"The Office" - An Episode Analysis Film Review by Nicky

Review of episode five of the NBC comedy hit "The Office ."
# 151016 | 1,344 words | 0 sources | 2012 | US
Published on May 18, 2012 in Communication (Television) , Sociology (Multiculturalism)

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This paper reviews episode five from season six of the NBC prime time comedy hit, "The Office." First, the paper gives a brief plot summary of the episode and also highlights a subplot. Then it presents a character analysis of the major players in this episode of the show. Most notably, the paper discusses some cultural preconceptions and stereotypes dealt with in the show, particularly regarding Italians and their relationship to the mafia. Additionally, the paper discusses the casting of Michael Starr's character as the prototype mafioso. The paper concludes by noting similarities between this episode and "The Godfather."


Episode Description
Cultural Message Analyses and Interpretations
Cultural Message Evaluation
Engagement of the Audience

From the Paper:

"One of the reasons that the episode is engaging is that it also touches so effectively on the dichotomous relationship that many Americans (especially males) sometimes have when it comes to criminally thuggish behavior. Specifically, Michael (who routinely incorporates the characteristics he finds admirable in others into his own purposeful outward behavior) immediately begins emulating Grotti's tough attitude and assertive persona.
"After Grotti repeatedly instructs a waitress that if any aspect of his order is not followed "I send it back," Michael begins using the same phrase in every possible context, first bossing around the same waitress and later, his employees once back at work. Much like many other American males, Michael is simultaneously fearful of and admiring of the mafia "wise guy" persona as it is portrayed in popular American culture. ."

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