‘The Office: Lotto’ Review
These sentimental moments with Ed Helms surprisingly work extremely well week after week. Perhaps this is because I love all these characters to a point where I want to work for Dunder Mifflin/Sabre. But still, Ed Helms has done a better job than anyone could have predicted in taking over for Steve Carell.
Lotto‘s plot had the warehouse workers all winning the lottery and quitting. The cold open was hilarious as we saw Oscar really let loose while being in line with his character. The writers have a strong grasp on his character and continue to give him some of the most memorable moments in each episode.
Once the ball got rolling we got a very upset Darryl at the fact that this job has consumed him and he is pretty much stuck here for the rest of his life. Eventually he broke down and told Andy to fire him. Andy of course refused and confronted Darryl. The Andy-Darryl dynamic has been building for two seasons now and it has worked really well in most cases. Darryl revealed that he wanted to be boss, just as many had guessed he would be. Andy sternly told him why he was not chosen and the reasons make sense. Yes, it feels as if the writers are trying to justify their choice in boss and they have. Now that Andy has been proven as the best choice I hope to see stories that continue to develop him as a leader.
The other plot this week saw Jim, Dwight, Kevin, and Erin working the warehouse once all the lottery winners quit. These were the funniest parts of the episode. Their ideas for how to work faster were hilarious. My only worry comes from the recent overuse of Kevin. Yes, Kevin is the source of a lot of great gags on this show, but I believe the writers are overusing him just a tad.
This week The Office delivered another good episode. I still like this show a lot, mostly because the ensemble cast is incredible, and I think they can survive without Steve Carell. Consider me sold. (8/10)