Michael Scott and David Brent Meet on ‘The Office’ (video)

Ricky Gervais finally appears on the show he inspired

Is "The Office" taking seriously our gentle suggestion that Ricky Gervais take over — at least temporarily — for Steve Carell?

Gervais appeared for the first time Thursday on the NBC show based on his British creation, reprising his role as the irrepressible David Brent. His brief exchange with Carell's Michael Scott ended with a hug — and an inquiry about job opportunities: