Three Dwight Circus

September 24, 2012 - by: Kristin Starnes Gray 4 COMMENTS

Litigation Value: Andy’s vocal hatred for Nelly = fodder for her brewing constructive discharge and breach of contract case; New versus Old Dwight dynamic = possible future age discrimination issues; watching Old Dwight’s jealous alter ego attempt a terrifying stunt in the parking lot to put New Dwight in his place = priceless.

The Office kicked off its final season with quite a bang. With a New Dwight (“Dwight Jr.”) and a New Jim (“Plop”), Oscar’s secret affair with The Senator, growing tensions between Jim and Pam over career issues, and the big reveal about the paternity of Angela’s baby, this season should be an interesting one. Andy is back and relishing his role as Regional Manager except for one small problem–Nellie is still lurking around. Hopefully Outward Bound has not resurrected angry wall-punching Andy.   

Andy demands that Toby explain why Nellie is still working in Scranton. According to Toby, she can only be fired for cause. Savvy human resources professionals in at-will states like South Carolina are probably wondering if Nellie has some sort of employment contract altering her status as an at-will employee–i.e. inhibiting the Company’s right to terminate her for good reason, bad reason, or no reason at all (so long as it is not an unlawful reason). For the purposes of this blog entry, we will assume that she does in fact have such an employment contract. In his desperation to get rid of Nellie, Andy tells Toby that he is going to make up a reason to terminate her employment. This is a big mistake given that Toby would likely be Nellie’s main witness at trial. We all know how much Toby enjoyed being a juror on the Scranton Strangler case. I can only imagine how much he would love being a star witness.    

Andy’s alternative plan is to make Nellie’s work life so difficult that she will want to resign, and he makes no attempt to hide this misguided plan from Nellie. Constructive discharge anyone? Something tells me that things are about to get ugly in Scranton. It looks like Creed will get to enjoy many more days at the workplace circus that is Dunder Mifflin. Tell us your thoughts on the final season opener and how you think this Andy versus Nellie battle is going to end.

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1 Gini Redman Comer
12:52:51, 24/09/12

Excellent blog as usual! I’m happy this is the last season of The Office because even the funniest moments are a little depressing now that Michael Scott is gone. I’ll miss reading Kristin’s blog posts, though! Entertaining and informative, a difficult balance to achieve but you make it look easy, Kristin. Nice mention of the Scranton Strangler trial.

2 Kristin Starnes Gray
11:51:39, 26/09/12

Thanks, Gini! I have to admit that I miss Michael Scott as well. Can’t wait to see what this final season has in store for us.

3 matt
16:33:14, 28/09/12

How about you guys move onto parks and rec.

4 Kristin Starnes Gray
07:05:03, 01/10/12

I love that idea, Matt! It’s a phenomenal show and I think it would be an excellent source of blog material. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts.

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