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8/10
Author: gizmomogwai from Canada
3 March 2009

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

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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