The Office Review: Darryl! MacGruber!

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This week's Halloween-themed episode of The Office, "Costume Contest," gave us some laughs, plenty of crazy drama, some interesting costumes, and maybe some foreshadowing as to who might take Michael Scott's place as manager of the Scranton Branch next season.

Said Darryl to Andy near the end of the episode: "I do got big plans at this company." Now, if this storyline was to drop hints that Darryl has what it takes to be the next boss on The Office, I'm okay with it.  If it was supposed to be humorous in any way, I take issue. 

While the plot may have been responsible for a major revelation, Michael being mad at Darryl was only funny on a couple of occasions. Not exactly a major pay-off is that was the goal.

Darryl as a Vampire
Stanley in Costume

So, what if Darryl takes over for Michael? Will we be happy with this?  I like it more than someone such as Andy taking control.  If Carrell is leaving, we're going to need someone that is completely the opposite of him at the top, and Craig Robinson provides that. 

Similar to Idris Elba's role as Charles Miner a while back, Darryl would be a serious and strong leader.  This would allow for the rest of the cast to be as goofy as possible. I think it would work.

There was some extra drama this week in the form of a Pam/Jim/Danny love triangle.  I get that it bothered both Jim and Pam that Danny didn't want to date Pam, but why would you want to hear why the dude didn't like you or your wife?  Kind of creepy, and in no way humorous.  I don't need all of this drama from Timothy Olyphant.  Just have him laugh subtly at what the rest of the crazies in the office are doing.  That's what he's been best at thus far.

The cold open was definitely the best part of the episode.  I have never been a fan of Stanley, and he didn't do anything for me in this scene, but watching everyone else do their thing around him was classic.  What Stanley represents is a funny idea (not paying attention to anything), but I've never enjoyed him. But Kevin dressing like and talking like Phyllis?  Andy with no shirt and a tie?  A pony? Beautifully done.

Finally, we encourage readers to click HERE to check out the best quotes from the episode, as we take a look at some of the costumes this year.

Best
Michael: MacGruber is great because the guy loves his pop culture and it's a shameless plug for the ex-NBC sketch.
Kevin: What kind of statement was he trying to make with that Michael Moore costume again?

Worst
Gabe: Who do I hate more, Gabe or Lady Gaga? Either way, bringing these two together made me cringe.
Creed: What was that? I was expecting something ridiculous out of him.

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