Thu, 2 February 2012
After Jim returns from jury duty, Dwight questions him on every detail of his case. Meanwhile, Angela and the senator (guest star Jack Coleman) welcome their new baby.
Directed by Eric Appel, Written by Aaron Shure
Hey TWSS listeners, this is TWSS Kevin. We'd love to hear your thoughts on this week's episode. I'm looking forward to the requisite gay jokes that are of course the hallmark of any episode featuring the father of a new baby.
Category:general -- posted at: 10:55pm EDT
Did not care at all for this episode. I hit fast forward during the cold open as soon as I saw Andy put the tape in. The writers seem to have run out of ideas of things for Andy to do if this is the best that they can come up with. The A-story of Jim lying about jury duty and B-story about Dwight being the father of Angelas baby also didnt really do anything for me. I hadnt watched the episodes where they talked about Angela being married to a (possibly) gay man but it seemed obvious to me that as soon as we learned that Angela was pregnant that they were going to later reveal that Dwight was the father. As far as lying about jury duty, Dwight should have gone to Toby first as the HR rep who would be less likely to play favorites and make this a Andy versus corporate rather than an Andy versus Dwight contest. Andy is less likely to stick his neck out for Tuna when his own job is on the line especially after Jim lied to him and made him look like a fool by revealing that Andy tried to cover up Jims lie. The move to have Jim and Pams kids come in to rescue their father was so obvious that you could tell the rest of the office felt insulted that Jim thought for a moment that this would work. It might have been funnier, and more in keeping with The Offices humor, if we found out that their kids actually DID color the pictures for their co-workers. Not that I care to see kids cry but its something that youd come to expect from a show like The Office.
Oh - for some reason I had not thought of Dwight being the father of the baby. of all the directions this plot line could have gone - I like this one the best. Lots of room for step dad & Dwight confrontations over what looks to be a rich future of gay dad parenting vs uber Dwight manly fathering. The whole jury thing didn't really interest me at all. No one really cares about your jury duty that much.