‘The Office: Get the Girl’ Review

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And we’re back to normal (not in a good way). This week The Office returned to what it was before the Florida storyline, which is bad. Get the Girl stands out as the worst episode of the show simply because it lacked any form of logic or emotion.

As the title implies, this week saw Andy trying to win Erin back once and for all by driving down to Florida. Was anyone else rooting for Erin to just stay down there? I certainly was. I had a moment of clarity while watching the two of them have a conversation about their past. Erin and Andy were talking about how they had broken each others’ hearts multiple times since they started this will-they-won’t-they from hell. I realized that I cannot trace every step of their forgettable relationship. Taking a look back on seasons two and three, I can tell you which episode every little event happens for Jim and Pam. More recently, I can do the same for Michael and Holly. But these two lack chemistry. They are simply not believable, and the end of this episode solidified that as Erin ran out and told Andy she loves him and I felt nothing (except perhaps for a speeding car to come and end her misery, and mine). After three years, nothing. That is the sign of a true failure.

Back in Scranton we had an even worse plotline where Nellie (Catherine Tate) just showed up at the office without any explanation and started acting as manager. Naturally, for the sake of the plot, Robert California just let this happen. Right, I get these characters are strange, but this was just implausible, illogical, and outright stupid. This show is supposed to be about a conventional, functioning office. Now it feels like a human zoo that Jim and Pam decided they wanted to be a part of.

The one funny moment in Get the Girl was the cold opening as Pam tried to explain how exciting it was for the balloon to fall and failed. But other than that, this was a complete abomination of what The Office used to be and even of what it has become. This is a new low. (2/10)

10 Responses to ‘The Office: Get the Girl’ Review

  1. jr says:

    I agree completely. Had to check the reviews to see if I wasn’t the only one who thought this was the worst Office episode of all time.

  2. Sam says:

    I wonder if it was after this episode that James Spader decided he wanted out. His character, Robert California, has changed so radically he is unrecognizable as the CEO from previous episodes. It has to be tough as an actor to play a role that has no semblance of continuity of character.

  3. Faith says:

    Haha, I disagree. I love Andy and Erin. (Might have something to do with my insane love for Ed Helms.)
    I despise Nellie, but I think she adds to the show and she made me laugh this week.
    I’m pretty sure I heard they’re getting rid of Robert California at the end of the season, anyway. He was a little funny at the beginning, but it seems they’ve run out of stuff to do with that character.

    If this show was about a “conventional, functioning office” everyone would be bored. The strange and stupid stuff is what makes it funny. No one wants to take a break from normal life to see more normal life on tv.

    I guess the truth is I’ll back the Office ’till the end. In my book, if I laugh out loud constantly during the episode, then it’s a good one.

  4. Marc says:

    Wow, I couldn’t disagree more. I think it was the best episode in years. Catherine Tate is the female version of David Brent/Ricky Gervais. I hope she stays!

  5. Eric j says:

    Worst episode ever…started watching this from season one and I’m done with it forever if Nellie stays on

  6. Tony says:

    First off, I agree that this was a dreadful episode. Painful even. “The Office” was always at its best when it was able to balance the absurd with the heartfelt. Now, it’s almost all absurd and the heartfelt is just stale. Furthermore, I’m sure Catherine Tate can be incredibly funny. She wouldn’t have such a good reputation if she wasn’t talented. However, on this show, she simply doesn’t work for me. Just awkward instead of awkwardly funny. Of course that may have more to do with the pedestrian writing, than her comic abilities.

  7. Brett Dale says:

    Catherine Tate has bought down the office, the worst episode ever, the most unfunny episode, what a slap in the face to the fans for the past 8 years.

  8. Steven says:

    Agreed….. this episode was absolutely terrible. The Andy-Erin plot is tired enough as it is, but the Tate character is just unbelievably bad. I felt genuine bewilderment and frustration watching this episode, and just confirms to me that without Michael Scott this show is dying and it’s only a matter of time before they have a “jump the shark” sketch.

  9. Richard says:

    I hope this somehow gets through to the writers. This whole thing with Catherine Tate as Nellie and all that British humor, if you can call it humor, has no place in the American version of the show.

    Stop whatever this experiment is with Nellie and Florida and all that. Get back to the original formula: outrageous BUT understated and in that the unique humor that once was “The Office” instead of outrageous and OVERSTATED. The show can survive and flourish without Michael Scott if only the writers get their feet back on the ground in Scranton, PA… forget Florida, forget Robert California, forget Nellie, and just get back to what works.

    As I read in another review, the “killing of the balloon” in “Get The Girl” may prove to be symbolic of the end of the show as it once was if the writers don’t get back on track.

  10. Wilie says:

    If you thought that isode was even watchable, much less ‘good’ you have no concept of what a decent plotline, or decent characters are like. That episode was absolute s**t. I started watching late season 2 and have NEVER turned off an episode mid-show and not returned to it. That episode stunk. Nellie should have appeared once and never shown her face again. That character is just ridiculous. Michael Scott was funny, but totally unrealistic as a boss. Now they have gone to another planet of unrealistic characters. It’s sad, really. Andy has potential as a realistic version of Michael Gary Scott.

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