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Did I Stutter?

Hey, all you Office drunks! Did I stutter? I mean, hey all of you drunk on The Office. I am the only drunk in the office. It is like being drunk with laughter, the Office fans say. I have been getting the wildest fan mail lately. I have recently received an artist rendering of a Big Gulp in my honor. I have been sent airplane bottles of liquor. I have gotten flasks in the mail. I have gotten strange photos of me doing the limbo on the "Booze Cruise" episode. (How low can ya go?) This tops all! Some soon-to-be-married fans actually invited Meredith to their wedding in Ohio. I was incredibly flattered and surprised. (Who would risk that bar bill?) I politely declined on the RSVP card but I will be with them in spirits. Oops. I mean in spirit. (Last year, as I was walking thru the lobby of the Four Seasons in Philadelphia, I was pulled into some wedding photos of the bridal party. I know they didn't plan that.)The next episode is called "Did I Stutter?" Stanley (aka the very dry Leslie... read more

Michael Under Oath

Jan and Michael face off over a lawsuit. Steve Carell and Melora Hardin by Byron Cohen/NBC.

Episode Recap: The Deposition (November 15, 2007)Was anyone else convinced that Michael and Jan were going to break up before the end of this episode? They’re hardly a stable couple even in the best of times, but here it was practically a competition to see who could do the most vicious thing to the other (or at the very least, to reveal who had acted worse in the past). Let’s see: Michael emailed a topless photo of Jan to everyone in the company, so in turn she stole his diary and handed it over to her lawyer as evidence. She gave him a terrible performance review (okay, that one was probably justified), and he in turn sided with Dunder-Mifflin in her lawsuit, effectively destroying her case. Their horribly awkward conversation during the car ride home was nothing less than a look at a relationship on life support. Both Michael and Jan seemed committed to each other more out of desperation and loneliness than any sort of genuine affection. This might be the rare case wher... read more

Let's Talk The Office! Michael Takes the Witness Stand!

Jan and Michael are headed to court. Melora Hardin and Steve Carell by Byron Cohen/NBC.

Sadly, this might be our last fix of The Office for quite a while: it seems that until the strike is settled no more new episodes are being filmed (though I'd love to be proven wrong on this). Still, tonight's episode looks like a worthy sendoff, with Jan suing Dunder-Mifflin and Michael caught in the crossfire when he's called upon as a witness. Will Michael be torn between his loyalty to his company and his loyalty to his ample-chested girlfriend? Post your thoughts and check back after the show for my recap. read more

Can I Have the File for Mr. A. Knife?

Never anger a man with easy access to a blow dart. Rainn Wilson by Justin Lubin/NBC.

Episode Recap: Survivor Man (November 8, 2007)Like any good sitcom I’m sure every episode of The Office is written as a collective effort by the entire staff (who are currently out picketing their own show, but let’s not dwell on the strike for now), even if Steve Carell is listed as the sole writer in the opening credits. Nevertheless, I want to congratulate everyone involved on this one: “Survivor Man” has got to be the funniest episode of this show in a long time. It’s certainly my favorite of this season thus far. I was laughing out loud during the surreal montage of all of the weapons Dwight has stashed around the workplace (you didn’t think he gave them all up after attacking Andy last year, did you?), including one inconspicuously hidden away in a file marked “Mr. A. Knife.” Dwight’s smug look of superiority as he displays his arsenal away from home was terrific, especially when it came to a blow dart hidden away in a toilet tank.... read more

Let's Talk The Office! Can Michael Survive in the Wilderness?

Michael contemplates his journey into the wild. Steve Carell by Ron Tom/NBC.

Ryan holds a corporate retreat out in mother nature, and Michael, angry at not receiving an invite, decides to go camping alone. Considering his survivalist skills, I'd say the odds are pretty good for a Michael Scott bear attack. And really, if that doesn't make you want to watch this episode, what would?Post your thoughts and join me after the show for my recap. read more

The Office A to Z

A: Amy AdamsThe Oscar-nominated actress (Junebug) played Katy, aka the Hot Girl, who dated Jim Halpert (John Krasinski). But he unceremoniously dumped her during the…B: Booze CruiseIt became the night that Jim made the ill-advised decision to tell Michael Scott (Steve Carell) about his feelings for Pam (Jenna Fischer). Executive producer Greg Daniels calls the episode "our Scranton version of Jim Cameron’s Titanic."C: Crystal Club ColaThe soft drink that you see Dunder-Mifflin employees occasionally sip in the employee lunchroom is a real regional soda brand from eastern Pennsylvania.D: Diversity DayThe hilarious episode about sensitivity training was partly inspired by a sexual-harassment seminar the cast and production staff was required to go through once NBC hired them for the show.E: EdgarSteve Carell has played unctuous and annoying before as Edgar, Ellie’s ex-boyfriend on Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ short-lived sitcom Watching Ellie.F: "Fundle Bundle"The clip of ... read more

Let’s Burn Utica to the Ground!

Jim is dreading a reunion with Karen. John Krasinski by Ron Tom/NBC.

Episode Recap: Branch Wars (November 1, 2007)Jim has spent the past few weeks punch drunk happy over finally getting together with Pam. So it figures that karma is ready to pay him back by putting him through hell tonight. First he gets manipulated into taking the worst car ride I’ve ever seen on The Office (and considering how many times Michael Scott has gone on a long journey while annoying the bejeezus out of his passengers, that’s really saying something). And by the end of the half-hour he’s face to face with his ex-girlfriend and you can almost hear him praying that he could just disappear.The last time Joss Whedon directed an episode of The Office it was, ironically, the one where Dwight fought a vampire bat. (Whedon swore that was just a coincidence and that the episode was written before he came in to direct). But in some ways this episode (written by Mindy Kaling, who also plays Kelly) is an even better fit for Whedon’s talents: he’s a master at t... read more

Let's Talk The Office! Joss Whedon Returns!

Karen returns... to wreck havoc? Rashida Jones by Paul Drinkwater/NBC

We got a nice Halloween treat last night: Joss Whedon has a new television show in the works starring Eliza Dushku! (Read the full story here.) But you don't have to wait until The Dollhouse premieres to get your Whedon fix - he's directing (although sadly, not writing) tonight's installment of The Office, in which Karen returns to lure Stanley away to another branch of Dunder-Mifflin. Considering Whedon's past shows, could a Pam versus Karen fight be in the cards?Post your thoughts and check back after the show for my recap. read more

Let's Talk The Office! Will Angela give in to Andy's advances?

Is another serenade in store for Angela? Ed Helms and Angela Kinsey by Byron J. Cohen/NBC

Tonight The Office returns to its regular, half-hour length with an episode about the Scranton crew being chosen to star in a Dunder-Mifflin commercial. Meanwhile, Dwight manages to become even weirder by getting addicted to Second Life (my apologies if anyone reading this actually plays Second Life). Post your comments and return back after the show for my recap. read more

Let's Talk The Office! Is the Schrute B & B a Five-Star Affair?

"Welcome to Hotel Hell! Check-in time is now... check-out time is never!" Rainn Wilson by Justin Lubin/NBC.

I guess Scranton's options for romantic getaways are pretty limited, because Jim and Pam are spending a lovely night together at.... the new bed and breakfast on Dwight's farm? Come for the bottomless glasses of ice-cold beet juice, but stay for the bear cage fights! Seriously, I'd book a room if this was a real place. In other news, Michael is reduced to declaring Chapter 11, and Ryan is still a tool. Post your thoughts on what an evening at Dwight's B & B is going to be like and check back later for my recap. read more

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