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"Goodbye, Toby," Off the Grid and Tricia Walsh-Smith Videos.

By Leo Charney
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The Office: "Goodbye, Toby"

Online: hulu.com/tv

What: Season-ending episode of The Office.

Why: This pathos-packed hour offers as much frustrated desire as a Chekhov play. Like Uncle Vanya, it's organized around couples who mirror each other: Dwight and Angela (plus Andy and Angela) parody last season's finale with Pam and Jim, who turn their own corner into unhappiness, while Michael finds his potential soulmate, only to hand her off to Kevin and veer disastrously back to Jan. Melancholy Toby pines for Pam as the show comes full circle, revisiting the wistful, rueful tone of its British original.


Off the Grid

On Demand: Sundance Channel

What: Documentary about a remote New Mexico community.

Why: "It's the last part of America that still has almost-true freedom," says a burned-out resident of this ragtag society in northern New Mexico. Living in patched-together homes and trailers across 15 miles--with no jobs, electricity or running water--they're like a 19th-century frontier village, populated by anarchists, runaways, gun nuts, drug addicts and traumatized vets. In their bare-bones setting, these dropouts and rebels recreate America's most sacred ideals, from unfettered freedom to communal democracy.


Tricia Walsh-Smith Videos

Online: YouTube.com

What: Real-life desperate housewife.

Why: "I am speaking my truth!" cries the year's most flagrantly scorned trophy wife, a dilettante British "playwright" being thrown out of her Park Avenue apartment in an ugly divorce from her elderly husband. In her now-classic April debut, she told us she and her husband "never had sex," then called his alarmed assistant to ask what to do with his Viagra and condoms. Now she ramps up her crusade, encouraging all "women warriors" to send her money on PayPal, as she unconvincingly cries: "It's not just about me!"

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