Stella

Season 1 Episode 3

Office Party

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Aired Tuesday 10:30 PM Jul 12, 2005 on Comedy Central
8.8
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5

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The boys enter the world of Corporate America after attending their neighbor's office picnic.

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  • In a good way.

    9.3
    Queen of... farts!



    Ha ha ha ha ha!



    Oh, sorry. Anyway, this episode is a very silly one. The guys crash an office party, and do everything from eat chicken wings and try out the office furniture. It's silly hilarity!



    Very funny and well-written, Office Party keeps pace with the rest of the series. Sam Rockwell and Paul Rudd guest star and are very, very funny.



    Silly funny silly yay! That is how I would describle this episode. Ya know? Silly funny doesn't do this episode justice. Silly funny silly yay is the only way to describe this episode! The End. Hooray.moreless
  • Better then Pilot episode but not as good as Campaign

    8.5
    People are giving this episode a bad rap for no reason, it was a good episode, just pay more attention to it and watch it twice to really get the goodness out of it. So stop talking smack about it! The staches thing was amazing and the whole thing came together fairly well except the end.
  • Basically another Stella episode, but a new crazy storyline!

    7.5
    Stella has been successful at making the men who dress up in suits and act like children lovable. Everyone of the characters has their own since of realism and sillyness, only occasionally do two blend together. In (this) episode the three guys are faced with their neighbor's (Amy) bosses who are real jerks, they decide to get back at them by crashing a company picknick where after winning all of the races, they are highered and in control of 'the big account' which was the 'jerks' previous jobs, but after making an odd presentation, they are fired but acclaim the key to the city... just another example of how wacked out (but hilarious) these storylines are. The plots never carry over to the next show (quite like a cartoon) but its the little jokes that are so funny, and the overall plot is the icing on the cake.



    These shows require a pre-aquired taste of humor so only few will be able to find it funny (which is why the score is so low) but if your a fan of the simpson, and SNL or MadTV, you'll love this show!moreless
  • If you've seen the Stella shorts, then you know what happened with this episode.

    5.0
    Everything in this episode has been done before, and done much better. By who? By Stella!



    Both Sam Rockwell and Paul Rudd make hilarious cameos in the Stella short films that were produced to accompany their live act. Their cameos in this episode pale in comparison.



    The "real moustache" bit was done before, only with a much better premise.



    When David rolls out from behind the desk to reveal he isn't wearing any pants, it's a hacky attempt at watering down the "big black dildo" running gag that appears throughout the shorts.



    What made the first two episodes so great was that they were fresh, and the jokes seemed written for the medium and audience. This episode felt like watching Pulp Fiction on TBS. Hopefully the boys know they can't just water down their old schtick for a tv audience, they have to innovate.



    The only thing about this episode that gave me hope was the conference call gag. That was pure genius.moreless
  • Predictably absurd.

    7.0
    How does a show like Stella which is easily the most absurd program on television (other than 24) remain so structured?



    We're three episodes into the first season and they all follow the same pattern of rising absurdity through the course of the episode. While this makes for a program that gets funnier as the half-hour progresses, it also means that each episode starts off fairly slow with weak humor.



    Obviously, at this point, such a structure has to be intentional and it's not that its nonsensical. Why not make episodes that get better as they go on? But for me, I just find myself frustrated with the dull first five to ten minutes where the humor falls flat.



    Still, I have to give them credit for having two-thirds of a good show as well as having the most brilliant cameos. First Edward Norton and now in this episode they got Paul Rudd and Sam Rockwell. To see who they get next is almost enough incentive alone to tune in next week. But for me, I'll keep tuning in to see if that first third of the show gets any stronger. And if not, there's still two-thirds of greatness per episode.



    Oh, and the most brilliant part of this episode? The "Today's Global Business Economy" video. Holy God was that funny.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Paul Rudd makes an appearance in the Stella short "The Woods". He also co-stars as "Andy" in the Michael Showalter and David Wain vehicle "Wet Hot American Summer" and in Michael Showalter's "The Baxter".

    • Sam Rockwell makes an appearance in the Stella short "Bored" as a degenerate pizza delivery boy.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Michael Showalter: The hour grows late, so we'll take our leave.

    • Michael Showalter: We should go to that company picnic of theirs and show those guys who the real losers are. Them. Them are the real losers.

    • David Wain: We won't be needing these.
      Greg: But...?
      David Wain: But, but what Greg? Chicken butt? Is that what it is Greg?

    • Michael Showalter: Today's global economy waits for no man.
      Michael Ian Black: Interconnectivity...
      Michael Ian Black: Synergy...
      Michael Showalter: Synchronicity...
      Michael Showalter: Zenyatta Mondatta...
      Michael Ian Black: The Dream of the Blue Turtles...
      Michael Showalter: Simon and Garfunkle's Greatest Hits.

    • David Wain: Observe what I do with this large jar of applesauce.
      (David pours the applesauce down his pants.)

    • Michael Ian Black: America is the greatest country in the world. Think of all the great things that have come from America...
      Michael Showalter: Rugby.
      David Wain: Chicken tikka marsela.
      Michael Ian Black: Chinese people.
      Michael Showalter: ASS!
      David Wain: (in a British accent) Harry Potter.
      Michael Ian Black: Rubber balls and liquor.
      Michael Showalter: Then I say something.

    • (As they are building a card tower)

      Michael Showalter: Queen of hearts.
      David Wain: Queen of hearts.
      Michael Ian Black: Queen of... farts.
      (They giggle)

    • Jim: Hiring you based on your performance at the potato sack race was the worst decision I ever made!

    • Michael Ian Black: Today's global business climate is like... Whatever dude.

    • Michael Ian Black: I take my coffee the same way I take my women: Strong. Black. And proud.

  • NOTES (1)

    • The song played during the games montage is "Higher and Higher," by Theodore Shapiro and Craig Wedren. The musical team scored the State comedy troupe movie "Wet Hot American Summer," and this song was used in a similar "generic '80s montage." Michael, Michael, and David were part of the State, as was guest star Joe Lo Truglio. Guest star Paul Rudd also starred in "Wet Hot American Summer"--as Michael Showalter's nemesis.

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