Review by Chris Morgan:
The Office came back for one week to give us Michael and Holly’s engagement, and the news that Michael is leaving for Colorado. Then, it took a couple more weeks off, but it has returned once again with “Training Day” and with the return of The Office comes the addition of Will Ferrell to the show as Deangelo Vickers, the new boss in town.
Obviously, having a movie star the calibre of Ferrell on the show is a big get, and clearly the show is pulling out all the stops for Steve Carell’s farewell episodes. The show is already NBC’s biggest ratings getter on Thursday night, and having folks like Ferrell stop by certainly won’t hurt. The question will be whether or not the show maintains its popularity once Carell, and Michael Scott, are gone. However, that is a question for another day.
Things begin in a hotel bar, where Michael is waiting to meet Deangelo. Conversely, Deangelo is there to meet Michael. The two get the talking and enjoy their conversation without realizing who one another is for just long enough for it to be both humorous and plausible. Michael later says he finds the hijinx he gets into amusing, and so do I. The fact that Carell and Ferell have a nice rapport doesn’t hurt, and their conversation is humorous as well. Then, it is off to the office where Michael shows Deangelo around in a scene that felt vaguely reminiscent of Step Brothers, but only thoroughly less crass.