The Office: Season 2, Episode 8

Performance Review (15 Nov. 2005)

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Instead of talking to his employees about their work, Michael uses their annual review time to gather feedback on his "relationship" with Jan.

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It's performance review time at Dunder Mifflin and it is up to Michael Scott to evaluate his employees to determine if any pay increases or bonuses are necessary. Jan from corporate is also coming into review him and, since it will be his first time seeing her face-to-face since their encounter in the Chilli's parking lot, Michael begins asking his employees for their advice regarding his relationship with Jan. Meanwhile, a suggestion box is opened at the Scranton branch so that employees can express their suggestions in improving the branch, with disastrous results. Written by Anonymous

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Michael Scott: [reading from the suggestion box] "You need to do something about your B.O."
Dwight Schrute: [repeating to staff] "You need to do something about your B.O."
Michael Scott: Okay. Now, I don't know who this suggestion is meant for, but it's more of a personal suggestion. And not an office suggestion. Far be it from me to use this as a platform to embarrass anybody.
Toby: Aren't the suggestions meant for you?
Michael Scott: Well, Toby, if by me, you are inferring that I have B.O., then I would say that that is a very poor choice of words.
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3 March 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This is one of my favourite episodes from The Office's second season. In it, the bosses at the office are reviewing their employees' performances, while Michael is obsessed with his relationship with his boss Jan. The two had kissed, but Jan is not interested in continuing with this type of relationship with Michael and wants to stay professional. Meanwhile, Michael for the first time checks the suggestion box at the office looking for ideas.

This episode is funny partly because of its insensitivity, towards race (Michael asks a black employee if he learned something on the street), and towards the depressed ("That guy was weird.") The suggestion box scene is a highlight of the episode. Some of the humour comes from Jan, who's frustrated with Michael's obsession with their relationship, and she sees Michael handling the performance review for Dwight in an unsatisfactory way. This leads to the episode's priceless moment, where Dwight, Michael and Jan talk about what constitutes a "serious offense," again to Jan's frustration. Eventually this leads to Jan rejecting Michael while describing his personality in a nutshell, in another great scene from this episode.

As for the subplot, in which Jim and Pam trick Dwight into thinking a Thursday is a Friday, it's not particularly funny until the end when it ties in with the plot about the performance reviews and Dwight wanting a raise. That makes it worthwhile.


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