The Office: Season 9, Episode 21

Livin' the Dream (2 May 2013)

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Dwight becomes regional manager after Andy quits his job, Jim dedicates more time to his Dunder Mifflin job to save his marriage, and Angela has problems with her new living arrangements after her breakup with The Senator.

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Dwight becomes regional manager after Andy quits his job, Jim dedicates more time to his Dunder Mifflin job to save his marriage, and Angela has problems with her new living arrangements after her breakup with The Senator.

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Andy Bernard: [standing in the middle of the office with his guitar, Lorelei] Everybody, Lorelei and I would like to say thank you and goodbye the only way we know how.
Nellie Bertram: Oh, good Lord.
Stanley Hudson: [dryly] Can't you just leave?
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The show's weakest link finally steps down.
26 January 2014 | by (Croatia) – See all my reviews

There will be spoilers.

This was a mixed episode, there were plenty of still annoying things, such as Jim and Pam's lingering issues with couples therapy, Andy still being there and Kevin being a caricature of an idiot.

But contrary to that, good things happened such as Andy finally leaving Dunder Mifflin, Jim and Pam finally returning back to being the happy, caring and most of all normal couple that they were in the past. And of course, Dwight finally gets his black belt in karate. Oh, and becomes the manager of Dunder Mifflin Scranton!

There was one fascinating part of the episode, where the characters give their opinions on Andy and his dream of being "famous" and becoming an entertainer. I don't know if the writers just thought if those opinions would be funny or if they finally realized that they should have ditched Andy a long time ago - but seeing some sense come back was very welcome. When the show was still focused on annoying things Michael Scott did, the characters didn't pamper and coddle him with compliments - no, instead they kept him somewhat grounded and brought him back to reality.

Moving on, the interaction between Jim, Pam and Dwight was one of the high points of this episode. First, it reminds us that Dwight always had a soft spot for Pam (like in one of the previous seasons, when Pam and co. went to Dwight's farm in order to convince him to stop his doomsday e-mail); second it shows us that even though Jim used to prank Dwight, they still had some sort of a weird friendly relationship. Especially when Dwight gives Jim his old desk back, and when Jim refuses "assisstant regional manager", but accepts "assisstant TO the regional manager".

Also, as the episode progresses we find out more about Angela's emotional state. She's broken and while she admits that she still loves Dwight, her pride is preventing her from going to him and appearing as a gold-digger. Quite sad, but things appear to be going in a better direction when Oscar (her ex-husbands former lover!) suggests living together until she can get back on her feet.

All in all, it wasn't a bad episode. It wasn't great either, but it leaned more towards the great part of the spectrum. If it had dealt with Andy leaving much faster it would have been great.


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