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Garden Party 

Andy claims to be throwing a garden party at Dwight's farm to impress Robert California, but he's really doing it to win the approval of his parents, who appear to favor his younger brother.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Pam Beesly
Ryan Howard
Robert California
Kevin Malone
Creed Bratton
Meredith Palmer
Kelly Kapoor
Angela Martin-Lipton
Toby Flenderson
Oscar Martinez (as Oscar Nunez)


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 and brother attend but make him feel self-conscious. Written by NBC Publicity

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13 October 2011 (USA)  »

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1.78 : 1
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Towards the end of the garden party, Pam, seeing Dwight and his catering employees with torches doing sort of tribal ritual, asks Jim "what are they doing?" Jim says "closing ceremonies." "Nice touch," Pam says. Closing ceremonies are important to Pam and Jim and the conversation in this episode closely mirrors an interaction they had in Season 2, Episode 3 "Office Olympics." See more »


Andy Bernard: Didn't mean to bother you Mabel. Mabel, Mabel, if you're able, keep your elbows off the table.
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References Citizen Kane (1941) See more »


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Written by Nuno Bettencourt and Gary Cherone
Performed by Stephen Collins and Ed Helms
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It just keeps delivering
20 October 2011 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

For me this was the funniest episode for season 8 so far, in a season that has been quite good considering the departure of Steve Carell. The garden party has plenty of laughs all the way through. Don't miss the scene into the credits. James Spader continues to show that he was an excellent choice to add to the cast. The good aspect is, that he is not over-used, so his screen time is always a highlight. This cast change reminds me of M*A*S*H. When mainstream actors left that series, they didn't attempt to duplicate the characters. They successfully created new characters. In this respect, the Office has reinvented itself a little, and this may add years to its longevity. I can easily see it running to season 11 or 12 now.

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