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Synopsis: Michael goes through with his annual Dundies awards at Chili's despite corporate's disapproval. Dwight deals with graffiti in the office. Pam gets drunk after a fight with Roy, and kisses Jim. The office rallies behind Michael after his comedy falls flat.
A new season of The Office changes up the dynamic of the show, mostly for the show's benefit. Michael has lost weight and with his new hair comes a slightly less mean and more ignorant persona. He is much funnier when he is not
The Jim and Pam story is in full force, as we see Pam drunkenly kiss Jim and their awkward conversation interrupted by Pam noticing the cameras. Drunk Pam was very funny, and kept within the realm of reality with her getting banned from Chili's.
The entire office gets a bit more definition with their moments in Chili's. Giving many employees their own awards is a fun way to flesh out their personalities a bit more.
The general direction of the show begins to lean towards the entire office, rather than just Dwight, Michael, Jim, and Pam. Oscar is funny with his line describing the Dundies, and Phyllis confronting Dwight upon his entering the women's bathroom is timed well.
Some attempts at humor with Michael, particularly the numerous racist jokes he makes get annoying pretty fast, we already have an episode (102) full of racism humor, so to have Ping and the spiciest curry award is a bit much.
The Unknown: What was Pam going to say to Jim?
Comic Highlight: The Chili's Manager's expression after explaining Pam's punishment.
That's What I Said: A strong improvement over the first season, the humor comes across as less mean and Michael is more tolerable.