The Office is one of my all-time favorite TV shows.
A few weeks ago, after reaching the end of Netflix, my wife and I decided to re-start the The Office for at least the millionth time.
Season 2 ends with a banger of an episode called “Casino Night.”
It’s the one where Michael turns the warehouse into a casino, brings two dates like James “freakin” Bond, has the event catered by Hooters, and still blows up on Toby for even suggesting it would be inappropriate for a Boy Scout troop to present an oversized check at the end of the night.
There are even a few scenes where The Office’ites are playing poker against each other.
Jim is, of course, feeding Dwight reverse tells that work like a charm.
Kevin is bragging about his bracelet in 2-7 No Limit Single Draw from the 2002 WSOP, and promptly gets busted by Phyllis who can’t even read her hand.
And Michael Scott battles his arch-nemesis Toby Flenderson.
If you’re not familiar with the show Michael Scott is the kind of man who would kill himself jumping off his office building, spend a week in the wilderness with no training and no supplies, and drive his car directly into a lake just to get validation from his employees.
So how do you think he’s going to play his first hand?
Michael dramatically looks at his cards.
Thinks for a couple of seconds.
And, of course, announces he’s all-in.
Everyone folds to Toby who looks down at pocket jacks, makes the call, and sets Michael off like a rocket.
Michael calls Toby names, begs him to take his bet back, and then tells him he “really screwed this up” as he stalks away from the table.
The thing is there are so many subscribers to the Michael Scott School of Poker.
Folks who want to be good so that they can look cool to their friends, blame their opponents when a hand doesn’t go the way they thought it should, and value validation over inquiry.
What a bunch of maroons doomed for failure!
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