The most recent episode of "The Office" was truly unique. In a rarity for the show, there were no instances of characters talking directly to the camera. Was that the idea of guest director Bryan Cranston? That's hard to know, for sure, but it was certainly a change of pace for this show. Without knowing the inner thoughts of the characters, the dialogue had to be perfect. Fortunately, it was still easy to see how the main players were feeling even without the interviews. Here is a recap of the latest episode, "Work Bus."
Jim's quest to please PamAfter finally telling his wife about his new job, Jim is desperately trying to make her happy. When he notices a safety hazard in the building, Jim senses a chance to take his family on vacation for a week. Before that though, he plans to take Pam to her favorite pie place. He tricks building owner Dwight into getting repairs, which means the office will have to be closed for a week. However, Jim's plan backfires when Dwight provides an alternative work space. It turns out that everyone will have to work on a bus; that plan gets ugly fast. When Pam spills something on herself, Jim can see his wife getting upset. He begs Dwight to drive the bus to the pie place, but he refuses. Eventually, Jim rallies Andy to order Dwight to take everyone out for pie. Dwight obliges, but it's clear that he has more on his mind. He ends up hiding on the roof, and Pam begs Jim to talk to him.
While sitting on the roof of the bus, Dwight confesses to Jim that he is barren. A sensitive Jim actually consoles his rival and tells him that, in a way, he is the father of everyone in the office. Jim also tells Dwight that everyone wants pie, and only he can make that a reality. A motivated Dwight realizes that he still has worth and drives everyone to get pie just in the nick of time. While enjoying their treat, Pam finally appreciates what Jim has been trying to do. The two share a sweet moment when she rests her head on his shoulder.
Nellie's adoption effortNellie is hoping to adopt a child, but she needs Andy's help in order to do it. As her boss, he needs to sign her character reference. After insulting her, it's clear that Nellie will have a hard time getting what she wants. She enlists the help of Erin, who knows a lot about the adoption process from her own childhood. She helps Nellie with the form, but Andy still refuses to sign it. After overhearing Erin cry in front of Nellie, Andy changes his mind. Before giving the signed form back to his rival, he makes a few nice changes. A happy Nellie sheds a few tears and realizes that Andy might not be so mean after all.
The rest of the episodeAside from the two main plots, there wasn't a whole lot going on in this episode, except for one big highlight involving Kevin. It turns out that he's a math whiz when the numbers involve food. He can perform amazing calculations in his head when they involve pie but can't do anything when Oscar mentions salads. Later, he proves his love of desserts by convincing Oscar to throw a pie in his face.