The Office: Garden Party, 8.04

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The Office: Garden Party, October 13, 2011

Writer: Justin Spitzer, Director: David Rogers

Summary (NBC): Andy throws a garden party at Schrute Farms — Andy decides to throw a garden party to impress Robert California. Dwight researches how to host a garden party and thinks he has made it a very classy event. Meanwhile, Andy’s parents (Stephen Collins and Dee Wallace) and brother (Josh Groban) attend but make him feel self-conscious.

The Office Garden Party extras

  • Mike Schur talks about playing Mose in this episode: “I did do (most of ) my own stunts. And what you can’t see in the scene with Paul is that I am unprofessionally laughing like a goon the whole time. It was a good editing job to not show that.”
  • Photos: Promo | Episodic. If you’re a Mose fan, you will not be disappointed!
  • The Office lolcat inspired by Garden Party.

The Office Garden Party rating

In a poll conducted October 13-17, 2011, Tallyheads rated this episode: 7.83/10

See all The Office Season 8 ratings.

The Office Garden Party quotes

Andy: What better face for an ad campaign than our new regional manager?

Dwight: If the soil starts to get acidic, you’ve probably gone too far.

Kelly: What’s the reason, Andy? What’s the reason?

Andy: I promise to be underbearing for a week if you guys just all step it up.

Stanley: Any chance Connecticut Casual is Pennsylvania Business?

Meredith: Woah, who’s the sausage?

Dwight: They don’t warn you when the cameras are driving by.

Book title: Throwing a Garden Party by James Trickington

Robert California: Gretchen, I need another marmalade.

Mose: I’m the valet. You have to give me your car.

Mose: You have a good time at the thing.

Jim: “Chapter Two: Announcing guests as they enter is the height of decorum. The more volume displayed, the more honor is bestowed upon everyone present.”

Dwight: James, Pamela, and Pee Pee Halpert!

Andy: Mabel, Mabel, if you’re able, keep your elbows off the table.

Walter Jr.: Tuna, right? And this must be your lovely wife, Pam.
Meredith: Hell no. She wishes.

Jim: “Chapter Four: One of the host’s most important duties is as dance master. A proper courtly dance sets the tone for the entire afternoon.”

Andy: That’s my favorite part about toasts. The reciprocity.

Gabe: Get in the game, Gabriel! Why are you talking to Stanley’s mistress?

Angela: She just always has to copy anything I do! It’s the Ford Taurus situation all over again!

Ryan: I’d like to make a toast to the troops. All the troops. Both sides.

Jim: “Chapter Nine: The tableau vivant is not only welcome, but expected entertainment. At any garden party.

Andy: You can’t triple toast somebody!

Robert: Andy and I produce nothing. We do nothing.

Robert: You know the difference between a crying baby and a manager? One day the baby will grow up.

Meredith: Get up there and sing or I will cut your larynx and you’ll never be able to sing again. Woo!

Dwight: My first love is beet farming, but it’s a young man’s game.

Robert: I could spend a considerable amount of money having my birthday party here.

Dwight: The Pewter Package has the least amount of goats. The Goat Package obviously has the most goats.

Dwight: I can get you exotic meats. Hippo steaks. Giraffe burgers.
Robert: We’ll talk.
Dwight: It’ll all be goat.

Andy: Hello, Cece Halpert, this is Andrew Bernard. I’d very much like to speak with you about your paper supply needs.

Walter: How long are you going to go on needing my approval? You’re a grown man.

Oscar: Guess we found Andy’s Rosebud.

Robert: My body has somehow become acclimated to Southern Italy. Isn’t that strange, I’ve never been there!

Pam: What are they doing?
Jim: Closing ceremonies.
Pam: Nice touch.

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  1. Me too Marie. It wouldn’t be classy without Mose. Someone has to provide the entertainment (table making part 2??). If it is really classy, will Jim wear the tux again??

  2. Super stoked for this episode.
    I’m really liking each episode description. They all seem like potentially hilarious episodes.

  3. Don’t think I’ve ever been as excited reading an episode description!!

    Andy. Schrute Farms. Josh Groban.


    I have a feeling this episode might go down in the books. (And yes, please please please let Mose resurface!)

  4. I’m excited about this, I smell a Mose moment, and dueling brother singing segment! Can’t wait!

  5. I wondered why Josh Groban was so excited about doing a guest spot on The Office. I’ll be so psyched if he’s a recurring character. Can’t wait for this ep!

  6. Normally I kind of cringe when I see a big guest star listed, but when I saw Josh Groban . . . I don’t know, I think this has the potential to be hilarious. I’m envisioning Andy and his brother in some kind of sing-off. Can’t wait!

  7. An episode at Schrute Farms is always okay with me. I’m glad Dwight still has an important role.

  8. Anytime you see something that says “Dwight thinks he made it a classy event” should be fun cause I think we can ALL imagine what Dwight’s version of ‘classy’ is.

  9. Two reasons this episode will be fo show the best of the season
    1. MOSE
    2. Justin Spitzer, who wrote D.K schrute last year

  10. What an amazingly perfect episode! I laughed a lot (about time!) and it really gave me a lot of hope for this season. “Garden Party” had SO many memorable moments. Mose making Toby get out of his car was GENIUS!!!

  11. wasn’t too bad. But why has almost every episode this season ended with a touchy-feely moment. I miss when the Office used to leave me with a sort of melancholy feeling at the end. Of course some episodes need to end on an upbeat note but not 3 out of every 4. 7/10

  12. That was a much better episode than last week. Lots of laughs, and it was nice to have a call back (kinda) to office Olympics. Jim’s prank was hilarious, well thought out, and very well executed. I have to say Andy selling paper to Cece was cute and it was nice to see the camera crew and Pam butting out of Andy’s conversation. I think Mose being present throughout the episode was the cherry on top of the goat cake.

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