"Halloween" is the fifth episode of the second season of The Office and the 11th overall. It was written by Greg Daniels and directed by Paul Feig. It first aired on October 18, 2005. It was viewed by 8 million people.
When Michael enters the office, Pam tells him Jan has called. Michael knows it's because he was supposed to fire someone by the end of the month. So far, he has been putting it off hoping someone would quit, move, or die so he wouldn't have to do it. Of course, he has no idea who he is going to let go.
Michael goes to the Accounting Department (Kevin, Angela, and Oscar) and asks them to find $50,000 in the budget (basically, a salary and benefits), who come to the conclusion that the Accounting Department has three people doing the work of two, but don't tell Michael. Dwight gets on Jim's nerves so he and Pam decide to post Dwight's resume on the web. Angela gets mad at Pam for bringing brownies instead of chips and dip to the office party. Dwight's resume gets a hit from a company in Maryland, so Jim plays Michael and gives Dwight a great reference. When the company, Cumberland Mills, calls Dwight to set up an interview, Dwight immediately ruins his chances by having a rather stern argument with the caller over the importance and relevance of martial arts.
Pam thinks Jim should be the one to be getting better job offers and mentions to Jim that, given the salary and growth potential there, he should apply for the Cumberland Mills job. Jim is clearly hurt by the suggestion, thinking that perhaps Pam wouldn't care if he left. Pam tries to back-pedal but Jim makes clear his feelings. Michael tries to practice his firing skills with Jim, but doesn't fire him.After Jim leaves his office, Pam comes over and grabs his hand and says it was crazy. Jim walks away which leaves Pam upset. Michael decides to fire Creed, after unsuccessfully trying to fire Pam and Stanley. Creed is unwilling to be fired so he talks Michael into letting Devon go, which he does. Devon retaliates by smashing a pumpkin on Michael's car. As Jim is leaving to go home, Pam apologizes for pushing him into taking the Cumberland job and reassures him that she would 'blow her brains out' if he ever left. In a talking head, Jim brushes off the remark, saying that if Pam were the one leaving, he wouldn't necessarily blow his brains out...though he would take the Cumberland Mills job.
At the end of the episode, Michael sits sadly at home on Halloween, but he cheers up when the doorbell rings, and he gets to hand out candy to trick-or-treaters.
The Season Two DVD contains a number of deleted scenes from this episode. Notable cut scenes include:
- Michael walks sadly through the office, unconvincingly reassuring everyone that "everything's going to be fine."
- Toby asks Michael for the name of the employee that will be fired so he can start the paperwork. Michael tries to fire Toby.
- As Michael takes the elevator downstairs. Leo and Gino from Vance Refrigeration mug for the cameras. At the security desk, Michael unsuccessfully asks the guard to be available to subdue an employee that has "gone postal." (He also tries to fire the guard.) Michael is determined to have made his decision by the time the elevator returns him to the second floor, but the door opens before he is ready.
- Michael's proposal that everyone take a 10% pay cut is not met with enthusiasm.
- Additional footage of Michael trying to fire Creed.
- Michael tells a long, rambling story about a deer hunting trip. The deer did not die instantly, and "it's hard to hit another living thing in the face with a shovel for about an hour."
- Michael calls Jan, angry that he was forced to betray "one of my best buddies."
- Michael sulks at the lame office Halloween party, along with those not invited to Poor Richard's by Devon (Dwight, Angela, and Creed).
- In a talking head interview, Dwight explains that he is destined to sell paper at Dunder Mifflin.
- Dwight's résumé was indeed posted to monster.com. See Dwight Schrute's Résumé for details.
- Dwight sends the supplement for his resume to "Charles Weed" (at Cumberland Mills).
- Michael tells Oscar he probably wishes he could wear a dress all the time, possibly foreshadowing the fact that Oscar is gay.
- While Dwight was not one of the co-workers Devon invited to Poor Richard's after being fired, in "Finale" Dwight states that he likes Devon, and has re-hired him following Creed's "death".
- This is the only episode to feature a quote over the Deedle-Dee logo: Dwight saying "Quiet, you!"
- This episode has a few firsts: The first time Pam wears her hair down, the first "air high-five", and the first time we learn Michael's middle name.
Behind the scenes
- Larry Wilmore came up with the story idea of Michael having to fire someone while both were wearing a Halloween costume. He was disappointed that he didn't get to write the episode himself.:15:01
- Greg Daniels had wanted to do an episode where someone is fired, but from the point of view of the person doing the firing.:07:53
- Greg Daniels didn't want to bring on a new character just to fire them. It had to be somebody the viewers had already gotten familiar with, so there would be stakes. He had narrowed it down to either Devon or Creed, but even by the first day of shooting, he wasn't certain which one,:08:56 and he planned to shoot two versions of the episode.:09:45 Devon Abner (Devon had a theater contract coming up, which helped settle the matter.:09:14
- This is the first episode in which Pam wears her hair down. There was a meeting about whether Pam's new hairstyle made her too pretty.:11:12
- The staff held a meeting to decide how the three cat costumes would differentiate themselves. Part of the conclusion was that Angela's costume would have only two whiskers.:21:27
- Jenna Fischer (Pam) is an accomplished typist and did her own typing in the scene where Pam and Jim write Dwight's résumé.:23:59
- A Sith Lord is a type of warrior priest from the Star Wars movie franchise. Dwight later refers to characters Anakin Skywalker and Darth Vader from the same movie series.
- Kelly is dressed like Dorothy, the heroine of the movie The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
- Bend It Like Beckham is, like Kelly says, "the movie about the Indian girl who plays soccer."
- Monster.com is a web site devoted to job placement, Google is a search engine, and Craig's List is a free classified ad web site.
- Stanley says "You're fired!" in the style of Donald Trump (future 45th President of The United States), his catch phrase from hosting the show The Apprentice.
- Cumberland Mills is a fictional paper company. The name may have been inspired by the Westvaco paper company in Cumberland, Maryland. Coincidentally, paper manufacturer Sappi has a factory in Cumberland Mills, Westbrook, Maine.
- Chili's and Poor Richard's previously appeared in the episode "The Dundies."
- Janet Jackson's boob refers to a controversial Super Bowl halftime show in 2004 which accidentally exposed the singer's breast. Monica Lewinsky and the stained dress refer to the 1999 sex scandal involving then-president Bill Clinton. O.J. refers to former football great O. J. Simpson, whose 1995 murder trial garnered intense publicity.
- Sopranos style refers to the television series The Sopranos about a fictional Mafia family.
- The term going postal entered United States slang after a series of incidents in the 1980s and 1990s of postal service workers shooting and killing colleagues and members of the public. It can refer to workplace massacres, or, more generally, any violent outburst.
- see Halloween Quotes
- 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
- Creed Bratton as Creed Bratton
- Devon Abner as Devon White
- Leslie David Baker as Stanley Hudson
- Brian Baumgartner as Kevin Malone
- Kate Flannery as Meredith Palmer
- Mindy Kaling as Kelly Kapoor
- Angela Kinsey as Angela Martin
- Paul Lieberstein as Toby Flenderson
- Oscar Nunez as Oscar Martinez
- Phyllis Smith as Phyllis Vance
- Hugh Dane as Hank Tate
- Lee Eisenberg as Gino (Deleted Scenes)
- Gene Stupnitsky as Leo (Deleted Scenes)
- Lisa Malone:16:21 as Sherry
- Ava Nisbet as Trick-or-Treater
- George Gaus as Lion Trick-or-Treater
- Annabelle Kopack as Fairy Princess Trick-or-Treater
- Alec Zbornak as Bumble Bee Trick-or-Treater
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|#02 Sexual Harassment||#08 Performance Review||#14 The Carpet||#20 Drug Testing|
|#03 Office Olympics||#09 Email Surveillance||#15 Boys and Girls||#21 Conflict Resolution|
|#04 The Fire||#10 Christmas Party||#16 Valentine's Day||#22 Casino Night|
|#05 Halloween||#11 Booze Cruise||#17 Dwight's Speech|
|#06 The Fight||#12 The Injury||#18 Take Your Daughter to Work Day|