The Office has never been above exploiting seasonal/holiday themes, and although they’re no Tree House of Horror, normally they put on a pretty good Halloween show.
The Office (with Steve Carrell at least) thrived on using Michael’s untamed party animal instinct and alter ego to egg on a party and ruin it with pure awkwardness. It’s a simple formula that The Office recycled for seven seasons, from the mundane Christmases and Halloweens to Disco Café and Casino Night.
Now it’s Andy’s turn to ruin everything.
Dressed as George Michaels or Boy George or maybe Kiefer Sutherland in the Lost Boys, Andy storms into the office. Faithfully behind is a marching entourage of tuned Cornell boys, pressed slacks, navy coats and probably a huge wedgie from the little kids down the street.
The revival of Here Comes Treble is here? In Scranton? Oh my.
While Andy makes an ass out of himself, vicariously reliving his youth and reminiscing over the Cornell boys he reminds us all just how definitive acapella was to his success.
“When I got the nickname boner champ, that’s when I became me,” he says.
After finding an anxiety pill, Dwight is obligated to pull out the old “apprehension kit,” (as he calls it ) and track down the office sociopath before they go postal. Although Nellie, dressed as Toby (who is still a better human being than Nellie), was the one who secretly dropped the pill she helps him with the hunt to avoid any scrutiny.
Dwight is on a wild goose chase through the office leading him to Darrell’s peanut butter sanity test, Meredith caught in a net and Toby ruining his useless and lonely life again.
Jim is still too damn cool and pretentious for Halloween, the oldest hipster on television. He tries to play ball with the big boys and may have bitten off too much with Princess Pam when he invests 10 grand into his new sports venture.
There is some visible tension for Oscar (dressed as a plush dragon/lizard/alligator thing) when Angela’s (dressed as Sarah Palin or some dragon thing as well) closet gay senator hubby makes a brash appearance to the after lunch Halloween party.
Everything comes to a standstill when leather plated Andy clashes with fellow Cornell alumni and ex-acapella mate Broccoli Rob (played by Stephen Colbert) over the rights to the prestigious Boner Champ nickname.
Andy’s douchery ends on a downer though when he finds out the Bernard crest is piss broke.
Watch the hilarious beginning sketch; don’t waste your time otherwise.
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