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.

Review

Editor Rating: 3.5 / 5.0
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Rating: 2.6 / 5.0 (91 Votes)

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I literally fast-forwarded through every Nellie scene this week. I will stop watching if remains. That makes me sad, but it's true.

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Catherine Tate is an excellent addition to this show and should have been added after all the interviews took place. Her comedic genius and impeccable delivery are key to keeping the Office going. Others may dislike her now, and even cringe at the sight of her character, but the acting weight she brings to the show is something that Ed Helms lacked. It was unfortunate how they decided to terminate the character of "Andy", and it may have been better to keep him on the show, but Helms has a growing film career and so has likely left the show for good reason. Tate's character is still fairly new and so still finding footing with the other characters and audience, but given Tate's potential, I think the Office can come out shining in episodes to come.

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I too find the Nellie character extremely annoying -- to the point that I'm not even going to bother watching the show anymore until I hear that she has left - permanently. This latest episode I saw was supremely disappointing. It is utterly sad to think that the interim shows with Will Farrell are much more entertaining that the crap the writers have given us these past several episodes. What needs to change?
1) Ditch Nellie
2) Get back to the mockumentary theme -- doing real semi-office work with the pranks
3) Get rid of the non-stop perversion -- homosexual themes, penis jokes, etc.

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Andy is boring as f***. Like or hate her, Nellie makes the show more interesting, just as Michael Scott in the beginning. They'd be stupid to get rid of her.

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I've hated the Nellie Bertram character since it started in those Florida episodes but today was the first time I googled "Nellie Bertram awful" to see if other Office die-hards like myself agreed and I am so happy that such an overwhelming amount of them do! When she walked in the door to take over Andy's job actually made me angry! Even worse, the fact that all of the other characters are accepting it makes me even more mad! Perhaps the writers are just setting up a monumental episode where she's kicked out of Scranton to justify things but in my opinion it's a risky move because I'm having a hard time even watching lately and I'm not the only one. She's absolutely not funny in what she says or her delivery. Her presence is unnecessary and annoying. I hope to God NBC is seeing these complaints because I really want to enjoy The Office again.

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I agree with everyone here. The office may have jumped the shark with this ridiculous character. The office is off DVR until Catherine Tate is gone. What an awful, awful decision.

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Make that 12 out of 40. Nearly 4 to 1 people agree that Tate is the worst thing that ever happened to The Office.

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12 out of 38 comments were even mildly positive to Nellie, and i was generous in what counted as positive. This comment officially makes it 12 out of 39. Ultimately, there were more threats to stop watching and demands to cancel the show than there were people in favor of her sticking around. The people have spoken, and I agree.

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nellie's character sucks

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Thank heavens I'm not the only one that hates Nellie. Sorry, "Office" - you just got bumped off of the DVR by Swamp People. Won't watch this show again until NB is N/A. Also read as "GONE".