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The Office 4×10 The Chairmodel review

B.J. Novak’s writing turn on The Office restores some of the classic mix of pathos, absurdity and awkwardness that characterized Michael and the Office at its best in its early episodes with S4e10 The Chairmodel that begins with Michael falling in love with a catalog model sitting on an office chair and ends with him standing at her grave. Michael, when done right, has always walked that fine line between relatability and insanity that genuine comic characters have. This season beginning with Fun Run, Michael has slid too far down the Homer Simpson precipice of engaging in insane behavior for its own sake. The Chairmodel redeems that a bit while jettisoning the whole Jan relationship to put Michael back where he was all along, a self-centered shell of a man looking for a relationship who can’t actually relate to anyone.

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