With Steve Carell’s departure from Scranton and Will Ferrell’s brief stint as manager behind us, The Office still needs a boss.  While the pool of potential candidates was bigger than we expected (that’s what she said) the season finale left us without a boss and a bunch of questions.  Will they hire someone outside of the cast?  Will they promote from within?  Will Dwight get a second chance to screw things up?  We’ll have to wait until the fall for any answers (and to give NBC more time to find the answers themselves) but until then here’s a list of everyone that interviewed, along with their chances of winning the position.


Nelly Bertrum (Cathrine Tate)

Pro: She’s friends with Jo (Kathy Bates), which automatically gives her an edge.  Her interview was hilarious, planning to take down the cubicle walls, only to immediately switch to a Survivor like employee vote off each month when Jim points outs the office is already wall free.  When that doesn’t work for the committee she pitches a Zen office, complete with Suki (“Sukeeeeee”) who can provide everyone with some stress relief or can serve as just a sounding board, after all, “She is a person.”

Con: Michael Scotts’ character was made more personable early on in the series because the audience needed to like him (even if it was very little), and while Tates’ character would bring the show closer to its British roots, can it handle a boss everyone hates?

Fred Henry (Will Arnett)

Pro: He had a Michael like gaffe, claiming to have a three part plan to double sales yet being unable to share any of it with the committee.  Because, you know, he made it up.

Con:  As Arnett’s’ new show Up All Night with Christina Applegate and Maya Rudolph just got picked up by NBC for a full season in the fall, we doubt Fred Henry will be returning to Scranton anytime soon.


Warren Buffett

Pro:  He has a fun little moment where he questions the committee about his pay.  “Can you do any better on salary?”

Con:  Uh, he’s Warren Buffett.  He might have one or two other little things to do.


Robert California (James Spader)

Pro:  His eerie but effective power persona goes over well, commanding the attention and zombie like responses of all those interviewing.  His previous experience selling deep-sea drilling equipment matters little since, “There is no such thing as product.  Don’t ever think there is.  There is only sex.  Everything is sex.”  We’re siding with Jim on this one, “He creeps me out but I think he might be a genius.”

Con:  His tremendous persona feels like it might get old sooner rather than later, but we’re willing to give it a shot.


Merv Bronte (Ray Romano)

Con:  Yeah, it’s all bad here.  He buys Robert California’s lies about the office being terrible and he intentionally bombs, asking for extra money to move farther away from Scranton and breaking out his lunch during the interview.  Even though he realizes his error afterwards, it’s clear he’s just another star added for ratings.


Andy Bernard (Ed Helms)

Pro:  He’s proven to be a much better salesman than in the past, snagging a big client for Dunder Mifflin in spite of one time Scranton branch manager DeAngelo Vickers (Will Ferrell) all but ruining their chances.

Con:  He lets Gabe completely railroad him in his interview.  He’s not confident that he has a chance anyway, and we aren’t either.


Kelly Kapoor (Mindy Kaling)

Pro:  She has successfully run her department for some time now.

Con:  She’s the only person in her department.


Darryl Philbin (Craig Robinson)

Pro:  He’s an office favorite, with a good amount of the characters supporting his ascension.  He runs the warehouse successfully, has a good relationship with Jo (Kathy Bates), and might be the only person besides Jim (John Krainski) that can take control of the madness on The Office. Oh, and it doesn’t hurt that he’s, “blaaaaaack.”

Con:  He banks heavily on his pros and his friendship with Jim, and doesn’t even bother to bring a résumé.  After a call to Microsoft about the paper clip that use to pop up to assist users, “I believe his name was Clippy,” his four pager claims to successfully shipping 2.5 billion units­—of paper. Like, each individual sheet of paper shipped on his watch.  Yeah.


David Brent (Ricky Gervais)

Pro:  He’s the basis for Michael Scotts’ character, the original boss from hell.  His interview is brief, but great.  “Occupation, inspirer.  Status, none of your business.”

Con:  As Mr. Gervais recently called the star studded season finally ridiculous and suggested the show has jumped the shark, we’re pretty sure he won’t be taking over.


The Finger Lakes Guy (Jim Carrey)

Pro:  A front runner from the beginning, his only faux pas was his repeated insistence to be given time off for his vacation in Finger Lakes, where his family is waiting for him.

Con:  Guys, in a happy go lucky world where all our dreams are reality Jim Carrey would lend his star to this show and make it amazing.  This is not that world.


Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson)

Pro:  He is willing to dress up in gauze every day, legally change his name to Jacques Souvenir, and learn French sign language just to be hired.  When Jims’ only interview question is his name, Dwight successfully interviews himself.  He bribed committee member Kelly, and has another, Toby (Paul Lieberstein), seriously considering him for the position.  Oh, and he’s a top-notch salesman.  Really, his run of the office could keep the cast on its toes.

Con:  There’s that little thing about his shooting a gun in the office while he was acting manager.  Sure, he did a lot of other terrible things: staggering all lunches, making the workers use a potentially finger slicing time card machine, taking all the food out of the machines, and staggering lunches, but it all comes back to shooting a gun in the office.

If we had our way we’d give it to Dwight, Darryl, or The Finger Lakes Guy.  Dwight would keep us in hi-jinks, Darryl would give us the clever lines and tricks we crave, and The Finger Lakes Guy would give us the comedic genius Jim Carrey.  More than likely Nelly or Robert will take the reins, keeping the main cast members in the familiar roles.  Still, don’t give up hope Dwight and Darryl.  We certainly won’t.