Erin attempts to throw an edgy Halloween party for Dunder Mifflin
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No offense to Christmas, but it was the most wonderful day of the year last night on The Office, and the Dunder Mifflin crew sure knew how to rock Halloween. Perhaps in a nod to holidays past (doubling up on Santas, Yankee Swap, Meredith Palmer…Do I really need to continue?) new boss Andy took a cue from mishaps under former management and wanted to pre-approve all costumes. He just had three simple rules: “Don’t be offensive, don’t be cliché, and don’t take the first two rules too seriously.” Add in an ear-to-ear grin and you could tell just how eager Andy was to oversee his first holiday.

Kevin’s gorilla suit — spoiler alert! — got approved, whereas Phyllis’ sexy bunny was denied. (I’d like to take this moment to give a friendly Halloween PSA: Please don’t go as a sexy animal. Ever.) Kelly and Meredith both wanted to go as bride Kate Middleton, which was brilliant. I actually had kind of forgotten that the Duchess is totally going to be a big costume this year, and while Kelly would obviously want to go as her, Meredith knocked Creed out as the biggest creep in the office with her “You’re the people’s princess. Diana was nothing!” Live From Buckingham Palace cell phone video, as well as her TMI confessional to the camera.

For the party this year, the Party Planning Committee was upstaged by Andy’s request that Erin (dressed as Wendy), plan the soiree. Erin and Andy’s romantic tension was great. “When they talk about dating a coworker, they don’t talk about one of the best parts. After you’re done dating, you still get to work together. Every day.” Erin’s slow facial change from her usual upbeat self to misery was perfect. I’m kind of over their on-again, off-again plot that’s been going on forever, but if the writers decide to explore her dealing with Andy’s new girlfriend (31 dates!) I could definitely get on board with that.

Erin planned on throwing an innocent party, but a text from Robert — “Looking forward to Halloween party. Expectations are high” — scared the s**t out of Andy, who asked Erin to mix in a little 13 with the PG. Naturally, she went to Gabe. Two things that should never be used in the same sentence: Gabe and extra pizzazz.

Andy should never have doubted that this crew would bring the 13 R to the PG themselves, and between Oscar’s Oscar Liar Weiner costume — complete with a cell phone on his crotch — and Erin’s way-too-much-too-soon “Pecker poker: It’s the game of cards that gets you hard,” the party definitely reached some Dunder Mifflin-only levels. Which obviously led to a meeting in Andy’s office between Erin, Andy and Robert (but just pretend he isn’t there!).

NEXT: Pam’s got ghost fears. Plus best lines of the night!

In other news, we also learned (kangaroo) Pam still believed in ghosts. Jim “I ain’t afraid of no ghosts” Halpert naturally gave her a hard time, but he really didn’t have a leg to stand on, as he wouldn’t let Pam wash his NFL jersey during the playoffs. I know you sports fanatics are going to disagree with me, but I’m with Pam — no difference. Speaking of sports fanatics, I’m going to let you all make the jokes about Darryl, Kevin and Jim’s Miami Heat costume, because that whole thing was totally over my head.

Best gag: Throughout the episode, everyone told Robert their biggest fear. Kelly naturally was concerned about never getting married. Kevin was concerned about mummies (turns out, they are real!). You knew the revelations were going to head somewhere big — how sinister was Robert’s smile to the camera?!?!?! — but his slow, methodical spooky story hitting each person’s nightmare was something to behold. How can I hire Robert California to come to my Halloween party this weekend? I need a terrifying ghost story. For a while I really didn’t know how I felt about James Spader’s character on this show. He’s definitely an oddball on a show full of nuts, but he’s kind of growing on me. His dark truths are quickly becoming a highlight. Agree?

Last night’s Robert California dark truth, holiday edition: “Fear plays an interesting role in our lives. How dare we let it motivate us; how dare we let it into our decision making, into our livelihood. It’s funny isn’t it…we take a day a year to dress up in costume and celebrate fear.” Happy Halloween, everyone!

Other Top Moments:

++ Dwight’s (weapon free!) Kerrigan from StarCraft costume

++ Gabe inviting himself to join in on Kelly and Toby’s costume

++ Andy pretending to be on the phone so he could avoid talking to Erin was very Michael Scott

++ “That’s like the second-to-last thing I wanted to hear.” -Erin

++“And you are a…laborer.” –Robert to Andy

++ “Why on earth would a museum put a mummy in it?!” –Kevin

++ “Is she Asian?” “I don’t know, she’s from somewhere I bet.” –Phyllis and Erin

++ “I’m never uncomfortable.” -Robert

++ ““Get out of here, little kid party. Nobody likes you. And clean up your room. Grown-ups are going to use it later.” –Erin

How did this compare to other Dunder Mifflin holiday episodes? Whose costumes were your favorite?


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Michael Scott, The Office (Steve Carell)
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The mockumentary-style sitcom chronicles a group of typical office employees working 9-5 at the Scranton branch of the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company.

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