"Handbags & Gladrags" stomps instrumental nothingness.
Time to put your UK v US The Office dream team together. Blah blah blah about how they're two different shows, the US series length and open-endedness have potentially given it an unfair advantage, you saw the UK first and will always like it better, etc. Just pick characters and be done with it. The rules are such that you must go half UK and half US. No fair just picking mostly UK characters. Here are my picks:
David Brent | Michael Scott
Easy one. Scott's just an a-hole. Brent has A soul. Mrs. Amount goes Scott just because she'd rather just hate a straight-up jerk than get all squeamish when an unknowing jerk repeatedly fails.
Gareth Keenan | Dwight Schrute
Another easy one. Brent/Keenan is one of the all-time classic comedy duos. This is another case of no soul in the US. And Shrute's kinda scary creepy, where Keenan is harmlessly oddball.
Dawn Tinsley | Pam Beesly
Tricky, but Dawn wins on accent, [realistically extra] weight, and the fact that Pam plays to the camera a bit too much.
Tim Canterbury | Jim Halpert
Another tricky one, but the half and half rules are the rules, and since the Jim/Tim character is the one we're supposed to relate to, Jim is easier to match up with.
Keith Bishop | Kevin Malone
This one is straight up rules. Keith eating a scotch egg trumps Kevin's hilariously demented grin. But I couldn't sacrifice Dawn for Keith.
Chris "Finchy" Finch | Todd "Pac Man" Packer
No problem here really. Half the time I needed subtitles to understand a quarter of what Finchy was going on about, and I'd watch Koechner goofy it up ANY time. He's an effing comedy COWBOY.