"Spooked" is the fifth episode of the eighth season of the American television comedy series "The Office" and the show's 157th overall. It was the season's Halloween special. It was written by Carrie Kemper and directed by Randall Einhorn. It originally aired on NBC October 27, 2011. It was viewed by 5.53 million people.
Erin has been assigned to set up the Halloween party by Andy, who wants to live up to the expectations set by Robert. Robert arrives with his son Bert and notices that the party is more tailored to kids than adults. In response, Andy asks Angela and Phyllis to help take over and re-tailor the party, much to Erin's chagrin. Andy also tells her that he wishes to speak with her at the end of the day. Worried about the party, she asks Gabe for help, and he gives her a tape to show everyone. Unaware of the fact that the video is full of disturbing images and no story, the office staff get upset when they see that there's hidden footage of them present in the video. Andy and Robert then talk with Erin in his office regarding the incident. Erin says that she got nervous when Andy wanted to have a talk with her, and she thought he was about to fire her regarding the party. However, Andy informs her that he is dating someone, and she is shocked to hear they have been out on 31 dates so far. Erin feels dejected and leaves.
Jim and Pam argue whether ghosts are real after she claims to have seen one at a pub where she used to work; their argument becomes extremely heated throughout the day. Meanwhile, Dwight had dressed up as Sarah Kerrigan from StarCraft, but Toby had taken off his wings as they had knives on them and Dwight was not allowed to bring in weapons, thus people did not know what Dwight is. Bert notices what his costume is supposed to be and the two bond over playing StarCraft all day, ignoring everyone else. Dwight also makes Bert pretend to fire Toby, for taking away his weapons, on the grounds that he is the CEO's son.
Robert, having witnessed the various discussions and arguments between some employees and aware about the fears of others, tells a horror story implementing all the fears and arguments as a way to convince them not to let fear control their lives. This inspires Jim and Pam to stop their argument and Erin to talk to Andy about her feelings.
Cultural references Edit
- South Park is an American animated sitcom.
- Kate Middleton is the maiden name of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, whose royal wedding Meredith and Kelly followed.
- Jim, Kevin and Darryl are dressed up as professional basketball players Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James, respectively.
- Ryan thinks Dwight is dressed up as the actress Whoopi Goldberg.
- Dwight dresses up as Sarah Kerrigan, a character from the video game series StarCraft.
- Toby narrates a montage of previous costumes worn by Dwight including dressed as Freddy Krueger, Jigsaw, and Pinhead, the primary antagonists from the A Nightmare on Elm Street, Saw, and Hellraiser franchises, respectively.
- Ryan is dressed as Jesse Pinkman from the T.V. series Breaking Bad, wearing the characters signature yellow hoodie and beanie.
- Jim teases Pam asking her to see a "documentary" called Ghostbusters.
Connections to previous episodes Edit
- Angela is dressed in the same cat costume she wore in the season two episode, Halloween.
Amusing details Edit
- Ryan, a former drug addict, is dressed as a meth cook and dealer.
- Despite throwing out his bobble head in The Duel, the Dwight Schrute bobble head was used to advertise this episode while wearing a skeleton mask. The bobble-head does reappear later, suggesting that Dwight took it out of the garbage can perhaps after a change of heart soon after.
- Toby, Kelly, and Gabe's skeleton costumes are...not anatomically correct.
- Andy- Construction Worker
- Jim- NBA player Chris Bosh
- Dwight- Kerrigan from the video game StarCraft
- Pam- Kangaroo
- Stanley- Some Chef
- Phyllis- Sexy bunny
- Creed- Osama Bin Laden
- Meredith- Kate Middleton
- Erin - Wendy's restaurant logo girl
- Darryl- NBA player LeBron James
- Kevin- NBA player Dwayne Wade
- Anglea- A cat
- Oscar- "Oscar Liar Weiner" aka Oscar Meyer
- Ryan- Jessie Pinkman from Breaking Bad
- Toby- A skeleton
- Kelly- A skeleton
- Gabe- A skeleton
Fears in Robert California's story Edit
- Creed - Snakes
- Angela - Dirt/Filth
- Darryl - Being buried Alive
- Kevin - Mummies
- Meredith - Jim
- Kelly - Never marrying
- Jim and Pam - Losing each other over an argument they couldn't get past
- Dwight - Getting lost in imaginary worlds
- Andy - Never living up to expectations of him (probably his parent's expectations)
- Erin - Never speaking or acting on her feelings
- Rainn Wilson as Dwight Schrute
- John Krasinski as Jim Halpert
- Jenna Fischer as Pam Halpert
- B.J. Novak as Ryan Howard
- Ed Helms as Andy Bernard
- James Spader as Robert California
- Leslie David Baker as Stanley Hudson
- Brian Baumgartner as Kevin Malone
- Creed Bratton (actor) as Creed Bratton
- Kate Flannery as Meredith Palmer
- Mindy Kaling as Kelly Kapoor
- Ellie Kemper as Erin Hannon
- Angela Kinsey as Angela Martin-Lipton
- Paul Lieberstein as Toby Flenderson
- Oscar Nunez as Oscar Martinez
- Craig Robinson as Darryl Philbin
- Phyllis Smith as Phyllis Vance
- Zach Woods as Gabe Lewis
Guest Starring castEdit
- David Mazouz as Robert's son Bert
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|#01||The List||#07||Pam's Replacement||#13||Jury Duty||#19||Get the Girl|
|#02||The Incentive||#08||Gettysburg||#14||Special Project||#20||Welcome Party|
|#03||Lotto||#09||Mrs. California||#15||Tallahassee||#21||Angry Andy|
|#04||Garden Party||#10||Christmas Wishes||#16||After Hours||#22||Fundraiser|
|#05||Spooked||#11||Trivia||#17||Test the Store||#23||Turf War|
|#06||Doomsday||#12||Pool Party||#18||Last Day in Florida||#24||Free Family Portrait Studio|