Tread Perilously makes a trip to Scranton with two episodes of the NBC sitcom The Office. Special guest Paula Dixon helps us see that Toby was the worst all along.
In “The Christening,” Michael Scott makes Cece’s christening all about him while Toby debates entering a church for the first time in ages. A bus full of teen volunteers headed for Mexico may be involved. Stanley and Kevin complain while never saying anything funny and Jim accuses Angela of stealing his baby. In “Scott’s Tots,” Michael reneges on ten-year-old promise to pay for a class of graduating high-schoolers’ college tuition. It lands with a thud while Dwight tries to get Jim fired. Toby’s not in this one, but we imagine it’s all his doing.
Paula outlines the fan theory that Toby was the Scranton Strangler. Erik recalls why he walked away from the show. Justin outlines the unintended horror of cringe comedy going too far. Erik suggests the series outlived its vitality while Paula defends its later seasons.
Also: Toby is the worst.