Motivation: The Office: Series 2



Motivation SYNOPSIS:

David gives Dawn the job of carrying his stuff to his motivational speaking job that night accidentally offering her a huge salary. Tim and Rachel are getting physical and Dawn feels trheatened that sheslosing her one time office pal. Gareth is dismayed when he finds them together and hurling insults at them both.

Brent also gets disallusioned with the staff when he finds out from Gareth what nicknames they call him and gives them a dressing down but it's nothing to the repimand he gets from Neil who finally cracks at Brent's incompetence and tells him to run the office properly rather than strive for popularity or else.

Tim and Gareth have a visit by Wernham Hogg's very obnoxious and all knowing IT man and Brent and Dawn head off to his motivational speech. Brent goes casual and uses unorthadox methods opposed to his business suited weed smoking colleagues bemusing both the audience and the Cooper and Webb consultants with his bad performance.



Motivation CAST & CREW

Stars:

David Brent: Ricky Gervais
Tim Canterbury: Martin Freeman
Gareth Keenan: Mackenzie Crook
Dawn Tinsley: Lucy Davis
Patrick Baladi: Neil Godwin
Stacey Roca: Rachel
Ewen MacIntosh: Keith
Joel Beckett: Lee

Featuring:

Howard Saddler: Oliver
Rachel Issac: Trudy
Julie Fernandez: Brenda
Ben Bradshaw: Ben
Jamie Deeks: Jamie
Jane Lucas: Sheila
Patrick Driver: Patrick
Tony MacMurray: Tony
Alexander Perkins: Ralph
Emma Louise Manton: Emma
Philip Pickard: Phillip

Guest Stars:

Tom Goodman-Hill: Ray
Jennifer Hennessey: Jude
Matthew Holness: Simon
Che Walker: Speaker 1 - Mark Found
Richard Wills-Cotton: Speaker 2 - Richard Clark

Production Staff:

Writers - Ricky Gervais & Stephen Merchant
Directors - Ricky Gervais & Stephen Merchant
Producer - Ash Atalla
Executive Producer - Anil Gupta
Executive Producer - Jon Plowman



Motivation REVIEWS:

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By this episode things are spiraling ever downward for David Brent as he starts his second career as a motivational speaker. Even the edition of an earring won't help the staff respect him any more but it will add to the list of nick names he's inherited including Bluto and Mr.Toad.

The animosity between himself and Neil is hotting up as he takes issue with Brent's flimsy planning around the office. Neil finally loses his cool and on camera too and quite rightly because David hasn't done his job as far as a staff member is concerned. Brent is for the first time back footed by Neil who gets serious threatening to have a chat if things don't improve.

Although this is the most Brent centric episode so far (man is he getting sucked up by his delusions) , the steamed up romance between Tim and Rachel is provoking reactions all round from Gareth's disappointment that Rachel would choose Tim over him despite him asking for a hand job to Dawn's denial and attempting to get Tim's attention to Lee's first ever piece of admiration for Tim.

Poor Dawn continues to suffer as Brent's bag man carrying his crap for him after work to his speaking night. Brent's awful attempt to go against the flow of the other speakers be dressed casual to their business attire, trying totally ridiculous methods to make his talk stand out are just amazing in their sheer stupidity. Gervais gets his best ever performance of David Brent trying to rally the crowd with laughter.

Second best performance must go to Tom Goodman Hill who must have had the hardest task trying not to crack up while Brent does spontaneous poses for his camera. Simply the best! If only they kept Brent on. Special mention to Simon the IT man shown to be the first person Tim out rightly hates, even Tim can't stand by and see Gareth rubbished by him.

9.5/10

Favourite bits:

Brent's addressing staff for the nicknames they call him...Mr. Toad.

The cameo of Simon the hard nosed IT geek and big time bull shitter played by Mark Holness.

Most Cringe worthy:

Neil's dressing down of Brent on camera.










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