There was something awfully strange about Michael getting greeted at the hotel. He got to go into an area that was for upper management and the board members only, to a room that had two security guards standing outside the door. As Michael and the upper echelon were going on the stage, they too were also mysteriously escorted by security.
Once again, the Scranton branch finds itself at the mercy of corporate and financial difficulties. The employees have gone through a lot of downsizing over the years, from Devon's termination, to mergers, and most recently, the closing of a branch.
Whenever the combination of tension, and Michael Scott are present, there is almost always a disaster waiting to happen. At the beginning of Double Date, it looked as if it was going to be one of those rare times where Michael was going to prove everybody else wrong.
Halloween episodes are fun to watch. The costumes are always interesting, whether it be Jim's minimalism, or Creed's incredible uncanniness. But with The Office tradition, something tragic always happens at that time of the year.
After watching Michael's blind man act, Pam admitted that "It's good to be home." But this was before Michael unleashed the terrifying news, first to Jim, and then to Pam. This episode shows Jim and Pam at their angriest.
With the absence of Jim and Pam, and Ryan having turned into a massive jerk, Oscar becomes the sane one at the Scranton branch. Oscar is well aware of this, and he is reluctant to get involved in any of the office drama.
As a regional manager, Michael has learned that it is important, but difficult to keep his staff happy. Jim on the other hand, would rather take an approach that he views as different and better. In his inclination to believe in the superiority of his ideas, Jim managed to completely upset the employees, and to create more unproductivity.
When there are well developed characters, and a simple plotline, the joke writes itself. Such is the case in the opening of this week's episode of The Office, as Michael called Oscar into his office for a meeting. Regular viewers can already tell that Michael is going to offend Oscar's sexuality, by just watching the two men together.