks them when their wedding is. Angela insists that they are just friends. Later, Dwight kisses Angela and asks her to leave the Senator for him. Angela tells him that she’s made a vow to the Senator and won’t break it. Dwight tells her to stand by her man.
Toby Visits the Scranton Strangler
Toby awkwardly creeps on Nellie and tells her they should catch up and chat about the Scranton Strangler. Nellie tells him she doesn’t want to hear about it anymore. Toby tells her that he’s going to the prison to talk with the Scranton Strangler himself aka George Howard Scubb to tell him he thinks he’s innocent. Toby gets strangled by the Scranton Strangler and Nellie comes to his rescue telling him at least now he knows the truth. Is that the last we've heard of the Scranton Strangler? Have we really hit the lamest ending to a four-year-long plot line ever? It certainly looks that way.
“I really miss my beard. It was like a security blanket.” – Andy
“How about a nice warm bath?” – Angela
“How about a mean cold slap?” – Aunt Shirley