"David, I will be honest with you. I do want the credit without any of the blame." -MichaelIf last week's "Blood Drive" gave us Michael at his most human and sympathetic, then "Golden Ticket" showed how a human Michael could also be a monster. He wasn't out-of-character (he's always hated Dwight and would have no problem sacrificing him in a situation this dire), and he wasn't behaving too cartoonishly, but his behavior in the wake of the golden ticket fiasco-turned-miracle was so nakedly selfish and unfeeling that it made most of the episode really unpleasant to watch. In a way, I suppose it's interesting to show how Michael's childish need to be liked could be twisted from harmless and amusing to ruthless and destructive, but it made for an episode I'll be glad to never watch again.
Now, there were entertaining things dancing around the margins of Michael's damage control, like Daryl simply telling Michael "Start over" when Michael barged into the warehouse to yell at him. And the subplot with Kevin getting conflicting romantic advice from Andy, Pam and Jim was as funny and sweet as the scenes last week that first put Kevin and Lynn together. I love that Kevin saying everything that was on his mind could lead to a simple and welcome request for a date, but also a mention of "Boobs" -- and one that Lynn found flattering. Brian Baumgartner's just been aces the last two weeks, and if it hadn't been for this story, I might have found "Golden Ticket" unbearable.
What did everybody else think?