Angela’s cat is out of the bag. Spoiler Alert! On last night’s season premiere of The Office, we learned that the new boss would be played by none other than… everyone’s favorite Ivy Leaguer, Andy Bernard (Ed Helms).
Once I got over my initial shock, I was actually pretty psyched about this choice, even if The Office tricked us in last season’s finale by inviting a large number of guest stars (Jim Carrey! Ray Romano! Ricky Gervais!) to interview for the spot, only to promote from within. After all, Andy is a crowd favorite — and, with his educational background, he likely qualified for the position — and it’ll certainly be interesting to watch him navigate the office from a higher perch. What does this mean for his romance with Erin (Ellie Kemper)? He gave her a shout out last night — “Erin is a really great friend” — but rule-follower Erin would definitely disapprove of a romance with her supervisor… wouldn’t she? (However, how would she feel about planking with a supervisor? That’s what she said?)
I’m also looking forward to the Dwight/Andy dynamic changes. It wasn’t that long ago that the two were archenemies, thanks to their relationship(s) with Angela (Angela Kinsey). Now that Andy has named Dwight (Rainn Wilson) Enforcer of the Office, we can expect to see plenty of power plays. Just try to make me believe that Dwight is going to accept Andy as a superior. I don’t care how much yoga he does daily, I don’t believe it. (Also: What does this mean for Jim’s (John Krasinski) future pranks? We’ve already learned that Andy doesn’t respond well to them, but I can’t take an Office without lovable jokester Jim. As we saw in season 5, responsible Jim is not quite as fun.)
But the best part about Andy is that while he’s very similar to Michael Scott — have you met two more oblivious guys? — he’s far more earnest than the former boss. Just see: Andy’s defense of his staff against Robert California’s (James Spader) list last night. Perhaps he’ll bring more to The Office than pointless meetings and inappropriate behavior. We know, at least, that he’ll bring a cappella!
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