The Office (American season 8)
Season of television series
The eighth season of the American television comedyThe Office commenced airing on NBC in the United States on September 22, 2011, and concluded on May 10, 2012, consisting of 24 episodes. The series is an American adaptation of the British comedy series of the same name, and is presented in a mockumentary format, portraying the daily lives of office employees in the Scranton, Pennsylvania branch of the fictitious Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. The eighth season of The Office aired on Thursdays at 9:00 p.m. (Eastern) in the United States as part of the "Comedy Night Done Right" television block. It stars Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, B. J. Novak, Ed Helms, and James Spader, with supporting performances from Catherine Tate, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Creed Bratton, Kate Flannery, Mindy Kaling, Ellie Kemper, Angela Kinsey, Paul Lieberstein, Oscar Nunez, Craig Robinson, Phyllis Smith, and Zach Woods. This was the first season without Steve Carell as Michael Scott in the lead role and the only one to not feature the character in any onscreen capacity, although he is occasionally mentioned.
The eighth season largely centers on Andy Bernard's (Ed Helms) ascension to regional manager, as well as the antics of Robert California (James Spader), the new CEO of Sabre, a fictional printer company that owns Dunder Mifflin. Halfway through the season, Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson)—along with Jim Halpert (John Krasinski), Stanley Hudson (Leslie David Baker), Ryan Howard (B. J. Novak), Erin Hannon (Ellie Kemper), and Cathy Simms (Lindsey Broad)—travel to Florida to help set up a Sabre Store, where Nellie Bertram (Catherine Tate) is introduced. Eventually, former CFO of Dunder Mifflin David Wallace (Andy Buckley) buys back the company, firing California.
Despite debuting with moderate viewing figures, the departure of Carell affected the show's ratings, which fell as the season progressed. The season ranked as the eighty-seventh-most watched television series during the 2011–12 television year and saw a dramatic decrease in ratings from the previous season. Critical reception was polarized. Many critics argued that the series should have ended after the departure of Carell; many also felt that the season recycled storylines from past episodes. Other critics were more positive, complimenting various actors and their characters. It marked the first time since season one that the show did not receive any Emmy nominations.
The eighth season of the show was produced by Reveille Productions and Deedle-Dee Productions, both in association with NBC Universal Television Studios. The show is based on the British comedy series of the same name, which was created by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). In addition, the two are executive producers on the show. This season of The Office was produced by Greg Daniels and Paul Lieberstein, the latter of whom serves as the showrunner. Returning writers from the previous season included Lieberstein, Charlie Grandy, Justin Spitzer, Carrie Kemper, Daniel Chun, Robert Padnick, Aaron Shure, Steve Hely, Amelie Gillette, Mindy Kaling, and B. J. Novak; the latter two were both also credited as executive producers. It was previously unknown whether Kaling would write for the series any longer. Kaling herself confirmed via her Twitter page that she would write the Christmas-themed episode, "Christmas Wishes". Three new writers joined the staff beginning in season eight: Owen Ellickson, Allison Silverman and Dan Greaney. The season also saw the directorial debuts of cast members Ed Helms and Brian Baumgartner; Helms directed the episode "Christmas Wishes", and Baumgartner directed "After Hours".
The series was renewed for an eighth season on March 17, 2011, began filming on July 25, 2011, and the season concluded filming on March 9, 2012.Jenna Fischer's pregnancy was written into the show, and Pam was again pregnant at the start of the season with a boy as she was in real life. Unlike the sixth season, there was no episode focusing on the baby's birth; it was instead announced on a blog. In an interview, executive producer Lieberstein stated that, with the departure of Michael Scott, the writers would explore further into the other characters on the show, such as centering on a specific character for an episode. On January 25, 2012, news broke that NBC was planning a spin-off series starring Rainn Wilson as Dwight Schrute, that would be set at Schrute Farms, Dwight's bed-and-breakfast and beet farm. The spin-off would be created by Wilson and executive producer Paul Lieberstein, but Office developer Greg Daniels would not be involved. Due to his initial involvement in the spin-off, Lieberstein stepped down as showrunner of The Office. On October 29, 2012, it was revealed that NBC was not going forward with the proposed spin-off, although the original backdoor pilot, "The Farm" aired later in the ninth season.
Cody Horn, who guest-starred in the seventh season as Jordan Garfield, was originally supposed to be featured as a recurring character this season, but she did not return. The eighth season introduced several new characters. Stephen Collins, Dee Wallace and Josh Groban were cast as Andy's father, mother and brother, respectively, and appeared in the episode "Garden Party". From the episodes "Pam's Replacement" to "Last Day in Florida", Lindsey Broad had a recurring guest-star spot as Cathy Simms, Pam's temporary replacement while she was on maternity leave, and who remained employed at the company for a while after.Maura Tierney appeared in "Mrs. California", playing California's wife.Catherine Tate returned to reprise her role as Nellie Bertram, in a major arc starting in the episode "Tallahassee". Despite reports that she would also get romantically involved with Robert, this never occurred. Two writers for the animated comedy series The Simpsons, Matt Selman and Matt Warburton, appeared in the Kaling-scripted episode "Test the Store", and Simpsons star Dan Castellaneta appeared in the episode "Turf War". While, it was initially announced that the season would introduce Stanley Hudson's "other daughter and a new male addition to the accounting department", these new characters never appeared.
At the time, this season marked the final year that some cast members—notably Helms, Fischer, Novak, and Krasinski—were signed on for the show, as their contracts expired at the end of the season; this caused speculation that several members of the main cast would leave the series following this season. The eighth season was Novak's last as a series regular, although he made a couple of recurring appearances in the ninth season. It was also Kaling's final full season, due to her pilot, The Mindy Project, being picked up by Fox; Kaling portrayed customer service representative Kelly Kapoor. On February 28, 2012, it was announced that Spader would not return for a ninth season of the show. There was initial speculation that following the eighth season, Daniels was considering rebooting the series due to the possible departures of main cast members. However, a new deal was negotiated with NBC, and all the main cast members, sans Spader, Novak, and Kaling, would return for the ninth season, although several new characters would be brought on board for a "mini reboot". NBC also announced that Catherine Tate would become a series regular.
See also: List of The Office (American TV series) characters
The Office employs an ensemble cast. Most of the main characters, and some supporting ones, are based on characters from the British version of The Office. While these characters normally have the same attitudes and perceptions as their British counterparts, the roles have been redesigned to better fit the American show. The show is known for its large cast size, many of whom are known particularly for their improvisational work.
- Rainn Wilson as Dwight Schrute, based upon Gareth Keenan, who is the office's top-performing sales representative.
- John Krasinski as Jim Halpert, a sales representative and prankster, who is based upon Tim Canterbury, and is married to Pam Halpert, the office administrator.
- Jenna Fischer as Pam Halpert, who is based on Dawn Tinsley, is shy, but is often a cohort with Jim in his pranks on Dwight.
- B. J. Novak as Ryan Howard, a temporary worker, who is based on Ricky Howard and Neil Godwin.
- Ed Helms as Andy Bernard, the newly-promoted manager—who was previously a salesman—and boastful Cornell alumnus whose love for a cappella music and awkward social skills generates mixed feelings from his employees. Andy is an original character, meaning he has no English equivalent from Gervais's series.
- James Spader as Robert California, the eccentric CEO of Sabre. Spader reprises his guest-starring role from the seventh season, and joined the regular cast to replace Kathy Bates's character.
- Catherine Tate as Nellie Bertram, the president of Sabre's special projects, who later usurps Andy's role as regional manager.
- Leslie David Baker as Stanley Hudson, a grumpy salesman.
- Brian Baumgartner as Kevin Malone, a dim-witted accountant, who is based on Keith Bishop.
- Creed Bratton as Creed Bratton, the office's strange quality assurance officer.
- Kate Flannery as Meredith Palmer, the promiscuous supplier relations representative.
- Mindy Kaling as Kelly Kapoor, the pop-culture obsessed customer service representative.
- Ellie Kemper as Erin Hannon, the receptionist and love interest of Andy.
- Angela Kinsey as Angela Martin, a judgemental accountant.
- Paul Lieberstein as Toby Flenderson, the sad-eyed human resources representative.
- Oscar Nunez as Oscar Martinez, an intelligent accountant, who is also gay.
- Craig Robinson as Darryl Philbin, the warehouse supervisor.
- Phyllis Smith as Phyllis Vance, a motherly saleswoman.
- Zach Woods as Gabe Lewis, the director of Sabre sales.
- Mark Proksch as Nate Nickerson, a warehouse worker.
- Ameenah Kaplan as Val Johnson, a warehouse worker and Darryl's love interest.
- Hugh Dane as Hank Tate, the building's security guard.
- Lindsey Broad as Cathy Simms, a temporary worker.
- Eleanor Seigler as Jessica, Andy’s girlfriend.
- Jack Coleman as Robert Lipton, a state senator and Angela's husband.
- David Koechner as Todd Packer, a rude and offensive employee, now working in Florida after Dwight and Jim tried to get him fired.
- Georgia Engel as Irene, an old woman from Florida.
- Andy Buckley as David Wallace, the former CFO of Dunder Mifflin.
The series aired on Thursdays at 9:00 p.m. as part of "Comedy Night Done Right" television block. The season premiere, "The List" received a 3.9/10 percent share in the Nielsen ratings among viewers aged 18 to 49, meaning that 3.9 percent of viewers aged 18 to 49 watched the episode, and 10 percent of viewers watching television at the time watched the episode. "The List" was the highest-rated episode of the season. Despite this, it became the lowest-rated season premiere of the series since the series premiere. The rest of the season was unable to receive more than seven million viewers. The twenty-second episode, "Fundraiser" received only 4.17 million viewers, making it, at the time, the lowest-rated episode of The Office to ever air (although it was later beaten by several ninth-season episodes the following year). The season finale, "Free Family Portrait Studio", was viewed by 4.49 million viewers, making it the lowest finale for The Office to air, beating the first-season finale "Hot Girl", which was viewed by 4.8 million viewers. The drop in ratings led to a lower ad-price for the series, with an average cost of $178,840 per 30-second commercial. Despite this, the show was still one of NBC's highest-rated shows and ranked as the most expensive ad-cost for any NBC scripted series during the year it aired. Despite the lower live ratings, Nielsen Soundscan announced that The Office added up to 44 percent to its next-day "live plus same day" 18–49 rating when additional time-shifted viewing was added, such as DVRing.
The season ranked as the eighty-seventh-most watched television series during the 2011–12 season, with an average of 6.506 million viewers. The season also ranked as the thirty-second-most watched television series in the 18- to 49-year-old demographic. In this category, the show was viewed by an estimated 4.376 million viewers per episode and received a 3.42 rating/9 percent share among adults between the ages of 18 and 49. This means that, on average, the season was viewed by 3.42 percent of all 18- to 49-year-olds, and 9 percent of all 18- to 49-year-olds watching television at the time of the broadcast.
The eighth season of The Office received mixed reviews. While some critics felt that the show was still humorous in its eighth year, many others argued that the program should have ended after the departure of Steve Carell.The A.V. Club reviewer Myles McNutt criticized Robert California's role, noting that he is a character that "the narrative reacts to as opposed to something actually involved in the narrative".Alan Sepinwall of HitFix criticized Ed Helms' comedic performance as manager (calling him "a softer version of Michael Scott"), as well as the toning down of Robert California from his appearance in the show's seventh season's finale, "Search Committee". Sepinwall also expressed disappointment that many of the supporting characters were seemingly transformed into mere caricatures of their former selves. He stopped reviewing a majority of the Season 8 episodes since "Pam's Replacement", due to his distaste for the series.Time writer James Poniewozik also criticized the choice of Andy as manager, instead arguing that Jim should have gotten the job so the series could have been more ensemble-oriented.New York named Andy Bernard one of the most annoying TV characters of 2011. Early during the season's airing, Matt Zoller Seitz of Salon wrote a review in which he called the post-Michael Scott era of The Office "warmer and more reflective". After the season finished airing, however, Seitz penned another review, writing: "Fact is, the show's first post-Steve Carell year has been a mess, at times bordering on a disaster". McNutt gave the season a "C" grade overall, writing that the season finale, "Free Family Portrait Studio" was "a disheartening conclusion to the show's worst season, offering little optimism to sustain our already dwindling enthusiasm over the summer months."
Bret Fetzer of Amazon.com wrote that "it's best to approach this season as if it were a completely new series". He felt that it is unfair to compare the quality of this season to that of past seasons because "the series' previous heights were so very high". However, he called the year "uneven", because episodes would range from putting "Andy into Michael Scott-ish situations" to "seek[ing] out new angles on the well-established web of interpersonal conflicts". This vacillation between extremes meant that the episodes "sometimes" work. Hank Stuever of The Washington Post named the series the tenth-best series of 2011, specifically praising the actors' ability in "Mrs. California" to deliver cringe humor without Carell.TV Guide named it an honorable mention on their list of the best TV shows of 2011. Price Peterson from TV.com called the series "still one of the best shows on TV" and argued that, while "Season 8 definitely wasn't the show's best", the season "sneaked in some genuinely great jokes, new characters, and affecting plotlines." Despite the lackluster reviews many of the episodes received, many critics praised Ellie Kemper's performance as Erin Hannon. McNutt noted that "regardless of how down I was on this or any other episode, Ellie Kemper really has been tremendous all season." In addition, Kemper's performance in the episodes "Spooked," "Christmas Wishes," "Pool Party," and "Special Project," in particular, were praised by critics.
In retrospect, many members of the cast and crew felt that the season was not the show's best. Rainn Wilson said that the season made some mistakes "creatively"; for instance, he argued that the chemistry between Spader and Helms was "a bit dark" and that the show should have gone for a "brighter and more energized" relationship. Brian Baumgartner felt that the show "stayed status quo [with the previous year], but without a key piece" and "didn't make a firm decision" on the direction it was headed. Ben Silverman, one of the show's producers, said that "it didn't have the sense of purpose and focus" that the next season would have.
See also: List of The Office (American TV series) episodes
In the following table, "U.S. viewers (million)" refers to the number of Americans who viewed the episode on the night of broadcast. Episodes are listed by the order in which they aired, and may not necessarily correspond to their production codes.
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24 Episodes 2011 - 2012
Season 8 marks the first season of the post-Michael Scott (Steve Carell) era. Andy Bernard (Ed Helms) has assumed the role of regional manager after Deangelo Vickers' (Will Ferrell) quick flame out at the end of the seventh season. James Spader costars as Robert California, the newly appointed CEO of Dunder Mifflin's parent company, Sabre. Much of the early season episodes focus on Andy's attempts to motivate and inspire his new reports. Later in the season, Pam (Jenna Fischer) prepares to go on maternity leave when she is expecting her second child, but worries that her temp replacement Cathy Simms (Lindsey Broad) may be too pretty, perhaps causing Jim (John Krasinski) to have a wandering eye. Also: Unhappy, and unfulfilled, office secretary Erin (Ellie Kemper) decides not to return to Dunder Mifflin Scranton after a special project takes her to Sabre headquarters in Florida, and Andy must head south on a mission to bring her back. Guest stars include: Stephen Collins (as Andy's father), Josh Groban (as Andy's brother) and Maura Tierney (as Robert California's wife).
Thu, Sep 22, 2011 31 mins
In the Season 8 opener, the staffers discover their names on a mysterious list authored by new Sabre CEO Robert California. Paranoia sweeps through the office as the employees anxiously speculate what the list means.
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Thu, Sep 29, 2011 30 mins
Under pressure from CEO Robert California to increase branch sales, Andy offers an incentive program to the sales staff, which backfires on him when he offers a very personal grand prize - their choice of a tattoo on his backside. Meanwhile, Pam and Angela hope to support each other through their pregnancies.
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Thu, Oct 6, 2011 30 mins
The warehouse employees all win the lottery and quit, causing the desk jockeys to dream about living the luxury life of a lottery winner and spinning into motion the search for a new warehouse staff.
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Thu, Oct 13, 2011 30 mins
Andy plants the seeds of trying to impress Robert California by throwing a garden party at Schrute Farms. Andy's parents and brother also attend the event, only to make him feel awkward.
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Thu, Oct 27, 2011 30 mins
Halloween is tricky for Erin when she tries to organise the Halloween office bash but can't seem to meet her bosses' party demands. The scare fare continues when Jim and Pam argue about the authenticity of ghosts, and Dwight connects with Robert's son.
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Thu, Nov 3, 2011 30 mins
Dwight launches a draconian "doomsday" system to reduce employee mistakes and improve office efficiency.
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Thu, Nov 10, 2011 30 mins
Pam prepares for her maternity leave by training her temporary replacement, but she frets that Jim finds the attractive new temp tempting. Meanwhile, Robert California asks to join Andy, Darryl and Kevin's band.
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Thu, Nov 17, 2011 30 mins
Andy hopes to inspire and motivate the group by taking them on a field trip to Gettysburg. Some staffers remain at the office, and Robert California tasks them to hatch the company's next big idea.
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Thu, Dec 1, 2011 30 mins
Robert California ushers his wife into the office in a bid to find her a job. Elsewhere, Dwight pumps up the proceedings by opening a gym in the building.
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Thu, Dec 8, 2011 30 mins
Andy jingles all the way by trying to grant everyone's holiday wishes. Meanwhile, drama spills over at the office party when Robert California tries to drown his sorrows.
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Thu, Jan 12, 2012 30 mins
Oscar enters a trivia contest and Andy tries to get the whole office gang involved. Elsewhere, Dwight journeys to Sabre headquarters in a quest to land a different job.
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Thu, Jan 19, 2012 30 mins
Robert considers selling his expansive and expensive home in the wake of his divorce. Meanwhile, Kevin puts forward the idea that Robert should throw an office pool party; and Erin flirts with Dwight in a bid to make Andy jealous.
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Thu, Feb 2, 2012 30 mins
Jim returns from jury duty, only to have to deal with Dwight's pesky questions about the details of the case. Elsewhere, Angela and her senator beau welcome their baby.
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Thu, Feb 9, 2012 30 mins
Dwight scores a special assignment at Sabre's Florida headquarters. As a result, he and Andy must decide which Scranton staffers will join him. Elsewhere, Pam returns from maternity leave.
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Thu, Feb 16, 2012 30 mins
Dwight arrives in Tallahassee with his team and sets out to win over Sabre's special-projects bigwig. Back in Scranton, some desk jockeys push for raises, but Andy avoids his managerial duty to address the issue.
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Thu, Feb 23, 2012 30 mins
A power play unfolds in Tallahassee when Dwight and Todd Packer compete to become Nellie's vice president. Meanwhile, Jim receives an unwanted visitor; and Andy forces the Scranton staffers to work late.
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Test the Store
Thu, Mar 1, 2012 30 mins
The Florida contingent puts the final touches on the new Sabre store, with Dwight preparing a theatrical presentation in his continuing bid to impress Nellie. Back in Scranton, a red-faced Andy arrives at work with a humiliating injury.
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Last Day in Florida
Thu, Mar 8, 2012 30 mins
When Robert California discloses that he despises Nellie's business plan, Jim sets out to save Dwight's job. Meanwhile, Andy discovers that Erin has decided not to return to Scranton.
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Get the Girl
Thu, Mar 15, 2012 30 mins
Andy makes a game-changing decision and takes a road-trip odyssey in the name of romance. Elsewhere, Nellie arrives at the Scranton branch and sets out to seize the manager position.
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Thu, Apr 12, 2012 30 mins
Robert presses the staffers to throw a welcome party for Nellie, but the party planners try to sabotage the bash. Meanwhile, Andy and Erin rehearse how Andy will break up with Jessica.
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Thu, Apr 19, 2012 30 mins
Andy returns from his long and winding romantic journey, only to have his manhood threatened. As the staffers give him unsolicited romantic advice, he battles Nellie for the manager's position. Meanwhile, Kelly struggles to choose between two men.
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Thu, Apr 26, 2012 30 mins
Andy attends a local fundraiser for Senator Lipton and ultimately adopts 12 disabled dogs. Elsewhere, Dwight learns a truism about auctions, and Darryl tutors Nellie in the fine art of eating a taco.
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Thu, May 3, 2012 30 mins
Andy gears up for his comeback at Dunder Mifflin. Meanwhile, a boozy Robert California closes a nearby branch, creating a turf war when Jim and Dwight are pitted against another salesman. pinEdit Evaluation 6.1.80211
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Free Family Portrait Studio
Thu, May 10, 2012 30 mins
In the Season 8 finale, Dwight offers free family portraits for the staffers. Elsewhere, a pilfered nappy results in a high-speed car chase; Andy poses as a janitor and stages a covert coup; and Robert considers taking on a new business endeavour.
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The Office: Season Eight Episodes (Ranked)
I finished watching The Office all the way through for the fourth time recently, so like any fan of the series, I decided to start it all over again. This time as I go through each season, I am putting together a ranked list of each episode in that season in order from my least favorite to my favorite. Keep in mind that these are MY opinions, which means they are 100% correct. Just kidding. Sort of. I’ve already ranked the episodes from seasons 1-7, now let’s get to the first complete Michael Scott-less Season 8.
24. Get The Girl: Episode 19
What a terrible episode. I hate, hate, HATE how Nellie takes over Andy’s manager position when Andy goes to Tallahassee to get Erin. It’s confusing and infuriating at the same time. And just when you think Robert California will step in and stop the situation, he just lets it all happen. I’ve never liked Nellie’s character at all and this is one reason why, in addition to her not being funny and just not contributing anything to the show. Andy’s trip to Tallahassee to get Erin and try once again to start a relationship with her is very, very boring. I wonder what it was like watching this episode on its original air date on television, because I can only imagine it had a lot of fans thinking the series should just hurry and end before it continues to get worse. Luckily, we know that season 9 gets better.
23. Welcome Party: Episode 20
Just like its prior episode, “Get the Girl,” this episode is terrible. The focus is still on Andy’s trip to get Erin from Tallahassee, but this time they are on their way back to Scranton with a detour for Andy to break up with Jessica, who is attending a bachelor party in southern Pennsylvania. All of those scenes are just very uninteresting. I mean, you’re glad that the two are getting back together for the sake of the show, but it’s not interesting. The other focus is on helping Nellie get acquainted to the office, so Robert tells everyone to throw a party for her while Jim and Dwight help her move. The party is planned to be bad on purpose, but when Jim and Dwight find out sad information about Nellie’s past they ruin the “bad party” for her. Even typing what happened in this episode is boring, and this one could honestly be interchanged with “Get the Girl” for the worst episode in The Office.
22. Angry Andy: Episode 21
I’ve already stated how I very much hate Nellie taking over Andy’s manager position and this episode continues that storyline. Andy comes back from Florida with Erin to discover his office and job taken, and when he confronts Nellie about it, all she can say is “no.” And even Robert California takes Nellie’s side, so it’s very frustrating to watch when Nellie and Robert are so unlikeable and Andy is so likeable from a character standpoint. At this point you just want the show to get rid of Robert and Nellie forever because it feels like they are ruining it. Not only are they unlikeable, but they get VERY CLOSE to tarnishing the show. And when Andy finally stands up for himself at the end, he is fired, so it creates curiosity as to what will happen next. Lastly, Kellie is introduced to someone else and Ryan is desperate to get her back, but Kelly chooses the other guy. Not very interesting, but considering their long, strange relationship throughout the show, it makes you wonder how long it will take before the two are back together.
21. Gettysburg: Episode 8
When Andy takes the willing office employees on a field trip to Gettysburg in hopes of inspiring them by comparing sales to war, the rest of the employees stay behind and pitch their “creative” ideas to Robert California in the office. And viewers of the episode get one result: BORING. This one really just brings nothing to the table. From the sound of it, you would think a field trip to Gettysburg would provide a lot of entertainment, but it doesn’t when everyone there other than Andy is uninspired and doesn’t really want to be there. Gabe getting roped into portraying Abraham Lincoln in an outdoor play was semi-funny, and was the best thing about this episode. Back at the office nobody had creative ideas, and Robert misinterpreting Kevin’s cookie ideas for genius analogies wasn’t funny. Overall this was a dud episode.
20. Test The Store: Episode 17
When the new Sabre store opens in Tallahassee, not very much excitement follows. It’s pretty boring to be honest. To no surprise, Ryan flakes from his big presentation, to which an unenthused Jim has to step in. But he does do a good job with it, which gives Dwight the Vice President position. If you’ve not seen future episodes, it creates wonder as to Dwight’s future in the show, whether he will come back to Scranton or fulfill his new position in Tallahassee. Back in Scranton, we find out that Andy has a black eye after taking a punch from a 5th grade girl. This creates some funny parts as everyone makes fun of him and Toby gives his self-defense lesson to the office. But altogether, this is just another episode in the very mundane season 8.
19. Tallahassee: Episode 15
Annnnd this episode kicks off a string of Tallahassee episodes which are all pretty bad. In my opinion, and probably a lot of others’, the rest of season 8 from here is The Office at its worst. But it’s a part of every tv series and you just have to endure them every time you watch the series all the way through. The best things about this episode were “Florida Stanley,” which is quite entertaining to see that side of Stanley, and Dwight’s line to the hospital worker on the phone when asked where they should send the ambulance for him (appendicitis), “send it to the freakin’ moon you idiot.” But the rest of the episode is just dull. Nellie Bertram is a big part of it introducing the Sabre project they’re there to all work on, and I never liked her character at all. I think she’s boring and just doesn’t fit into the fabric of the show. And back at the office, Andy falls in love with reception while Erin is gone and…that’s basically it.
18. Last Day In Florida: Episode 18
From the get-go, we find out that Dwight will be staying in Tallahassee to serve as Vice President instead of coming back to Scranton, which does a good job of creating intrigue. But we also find out pretty soon after that Robert California plans to nix the whole Sabre store operation and fire Dwight. Jim does the “good guy” thing and desperately tries to tell Dwight this so he won’t lose his job, and while a hard-headed Dwight won’t listen, you instinctively know that he will get through to him and Dwight will be back in Scranton just like old times. Instead it is Todd Packer who steps into the VP role for a presentation once Dwight doesn’t show, and gets fired, which is great. The best thing about this episode though, was the girl-scout cookie selling competition between Darryl and Toby, whose daughters are both girl scouts. Of course, Kevin shines in these cookie-oriented scenes, and watching Darryl and Toby compete for Kevin’s business is pretty funny. Overall, you’re just glad to see the Tallahassee group come back to Scranton at the end because the Tallahassee episodes were just not “The Office.”
17. The List: Episode 1
This one kicks off and instantly provides you with a lot of brand new information as if we’d been gone a while. Season Eight’s first episode tells us that the search committee picked Robert California to be Regional Manager (only for him to turn around and talk Jo Bennett out of her job and replace her), California picking Andy as the new Regional Manager, Dwight agreeing to be Andy’s #2, and Pam and Angela are both pregnant. We also get the trends of planking and Stanley’s “shove it up your butt” quotes, which are the two most entertaining things in this episode. While it provides us with a lot of new information, it just isn’t very entertaining and doesn’t feel like The Office. The entire office worries about the list that Robert California made of their names in two separate columns. And it turns out to be a winners/losers list, which causes you to start to dislike Robert California quite a bit. The best thing about this episode is Andy really taking up for his employees as the new manager, which makes you feel good after the winners/losers list.
16. Jury Duty: Episode 13
Most of this episode is spent with Dwight trying to prove that Jim was actually not at jury duty the entire week he missed from work. And while Jim/Dwight interactions are usually entertaining, this one wasn’t. Maybe it was because Jim was cornered in his story after his food truck admission and he knew it. And when Jim just admitted to the office (who was pretty frustrated with Jim) what he done, Dwight was fuming that he wasn’t going to get fired…until a big twist came in this episode that heavily hinted that Dwight was actually the father of Angela’s newborn child instead of the senator. Dwight stood tall and told the nurse, “I just may be that baby’s father,” which was pretty funny, especially when she replied she didn’t know what that meant. The best part in this episode was probably when Kevin gave his gift to Angela’s new baby. Upon realizing how big the baby was, Kevin named it after himself and said, “I got little Kevin Call of Duty.”
15. Fundraiser: Episode 22
After a couple of episodes that were very dull, this one finally provides some laughs. The best part without a doubt is when Dwight mistakes the silent auction for a “guess the price” competition and he won every single auction item/service by collectively donating $34,000 by mistake. We find out that Andy is trying to convince himself that he is doing well since being fired by him trying to convince everyone else of that, but inside he’s actually falling apart. He has some semi-funny parts like volunteering to take home all the shelter dogs from the fundraiser and some awkward interactions with others at the get-together. And we got a few seconds of David Wallace, who was at the fundraiser as well. Even though it was just a few seconds of him talking to Andy, I very much enjoyed it because he brings back a sense of The Office in its good ol’ days after going through a very forgettable season.
14. After Hours: Episode 16
I’m not at all a fan of the Tallahassee episodes, but I would have to say this one is the best of them. Dwight and Todd Packer competing to bed Nellie for the Vice President position is a recipe for entertainment, and the funniest part was Gabe spraying his asthma inhaler into Packer’s beer causing him to throw up on Gabe. That was hilarious! The rest of the episode is nothing to brag about as Jim has to get creative to fend off a seductive Cathy, and there’s Darryl/Val/Val’s boyfriend Brandon drama back at the office. Florida Stanley is still pretty funny in this one though, as Jim discovers he just can’t hang with him. And I love Stanley’s line to Jim of, “careful Jim, it just gets easier from here” when he discovers Cathy in Jim’s room.
13. Special Project: Episode 14
Dwight is chosen to lead a group of employees from the office on a special 3-week business trip in Tallahassee, Florida. And while at first he is beyond excited about it, he becomes very upset when he does not get to pick his team and ends up with Jim, Stanley, Erin, Ryan, and Cathy. This leads to the best part in the episode, where Dwight holds the first Florida orientation and tries to scare everyone out of going on the trip. He turned up the temperature in the conference room really hot and released a bunch of mosquitos to try to emulate Florida. And his drill sergeant acts were pretty funny. But the rest of the episode was pretty bland. The Valentines beanies that Val knitted everyone took Darryl for an emotional roller coaster ride throughout the episode, but just wasn’t very interesting. The last bit of the episode created a little intrigue though, with Erin stating she wasn’t going to come back from Florida. While not a central character by any means, you kind of become attached to her by this point and don’t want to see her leave the show.
12. Garden Party: Episode 4
Ehhh, I think this episode represents the point when office fans realize the show will just never be the same. It has set-in that Michael Scott is gone and so are the glory days of the office. With that being said, this is not a bad episode if compared to television shows in general. It’s just that when compared to only other Office episodes, which are so great, it doesn’t rank well. There’s not much to this particular episode, except that Andy throws a fancy garden party to impress his parents and Robert California. But his efforts to impress fail and his parents are now known to be complete unsupportive jerks towards Andy. The only part I enjoyed in this one is the end when Darryl pulls out the grill and the entire office staff is supportive of their beaten down boss.
11. Pam’s Replacement: Episode 7
There are two main storylines here: Pam’s replacement and the warehouse band. Firstly, I was pretty uninterested with the Pam replacement storyline. It got boring really quick, and frankly, was pretty annoying watching Pam pester Jim about trying to get him to admit her temporary replacement was attractive. When she teamed up with Dwight to get this admission, it was funny watching Dwight do the “crotch fall” though. The other storyline was more entertaining, mostly because I like music, but didn’t contribute much to the episode either. Like Val, I liked watching Andy, Darryl, and Kevin jam together in the warehouse, but when Robert California and friends took over, it lost its luster, even though they could really play.
10. Free Family Portrait Studio: Episode 24
This is Andy’s revenge episode. After convincing David Wallace to buy back Dunder-Mifflin, he plots his delicious moment to reveal this to the office, but he does it in typical Andy over-dramatic fashion. By trying to convince people he’s a drunken janitor at rock-bottom, he believes his moment will be extra “delicious,” but it just doesn’t work out for him the way he figures. Still, I love what is all happening. David Wallace is once again CEO just like The Office glory days, Andy replaces the dreadful Nellie as the rightful regional manager, and Robert California is leaving. After a lackluster season 8, this season finale ends on a high note that gives you a lot of hope for the next season. And after all of that, this episode strongly suggests that Dwight is the father of Angela’s child. Even though it’s far from peak The Office, overall this episode is a decent one that sets up hope for a better season nine.
9. Turf War: Episode 23
This episode has a series of turn of events that set up major changes in the near future. We first find out that Robert California abruptly closed down the Binghamton branch the night before in a drunken state of mind, which caused Jim and Dwight to compete for their clients with the Syracuse branch. This led to several funny parts when a Syracuse salesman came down to Scranton to confront them about it and race them to pick up their biggest client in Prestige. Andy, who still hangs around the office, decided to beat them to the punch to pick up Prestige on his own (Big Red Paper Co.) to force Robert’s hand in hiring him back or missing out entirely on the enormous client. I loved that part since I hate Robert and like Andy. And lastly, the biggest turn of events in this episode was when Andy met David Wallace at his house to convince him to buy back the company. We don’t know what David Wallace said, but it strongly hints that he will do it. This creates big-time intrigue for the next episode and you’re really hoping he gets rid of Robert California if he does take control.
8. Spooked: Episode 5
In the 8th season’s Halloween special, the most memorable thing was Robert California’s “spooky” tale at the very end. Throughout the episode he discreetly gathered what everyone’s biggest fear was and combined them all in his tale as he told it. It was a very, very strange tale, and for that reason alone it was memorable. This episode didn’t deliver much else though. Like always, I enjoy seeing the different costumes everyone in the office dressed up in. But the Andy/Erin back-and-forth was uninteresting, as well as the other biggest storyline about Pam and Jim’s different beliefs about ghosts. The funniest scene, without a doubt, was when Gabe’s “cinema of the unsettling” played on the tv in front of everyone and seeing everyone’s reactions; especially Stanley’s after the scene shot to him in his car.
7. Lotto: Episode 3
Darryl is a primary player in this episode and he really brings it down. I love Darryl’s character in this show, but in this episode he is annoying with his zero-motivation and his “just fire me” antics…after the warehouse crew wins the lottery and he wasn’t part of it. It just wasn’t the Darryl we know. There were some funny parts though, such as Oscar busting out the car window at the beginning for the dog inside, Stanley after his lunch was stolen, Kevin’s creative idea to load the boxes faster, and Creed’s classic line of, “I’ve already won the lottery. I was born in the US of A baby!”
6. Mrs. California: Episode 9
It’s pretty funny the position Andy is put in when Robert California pressures Andy into hiring his wife after he demanded him not to. It was an absolute no-win situation for Andy and it was funny watching him try to explain his way out of everything. When Jim gets roped into the situation as well, he takes off running and climbs to the roof of the building where there is…Creed flying a remote controlled helicopter! Dwight’s gym at work had some entertaining parts as well and I’ll always remember his line of, “first you have to get the black people to join before the white people will join. Then you have to get the black people to quit.” For season 8 standards, it’s a pretty decent episode.
5. Doomsday: Episode 6
Not a bad episode at all, especially for season eight. After Robert California demands the office to stop making mistakes, Dwight implements his “doomsday device” where after five mistakes in one day, emails go out to Robert that would most likely result in everyone losing their jobs. Of course, the office makes those five mistakes and it’s up to Pam, Kevin, Andy, and Erin to save everyone by going to visit Dwight at his house and be friendly with him. Jim’s squash match with Robert California was pretty funny and I really enjoyed Gabe’s scenes in this one. I’ve always liked Gabe’s character and this episode is a perfect example why, as he tries to court Val from the warehouse and is so weird in doing so. Lastly, I really like the opening of this episode where Andy plays “Closing Time” every single day before closing and Stanley belts it out.
4. Christmas Wishes: Episode 10
One of the better episodes of season 8, but far from the best Christmas episodes is “Christmas Wishes.” Even though it doesn’t have the “classic” Michael Scott messing something up in it, it does have some pretty funny parts. My favorite is Stanley’s rant at the beginning when he just wants a plain, “baby Jesus in a manger Christmas” and his line of “I know Santa ain’t black!” That was a hilarious opening. I also love Kelly’s scene of her purposely embarrassing Andy’s girlfriend Jessica (who we see for the first time) by asking her if she farted in front of a group of people. Jim and Dwight’s back and forth had its moments, as did Erin and her getting really drunk at the Christmas party.
3. The Incentive: Episode 2
Season 8 overall isn’t very good, but this is one of its best episodes. When Robert California demands that the office double its sales and puts all the pressure on Andy, things get interesting when Andy starts offering sales incentives with a point system. Eventually he corners himself into promising the office he would get a tattoo on his butt if they reached so many points collectively, definitely believing they wouldn’t reach the goal. It’s hilarious seeing the office work harder than they ever have (even Stanley during his usual nap time) to reach the goal. It pulls the office employees together as one, which is a rarity, but very cool to see. Overall, it’s a fun and lighthearted episode.
2. Pool Party: Episode 12
Before Robert California sells him mansion, he decides (Kevin’s idea) to throw one last “harrah,” inviting the office over that night. There’s a lot of good parts in this one that are fun to watch. The swimming pool chicken fights, the unexpected skinny dipping, the Ryan vs. Gabe competition for who will party with the CEO the longest, Jim desperately trying to leave the party, Oscar and Toby’s wine talk, and everyone having an overall good time. Kevin’s remark to Val of “that’s racist” when she asked him if Darryl doesn’t swim was hilarious too. This is just one of those light-hearted episodes that I love about this show where nothing is too serious and everyone is just having a good time. Very enjoyable to watch.
1. Trivia: Episode 11
This episode is funny and enjoyable throughout its 22 minutes. The opening is funny when the office is on their historic silent streak of 20 minutes when Kevin takes a bite of a candy bar and says, “oh yeah!” Then the premise of this episode is the office going to a bar in Philadelphia to compete in a trivia contest to win enough money to help reach the monthly quarterly. This leads to many funny moments as the “good timers” group of Kevin, Erin, Kelly, and Meredith wind up winning the whole thing. Some of the answers given, whether right or wrong, were hilarious, like Kelly knowing who won NBA’s 6th man of the year award because of Keeping Up With the Kardashians and Jim and Darryl getting the answer wrong. And Dwight traveling down to Tallahassee to interview for a COO position had its moments as well. Best episode of this season.
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New Dunder Mifflin CEO Robert California leaves a piece of paper with a line down the middle that has names of the Scranton staff on either side of it, leading everyone to try and figure out what it means.
Under pressure from Robert to increase branch sales, Andy offers an incentive program to the sales staff, which backfires on him when he offers a very personal grand prize.
After the entire warehouse staff wins the lottery and quits their job, Darryl becomes depressed and demands to be fired. Meanwhile, the office staff is forced to load the truck for their orders themselves.
Andy claims to be throwing a garden party at Dwight's farm to impress Robert California, but he's really doing it to win the approval of his parents, who appear to favor his younger brother.
Erin is worried that she is about to get fired after she organizes a disastrous office Halloween party for Robert and his son. Meanwhile, Robert probes the minds of the employees to come up with the perfect spooky story.
Dwight installs a "Doomsday Device" on the office computers that could get everyone fired if they make too many mistakes, while Gabe tries to hit on one of Darryl's warehouse employees.
A pregnant and insecure Pam tries to prove that Jim is attracted to her temporary replacement. Meanwhile, Robert and his musician friends take over a jam session with Andy, Kevin and Darryl.
Andy decides to motivate and inspire everyone by taking them on a field trip to Gettysburg. Some people in the office stay behind and Robert California asks them to come up with Dunder Mifflin/Sabre's next big idea.
Robert brings his wife to the office so that she can find a job, but he gives Andy conflicting messages about whether to hire her. Meanwhile, Dwight opens a gym in the building and tries to persuade Darryl to join.
Andy tries to make this year's Christmas the best ever by granting each person's holiday wishes. Meanwhile, Robert California tries to drown his sorrows at the office party.
Oscar joins a trivia contest, Andy gets the whole office involved. Meanwhile, Dwight explores job opportunities at Sabre.
Robert throws a pool party at his house, and Erin tries to make Andy jealous by flirting with Dwight.
Jim is found to be skipping while he said he was at jury duty. Meanwhile, Angela gives birth to her baby.
Dwight and Andy must select a group of workers for a special project in Tallahassee.
Dwight brings his team to Tallahassee and meets Nellie Bertram. Meanwhile, Andy fills in for Erin.
Dwight and Todd Packer compete for a job. Meanwhile, Andy has the Scranton employees cover for their co-workers.
Dwight tries to impress Nellie at the Sabre store opening. Andy is embarrassed by an injury he received.
Jim tries to keep Dwight from getting fired. Andy finds out the Erin is staying in Florida.
Andy goes to Tallahassee to win back Erin. Nellie comes to Scranton for the manager position.
Robert tells the Scranton branch to throw a welcome party for Nellie, while the employees want to sabotage it. Erin helps Andy break up with Jessica.
Andy finds out Nellie stole his job. Meanwhile, Kelly chooses between Ryan or a new guy named Ravi.
Andy goes to a fundraiser held by Angela's husband. Nellie tries to befriend Darryl.
Robert shuts down Dunder Mifflin's Binghamton branch, meanwhile Jim and Dwight try to defeat a rival salesman.
Dwight offers free family portraits, Andy tries to win his job back.
Office 8 the season
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Massaging my younger brother, ruffling my hair. And then she broke off for a moment, pulled up the edges of her dress and bared her crotch, obviously making it clear what she wants now. She had no clothes on. I could assume that she took it off before the trial, but I could not remember the moment when this could have.
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Fortunately, he was driving the other way. When I thanked David again, he hugged me and said: I stuck out my tongue to Zhenya and galloped off to the bathroom, having time to close. The door on the hook before he tried to rush in after him. As soon as I, as usual, abruptly turned the tap on, a stream of water hit my face.