THE OF­FICE

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Eleven, Tues­day, 8.30pm ★★★★ THE Of­fice has de­fied ex­pec­ta­tion. Hol­ly­wood is lit­tered with failed re­makes of UK clas­sics, but this one, a mock­u­men­tary about a group of of­fice work­ers cre­ated by Ricky Ger­vais, has been a stand­out suc­cess. Don’t miss this episode be­cause it fea­tures com­edy heavy­weights Steve Carell and Will Fer­rell work­ing per­fectly in tan­dem as they go door-to-door to de­liver Dundie nom­i­na­tion cer­tifi­cates to com­pany ex­ploy­ees — some of whom are less than thrilled by this ‘‘hon­our’’. The Dundies, ap­par­ently, are like the Golden Globes ‘‘ex­cept less mean’’. Wait ’til you get to the pre­sen­ta­tion cer­e­mony, then, where Dean­gelo Vick­ers (Fer­rell) races to the men’s room for a bark be­cause he can’t han­dle the anx­i­ety of co-host­ing the event with the boss he’s soon to re­place Michael Scott (Carell). The night is al­ready go­ing pear-shaped when Erin (El­lie Kem­per) ac­cepts her ‘‘Cutest Red­head in the Of­fice Award’’. Why wouldn’t you use your ac­cep­tance speech to break the news you are dump­ing your part­ner by say­ing, ‘‘I’m not at­tracted to you . . . I cringe when you talk’’. Com­edy gold. DD

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