The Vicker(s) Cometh

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Tonight truly marked the beginning of the end for Michael Scott, as the new Scranton Branch Manager made his first appearance. Deangelo Vickers, played by Will Ferrell, started out with a Michael-esque quality of lovable dope, but it soon became apparent Deangelo Vickers is no Michael Scott. It became apparent when he asked Erin to change the way she answers the phone. Deangelo wanted her to leave out her name, but Michael, being the ever-present slave to history (as well as the unbridled arrogance leader on the show) so confused Erin with his attempts to keep things the same left Erin answering the phone in silence and hanging up on the caller.

As for employment law issues, the only readily apparent one was Kelly’s flirtation with Deangelo—dropping a stack of files in front of him to gain his attention, then walking away after her brief dalliance. Obviously anyone flirting with the new boss on day one is someone the new boss should be wary of. And there was Andy’s efforts to curry favor with his new boss by beginning to tell a racially-themed joked. Wisely, Andy stopped as he realized he was in the presence of not one, but two co-workers who might have found the joke (whatever it was to be) offensive. But still, some of the damage was done just by the introduction of he joke. Here, some of the blame has to fall on Deangelo for putting Andy on the spot with a request to “make him laugh.” To add insult to injury, Andy tries to come up with a new joke of his own, only to be told to avoid the topic (politics) and then be laughed at as he nearly falls over a table.

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