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'The Office' Recap: 'Trivia'

1/14/2012 4:29pm EST
Who is the office’s secret weapon? Is it: a) Oscar, b) Kevin, c) Stanley, or d) None of the above? Shockingly, the answer is Kevin. At least, that’s what happens in the newest episode, called ‘Trivia.’

Let’s back up a little. Andy is downright obsessed with hitting the 8 percent increase in sales he’d promised Robert California. So obsessed, in fact, that he’s bought over $2,000 in paper himself and tries to convince his officemates to do the same.

It seems they are $830 short of hitting their goal. Oscar (silly Oscar) lets it slip that he’s going to a trivia night at a Philadelphia bar w...

'The Office' Recap: 'Gettysburg'

11/20/2011 1:56pm EST
Phyllis Smith
Is it just me, or is ‘The Office’ losing steam this season? The shake-up with the addition of James Spader kept things interesting for a little while, but I fear the show is already sinking back into staleness, and I’m wondering how it can recover. More on that in a minute.

It doesn’t take much to sum up this episode: Gettysburg. For some reason, Andy thinks it would be a fun idea to take the staff to Gettysburg for a field trip (umm, because selling paper is like war?). About half go with him, including Jim, Darryl, Dwight, Phyllis, Erin, Gabe and Oscar.

Everyone else, meanwhile, stays b...

'The Office' Recap: 'Spooked'

10/30/2011 6:02pm EDT
The Office
Cool costumes are a dime a dozen on Halloween episodes of ‘The Office.’ This year, they are censored by Andy, and as a result it isn’t so exciting. (Perhaps with the exception of Dwight and his sci fi boobs.) The real meat of this installment surrounds Erin and Andy’s awkward relationship.

First off, Erin is put in charge of decorating the office for Halloween. But the posters are tamer than a preschool party, as Robert California points out. Andy is apparently hot and cold with Erin, and she’s none too pleased when he asks Angela and Phyllis to assist her to make the office a little more ...

'The Office' Recap: 'The Incentive'

9/30/2011 7:37pm EDT
Brian Baumgartner
To all of us who thought Andy Bernard would not last another week as the Office boss, we have been proven wrong. Andy, in his own way, redeems himself a little bit in this week’s episode. Maybe this arrangement will actually last a while.

It all starts when Robert gives an inspirational speech about upping everyone’s numbers, after which Andy promises to double sales growth. Everyone seems keen on the idea until it comes time to do it. “What do you expect me to do, hit a magic button?” Phyllis asks. Clearly, Andy is not so inspirational.

But that doesn’t matter. When he presents the ...

'The Office' Recap: The List

9/25/2011 11:17pm EDT
James Spader
After a summer off and the news that James Spader would join the cast of ‘The Office,’ there wasn’t a whole lotta suspense about what would happen. But kudos to the writers for not being completely predictable.

Yes, Spader’s Robert California is the new boss, but he’s not the new Office boss. Exactly. After being hired to replace Jo, he took one look at the lame antics and walked out. He somehow convinced Jo to give him her job as CEO. (Perhaps that has to do with Kathy Bates being busy with ‘Harry’s Law.’ Just sayin’.)

So, while California is a looming presence by occupying the con...

'The Office' Recap: 'Michael's Last Dundies' And 'Goodbye, Michael'

5/2/2011 8:22am EDT
Steve Carell as Michael Scott
Sorry for my absence last week – vacation down south beckoned me. Here, then, is a double recap.

In ‘Michael’s Last Dundies,’ we get a warm-up to his goodbye. It starts with Michael and Deangelo making early morning house calls to present lucky Dundie nominees with their certificates. Reactions range from a drunken offer of Vienna sausages (Meredith) to outrage (Stanley: “Have you lost your mind? Get off my property before I call the police!”)

Michael finds it fitting to have Deangelo as his co-host, but Deangelo is pretty nervous about the whole thing. In fact, the guy is shaping up...

'The Office' Recap: 'Garage Sale'

3/25/2011 6:49pm EDT
The Office
Even though the episode centers around a garage sale, this is probably the most plot significant – and emotionally satisfying – episode of ‘The Office’ in years. A lot happens amidst the selling of cheap things in the warehouse. That’s what she said.

Let’s start with the garage sale stuff: obviously, it’s not the series’ most exciting venture, but it has amusing points: Kevin, Andy and Darryl playing the Dallas board game; Angela selling cat figurines; Ryan appropriating pictures of Office staffers for his mother’s homemade canned goods; Michael’s refusal to sell much of anything; Oscar’...

'The Office' Recap: 'The Seminar'

1/29/2011 8:03am EST
In ‘The Seminar’ we are treated to glorious one-liners and even memorable soliloquies, as well as the much-hyped Ricky Gervais cameo and a hilarious, if not gratuitous, Kevin barfing scene.

Let’s start with the opening tag: Michael runs into David Brendt near the elevator. What the hell David Brent is doing in Scranton we don’t find out, but he’s clearly the same old guy, making politically incorrect impressions and all. I’m intrigued by his query of job openings. Obviously, this is a wink to Steve Carell’s departure, but could Gervais be more involved than we think? (Probably not, but...

'The Office' Recap: 'Ultimatum'

1/22/2011 8:10pm EST
Amy Ryan
After the holiday break, everyone’s wondering whatever came of Holly’s ultimatum with A.J. Michael has a “happy box” and a “sad box” ready (thanks to Erin), both of which contain various items, from scotch to gummy bears. “Jan. 3, 2011,” Michael declares, “A day that will live in-famously.”

Holly waltzes into the office, probably aware of the pressure on her, with thick gloves to cover her ring finger. It is soon revealed, however, that she just didn’t think it was fair to give A.J. an ultimatum – so things are just status quo. Michael is deliriously happy until he realizes Holly and A...

'The Office' Recap: 'Viewing Party'

11/12/2010 10:46pm EST
Ellie Kemper as Erin
‘Viewing Party’ was perhaps the funniest episode of ‘The Office’ in a while – not necessarily because the plot was brilliant, but because there were so many good lines and performances. Clearly the writers know the actors' strengths, inside and out, at this point.

The opening tag – where everyone’s watching images of The Scranton Strangler chase on TV – was average. But once Erin and Gabe invited the whole crew over to Gabe’s place for a ‘Glee’ viewing party, the laughs really picked up.

Where to begin? Michael, surprisingly, is a self-declared Gleek: “ You know who my favorite charact...

'The Office' Recap: 'The Sting'

10/22/2010 9:13pm EDT
Timothy Olyphant
‘The Sting’ offers a glimpse of Michael at his best: rather than crumbling under a competitor, he shows his business-savvy side, and is actually quite adult through most of this episode. Well, except in the opening tag, when he can’t ride a bicycle without training wheels to save his life.

We start with Dwight and Jim at Frame Select, attempting to sell Steve Nash (not THE Steve Nash) some paper. Their exchange starts normally enough (Jim: “How do I look?” Dwight: “Normal. Ugly.”) but then Jim spots Danny Cordray (Timothy Olyphant), a crackerjack salesman with a notorious reputation fo...

'The Office' Recap: 'Sex Ed'

10/15/2010 7:12pm EDT
Michael Scott
Dwight: “You need to contact every woman you’ve ever been with and notify them of your infestation of herpes. It’s the right thing to do.” That about sums up “Sex Ed.” Simple and silly.

The opening tag – featuring Dwight luring immigrant workers by courting, “Necessito un bueno worker!” falls flat. Dwight’s creepiness is usually funny, but in this instance, his partnership with Moz to fool illegal aliens and not pay them is just… uh, creepy? And not funny…

Back at the office, Michael saunters in with upper lip hair that would put Harry Houdini to shame. It’s soon revealed, however, ...

Heather Marie Marsden Guest Stars On 'The Office'

10/6/2010 3:19pm EDT
Heather Marie Marsden
You may know her as the voice of Sarah Lyons in the popular game “Fallout 3” or from one of her pop/ rock hits or perhaps from one of her many roles in Indie flicks, but on Thursday you get to see Heather Marie Marsden show off her comedic acting chops as she guest stars in an episode of NBC’s popular sitcom, “The Office.”

We were lucky enough to chat with Marsden about her experience on “The Office” as well as a few other exciting things happening in the actress’ career.

Heather couldn’t give away too many specifics on her role in “The Office”, but we do know that she plays a redhead and...

'The Office' Recap: 'Nepotism'

9/25/2010 2:22pm EDT
Steve Carell
'The Office' crew welcomes us back after a long summer in 'Nepotism' with a rousing "lip dub" version of Nobody. Andy, Pam and Erin seem particularly enthusiastic, while some are embarrassed (Angela: "I said I didn't want to be on the internet!"), some are lame (Gabe attempting a show choir knee dance), and some are creepy (who wins that contest - Meredith with "Nobody" tattooed on her stomach while hanging from Kevin's giant Baby Bjorn, or Creed blaring on the guitar looking like he's just smoked a(nother) joint?).

After some detail their summers - Michael got the West Nile virus and saw...

'The Office' Season Six Comes To DVD & Blu-ray September 7

8/29/2010 7:45am EDT
The Office
For the first time ever on Blu-ray, fans of "the most influential show since Seinfeld" (Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone) can watch the latest episodes of "The Office" without ever setting their DVR when "The Office" Season Six arrives on Blu-ray Hi-Def September 7, 2010 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. As part of this groundbreaking set, the Blu-ray release of "The Office" Season 6 will allow fans to access content like never before via BD-Live. Through their Internet-connected Blu-ray player using BD-Live, purchasers will now have an opportunity to watch the latest five episodes f...

Stars That Started Out Behind The Scenes

4/7/2010 2:08pm EDT
Tina Fey
By now most people know that "Date Night" star Tina Fey was the head writer on "Saturday Night Live" before Lorne Michaels had the bright idea to give her the on-screen job of co-anchoring the show's classic "Weekend Update" segment with Jimmy Fallon. Soon she was appearing in movies, winning all of the industry's top acting awards for her role on "30 Rock," and achieving icon status with a brilliant impersonation of a certain moose-hunting republican from Alaska.

It's hard to believe that one of the most recognizable faces in comedy spent several years behind the scenes, and Fey's not th...

'The Office' Recap: Double Date

11/8/2009 8:52am EST
The Office
Dwight decides to bring in authentic New York bagels. If you're thinking this is an unusually nice thing for Dwight to do then you'd be right. He's trying to get everyone in The Office to "owe him one" so that he can cash in the favor later in order to get Jim fired. But Dwight wants to know why everyone thinks he might be up to something. As he says to camera, "Can't a guy buy some bagels for his co-workers so they'll owe him, so he can cash in on it later and get someone fired who stole the co-manager position he didn't deserve anymore? Geez, when did everyone get so cynical?"


'The Office' Recap: Koi Pond

11/2/2009 8:26am EST
The Office
Michael has decided to turn the warehouse into a "scare house." Jim points out that the scariest thing that's happened on site was that there used to be a productive paper company located where a "scare house" now resides. Darryl pushes children through the "scare house" on a paper pallet forklift.

After a tedious and sad haunted house experience Darryl rewards the children with a promise of candy but is interrupted by Michael who is faking suicide. Michael kicks a chair out from under him and pretends to be choking to death while hanging from a noose wrapped around his neck. The childre...

'The Office' Recap: 'The Meeting'

10/2/2009 3:29pm EDT
The Office
This week we find Jim in his new, fancy office located directly across from Michael's office. Dwight tries to ask Michael to sign his expense report. Michael tells Dwight he's only in charge of big picture things now and that Jim is now in charge of the day-to-day details items like expense reports. Dwight barges into Jim's office and demands he sign the expense report. Jim tells him he won't sign it until Dwight says, "Please."

Dwight storms back into Michael's office to file a complaint against Jim. Michael says he only handles big things. So Dwight says he wants to make a huge giganti...

Recap: 'The Office' Gets Promoted

9/25/2009 8:00am EDT
The Office
On the Sept. 24 episode of "The Office," Michael calls Oscar (who is gay) into his office to ask how he should prepare for a colonoscopy. He asks if how he should prepare emotionally for the procedure and if there is anything he can do to make it more pleasurable for himself and his doctor and if he should have a safe word. Oscar just gets up and walks out of the office. And we don't blame him.

David Wallace arrives at the Scranton location from the corporate office in New York and asks to talk to Jim in private. They go into the conference room for a secret meeting. Michael pretends he ...

'The Office' Recap: 'Gossip'

9/18/2009 3:07pm EDT
The Office
Michael, Dwight and Andy decide to engage in a round of Parkour. Parkour is the art moving from one place to another along a predetermined route in the most efficient way possible and as if there is an emergency of some kind in progress. Michael, Dwight and Andy have the brilliant idea to employ the art of Parkour around the office in the most inefficient way possible. After reeking havoc all over the interior of the office they decide to take it to the roof. The plan is to jump off the roof, bounce off of a refrigerator box onto a car and back flip 360 into a dumpster. A perfect plan, if y...

'The Office': Season Five Lands On DVD Sept. 8; Win A Copy!

8/31/2009 10:18pm EDT
The Office: Season Five on DVD September 8
The laugh-out-loud, documentary-style look at the professional and personal lives of the employees of struggling paper supplier Dunder Mifflin, "The Office: Season Five" comes to Blu-ray Hi-Def and DVD on September 8, 2009 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment - the first of the hilarious series to be presented on Blu-ray Hi-Def! All 26 hilarious Season Five episodes of the Prime-time Emmy Award-winning series-including two extended episodes-come together in a must-own five-disc collectible set with hours of hysterically funny bonus features, deleted scenes and behind-the-scenes intervi...

'The Office' Recap: 'Company Picnic'

5/19/2009 2:06pm EDT
The Office
Michael decides to eat an entire, family sized, chicken potpie for lunch and promptly falls asleep at his desk. He entire office decides to let him sleep while they turn all the clocks in the office forward to 5pm so they can go home early. Dwight asks to be a part of the mission. To camera he says he's usually against these schemes but he has an appointment with a horse doctor later and needs to leave early. He remarks, "How the horse became a doctor I don't know. No, he's a regular doctor who shots your horse in the head when your horse's leg is broken." Jim, Pam and Dwight work together ...

'The Office' Gets Funky

5/8/2009 4:43pm EDT
The Office
Erin looks at her computer at the reception desk and announces to the office that she has just won an art contest. Pam looks over in shock. Dwight begins laughing, demonically, walks over to Erin and hands her some cash. She says, "I still don't understand why you wanted me to say that." Dwight continues to laugh, as Pam says, "Not cool, Dwight." He just keeps on laughing and laughing and laughing.

Michael still has the lease on the small office downstairs that he now uses as a personal dance club and where he makes "ex-spresso." He says he is constantly dancing through life. When he'...

'The Office' Reunites

5/1/2009 3:29pm EDT
The Office
On The Office, Kevin says he likes to bring in his famous chili at least once a year to share with everyone in the office. He carries a huge stock pot using pot holders that cause his grip to constantly slip. The elevator is out-of-order so he is forced to take the stairs. After hauling the massive load up the stairs he finally makes it into the office only to drop the whole pot of chili on the floor. This after he explained in voice-over how his recipe has been passed down over generations and that he individually roasts the ancho peppers and hand presses the garlic. As he gets down on his...

'The Office' Recap: 'Broke'

4/24/2009 12:00pm EDT
The Office
Michael, Pam and Ryan are getting up at 4:30 in the morning and making paper deliveries for The Michael Scott Paper Company. As Michael says, "Nothing to fear, I'm just a forty-four year old man with a paper route." Michael yells out of van window to Pam, "Time to make the donuts!" Then tells Jim he's going to call the "boner patrol." Pam explains that they are using their "new" to them van t make deliveries. They bought it from a used car lot and they think the side says, "Alleluia Church of Scranton" on the side. Their other choice was an old school bus with an owl living in it. As they m...

'The Office' Goes To War

4/17/2009 3:23pm EDT
The Office
This week's episode of The Office begins in Michael's new office at his newly formed paper company, The Michael Scott Paper Company. As Pam points out, "Things are pretty slow around here and there's only so much cold calling you can do." So Pam, Michael and Ryan have become experts at throwing cheese balls into each other's mouths. A series of shots show them throwing, and landing, shots from all over the tiny office. Michael throws one behind his back at Ryan and lands it. Then all three of them throw them into each other's mouths at the same time. It's a symphony of cheese ball throwing,...

'The Office' Strikes Back

4/10/2009 9:36am EDT
The Office
This week on The Office Charles put Kevin in charge of reception until he could hire a replacement. Kevin is not the best choice for the job. Calls come in and since Kevin doesn't know how to transfer them he just covers the receiver and yells at the person who needs to come over to the reception desk and answer the phone. As Jim puts it, "Kevin is doing exactly as well as anyone might have expected someone like him to perform in a position like that." The phone rings again. Kevin yells at Andy that the phone is for him. Jim reminds Kevin that they went over how to transfer a call. Kevin sa...

'The Office' Gets Head Hunted

3/27/2009 3:49pm EDT
The Office
On The Office, Michael has everyone's attention in the break room while he tries to relay the story of how he quit. He's dragging out the details and taking forever even to get to the part where he's in front of David Wallace. Pam says to camera, "He finally has a story we want to hear, and he knows it." Michael tells his attentive audience that he looked David in the face and he said, "I quit," then he said, "You have no idea how high I can fly." Everyone chimes in with all the horrible things they would have said. Michael says, "You guys have thought about this a lot more than I have. I j...

'The Office' Gets A Reality Check

3/25/2009 9:41am EDT
The Office
Dwight suggests for Michael's 15th Anniversary celebration they should begin with 15 minutes of clapping followed by 15 minutes of silence. Jim, dressed in a tux, feels like that isn't classy enough and they should throw a classy night to remember instead. Michael agrees saying his night should have, "all the drama, excitement and intrigue of my time here." Dwight is frustrated that Michael is only agreeing with Jim because he is wearing a tuxedo. Jim explains to camera that Dwight sent out a memo about professional dress in the workplace and singled Jim out so Jim's response was to wear a ...