The Office

Season 8 Episode 3

Lotto

2
Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Oct 06, 2011 on NBC
7.4
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The warehouse workers quit after winning the lottery, leaving the upstairs staff to dream of winning big while searching for new employees and temporarily taking on the warehouse jobs themselves.

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  • The warehouse workers quit after winning the lottery so Andy and Darryl must find new warehouse workers.

    9.5
    I thought that this was an excellent episode of "The Office". The plot is that the warehouse workers quit after they win the lottery so Andy and Darryl must find new warehouse workers. In the meantime, some of the office workers volunteer (well except maybe for Kevin and one or two more) to work at the warehouse. I really enjoyed the plot to this episode and I thought that it was a little better than last week's episode. My score is only a tad low because it was a bit boring in the middle (at least in my opinion). There are a lot of parts in this episode that did make me laugh. The very beginning of the episode with the gang seeing that their is a dog inside a parked car and they want to get it out... that part made me laugh hard for some reason). OMG, also Kevin's head pressed on "honk" of his car was so hilarious (you know that part before it went to the theme song). Every warehouse scene that they shown with the gang at the warehouse was so hilarious. Dwight getting all pumped was super funny. Kevin also constantly trying to tell his stories when he was a kid and then Erin telling Kevin to shut up was also funny. The very ending of the episode was very funny as well especially when the episode ended with Phyllis saying "I lost a client". Overall, an excellent episode of "The Office". 9.5/10moreless
  • Out of Its Character

    4.0
    I found the first two episodes of the new season promising and quite adequate if its considered how much weight needed to be carried after the departure of steve carell. However third episode commenced with an unusual portrayal of Oscar. The intention to use second tiers is (which was articulated couple of times by one of the writers of the show Mr. Lieberstein) transforming them to farce figures. If they only keep the things as they used to be...moreless
  • The warehouse wins the lottery

    8.5
    Go, Andy Bernard! At first, Ithoughtchoosing him for a boss wouldn't work out whatsoever, but the last two episodes have made me have to eat my words. This was a very solid Office episode, one with great character development, jokes and visual gags. It also helps that the show is feeling less like a one man show and more like a true ensemble.

    This episode finds the warehouse winning the lottery (about a million to be exact) and quitting all at once. Darryl winds up depressed at the fact that his rise to the office place lead him to miss out on a cut of the money. Meanwhile, Andy has to try and hire a new crew, something he's not qualified to do. He turns to Darryl for help but Darryl's too depressed to contribute.

    Down in the warehouse, Jim, Dwight, Kevin and Erin agree to do the work of the warehouse people while Andy works on hiring new people. We get some good banter back and forth between them here. If anything, this episode made me feel really good about characters that get the short end of the stick sometimes. Oscar was awesome here, especially in the cold open, Erin is slowly starting to move her way up into my top five or ten characters on the show... even Ryan had some moments that made me chuckle. I just feel like getting Steve Carrell out of the way has lead to some fantastic moments for other characters.

    Definitely the best episode of the season yet. This is even MORE proof that the show is succeeding (to some extent) without Steve Carrell.moreless
  • could this be the end of The Office?

    7.5
    the two episodes before this one, were very surprising. Both of the episodes delivered good laughs and hope for the the shows future. "Lotto"wasn'tthere best, the cold opening was very funny , i enjoyed it alot,especiallythe end. The rest of the episode had me asking questions like.. If Darryl wanted to leave his job, whydoesn'the just quit? Why does he have to be fired? and when Jim,Dwight,Andy,and Erin were in thewarehouse, whydidn'tthey just carry the 75 boxes they need to put on the truck then make someelaborateplan to make it easier? i dont know if it was poor writing or just try to get a laugh, but they need to approve for the next episode.moreless
  • A time for loyalty, your show needs you!

    8.5
    I just saw one of the latest reviews here with the title "Drop was quicker than I thought" and felt the need to say something. This time yesterday, I would have totally agreed with that comment. But after watching the third episode of this shaky season I have been a little overcome with a feeling of hope. This latest episode was a definite improvement on the previous 2 as it actually caused me to laugh out loud about 6 times (compared with maybe 3 times for episodes 1 and 2 combined). It reminded me of the lovable quirks still there in those characters we know so well, and it was only possible by removing James Spader for the entire episode, a decision that must have been scary for the producers. But strangely it worked, and so I'm saying now to all fans 'lets cheer on these guys who've made us laugh for so long', as sadly, the end is probably nigh.



    A long-running show like The Office entertains fans almost entirely from character anticipation, a type of humour not possible in fledgling shows or comedy movies. This episode had plenty of that. Who didn't instantly smile seeing that trainee tuck into a bag of goodies with 'Stanley' emblazoned on it?! Who didn't delight in the childish excitement on Erin's face when Kevin suggested greasing the warehouse floor? Who didn't want to keep watching after realising Jim and Dwight would be teaming up to tackle manual work? And probably most significantly of all, who will admit we were watching the first enjoyable exchange between Pam and Jim in.. well .. years?! Maybe it was a karmic result of Pam sitting again at reception as she did during funnier times!



    I noticed last season how some of the background staff were now being given more exposure time, something that was understandable for 2 reasons: part of the prepping for the departure of Steve Carell and a realistic expectation on the part of the actors that they'd most likely be job hunting soon and wanted to enhance their resume a little. The problem is, we love these characters for who we know them as, not for how comedic or talented the actors can be. Filling an episode with Scrabble games between a head-scratching Erin and Gabe or finding endless ways for Kevin to demonstrate his inherent retardedness is of no interest to anyone. We get it, they're a bit thick, let's see them react to a decent plot! The same thing can be seen on the latest season of '30 Rock' with similarly bad results. Regular 'background' characters are important to shows but because they tend to be 'extreme' their success is often dependant on them remaining in small doses. Changing this by allotting more air time to a character, even by a just a few minutes per episode, can easily tip the scales from funny to irritating.



    I began watching "The Office" as an avid fan of the original British version and by season 2 I already preferred the Scranton-based show. I've learnt from watching other shows that almost every show has a shelf-life, usually 5 or 6 seasons, and I think that unless The Office starts making us laugh again very soon then this is - or probably should be - the final season. But 'The Office' is one of those elite few shows out there that has entertained for so long that I think it deserves any effort to save it. That is why I wrote this review and why I encourage other fans to do the same and put your honest feedback out there. It may be the only way we can save our sinking ship. So please, pick up your virtual pens everyone...!moreless

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