The Office

Season 7 Episode 20

Training Day

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Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Apr 14, 2011 on NBC
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The arrival of Michael's replacement for training has the staff lining up to curry favor with their new boss, with Andy trapped in the role of 'office funny guy' and Jim and Pam worrying they're too obvious in their fawning.

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  • Better Than I thought It would be!

    7.5
    I am so impreseed with Will Ferrel in this episode. I would have bet money that he would have came out and played the same "Wacky" character he plays in every other role, but to my suprise, he played it straight.



    Jim & Pam were so annoying when they repeatedly tried to shove their baby down Will's throat; and I was so happy when Will put them in their place, and told him that he knows what they're trying to do, and they need to stop.



    Will seemed to be a straight arrow boss, who hates suck ups, and wants to change procedures in The Office. I would like to see him around for a while.moreless
  • Michael trains his replacement.

    8.0
    Maybe it's because my friend was in the room with me and laughs at everything, but I found the first Will Ferrell episode of the Office to be pretty funny. We were laughing at just about everything going on, and I thought the writing of the show felt a lot tighter and more clever than it has been as of late. That being said, I also thought there was something off about Deangelo Vickers. He was an interesting character at first, a character who's not quite as dumb as Michael Scott but still has a carefree attitude to him.. however, once we gets to the office, he jumps back and forth from being this jerk-ish guy almost like Charles Miner and a funny guy who would fit in with the office.



    Certain parts of the episode work better than others. Seeing Stanley and Kevin and Darryl freak out over the new boss is not one of those. It felt forced and extremely lame, while Dwight's plot involving him wondering why he was not boss instead of Deangelo was interesting and somewhat sad to see. Michael actually got one of his better plots, where he's forced to witness an office without him for the first time. And I loved seeing Andy try to make Deangelo laugh.. him throwing cheese balls and eating soap made me laugh more than anything else here, and his exasperated talking head after made it all worth it.



    Overall, Ferrell had a good role here, but I'm not exactly psyched to see this guy replacing Michael Scott, even in the short term. I have a feeling that regardless of what people feel about Michael Scott over the seven seasons of the show, he's going to leave a hole in this show so big that I'm afraid it'll keep the eighth season from being as good as I wish it would be.moreless
  • 720

    4.0
    Even Will Ferrell can't be funny on this show. Okay, so that is not entirely true, I laughed at a couple of his lines, but the fact is that you have a top comedian out there and the show is still suffering. I was roped into watching this episode after I gave up on the show and this reaffirmed that I made the right decision.



    Steve Carell was simply outclassed in the comedy department tonight. You saw the difference between a movie star and a TV star tonight, and in a few weeks the show will not even have the latter.



    Not an absolutely terrible episode, but the show would be better off wrapping at the end of the season.moreless
  • Superb episode of "The Office"

    9.0
    I thought that this was a superb episode of "The Office". The plot to this episode was well written with some humorous moments. Now that Michael is leaving the office, he is hiring the new manager named Deangelo (Will Ferrell). I think that it is great that Will Ferrell is guest starring in this episode and the last two upcoming episodes of Season 7. Will Ferrell is funny but this show will never be the same without Steve Carell. I think that Steve Carell is one of the funniest guys out there and I don't want him to leave the show. I thought it was hilarious when Michael and Deangelo didn't realize that they were both talking to each other on the cell phone at the beginning of the episode. I thought Michael and Deangelo getting shaved was very funny. I also thought it was funny when Andy was humiliating himself to make Deangelo laugh. The ending was also funny when Michael and Deangelo hugged each other. My only complaint about this episode was that Deangelo (Will Ferrell) was being a jerk to the workers. You will never be forgotten Steve Carell and remember that fans will think the same way as I do. Overall, a superb episode of "The Office". 9/10moreless
  • 720

    7.0
    Will Ferrell's appearance was a bit of a disappointment in my eyes but that's only because I never really liked Will Ferrell (and I get a plethora of thumbs-down votes). Anyways, I don't know, just never found Will Ferrell funny, and his appearance here was no different.



    Michael pulled his usual antics, I think I only laughed at the Kelly scene in which she was trying to make a move on Deangelo, and the first time that Andy was labeled "the funny guy." Everything else got pretty ridiculous.



    Like the barber in the office? Or that hug that was definitely drawn out too long. Overall, good enough comeback episode of The Office, looking forward in seeing what else Will Ferrell will bring too the show.moreless

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