", "I'm at home writing Office Christmas episode.  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". 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. Meanwhile, Erin helps Andy break up with his current girlfriend Jessica (. The entire warehouse staff quits after winning the lottery, leaving Andy (. During Pam's absence, Jim decides to focus on Stanley as his main audience to entertain with his pranks on Dwight. In what is -- dare we say it -- the greatest musical moment from "The Office," Jim and Pam's wedding gets a "It's Britney, Bitch" Season 5, Episode 23  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". \"Passacaglia\" by George Frideric Handel - Played by the harpsichord when Dwight dances with one of the waiters, following the instructions from Jim's fake book. Ask questions and download or stream the entire soundtrack on Spotify, YouTube, iTunes, & Amazon. 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. 8 List of The Office (American TV series) characters, List of The Office (American TV series) episodes, "Mindy Kaling Gets 'Office' Promotion to Executive Producer", "Is Mindy Kaling Done Writing for 'The Office'?  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. 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. Airdate Steve Hely 22 episodes; 44 songs; advertisement. When Dwight calls himself a magician for his superior box-arranging skills, Nellie quickly expresses her disdain for stage magicians. Directed by Matt Sohn. Erin is worried that she is about to get fired after she organizes a disastrous office Halloween party for Robert and his son. Novak. " In addition, Kemper's performance in the episodes "Spooked," "Christmas Wishes," "Pool Party," and "Special Project," in particular, were praised by critics.  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. I've eaten two gluten free donuts, now listening to Charlie Brown Christmas.  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. The eighth season of the show was produced by Reveille Productions and Deedle-Dee Productions, both in association with NBC Universal Television Studios.  New York named Andy Bernard one of the most annoying TV characters of 2011.  The spin-off would be created by Wilson and executive producer Paul Lieberstein, but Office developer Greg Daniels would not be involved. Episodes are listed by the order in which they aired, and may not necessarily correspond to their production codes. After a shaky start, an impromptu speech—originally supposed to be delivered by. Robert California forces the office to throw a welcome party for her, and the Party Planning Committee are not pleased. Ask questions and download or stream the entire soundtrack on Spotify, YouTube, iTunes, & Amazon. , 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. (Or, he inferred that "Pam" was a code word, like Jim did. Robert challenges the Dunder Mifflin staffers to double their sales. Series 8 marks the first series of the post-Michael Scott era. 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. When Jim and Pam leave for the day, Pam asks Hank why he let the magician into the elevator when he was asked not to. The Office (American season 8) List of The Office (American TV series) episodes " Pool Party " is the twelfth episode of the eighth season of the American comedy television series The Office , and the show's 164th episode overall. Season As Stanley bids Phyllisfarewell after work, he parts ways with her and enters Dwight's car with Dwight already in the driv… Andy attempts to make everyone's Christmas wishes come true. 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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). Stephen Collins, Dee Wallace and Josh Groban were cast as Andy's father, mother and brother, respectively, and appeared in the episode "Garden Party". 2. The episode originally aired on NBC in the United States on March 8, 2012. Erin passionately kisses Andy inside the car while the party throws cake at them, prompting a quick getaway. A routine office day is changed when children come to Dunder Mifflin for "Take Your Daughter to Work Day." May 10 2012. Season 3 Sep 2006 - May 2007. 3. 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. Everyone's favorite workplace comedy, The Office, is now on Peacock!  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". The song acts as a backdrop to a brief montage of various scenes of members of the office exchanging gifts while shots of Dwight, Nate, Creed, and Gabe air-guitaring along are interspersed. April 12, 2012 After playing, Robert tells Jim that he dislikes the business plan for the Sabre store; he only approved it because Jo Bennett wanted it, but he plans to sandbag it at a high-level meeting, and Jim is stunned when Robert strongly hints he's going to fire Dwight over it. Welcome Party  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. NBC also announced that Catherine Tate would become a series regular.. After Jim fakes having jury duty to spend time with Pam and their newborn child, Dwight suspects something is awry and tries to trip Jim up with an investigation.  This season of The Office was produced by Greg Daniels and Paul Lieberstein, the latter of whom serves as the showrunner. ", "TV's Ten Most Annoying Characters – Vulture", "TV Review: Was Season 8 of The Office a Total Disaster? The Office Season 8 Quotes. One of the photos shows him as a stage magician, which became the root of her distaste of magicians. Meanwhile, Dwight and Jim are ordered to stop pranking one another, lest they forfeit their Christmas bonuses.  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. In the following table, "U.S. viewers (million)" refers to the number of Americans who viewed the episode on the night of broadcast. Jim suggests hiring a magician for the party. ", "Hank Stuever's 10 Best (And 1 Worst) TV Shows of 2011", "Looking Back on The Office Season 8: C'mon Guys, It Wasn't That Bad", "The Office – Episode 8–12 Review – "A Party To Remember, "IAM Rainn WILSON – Dwight From the Office and the Founder of SoulPancake – AMA! \"Baby, I Love Your Way\" by Peter Frampton - Andy, Darr… Welcome Party Directed by Troy Miller. Jim tries to warn Dwight that he's going to be fired after Robert rejects the Sabre Store idea, but he refuses to listen. When Dwight suggests bringing in a magician to move her furniture magically, Nellie quickly admits her disdain for stage magicians, prompting Jim to call Pamabout hiring a magician for Nellie's party.  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. Directed by Victor Nelli Jr.. With Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer. The eighth season introduced several new characters. A pregnant and insecure Pam tries to prove that Jim is attracted to her temp replacement, and Robert and his musician friends take over a jam session with Andy, Kevin, and Darryl. With Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, B.J. Andy decides to create an incentive program; he promises the office that he will tattoo a picture of their choosing on his buttocks if they meet the sales quota, which they do in only one day. 6 episodes; 4 songs; Season 2 Sep 2005 - May 2006. Just as Pam's maternity leave ends, Dwight and Andy must select employees to accompany Dwight to. Up; 'Person,' 'Rob,' 'Parks' Adj.  There was initial speculation that following the eighth season, Daniels was considering rebooting the series due to the possible departures of main cast members. On their way back to Scranton, they stop at Jessica's family's log cabin, where they encounter a bunch of Jessica's friends and family having a bachelorette party and drinking. However, Season 8 has no commentaries at all, not even from directors/writers. Erin is visibly disheartened and decides to get some sleep. Critical reception was polarized.  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". “Christmas Wishes” (Season 8, 2011) This is the first Christmas episode without Michael Scott, and his absence is felt deeply. The Office. Robert gives everyone a tour of his massive home, which increasingly makes everyone feel uncomfortable. It marked the first time since season one that the show did not receive any Emmy nominations.  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. Nellie makes a bad impression upon the Scranton branch when she arrives late for work. Garden Party 1. Meanwhile, Gabe attempts to court the new warehouse worker, Andy takes some of the office staff on a field trip to, Robert tries to get Andy to not give his wife, Susan (. After staying a while, Andy asks Jessica into the kitchen where she deduces that he is breaking up with her. 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.  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. Soon, Jim and Dwight learn tragic information about Nellie that makes them think twice about pranking her. Jim makes several attempts to stop Dwight from a… Andy soon overreacts by punching a hole in a wall and is promptly fired. Browse The Office (US) Songs by Season. 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Save. Darryl.  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. 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.  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. Dwight and Packer compete to be in charge of the Sabre store by trying to romantically woo Nellie. S8, Ep7 10 Nov. 2011 Despite reports that she would also get romantically involved with Robert, this never occurred. Andy decides to head back to the cabin to tell Jessica and her party that he broke up with her because he wanted to be with Erin and that she is relationship material, while Erin overhears. The office then makes Andy get a tattoo of a puppy. Andy returns to the office to find Nellie in the manager's chair. Novak. He just dislikes Pam. Watch the mockumentary sitcom about the everyday lives of the workers at Dunder Mifflin, a paper company in Scranton, Pennsylvania. In addition, the two are executive producers on the show. \"Forever Young\" by Rod Stewart - Performed by Andy's father and brother. This usurping divides the office into pro-Andy and pro-Nellie factions. After each episode of The Office airs, fans rate it on a scale of 1 to 10. This vacillation between extremes meant that the episodes "sometimes" work. With Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, B.J. In Scranton, Andy has everyone stay late to cover for their co-workers in Florida. 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When California reveals he hates Nellie's business plan, Jim swings into action to keep Dwight from getting fired.  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..  The drop in ratings led to a lower ad-price for the series, with an average cost of $178,840 per 30-second commercial. Michael organizes a sting operation to find out the secrets of a rival paper company's salesman who is stealing Dunder Mifflin's clients, and Andy gets Darryl's help to form a band. Directed by Playlist of songs from (fact:) the best show ever!  Due to his initial involvement in the spin-off, Lieberstein stepped down as showrunner of The Office.  He stopped reviewing a majority of the Season 8 episodes since "Pam's Replacement", due to his distaste for the series. 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. Meanwhile, Angela gives birth to her son, whom Dwight believes is his son. Meanwhile, Darryl and Toby try to sell cookies to Kevin, and … 3. Andy drives to Florida to try to win back Erin. The series aired on Thursdays at 9:00 p.m. as part of "Comedy Night Done Right" television block. Liam H. Sep 30, 2020.  TV Guide named it an honorable mention on their list of the best TV shows of 2011. When Robert decides to sell his mansion due to his divorce, Kevin suggests that he throw an office pool party, where Erin attempts to make Andy jealous by flirting with Dwight. After former CFO of Dunder Mifflin, This page was last edited on 8 January 2021, at 16:49. Robert California forces the office to throw a welcome party for Nellie, but the Party Planning Committee works on ways to sabotage it. Jessica and her party chase Andy and Erin back to the car. 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. Directed by Randall Einhorn.  "The List" was the highest-rated episode of the season. Jim and Dwight are sent to Nellie's apartment to help her move in. 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.  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.. 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". In retrospect, many members of the cast and crew felt that the season was not the show's best. 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