The Office

Season 7 Episode 7

Christening

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Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Nov 04, 2010 on NBC
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7.6
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Cecelia's christening is overcrowded due to Michael's inviting the entire office staff.

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  • 707

    5.5
    Now we did get some funny moments here like Toby and his "issue" with God or Jim suspecting that Angela stole his baby only to find out she stole scones, but did this really feel like The Office to you? What I wanted from this week's episode from The Office is an episode that was in the workplace and the characters to deal with work related situations. We didn't get that this week. We got the whole office going to Cecelia's christening? This worked for "Andy's Play" when the whole office when to the play, but unfortunately it did not work here. Like I said, there was some funny parts but it just wasn't the Office we grew to love. Michael & Andy hopping on a bus to go to Mexico? Ridiculous, and none of that was remotely funny. Michael was just obnoxious here. This isn't Steve Carrel's Amateur Hour. Watching Michael act like an idiot has come from funny to just plain annoying.



    Regardless of some funny one liners, this episode wasn't salvageable enough for me rate this anything higher than a 5.5.moreless
  • christening

    1.0
    I know, I know, another 1.0 review from thefanof for The Office. The fact of the matter is though that this was just a terrible episode of television and I cannot justify giving it a higher score than this. The scenes on the bus were boring, and the scenes at the church were just painful to watch. I think that Creed and Stanley using each other to fall asleep, which lasted for what a second, was probably the highlight of this episode. I do not know what to think of this show right now. Maybe I should be like Steve Carell and leave at the end of the season.moreless
  • Another disappointing episode

    3.0
    There have been a few promising moments this season, instances where new characters were given interesting moments or old characters probed new directions. Sadly, that came to a screeching halt with this one. Everyone shows up that the christening. No one does anything interesting or humorous. Jim and Pam are flat out boring. Michael's pat schtick is getting very old. Dwight's wackiness has become rote and contrived. Everyone else does the little bits we've seen a hundred times before. The show is played out. Carell's departure at the end of this season is the perfect excuse to put this once great show out of its misery.moreless
  • Jim and Pam get CeCe christened.

    8.2
    For the second week in a row, an episode started off promising and quickly descended into more of the same antics that we've come to expect from The Office. There was a great cold open here, and a slew of good quotes from early in the episode from a wide variety of characters, but there was something about the plot as the episode progressed that irritated me. Mostly, it was Michael Scott, who is hit or miss in terms of how great he is in an episode now.



    The whole point of the episode is that Jim and Pam are getting their baby christened and Michael invites everybody in the office to it. For one thing, I don't understand why they just didn't say "No" to everybody if they didn't want people there. And two, this felt like a re-hash of Niagara and Phyllis' Wedding (and I hated Phyllis' Wedding).



    However, the episode does do its best to be funny, and there are parts here that are flat-out hilarious. The whole cold open, with the Sabre Flu lecture where Dwight says people should get hand-DEsanatizers was hilarious, and the shots of people sneezing on him and his food are perfect. I also enjoyed many of the lines throughout of the supporting characters.. there's something about the supporting cast of this show that has dwarfed the efforts of the main cast.. Michael, Dwight, Jim and Pam can be funny at times, but it's the smaller characters who steal the show most of the time. For instance, the shot of Creed and Darryl sleeping on each others shoulder was great, and Angela's line "Jesus is not your caterer!" was perfect.



    I'd be more inclined to rate the episode higher if the entire "Michael gets excited and jumps on a bus to Mexico, and Andy follows to impress Erin" didn't happen. I've really enjoyed Andy this season and I think he dominates a lot of the episode, but man, it was just lame seeing his attempt to impress Erin. And this would've been a nice plot for Michael if it didn't end so stupidly and if it actually made sense why he wanted to do it in the first place.. it was so random that the writers could've focused their energies elsewhere, with other plots or characters.



    Toby's one minute appearance and all of the little quotes the supporting actors had were perfect though. That's what saved the episode from being a disaster, at least for me.moreless
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Robert Pine

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Peggy Stewart

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Linda Purl

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Helene

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Bobby Ray Shafer

Bobby Ray Shafer

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • In the first scene of the episode, Dwight says: "Do you have any idea how expensive wool is in Transylvania... because of the euro?" However, Transylvania is in Romania, and Romania hadn't adopted the euro by 2010.

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  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • In the first scene at church, Ryan says, "We are going to smoke opium". He's quoting Karl Marx, who said that religion was the people's opium.

    • Kelly turns on a radio program called Lake Wobblegon, featuring a dry narrator describing the very mundane thoughts of a Mr. Nordquist. This is a play on A Prarie Home Companion, which features Garrison Keillor describing the latest happenings in the fictional town of Lake Wobegon, MN, which is heavily populated by people of German and Scandinavian descent.

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