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The original summer series -- 2 minutes at a time -- ends with a surprise discovery as to the missing money.
The highlight here, and maybe of the 10 episodes, is Dwight in top form, with references to Discover's cash-back program and telling Angela she could be like the people shot by military firing squads. Not to mention not being able to handle the truth.
The 20 minutes of webisodes is nearly a full episode, but doesn't play out like one because of the quick recapping involved and the intense focus on the three accountants. The rewatchability of the webisodes is pretty low, too. But it's still a novel experiment that's fairly funny and tides over people until the DVD release next week and the season premiere soon after that.

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The search leads to Michael's office, where we discover even more of Michael's toys and odd vanities (the framed notice of owning a knockoff watch) and see some familiar gadgets (the train whistle from "Take Your Daughter To Work Day").
Angela pays Michael's electrical bill, discovers the many trips to the joke shop, and doesn't get the "not it" game of who is stuck confronting him.
A good, solid lead-in to the finale next week, just one week before Season 3 starts.

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This episode was a doozy of a character analysis, namely the relationship of the accounting department at Dunder-Mifflin -- Angela, Kevin and Oscar. Angela is the boss, the mean one who doesn't want to be portrayed as such. Kevin is the kid. Oscar tries to mediate everything, almost as if he's Jerry Seinfeld in "The Opposite," always even-Steven. It makes more sense than ever now that Oscar was actually welcoming, at first, to Michael's bizarre interpretation of conflict resolution through mediation.

But Angela's not mean, just demanding. Poor Kevin. Just trying to have some fun, and nobody's buying. And oh yeah, they are about to search the collection of knick-knacks that is Michael's office.

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Nothing much exciting here, just a recap of the whole missing money thing, a couple false alarms, and the realization that they need to ask Michael about the money. After a couple dynamite webisodes, this one is mostly a transition.

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The accounting crew is at a standstill in this week's episode, as they are running of people to question. Angela overdefends Dwight, getting quizzical looks from Kevin and Oscar, and a hilarious battle ensues over writing a staff memo asking for the culprit to come forward anonymously. The miniseries has really hit its stride the last couple of weeks.
Plus, I really want to buy a Yaris everytime I see the ad.

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This week, it's "Someone in the Warehouse," the group that gets the least facetime on the show. Speaking of less facetime, it's seems the office has added more people to the 29 or so they already have. Jenna Fischer talks about it here.

Anyways, this week is great. Kevin is an awesome character, and a super-underlying side plot -- Angela's liking of Roy ("The Fire" who-would-you-do episode) -- finally gets explored. Best webisode yet.
Speaking of the best (segue!), on Best Week Ever, the actors who play Kevin and Angela take you through office etiquette.
Not uproariously funny, just BWE-funny -- you'll watch because it's not bad and you're just sitting around any way.

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The fourth installment, "Stanley," is online.
The webisodes are very uneven, particularly this one, but not bad for something essentially slapped together during regular filming. Plus, it's nice to stay in touch with the characters during the summer hiatus.

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The third two-minute installment is up at nbc.com/The_Office. You just have to view some ad first.
This one focuses on the hilarious alcohol-addicted Meredith, who gets more lines in two minutes than she seemingly got in the last six or seven episodes of last season.
In other good "Office" tidbits, NBC wants to know where the Dwight Schrute bobblehead has been, and Dwight himself wonders what would happen if Battlestar Galactica found itself on the "Lost" island.

They are back shooting Season 3, by the way.

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Interesting concept. Ten 2-minute episodes, one each Thursday. The first two are up. They aren't hilarious, but it's good to see the minor characters getting more airtime.

The releasing of new videos on Thursday is also good because the show has moved to that night in the fall. Hopefully, it'll get people in the habit of "The Office" on Thursdays.

EDIT: To answer Bum's question, I haven't really watched the British version. I can understand why those fans might not like this "Office," but from everything I can tell and have heard/read, Season 2 of the U.S. brand is definitely its own wonderful animal. Plus, the Brit one was like, 12 episodes? There's only so much you can cover in that timespan.

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