Unlike the sixth season, there was no episode focusing on the baby's birth; it was instead announced on a blog. Jim, Dwight, and Pam, out of solidarity with Nellie, sabotage the magician's tricks until he reaches breaking point and Dwight kicks him out.  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. Andy attempts to make everyone's Christmas wishes come true. Stephen Collins, Dee Wallace and Josh Groban were cast as Andy's father, mother and brother, respectively, and appeared in the episode "Garden Party". Jim tries to warn Dwight that he's going to be fired after Robert rejects the Sabre Store idea, but he refuses to listen. Andy doesn't deny saying that, instead opting to claim that he's gay and leaves awkwardly with Erin. After he steals a diaper, Angela pursues him in a high-speed car chase. Jim and Dwight find a shoe box wit… The Office employs an ensemble cast. Pam's Replacement 1. In the following table, "U.S. viewers (million)" refers to the number of Americans who viewed the episode on the night of broadcast. Novak. The Office (American season 8) List of The Office (American TV series) episodes "Garden Party" is the fourth episode of the eighth season of the American comedy television series The Office, and the show's 156th episode overall. Watch the mockumentary sitcom about the everyday lives of the workers at Dunder Mifflin, a paper company in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Episodes are listed by the order in which they aired, and may not necessarily correspond to their production codes. After a few trial and error (e.g., replacing Dwight's desk with Lego or replacing Dwight himself with a dog dressed as him), the only kind of pranks that will make Stanley laugh are ones that involve meatballs. 2.  The season also ranked as the thirty-second-most watched television series in the 18- to 49-year-old demographic. Episode Novak. It was written by Steve Hely and directed by Ed Helms. This vacillation between extremes meant that the episodes "sometimes" work. The Office. The eighth season of the American television comedy The Office commenced airing on NBC in the United States on September 22, 2011, and concluded on May 10, 2012, consisting of 24 episodes.  TV Guide named it an honorable mention on their list of the best TV shows of 2011. "Last Day in Florida" was written by Robert Padnick and directed by Matt Sohn. Reception Ratings "Christmas Wishes" originally aired on NBC in the United States on December 8, 2011. In the cold open, Andy tries to impress a potential client by pretending to turn down an "important phone call," when in fact it is really a made-up ruse being aided by Erin. Novak. TV Reviews The Office 5/10/12.  The spin-off would be created by Wilson and executive producer Paul Lieberstein, but Office developer Greg Daniels would not be involved. Andy and Erin decide to leave, but Jessica returns from her morning run. Robert gives everyone a tour of his massive home, which increasingly makes everyone feel uncomfortable. The episode originally aired on NBC in the United States on October 13, 2011. Andy learns that Erin is not going to return to Scranton. Up; 'Person,' 'Rob,' 'Parks' Adj. Nellie and Robert commend the employees for throwing a good party, but Kevin complains that the carrot cake has actual vegetables in it, which Pam made as a prank. 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. The drop in ratings led to a lower ad-price for the series, with an average cost of $178,840 per 30-second commercial. 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. \"Forever Young\" by Rod Stewart - Performed by Andy's father and brother. All 6 songs featured in The Office (US) season 8 episode 10: Christmas Wishes, with scene descriptions.  "The List" was the highest-rated episode of the season. , The season ranked as the eighty-seventh-most watched television series during the 2011–12 season, with an average of 6.506 million viewers. Most of the main characters, and some supporting ones, are based on characters from the British version of The Office. At the Sabre store opening, Dwight attempts to put on a theatrical presentation to impress Nellie.  The season also saw the directorial debuts of cast members Ed Helms and Brian Baumgartner; Helms directed the episode "Christmas Wishes", and Baumgartner directed "After Hours".  Kaling herself confirmed via her Twitter page that she would write the Christmas-themed episode, "Christmas Wishes". Andy soon overreacts by punching a hole in a wall and is promptly fired. 3. https://theoffice.fandom.com/wiki/Welcome_Party?oldid=103846, Andy tries to make breaking up with Jessica easier by saying he's gay. "Last Day in Florida" is the eighteenth episode of the eighth season of the American comedy television series The Office and the show's 170th episode overall. With Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, B.J. 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Directed by Randall Einhorn. 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. With Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, B.J. The Office - Season 8. The office then makes Andy get a tattoo of a puppy. 22 episodes; 44 songs; advertisement. McNutt noted that "regardless of how down I was on this or any other episode, Ellie Kemper really has been tremendous all season. Jessica and her party chase Andy and Erin back to the car. Everyone's favorite workplace comedy, The Office, is now on Peacock! Andy drives to Florida to try to win back Erin. Production Code Pam calls Jim, explaining that the Party Planning Committee is planning a terrible party as a prank. The show is based on the British comedy series of the same name, which was created by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). Despite reports that she would also get romantically involved with Robert, this never occurred. The eighth season of The Office aired on Thursdays at 9:00 p.m. (Eastern) in the United States as part of the "Comedy Night Done Right" television block. Sepinwall also expressed disappointment that many of the supporting characters were seemingly transformed into mere caricatures of their former selves. When Dwight calls himself a magician for his superior box-arranging skills, Nellie quickly expresses her disdain for stage magicians. When The Office lost Steve Carell toward the end of season 7, fans were appropriately concerned with what might happen to television's longtime comedy staple. One of the photos shows him as a stage magician, which became the root of her distaste of magicians. This usurping divides the office into pro-Andy and pro-Nellie factions. 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. 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). Doomsday 1. \"Baby, I Love Your Way\" by Peter Frampton - Andy, Darr… 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. Episodes timeline The series aired on Thursdays at 9:00 p.m. as part of "Comedy Night Done Right" television block. 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 (. 20 Darryl. Cathy bothers Jim in his room and tries to seduce him, only to be foiled with help from Dwight. TV Reviews The Office 5/10/12. 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". Playlist of songs from (fact:) the best show ever! Robert California forces the office to throw a welcome party for Nellie, but the Party Planning Committee works on ways to sabotage it. A routine office day is changed when children come to Dunder Mifflin for "Take Your Daughter to Work Day." 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When California reveals he hates Nellie's business plan, Jim swings into action to keep Dwight from getting fired. Season 1 Mar 2005 - Apr 2005. The show is known for its large cast size, many of whom are known particularly for their improvisational work. The Office Season 8 Quotes.  While, it was initially announced that the season would introduce Stanley Hudson's "other daughter and a new male addition to the accounting department", these new characters never appeared. Just as Pam's maternity leave ends, Dwight and Andy must select employees to accompany Dwight to. Jim and Dwight find a shoe box with a note to Nellie from herself saying not to open it. Meanwhile, Angela gives birth to her son, whom Dwight believes is his son. “Christmas Wishes” (Season 8, 2011) This is the first Christmas episode without Michael Scott, and his absence is felt deeply.  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". Directed by Dwight and his group journeys to Tallahassee to meet with the President of Sabre's special projects. In order to improve efficiency, Dwight installs a doomsday device that will send an email to California and suggest the closing of the branch. When Nellie finds them with the photos, she says that she lost everything when he broke up with her after ten years together. C+.  McNutt gave the season a "C" grade overall, writing that the season finale, "Free Family Portrait Studio" was "a disheartening conclusion to the show's worst season, offering little optimism to sustain our already dwindling enthusiasm over the summer months.". Meanwhile, Andy and Erin decide not to get together officially until he breaks up with Jessica. Just so you know, me and you, I don't think that's ridiculous. As Stanley bids Phyllisfarewell after work, he parts ways with her and enters Dwight's car with Dwight already in the driv… 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. It marked the first time since season one that the show did not receive any Emmy nominations.  Maura Tierney appeared in "Mrs. California", playing California's wife. The eighth season of the show was produced by Reveille Productions and Deedle-Dee Productions, both in association with NBC Universal Television Studios. Airdate Jim makes several attempts to stop Dwight from a… NBC also announced that Catherine Tate would become a series regular.. He just dislikes Pam.  The A.V. , The eighth season of The Office received mixed reviews. Jim suggests hiring a magician for the party. " In addition, Kemper's performance in the episodes "Spooked," "Christmas Wishes," "Pool Party," and "Special Project," in particular, were praised by critics. Steve Hely The episode originally aired on NBC in the United States on March 8, 2012. In addition, the two are executive producers on the show. With Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer. In the car, Andy says he made those comments about Erin because he was with Jessica at the time. April 12, 2012 Robert challenges the Dunder Mifflin staffers to double their sales. Written by May 10 2012. Inside, they find photos of her with another man and infer that he is an ex-boyfriend.  The drop in ratings led to a lower ad-price for the series, with an average cost of $178,840 per 30-second commercial. ", "TV's Ten Most Annoying Characters – Vulture", "TV Review: Was Season 8 of The Office a Total Disaster? 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. California forces the office to prepare a welcome party for Nellie, but the party planners seek to sabotage it. The magician arrives, much to Nellie's dismay. 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I've eaten two gluten free donuts, now listening to Charlie Brown Christmas. 8.15 Tallahassee (Avg Rating: 8.47/10) At the time, this season marked the final year that some cast members—notably Helms, Fischer, Novak, and Krasinski—were signed on for the show, as their contracts expired at the end of the season; this caused speculation that several members of the main cast would leave the series following this season.  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". Series 8 marks the first series of the post-Michael Scott era. 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. This lack of effort severely diminishes the value of this DVD set. Garden Party 1.  Due to his initial involvement in the spin-off, Lieberstein stepped down as showrunner of The Office. In this category, the show was viewed by an estimated 4.376 million viewers per episode and received a 3.42 rating/9 percent share among adults between the ages of 18 and 49.  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. 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 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.  This season of The Office was produced by Greg Daniels and Paul Lieberstein, the latter of whom serves as the showrunner. 2. Hearts shattered everywhere when Steve Carell parted ways with his character Michael Scott on The Office back in 2011.  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. Just before Nellie returns to the office, Pam suggests that they use a code name for the object of their hatred, and Ryan suggests using the code name "Pam", which the others enthusiastically adopt. Jim, worrying that he will get into trouble, confides in Andy, who understands and tries to help cover up the incident. Jim and Dwight are sent to Nellie's apartment to help her move in.  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". Jim eventually delays Dwight long enough, and Packer—who takes Dwight's place at the meeting with California—is fired instead of Dwight.  It was also Kaling's final full season, due to her pilot, The Mindy Project, being picked up by Fox; Kaling portrayed customer service representative Kelly Kapoor. 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. 8020 Ask questions and download or stream the entire soundtrack on Spotify, YouTube, iTunes, & Amazon. Novak. It was viewed by 4.39 million people. Meanwhile, Darryl and Toby try to sell cookies to Kevin, and … When Nellie arrives, everyone talks about how much they dislike "Pam". Directed by Matt Sohn. Andy Bernard has assumed the role of regional manager after Deangelo Vickers' quick flame out at the end of the seventh series. Meanwhile, Dwight and Jim are ordered to stop pranking one another, lest they forfeit their Christmas bonuses.  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. 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. 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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. S8, Ep7 10 Nov. 2011 The Office Season 8 remains incredibly hilarious and fun, contrary to popular beliefs and also adding the fact that Michael is no longer a part of the show. Despite debuting with moderate viewing figures, the departure of Carell affected the show's ratings, which fell as the season progressed. With Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, B.J. All 25 songs featured in The Office (US) Season 8 Soundtrack, listed by episode with scene descriptions. 25 episodes; 67 songs; Season 4 Sep 2007 - May 2008. 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. Robert California forces the office to throw a welcome party for her, and the Party Planning Committee are not pleased. Directed by Victor Nelli Jr.. With Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer. 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 Michael is surprised when he strikes up a friendship with the five-year old daughter of his sworn enemy, Toby.  The eighth season was Novak's last as a series regular, although he made a couple of recurring appearances in the ninth season. Meanwhile, Erin helps Andy break up with his current girlfriend Jessica (.  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. 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'?  Despite the lower live ratings, Nielsen Soundscan announced that The Office added up to 44 percent to its next-day "live plus same day" 18–49 rating when additional time-shifted viewing was added, such as DVRing. Directed by Randall Einhorn.  From the episodes "Pam's Replacement" to "Last Day in Florida", Lindsey Broad had a recurring guest-star spot as Cathy Simms, Pam's temporary replacement while she was on maternity leave, and who remained employed at the company for a while after.  However, he called the year "uneven", because episodes would range from putting "Andy into Michael Scott-ish situations" to "seek[ing] out new angles on the well-established web of interpersonal conflicts". Dot dot dot, dot dot. Dwight and Packer compete to be in charge of the Sabre store by trying to romantically woo Nellie. Nellie revisits the Scranton branch and takes over as regional manager, assuming that because the manager seat is vacant, she can have it.  Despite this, it became the lowest-rated season premiere of the series since the series premiere. Erin is visibly disheartened and decides to get some sleep. The eighth season largely centers on Andy Bernard's (Ed Helms) ascension to regional manager, as well as the antics of Robert California (James Spader), the new CEO of Sabre, a fictional printer company that owns Dunder Mifflin. ", "I'm at home writing Office Christmas episode. The eighth season introduced several new characters.  The rest of the season was unable to receive more than seven million viewers.  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. Save. During Pam's absence, Jim decides to focus on Stanley as his main audience to entertain with his pranks on Dwight. 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.  It was previously unknown whether Kaling would write for the series any longer.  Three new writers joined the staff beginning in season eight: Owen Ellickson, Allison Silverman and Dan Greaney.  There was initial speculation that following the eighth season, Daniels was considering rebooting the series due to the possible departures of main cast members. 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