This is the 4th 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: Diwali
The theme: Partying outside the office
Dunder Mifflin isn’t exactly the best place to throw a party with it’s neutral colors and harsh florescent lighting, so once in a while Michael Scott and company take their show on the road. Not only does this offer a change of scenery, but also gives us a peek at how our favorite office workers interact outside the office.
The Viewing List
The Dundies (2.01): It’s the annual
humiliation fest employee award ceremony at Chili’s, and Michael struggles to keep the troops entertained.
Booze Cruise (2.11): The staff parties hardy on the annual retreat…at least as much as one can party on a night cruise in Pennsylvania winter weather.
Diwali (3.06): Michael encourages the staff to experience some culture by going to an event devoted to the Hindu “Festival of Lights”.
Phyllis’ Wedding (3.16): It’s suppose to be Phyllis’ big day, but that doesn’t stop some people (*cough* Michael!) from embarrassing themselves.
1. Does the dynamic between the employees change or stay relatively the same when they’re together outside of the office? Feel free to elaborate on your answer.
2. Michael always manages to bring attention back to himself at these out-of-office parties, why does he feel the need to do so?
3. Jim and Pam have had some of their best moments at parties, but also many of their worst. Why are things so extreme between them at parties?
4. Generally, which you enjoy watching more, Dunder Mifflin’s in-office parties or out-of-office parties? Why?
5. Where would you most like to see the crew of Dunder Mifflin go next season?
As usual, you can keep these questions in mind as you watch these episode and/or write up some answers and post.
I welcome suggestions for what the theme of next week’s viewing club should be. Next week is a mini-Office marathon with repeats of “Casino Night”, “Branch Closing”, and “The Merger”.