Will Ferrell takes over 'the Office'
April 15th, 2011
11:56 AM ET

Will Ferrell takes over 'the Office'

It's time to face facts, "Office" fans. Michael Scott's time with us is coming to an end very soon. Fortunately his (one assumes, temporary) replacement, Deangelo Vickers, is played by Will Ferrell.

Dunder Mifflin's past and its possible future met at a bar, not realizing whom they were meeting (and it took a long, long time for them to figure it out, even while talking to each other on the phone). No matter though, since they immediately hit it off, and the new boss was introduced in classic Michael Scott style: "Without further ado... let's all start clapping."

Deangelo's arrival had a different effect on everyone in the office: Darryl and Kevin transformed themselves, Kelly hit on him right away, the Halperts tried to use their baby to bond with him, and poor Andy was suddenly the "Office Funny Guy," and when he ran out of material started doing physical comedy.

One of the highlights of this season has been Erin, who was asked to answer the phone, differently, without saying her name: "Dunder Mifflin, this is. Oh yeah, I like it."

That's when the trouble started, though. Michael realized that things were really going to change, and he not-too-subtly suggested that Erin answer the phone the old way, so she ended up answering with, "I'm so sorry."

Michael also decided to get a shave in the office, like Deangelo, something Erin didn't exactly know how to do. Michael had to whisper to her, "Don't shave my lips!"

While Michael was freaking out over the changes, Dwight came to the realization, after seven years, that Michael never intended for him to be his replacement. Dwight tried to figure this out by tricking Michael into meeting him to see a turtle. When Michael figured out he was duped, he said, "Now I'm going to have to go online and look at turtles, otherwise I'm going to be off all day."

When Deangelo called a company meeting, and even Dwight refused to stay outside of the conference room with Michael, it was clear that things had changed between them. Chances are, there will be more repercussions from this, before all is said and done.

It dawned on Michael that he had to accept what was happening, and he gave Deangelo one of the most hilarious hugs in television history, saying, "Why did you have to be so damn good?"

Unfortunately, Jim and Pam don't have quite the rapport with Deangelo they thought they had when they brought the baby to the office to meet him. Deangelo confessed to the camera, "I'm telling you, that baby could be the star of a show called 'Babies I Don't Care About.'"

I don't know about you, but I'm dying to see how the Deangelo storyline plays out, and of course, Steve Carell's final few episodes.

Did you like Ferrell on the show as well? Are you looking forward to the rest of the season as much as I am? Share your iReport, or comment below.

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    August 26, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Millie Bea

    The show will be gone in a season.

    April 20, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  4. David Albert

    I have been a big fan of The Office but this episode, man, was it terrible. By far one of the worst. I like Ferrell as an actor, but here he was creepy and unfunny. The scene when the "funny guy" is made to humiliate himself to make the new boss laugh was painful to watch. When Ferrell said he didn't like Pam's baby, that wasn't funny either. The whole scene of the peanut butter sandwiches was creepy. Michael looked dastardly and Ferrell looked like an ass. Oh well, it seems that for those of us who have loved The Office, michael's departure has meant the end of our loyalty.

    April 20, 2011 at 2:02 am | Report abuse |
  5. jamestheprophet

    ...how does this glorify God?

    April 19, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. terre08

    Just stop the show when this season is over. The Brits only had the original for 2 seasons but here we want to suck out as much money as possible even though it is getting really tiresome.

    April 19, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  7. terre08

    The episode with Ferrell was the worst in a long time, doesn't look good for the future.

    April 19, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Christina

    I thought this was the best episode of the season!! Will Ferrell played the character perfectly! I would hope that Will stays, but it seems as though that may not happen...I heard Paul Rudd was in the running as well....but I do not think he would be the better fit.

    And who the hell cares about how the article was written??? It was just a summary of the show...and it was funny!!!

    April 19, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  9. Lastguy

    Will would be a funny replacement but he won't stay. They need to go in a new direction, and the best full-time replacement for Carrell would be his former Daily Show foil Stephen Colbert. Colbert could continue the cluess boss routine but add an edge of meanness that David Brent sometimes displays on the original Brit version. The workers as Dunder Mifflin don't actually hate Michael...I think it's time to bring in a guy they would hate...and Colbert would be perfect in that role.

    April 18, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. mannysmom11

    I love Will! I loved him equally as much on the office! This show is on my all time favorite list. But, even I, a very sincere fan, didn't think the show would last without Michael. However, I stand corrected as long as Will I mean Deangelo is the new boss, I am certain the show will remain one of the best. I know Deangelo is only a temporary part, but I love it almost as much as Micheal!

    April 18, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jae

    If Will Ferrell is a permanent fixture on The Office, I'll never watch it again.

    April 18, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jdhoppy

    I looooove Erin on The Office! I'm going to get on the show as a pizza delivery boy and win her heart.. we'll run away together and start a show called "The Dough" and it will take place at a small time pizza shop in Peoria.

    April 18, 2011 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  13. Sammy's Mommy

    I have to say that if Will Ferrell stays on the show I don't think I can watch it anymore.

    April 18, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  14. SmarterthanU

    #1 – You had to have worked in an office to truly understand this show, so your comments are irrelevant
    #2 – If you do/did work in an office, this shows aim is to laugh at ones self and others that frustrate you
    #3 – CNN does need a better critique. This article is a summary.

    Steve Carrel has been great on this show and the transition to Will Ferrel is as awkward as Michael Scott feels about leaving. Will, Will Ferrel be permanent on the show? Is he on, only to make way for Dwight? Or will Dunder hire on someone else after a climatic mistake by Deangelo? Who knows....maybe Deangelo's mistake will be so bad that it closes down the office. For now, all we can do is wait for the next episode.

    April 18, 2011 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  15. Saj Daya

    I be punjabi but I also be lezbo! I love to pound a good butch in da poop chute!

    April 18, 2011 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
  16. meowsens

    Way to ruin a show....will ferrell is so unnfunny eh looks like im done watching the office....death 2 ferrrell

    April 18, 2011 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
  17. Saj Daya

    We wonder why we have recessions, when this is the example we set. What a waste of time!

    April 18, 2011 at 7:01 am | Report abuse |
  18. John

    Dat be cool. I iz a gayboy and I have been waiting for a fudge packer to come my way!! It has been weeks since I had a monster dong in me poop chute! I iz ready for your man goo!!

    April 18, 2011 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
  19. madhater

    I iz a fruit and a flamin fairy. I would be more than happy to give u my digits so we could do some butt slammin! I love to bend over and take an old fashioned reamin!! I iz waitin for yo schlong!

    April 18, 2011 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
  20. HappyLover

    I would be really happy if one of these pillow biters would be my lover! I just wanna take a jig-a-boo meat stick in my pooper! I want to play hide da sausage. Let's get it on!!

    April 18, 2011 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |
  21. smarter than you

    I am a fairy that loves to get slammed in da pooper! I have been a pillow biter for years and really keep looking for gayboyz to party with. I wanna schlob your knob!! Let's get bizzy and get your big ol meat stick in my chute asap!

    April 18, 2011 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
  22. @ kendi

    Odd name. I knew a chick a long time ago with that name. Did you go to corruna high?

    April 17, 2011 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  23. bribri11

    This was one of the worst Office episodes I can remember. Ferrell is one of the best all time comics, but hit an all-time low with this episode. Perhaps Ferrell broke his funny bone...

    April 17, 2011 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  24. go bones!

    I thought the article was fine. I read it, as did all of you. I watched the show after it aired, and laughed hysterically at the bar scene. "Don't tell me fiancé I'm drinking on a Wednesday".. "I won't, I don't even know her". That is one of the funniest scenes in The Office. Almost as good as Dwights Knock-Knock joke! Watch Bones instead. I can't get enough of that show. It has the same main people and they connect amazingly!

    April 17, 2011 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  25. AP

    The episode was the weakest this season, Goodthing there are better comedies on thursdays.

    April 17, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Jessica A

    BBC The Office was sooo much better. Too bad it only lasted two seasons. The problem with American television is we beat our series to death.Replacing people, and making new episodes when it seems they have run their course.Long Live The REAL Office!!

    April 17, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      You can't appreciate (or understand) that they're two totally different shows with completely different kinds of humor and tone? And if the US version is so bad, how come so many MILLIONS of people (likely more intelligent than you based on your juvenile post) would disagree with you? The first three or four seasons were great - what's that, about 60 or 80 episodes? Compared to how many episodes made for the brilliant-but-different British version? Quite an accomplishment, I'd say.

      April 18, 2011 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
  27. halston

    I missed the episode...huge office fan and i think will should improvise during his scenes because thats when he is the funniest. Steve Carrell can never be replaced also The Office has millions of fans feel free to speak your opinion realizing that it has no value

    April 17, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  28. adee

    Who wrote this article? A third grader?

    April 17, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  29. cousin moe

    Anyone who thinks this last episode with Will Ferell was any good, is not a real Office fan and doesn't get the humor that made the Office the funniest show on TV the last 6 years... Michael cannot be replaced, the show must come to an end... Reruns baby, reruns!!!

    April 17, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Kaia

    You should really know when it is appropriate to use the word whom versus who, especially as an Office fan.

    April 17, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  31. go knicks!

    Get over the article already! The show will continue to be a hit!

    April 17, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  32. jack

    This is the worst-written and most pointless article I have ever read. It reads like some 7th grader's report. Not to mention there is a disproportionate amount of coverage of the office which coincidentally is syndicated on cnn's sister network tbs

    April 17, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  33. mejazzbo

    Will Ferrell, not funny! Best way to keep him off movies is to pigeon hole him on a sleepy sitcom he will undoubtedly kill. That way the channel can be changed. I say again... Will Ferrell, NOT FUNNY!

    April 17, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  34. read my lips

    Will is awesome amazing

    He was so straight up and smart – the staff realized they may actually have to get some work done now

    April 17, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  35. Tommy

    I watched the show and thought the whole cast of The Office did a great job, but who is this Will Ferrell guy they introduced? Where did he come from and has he done any other acting roles? How does a hit show with an all-star cast just bring in a virtually unknown?

    April 17, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  36. Sarah

    I was looking forward to seeing the new boss, and I was NOT disappointed! The show was different and funny. I like Will on there. I'm excited to see where this goes!

    April 17, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  37. madhater

    Yo bobo you're too late for this show, now you gotta lick my butt hole and o~ring.

    April 17, 2011 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  38. madhater

    The worst come back ever? At least I could care less about this pos show and all the others, for that matter. I hate actors.

    April 17, 2011 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
    • HappyLover

      I've read all of your comments here. You're really hurting, aren't you little feller?

      April 18, 2011 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
  39. sarah

    I am so happy that Michael Scott is being replaced. I have liked all of the characters on that show with the exception of him. He's not funny and I'm looking forward to tuning in again when he is gone permanently! No offense to Steve. I think he's a good actor. I just don't like his character. I can't wait for the new episodes!!

    April 17, 2011 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  40. SBF

    Who wrote this and was the author 12? What did you do? Copy and paste from IMDB? Worst Journalism ever.

    April 17, 2011 at 3:35 am | Report abuse |
  41. lauren earle

    I wasn't impressed with Will, we'll see though maybe it'll get better ...

    April 17, 2011 at 3:17 am | Report abuse |
  42. Andrew

    The entire article was just you recounting the entire episode, did you get paid for that???

    April 17, 2011 at 2:02 am | Report abuse |
  43. drowned in a pool

    i dont like the office
    i dont like will farrell
    i hated that article
    but some of you people are kinda funny
    and theres a frog outside croaking
    i dunno, you figure it out

    April 17, 2011 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  44. will

    Will = blow it in your face funny

    April 17, 2011 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
  45. No steve

    I don't think I could watch if will was on for a Long term appearance. I just don't like jim

    April 17, 2011 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
  46. john s.

    huge fan of the office, but not sure if Will can fill Steve's shoes....definitely will stay tuned.

    April 16, 2011 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  47. bobo

    I know I may be a little late to the show, but hey @madhatter, why are you sniffing buttholes?! That is the dumbest comeback comment I have ever heard.

    April 16, 2011 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
  48. ...

    Give it time. The show will seize your vital regions once more.

    April 16, 2011 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Ryan

    I think the new office with will ferell sucks. It wasn't funny and I plan to stop watching as soon as Michael Scott stops appearing on it

    April 16, 2011 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Danielle

    This episode was the worst in The Office history. If they keep him I will not be watching in the future and will be buying this last season! They could find someone a lot better!

    April 16, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Kendi

    I am a huge fan of the Office but I think the show was overhyped. I did not think it was funny. As a matter of fact I thought it was quite boring. I hope next weeks show is better. The Office and Two and a Half Men are the last tv shows I watch. I'm already in a slump over the latter. Leave me with something. I beg of you!

    April 16, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  52. liv

    The office sucks

    April 16, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Flight of the Office

    If Ferrell is temporary, I would like to see the producers of The Office bring in Rhys Darby, Murray from Flight of the Conchords, to succeed Steve Carrell. He'd be perfect as the new office manager.

    April 16, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  54. ayne

    Worst episode ever. Put a fork in this show.

    April 16, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  55. popcorn


    April 16, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Melanie

    I wish some of these blog posters had no internet access.. Most of this stuff is hard to read, the Halperts baby would have done a better job..

    I thought it was hilarious actually, Will Farrell is the best replacement in television history.. Personally to me, the Office was getting a bit stale and I stopped watching.. Tuned into Thursday's show and loved it! I hope he's a permanent replacement!

    April 16, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  57. flats

    This was a shark jump episode. Time to end show.

    April 16, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  58. jessemcc

    Erin sucks I realize she's supposed to be stupid,but she's just to stupid to like. I hate every part she is in,well not when andy n her dated but only cuz andy deserves to ce happy.

    April 16, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Cait

    I love ya Will, but you've got some big shoes to fill. I don't know if subtle humor is his strongest game like it is for Steve Carrell. I'll probably give it a chance, we'll see. What is Carrell going off to do that is so much more important than The Office anyways?

    April 16, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Oscar

    Is this a review or a synopsis? It read like a 6th grader's book report. You write reviews to let other people know whether you think they should watch. But now why bother, you detailed the funny parts.

    April 16, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  61. erica

    Lovvvvvvvvvveeeeee the office, will is an awesome addition to the show, looking forward to seeing more of will Ferrell, don't let dream killers destroy the show for those of us who enjoy the office and will Ferrell. Keep on going.

    April 16, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  62. kevin

    This article reminds me of the synopsis I get when my ten year-old comes back from a movie with her mom.

    April 16, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • joe

      Yes! A perfect description of this summary. After reading it, I thought, "I guess you had to be there..." Since I missed the episode, I was totally confused.

      April 18, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Nathan

    Will Farrell sucks. SNL churns out moderately funny people. Will is just another product of the machine. I can't stand 30 rock.

    April 16, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Cait

      Are you talking the last 15 years of SNL, or the whole expanse of the series? If you mean SNL as a whole, then I would doubt anything you like in regards to humor. The series has produced so many funny people that had great success even after their time on the show, its insane to discredit all that.

      April 16, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Roundurwaygirl

    I love Will Ferral. Hes sooooo funny, but it was as weird seeing him on the show taking Michael Scott's place. Michael is a fun loving character, to see Wil come in playing somewhat of a jerk will be intresting too see. Michael Scott will definitly be missed!

    April 16, 2011 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  65. mr. pombo

    I love will on the office its truly the right choice and the proper voice to fill the space for the lost correll!

    April 16, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  66. manny

    Forget replacing Michael Scott...how do we find a replacement for this blog writer..geez

    April 16, 2011 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  67. bigfreak

    I hate when people say stuff like "The British version is better." I really don't believe you even think that. I believe you think it's hipster cool but its not. It sucks. It's like when people in the US try to convince you that going to Costa Rica is worthwhile but then you do and they say "I went when Costa Rica wasn't cool you don't get it."

    April 16, 2011 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  68. Maree

    Good maybe he will stop making those stupid movies.

    April 16, 2011 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  69. Tom Bruce

    Ahh, the good old days when movie stars wouldn't lower themselves to do Television. And to submit himself to such a low-class, Stooges-like TV show? What's next for Will, DWTS?

    April 16, 2011 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
    • To Tim Dunce

      Yeah, because there has never been a great television show in the history of the world. Never.

      April 18, 2011 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
  70. Len M

    Let's face it the Office was never as good as the original British version and now the show is going to tank when Will Ferrell takes over

    April 16, 2011 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  71. madhater

    Yeah or they're. Sassy!

    April 16, 2011 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  72. Name*tonyfromdetroit

    Will Ferret is not the guy for the part his type of humor just doesn't blend in with the office staff

    April 16, 2011 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
    • J-Dub

      He only has one "type of humor"? Have you ever seen any of his movies? Was he the same guy in ELF that he was in STEP BROTHERS? How about ANCHORMAN and THE OTHER GUY? Same character? Same actor, yes, but totally different performances. I agree he wasn't funny in that travesty of an episode the other night, but he was hilarious in the other three I mentioned above... and several more. If you're going to have an opinion, why not have an intelligent one?

      April 18, 2011 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
  73. justin

    One of tthe funniiest I've seen yyet

    April 16, 2011 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |
  74. eric

    Will ferril is a compleat idiot. A horrible actor and a very poor choice as a replacement. The office just went from being my favorite show to a show I will never watch another episode of. Will ferril is a bad person. In real life aswell.

    April 16, 2011 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Bwahahaha! You made me laugh by calling someone a "compleat" idiot!

      Love the office, didn't love will's first episode but will give the character time to "devealoap" as you might write, Eric.

      P.S.- it is "Ferrel" and "as well" are two words. Just wanted to give you a heads-up for the next time you start calling someone a complete idiot.

      April 16, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      Yes one of those people who has mastered the art of spelling but will work at McDonald because of your lack of other more meaningful skills.Congratulations to you. Will is still a horrible choice regardless of my spelling.

      April 16, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Spelling Bee

      Come one Eric you are posting a comment online there are hundreds of places to check spelling.. Even worse your clever come back is that Dan probably works at McDonalds.. Even if that was the only job he had the skills to obtain I don't see many places that would hire you when within 4 sentences you misspelled 3 different words.

      April 17, 2011 at 6:03 am | Report abuse |
    • dmc1542

      Well you can claim I probably work at mcdonalds based on what? Laughing at your idiocy? Your spelling made me laugh harder than any point of Thursday's episode.

      April 17, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Hilario De La Pena

    Had me lol for the first time in several seasons.

    April 16, 2011 at 6:57 am | Report abuse |
  76. RIcky

    The episode was boring. Michael is an idiot. Jim and Pam are more annoying than Ross and Rachel and the show grinds to a screeching halt when it's about them. Will Ferrell can't save this show. Watch Parks and Recreation or AnIdiot Abroad instead.

    Warmest regards,
    Ricky Gervais

    April 16, 2011 at 6:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Karl Pilkington

      Never understood North Americas fascination with this watered down version of the original. The Office, I mean the real Office from England, was in one episode funnier than the US version is in one entire season. Steve Carrell doesn't come close to your brilliance as boss, Ricky. One more thing, still waiting for the entire royalties from An Idiot Abroad, Ricky. Should I contact Steve?

      April 16, 2011 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |

    great blog and great show

    April 16, 2011 at 4:11 am | Report abuse |
  78. Chandler

    The Office always sucked. Quit pretending that Will can make an already bad show worse.

    April 16, 2011 at 3:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Monica Dumps (On) Chandler

      What a brilliant, thoughtful comment, Chandler. Hard to argue with a complete moron, but I'd say there are several million viewers (most I'd guess far more intelligent than you) who would disagree with you wholeheartedly.

      April 18, 2011 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
  79. Donnab

    Michael is an idiot but means well, the new character played by will ferrell is just a jerk.

    April 16, 2011 at 2:14 am | Report abuse |
  80. dave b

    the next episode is gonna be a new DUNDIES AWARDS!!! As someone from the Scranton area I hope this show continues on for many more seasons. one of the funniest shows on tv.

    April 16, 2011 at 1:40 am | Report abuse |
  81. Luther

    I'm a Huge fan of the office & is really sad to see Steve Carell go but I thought the new episode with Will Ferrel was pretty funny, he could do a good job taking over but what I think who would be a very good idea & no one has thought of is...having maybe Andy Dick as Michael's replacement...andy dick is hilarious & he has similar awkward-sarcastic humor as Steve Carell does.

    April 16, 2011 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |
  82. tenacious*e*

    Let me get this straight...you hate The Office, but you took the trouble to read this sh!t review and then comment on it? Mmmkay....

    P.S. I love it when people make smart ass comments and try their hardest to be sassy and smart...but they don't know the difference between *their* and *there*!!

    April 16, 2011 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
  83. @N

    neva seen the office.but will farell is hilarious in all of his movies!remember the other guys,blades of glory,elf,and many more!hahahaha!But he is still a freakin retart!

    April 15, 2011 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  84. kathysandiego

    Will Farrell nailed it. The show was hilarious! Loved it, especially the line about the baby. He came across as a first class jerk as planned. The show may not be for everyone but if you've ever had a crappy office job you get it. I think the way they're making the change is perfect.

    April 15, 2011 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
  85. irina

    Will Ferrell represents everything in a man that I don't like. It would seem that his way of acting would be perfect for Michael Scott's role but the reality is Steve Carrell just did it differently. I don't think the show will be the same with the new replacement. And I might watch a couple of new episodes just out of curiosity but I don't think I will be continuing watching the office.

    April 15, 2011 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      He represents everything you don't like in a man? So, you go for short, poor, and humorless guys? Well, lady, there are a lot of those types out there - happy hunting!

      April 18, 2011 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
  86. madhater

    thedude89 and @mh you guys are stupid that I commented on others stupidity then calling me out on it which made me look stupid, but not really. I love the smell of your moms butthole in the morning.

    April 15, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  87. i cant belive is not butter

    I think this first episode was built up way to much and left people wanting more,but feel that will ferells scenes will get funnier and will fit in just fine.

    April 15, 2011 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  88. kevin spacey

    Don't rat on your pop, or the doodie monster will climb out of the modie and devour your butthole.

    April 15, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Marilyn Lawson

    I thought it must just be me and I couldn't follow this article because I smoked some buddah. It's not me though. The article is very poorly written like all the well educated people have said. Anyway, I like Will in Anchorman, so I hope I like him in The Office, because that is what I watch when I finally get a break from domestic slavery. My husband and son are asleep by then and it's my chill time.

    April 15, 2011 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Name*Red

    When is the next new episode?

    April 15, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  91. My2Cents

    I know many redman terms like keemosabey and how.

    April 15, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  92. My2Cents

    I think you are all extra cool. I am an apple. That is an injun term for someone red on the outside but white inside. As such I know much about Native American folklore. Ome stor is about the doodie monster that climbs out o the modie and devours all the butttholes. That is my favorite injun story. HOW. I am an injun. HOW.

    April 15, 2011 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Devin tha dude

    This episode was pushed to hard, it just wasn't that good. I used to not understand Will Ferrell's popularity until Step Brothers, The Other Guys and You're Welcome America : One last night with George W. Bush. Hopefully his character evolves into something funny over time.

    April 15, 2011 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  94. luis hernandez

    nnt tn many sitcoms las very long after a lead roll micheals such as charlie sheen for micheal J.Fox on spin city but we will jus have to wait and see

    April 15, 2011 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  95. madhater

    Society is conforming me into a butthole, I'm just trying to fit in and get involved with a
    ll this inter
    esting bullsh!t.

    April 15, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  96. madhater

    Fonzie jumped sharks mane.

    April 15, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  97. madhater

    I hate when people say jumped the shark, and when they think they are smart, and voice there sh!tty opinions. I would smack 95% of you buttholes.

    April 15, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • @madhater

      Kinda makes you look stupid to say you hate people voicing their "sh!tty opinions" by giving your own "sh!tty" opinion.

      April 15, 2011 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • to Tough Guy Hater

      Says the cowardly little worm spewing the tough words while simultaneously hiding behind the safety of internet anonymity.

      April 18, 2011 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
    • The Fonze

      just cause you can't jump a shark on a surf board? hater.

      April 25, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  98. jason

    trust that the audience will get your subtle humor (again) and it will be a great show (again). The current and last season, I've noticed, the pauses have been cut dramatically, the humor is more childish, and scenes are way too short, trying to go for a quick laugh but consistently fell short. I think there might be too many characters lol. I'm not really sure but the side plots lack substance. Season 5 was the last great season. But hopefully the addition of Will will bring new life into the series.

    April 15, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Craig

    Michael Scott in his heart is a good person but emotionally stunted. He is a bad boss for these reasons. Because we like him he makes us cringe. Wil Ferrell is absolutely the best choice for a replacement. All the naysayers and English critics don't understand the show. There are many ways a boss can be bad. We thought Michael Scott embodied them all. I cannot wait to figure out how Deanelo Vickers will be bad. You have to let the character develop. My hunch is he will not have a good heart and we will find out many more ways the boss can be bad.

    April 15, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Sandee

    To all the haters: if you don't like it then don't watch it. There are a ton of shows I don't support, but I don't bash them. I just don't watch.
    To true Office fans: the show gas had its ups and downs, but that is art imitating life. Will Ferrell is a welcome edition. You don't have to like the character to love the actor. And on this show, the character you initially like the least sometimes becomes your favorite.

    April 15, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  101. Neal

    This is probably the most poorly written television review I have ever read. I can't believe it got a link on the main CNN page. Truly awful.

    April 15, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  102. Creamy Goodness

    The Office has never been funny, so why should it start now? It is consistently the most overrated show on television. I never laughed when I tried watching it; I would get annoyed because it was such a contrived pile of garbage. I cannot wait until every episode is pulled off the air.

    April 15, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  103. fred mac

    will is not funny, george w is!

    April 15, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  104. Horrible

    I thought the episode was awful. I do not like ferrell or any of his movies. If this is how the office plans on continuing, I will not watch any more future episodes.

    April 15, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  105. Stacey-Q

    I agree that this article is very poorly written. It's a rambling summary and reads like a D- Freshman essay.

    April 15, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  106. popcorn

    Too bad this show is going to end soon.
    You could tell by the writing and acting.

    April 15, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  107. Matt

    As long as you watch the commercials, they don't care what anyone says. It's about revenue, not quality. Example- every news station on the dial.

    April 15, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  108. im the president and ceo of your mom

    None of these people are funny.

    How the hell is watching grown people acting like 5 year olds funny?

    This show is stupid. You people watching are stupid.

    I hate you all with a passion

    April 15, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hostile takeover of your mom

      Kind of like your name? It was so funny I had to use it, with a tweak. We love you though I have a feeling you would have made a fantastic stain on your grandmas couch.

      April 15, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • ross

      or something running out of some sheeps ###

      April 17, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Mom who brings a can of whoop a$$

      People who hate others with a passion because they like a tv show are not worthy of governing this mama.

      April 18, 2011 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  109. John

    I'm a huge Will Ferrel fan, but absolutely hated him in this. This show used to be great, but has become so hit-and-miss-and-mostly-miss lately, so I thought Will would infuse new life. Anything but. His humorless average mid-western drone of a manager was shockingly unfunny. A tweak of this kind of character was what we saw in the brilliant THE OTHER GUYS, but he's, so far, just unlikeable here. Will Ferrel as the bad guy? It just didn't work for me. And that one, funny hug scene? That was all Steve.

    April 15, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • mikey

      Totally agree about everything you said

      April 16, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • ergo

      I also agree wholeheartedly. I love The Office, I love Will Farrell, but last night's episode was just not funny. My only hope is that they were so sad by Steve Carell leaving, they just didn't have any funny in them, but hopefully they worked through it before setting down the next episode.

      April 16, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  110. keb

    the episode actually seemed short-i wasn't impressed, but I love Will Ferrell. NBC doesn't need to air every funny scene for the next episode. that is probably what ruined it.

    April 15, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  111. ABK

    I'm sorry... but I may be the only one who thought last night's episode and Will Farrell's tired schtick have officially caused the jumping of the shark for this show. I used to live for this show, but after last night's annoying episode, I honestly have no desire to watch it ever again.

    April 15, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jesse

      But of course - you will.

      April 15, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jacinto

      I used to like your comment but then you said "jumping the shark" and I honestly have no desire to read your comment ever again!

      April 15, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jon Hein

      This is Jon Hein, founder of the website Jump the Shark and current host of the Wrap Up show on Howard 100. The Office hasn't jumped the shark and I should know since I started this whole jump the shark thing.

      PS: JD is a nerd.

      April 15, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • noknows

      I agree with the "jump the shark" with WF... I think he came off evil... not funny or humorous... I hope for all us OFFICE fans the writers recover and fix what's definitely broke in my opinion.

      April 17, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  112. Mouse

    Squeak on baby! like da doc in STF would laf on when squeaking like crazy!

    April 15, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  113. AZ Dem

    This episode last night was HI-larious!!! That hug scene at the end was EASILY one of the funniest scenes in the history of The Office. Ferrell couldn't be temporary they must be saying that for people to watch but seriously these two comedians in the same show is comedic GOLD and I wont be missing ANY of these final episodes.

    April 15, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Huh?

      What show were you watching? The Hug scene may have been the best bit in this otherwise unfunny episode, but it wasn't even close to being the funniest scene in the history of the show. Not even in the history of THIS terrible season's second half. And how in the world of comedy do you see Ferrel as funny in this role at all? Cruel, yes. Humorless, yes. Middle-management faux-superior, yes. But funny? Funny weird, but not funny ha-ha.

      April 15, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • madtom2020

      The hug scene was predictable. The show was a bust.

      April 15, 2011 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Name*Joe

      That hug scene was lame... Very wi ferrell and not office like. Best scene was when erin was asked to greet without her name... So she said "hello Dundee mifflin, this is." THAT was funny.

      April 17, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |

    And he eats dooooodie too !

    April 15, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |

    YEAH ! Some 7th grader telled me Will Ferrell is a fudge packer !

    April 15, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  116. Office Fan

    I thought last nights episode was weak! I guess i was expecting something different, but I am a HUGE Michael Scott FAN! I think it will get better thought; however, if last night was any indication on the direction of the show, i think they will lose some viewers.

    April 15, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • sasha

      I agree, too much hype made the episode not funny. The final is 50 minutes, hope its not disappointing but looking forward to the other replacements they are bringing in.

      April 16, 2011 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  117. Superhiro

    Maybe I'll have to check it out now that Ferrell's around

    April 15, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  118. Tom

    Wow, this was just a horribly written summary of the show. And for what audience was it written? To someone who didn't see it, the author makes it seem as unfunny as possible, and gives away all the best jokes. To someone who did see it, this "recap" offers no insight or thought provocation.

    April 15, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kbro

      I totally agree! With so many good writers struggling to find jobs these days, how is it that CNN is employing what has to be a remedial-level high school english student to write articles! Unacceptable for a professional website.

      April 15, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      I agree that the writing in these blog articles is usually nowhere near as competent as what you would find in print media, but look at most of the readers' responses; the writing skills of the respondents are as bad as it gets.

      And, KBro, I have to ask: what exactly is a "professional website"?

      April 15, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • madtom2020

      It reads like a Junior High schooler's book report. By the way...the chemistry between Carrell and Ferrell was nonexistent.

      April 15, 2011 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yasha

      I didn't know that CNN has amateur critics now??

      April 15, 2011 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • anti-tom

      Tom, Write one better to show us your writing style. First, provide some examples of the what in the summary was wrong and please provide your version. Next, give people a little credit. This blog is an entertainment piece, and you critical folks should take it for what it is.

      April 16, 2011 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      Wow I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks this writer blows.

      The whole time I was reading I was thinking how I would never watch the show based on this terrible summary.

      The show is 20 minutes of pure funniness, which you would never by reading this.

      My three year old daughter could summarize the show in a much more interesting and professional manner.

      That's right I said it. Time to get a new writer CNN. You're the best! Don't settle for this garbage...

      April 16, 2011 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
    • greg

      The article was written correctly. That was one of the worst office episodes.

      April 16, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jon

      i love how stuck up idiots have nothing better to do than complain about nothing.

      April 17, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Name*roger

      Well i think the author was on the spot because everything he wrote was on that episode.. i read it then watched and it was just like the author explained so... maybe it is that you guys cant read..

      April 17, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Smarter than you

      You sound stupid you dumb slum bum

      April 17, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  119. moon627

    Last nights show was hilarious !

    They say Ferrell is temporary which is a shame since he's the perfect replacement.

    If they are testing out new people for the job I'd like to see Jim Carrey on the show

    April 15, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |

      i would also like to see jim carrey on the office. but i think he's too big a movie star to want to become a t.v. star. will ferrell would like to take the job since his movie career isn't going that great. but i didn't think he was that funny on last night's episode. i think i'm just sad that steve carell won't be on the office anymore.

      April 16, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Stein

      @mihida. How is Will Ferrell's movie career not going well? If anything Jim Carrey's is down

      April 16, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  120. Hmmm...

    I've never watched the office, but, Ferrell is a guy that will make you lol ! Maybe I'll just have to check that show out!

    April 15, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chase

      WOW, if you never watched the office do not start because of Will. Watch the first season and catch up. Good stuff!!!

      April 15, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • read my lips

      Will was so straight up and smart that he performed the impossible – made us almost want to move past whacky Michael, we are ready too

      April 17, 2011 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
    • matt

      The office is a dumb show period. All the humor is just ridiculously stupid and not funny. Its as if the humor is too forced. I genuinely like carrell but the office is like a whole season of carrells character Brick from anchorman. They have a great cast and the show could be so much better.

      April 17, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • ha

      matt...you obviously never watched the office to compare michael scott to brick from anchorman

      April 17, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • NickG

      Any fan is only half a fan until they've seen the british The Office and the US version from season one onwards.

      April 18, 2011 at 2:39 am | Report abuse |

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