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Let's go to the warehouse...
Max_cinefilo89 from Italy
17 October 2009
Remember the episode of the British version of The Office where Tim
(Martin Freeman) showed people around and took them to the warehouse?
That was basically a one-off incident (except for that one other time
when David Brent lied about firing someone), a 2-minute laugh that
didn't lead to much else. In the US version, however, the warehouse
workers play a more substantial role (for one thing, Pam's fiancé is
one of them), and this episode is the first good example of that.
In his eagerness to prove his staff is top notch, Michael challenges
the warehouse workers in a basketball game, to be held in the
warehouse. Naturally, since he doesn't want to lose, the rule-book can
be subject to a few, uh, tweaks, as the boss, Dwight, Jim and the
others take on Roy (Kevin Denman), Darryl Philbin (Judd Apatow
collaborator Craig Robinson) and the rest of the workers.
Whereas the previous shows were all about embarrassing dialogue
exchanges, Basketball manages to combine verbal and visual comedy, with
terrific results: the game in itself is a major treat, as are Michael's
bizarre morale-boosting remarks (which include calling Jim "gay" and
dismissing Dwight as a "nerd" - not that he's wrong about the latter).
Still very wrong, and very, very funny.
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