Season 6, Episode 8, “Koi Pond,” isn’t at all about Halloween. In fact, if you were to watch the episode on streaming services now, you likely wouldn’t find any traces of costumes, trick-or-treating, witches, vampires, or the pleasantly cursed holiday. That’s because the Halloween aspect of this episode was removed from the cold open.
In the omitted scene, Darryl Philbin (Craig Robinson) brings children through a haunted version of the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company warehouse and the employees attempt to scare the kids. Okay, things are going pretty well for an “Office” Halloween episode. This all seems well and good. But then the climax, featuring Michael Scott (Steve Carell), happens. In the distasteful climax, Michael pretends to kill himself, which isn’t exactly suitable for a kid-friendly haunted house. Darryl even questions Michael’s decision.
One silver lining of this cold open, though, is Jim Halpert’s (John Krasinski) costume. He’s written “BOOK” on his face. This is a low-effort nod to “Facebook,” but Darryl misreads his costume as “book-face.” Classic. Another perfectly splendid moment? Creed Bratton (Creed Bratton) dresses up as a vampire and briefly (and concerningly) mentions selling blood. Still, for all these comedic moments, the climax of the cold open is pretty insensitive, and it’s probably for the best that this potentially harmful scene doesn’t air or stream with the episode anymore.
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