The Office: The Farm
by Haylee Fisher (@haylee_fisher)
The most recent episode of The Office, “The Farm,” was originally supposed to be a spin-off pilot for Dwight and honestly, I’m glad NBC ultimately decided to pass. Dwight is too broad a character to carry his own show and his previously unmentioned brother and sister were just not sympathetic enough for me to want to learn more about them.
The setup was that Dwight’s Aunt Shirley had died and in her last video, she said she would leave Dwight the farm if he could get Fannie and Jeb to come home. Though they did come home, these are the Schrutes and obviously they can’t do anything normally. Jeb drives his rental car through right through the grave and Fannie shows up with her son, whom Dwight tries to bond with.
Other guests at the funeral? A group of blonde women who are way too hot to be Schrutes, but apparently are, indeed, cousins. Dwight then hits on one of them, which made me go, “WTF?!” Yes, Dwight is weird, but is he date-your-own-cousin weird?
Continuing with the weird, evidently one of the traditions of a Schrute family funeral is to shoot the deceased’s body with a shotgun. You see why I’m glad this wasn’t picked up for pilot?
Back at the office, Michael’s friend Todd Packer shows up. Now, Todd was fired from Dunder-Mifflin last season and Michael pretty much ended their friendship in season seven, so I’m really not sure why the writers randomly brought him back. I’m assuming it’s because they want him to have closure before the show ends, though, because he’s now in recovery and to apologize to everyone, he brings in cupcakes. (And when I say, “apologize,” I use the term loosely. He pretty much uses that time to insult everyone.) Pam calls him out on it and then calls a meeting to tell everyone they shouldn’t eat food brought in from Todd Packer. He leaves and they eat them anyway, but Pam was right – he’s laced them with drugs to get revenge for getting him fired.
After all is said and done, Dwight and his siblings survey the land, presumably to farm it and start their own show. Thankfully, that’s not the case, and we are all better for it.
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars