The Office: Here Comes Treble, 9.05

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The Office: Here Comes Treble

Writer: Owen Ellickson, Director: Claire Scanlon

Summary (NBC): Andy deals with a cappella drama — it’s Halloween in the office and Andy invites his college a cappella group to perform, which leads to a confrontation with his frenemy Broccoli Rob. Meanwhile, Dwight finds evidence that a madman is loose in the office and tries to track him down, and the first meeting of Jim’s new job causes a fight with Pam. Guest star: Stephen Colbert.

The Office Here Comes Treble extras

  • Promo photos | Halloween costumes
  • Videos
  • The cast talks about the Halloween episode
  • The Office executive producer Ben Silverman, appears in the lunch scene in which Jim invests $10,000 in the sports marketing venture.
  • Andy’s a cappella group includes members of the real-life University of Virginia a capella group, Hullabahoos. The founder of the group, UVA alum Halsted Sullivan, is a producer and writer for The Office.
  • Callback: Meredith’s line “Stop baggin’ my head!” is in reference to the Season 3 episode Business School, in which Dwight “bags Meredith’s head” in his attempt to capture a bat that has appeared in the office.
  • Callback: in the Season 7 episode The Sting, Andy reads an article about Broccoli Rob in the newspaper: “Some Vermont-based alums can hear ‘Broccoli’ Rob Blatt, ’96, in the state milk lobby’s new milk awareness song, ‘Calci-YUM!’, featuring Phish’s Trey Anastasio. Says Broccoli, ‘Trey and I had a ton of fun in the studio, and I think you can hear it in the song.'” Anastasio’s name is brought up again in Here Comes Treble by Broccoli Rob himself, which angers Andy.

The Office Here Comes Treble rating

In a poll conducted October 25-29, 2012, Tallyheads rated this episode: 6.64/10

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The Office Here Comes Treble quotes

Manually transcribed by tanster :)

Dwight: I mean, the pumpkin should rot off of my head in a month or two. Right?

Dwight: What lab did these little clones escape from?

Meredith: How does it work in the rooms? You get a privacy partition?

Dwight: Hello, little pill. What do you do?

Dwight: Dumatril is licensed to treat anxiety symptoms, such as panic attacks, excessive worrying, and fear. Translation: there’s a madman in our midst.

Dwight: I’ll get my apprehension kit.

Andy: When I got the nickname “Boner Champ,” that is when I became me.

Here Comes Treble member: Did you say you’ve got AIDS?

Andy: Broccoli Rob was Broccoli Rob. Andy Bernard is the Boner Champ.

Creed: It’s Halloween. That is really, really good timing.

Andy: Took the face off. Just seemed easier that way.

Angela: The sweets and savories are all mixed together! This is mayhem!

Erin: Buts are for pooping.

Meredith: Cool. Free upper.

Meredith: Stop baggin’ my head!

Clark: Where’s the band? ‘Cause there’s no way you guys are making this magic with just your mouths.
Creed: That’s what she said.

Stanley: Show some pride. This is crap.

Here Comes Treble member: I thought you were Adam Lambert.

Erin: When you’re with someone, you put up with the stuff that makes you lose respect for them. And that is love.

Broccoli Rob: So just wham! I sprang into action.

Andy: You thought I wanted to sit in the audience like some slutty treb rat?

Broccoli Rob: My pipes are primo, champ!

Broccoli Rob: Why don’t you ask Trey Anastasio about my pipes?

Kevin: I decided acapelca music is awesome.

Kevin: It turn out Pam really, really hates Monster Mash.

Kevin: Pam was like, “No. Hate it. Stupid.”

Andy: If I’m not Boner Champ, I don’t know who I am.

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  1. I really don’t understand what it is about Jim’s new job that Pam doesn’t like. I don’t think Jim should’ve gone ahead with accepting it after he and Pam discussed it (think this was mentioned at Roy’s wedding), but overall – she is downright not on board (yet). Wonder if he’d want to commute to Philly from Scranton, or if they would move closer.

    Dwight tracking down a madman ? LOL !

  2. This one sounds promising. How can you go wrong with Stephen Colbert???

    Dwight tracks down a madman: Does anyone else sense a classic Jim prank???

  3. @Pam, it’s a really big change for Pam. She has to leave her home, her job, her family and friends, move to a new city, find a new job, and plus, she won’t be working with Jim anymore, after years of working together. She’s supportive of Jim’s career, but she needs time to adjust, which is why Jim needed to discuss it with her and let her be a part of the decision-making process. I know this because a friend of mine is going through this exact thing – she wants to be supportive of her husband but she’s finding the upheaval to their lives very difficult. Maybe this fight they have after this meeting is because Jim makes another decision without her. It seems like it’s something to do with the meeting anyway, and not just Pam being generally unhappy about the new job.

  4. I’m so looking forward to watch this episode, which is the final halloween episode of the show. I’m pretty sure we’ll find more drama inside the whole Jim/Pam story. And finally we’re gonna meet Andy’s former a cappella group, and his college friend Broccoli Rob who, at the end, might make enemies with the Nard Dog. Also, I think the only madman Dwight is tracking down is himself; unless some people think this could be a possibility of revealing the true identity of the Scranton Strangler.

  5. Is Dwight about to find a clue to identify the Scranton strangler? It’s been left open and needs resolving plus we need closure with Gabe (we think it’s him or Robert).

  6. But I don’t want a Jam fight…But I mean, Pam did say that she wanted Philly Jim (in season 5) right?

  7. I can’t tell if everyone is joking or if they are serious, but:

    The Scranton strangler CAN’T be anyone we are already familiar with. Toby was a juror on the case, so he would obviously relay that information if it was someone from the office in any capacity. And Meredith’s quote “Is he gorgeous? He looks gorgeous from the sketches” is also reason enough to believe it’s not someone they/we all know.

    Am I wrong in assuming this? Just wondering.

  8. @Bill S, I think when Greg Daniels said that the identity of the Scranton Strangler would be revealed this season, lots of people assumed he was referring to Toby’s statement in ‘Michael’s Last Dundies’ in which he said he thought they’d put away the wrong man. So they’re not talking about the man who was on trial, but the real Scranton Strangler, if Toby was right. And the only way that would even be a story is if it was someone we’re already familiar with.

  9. @Bill S.: All you’ve written about the trial of the Scranton Strangler is correct. Toby was on the jury, and the jury did convict the defendant that Meredith thought was gorgeous. However, during Michael’s last Dundees, Toby made the announcement that he now thinks that the wrong man was convicted. The other posters are assuming Toby is correct, and the Scranton Strangler’s real identity will be revealed this season.

  10. @ Bill S: Agree 100% with Jessie and pgwodenhouse. And another fun topic on this site is who it will be, since the only reason it would be a story is if it’s someone we’ve seen.

    And it’s Gabe. I’m convinced, because no one else makes any bit of sense. Horror film freak, came to Scranton exactly when the murders started, is gone now and no more murders (some would presume because the guilty party is behind bars but no, he’s back in Tallahassee), he was late on the day of the car chase where “The Strangler” was captured etc.

    I’m not saying it’s a great idea for a story, or that I like the idea of a regular member turning out to be a serial killer. But Greg Daniels has said we will find out who The Strangler is, and there’s no other evidence for any other regular that makes as much sense as Gabe.

  11. Hi Tanster, just wondering if there’s any way to clarify something? I remember an interview during Season 7 where Paul Lieberstein said that the Scranton Strangler doesn’t actually kill people, he just strangles them, which is what makes the story funny. But that was never mentioned in the show, and everyone on here talks about murders and him being a serial killer. Can we find out if we’re actually talking about a serial killer, or if it is the case that the Strangler hasn’t actually killed anyone? Thanks!

  12. @16, I’m not using any definition, I’m just repeating what Paul Lieberstein said. I assume he means that the Strangler chokes people with his hands, but stops before they die? I don’t know. That’s why I’m asking if anyone can clarify this.

  13. Jessie – I never thought of that. I can’t remember any place where they specifically say the Strangler is a “murderer” on the show, but I really never though it was a stretch to assume it’s implied in the word “strangle”. I feel like “strangled to death” is like saying “drowned to death”. Would be cool if Tanster could weigh in.

    We’ll find out soon enough though, I guess. I really would like this whole aspect better if it is as you suggest. It’s still creepy to think of someone randomly choking people then running away, but I guess better than serial murders. Also, I think that would fit Gabe’s personality better. Just sayin.

  14. Finally – the episode I’ve been waiting for! Oh…but wait…apparently there’s an NFL game being televised on our local NBC affiliate tonight – and it’s snowing in Minnesota right now! Not a good day.

  15. I vote that the Scranton Strangler is Creed. He has made so many remarks about running from the law. In one of the episodes, I think “Frame Toby,” the police enter the office, Creed becomes flustered and hides in the conference room. His talking head just says something like “Just pretend we’re talking until the cops leave.”

    Tanster – It would be awesome to have the fans speculate and vote who they think is the Scranton Strangler!

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