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The Office: Scott's Tots

  • Dec 4, 2009
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In Thursday night’s latest installment of NBC’s “The Office,” office co-manager Michael Scott finds himself in quite the bind. Ten years ago he had promised a group of third graders that he would pay their college tuition if they remained in school and graduated from High School. 
Well the future is here, the kids are now young adults, and they have complied with their side of the bargain. The problem is that Michael has not become a millionaire as he had naively foreseen ten years ago and he is clearly in no position to keep his promise. After agonizing over his tragic miscalculation and brushing off the school’s inquiries several times, Michael heads to the school with his receptionist Erin and a large piece of luggage to deliver the bad news. 
Meanwhile at the office, a subplot unfolds, where sales representative Dwight Schrute has masterminded an evil scheme to get co-manager Jim Halpert fired. There isn’t much to it, but he basically tries to frame Jim by making it look as if Jim has set up an employee of the month contest in order to glorify himself and make a personal financial gain. The scheme eventually fails and the subplot itself fails to entertain.
However, back at the school things are starting to get interesting. Michael arrives and is greeted by one of the recent grads and jokingly reminisces with her; but all the while he is dreading the fact that he will need to deliver the bad news. To his chagrin, he even finds that the classroom where all the other students await him has been named after him. When he enters, the students all wear t-shirts with “Scott’s Tots” written on them and they are ecstatic to see their generous benefactor. They even perform a (somewhat pompous and overblown) hip-hop song and dance act for him out of their gratitude. At one point the shear emotion of one of the student’s speeches has Michael nearly sobbing – and quite hilariously I might add – as we aren’t quite sure whether these are tears of joy or despair. 
Eventually the time has come to break the news and Michael heads to the podium to deliver his speech. Slowly the students begin to sense that something may be wrong, as Michael asks if anyone in the room has ever done anything stupid. Hoping that someone will bail him out, Michael attempts to segue from the topic of tuition into a discussion on the importance of intuition, asking, “does anybody know what’s about to happen next?” He gets no bites. 
Thus Michael is forced to break the news that he will not be able to pay anyone’s tuition all on his own – to the utter shock of the students, of course – and the classroom erupts in disarray. Michael delivers a heartfelt apology. He advises the stunned teens that, although it was his true intention to pay their tuitions, he simply does not have the money.  However, as Michael points out, online college degrees are a viable option and laptop computers are essential for this. 
The real “kicker” comes as he reaches for the suitcase he has brought with him and insinuates to the students, and the audience, that he will at least be providing them with computers. Instead he pulls out several boxes of lithium batteries and seems hopeful to repair some of the damage he has caused when he tells the teens that he has brought one for each of them. 
The students are not amused by the worthless offering, but the viewer surely is. As the climax to the episode, Michael’s speech is appropriately the funniest segment of the episode and the offering of the batteries is representative of the classic ironic humor that Michael has become known for on The Office.
Although the aforementioned subplot seems to be more filler than anything, at the very end of the episode, it is wrapped up when Dwight leaves a few phony voicemails for CFO David Wallace in which he impersonates office workers Stanley, Kevin and Toby. The spot-on accuracy of the voices is quite impressive and makes the segment worth sitting through. 
Over all this was a solid episode and Michael’s adventure had an enjoyable build-up to its worthy climax. I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars. Oh, and on the drive back to the office Michael opens up to Erin and tells her she is doing a great job. This might be a hint of something to come in upcoming episodes.  

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December 04, 2009
you can be one of Michael's kids with a Scott's Tots t-shirt: http://www.nbcuniversalstore.com/detail.php?p=235455&v=nbc_the-office
December 04, 2009
haha I would never pay 25 dollars for that
 
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The Office is an Emmy-Award winning American television sitcom airing on NBC and developed by Greg Daniels. It is an American adaptation of the BBC series with the same name and depicts the everyday lives of office employees in the Scranton, Pennsylvania branch of the fictional Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. Unlike many American sitcoms, The Office is shot in a single-camera setup, without a studio audience or a laugh track, and is made in the form of a documentary, or "mockumentary". Although fictional and scripted, the presence of the camera is openly acknowledged.

The Office was adapted for American audiences by executive producer Greg Daniels, a veteran writer for Saturday Night Live, King of the Hill, The Rugrats and The Simpsons. Original series creators Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, who wrote "The Convict" episode, have production credits. It is co-produced by Greg Daniels' Deedle-Dee Productions and Reveille Productions, in association with NBC Universal Television Studios. The show debuted on NBC as a midseason replacement on March 24, 2005, replacing the sitcom Committed.

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