I think about a world to come where the books were found by the golden ones, written in pain, written in awe by a puzzled man who questioned, "What are we here for?" All the strangers came today and it looks as though they're here to stay.

-David Bowie "Oh! You Pretty Things"

Monday, September 12, 2011

Thursday TV Tournament: Match-up 29 Results

Today's match-up is between ninth seed, The Office Season Seven, Episode Sixteen, "PDA," which aired February 10, 2011, and twenty-eighth seed, Community Season Two, Episode Twenty-One, "Paradigms of Human Memory," which aired April 21, 2011. The results are in:

While "PDA" was both a funny episode and an important event in the history of The Office, it was neither the funniest episode of The Office this season nor did it feature the most important event of the season. And you know that I can't keep pushing The Office forward more and more simply because this season is the last season that Steve Carell will be featured on. The Community episode was possibly the funniest twenty or so minutes of television that I've seen all year, and furthermore, it featured clips that were so hilarious that most people I know are wishing for a Community 2.5 that will feature full-length versions of these never-made and never-aired episodes. It brings me great pleasure to graduate "Paradigms of Human Memory" from the ranks of the Final Four into the the running for the title.

Tune in next time for seventh seed, The Office Season Seven, Episode Nineteen, "Garage Sale," which aired March 24, 2011, and twenty-second seed, 30 Rock Season Five, Episode Seventeen, "Queen of Jordan," which aired March 17, 2011. In the almost-end, there can be only two. But which two will those be?


  1. I haven't really been making the time recently to comment on these matches. I am very happy to see Community won that match though. It would have been my choice.

    "Garage Sale" is without a doubt one of the finest episodes of The Office. For me, it probably ranks up there with the one where Jim proposes to Pam. The emotional level was certainly at least just as high. However, I have also seen that you were quite the fan of "Queen of Jordan" as it eliminated It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia from the competition.

    The Office had its fair share of humor, but its backbone is clearly emotional drive this time around. So we have humor against emotion. For me, I will usually side with emotion over humor, but it's often a tough call.

    Michael's proposal might be one of the most beautiful and meaningful things I have seen on network television in quite a long time. I'm pulling for The Office, but we'll just have to see what transpires. Either way, I'm super excited to see and vote on the difficult last match up!

  2. So, if emotion wins it for The Office against 30 Rock, do you think the emotion will be enough for it to beat Community next round?