The Week in DVR: The Office Returns

Monday: Prison Break
Shockingly, now into its fourth season, there still isn’t a prison to be found on Prison Break, which only adds to the lunacy of the show. This season has been especially stupid, with Michael Scofield (the whispering Wentworth Miller) leading a band of miscreants on a quest to find something called Scylla. We don’t even know or care what that is. The real reason we tune in each week is to see T-Bag, a one-handed Southern gentleman who also happens to be a deranged sociopath. There’s no reason why T-Bag, played with literal lip-smacking gusto by Robert Knepper, is still on the show, but who cares — he’s hysterical! Based on the coming attractions, this episode promises loads of T-Bag fun. [Fox, 9 p.m.]

Tuesday: The Searchers
Remember how much you loved watching Daniel Day-Lewis chew scenery in There Will Be Blood? Well, check out John Wayne here. In John Ford’s best film, Mr. Wayne plays Ethan Edwards, a Civil War veteran who becomes maniacally obsessed with finding, and then trying to kill, his lost niece who was abducted during a Comanche raid. He’s like Daniel Plainview on steroids. We can’t say we were ever big fans of Mr. Wayne, or the western genre, but The Searchers transcends all of our preconceived notions. It’s breathtakingly sad and incredibly dark. [AMC, 11:30 a.m.]

Wednesday: Back to the Future
We firmly believe that Back to the Future is one of the best 50 movies of the past 25 years. It’s a nearly perfect blend of science fiction, nostalgia and comedy, with a script that still manages to be endlessly quotable. It’s just as good now as it was when you were 10. How many films can you say that about? [Outer Max, 10 p.m.]

Thursday: The Office
The fifth season of The Office begins with yet another hourlong episode. This scares us because with few exceptions, when the show goes on for longer than 30 minutes, it drags and sputters. However, one of those exceptions was the fourth season finale, which gave Michael Scott (Steve Carell) a perfect match in the form of Amy Ryan’s Holly Flax, the new HR rep. Ms. Ryan was a comedic revelation in the episode and thankfully she’s still hanging around Dunder-Mifflin for a few more episodes this season. Forget Jim and Pam and whatever is going on with Dwight and Angela and Andy. The real unrequited love we want to see consummated belongs to Michael and Holly. [NBC, 9 p.m.]

Friday: Michael Clayton
There is plenty to love about Michael Clayton, the taut and assured directorial debut of Tony Gilroy. Our favorite part? George Clooney’s performance. In the beginning, you expect Mr. Clooney to suavely charm his way through two hours of film stock. But as the titular character, he exhibits a depth and inner turmoil that cuts deep. The results are as subtle as they are brilliant. Mr. Clooney has never been better. [HBO, 12:30 a.m.]

The Week in DVR: The Office Returns