The Office

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Scranton Horror Story

Apparently Jim has a bunch of people forcing Pam to defend her belief in ghosts, which she turns around on him for his superstitious refusal to let her wash his Eagles jersey during playoffs.

Dwight is ignoring Darryl, too busy with his Starcraft game with Bert to pay attention. Erin is speculating to Phyllis about Andy's girlfriend and where she's from. "She's from somewhere, I bet." And Robert watches Creed (keeping it classy as always in his Osama Bin Laden costume) skittishly interacting with a fake snake on the buffet table, asking in his probing way if Creed's afraid of snakes. "You don't live as long as I have without a healthy fear of snakes, Bobby," Creed says. Cut to Robert in the bathroom with Darryl, who admits to nightmares about live burial; and in the bullpen Meredith, who confesses, "Jim gives me the creeps. Robert, in a TH: "What am I up to?"

Jim is still refusing to let the ghost thing go, asking Pam what she'll do if Cece ever claims to see a ghost, and he actually seems pretty pissed about her answer. Robert, with his shades back on, suddenly grabs the floor in that way he has to tell a spooky story about an allegedly haunted house in the neighborhood of his youth, throwing together all of the things everyone told him about into one narrative. It's got live burial, snakes, mummies (although he has to explain this to Kevin, who missed the significance of the word "sarcophagi"), a tall slim man ("Jim!" Meredith gasps), and much more, including, for Kelly, a woman without a husband. Jim, Pam, and Dwight never told Robert about their fears, but Dwight turns off his monitor when Robert refers to getting lost in imaginary worlds, and the Halperts look at each other nervously as they allegorically appear in the story as a married couple who had an argument they couldn't get past. Anyway, the story ends with a terrified mother bursting into her baby's room in panic and the baby sits up and says, "I'm fine, bitch. I'm fine." Exit Robert. The bullpen is silent, except for his creepy-ass kid, laughing at Jim's desk. And apparently not at all worried about how he's getting home. Robert THs, "Fear plays an interesting role in our lives." As we see the workers happily going on with their day, he continues, "How dare we let it motivate us? How dare we let it into our decision making, into our livelihoods, into our relationships?" Andy and Erin hug in his office, apparently having had their talk. "It's funny, isn't it?" Robert asks. "We take a day a year to dress up in costume and celebrate fear." Yes, about as funny as this episode. Look, Spader's mesmerizing and all, but this show needs a lead, not an "And Special Guest Star." Or, failing that, jokes.

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