What was originally expected to be a process that would get drawn out a bit, the new manager of Dunder Mifflin Scranton on "The Office" was announced on the first episode of Season 8. And the winner is, Andy "Nard Dog" Bernard (Ed Helms). This unlikely choice followed new character Robert California (James Spader) bypassing the lowly manager's job and going straight to Florida to secure the title of CEO after talking Jo Bennett (Kathy Bates) out of it. While it is not yet known why Andy was chosen as the boss, it has been revealed early on that it was California who selected him. This choice has already proven to be a good one, at least as far as the laughs are concerned.
Already in the new season, Andy has gone to great lengths to prove the choice made was the right one. In the most recent episode he even attempted to pump up the sales force with the promise of a points system that would see them redeem points earned with each sale for prizes. When Jim (John Krasinski) pressed what would happen if someone on the sales force got a huge amount of points, Andy responded with great enthusiasm by stating he'd get a tattoo on his backside for 5,000 points. What he failed to remember while making the statement is that he already said the sales force could pool their points.
Needless to say, the sales force gave it their all, and in only one day they had accumulated the points needed for the tattoo. At the tattoo parlor, the whole lot at "The Office" made Andy think he was getting a somewhat raunchy tattoo, but surprised him when it was revealed the tattoo was of a cartoon dog with the word "Nard" on it.
So, the laughs go on. The writers proved once more that they are some of the best in the business. With the first couple of episodes safely tucked away and providing plenty of fun, the outlook for "The Office" is as great as it ever has been.
While Andy certainly doesn't represent what a stereotypical manager would be, neither did Michael Scott (Steve Carell). Not that Michael could ever be replaced, but the laughs are sure to continue with the Nard Dog at the helm.
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