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with the crumbs of her outrageously good homebaked desserts, along with her well-worn manual of how to keep a rickety, outdated website up and running.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.
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 »
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 »
There has been much speculation lately about Meredith’s baldness; is it real or fake? We’ve seen the writers keeping up with story arc of Meredith shaving her head by putting her in various wigs in the past few episodes, so did she really do it?
Well, in keeping with reality, Meredith’s hair wouldn’t instantly grow back within a week, so they keep showing her bald and wearing wigs, but the hair and make-up department has revealed the truth about Meredith’s baldness and what it took to get her looking from this:
The following illustration shows just how they did it:
So now you know the truth, Kate Flannery did not actually shave her head. It still looks pretty real though, doesn’t it?
First I see the title of an upcoming Office episode, and then I read the brief synopsis of the future show. At that point, I decide whether or not that episode will be a good one in terms of its “Scrantonicity;” that is, will there be lots of local references? I don’t know why I continue to do this, because my hunches are almost always wrong. Episodes that sound promising turn out to be duds, with almost no Scranton flavor. That’s what happened with “Suit Warehouse.” I figured the men’s clothing store would be at some juicy downtown Scranton or Route 6 location, and maybe a local business or two or three would get a shout-out. But that was not the case; the show went with a generic mystery street and they called the business the unimaginative, plain vanilla “Stone & Son”… where’d they get that name… Boring Island? Read on »
I wasn’t very excited about an Office episode called “Lice.” It didn’t seem very promising, either as entertainment or as a source of Scrantonicity. Well, I was wrong on both counts; I thought it was quite entertaining, and there were enough Scranton references that I didn’t have to get all nit-picky to find any. So, let me begin to comb through “Lice”… Read on »
I always think that the quality of any particular Office episode can be reasonably predicted by the “cold opening.” A good cold opening usually bodes well for the rest of the show. So, what do we do about “Dwight Christmas;” that rarest of rarities, an episode without a cold opening? How do we predict the quality of the show now? Well, another way of looking at it is that maybe this was the longest cold opening in the show’s history, lasting the entire first act. I find that oddly comforting, so we’ll go with that. And I thought that this extra-extra long cold opening was pretty good, and once again, my theory held up; the remainder of the episode was pretty good, too. Read on »