The Office: Andy’s Play, 7.03

Thursday, October 7th, 2010 | 163 comments


The Office Andy's Play Sweeney Todd

W: Charlie Grandy, D: John Stuart Scott

Summary (NBC): Andy invites the entire office to his community theater production of Sweeney Todd in hopes that Erin will attend. Michael tries to put his jealousy aside and enjoy the performance while Jim and Pam struggle with their incompetent babysitter.

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Andy’s Play Trivia


In a poll conducted October 7-11, Tallyheads rated this episode: 8.15/10

Andy’s Play quotes

Erin: Did you write this?
Andy: No.
Erin: Who did?
Andy: Steven Sondheim.
Erin: Who is he?
Angela: What the hell is happening?

Andy: We’re the cast of Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. We open in a couple of weeks at the Loose Screw Playhouse here in Scranton and today just doing a wee bit of viral marketing.

Andy: Two comps. For my lady and her Gabe. It’s closing night. Tomorrow we have to give the theater over to the Scranton’s Miss Fitness Pageant.

Andy: Gabe is not coming, which is huge because my plan is to make Erin fall back in love with me tonight. Women cannot resist a man singing show tunes. It’s so powerful, even a lot of men can’t resist a man singing show tunes.

Michael: They say that no one can take your pride, but the people who cast Andy’s play, they took mine.
Dwight: Last time I went to the theater, a man dressed as a cat sat on my lap.

Andy: I’m asking you thespian to thespian. Will you please be the bigger man and come to my show?
Michael: I wish I could, Andy, but I can’t. I have plans that night. I’m going to see a friend in a play called Sweeney Todd. You’re that friend. I’m going to see your play.

Michael: And scene.

Dwight: Let’s just knock this out right now. Disrobe.

Dwight: Angela? Don’t like her anymore. Not attracted to her anymore. Just contractually obligated to make a baby with her.

Dwight: Alright fine, I’ll go to your little show, but I’m not wearing a cape.

Angela: Dwight and I have a contractual agreement to procreate five times, plain and simple. And should he develop feelings for me, well that would be permissible under Item 7C, Clause 2, so I would not object.

Stanley: You brought balloons to a play?
Michael: I did. Because I am being the bigger man, and balloons are bigger than flowers.
Phyllis: It’s nice. Like ‘Up.’

Usher: Are you the guy that did an entire Law & Order episode for his audition?

Erin: I really wanted to see Andy’s play, because he’s so, so talented. But I’ve been trying to get in the babysitting game forever. The 13-year olds in this town have a complete monopoly. It’s almost like a babysitters club.

Michael: This is ridiculous. You’d think they’d discourage people from bringing in balloons.
Darryl: Hey, I think this guy playing Sweeney Todd is my plumber.
Michael: No, Darryl. This guy’s a world-class actor. He doesn’t daylight as your plumber.
Darryl: No, it’s my plumber. Says so in his bio. Apparently the director discovered him doing karaoke. It’s his first play, he didn’t even audition.

Darryl: If we don’t listen to the overture, we won’t recognize the musical themes when they come back later.

Andy: I feel you, Johanna.

Dwight: I work with that guy.

Dwight: Why are you dressed like a seed catalog model?

Pam: It’s fun to hear Andy sing in the appropriate setting.

Jim: Let’s get our Sweeney on.

Andy: Just checking my emails. See if I got any last minute “break a leg”s or “I still love you”-type texts. Doesn’t look like I got anything. Maybe on my Facebook wall.

Creed: Unfortunately in this ham-fisted production of Sweeney Todd, the real terror comes from the vocal performances. New paragraph.

Sweeney Todd: There’s a little bird fluttering around. Do hope it ceases chirping.

Andy: Oh, it appears the bird was in mine own pocket this whole time. He’s gone to sleep now, I’ve closed his beak.

Andy: That’s really irresponsible of Erin. She’s a terrible babysitter.

Erin: But why would I take her to the hospital?

Jim: We’re never leaving the house again.
Pam: Not together.

Angela: That was more horrifying than Nunsense.

Dwight: All that singing got in the way of some perfectly good murders.

Darryl: This plumber has pipes.

Creed: Be cool, Michael. I saw this guy kill a bunch of people.

Andy: These would have been your seats. Best seats in the house. Lots of people think it would be the front row, but actually, right here, this is where the speakers converge, and the sound just, like, nails you right here.

Jim: It’s like The Hurt Locker.

Pam: Let’s get our juice on!

Michael: Oscar, enough with the sass! Please!

Michael: I booed someone tonight. I have no filter.

Michael: I thought you were exactly awesome. No better, no worse.

Michael: In the criminal justice system, the people are represented by two separate but equally important groups: the police who investigate the crimes and the district attorneys who prosecute the offenders. These are their stories. I’m just a cleaning lady. Ahhhh! Dead body! He wrapped his belt around his own neck. It looks like a classic case of auto-erotic asphyxiation. Yeah, looks like everyone’s tightening their belts in this economy. Last time you saw the victim, was he happy? Last time I saw this john, he wasn’t a victim, if you know what I’m talking about.

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  1. 163. Mep  

    Poor Andy!!!!

  2. 162. treybomb  

    one of my favorites!!!

  3. 161. Mara  

    HUGE fan of this episode. Best I’ve seen in a long, long time. Michael’s bitterness? Erin being a huge ditz? Andy’s phone going off? Classic. Love love loved it.

  4. 160. Warren E  

    @Matt 158–Yes, that is the real music for “Sweeney Todd.” Stephen Sondheim don’t come cheap. I’d imagine they paid a boat-load o’ cash to use it and bits from the play. Plus the dvd rights…oy!

  5. 159. eastcoast_girl  

    Wow…I won…what do I do now, Tanster?

    [from tanster: please respond to the email I sent you on Oct. 10. thanks!]

  6. 158. Matt  

    Serious question… Was that the real music from the real play? The main theme – the one used in the opening sequence – almost sounded ad-libbed. No offense to the writers of the play, because I don’t how how old it might be, but the song sounded very… Sesame Street.

    And come on people… You gotta love the shades of Jim and Pam in the Andy/Erin storyline!

  7. 157. Stapler  

    During one of my re-watchings of “Andy’s Play,” I noticed a little discrepancy. In the beginning of the episode when Michael asks Andy what time the play starts, Andy says “8 pm sharp.” Michael asks how long it is and Andy said “an hour and 45.” That means the play should be over by 9:45 pm, or possibly just after 10 pm if you add in time for intermission.

    But during the play, when Kelly asks Ryan for the time and he checks his iPad, the time displayed is 10:07 pm. THEN the next scene is intermission, and the director tells Michael to “enjoy the second act.”

    So the second act isn’t even starting till some time around 10:30 at the earliest, and would probably last at least 30-45 minutes. That means the play would be ending after 11 pm, much longer than “an hour and 45.”

    Yup, I’m a Virgo! Stickler for little details. ;)

  8. 156. Scott  

    Best episode so far this season but do we really need a repeat of the Jim/Pam storyline with Andy/Erin?

  9. 155. FlonkertonChamp  

    tanster, in the quotes, you left out one of my favorite erin quotes: “see you soup!”

  10. 154. Dadaist  

    I love the Office, I love the characters especially my favorite goofball Michael. But, when the show was about to end the first thing I said to my sister was, “It was all right”. Didn’t really complete it for me, I thought that the Dwight/Angela thing wasn’t needed. What I did love, well, anything that Michael does I enjoy, the ending was the best part of the episode. But, I also like seeing how much Jam has changed from S2 to S7.

  11. 153. Jimmy  

    Dwight bought the office complex, so I’m sure he took over a vacant room somewhere in the building.

  12. 152. Mike  

    Did i miss something, but when did dwight get his own office?

  13. 151. Cass  

    Anyone else notice that Dwight actually WANTS to have sex with Angela now? lol I was watching the episode again and realized that.

  14. 150. Officefreak  

    Awww, the office is back baby! I loved this episode, Andy was amazing! I can’t help but love the whole balloon popping and bottle rolling thing, it was hilarious! I felt slightly sad, and heartbroken, poor Andy. & I love Erin, her character is just something else! Jim and Pam were okay, and whoo go Ryan with that HUGE ipad, haha.

  15. 149. Stephanie  

    This episode was so awesome on so many levels! I enjoyed seeing Andy do the whole musical side and Michael’s sillyness in the audience. I loved it all. And I totally had an “Aw Toby” kind of moment when Andy found out Erin was babysitting. Ed Helms was amazing in this episode and I was glad he was able to shine in this episode. I still think Andy can do way better than Erin though! What a great episode to catch up on since I was at the baseball game, so I had to miss it. Amazing episode.

  16. 148. Stapler  

    BTW, Angela looked HOT in her “seed catalog model” clothes! It caught me by surprise to see Angela in temptress mode with Dwight – first the calculated move to change into “farm” clothes that would appeal to Dwight, then seeing them get frisky by the side of the car! Loved the way she was toying with him. And when she reached into his pocket…WOW! Go Angela!

  17. 147. phyllis*farm  

    I loves me some awkward humor, and seeing Andy come apart at the seems on stage was fantastic. Add in his own version of the Unrequited Love Jim Face (which nearly brought me to tears) and I really dug the episode.

    Oh, and I felt much the same way Dwight did at the end. Angela was looking HOT. When that breeze hit her…

  18. 146. Jenny  

    I thought it was great to see another side of Ed Helms’ acting ability–singing in a musical format and a more serious demeanor when Andy is disappointed by Erin. What a fabulous showcase for Ed!

  19. 145. Angela Bernard Schrute  

    i just have to say I loved this episode. As someone who has been in the musical “Sweeney Todd” before, I thought it was a great job they did with the music. Andy was perfectly cast as Anthony, and Ed Helms did some great singing too! I’m glad they showed the Office enjoying themselves. This season is turning out to be great so far.

  20. 144. Marie  

    Go Angela! yay!! I hope her sneaky plan will give her Dwight back. Seriously, Dwangela is the best.

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