In honor of Pam's maternity leave, I, too, took an extended break from posting Office recaps.
With Scranton's cutest new mom back at work and fending off Dwight's offers to help pump her breast milk ("Three squeezes and I would drain you."), it's time once again to answer the eternal Dunder Mifflin question: can any of these lonely people find love outside this nondescript office building?
This tired, sixth season of The Office has offered few surprises. In Thursday night's episode, though, kudos to unworldly receptionist Erin for growing a spine and slamming her banjo-playing suitor Andy with a cake in the face after learning he used to be engaged to pioneer-dress wearing Angela.
The revelation spoils what Andy had hoped would be the best Secretary's Day party ever, but really, who thinks it's a good idea to publicly thank your ex-fiancee for arranging a party in your new office girlfriend's honor? And why would Andy think it's a good idea to send Michael off to treat Erin to the most awkward Secretary's Lunch ever?
So go ahead, Andy, see how far flattery of your 115-pound moonbeam gets you when you leave it to Michael to unwittingly break the news that you enjoyed some premarital carnal time with Angela. (But did he? I thought she was keeping Andy on the cold-shower regimen while Dwight serviced her needs at the beet farm.)
Either way, it was refreshing to see someone in the office, in this case, the normally dimwitted Erin, lash out and ask the question exasperated viewers have been asking for some time now: is there anyone in this office who hasn't fooled around with a co-worker? Heck, even Phyllis didn't venture further than an office or two down the hall to find true love with Bob Vance of Vance Refrigeration.
But didn't we all want to disappear behind our hair when Erin's imagination prompted her to wonder whether Andy had also slept with Phyllis, Kelly or Pam, "or maybe all three together?" [Worst sweeps week idea ever, Office writers. Don't even think of it. And no, we don't want a Creed-Meredith hookup either.]
I could have settled for an entire episode of everyone making fun of Kevin's Cookie Monster voice, or young Gabe the Sabre tool trying to flex his corporate muscles by suspending Pam and Jim for disobeying his "no Cookie Monster impersonation" rule.
But at least Erin spoke some truth before her inevitable return to Andy in another episode or two.