Maybe I was just in a mood because ABC canceled Pushing Daisies, but both 30 Rock and The Office were lackluster tonight. Actually, no. Even without ABC's huge mistake, they were laaaaaaame. There, I said it.
Basically, Michael is shocked, SHOCKED to find out that Toby is back in the office even though he's been there for a week. David Wallace calls Mike back after his urgent text---911 CALL ME--which is always effective. They can't fire Toby, unless he physically hurts or sexually harasses someone. Dwight's been taking lessons from The Shield and they decide to frame Toby. Sure, it's illegal, but it's also Toby. Worth it! An unwilling Pam and a disturbingly willing Dwight don't help out much in the sexual harassment department and Michael can't convince Toby to hit him. Mike scores some weed from the Vance Refrigeration guy, which actually makes sense because they're the ones that left the joint in the parking lot in "Drug Testing." Leaving a baggie filled with Caprese Salad in someone's desk is not a crime, so Michael gets off the hook.
B-story! Someone left a mess in the microwave and Pam is not going to be the one to clean it up. Really, Pam? A passive-aggressive note? I once had a roommate leave a note for our apartment that insisted that we would not be able to find husbands if we didn't learn to clean up after ourselves AND she meant every word. Yeah, I don't miss that. There's no resolution to the storyline, although the first deleted scene does elaborate on the sitch.
Elsewhere in the office...
-Creed really shouldn't be around cops. Ever.
-Jim did end up buying his parents' house for him and Pam. It's terribly romantic, leading to a perfect moment of "I love the house, Jim." Aw, huggy hugs!
-More importantly, we got a great glimpse of Jim's arms when he was trying to remove the creepy-a clown painting.
-Ryan is going to Thailand with some high school students. I'm gonna miss that guy, even if he'd just make the microwave mess worse.
-The Vance Refrigeration boys are played by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, two of the show's best writers.
-Dwight's ideal crime is eerily similar to his perfect date. This is my favorite deleted scene of all the deleted scenes.
There were some very funny parts, but as a whole, the episode didn't mesh for me. The plot lines had potential, but simply were not carried out especially well. The episode was written by Mindy Kaling, my future bff, but her past few episodes haven't been up to snuff. She wrote some of the best Season Two eps, like "The Dundies," "The Injury," and "Take Your Daughter To Work Day," but then she wrote "Benjamin Franklin" and "Frame Toby." She is incredibly talented and I just hope that she remembers to pack her a-game next time around, because she keeps forgetting it at home. Oh snap!
I think the biggest part of why I didn't like this one is because I feel the same way about Toby that Michael does. Seriously, why is he the way that he is? I hate so much about what he chooses to be. Perv ball. Convicted rapist. That guy needs to stick a letter opener in his skull. Also, I feel like the Michael-Toby storyline has been worn thin. Couldn't he get another job elsewhere? Why would he choose to come back to Dunder Mifflin Scranton? I realize Holly barely just left, but I think we need a new character.
Please tell me I'm not alone in my assessment. Or was there some redeeming factor I didn't catch?