As a ball sucker, I'm not really good at explaining myself (usually all I can manage is "mmmmfrffrmfffrrmbbllt," or if I've had a few drinks, "ssshllsssshslrrthtbbllt")
If you're gonna be a ball sucker, you might as well take some pride in your work--and Sprry's the best there is. My hat's (and pants) off to you, good Sir.
I love the show, but I do agree with you guys somewhat in that there's something just a little off about this season compared to last (tall order, living up to Season 2 - that's one of the best seasons of any given show I've ever seen in my life--nearly every episode was a classic).
I think most of it can be attributed to the whole Stamford thing. With Jim being gone, there was nobody to keep Dwigt and Michael in check, and the Jim and Pam relationship (arguably the main focus of the whole show) was put on pause. Plus, we were spending a good chunk of those episodes with Jim at the Stamford branch, with a whole bunch of people we didn't know, so yeah, it felt weird.
So that may have been the point--that everything felt weird without Jim around. Granted, "weird" doesn't necessarily make for "good TV," but my guess is that the further we get into this season, the better the episodes will get. The Karen/Jim/Pam love triangle (or rectangle, if Roy's back in the mix) will shake itself out, as will the whole Michael/Jim/Dwigt/Andy thing.
So I do agree that up to this point, this season hasn't lived up to the standards that Season 2 set. But we're only halfway through Season 3 - and it's still way too early to throw the "jump the shark" phrase around, in my opinion (for the record, I'm guessing the show will JTS when Jim and Pam eventually get together).