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The Office: Halloween

While the Office staff is distracted by their Halloween costumes and festivities, Michael must decide which office member he will lay off to meet the company's downsizing goals. As a joke, Jim and Pam upload Dwight's resume on several job-search websites, and Pam suggests perhaps Jim could get a higher-paying job somewhere else, too.

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x5
Production Number: 02006
Airdate: Tuesday October 18th, 2005

Director: Paul Feig
Writer: Greg Daniels

Alternate Airdates:

DE (Super RTL) Mar 15, 2008

  • Currently 9.8/10
9.8/10 (4 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Alec Zbornak
As Bumble Bee
Angela Kinsey
As Angela Martin
Brian Baumgartner
As Kevin Malone
Kate Flannery
As Meredith Palmer
Leslie David Baker
As Stanley Hudson
Mindy Kaling
As Kelly Kapoor
Oscar Nuñez
As Oscar Martinez
Paul Lieberstein
As Toby Flenderson
Phyllis Smith
As Phyllis Lapin

Co-Guest Stars
Creed Bratton
As Creed Bratton
Devon Abner
As Devon
Hugh Dane
As Hank Tate
Annabelle Kopack
As Fairy Princess
Ava Nisbet
As Sherry
Main Cast
Steve Carell
As Michael Scott
Rainn Wilson
As Dwight Schrute
John Krasinski
As Jim Halpert
Jenna Fischer
As Pam Beesly
B.J. Novak
As Ryan Howard
Episode Notes
This episode was watched by 8 million people, and retained 73% of My Name is Earl's audience.

Halloween costumes worn by the staff:
Kelly - Dorothy, from the Wizard of Oz
Oscar - Mama, from Mama's Family
Angela, Phyllis, and Pam - cats
Kevin - a Superhero
Dwight - a Sith Lord
Jim - 3-hole-punched Jim
Michael - two-headed Michael
Stanley - did not wear a costume.

In this episode, we learn that Michael's middle name is Gary.

Episode Quotes
Dwight: So you got the fax. So why didn't you add it to the resume? What do you mean? Of course martial arts training is relevant. Oh excuse me, I know about a billion Asians that would beg to differ. Uh, yeah, I get a little frustrated when I'm dealing with incompetence. Well, you know what? You can go to hell and I will see you there. Burning. Fine. Oh, wait, so you'll let me know when you've made a decision?

Jim: Dwight is special. But I don't believe that his talents are being used in this office. So Pam and I have put his resume on Monster.com, Google, Craig's List. We're really interested most in jobs that take Dwight out of state. Preferably Alaska... or India.

Michael: Oh, look at you. Showin' your colors. I bet you wish you wore a dress everyday.
Oscar: What are you implying?

Angela: Those aren't chips and dip.
Pam: No, I made brownies.
Angela: (Sighs)
Pam: What?
Angela: I'm just trying to figure out why you're trying to sabotage things.
Pam: (Bewildered) I made brownies.
Angela: And I made cookies. Same category.

Michael: Devon wait, please, look, in addition to severance and everything, I want to give you, this gift certificate from Chili's, from me. Okay? No hard feelings.

Episode Goofs
The janitor vacuums up the cobwebs, but you'd think he would leave them, realizing they are part of the other Halloween decorations that are hung around the office.

Jim pretends to be Michael on the phone, yet Michael is sitting just ten feet away. Most likely he would have been heard.

When Pam wants to see what is happening to Jim while he's in Michael's office, she finds the first set of blinds closed, but she never looks through the second set.

Cultural References
Michael: Interesting take on Dorothy. I love it. Hey, you know what would even be better? Soccer ball and cleats.
Kelly: Why is that?
Michael: Bend It Like Beckham.

Michael is implying that Kelly should pretend to be the girl from the 2003 film, Bend It Like Beckham, about an Indian girl who plays soccer.

Stanley: You're fired! Get your fingers off my phone.

Stanley makes a quick reference to another NBC show, The Apprentice.

Phyllis: What are you? A monk?
Dwight: I'm a Sith lord.

Dwight's costume is a reference to the Star Wars series of films, in which the Siths are cult of priest-warriors that follow the dark side of the Force.

Warning: The Office season 2 episode 5 guide may contain spoilers
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