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Infidelity and the Worst Threesome Ever

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The Office doesn’t usually deal with complex moral issues – but tonight it took on questions of fidelity in some interesting ways.  In the previous episode Michael, upon suspecting that his girlfriend was cheating, found out that it was he, in fact, who was the other man.  When he doesn’t immediately lapse into his usual break-up routine, for which Erin is meticulously prepared by an exhausted Pam, the jig is up and everyone knows that he’s still seeing her.  The whole office turns against Michael (which they didn’t do with Stanley a few months ago when it was found that he was cheating on his lovely wife), trying to convince him to leave Donna.  What was interesting to me, though, was the journey Michael had to take to come to terms with doing the right thing.

Even after Andy takes him to meet the husband, we didn’t have any definitive proof that the guy was a good guy or a bad guy…he was just a guy.  And in the end, it seems that Michael realizes it doesn’t matter either way – he comes to his senses and, in a fit of maturity, texts Donna to call things off (I love the subtlety of that childishness joke).  As Michael puts it, he had to choose between living with himself of being happy…and he chose the la-, wait no, the former (it’s so easy to get those two mixed up).  It’s a poignant point though for someone like Michael who always follows his impulses without a care or concern for second thoughts.  Like a kid, desire often trumps sense in Michael’s life, and so the moral question comes down to what does he most want for himself, not what is abstractly right to do (note: a similar theme was explored in Vampire Diaries this week if you want to check out my post on that here).  Watching Steve Carrel’s face turn in the car as the truth dawns on him proved to me definitively that this brilliant comedic actor possesses an incredible dramatic streak as well.

Of course, who else would be inspired by this madness – Ryan!  We know he’s been working the angles on an Erin/Kelly threesome for a while now, and last night he tried to go for it (btw: worst threesome ever…for sure Erin wouldn’t know what to do and Kelly wouldn’t stop talking/crying/both – but then again, this ‘aint NYC and Ryan’s options are limited in the bustling metropolis of Scranton, PA).   As he points out, though, to live like Michael you really have to not care what others think – well, not care or just be totally oblivious…either way, self-awareness is not the key to Michael’s life.

In the midst of all this we had an exhausted Jim and Pam trying to make it through the day – giving Gabe further license to display his amazing douchiness.  Poor Halperts!  I really feel for them.  If only their final success at finding a napping place weren’t interrupted by the surely nightmare-inducing sounds of Dwight and Angela going at it (btw, I loved that lawyer panicking that he was presiding over forced prostitution…not to mention Dwight microwaving his nuts – hilarious! My goodness I hope Angela gets knocked up!).

Favourite moment in the episode – Michael calling for 10 mins of silence for Michael Jackson.  Because really, how many of us aren’t still mourning (no seriously, I am).  What were your favourite moments Moth Chase friends?  Favourite lines?  Let us know!

xoxo,
Natalie

Written by themothchase

May 14, 2010 at 9:55 am

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