I’ve watched the first 5 seasons of “The Office” – nonstop. Michael Scott, played brilliantly by Steve Carell, would never get away with his antics in a real life office. This is what I used to think. Now, I’m not so sure.
Look at the staff that Scott is dealt. Top to bottom, there is not one productive employee. From Pam and Jim to Phyllis and Meredith and from Creed and Oscar to Kevin and Dwight, it’s no wonder why Michael Scott is insane.
I interviewed Oscar Nunez, who plays Oscar Martinez, the gay Latino accountant, a while back and he gave a little insight about his character on the show and how the actors have a little leeway on the script. The feeling of the interview was very similar to the series itself. It was serious, but not really.
All of the actors play their characters better than any other character actor save for George and Kramer on “Seinfeld.” The idea behind “The Office” is it is supposed to be like your real life office where you can relate to each character.
However, instead of one character being related to, all of them are thrown in one office with the ring leader, Scott, trying to balance each ego with his own. For the sake of “The Office” personalities, look at your own office.
Every place has a Jim, the goofball who likes to joke around a lot.
Meredith is the stuck up girl who is known for sleeping with the entire west wing of the building.
Creed is the guy who is in retirement mode.
Dwight is the suck up who is so Peter Principled that he can’t get anything done.
Kelly is the girl who tells you everything that happened last night on “American Idol.”
And Michael is the boss, who at one point was a hard ass, but since it did not work out he’s now playing the buddy superior to no avail. At this point, he has no other options.
“The Office” really should be a bible for anyone who works in an office type setting. Some of the plots are way off, like Michael forwarding the picture of him and Jan on vacation to the entire office. But I could see it happening. How many times have you composed a new email, put the letter of the person’s last name in the “to” section and it came up another person with the same name beginning with the same letter?
How about all the meetings that Scott has? This is so typical in an office it becomes a meeting just to have a meeting. By the end of the day, you have a notebook filled with notes and lines separating each meeting’s agenda.
To sum up, Michael Scott inherited all the knuckleheads you work with – in one office. Try balancing these egos and personalities and you, too, might just find yourself a lot like Michael Scott. Now who wants to solve a “murder in Savannah?”