The Office

Season 6 Episode 21

Happy Hour

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Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Mar 25, 2010 on NBC
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Oscar—looking to spend time with Matt from the warehouse—sets in motion a Dunder Mifflin happy hour, where Michael seeks to impress a friend of Jim and Pam's. Andy desperately wants to hide he and Erin's relationship to avoid drama. Dwight's latest encounter with Isabel has him reconsidering his pre-natal contract with Angela.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Date Mike is not fun

    8.0
    After a mediocre episode (even by this seasons standards) the following could've not been worse. It was better and that's with Date Mike included. It started great with Stanley doing all of those push ups with the award of getting home early. I also liked how for at least this episode Michael and Dwight were friends again.

    In order to get to know Matt better, Oscar invites everyone to a restaurant with lots of games. Think Dave and Buster's. It's funny to see how smitten Oscar is with a guy even one that is wrong for him. I also liked how Kevin "cried" at Pam to get "them" bigger. Speaking of Pam it was nice to see her again. It was nice of her to try to set up Michael. My two biggest complaints about this episode were that Jim was kind of a jerk in this episode and Date Mike. Normally I like Michael's characters but in this case it was a miss. Michael can be charming to women (see Holly and Carole) but he went too far with this women when he found out that he was being set up. She was actually nice and might have good of Michael. Another good thing was Andy and Erin officially announcing their relationship. Dwight and Angela were also entertaing in this episode. This time it was not weird seeing Dwight with Pam's friend from the wedding. Even though Michael didn't leave with the women he was set up with, you could tell he realizes he made a mistake. It was a great reaction similar to when he first started dating Pam's mom. I liked the ending when you hear about that warehouse worker's story to get to Dunder-Mifflin.moreless
  • A hit and miss episode. Happy Hour really equaled about 15 minutes of comedy bliss and 7 minutes of not so much bliss.

    7.0
    Well things started out rough with one of the weaker cold opens to date. I felt like I was waiting for a punchline that just never came. So I was a little nervous coming off the credits, but was soon relieved. Oscar and Mat's interaction was funny but the next scene with Darryl proved why he deserved that promotion. "You can be gay with Mat but be straight with me." The next couple of scenes were very well done, but Andy and Erin took the cake as they almost always do. "Talk to me that way again and I'll cut your face off!"



    Once the show arrived at their nameless food, alcohol, and arcade games hangout, things got a little rough again. Kevin's crying joke was just annoying and only got more so as it continued through the episode. Pam, Jim, Michael, and Julie(Pam's friend) were not getting any laughs out of me and it felt like I had seen that routine play out way to often already on the show.



    Though once Date Mike showed up, that changed. Right from the seizure wink I knew I was in for some classic awkward moments, and they delivered. Also this is around when Dwight started to shine, his lines and delivery were flawlessly funny. I also started to grow a little fonder of Isabelle, though it still makes no sense to me why Pam would be friends with someone that's so similar to Dwight. The rest of the episode continued much the same Andy and Erin stealing the show("What movie? Black Snake Moan?"), Michael reminding me of the glory days of The Office(though his new love interest seems like Jan2.0), and Dwight just being Dwight(which is hilarious), while most of the other characters brought the episode down or just didn't add anything noteworthy. The ending was a great closer though, "My secret; I kill Yakuza boss on purpose. I good surgeon. The best!"moreless
  • 621

    9.5
    Possibly the best episode of the season. This season is very interesting in quality, we have the worst episodes in Office history in this season, yet we have some of the best. A roller coaster ride is definitely the understatement of this season in quality.



    This episode was full of laughs and this episode let me know that the Office can still deliver a really great episode that will make you laugh all the way through. From Dwight & Isabelle hitting it off and Angela trying to be with Dwight to Andy & Erin not wanting drama. A couple that is usually annoying but was actually enjoyable in this episode.



    Best scene of the episode would definitely have to be Angela surprising Dwight, and we here a bleep from Dwight. I laughed so hard, I couldn't remember a time where I laughed that hard at an Office episode. This episode was full of great one liners that couldn't help but remind me of "Casino Night" in that aspect.



    A great episode that had amazing interactions from pretty much all the characters. And somehow Michael acting like an idiot wasn't the most annoying thing this time around. Amazing episode, I recommend this installment of The Office.moreless
  • Happy Hour

    6.0
    This episode was not that bad. There were a few funny gags here, and I actually liked the bit at the end even if it was racist and completely pointless.



    One thing I have to point out is that Dwight has been getting better recently. He was iconic in the early days of The Office, but he actually became pretty close to being unbearable the past few years. His scenes with Isabella have been hilarious though and I hope this little relationship continues. This is actually interesting as opposed to the Andy and Erin arrangement that they keep trying to shove down our throats.moreless
  • A little bit of everybody makes for a great episode

    8.5
    One common complaint about the show nowadays is how often the show leaves the comforts of Dunder Mifflin (I suppose I should call it Dunder Mifflin/Sabre now..) and focuses on the situations that occur outside of the office. I do agree that since "The Office" was created as a mockumentary about Dunder Mufflin, it should focus on primarily Dunder Mifflin related topics. However, over the past two seasons, I've stopped viewing the show as a documentary on the company and more of a documentary about the employees who work there. I mean, why else would this crew follow everybody to Jim and Pam's wedding, or visit Dwight at his exclusive beet farm? It's a show about mid-level paper employees doing their best to survive in a strange and somewhat surreal world where you can be attacked at any moment by strange and hyper bosses, maniacal employees and other paper related fiascos. This episode takes place almost completely outside of the office, but it allowed us to be re-introduced to some great supporting characters that sometimes get lost behind Michael's gigantic ego and Jim and Pam's cute, but admittedly time-consuming relationship. This was an episode where the strengths are derived from the supporting cast.



    The "best in show" tonight has to go to Darryl, who has finally returned to the show after being M.I.A for so long, making movies with John Cusack about a hot tub time machine. His scenes with Oscar were superb, and the tag may go down as one of favorite ones to date. The show has never introduced us to this Japanese warehouse worker, and I didn't even care after hearing his completely insane story about how he got from Japan to America and what he had to do to get there. It's just been announced that Craig Robinson has been upgraded to a series regular, which is great to hear, especially considering how under-rated he's been on the show. There's so much focus on the office workers that people forget how awesome the warehouse can potentially be. I don't think the Sabre plot has provided us with anything worth remembering except for bringing Darryl into the office and allowing us to see more of him.



    Don't get me wrong, Darryl wasn't the only strong actor tonight; Dwight was on point too. I've been on the fence about his relationship with Pam's friend Isabel, but tonight showed me that Isabel is actually giving Dwight something new to work with. Watching him flirt and attempt to be a physically intimidating presence is leading to some hilarious quotes, including his "whacking moles" statement. And I must add this as well: his reaction to seeing Angela walking directly beside him while he talked to Isabel may go down as one of my favorite Dwight moments. Dwight is rarely afraid or surprised by things, so seeing his reaction to Angela was priceless. Hopefully we'll have some more Dwight-heavy episodes in the near future. I'm missing that beet-farmer more and more each episode.



    As far as the rest of the episode, there was plenty of great moments to choose from: Date Mike (definitely weaker than Prison Mike, which is one of the best Office moments ever, but still funny nonetheless. "I'm Date Mike, nice to meet me."), Creed playing DDR, the cold open with Stanley doing push-ups and Kevin's reaction at the end when Kelly crying makes Pam's boobs grow bigger. There's just a great combination of scenes tonight that, although occurring outside of the office, was still funnier than a lot of the episodes the show has churned out as of late. Michael is still incredibly naive and sometimes irritating, and I didn't enjoy the Andy and Erin relationship as much this episode for some reason, but the show seems to be somewhat back on track.



    It's funny how The Office has gone from being one of television's most lauded comedy programs to one of its most criticized. There's always going to be somebody unhappy with what The Office is doing, and nobody is going to unanimously enjoy every episode. Some will be weaker than others, and some will be stronger. It's the strong ones that you need to keep watching for; tonight proved that The Office still has the comedic chops to keep up with Modern Family, Parks and Recreation, 30 Rock and other comedy shows that are still chugging along with plenty of energy.moreless
Kelen Coleman

Kelen Coleman

Isabel Poreba

Guest Star

Sam Daly

Sam Daly

Matt

Guest Star

Laurie Naughton

Laurie Naughton

Julie

Guest Star

Bobby Ray Shafer

Bobby Ray Shafer

Bob Vance

Recurring Role

Amy Pietz

Amy Pietz

Donna

Recurring Role

Calvin Tenner

Calvin Tenner

Calvin

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (6)

    • Jim: Wow, maybe we should tell her, he's not normally like this.
      Pam: Maybe it should come from a man?
      Jim: Maybe it should come from a note! With flowers. Tomorrow.

    • Michael: So, what do you do?
      Julie: I am an ESL teacher.
      Michael: Really? See I didn't think you could teach that; I thought it was something you were born with. What am I thinking right now?
      Julie: Are you thinking that I said ESP?

    • Manager: Have you read Lee Iacocca's? It's a classic.
      Michael: Read it? I own it. But, no, I have not read it.

    • Jim: I got to tell you, this baby is amazing. She gets me out of everything, (pause) and I love her; I also love her very much.

    • Phyllis: (confessional) Yeah, I love going to bars with Bob. I tend to wear something low cut, get men to flirt with me, and Bob beats them. (pause) What?

    • Darryl: (on happy hour) You want me to invite Matt?
      Oscar: Yeah, the whole gang, Matt included.
      Darryl: Look, just be straight with me, man. You can be gay with Matt, just be straight with me.

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