Hey Anon and I am SORRY for taking ages to reply - I worked ‘til really late today and watched The Office the first chance I got after getting home… I’m happy to report that I actually really liked the episode, it’s one of the stronger and funnier ones overall that I’ve watched since picking it up for Catherine in Season 8.
And I’m with you on this one, I think - I didn’t find it offensive although obviously if someone did that to someone else in real life, it would be the actual WORST but this is Dunder Mifflin and I’m given to understand that real-life rules don’t apply in this particular office! If they don’t address this directly on the show and Andy continues to get away with it, then I would have a much bigger problem with it. But I’m happy to wait right now and see where the show goes with this.
Also, apart from the bits with the magician boyfriend and her general cluelessness about other humans last season, Nellie hasn’t come across as a super sympathetic character, so it’s interesting now to see her colleagues warm to her even if it’s only because she’s being bullied. I think that changes the dynamic a little bit in the office, and I want to see them play with that. Bless her heart she is also oblivious or trying to delude herself that everything is okay and that is kind of stupidly adorable, in the way that Catherine Tate just manages to be stupidly adorable always so.
If anything, the episode made me sad for Andy because I really liked how he was always such a unfailingly nice guy despite all the really rather rude things Nellie did to him last season. It really is mean what he’s doing, and that reflects poorly on him rather than her. I miss BardCard!Andy! :(