The Office

Season 6 Episode 1

Gossip

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Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Sep 17, 2009 on NBC
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After Michael learns from Stanley that the rumor he spread about him having an affair is based on fact, he makes up rumors about everyone else, hoping they'll all be uncovered and disbelieved, but accidentally concocting a rumor that's actually true in the process.

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  • Season 6 starts

    7.5
    Yet again a funny start to the episode and also the season. And then it fell. Remember when I said the beginning the end happened in the start of season 4? This was a episode that showed that. It wasn't bad but due to the quality of this series, this one fell short. I thought Michael wanted to be included on all the gossip came as too needy. It works with Ryan and maybe Jim and Pam but everyone and especially the interns it doesn't. Some of the rumors that Michael spread were funny. I also liked that the interns seem to trust Dwight. However I didn't like that Stanley was having an affair. It doesn't surprise me but I wish that Stanley would've done something else to his wife. I also don't like that Jim and Pam trired to keep their pregancy a secret from everyone. It was like when they first dated. I can understand keeping that secret from everyone for a while but how long would they keep it secret if Michael had not told they were having a baby. One of the biggest reasons this episode fell short was because of how season 5 ended. There were some good moments of this episode. Dwight's treatment of the interns was pretty funny. I also liked that just because of a rumor that Andy thought he might be gay. My favorite rumor was the one about Dwight.

    This was not the best start to the season. There are some really good episodes coming up. Just remember to try to lower your expectations.moreless
  • Season 6 Premiere

    6.5
    As I was watching this epsiode, I did get a few laughs and this episode was very entertaining. But then I looked back on the past season premieres of The Office, and this was not the best. It wasn't even better than last year's premiere, it was better than fourth season but seasons 2-3 beat this premiere by a landslide.



    Just like everyone else is saying, its simply not the same quality as seasons 1-3. This premiere, although entertaining, still was eventful in ways. Pam & Jim reveal that Pam is pregnant, based on a false rumor. Andy thinking he's gay because of a rumor was ridiculous but hey, it was entertaining.



    That entitles most of the comedy of the later seasons of The Office, ridiculous but entertaining, and this epsiode was just that, and the plot wore very thin. An okay premiere, definitely not the best.moreless
  • Season 6 premiere..

    5.2
    For a show that exists largely because of a cash strapped network and fiercely loyal fan base, season 6 opener was not a bad offering. It's not fair to expect for a show that gave us 25 dismal episodes, and comeback after a summer break and blow off our minds. Yes, the show has run its course, and it can never be funny again.



    On a episode that was based on workplace gossip, we saw a substandard plot that announced Pam's pregnancy, Stanley's affair, and Andy's heterosexual dilemma. Carrell still continues to be his annoying self with his dimwitted actions that make us feel awkward. The summer interns were a move toward bringing some new faces into the cast. Apart from seeing the Porter or Preston kid (whoever it is) from Desperate Housewives, I can't recall anything interesting.



    Yes, I don't regret watching this episode, and at the same time, I don't share the same enthusiasm as the other reviewers. For people who've asked me why I watch this show despite my open dislike - well, I am one of the fiercely loyal viewer, and I can take the BS the show throws at me.moreless
  • Great premiere, great indicator of how this season will be.

    9.0
    Last season, and even to some extent in Season 4, there were a lot of complaints that the physical humor and sight gags were piling up and that The Office was losing that special type of subtle humor it used to have.. I have to say, I'm all for shows evolving over time as long as it doesn't change too drastically. Judging by this opener, we're going to get a good blend of both new and old. And that's fine with me, if the premiere is an indicator of what we're to expect.



    In a nutshell, Michael gets jealous about rumors going around and that he's not involved in them, so he starts trying to get juicy gossip on others.. and when he discovers the very true rumor of Stanley cheating on his wife, well.. let's just say that in order to discredit that one, he starts spreading false rumor after false rumor to everyone.



    I thought Paul Lieberstein was very clever in how he set up the episode. He not only revealed some interesting facts about Stanley and some possibly true facts about Andy(?) but he allowed Jim and Pam to find a way to tell everyone in the office that she was pregnant. This wasn't like a couple years ago, where Jim just told everybody with Pam on speaker.. The episode was set up in a specific way so that everything lead to that moment. Very clever, and very entertaining along the way.



    The Parkour cold open was amazing, as was Jim's comment about Point A being delusion and Point B being the hospital. This was just an all around great premiere, and as I said before, hopefully a good indicator of where this season is going.moreless
  • Mediocre at best.

    4.5
    While I scored this higher than a lot of Season 4 and 5 episodes, I do not regret wathing this later at night and watching a high-quality show like Fringe live at 9 PM. The Office is usually good for a few (very few) cheap laughs, mainly from the untapped potential of Creed Bratton, but nothing more really. It simply cannot compare to shows like 30 Rock, Curb Your Enthusiasm, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia etc. etc. This was not a terrible offering, but I'll be darned if the show has not run its course on television yet. There really is nothing left for the employees of Dunder Mifflin to do and if they think an episode about gossip will cut it...it won't.moreless

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