If we were conducting Catherine Tate's The Office performance review like Nellie Bertram did of her employees at Dunder Mifflin Scranton - that is, on first impressions - she would also be receiving a raise.
Tate's first appearance last season was intriguing, and her stint as head honcho down in Florida was entertaining, but in "Get the Girl" it became obvious that Nellie Bertram as branch manager could be exactly what The Office needs to stay afloat.
She is very strange, but not in a way that is too similar to Michael Scott or Andy Bernard, nor in a way that is just too slow and boring most of the time like Robert California. Nellie proved she was upbeat, off the walls and that she can create a lot of weird situations for our favorite paper suppliers.
The way that she took charge and took over Andy's office was great. The meeting she ran, in which she used some weird voices and gave Kevin an awful nickname, was funny. Giving every one there a raise even though she had no authority might have been the best of all.
It may be moot in the future, because James Spader isn't returning after this season, but Bertram brought out some of the best in California. His reluctance to stop her in any capacity was fantastic, and the fact that he just wanted to see how this experiment would play out was maybe my favorite Robert moment of the season.
The grand finale of it all, when Nellie used a pretty spot on Tinker Bell metaphor to get the entire office behind her, was simply a nice icing to this comedic cake. I'm sure half of the office didn't have a clue what was going on - Kevin and Creed come to mind - but their enthusiasm towards her in that moment might be what keeps Nellie at Andy's desk long term.
Speaking of the a capella enthusiast, Andy spent the entire episode in Florida bringing Erin back to Scranton. I have been one of the biggest Erin supporters for years now, but her shtick is even wearing thin a bit on me.
This story was fine, but it didn't have the effect on me that I think the writers were going for. It wasn't emotional, which might have to do with how goofy Andy and Erin are as characters. I'm certainly glad that Erin's returning to the office, because she is still hilarious at times, but this plot definitely didn't click on all cylinders.
There were a few other one-off jokes thrown into the mix. My favorites were Dwight accepting the outcome of Darryl throwing him out of his office, Irene giving Andy the third degree about having a girlfriend and Toby introducing himself to Nellie as Tony.
What were your thoughts on "Get the Girl?" Relive some of the hilarity in our The Office quotes section, and then sound off in the comments.
Dan Forcella is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.Tags: The Office, Reviews