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Oct 26th 2008
  • Season 5 : Episode 5
  • First aired on October 30, 2008

Summary courtesy of NBC:

LOVE ALWAYS GETS IN THE WAY-- OSCAR NOMINEE AMY RYAN (“GONE BABY GONE”) GUEST STARS—Pam (Jenna Fischer) is embarrassed when she is the only person at corporate wearing a costume on Halloween. Holly (guest star Amy Ryan) and Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) take the long trip to Nashua after they get some shocking news from corporate. Meanwhile, Dwight (Rainn Wilson) torments Andy (Ed Helms) and tries to get under his skin. John Krasinski, B.J. Novak, Ed Helms, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Mindy Kaling, Angela Kinsey, Oscar Nunez, Creed Bratton and Craig Robinson also star.

Oct 26th 2008

Is this where we say goodbye to Amy Ryan?

Oct 26th 2008

Is this where we say goodbye to Amy Ryan?

Then boo, I say! Boo!

Oct 26th 2008 edited

It might be and it breaks my DJ-Jazzy-Flax-loving heart.

Oct 26th 2008

That is going to leave a big hole in the show.

Oct 26th 2008

Isn't this the episode that Stephen Merchant directed?

Oct 26th 2008

That is going to leave a big hole in the show.

You mean Karen's coming back? Ooh! Yess! Facial!

Oct 26th 2008 edited

Isn't this the episode that Stephen Merchant directed?

Why are you asking us? You're the one that would know.

ETA: OT says the director is Dave Rogers.

Oct 26th 2008

Sayonara, Holly. I was good to know yis.

Oct 26th 2008

ETA: OT says the director is Dave Rogers.

Dave Rogers the editor? That's cool. I thought I read somewhere that Merchant was directing the Halloween episode.

Oct 26th 2008

Isn't this the episode that Stephen Merchant directed?

Why are you asking us? You're the one that would know.

Yeah, couldn't you have just called and asked him?

How much do you want to bet Pam's Halloween embarrassment amounts to 38 seconds of screen time at the beginning and 14 more at the end?

Also, fare thee well Flax. We barely knew ye.

Oct 26th 2008

How much do you want to bet Pam's Halloween embarrassment amounts to 38 seconds of screen time at the beginning and 14 more at the end?

You think that much? I give it the cold open and then never mentioned again.

Oct 26th 2008

What if they just flash on her in her costume for a single frame and then cut to commercial and then pre-empt the episode entirely for a My Name Is Earl rerun?

Oct 26th 2008

Maybe it will be mentioned obliquely, like you'll overhear Dwight talking to Jim in the background saying "Did you hear what Pam did at Corporate?" and that will justify the whole tease.

Oct 26th 2008

It'll probably just be a deleted scene... for the DVD.

Oct 26th 2008

It was a crumpled up piece of paper in the writer's meeting that never made it on to the board.

Oct 26th 2008

then pre-empt the episode entirely for a My Name Is Earl rerun?

Nope, it will be for a Kath and Kim marathon.

Oct 27th 2008

Nope, it will be for a Kath and Kim marathon.

Excuse me while I vomit.

Oct 27th 2008

What if they just flash on her in her costume for a single frame and then cut to commercial and then pre-empt the episode entirely for a My Name Is Earl rerun?

Are college film students suddenly running the network now?

In the Ingmar Bergman-helmed episode, Michael will be trying to return to his condo in the midst of a plague, all the while doubting the existence of God in a meaningless universe. Then, in the Jean-Luc Godard-directed episode, Jim and Pam will go on an existential crime spree to escape the bourgeosis commercialism of early 21st century America. And finally, in the Akira Kurosawa episode, everyone will break out into samurai battles for control of the office, with Dwight as the mysterious stranger who plays competing sides off one another for his own amusement.

You see? College is good for some things (not comedy, obviously)

Oct 27th 2008

And finally, in the Akira Kurosawa episode, everyone will break out into samurai battles for control of the office, with Dwight as the mysterious stranger who plays competing sides off one another for his own amusement.

Can this be done with light sabers? Thanks.

Oct 29th 2008

I'm really looking forward to this episode because of Steve Merchant.

Does anyone know when we're gonna get another hour-long episode?

Oct 29th 2008

THIS IS JUST SPECULATION, because I don't think that has been revealed.

I imagine the hour longs will be Christmas, post-Super Bowl, eventual wedding (March/April? Sweeps?), and finale (assuming the show isn't super lame and has the wedding being the finale or Jam break up because Pam cheats on Jim).

It also probably won't be for a while, since 30 Rock is returning this week... those stupid NBC peons need to give 30 Rock a long extended run without breaks to make up for this 6 week delay.

Oct 29th 2008

Jam break up because Pam cheats on Jim

This. Will. Never. Happen.

Oct 29th 2008 edited

Jam break up because Pam cheats on Jim

This. Will. Never. Happen.

Agreed...The Office is anything but a cliche sitcom. I'm sure that Jim and Pam will stay together for the remainder of the show

Oct 29th 2008

Oh, Jim cheats on Pam?

Oct 30th 2008

Where is everyone?

Oct 30th 2008

I enjoyed Dwight's Cabbage comment.

Oct 30th 2008

When the hourglass strikes three...

I feel bad for Michael right now, but I see where Holly is coming from. This bites.

Oct 30th 2008

I loved the first ten minutes of this episode, and it slowly got more and more awkward/depressing. Sadness.

Oct 30th 2008

Very sad indeed. Dwight/Andy was kind of fun though...but an allusion to what it will be like if they ever end up fighting over Angela.

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