Here at “Life In The Office,” we are sadly clearing out our desks and emptying the break room refrigerator. Kevin just took the last sixpack of Pepsi, and bundled up his many scripts of the finest Office fan fiction ever written. Jossifer whisked away the box with the crumbs of her outrageously good homebaked desserts, along with her well-worn manual of how to keep a rickety, outdated website up and running. Donna has packed away her many hats, including the LITO Regional Manager cap, and the Assistant to the Assistant LITO Regional manager cap. Suri has hauled away her keyboard on which she banged out all those heartfelt episode recaps, resplendent with her wit and wisdom. And I just boxed up my coveted LITO Oven Mitt, presented to me for, uh… “Scrantonicity’s” many contributions to LITO, such as filing up the most space.

I will always remember the impromptu dancing that we all did in the LITO office to “Boogie Wonderland.” And let’s not forget that LITO “Booze Cruise,” when I ended up on the deck in the moonlight, just staring at you guys……………………… for 27 seconds. Yeah, I Will Remember You.

Thanks everyone for reading, commenting and contributing to “Life In The Office.” I think we all wish there was a way to know that we were in the good old days before we’ve actually left them. ;-)

 

~ Broccoli Rob

Well, the “Finale” is over, and this is the finale of Scrantonicity, too. For nine seasons, the city of Scranton has been the backdrop for a wonderful collection of winding, intertwining tales of the denizens of Dunder-Mifflin. Here’s what USA Today had to say about the phenomenon. So, for nine years I got to enjoy a great fictional story that supposedly took place in my hometown. The writers and the prop department made sure that Scranton always played a prominent role onscreen, probably as much or more so than any other TV show. It sure added another layer of enjoyment for me, and if I’ve been able to pass some of that enjoyment along to anyone that stumbled across “Scrantonicity”… well, then like Pam said at the end of the episode, “It would just make my heart soar”…   ;-) Read on »

This will be the next-to-last Scrantonicity, as The Office is fast approaching its finale. After this episode, there will be only one more opportunity for the city of Scranton and the surrounding communities to star on a major network TV show. So I will have one more opportunity to showcase my hometown by pointing out the hidden local references in the background, along with the more obvious ones. So, without further ado, ASAP, here is my initial reaction to A.A.R.M… :roll: Read on »

So, for the past nine years, I have been kind of “Livin’ The Dream.”  I’ve had the pleasure of being drawn into the wonderful, fictitious world of Dunder Mifflin. And as a native of Scranton, Pennsylvania, well… like Jim Halpert said in this episode about Dwight’s ongoing drama… “What an awesome added bonus!” Yeah, it has been an awesome added bonus to constantly see and hear references to my hometown, while enjoying a well-told unfolding story. The Scranton Times just published a pretty comprehensive list of all the nods Scranton has gotten over the years from the Office. And I’m happy to say that I’ve found most of them. Now, let’s see what “Livin’ The Dream” can add to the, uh… ever-growing-at-least-for-the-last-two-weeks’ list. Read on »

The art of making paper airplanes is affectionately known as “aerogami,” which is a play-on-words of “origami,” the Japanese art of folding paper. This leads me to think that  The Office missed an opportunity with “Paper Airplane,” to have the contest won easily by the mysterious warehouse worker Hidetoshi Hasagawa. The show still could have kept the dynamic between Dwight and Angela, as they each tried to “lose.” But it would have been cool to see Hide casually throw his carefully folded plane for a vast, jaw-dropping distance at the end, when almost nobody (but the camera) was watching. I just thought I’d “speak my truth.” Now I suppose I should speak about this episode’s Scrantonicity. Read on »

“Stairmageddon” might have been a little more effective as a plot device, if the Dunder-Mifflin office wasn’t located on just the second floor of the building. They made such a big deal about Stanley climbing “stair mountain,” but think about this: there is no elevator to the warehouse, and Stanley has been spotted in the warehouse innumerable times. So, apparently, Stanley can navigate the warehouse staircase with relative ease, but not the one from the front entrance. That’s a curious oversight from the clever Office writers, who always seemed to be thinking one step ahead… like a carpenter that makes stairs. (One of my all-time favorite quotes from the show.) :) Read on »

The “Mission Statement” for “Scrantonicity” has been to chronicle all the “local references” that have been tossed into the Office scripts and set decorations; by my reckoning, more than any other TV show in history. I find this very interesting since Scranton is my hometown; and I’ve tried to make it interesting for other Office fans, with uh…I suppose, varying degrees of success. One of the recurring gray areas of Scrantonicity is that of “product placement.” When Michael Scott gave Ryan Howard an iPod for Christmas, Apple paid the show a promotional fee. That product placement felt natural and was hardly noticed by anyone. But that brings us to “Promos,” the latest episode, and the other Ryan Howard… the real one, the major league baseball player. Ryan, a paid spokesman for Subway Sandwiches, makes his onscreen appearance by chirping Subway’s slogan “Eat fresh,” over and over again. Then Daryl provides the source of the slogan, “Subway,” to complete the hidden commercial. This “out-of-left-field” plug (apropos for a baseball player) is so bizarrely, unsubtly blatant, that I imagine the Office writers are justifying it as an ironic twist on the episode title “Promos.” (Now that’s a ‘promo.’) I expect to eventually read more details about this incident, as advertisers get increasingly creative with their attempts to circumvent the TiVo “ad-free” experience. For instance, I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that John Krasinski refused to participate in the charade, leaving Craig Robinson (Daryl) to deliver the “money shot” line of dialogue… “Subway Sandwiches.” (Krasinski, at this point the bigger star, has more “clout.”) This impromptu “promo” just might be the future of network television. Now, back from the future, and on to the rest of “Promos”… Read on »

The bulk of this episode takes place in Honesdale, Pennsylvania, although the community is never referenced by name. But we know this because of the very popular (but bogus) TripAdvisor page for Schrute Farms. And once again, I have to hand it to the show for finding such a good stand-in for a northeastern Pennsylvania farm. I’ve been searching the internet, trying to find the California location they are using, but so far I’ve only found ridiculous mis-information like this.  I am positive The Office is not filming on location in Honesdale. But wherever they are, the scenery and the greenery all look… acceptably authentic. That’s good enough for me. As for other examples of “Scrantonicity,” here’s what I was able to harvest from “The Farm.” Read on »

Our old friend Steve catches up with Jay Leno and lets us know what he’s been up to since leaving The Office, including a brand new movie. See the full interview below:

This Office episode, “Moving On,” was originally planned as a typical half-hour show. Then NBC pulled the plug on one its dismal new offerings, “Do No Harm,” and they suddenly found themselves scrambling to fill the void in the schedule. The Office, with its efficient single-camera format, always manages to videotape way more than they can use, so they were only too happy to re-edit the footage to extend the episode to an hour. Well, I’m happy to report that this hour-long Office did not feel too “padded” or over-extended, as some have in the past. And, the extra time gave me more opportunities to find examples of “Scrantonicity,” which I did. So, without further ado, we’ll just be “Moving On” to those Scranton-istical references now. (I just had to look that phrase up; I thought it was “further adieu,” which makes no sense. Whew, I’m glad I didn’t make that mistake)… anyway, moving on… Read on »