The Office” joins in with NBC’s Halloween night festivities with its very own Halloween party, which Erin is desperate to make awesome to please both Robert California and Andy. We also get Jim and Pam caught in a tiff about whether ghosts are real, and Dwight befriends Robert’s young son, Bert.

Check out the review below…

The Players:

  • Director: Randall Einhorn
  • Writers: Carrie Kemper
  • Cast: Rainn Wilson, James Spader, John Krasinski, B.J. Novak, Jenna Fischer, Ed Helms, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Creed Bratton, Mindy Kaling, Ellie Kemper, Angela Kinsey, Paul Lieberstein, Oscar Nuñez, Craig Robinson, Phyllis Smith

Episode: “Spooked”

Erin must deal with the pressure of throwing the ultimate Halloween party, dealing with the high expectations of Robert California, Andy and the staff. Meanwhile, Jim questions Pam’s belief in ghosts, while Dwight bonds with Robert’s young son, Bert.

The Good:

  • Dwight: Dressed as Kerrigan from StarCraft, Dwight shared some funny scenes with Bert, Robert California’s young, wise-cracking son. The two definitely share a bond!
  • Costumes: Another strong showing for the Halloween costumes. Pam went with the kangaroo/pouch outfit, Andy showed up as a construction worker, Erin rocked the Wendy look from the famous fast-food chain, and Darryl, Kevin and Jim sported Miami Heat jerseys. Angela’s return as a kitten was funny, as was Stanley dressed as a chef.
  • Fear: Perhaps the best part of the episode was the final scene featuring a frightening monologue by Robert California. Frightening because he tells a scary story made up of the fears that plague each of the staffers. It worked perfectly and showcased how valuable James Spader has become to the show.
  • Andy Love: Apparently Andy has a new gal, much to the chagrin of Erin. This is good news for Andy and let’s hope we get to meet the lovely lady soon!

The Bad (but not that bad):

  • Erin/Andy: Things have definitely been discomfort between Erin and Andy, once lovers, now friends – but even the friendship is losing steam. Theirs was the serious part of the episode, and though they played it expertly, the payoff was slight. But the storyline looks to be revisited soon enough.
  • Ghosts: The Pam-Jim-Ghosts storyline was mostly boring, though Jenna Fischer and John Krasinski are always likable even when the material isn’t.

Overall:

It’s always a good time when the cast are able to let loose with inventive costumes, and this season’s Halloween episode doesn’t disappoint in the wardrobe department. Inspired attire aside, the unevenness of the season continues, but the re-appearance of Robert California and a handful of funny moments were enough to keep the latest episode of “The Office” in the ‘good’ category. Not great, but certainly good.

Rating: 6/10

“The Office” airs on NBC at 9pm (ET/PT) on Thursday nights.

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