November 12th, 2010
02:03 PM ET
According to Dwight Schrute, "Glee" is a ridiculous premise for a show. "Thirst - now there's a show I'd watch."
Dwight was invited, along with the rest of the employees of Dunder Mifflin, to a "Glee" viewing party at Gabe's house on Thursday night's episode of "The Office." Since Gabe is new, tall and awkward, his girlfriend Erin hoped that this would help him be more liked around the office. Whenever the show goes into someone's home, it's usually always a winner, and the cast's varying reactions to "Glee" were an added bonus.
Gabe, Erin and Kevin certainly count as the Gleeks of the office, while Kelly, who thinks the show is ridiculous, can't stop talking about it: "What was with Jesse's sudden turn on Rachel between 'Dream On' and 'Funk'? Honestly, that show - it's irresponsible."
Meanwhile, Phyllis just tried to get into it, asking, "Which one is Glee?"
Of course, all the attention afforded to Gabe - whom Michael likes only slightly more than Toby - was too much to handle. He decided to go into a bedroom instead where all the "real Gleeks" could have the real viewing party. Only Dwight showed up (in order to rat out the others who didn't come), as well as Pam and Jim, dealing with their crying baby. It turned out that Dwight is quite the baby whisperer, due to the Schrute policy on letting the youngest be in charge of the others: "I've been raising children since I was a baby." Suddenly, Jim and Pam were his best friends.
And if you thought Michael was having a hard time, the jealous Andy loses it so badly that he eats powdered seahorses and gets sick.
Michael's second course of action was to cut off the cable, causing the Gleeks to miss their show. Kelly and the rest provided updates: "They sung 'Blinded by the Light' with an actual blind guy!" "Puck and Finn worked it out and the solo is now a duet."
When Erin discovered Michael's sabotage, we discovered that she really wanted Michael to like Gabe, because she quite literally sees Michael as a father figure. (Michael obliged by telling her to go to her room.) It will be interesting to see what happens if Erin finally gets back together with Andy, and how Gabe and Michael react.
"The Office" is on the upswing this season, and what could have been a gimmicky episode actually advanced the plot quite well, and it even included some of the best Dwight and Jim moments in years (Jim being forced to feed and "beer" Dwight, for example).
What did you think of the "Glee" viewing party, and this season as a whole? Are you enjoying Gabe and Erin, or are you as impatient as I am to see her back with Andy? Have you ever wanted to eat pigs in a blanket, while in a blanket? Share your iReport video reaction or comment below.
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