Happy Halloween LITO-ites! I feel very lucky to be recapping The Office Halloween episode. I look forward to seeing how my favorite characters will be dressed. This year, as always, there were some wonderful costumes (I put as many photos as I could find in this recap). As expected, some were topical. Kelly dressed as both Snookie and Katie Perry. And Ryan rocked a Justin Beiber costume. But beyond all this Halloween dress-up fun, there was an actual plotline to the episode, so let’s get to the episode recap, shall we?
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I scoured “The Sting” for hours, searching for any Scranton references. Then, I finally realized that I was watching the movie “The Sting,” which takes place in Chicago. No wonder I didn’t find any Scranton references. Well, except for that one scene where the Redford and Newman characters have some Alfredo’s Pizza delivered to their hotel room. Now, that was weird…
OK, to quote Dwight Schrute: “Playtime is over.” “Scrantonicity” is gettin’ serious here, so let’s see what we’ve found. Read on »
A funny thing happened last night; NBC’s TV show, the “Ed Helms Musical Comedy Extravaganza” was interrupted by an actual depiction of a Dunder-Mifflin workday! It seemed strange to see people conducting “business” in an office, doing unfamiliar things like, uh… “sales.” Where were all the songs? Where were all the tightly choreographed dance numbers? Where was the band? Not to worry, the band eventually showed up, and assured us that they will be returning for more engagements. The curtain will not be going down on Dunder-Mifflin-music anytime soon. Read on »
I’m really excited to be doing my first recap of the season. I have no idea how I drew such an unsavory topic (total Angela term), but last year it seemed like I always landed the good ones and it looks like I’ll continue on that streak. I have to say that I wasn’t disappointed by this episode, but I did expect to laugh more. The idea of Michael contacting every woman he’s ever been with over a cold sore is downright hilarious. However, the way that the show was done, it seemed like more of a self-discovery episode for Michael, rather than a laugh-out-loud comedy episode. Could it be that Michael came out of this ordeal a little more mature and self aware? Well it sure seemed that way to me, which is why I feel that while there were some really great lines (mostly by Dwight) and some really awkward moments (Helene in the park), I think I’ll rate this episode high on the emotional level rather than the comedic level. The comic relief, however, did come in the way of Andy and his impromptu Sex Ed class, which ended in Andy most likely needing to go back for an anger management refresher course. At least the dry wall didn’t suffer this time. So now you have my opinion and short summary, let’s get to the actual recap: Read on »
There is a scene in “Sex Ed” where everyone from Dunder-Mifflin is gathered in the conference room, and Andy starts whipping out photographs of genitalia. The pixelated pictures must be graphic because everyone in the room audibly winces at once. It is a glorious “group gasp” that is played for laughs. But I found myself deliriously distracted by the can of Wegman’s Cola behind Stanley’s head. Wegman’s is a supermarket chain with outlets in the Scranton area, and they have their own recognizable house brand of soda emblazoned with a big “W.” My wife, sitting next to me on the couch, pointed out that in a scene oozing with sexual innuendo, I got all hot and bothered by a local soda can sighting. Never mind the natural sex-drive, I am now driven by my “Scrantonicity-itch” and it needs scratchin.’ Read on »
Scranton, Pennsylvania has a rich tradition with the theater arts. Because of its proximity to New York City, Scranton used to be the place where Broadway plays and Vaudeville acts would work out their “kinks” before playing the Big Apple. The old saying was “If you can make it in Scranton, you can make it anywhere.” So, in the latest Office episode, we got to watch Andy Bernard and the rest of the “Loose Screws” work out their “kinks” in Scranton. Despite Creed’s scathing review, I think they could make it anywhere! And we here at LITO are all about working out those “kinks.” Read on »
I must admit, when I saw the commercial for this episode last week I cringed. The gang goes to see Andy in a musical. Oh boy. And it wasn’t so much about the singing and dancing (although I have pretty much had my fill of that on this show) but about how forced the premise seemed: A dysfunctional group in a wacky setting. Hijinks! But, I was surprised. It actually didn’t turn out so bad. Maybe that’s not a rave… but it’s not a complete telephoned -in diss like Creed’s. Read on »
While Michael Scott undergoes “Counseling,” Dwight is busy boycotting downtown Scranton’s Steamtown Mall. He is specifically angry with “Precious Heirlooms,” a gift shop that doesn’t really exist. But Dwight is shown carrying two shopping bags; one is a generic “Steamtown Mall” bag, while the other is from “La Ti Da,” a Steamtown Mall gift shop that DOES exist. I’m not sure whether La Ti Da sells any pewter wizards holding their crystal balls… Read on »
Welcome back LITO-ites! Last week you were treated to Bob’s recap of the premiere episode of season 7. The episode left a few of us, umm….underwhelmed.
But fast forward to episode 2, and color me a happy gal! “Counseling” delivered for me in a big way. There were two main reasons for this: Toby and Michael’s counseling sessions, and Pam’s conning her way into becoming the office manager.
But besides these scenes, there were other fun plot points that made this episode a success. Let’s break it all down and jump right in, shall we?