The Office Review: Fear Factor

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The Office took a week off after the fantastic "Garden Party," and followed that up with a lackluster attempt at a Halloween episode.

Indeed, "Spooked" featured a few laughs here and there, mostly from the brilliant Ellie Kemper, but it also had a couple of attempts at meaningful storylines that came nowhere nearing paying off.

Let's start with Kemper's Erin and her former boyfriend Andy Bernard. The former spends the entire half hour attempting to please Andy because she thinks she's doing a poor job and is going to get fired. Granted, she is dishing out hilariously awkward lines like November's sure creepin' up huh? Can't stop that month, but like I said, it didn't payoff.

Meredith on Halloween

The reveal is that Andy has a girlfriend of 31 dates. That's great, but these two are not Jim and Pam. Stop trying to force them on us.

Then there was Robert California and his adventure through the office, figuring out what everyone's fears were. Again, there were a few funny moments throughout his journey - Kevin being scared when he found out mummies were real was my favorite - but his final ghost story at the end wasn't very funny, and it wasn't nearly as creepy as California has been in the past.

There was also the Jim, Pam, and ghosts storyline that really never ended up even trying to go anywhere. There were some humorous highlights, though.  heck them out below:

  • Meredith's Kate Middleton dress having duct tape on it.
  • Erin thinking it's awesome she gets to work with her ex-boyfriend every day.
  • Ryan thinking Dwight's costume is Whoopi Goldberg.
  • Jim cracking up mid-Ghostbusters joke.
  • Oscar's grandmother being in Gabe's movie.
  • Dwight getting Robert's kid to fire Toby.

Let us know what you thought of "Spooked" in the comments section.  nd don't forget to check out all the best one-liners at our The Office Quotes page. Here are a few of our favorites this week:

Toby: Every Halloween I tell him the same thing; you can't bring weapons into the office, and every year he says the same thing; as soon as I get my weapons back I'm gonna kill you. | permalink
Erin: Pam, how would you rate me as a receptionist on a scale of 1 to 3?
Pam: Ummm, two?
Erin: That's like the second to last thing I wanted to hear. | permalink
Bert: What do you like? Tornados?
Dwight: Try influenza. | permalink
Phyllis: Is she Asian?
Erin: I don't know. She's from somewhere, I bet. | permalink


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Dwight as Sarah Kerrigan was hilarious. Great homage to a great game.


Pam's "Man in Black" ghost story should have ultimately been to prank Jim. No payoff there. Not a great ep, and Robert California's ghost story was awful. The writers are losing a clear sense of the characters. But I love Erin so I still liked this episode, so much of her here and she really shined. Loved her totally breaking down at opening the adult playing cards, LOL.


love this point by youngnan. i would think ed helms is supposed to be the comedian.


Office is losing me... California is too watered down. And Dwight gets less and less time per episode. Wish Ferrel was here. The thing needs a true blue comedian. At least one. Community works with a whole gang busting the jokes but Office jokes really depend on having a straight man. Now though, the entire cast is comprised of straight men bantering about with no one stepping up to command the funny man position.


worse episode this season and possible ever! I do not know about the rest of you but I hate James Spader character! I laughed more watching Boardwalk Empire this week than the Office. I hate to say it but it maybe time for this show to take a bow.


I agree with the review.

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