Let Michael Scott guide you in the ways of feeble and ineffective management. Also, Dwight makes a special appearance as the scourge of a land far, far away, and Jim and Pam join forces to have him shipped out even further. Kevin reveals his alter-ego, Oscar lets his hair down, and a catfight almost erupts in the conference room.

The Michael Scott School of Hard Knocks

Michael : I wish I could fire Sherry.
Sherry : Hey, I’m still here.

There’s something about Michael and phones that doesn’t seem to mix. I think maybe he should just stop using them. Forever and ever.

Dwight Being Dwight

I don’t think the Sith would ever have admitted anyone named Dwight into their ranks. It would have been their loss — Dwight pulls off a fantastic, albeit force-impaired, Sith impression in this episode. The scene where he’s talking to Michael in the office with his face almost completely obscured by his cowl is wonderfully shot.

The Many Faces of Jim

Jim posing as Michael might have been my favorite sequence in this episode.

Jim : Dwight Schrute is… amazing. Yeah. No, he is actually the single greatest employee of his generation.

He plays the part perfectly right to the very end when he hangs up the phone. Yes, throw up those air high-fives like there’s no tomorrow — you deserve it.

Confessions of a Receptionist

And the battle for feline superiority rages on.

Pam : I’m guessing Angela’s the one in the neighborhood who gives the trick-or-treaters some toothbrushes. Pennies. Walnuts.

The Jim/Pam Index

Between the scheming to have Dwight sent across the globe and the miscommunication bewteen Pam and Jim, this episode was pretty up and down. Pam’s advice for Jim put a swift end to the fun and games, but the episode did end on a high note. I give Halloween an Up rating on the JP Index. Let’s be honest: nothing says don’t go like “if you left here, I would blow my brains out.”

Supporting Nod

Kevin’s costume was just too damn awesome too pass up. Now that’s company loyalty.

The Superstar

Dwight. The Emperor’s got nothing on him. Except mastery of The Force. Whatever, Dwight could still take him.

Transmissions from the Office

  • Pam : I just answer the phone.
    Michael : And sometimes you just let it go to voicemail.

    Two heads are better than one at firing people, right?

  • Phyllis : What are you, a monk?

    Phyllis knows exactly how to disarm a Sith Lord.

  • Jim : We’re really interested most in jobs that take Dwight out of state. Uh, preferably Alaska. Or India.

    Alaska would be perfect for Dwight. He could make his living fighting polar bears or something.

  • Dwight : You can go to hell, too! And I will see you there. Burning!

    Dwight’s makeup during this episode was awesome, especially during the one-on-one interviews. Who knew The Emperor wore glasses?

  • Michael : No, no, no. That’s just first thing. Came. Come. In. Head.

    Flustered Michael is great to watch. Minutes later, he hangs up on Toby in his weekly “Let’s be a Dick to Toby” move. This won’t end well.

  • Michael : Yeah, I went hunting once. Shot the deer in the leg. Had to kill it with a shovel, took about an hour.

    Don’t think about this one too hard. Sure, it sounds funny at first, but think about it too long and it quickly crosses into gruesome territory.

Odds and Ends

  • Heated words were exchanged in the conference room. Pam and Angela were this close to throwing down. And then they realized they were both dressed as cats, and that just would have been too ridiculous.
  • The closing sequence as Michael reminisces about past costumes reminded us that deep down, way down, Michael is a real person, too. The scene with the kids at the end was a nice touch.

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Dwight plays a Sith lord like an eerie combination of Dracula and the Star Wars Kid (you all know who I'm talking about). That was one of the funnier sequences I have ever seen.

1Posted by DL on November 13, 2005

I agree — Jim's impersonation of Michael was brilliant! Right down to the "Okay, okay, okay-kay-kay-kay, okay" as he's hanging up the phone.

Jim-as-Michael-firing-Creed was also funny:

Jim: I'm really sorry, but I have to let you go. And it's purely budgetary, it's not personal....
Michael: Aaahhhhhh! I'm going to kill myself!
Jim: Wow.

2Posted by Jennie on December 9, 2005

The final scene of the episode is refreshing in that it shows Michael in a setting where his quirks are actually positive; it seems he's great with kids. It's just too bad that he treats everyone like they're a kid, but nonetheless it's nice to see.

3Posted by Matt on January 29, 2006