The Office: A Very A Cappella Halloween

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by Haylee Fisher (@haylee_fisher)

The Office is usually at its best when a theme is involved. “Diversity Day,” “The Dundies,” “Booze Cruise,” “Casino Night,” and “Niagara” come to mind. And this year’s final Halloween episode was no different.

Andy, dressed as George Michael, invites his former college a cappella group Here Comes Treble to be the entertainment at Dunder Mifflin’s Halloween party. True to their punny name, trouble comes along when one of the members mentions Andy’s frienemy Broccoli Rob (guest star Stephen Colbert) as being the possessor of the nickname “Boner Champ” which Andy had always claimed as his. Andy then Skypes him to settle it and make him tell the boys the truth.

Jim, true to tradition by not being in costume, has a meeting with his friends about investments in their new sports marketing agency. After he returns to the office and admits to Pam, dressed as Dr. Cinderella, he invested more than their initial agreement, she is pissed and they fight through the entirety of HCT’s performance, even as the group is serenading her. The best parts of that scene, though, don’t come from them. They come from Dwight in the background with his fingers in his ears and from Creed and his whispered, “That’s what she said,” after Clark’s overenthusiastic inquiry of, “Where’s the band? ‘Cause there’s no way you guys are making this magic with just your mouths.” Clark lays it on thick because he just wants to be in to what the boss is in to, after all. And of course Andy eats it right up.

Meanwhile, Dwight, dressed as a pig (his regular clothes with a pig nose on), discovers an anti-anxiety pill on the floor in the office. In a talking head, Nellie, dressed as sexy Toby, reveals it’s hers, but doesn’t want Dwight to know since he is convinced it belongs to a madman off their meds. The two of them set off trying to find the source of the drugs with tactics like Dwight smearing peanut butter on his face and leaving the pill out in the open to be stolen. Nellie admits to him it’s hers after his attempt to capture Black Widow Meredith and suggests maybe he could use something to help his anxiety and stress as well.

Andy’s troubles (puns!) come to a head when, after Puppy Erin requests they sing “Faith,” Broccoli Rob pops up on the TV behind them singing lead. He had told them it was his signature song, when in reality it was Andy’s. First Andy’s nickname, then his song; what’s he going to steal next? Why is Andy even still friends with this guy?

After Pam’s passionate argument using “Monster Mash” as a metaphor for Jim’s investment, I’ll be interested to see what happens next week. Obviously she’s not as okay with it as she seems, with Jim already with two strikes against him. Do you think she was overreacting or are you on his side? What did you think of the episode? Did it live up to previous Halloween episodes to you? Will any Office Halloween costume ever live up to Two-Headed Michael? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars


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