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Recap of The Office Episode "Costume Contest"

The Office, "Costume Contest": Best Lines of the Night

I always love it when the Dunder Mifflin crew gets into the Halloween spirit on The Office. They're kooky enough as is, but whenever the holiday rolls around, they really let their freak flags fly (for proof of that, just click here). This year, everyone dresses up to enter the employee costume contest, even costume-averse Jim (though it takes some convincing on Pam's part). The competition's sought-after prize? A Scranton coupon book worth $15,000.

Most of the staff are wrapped up in the fun Halloween hijinks with the exception of MacGruber Michael. Once he discovers that Darryl went over his head to pitch an idea to corporate, his ego causes drama in the midst of the festivities. But perhaps Michael's concerns about being bested by Darryl are warranted; after all, someone has to take over when Michael inevitably leaves, right? Meanwhile, Pam and Jim confront Danny Cordray about why he never called Pam back after their date. Let's review some of the night's best lines when you


  • "Very funny. It looks like someone decided to dress up as old Dwight Schrute's mom. You're only one third as beautiful and about half her height. She was one of the last real giants." — Dwight, who is obviously confused by Pam's Olive Oyl costume
  • "Darryl Philbin is the greatest guy in the world. And you know what I'd like? I'd like to have all the racists brought together and take Darryl Philbin out to lunch just to see what they're missing." — Michael, singing Darryl's praises in his usual inappropriate manner
  • Michael: "What are they talking about?"
    Dwight: "Kevin and Gabe? Probably the extremes of the human physique."
  • "How many freaking vampires am I supposed to care about these days?" — Stanley, who doesn't share in the True Blood craze
  • "I got two! I ate two whole apples!" — Erin, while bobbing for apples . . . and nearly drowning
  • "Best Edward James Olmos costume I've ever seen. Like freaky good." — Creed, showing his admiration for Oscar's "rational consumer" costume

Did you like the episode? Which costume was your favorite? And please, tell me you melted as much as I did when Jim came in as Popeye with Cece. I could talk about my favorite moments at length (particularly loved the cold open!), but let's get the discussion going in the comments. Or sound off with your thoughts in The Office community group.

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TheEnchantedOne TheEnchantedOne 6 years
Jim was so sweet. He finally wears a halloween costume! With Cece in tow! Erin had me laughing so hard about the apples! Oh and I agree, kismekate, the opening was so entertaining! Although I was hoping for some knockout lines from Meredith. Her coming as Sookie was hilarious. Or maybe she and Andy could've walked together when they were all asked to model their costumes.
stephley stephley 6 years
I liked everything but the scenes with Michael (except for when Kelly asked him why he ruins everything). Nice of the writers to make us want him to go.
kismekate kismekate 6 years
Man! The last thing I saw was Jim and CeCe in costume. Supid DVR!
kimmieb124 kimmieb124 6 years
I liked Dwight's line where he talked about how he is an expert at sitting on the fence and that he can even lay down on a fence.
pharm_chick pharm_chick 6 years
kismekate, it was oscar who won the prize! this was a really good episode! except for some reason, i cant figure out who kelly was supposed to be in her 2nd costume change! everyones costumes were pretty awesome though, esp andys bill compton.
kismekate kismekate 6 years
Ahh!! A shining ray of goodness from The Office is so exciting. I laughed so hard in this episode - but re reading through this recap I realized that there were some parts that I managed to miss. I think that over the seasons I've slowly become detached from the episodes that I stopped paying complete attention. I'll have to rewatch. The opening was so funny. And the end was freaking adorable. BTW - did I also miss who ended up winning the contest??
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