Friday, May 16, 2008

Season 4 - Episode 14 - Goodbye Toby

NBC has released the story line for May 15th 2008's FINALE episode entitled: "Goodbye Toby". They finally posted the real name.

Writers: Paul Lieberstein, Jen Celotta
Director: Paul Feig

IT'S TIME TO SAY GOODBYE--SPECIAL ONE HOUR SEASON FINALE-OSCAR NOMINEE AMY RYAN("Gone Baby Gone")GUEST STARS--It's Toby's (Paul Lieberstein) goodbye party at Dunder Mifflin and Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell)demands a huge celebration that matches the joy in his heart. Angela (Angela Kinsey), sick of Michael's unreasonable last minute demands, refuses, and Michael turns to Phyllis (Phyllis Smith) to take over the party planning committee. Meanwhile, Dwight (Rainn Wilson) and Meredith (Kate Flannery) haze the new HR woman, Holly (Oscar Nominee Amy Ryan).

What did you think of "Goodbye Toby"? Share your thoughts with us all HERE.

"Goodbye Toby" News Items:
TwoCents Review, "Goodbye Toby" Conference Room

Deleted Scenes: 1

Paul Lieberstein's Live Blog Recap, Watch the ENTIRE episode online, Entire Cold Open, Ryan gets arrested on YouTube Video, Michael's song for Toby, NBC's Episode Photo Album, Buy a Toby's Last Day tshirt

What did you think of "Goodbye Toby"? Share your thoughts with us all HERE.

Toby's Last Day T-Shirt

Good ole NBC Store - allowing us to join in the fun again!

The Office Toby's Last Day T-Shirt
On the Season 3 finale of The Office, we say goodbye to Dunder Mifflin HR guy, Toby Flenderson. Help spread the word that his tenure at the paper company has ended by wearing this shirt that displays his departure date of 5-15-08. Yes, it’s his last day, but then again...who’s counting? 100% Cotton. Made in Honduras.


Click HERE to get one.

Thanks to Paul "Cool Guy Paul" Faust for the tip!

Note: I know it was season 4 - it's the NBC Store people that have the typo. :)

"The Office and Philosophy" Contest/Give Away!

Following up on our interview with J. Jeremy Wisnewski, the editor of "The Office and Philosophy - Scenes from an Unexamined Life", we have one copy of the book to give away to a lucky fan!

How do you do it? Easy! Send your best philosophical idea of "The Office" (either NBC or BBC version) to!


"Jim pranks, therefore he is."

Yeah, it doesn't have to make sense. :)

One lucky winner will be selected at random and sent a copy of the book! The deadline is Office Finale Thursday!! That's Thursday May 15th at 10:00PM PST. So send in your entries now! NOW EXTENDED TO MAY 22ND!

Some Rules:
- Winners must be in the continental United States.
- Only one entry per person.
- Include Name, Address, Email in your submission.

That's it. Easy rules right?

How GREAT is this Photo!?

Click THIS LINK to see what I'm talking about.

I'm curious - do any of you have a funny caption for it? Share it in the comments!

NBC's "Goodbye Toby" Photo Album

Here are photos from "Goodbye Toby". Click HERE to see them all.

Conference Room - "Goodbye Toby"

It's that time!

Some of your favorite Office Fan-Sites have given their opinions on the latest episode. This time we're talking about the season four finale - "Goodbye Toby".

Get in on the discussion in the comments and click HERE.

Everyone in the Conference Room - NOW!

Favorite Moment: The commercial where they showed Kevin's kool-aid face again!
Favorite Quote: Quabbity Assurance! - Creed
Overall Episode Grade: A

Laura Ann
Favorite Moment: Any scene with Amy Ryan (Holly) & Michael. ADORABLE.
Favorite Quote: Angela's answer to Andy's proposal: "Um. Okay."
Overall Grade: B

Favorite Moment: The finale was so great it's hard to pick just one. I'll go with the Dwangela moment in the office and Phyllis catching them.
Favorite Quote: Creed: "What is wrong with this woman? She's asking about stuff that's nobody's business. 'What do I do?' What do I do, I do here. I should have written it down. 'Qua' something. Quaaa. Quarr. Quab. Quall. Qwer. Quobbity! Quobbity assurance!"
Overall Episode Grade: A+

Get in on the discussion in the comments and click HERE.

Paul Lieberstein's Live Blog Recap

After last night's finale, Paul Lieberstein blogged live on answering some fan questions.

"Is Toby the subject of the spinoff?
Toby has left Dunder Mifflin and is going to Costa Rica. If they want to go down there and film on the beach, that's fine with me.

As for Paul, I'll be here working as a writer on season 5. Jen Celotta and I are running the show with Greg."

Read them all HERE.

Adventures with Angela - Brian, Oscar and Baby Shower!

"Goodbye Toby" Deleted Scene #1

Ryan's YouTube Bust from "Goodbye Toby"

Michael's Song from "Goodbye Toby"

Watch Entire "Goodbye Toby" Episode

Kevin Blogs!

Brian/Kevin has returned for a quick note to all the fans about the finale.

"Special one hour show. Starts at 9pm on the coasts, and 8pm Central. It is on for an hour. And there are a lot of twists and turns. And I don't mean from Twister. Like, secrets revealed. Bombs are dropped. And it is my hope, and expectation, that there is plenty of funny."

Click HERE to keep reading...

"Goodbye Toby" Recap & Review - TheTwoCents

The Office
"Goodbye, Toby"

Original Air Date: May 15, 2008

PG Ignacio - Associate Editor -

"The Office" Thursday is bittersweet this week with an episode titled, "Goodbye, Toby," anticipating Michael's joy and it also being the season finale, knowing we will be left with some kind of cliff hanger...or cliff hangers! We also have the strange behavior of Ryan and the looming marriage proposal of Jim to Pam. How could this finale play out? Well, so much happened tonight. I'm going to try to do this as quickly as possible. (That's what she said!)

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Thursday, May 15, 2008

ScrantonBranchOffice Exclusive Interview - Jackie Debatin

Recently we were able to chat with Jackie Debatin who Office fans know and love as "Elizabeth the Stripper" from the "Ben Franklin" and "Fun Run" episodes of "The Office".

To help us celebrate tonight's Office season four finale, Jackie has agreed to share a little about herself, her character and what's coming up next.


ScrantonBranchOffice: Could you tell our readers about yourself and how you started in "show biz"?
Jackie Debatin: I'm orginally from Southern Illinois, and moved out to LA in 1992...I knew one casting director, that a professor of mine introduced me to...Looking back now, I'd say it was a crazy move....I had studied theater in college and knew I wanted to be an actress...It took a long time to get things going honestly....I just got little bit parts here and there, and keep it going...I also run my own Accounting company here in LA, so that keeps the money rolling in when acting is slow...which was of course so funny when they had Dwight ask me to answer phones in the "accounting" dept in THE OFFICE...

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Rainn Wilson on Tonight Show 5/14/08

Spoiler Alert - this video does contain a clip (nothing too exciting) from tonight's finale.

Kate Flannery's TV Guide Blog

The season finale is upon us and it's also the finale for Kate Flannery's TV Guide blog!

"The one-hour finale will be this Thursday, and get ready. We all signed confidentiality agreements so I can only say that we are going out with a bang! We truly do have the greatest writers on TV. I am not just sucking up to get more lines, I swear. I think they have out done themselves. Twists, turns, answers and new questions."

Click HERE to read it.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Steve Carell on Conan O'Brien 5/13/08

Adventures with Angela - Leslie's Baby Names

"Job Fair" Deleted Scene #4

More Watch With Kristin

Kate Flannery and Creed Bratton Save a Beach has reported on Kate Flannery and Creed Bratton helping the Earth...

"Unlike her alcoholic character Meredith on “The Office,” Kate Flannery is happy, healthy and has something to look forward to. The fourth season finale of “The Office” airs Thursday and a week later, she’ll appear as a talent scout on the season premiere of “Last Comic Standing.”

“All I can say is it’s going to be a monster,” she told about the “Office” finale. “So many unexpected things happen in the finale, it’s so good. I did have some really fun scenes with Rainn (Wilson) so it was really, really fun. No bats or anything in my hair, but yeah, some really great stuff.”

The show was made all the sweeter after the writers’ strike that lasted three months.

“I think everybody was super-grateful (to return to set). “We all realized that this is probably going to be the greatest experience that any of us have ever had ever. We all won the lottery.”

Read more HERE.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Bobby Ray Shafer / Bob Vance Blogs!

Bobby Ray Shafer has posted a new blog on his Myspace page with all kinds of non-information about the season finale.

However, he did say THIS:
"A signed VANCE REFRIGERATION TRUCKER HAT goes to the best season finale predicition and does not necessarily have to be the most accurate. And this time I won't win it. So Wow Me. Wow Me Now..."

Click HERE to head over to his blog.

"The Office" Still Kicking Butt on DVRs

This week’s (April 21-27, 2008) 43.4% audience gain by time-shifting by NBC’s The Office is the largest we’ve seen for any primetime broadcast show since we began publishing the site last September. Its audience increased by 43.4% over the 6.256 million that watched it Live giving it a Live+7 audience of 8.972 million.

CW’s Reaper was second with an increase of 35.3%. Rounding out the top 10 were Gossip Girl, Supernatural, Lost, America’s Top Model, My Name is Earl, One Tree Hill, Grey’s Anatomy and Beauty and the Geek.

Click HERE to

New Webisodes Info!

NBC Digital Entertainment today announced plans to premiere fan-favorite webisodes in July, vastly increased mobile streaming video offerings, the well-timed "SNL" Political Site and more community based features. The announcements were made by Vivi Zigler, Executive Vice President, NBC Digital Entertainment.

"We've learned a lot in the past few seasons about what the fans enjoy and we are building on that base," said Zigler. "Our experimentation with ground-breaking storytelling, new functionality and platform offerings will really pay off for the fans of our shows in the months and season to come. We are rolling out more original content from the shows they love, more community around those shows and more top of mind content in the case of the 'SNL' political site."

In the second series of "The Office" webisodes, which premieres on, Kevin (Brian Baumgartner) pursues a unique solution in an effort to pay back his looming gambling debts. This installment also stars Oscar Nunez, Leslie David Baker and Craig Robinson.

NBC's Upfronts Photos

NBC had a big party to celebrate the 08-09 Television season in NYC and since John Krasinski is filming in Connecticut, he stopped by. As did other stars from the show. A fan over at LiveJournal has photos collected of stars including Rainn Wilson, Jenna Fischer, Minday Kaling and more.

It was a year ago at the NBC Upfronts that Jenna Fischer fell and broke her back. Let's all hope she's using hand railings all the time this week!

Click HERE for the photos.

Watch With Kristin Loves Creed

"Job Fair" Deleted Scene #3

Monday, May 12, 2008

ScrantonBranchOffice Exclusive Interview - "The Office and Philosophy"

Blackwell Publishing has recently released a book entitled “The Office and Philosophy – Scenes from the Unexamined Life”. The book explores philosophy found within the BBC and NBC versions of “The Office” and was edited by J. Jeremy Wisnewski.

Political correctness, sexual harassment, business ethics, office flirtation, and humiliation are hot button points that show up in this snapshot of life. Even as it captures something of the human condition, “The Office” put the ‘fun’ in dysfunctional. “This is philosophy that is meant to introduce you to, and help you understand, issues in a way that is as enjoyable as the show itself.”

“I laughed and laughed and laughed… and then I realized I was reading a different book. And then I read this one. It’s pretty good, too.”Oscar Nunez

J. Jeremy Wisnewski is an Assistant of Philosophy at Hartwick College. He is the author of “Wittgenstein and Ethical Inquiry: A Defense of Ethics as Clarification” (2007) as well as the editor of “Family Guy and Philosophy” (2007). According to his biography his next project is to play Michael Scarn in a new production of “Threat Level: Midnight”. (No, not really.) Recently I was able to sit down for a conversation with Jeremy about the book. Enjoy!

ScrantonBranchOffice: Hey, how are you Jeremy?
J. Jeremy Wisnewski: I’m good, how are you?
SBO: I’m doing well thank you.

SBO:This is a great book as far as philosophy goes in general, but what made you and the other writers decide to gear it on The Office?
JJW:From moment one, when I started seeing the promos for The Office, I was immediately intrigued. I saw the US version first. When I started watching it, both the US version and later on the British version, I just knew there was something there. It seems as though the show is really capturing something universal. I think that is evidenced by the fact that there’s a US version, a British version, a German version, a French version and a Canadian version. All of these shows are tapping in to a lot of things, but one of the things they’re tapping into is the struggle for meaning in advanced industrial nations. That’s a large way of saying, I guess, that work stinks and it’s very difficult to get any meaning out of what you do. It’s very difficult to be a paper pusher.

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