This is the second episode this season that I was expecting a lot more from. On one hand, this episode had a great cold open and a hilarious plot involving the office attempting to win a coupon book by winning a costume contest for Halloween. On the other hand, Michael Scott was just a little more ridiculous than normal as he got furious with Darryl for going over his head to Gabe about an idea. I understand anger for going over somebody's head, but his reaction somewhat put a damper on what was an otherwise great episode.
First off, let me just say that the Halloween angle of the episode was superb. There was just so much to love here, and it's impossible to pick a favorite moment. For me, it was either Michael's Macgruber costume and the way he kept telling people they had ten seconds to do something, only to yell MACGRUBER in the typical SNL voice... OR, it was Kevin's Michael Moore costume. Perfect for him. However, it's difficult to judge them, because there were funny parts to each and every one of them. And there were funny lines as well. When Michael said, "What does taking from behind mean?" and Dwight said, "Don't say that," I lost it. It was a typical clueless Michael saying this, but I absolutely believed he wouldn't know what that meant.
I also liked Jim and Pam's plot. It's been difficult to give them stuff that makes them as interesting as they used to be in the past, when they weren't together, but the introduction of Timothy Olyphant in the show as Danny could prove to be a hindrance in the way of their happiness (although I highly, highly doubt it... Jim and Pam are that couple that prove the exception wrong that TV couples don't have to be on and off again like Ross and Rachel to be good). Jim dressing up as Popeye was a sweet moment for his character and proved he will do anything for his wife.
Maybe I'm rating this episode low, but I just didn't believe Michael and Darryl could argue so much and then just be fine by the end of the episode. It's hard to believe that there would be forgiveness that fast, but I mean, whatever. I suppose it's not that important.. either way, I was hoping for a more subtle, down-to-earth episode more in the vein of the Season 2 Halloween episode, but there was enough laughs and great moments here to keep me happy.