Who Won Thursday?

Posted by Marisa October 8th, 2010 at 10:05am In 30 Rock Community The Office Who Won Thursday?

It wasn’t the strongest of weeks for the NBC shows, but each episode did have some big laughs. Let’s get to it:

Community: The Psychology of Letting Go
Finally! A story that wasn’t “study group vs. rest of Greendale,” or “Jeff’s old life vs. Jeff’s new life.” I actually enjoyed the fact that they had petty disagreements and intra-group dynamics (like Shirley’s feeling left out) and somehow didn’t end the episode with a huge group hug. It earns extra points for that crack about Britta’s ever-so-slightly curled hair, because that always bothers me, too. But Pierce’s strange qualities, like his laser-oriented religion, seem forced and precious compared to Creed’s in The Office.

30 Rock: Let’s Stay Together
Remember what I said last week about 30 Rock getting bogged down in its insistence on having three storylines in each episode? This is what I’m taking about. The Kenneth and Jenna plot had weak, easy material for both of them that just wasn’t very funny. It’s a shame, too, since they built up Kenneth re-applying to the NBC page program so much, only to have him re-hired by Jack the way Jack offered to do last week. They didn’t really squeeze in any good jokes about it between last week and this one.

The Office: Andy’s Play
So painful! This episode didn’t reach the “Scott’s Tots” level of cringe-worthiness, but Michael’s, “what part do I play?” really twisted the knife. (Even hearing second-hand about his Law & Order audition was uncomfortable, before we see it in the credit sequence.) However, he was allowed to redeem himself with his pick-me-up speech to Andy, which made me feel better about life, and they had Erin be the correct amount of stupid this time.

It will never be Outsourced.

So, who won Thursday?

Photo by Chris Haston/NBC

The Office
I almost gave it to Community just because I squirmed so much during The Office. But there were so many good character moments in “Andy’s Play” that I can’t deny. My absolute favorite was at the end, when they were all around the piano, and Dwight came in singing that Macy Gray song. I think his “contract” with Angela pushes too far past the reality of the show, but that little moment humanized him again. Erin and Andy hanging out at the end of the episode was perfect, too. I wish they kept her like that all the time. And, even though they made me want to die, Michael’s little looks of jealousy at Andy, and embarrassment when he was recognized by the musical’s director or the actor that played Sweeny Todd (after Michael booed him), were pretty subtle and masterful.

On the other end of the spectrum, Creed phoning in his scathing review during intermission almost killed me. I’d love to know who was at the other end of the phone.


  • 1. sara  |  October 11th, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    Whenever the Dunder Mifflin Sabre-ites, and by that I usually mean Michael but sometimes Dwight, inflict their particular brand of banal idiocy on people outside the office, I feel seven times more uncomfortable than when they’re torturing, say, Toby. Like, Toby knows what he’s in for, and by continuing to work there he’s kind of consented to it. But the wheelchair-bound office park manager/other passengers on the booze cruise/audience members at Sweeney Todd/OMG ESPECIALLY those poor kids in “Scott’s Tots” (and I hate you for reminding me of that) really don’t deserve that. It pushes past the point of uncomfortable-funny for me and into “I am being stabbed with awkwardness and humiliation.”

    Although Creed was awesome.

  • 2. Marisa  |  October 11th, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    I never notice that, but you’re totally right. I also think that might explain why Phyllis’s wedding was so unbearable!


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