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The Office: Season Three

The Office: Season Three

The Office: Season Three

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Fill your Inbox with hilarious moments from The Office Season Three in this four-disc collection that’s crammed with extensive bonus features and all 22 episodes of the 2006 Primetime Emmy Award winner for Outstanding Comedy Series! Steve Carell is back in his Golden Globe-winning role as earnest but clueless boss Michael Scott, who can’t help but contribute his own irreverent commentary to the daily happenings at the Scranton branch of the Dunder Mifflin paper company. As the staff deals with potential office closures, mergers, romances, and advancement, Michael’s always there to say all the wrong things at all the right times. Including five supersized episodes and over three hours of deleted scenes, The Office Season Three is packed with classic moments from the show that TIME magazine praises for “satirizing the culture of coffee, cubicles and Chili’s with heart and laser precision.” After a shaky first season of finding its footing, and a second season of establishing itself as one of the funniest shows on TV, the third season of The Office finds the show in its strongest form yet, thanks in large part to the addition of some new characters and stronger plotlines centered on office romances. A corporate merger brings the Stamford staff to the Scranton office of Dunder-Mifflin a quarter of the way through the season giving a nice boost to the season’s arc of story lines, especially the addition of Andy (Ed Helms, another Daily Show alum in a role that seems custom made for him) who serves as yet another foil to Dwight (Rainn Wilson) in his unending fight for Michael’s approval. As the season begins, the focus is more on Michael (Steve Carell) and his unique “leadership” style in the Scranton office. “A good boss gruntles the disgruntled,” and despite his best intentions, he proceeds to somehow screw it up, as in the opening episode, “Gay Witch Hunt,” in which he accidentally outs a gay employee. In the second episode, “The Convention,” Michael tries to get the party started at the Mid-Market Office Supply Convention (“fun jeans”), and ends up revealing his insecurity about Jim’s (John Krasinski) decision to move to Stamford. It leads up to “The Coup,” where Dwight meets with Michael’s Boss Jan (Melora Hardin) in a misguided attempt to take control of the office. The merger of the two offices into the Scranton location provides the fuel needed to continue the Jim and Pam (Jenna Fischer) subplot as Jim returns with his new girlfriend, Karen (Rashida Jones) who also transferred, and with Pam no longer engaged to Roy, the tension among them increases significantly. Other major plot points this season include: Dwight shows his true feelings for Angela in an excellent climax to one of the funniest subplots on the show; Michael negotiates a raise after learning he barely makes more than his subordinates; new office suck-up Andy is forced into anger management classes; and finally, in what may be the most bizarre company retreat in history, a day at the beach ends with Pam revealing her true feelings for Jim in front of the entire office. The season wraps up in unpredictable fashion when Karen, Michael, and Jim all travel to headquarters to interview for the same position. The strength of this season just continues to solidify The Office‘s place as the preeminent satire of today’s cubicle culture. –Daniel Vancini

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