'Office' exclusive: Another Dunder Mifflinite defects!

If you haven’t seen this week’s Office yet, head for the nearest exit. Everyone else, read on…

The new boss at Dunder Mifflin may want to familiarize himself with the company’s non-compete policy, because I’m hearing yet another employee will be joining Pam and Michael at the newly-formed Michael Scott Paper Co.

Actually, make that an ex-employee: Ryan!

Yep, sources confirm that in an upcoming ep Michael will offer his onetime boss (played by B.J. Novak) a position at his upstart, and I’m told he will accept. Of course, based on the promo we saw at the end of last night’s ep — showing a now-bleach-blond Ryan slumming it as a bowling alley manager — he’s hardly in a position to turn him down.

Who’ll defect next? How long do you think these warring factions will go at it before we get our old Office back? Are you embracing this truly game-changing plot as much as I am? Sound off below!

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  • Thecolours

    I’m not feeling Charles. At least Jane and Ryan were funny. Charles dosen’t bring anything to the table. The sooner he’s gone the better. Part of what makes the Office great, is the zany antics that ensue ona weekly basis. But, with Charles around he stiffles Jim Dwight, and Andy’s whackyness.

  • belljanet

    Charles brought the smouldering sexiness of Stringer Bell (from The Wire). Brilliant casting!

  • Teresa

    I love me some Stringer Bell, but Charles just isn’t doing anything for me. While it isn’t that realistic for a company to go on like that indefinitely, that’s what makes it fun. I’m interested to see Michael Scott Paper company, there could be some good stories there if they actually run with it, and I figure if they ever start selling anything, Dunder Mifflin will try to buy the company.

  • BB

    Charles’ lack of humor and how everyone reacts to it is what makes everything so funny and uncomfortable. Something that The Office is a master at.

  • BB

    Charles’ lack of humor and how everyone reacts to it is what makes everything so funny and uncomfortable. Something that The Office is a master at.

  • Sara

    Thecolours, what were you hoping for from Charles? He’s clearly not cast to be funny. He’s cast as a guy who makes a major change in Michael’s character development. He’s not playing the crazy one like Jan did, or the ambitious amoral poor-decision-maker like Ryan did. A lot of this season has been about what makes Michael an inexplicably good branch manager, and bringing in Charles to add extreme contrast between Michael and himself adds to that. You say he’s not bringing anything to the table. Perhaps that’s the problem? Perhaps Charles exists to highlight what he DOESN’T bring to the table.

  • Adictisima

    Jim or Dwight. Dwight because he misses Michael and Charles will be not interesting in his management skills. Jim because Pam is with Michael and he is not appreciated by Charles. SOOOOOO GOOOOOOD!

  • officelove

    I think that’s the point of having Charles be there for a while (I don’t think he’s going to be long term)…to shake things up. I’m lovin’ the fact that Jim is so uncomfortable and can’t seem to get a break with Charles. It gives us a different view of Jim. He’s thrown for a loop because he can’t be his normal confident/office prankster self. And it gives John Krasinksi the chance to give the camera some different looks (which he is brilliant at).

  • gville-kyle

    Jim, i dont see how he could stay there with charles. He clearly is not on Charles good side. Im hoping this leads the to sales luncheon with clients, phone calls, etc. – all of which should be hilarious.

  • Gayle

    Pam leaving with Michael starting a new paper co….reminded me of Renee Z leaving with Tom Cruise in Jerry Maguire

  • Travis

    I just want Holly back. If Holly were still on, I wouldn’t feel so bad about the lack of jokes in these past few episodes.

  • JaySin420

    When did this show become a drama? Very weak season, thank god for reruns and 30 Rock!

  • Tina

    I’m totally intrigued by the new developments. I know Amy Ryan (Holly) is supposed to be coming back in the season finale, so I wonder whether she’ll be coming to Dunder Mifflin or coming to the Michael Scott Paper Company (if it lasts until then…).
    I’m kind of tired of Ryan, though. He started out as a great character in the first 4 seasons. Now they’ve put him in and out of the office too many times and now I just feel like his story is done with, he just needs to go.

  • jules

    …yet it’s somehow winning me back. I’m starting to like Pam again. And clearly Steve Carrell is a good actor–he’s endearing me to Michael again. Damned if I’m not rooting for him to win, despite his asinine character flaws.

  • Alan

    JaySin420, go back and watch the original Office again. The British Pam had an abusive boyfriend who treated her like dirt. He didn’t even get any jokes or punchlines. It was touhg to watch. Or what about the Jim-Pam saga over all these years. This show has always had drama.

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