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‘The Setting Was A Little Strange!!’ Clips From Tonight’s Bernard-Centric THE OFFICE!!

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Tonight brings “Garden Party,” the last new episode of “The Office” until November sweeps. NBC says:

Andy decides to throw a garden party at Schrute Farms to impress Robert California. Dwight researches how to host a garden party and thinks he has made it a very classy event. Meanwhile, Andy’s parents (Stephen Collins and Dee Wallace) and brother (Josh Groban) attend but make him feel self-conscious.

These are NBC’s first preview clips from “The Office” since Steve Carell left:

Spoilers are hidden in the text invisible.

* The book Dwight uses to host the garden party was secretly written by Jim Halpert. That’s right. Jim wrote and self-published an entire book to prank Dwight.

* The next new episode, “Spooked,” is a Halloween installment about Robert California learning everyone’s most dire fear before crafting a ghost story designed to play on those fears.

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9 p.m. Thursday. NBC.

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  • Oct. 13, 2011, 4:15 p.m. CST


    by Michael Lunney

  • Oct. 13, 2011, 4:39 p.m. CST

    N' A!!!

    by WerePlatypus

  • Oct. 13, 2011, 5:35 p.m. CST

    We already saw andy's Parents a few seasons ago

    by Redhead_Redemption

    When he wanted to propose to angella, he invited his parents and the camera panned to them I know it's just a little continuity mistake but seriously It's gonna anger lots of internet nerds including myself

  • Oct. 13, 2011, 6:34 p.m. CST

    this and Community were unwatchable last week

    by johnnyg korrupt

    They were so bad i had to turn both off. Gone from must see viewing to avoid

  • Oct. 13, 2011, 8:02 p.m. CST

    Billboard bit...

    by Barrock

    Was awesome.

  • Oct. 13, 2011, 8:24 p.m. CST


    by Truxton Spangler

    This show had already become uneven before Carrell left. Then we were sold a bill of goods with the Spader casting, only to see him kicked upstairs and not appear consistently onscreen. Perhaps I'm also biased by the fact that I've only liked Andy in small doses, but the must see part of NBC's Thursday lineup has definitely moved to the 8 to 9 hour.

  • Oct. 13, 2011, 8:29 p.m. CST

    Good ol'Office

    by buffywrestling

    Capable is the best I can come up with. Wasn't really happy about Jim's talking head explaining that he was the one who set up the book. We got it. The shows been on forever. Don't spoon feed me like that anymore, kay?

  • Also, wtf is up with Stephen Collins taking more d-bag rolls lately. Between this and No Ordinary Family, I totally wanna kick him in the nuts. No in-between for this guy, eh? On the upside, it make you sympathize with Andy more. Lots of fun bits this episode too. About on par with the beach day episode. Not perfect, but.... solid. The show's certainly back on track, imo. Much more even than last week's definitely. Focusing on Darryl last week was just a bad idea. Darryl dragged that episode down far too much.

  • Oct. 13, 2011, 11:12 p.m. CST

    The show seems dead

    by American Mythos

    I'm really trying to give it a chance. I watched the first two episodes and skipped the third. I plan to watch this one on On Demand tomorrow but, damn, are the laughs becoming fewer and far between. Robert California seemed like a good idea, but they're not being very humorous with anything Spader is given, which is the writers' fault not his. And, to me anyway, this season has confirmed that Andy Bernard is a better side character than the focal point. The show seems to have lost a lot of its spirit without Michael Scott. They tried to go with the most Michael Scott-like replacement they could with Andy, but I don't feel it's working. Hopefully future episodes change my mind.

  • Oct. 13, 2011, 11:14 p.m. CST

    I found tonight's episode funny...

    by ShelbKis

    The best part of the office has always been the Jim/Dwight dynamic IMO, and tonight was classic Jim/Dwight. Would've let Dwight do all that stuff and revealed at the end that Jim wrote the book, even if it would've been obvious.

  • Oct. 14, 2011, 12:14 a.m. CST



    Wrote a book... a big book... looked about 200 pages ... printed it hard cover and sold it to Dwight...? I was fucking around on my phone, maybe should watch that whole thing closer, maybe it made sense... but I don't feel like it.

  • Oct. 14, 2011, 3:07 a.m. CST

    People bailing on the Office is pathetic...

    by Andrew Coleman

    The episodes have been funny. People claiming it's shit and stuff I think are just saying it without watching the episodes or they talked themselves into hating it. Many just hated Michael Scott leaving and claimed it dead... Now the show actually has a new and kind of fresh vibe and people have to hate. This episode was really funny. I agree that Robert California needs more screen time. It needs to be a balance between Andy's overt he top nice guy act with California's deal. Show is solid... Also to the guy hating on Community... Go watch X-Factor bitch. Community is comedy gold.

  • Oct. 14, 2011, 7:26 a.m. CST

    Commander Decker and E.T.'s Mom

    by Mike-El

    That's quite the iconic couple.

  • Oct. 14, 2011, 7:28 a.m. CST

    Brilliant Episode from a great seaon 7

    by Lane_myers111

    Laughed out loud a lot tonight. Why is it totally unrealistic that Jim came up with a book. He could have cut and paste loads of it and just written a small part of it and used pictures to fill a lot. Hes already shown a huge dedication to pranking dwight in the past and It brought up some great moments. If anyone didnt laugh at all the stuff with the valet especially the fact that he wanted the cars for an Evel Knievel stunt i dont get you. Dwight and his brother on the see saw on google street maps (genius). Andys brother mistaking pams identity. The dance master and closing ceremony bits were brilliant. James Spader is always great as well "why would you think i wanted Goats". Loved Michael Scott but not missing him at all.

  • Oct. 14, 2011, 8:14 a.m. CST

    Gab Looks Like He Put On Weight...

    by Graphix67

    ...meanwhile, Toby continues to look thin and frail. The "reason" for his condition continues to be one of the best kept secrets of Situational-Comedy-Land.

  • Oct. 14, 2011, 8:14 a.m. CST

    OOPS! Meant To Type GABE And Not GAB.

    by Graphix67

  • Oct. 14, 2011, 8:35 a.m. CST

    Still funny, just not as much

    by MoneyGrabSequel

    Funniest bits was the Kelly not getting a jacket and the baby name issue. The Andy's parents stuff was just depressing.

  • Oct. 14, 2011, 11:08 a.m. CST

    Promoting Andy to Manager = Huge Miscalculation

    by Dursman2000

    Well I hate to say but I think this series is dying right in front of our eyes. I think they made a huge miscalculation promoting Andy to manager — when he’s pathetic, he’s just plain sad and unfunny, whereas Michael Scott was endearing and amusing even when the situation was painful. Spader’s addition has generated nothing in the way of laughs and he has no chemistry at all with Helms. After all the hype of "who's taking over The Office", THIS was their solution? Unless they somehow make this work, I can’t see a way out. They needed to bring in a new star, a comedian, to keep the show fresh (wasn't that the point?). Andy's character is just too pathetic, and not in a comedic way, either. Maybe it goes for another year after this one, but that’s going to be it. The ratings are already sliding.

  • Oct. 14, 2011, 11:22 a.m. CST

    anyone can persuade themselves that THE OFFICE is still worth watching

    by Tigger Tales

    I am not one of those

  • Oct. 14, 2011, 12:28 p.m. CST

    Just about ready to pull this from the DVR

    by kedst1

    This show is no longer about making the viewer emote, squirm or get involved in the show at any level. It's all about the actors acting silly in some surreal world that none of us can relate to. This occurred before Carrell left. When he left should have been the end. The Brits got this right.

  • Oct. 14, 2011, 12:41 p.m. CST

    Last night's episode of THE OFFICE...

    by Chris Moody

    ...was one of the funniest since the second season! You really felt for (and begin to understand and sympathize with) Andy because of long-time paternal rejection. This is the FIRST time that I actually cared for this character. The practical joke on Dwight (by Jim) was classic. The argument about CITIZEN CANE between Darryl and Oscar made me laugh out loud. Gabe's groveling is hilarious. The fight over the baby name "Philip" (by Pam and Angela) was too funny. I have a feeling that Angela isn't really pregnant...or that someone will get so angry with her that they will tell her that her hubby is gay. This was the best episode in a long time.

  • Oct. 14, 2011, 6:59 p.m. CST

    Why is Spader on this piece of shit?

    by TheApostle

  • Oct. 14, 2011, 8:04 p.m. CST

    The 1st episode this season...

    by Master Bruce

    sucked...especially after all the hype. However, I think it's been picking up steam the last 2 weeks...I actually laughed a bit & I haven't done that w/this show in years. Now that Michael's drama w/Holly is done, it seems to be getting back to more of an ensemble show like the early years. I even dig Spader more than Bates as the CEO. My only minor complaint is how they write Andy a bit more like Michael these days...Helms even seems to be channeling Carell @ times!

  • Oct. 14, 2011, 8:58 p.m. CST

    just kind of there

    by Shakes

    The show, I don't know, they should have cast an outsider to be the new boss. There just doesn't seem to be a focus. In the past the general theme of the show was the cast reacting to situations created by Michael Scott. It required a strong individual, which Carrell pulled off. But Helms just isn't doing it, and now the show just feels like its lacking a direction or focal point. <br>There's absolutely still some really funny bits and there's no threat for the time being of the show being dropped from my DVR, but if they want to be worthy of the 9 p.m. time slot, they need to figure out how to pull off this new dynamic. <br>and tonights episode definitely had some funny points, but seriously, a fucking garden party? That was as bad a plot device as the Cafe Disco episode from last season.