The Office

Season 2 Episode 5


Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Oct 18, 2005 on NBC
out of 10
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Episode Summary

While everyone else in the office enjoys the spooky Halloween festivities and talks about the staff's costumes, Michael ponders who he should fire when the threat of downsizing becomes a reality and his boss orders him to fire one of his staff. Meanwhile, Jim and Pam put Dwight's resume on job-searching websites, which may make Michael's job a little easier, and Pam encourages Jim to set his goals higher by applying for a better job, which makes Jim consider his friendship with Pam.moreless

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  • An Office Haloween

    This was a very good episode. I think this was an important episode in Season 2. The joke that Jim and Pam played on Dwight was very funny. It shows how good they are as a team. Dwight was brilliant as always in this episode. One reason this episode was important was that what Pam unintentionally did to Jim set up the uncomfortable situation at the end of the season. You also see Michael's inability to make a decision, in this case firing a employee. You can understand but it's still funny. While a small part of the show, I did enjoy the costumes. An overall very good episode.moreless
  • Michael has to fire an employee which ruins the Halloween festivities

    I thought that this was a superb episode of "The Office". It wasn't my favorite and it isn't the funniest episode I've ever seen but it was pretty enjoyable and I liked it. The costumes that everyone put on at the office was very funny especially Dwight in that Star Wars costume. Michael's costume was also very funny. Pam also looked very pretty as a kitty cat. It was very funny when Dwight fired Stanley and then Stanley and the others laugh because they think that Dwight is just kidding. There were some clever and enjoyable humor that were put into this episode. I thought Jim and Pam putting Dwight's resume as a job-searching website was very funny. Jim pretending to be Michael was very funny and I think he even did a good job on his impression of Michael Scott. My score was just a little low because some of the scenes were boring especially towards the end of the episode when Michael fired one his employees and then the employee gets angry and throws the pumpkin at Michael's car. The ending just seemed pretty lazy to me also. Overall, a superb episode of "The Office". 9/10moreless
  • Great insight into Michael.

    This episode's ending was stunning. Unlike the UK version, the US version has heart, and the emotional ending - where Michael is sombre - is proof of that. It showed how Michael isn't demonic, just misunderstood and wanting the best for not only himself, but his employees.

    I also thought Dwight's scenes with the Darth Sidious cape and make-up were funny. Further proof he's the love child of the Devil and The Force.

    I also like how we saw a lot of the Office regulars in their working environments. Although the Pam-Jim storyline seemed to lag a bit, I hope it'll pick up soon.moreless
  • Not as good as other episodes of \"The Office\" but still worth a look, especially at Halloween!

    Not as good as other episodes of \"The Office\" but still worth a look, especially at Halloween!

    The poorest episode so far in this season but still quite good. The Halloween setting will gurantee that it will get re-runs in later years around that time of year.

    The funniest scene in this episode comes near the end of this episode when Michael is been bullied into not firing Crete. Then Deven does the exact same thing! All the employess hear outside is \"Undo it! Undo it! Undo it Michael\" and obiviously get the wrong idea!

    As I said earlier this episode is not as good as \"The Dundies\" or \"Sexual Harrasment\" but still worth a look in.moreless
  • Everyone dresses up for Halloween, and the costumes are more than a little revealing. Michael's cowardice prevents him from firing the obvious candidates. Jim and Pam get elaborate with their persecution of Dwight, and in doing so Jim ponders why he is stmoreless

    This episode is a great indicator of the differing personalities which come out in later episodes.

    Michael\'s two heads point to his dualities: the sensitive side he shows to Jan in \'The Client\' and when giving advice to Jim in \'Booze Cruise,\' and the jerk side he shows to everyone in just about every episode. Jim\'s simple but sharp \'Three-hole Jim.\' The inner Kevin struggling to break free. We also get a hint of Oscar\'s unrevealed sexuality (although maybe Michael already has an idea: \"Oh look at you, showing your colours.\")

    The standout revelation, though, is Michael\'s cowardice in attempting to fire Creed. The only time we\'ve seen him this desperate is when he completely bottles choosing a healthcare plan.

    Moments of true brilliance, but more of a revealing episode than a laughfest.moreless
Devon Abner

Devon Abner


Guest Star

George Gaus

George Gaus


Guest Star

Annabelle Kopack

Annabelle Kopack

Fairy Princess

Guest Star

Brian Baumgartner

Brian Baumgartner

Kevin Malone

Recurring Role

Oscar Nunez

Oscar Nunez

Oscar Martinez

Recurring Role

Mindy Kaling

Mindy Kaling

Kelly Kapoor

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Angela: Those aren't chips and dip.
      Pam: No, I made brownies.
      (Angela sighs)
      Pam: What?
      Angela: I'm just trying to figure out why you're sabotaging things.
      Pam: (bewildered) I made brownies.
      Angela: And I made cookies—same category.

    • Michael: Yeah, I went hunting once. Shot the deer in the leg. Had to kill it with a shovel, took about an hour. Why do you ask?

    • Jim: (Jim pretends to fire Michael) I'm really sorry but I have to let you go. And it's purely budgetary, it's not personal—
      Michael: AAAAAHHH!!! I'm going to kill myself!
      Jim: Wow.
      Michael: I'm going to kill myself, and it's your fault!
      Jim: That's a normal reaction.

    • Jim: Honestly, I don't think Michael has the slightest clue of who he's going to fire. I think he keeps hoping that someone is going to volunteer... or be run over by a bus before the end of the day. But in the end really what's going to happen is that it's going to be the first person that gives him a dirty look in the hall. And therein lies the true essence of his charisma.

    • Michael: I never said that I wanted to fire Stanley, but I just don't want to do it myself.

    • Michael: (to Kelly about her ruby red slippers for her Dorothy costume) You know what would be better? Soccer cleats!
      Kelly: Why is that?
      Michael: Bend It Like Beckham!
      Kelly: You mean the one where the Indian girl plays soccer?

    • Phyllis: What are you? A monk?
      Dwight: I'm a Sith lord.

    • Mike: (To himself while on the phone with Sherry) I wish I could fire Sherry...
      Sherry: Okay, I'm still here, Michael. And I'm hanging up now.

    • Dwight: So you got the fax. So why didn't you add it to the resume? What do you mean? Of course martial arts training is relevant. Oh excuse me, I know about a billion Asians that would beg to differ. Uh, yeah, I get a little frustrated when I'm dealing with incompetence. Well, you know what? You can go to hell and I will see you there. Burning. Fine. Oh, wait, so you'll let me know when you've made a decision?

    • Michael: Oh, look at you. Showin' your colors. I bet you wish you wore a dress every day.
      Oscar: What are you implying?

    • Pam: I'm guessing Angela's the one in the neighborhood who gives the trick-or-treaters some toothbrushes... pennies... walnuts.

    • Jim: Dwight is special. But I don't believe that his talents are being used in this office. So Pam and I have put his resume on, Google, Craig's List. We're really interested most in jobs that take Dwight out of state. Preferably Alaska...or India.

  • NOTES (5)

    • In "Finale" Dwight rehires Devon, as Creed faked his own death to avoid the police and Devon pretty much had the same job as Creed.


    • The German and French episode title is "Halloween". The Spanish title is "Noche de Halloween". The Italian title is "Decisione difficile", meaning "Difficult Decision".

    • Approximately a month after this episode aired, Dwight Schrute's resume was uploaded to by Kent Zbornak.

    • Deleted scenes show the Halloween party after almost everyone has left to go drinking with Devon, with only Michael, Creed, Angela and Dwight attending, and Michael telling Toby (who is dressed as Hugh Hefner) that if he could fire him, he would.

    • During the Deedle-Dee Productions title card, Dwight is heard saying his line, "Quiet you!". This is the only time the closing credits have been played over. On the show, King of the Hill, it is frequent to play one of the episode's catch phrases over the closing credits. The Office executive producer, Greg Daniels, is also the creator of King of the Hill.


    • Michael: Last year for Halloween I was Janet Jackson's boob.

      This is a reference to the incident where Justin Timberlake pulled off a part of Janet Jackson's clothing and revealed her boob during the Half Time Show at Super Bowl 38.

    • The way Stanley said "You're fired!" was like Donald Trump does it in the reality show The Apprentice.

    • Dwight's says he is a Sith Lord, a type of warrior from the Star Wars franchise. Also, the camera angle used on Dwight is the same as used on the Emperor from those movies.