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In “The Christening,” the seventh episode of Season 7 of “The Office,” Michael once again had viewers squirming in their seats with familiar “uncomfortable Michael moments.” Michael assumed he was the obvious choice as the godfather of Pam and Jim’s baby. At the baby’s christening, Michael went into his usual impressionist shtick, imitating Marlon Brando as he accepted the role of “the godfather.” Of course Michael was mistaken — putting Pam and Jim in the awkward position of introducing the “real godparents” (who are virtual strangers).
Fast forward to the christening — baby Cece makes a messy on her beautiful white gown. Jim changes her into a bright blue, adult size T-shirt after discovering there wasn’t a change of clothes in the diaper bag. Pam was thrilled with that. Dwight — being the evergreen salesman, never missing an opportunity to make a sale — stood up during the ceremony and announced a special on copier toner.
Afterward, the minister mistakenly invited the entire church to the “Halbert” reception meant for only a few people. Jim and Pam tried to find some redeeming moment in the entire affair while discussing whether Pam should buy sandwiches for all their unexpected starving guests.
Jim put frail-minded “Memaw” in charge of baby Cece for a “just a minute,” during which she lost the baby to a “small blond woman.” Jim thought Angela stole the baby as she exited the church tightly clutching her bag, where she greedily hid all the croissants from the reception table. Stanley, Phyllis, and Oscar complained about the lack of food while eyeballing Angela like a dog after a bone. Then a group of young people announced they were off on a mission trip to Mexico, upstaging Cece’s christening reception as the congregation focused on them.
Michael felt a connection to something greater than being a godfather as he watched the group embarking on its journey. Michael, moved by the spirit as he waved goodbye, suddenly decided he was going with the missionaries. He jumped on the bus, with Andy — Michael’s wannabe “mini me” in tow.
The reality of their decision soon sank in. “Stop the bus, stop the bus,” Michael yelled. After negotiating, pleading and threatening the bus driver, Michael, Andy, and a dissenter from the group are left standing on the roadside, where it just so happened that Erin came to the rescue. As everyone piled into the car, the scene faded to the soothing voice of Garrison Keillor on the “Prairie Home Companion” radio show.
“The Office” airs Thursdays on NBC