This is the 2nd installment of my “viewing club” series. Each week, whatever rerun NBC airs, I will suggest 2 or 3 episodes with the same “theme” and post some discussion questions.
This week’s rerun: The Coup
The theme: Dwight’s Power Trips
Jim once marveled at how the tiniest bit of power goes immediately to Dwight’s head, but despite Dwight’s dictator-like aspirations, he loves rules and authority (as in following authority). Is Dwight really a leader, or does he just want to be someone’s #2?
The Viewing List:
Health Care (1.03): Michael hands the unpopular task of picking a new health plan off to Dwight. Dwight approaches the task with the veracity of, say, a lion, but few employees are actually taking him seriously.
Dwight’s Speech (2.17): Dwight is nervous about giving his “Top Salesman” speech at a convention, but with tips from Jim, and a few talking points from a certain Italian dictator, he ends up giving an oddly rousing address.
The Coup (3.03): With Angela’s backing, Dwight attempts to “overthrow” Michael as regional manager, but once Jan tips Michael off to Dwight’s intentions, he’s forced to reassert his authority (but not before messing with Dwight a bit).
The Job (3.24/25): We catch a glimpse of what Dwight would be like as Regional Manager; including what incentives he’d use, his decorating choices, and who he would really pick to be his “number 2”. Also note the “Hotel Hell” banter between Dwight and Jim.
(a little OT, but) 1. Why is Dwight such a good salesman?
2. Why does Dwight want to be a leader when he’s such a good “follower” (very loyal, loves to follow the rules and obey authority). Does he even really want to be a “leader”?
3. How has being with Angela affected Dwight’s hunger for power?
4. Michael and Angela are hanging off a cliff and Dwight only has time to save one. Who does Dwight save?*
5. Let say somehow Michael did get the corporate job, and Dwight was the new regional manager (and everyone else is staying). Which 5 employees would Dwight fire first and why?
*note on #4: you can say “both” if you want, but only if you explain how Dwight would use his superior Schrute-genes to save them both.
Have fun answering the questions, or just thinking about them as you watch some “Office.” I’ll post my own answers probably on Sunday.
And feel free to post theme suggestions for next week’s viewing club. Next week’s rerun is “Grief Counseling” (and I could definitely use some help).