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Happiness returns to Thursday nights, as tonight the best show on television returns. It’s been a long time since the last Office episode, and since this blog was partially created due to our mutual love for the show, I thought it would be worthwhile to remind everyone where we’re at. Because, to me, the wonderful thing about the Office is beyond the hilarious writing, I do actually care about the characters.

The last episode of the Office aired on November 15, 2007. It was titled “The Deposition”, which should be an episode that should conjure a few images. For me, it was Toby opening up to Michael, telling him that in childhood he had to choose between parents after a divorce. Michael, of course, responded by throwing Toby’s lunch trey off the table. And there’s the moment Jan goes to all lengths to win her case, throwing Michael under the bus to do so. And the emotional moment at the end when Michael tells David Wallace that he’s a good guy, too.

If anything, the moment was a defining one in Michael’s character. It may have been the beginning — or not so much beginning as the middle — of the end of his relationship with Jan. In Scranton, we’ve seen the Andy and Angela relationship come to fruition — “Oh, D…Oh, D” — and Pam and Jim seem as good as ever.

So, what to expect tonight? Tonight’s episode is called “Dinner Party”, as Michael and Jan invite the two other aforementioned couples over to their house for dinner. The show made two important decisions during the work strike: first, there will be no six month jump in time at the Dunder Mifflin office, we will return to the days after “The Deposition”. Also, the writers decided to not make the Angela character pregnant, instead choosing to hide her belly with copiers, purses, humans and camera angles.

I’ve read a few spoilers on the ‘Net, which I won’t give away, but I will link to this TV Guide cover, that hints at something substantial. And if you give a shit about the Pam/Jim storyline — and a sap like me can’t help it, this YouTube video should pump you up for the return of the best show on television.

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