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Last updated: May 17, 2010
This post contains spoilers and news about The Office Season 6.
Will in Iowa: Please tell me there’s some good stuff coming up on The Office!
Aside from getting to see Ryan in his geekiest getup of the season, all of this fire-starting-printer nonsense is about to hit the fan, says B.J. Novak, who promises lots of “corporate intrigue” ahead. (Hint: Those printers are on fiyah!) Kathy Bates returns to deal with the Dunder Mifflin-Sabre drama, and poor Andy is stuck in the middle thanks to his testimonial video with Darryl.
May 12: Access Hollywood
Access Hollywood talked with Jenna Fischer at the premiere of Solitary Man, and asked her for Season 6 finale scoop. Here’s what Jenna said:
We’re hoping there’s going to be a return of real love for Michael. And I think we plant those seeds in the finale. Besides that, there’s a lot of stuff that’s happening with the Andy character… he’s going to be a big part of the finale as well.
April 30: NBC
Summary of the Season 6 finale, Whistleblower:
MICHAEL TRIES TO FIGURE OUT WHO IS THE LEAK — KATHY BATES (“THE BLINDSIDE,” “REVOLUTIONARY ROAD”) GUEST STARS — The press finds out that Sabre’s printers catch on fire. Jo (guest star Kathy Bates) shows up to the office in hopes of finding out who the whistleblower is. Everyone suspects Andy (Ed Helms), who adamantly denies he leaked the information. Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Mindy Kaling, Angela Kinsey, Phyllis Smith, Oscar Nunez, Creed Bratton, B.J. Novak, Ellie Kemper, Paul Lieberstein and Craig Robinson also star.
April 29: TV Guide
Details on the Season 6 finale, Whistleblower:
Kathy Bates returns as Jo Bennett, the strong-willed CEO of Dunder Mifflin parent company Sabre. It turns out the printers the company is selling catch on fire, exec producer Paul Lieberstein says, “and somebody leaks that information to the press.” Bennett is hell-bent on hunting down the whistleblower, and only Michael Scott can stop her. While that battle rages, Dunder Mifflin will get a new landlord when Dwight Schrute buys the building. Uh-oh!
April 23: NBC
Summary for the May 13th episode ‘The Chump,’ written by Aaron Shure and directed by Randall Einhorn:
HAS MICHAEL MATURED?–AMY PIETZ (“ALIENS IN AMERICA,”"CAROLINE IN THE CITY”) GUEST STARS–Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) is surprisingly cheerful after learning some bad news about Donna (guest star Amy Pietz). The new parents, Pam (Jenna Fischer) and Jim (John Krasinski), have trouble staying awake in the office. Meanwhile, Angela (Angela Kinsey) takes matters into her own hands when Dwight (Rainn Wilson) refuses to honor their contract. Ed Helms, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Mindy Kaling, Phyllis Smith, Oscar Nunez, Creed Bratton, B.J. Novak, Ellie Kemper, Paul Lieberstein and Craig Robinson also star.
April 16: NBC
Summary for the May 6th episode ‘The Cover-Up’:
MICHAEL SUSPECTS HIS GIRLFRIEND IS CHEATING — AMY PIETZ (“ALIENS IN AMERICA,”"CAROLINE IN THE CITY) GUEST STARS — Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) suspects Donna (guest star Amy Pietz) is cheating on him and puts P.I. Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson) on the case. Meanwhile, Andy (Ed Helms) is frustrated when no one takes his customer’s complaint seriously. John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Mindy Kaling, Angela Kinsey, Phyllis Smith, Oscar Nunez, Creed Bratton, B.J. Novak, Ellie Kemper, Paul Lieberstein and Craig Robinson also star.
Wendell in Los Angeles: Is this thing with Matt and Oscar on The Office the real deal?
Kinda, sorta? It’s real in that it’s happening and not real in that it’s not for the long haul and not necessarily a great thing. “It’s great having Samuel Daly on board. It’s going to be tumultuous, to say the least. And I hope he gets to come back again,” Oscar Nuñez tells us.
April 9: NBC
Summary for the April 29th episode, ‘Body Language’:
MICHAEL HAS TROUBLE READING BODY LANGUAGE — AMY PIETZ (“ALIENS IN AMERICA,”"CAROLINE IN THE CITY”) GUEST STARS — Pam (Jenna Fischer) and Jim (John Krasinski) work on their first sales pitch together to Donna (guest star Amy Pietz), the manager of a local restaurant. But Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) keeps misreading the signals she’s putting out. Meanwhile, Dwight (Rainn Wilson) encourages Kelly (Mindy Kaling) to try out for the minority training program. Ed Helms, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Angela Kinsey, Phyllis Smith, Oscar Nunez, Creed Bratton, B.J. Novak, Ellie Kemper and Craig Robinson also star.
Producers remain invested in the Michael-Holly love story, even if Amy Ryan isn’t currently around to help tell it.
“We’re definitely hoping [to bring her back] next year,” says executive producer/co-star Paul Lieberstein (Toby), who describes Michael’s dynamic with Pietz’ barkeep, Donna, as “very different” than the one he shared with Holly. “With Holly, they were both just goofballs on the same wavelength. I don’t know that’s what we’re seeing here. [Donna] has a lot in common with Michael… [but] it’s more circumstance that they’re together.”
Not surprisingly, the courtship hits multiple snags in the coming weeks when “Michael’s attempts to date her don’t work out,” previews Lieberstein. “So he brings her in to [Dunder Mifflin] to sell her some printers and paper as a client and makes some very inappropriate advances.”
Maggie in Los Angeles: I’m so glad Andy and Erin are finally together on The Office. Is it for the long haul?
That remains to be seen, but adorkable loves Andy and Erin will soon face their biggest misstep when Michael reveals the sordid details of Andy’s engagement gone wrong to Angela. The worst part of all? This happens on Secretary’s Day after Andy puts loads of effort into making it special for his new girlfriend. (If he doesn’t pull out that banjo, we’ll die of shock!)
April 1: NBC
Summary for the April 22 episode ‘Secretary’s Day’:
ANDY TRIES TO GIVE ERIN A SPECIAL ‘SECRETARY’S DAY’ — Andy (Ed Helms) pulls out all the stops to give Erin a memorable Secretary’s Day. Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) reluctantly takes Erin out to lunch and lets slip about Andy’s relationship with Angela. Meanwhile, Oscar (Oscar Nunez) circulates a viral video he created that compares Kevin’s (Brian Baumgartner) voice to Sesame Street’s Cookie Monster. Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, Leslie David Baker, Kate Flannery, Mindy Kaling, Angela Kinsey, Phyllis Smith, Creed Bratton, B.J. Novak, Paul Lieberstein and Craig Robinson also star.
Question: Do you have any scoop on what’s coming up on The Office? — Rachel
Ausiello: Kathy Bates’ hilarious boss lady is returning for the season finale to deal with a “big scandal with the printers and a potential whistle blower situation,” reveals executive producer Paul Lieberstein.
March 30: NBC.com
NBC.com has confirmed the air dates for the last five episodes of The Office Season 6:
- Apr 22: 6.22
- Apr 29: 6.23
- May 6: 6.24
- May 13: 6.25
- May 20: 6.26 (Season 6 finale)
(Here is the entire episode list for The Office.)
Meghan in Portland, Ore.: I miss Pam on The Office. Will we actually get to see her instead of just hear her voice in the next episode?
I know. It’s college all over again! As a matter of fact, Jim and Pam are back in action this week—with Michael by their side, no less. The newlyweds and new parents invite Michael to join them at happy hour, and things go haywire as the Dunder Mifflin boss aims to impress Jam’s pretty friend.
March 18: Officetally
Sources confirm to me exclusively that the sublime and criminally underrated Amy Pietz is joining the cast for multiple episodes.
Pietz — best known from her supporting stints on Caroline in the City, Aliens in America, and Rodney — will first air in April and … um … er … that’s pretty much all I can tell you at this point. Suffice it to say her character description is laced with more than a few spoilers.
March 11: NBC INSIDER
The NBC Insider just watched tonight’s episode, St. Patrick’s Day, and says this:
St. Patrick’s Day wouldn’t be the same without the return of a beloved character from the past …
Who do you think it is?
Tonight’s episode of “The Office” … will revolve around Michael and Co.’s attempts to get out of the office and celebrate the holiday. Unfortunately, the company’s new head honcho, Jo Bennett, is visiting the office and putting a crimp in everyone’s plans.
“She won’t go home. They’re all waiting for her to go home. They all have St. Patty’s Day plans, but she won’t leave,” said “Office” executive producer Paul Lieberstein, who also plays Toby on the show.
As it happened, the show’s producers had plans to send a film crew and a couple of cast members here to take part in this Saturday’s 49th annual St. Patrick’s Parade in downtown Scranton, Mr. Lieberstein said. From there, the show was going to take the footage and incorporate it into the episode, which was originally slated to air on March 18.
Alas, when last week’s Jim and Pam baby episode went from being a two-parter to a one-parter, the St. Patty’s episode was moved up a week, thus nullifying the parade element, Mr. Lieberstein said.
“We were going to put Phyllis on a float and Creed on a chair,” he said. “We were really excited to do it, and maybe we can try to do it again at some point.”
March 9: tanster
The press review copy I received of ‘The Delivery’ had at least three scenes that did not appear in the version that aired on NBC — including one of Jim and Pam right after the birth of the baby. Once all deleted scenes have been posted at NBC.com, I’ll provide more details! :)
March 5: NBC
Summary for the March 25 episode, ‘Happy Hour’:
THE OFFICE ENJOYS A NIGHT ON THE TOWN — Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) gets kicked out of the bar when he whips out all the stops to impress a friend of Jim (John Krasinski) and Pam’s (Jenna Fischer). Meanwhile, Andy (Ed Helms) and Erin (Ellie Kemper) do their best to keep their relationships under wraps. Dwight rethinks his pre-natal contract with Angela. Rainn Wilson, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Mindy Kaling, Angela Kinsey, Phyllis Smith, Creed Bratton, B.J. Novak, Paul Lieberstein and Craig Robinson also star.
March 4: tanster
My tip for watching tonight’s baby episode: if you’re a truly rabid Office fan, watch for something extra funny in the hospital.
Attention: My sister is on THE OFFICE tonight at 9pm EST on NBC. She comes back to the show as Isabel Pam’s best friend.
What can you tell me about the baby episode of The Office? — Tamara
MICKEY: Well, do you want to know the sex of the baby or do you want to be surprised? Another surprise: Jim and Pam aren’t the only Office couple planning for the arrival of offspring. Back at Dunder Mifflin, Michael thinks the arrival of Baby Jam is proof of his matchmaking skills, so he tries again. This is good news, eventually, for fans of the Ballad of Erin and Andy.
Jessie in Montreal: Pam and Jim are having their baby this Thursday on The Office! Have you seen it yet? What do we have to look forward to?
All I’m going to say (at least until we cover the Jam baby in more depth later this week), is that Thursday’s episode of The Office is shipper-tastic. Pam and Jim are wonderful, of course, but there is also serious progress on the Dwight-Angela and Andy-Ellie fronts. You’ll love it. BTW, if John Krasinski doesn’t finally get an Emmy nomination for his touching, hilarious work in this episode, there is absolutely no justice in awards season!
March 1: tanster
Just finished watching ‘The Delivery’ and ‘The Mentor’ (new webisodes). Shenanigans a-plenty!