The Office Review: Flowers Arranging Themselves

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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.

Andy and Erin

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.


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Dan Forcella is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.


nellie is awful I will not watch the Office with her on the show. How the writers thought her character was a good idea is beyond me.
I think the Office would do much better without a main boss. Keep Andy as the branch manager and that's it, its much funnier with the original characters.


I find the Nellie character hilarious. As in real life, our world is comprised of different types of individuals who can grate on our nerves or not! It's all about personalities and the interactions make for interesting situations. Let's watch it unfold and give the writers (and actors) a chance!


We all know, true die hard fans myself included obviously, love Andy as a character and what he brings to the table, we are all hoping Andy and Erin get together and
When they finally do the office adds this crappy character who honestly S^%*'s why is Nellie Bertram even in these episodes clearly fans don't like the character, I too felt angry that Andy was replaced, my honest opinion Andy reminds me of Michael, best example I can think of is when Andy get the tattoo to please the office crew that's pure genious, nard dog rules Nellie Bertram in one word "ewwwww"


Coming from an Aussie who is a fan of the US Office AND the UK Office, a person who loves and understands British humour, I can tell you that The Office is not being watched in this household while this bloody awful character is on it. Nellie is just horrible. Unfunny. Ridiculous. The storyline is just stupid with her in it. Like others, I loved David Brent's hideous awkwardness. I "get" British humour, I probably like it more than American or Aussie humour. But I love most of the US The Office characters, and tolerate the ones I can only take in small doses. Nellie is just a weird stupid experiment gone horribly wrong.


This is probably the end for this show. Every time I see C. Tate I think of how annoying she was on Doctor Who. She almost destroyed that show too but thankfully they were smart enough to jettison her after only a few unremarkable episodes. Too bad for the rest of the actors.


OK. I am so sick of all this Nelly hate. She has single handedly made the show BAREABLE. I can literally count the number of times I have laughed at the office this entire season on my two hands. I would have stopped watching if it WASN'T for her. Everything Nelly says is hysterical and brings back the same craziness that Michael used to bring. SHE NEEDS TO BE ON THIS SHOW. I'm sorry, but all of you people have insanely questionable taste levels. I hope to GOD that NBC doesn't bow down to your ridiculousness and change the only good thing the show has going for it right now.


I have watched and loved the office from the first season till now. It was amazing how the writers kept the show interesting and funny after Michael left however Nellie is a real annoying character. I keep expecting her to go away and it doesn't seem to be happening. She isn't funny at all. She is like fingernails to a chalkboard. I am glad I am not the only one who doesn't like her.


I started watching the show on my DVR, and as soon as I saw Nellie, I turned it off and deleted the whole episode. I won't waste time next week setting the timer. Give me a shout when Nellie is no longer a character.


Please get rid of Nellie Bertram, she's rust on a ship. Please get rid of her


+1 to ditching Nellie. She is not funny and quite annoying to listen to.

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The Office Season 8 Episode 19 Quotes

The fact that she could show her face around here is an embarrassment. I should know, I'm in an identical situation.


That is disgusting. Do you call that a King James Breakfast Pie?