Last night’s special SuperBowl episode of The Office was typically-for-this-season medium-funny, but the subplot that involved Pam, Jim, and Andy watching a pirated upcoming movie, “Mrs. Albert Hannaday” starring Jack Black, Jessica Alba (barely), and comedy’s current favorite old lady Cloris Leachman was the funniest part of the show. So here are all of those parts.

Jack Black meets his fiance’s Nana:

Things get heated in the bathtub:

The most awkward breakup:

It all comes crashing down (ignore the picture, it’s a different clip):

I’m a sucker for movies-within-movies (or TV shows) anyway, but this was a good example of Stunt Casting Gone Right.

Comments (26)
  1. That’s what he said, right guys, because of gay?

  2. I laughed the hardest when Angela threw her cat in the ceiling and it (and Oscar) both came back down. Dwight gets more annoying with each episode.

    • Erin  |   Posted on Feb 2nd, 2009 +4

      Dwight was just terrifying in this episode. When he was talking about trying to make Stanley’s heart explode? Dude, I’d crucify a thousand Dwights if they ever, ever, ever got rid of Stanley.

    • nthn  |   Posted on Feb 2nd, 2009 +4

      Serious! I thought the point of that character was supposed to be (and I know it’s not the BBC original) that he’s aggravating, but considers himself ‘cool’ in his own world. Dwight is just mental and considers himself sane in his own world. Even Michael (which I loved) has strayed from the formula and is now so Zany and Kooky omg! Do we really need The Office to be everything a normal office isn’t?

  3. I thought this was the funniest episode this season (not saying much, but still). The cat moment and Mindy Kaling dancing really had me cracking up.

  4. Chadams  |   Posted on Feb 2nd, 2009 +3

    Dwight became this worst nightmare bad seed child all of a sudden, quite weird. I know the Mrs. Hannaday stuff was thrown in because NBC mandated it, but it was really bland and tried way too hard.

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  7. I love Cloris Leachman so much. Her electric chair (the same type of thing from Gremlins) is soooo amazing.

  8. simply being old isn’t hilarious. fail. nor is being jack black. double fail. i enjoy the office, but it’s decided it’s going to be scrubs (but in an office) — with less annoying music.

    • Chadams  |   Posted on Feb 2nd, 2009 +6

      I object due to the fact that Scrubs has no idea of how “funny” or “nuance” fit into a sitcom. When Michael Scott gets depressed he doesn’t brood like a 16 yr. old theater geek to the tune of The Fray in the background like Scrubs does.

      • no argument here. i think the comparison stems more from the fact that the office increasingly worships quirk to the detriment of that crucial nuance. it really lacks that dark, banal edge of the first few seasons, which i understand was a halo effect from the british original.

  9. the jessica alba part seemed entirely useless.

    the rest was aces though.

  10. Compared with the rest of this season, I thought this episode was money. The clipboard ruse Dwight cooked up to get his paper signed? How can you hate Dwight?

  11. JD  |   Posted on Feb 2nd, 2009 +12

    Yeah, this episode was great… but no, Lindsay, the movie was the weak link. Apparently anything remotely funny that isn’t 30 Rock gets demoted to “medium-funny” on this site.

  12. Favorite lines:

    “Because of gay”
    “Maybe I could be a food critic: These muffins taste bad!”

  13. I wouldn’t say that this is the funniest part; that would be the part when Angela threw her cat up threw the ceiling.

  14. GHOUST  |   Posted on Feb 2nd, 2009 +4

    It’s far from it that this is the funniest part in this episode, IMHO.
    Anyway, parts that got me cracking up were the one with the cat, and one when Dwight cuts the dummy’s face and wears it :-D

  15. zach  |   Posted on Feb 2nd, 2009 +6

    The Mrs. Albert Hannaday parts were useless! They promoted Jack Black guest starring and I have no idea why.

  16. I think the funniest part was not angela throwing her cat into the ceiling, but instead the fact that SHE WAS KEEPING A CAT IN HER DESK DRAWER. Like, it’s her “at work” cat.

    The albert hannaday thing was absolutely the least funny thing in the entire episode.

    Also, the stanely moments montage was pure gold.

  17. Nic Small  |   Posted on Feb 3rd, 2009 +3

    I agree with many of you that the Mrs. Albert Hannady stuff was lame. I know you shouldn’t have to explain humor, but could someone give me a hint why it was funny?
    Best parts: the cat definitely, dwight with the dummy mask, kelly dancing, and michael correcting dwight on how to say “heeding”

  18. Jim  |   Posted on Feb 5th, 2009 +2

    I’m actually in disagreement with the author of this post. I thought the Mrs. Albert Hannaday bit was the weakest element of the episode, even with the celebs in it. To me the Hannaday segments seemed kind of thrown in there, most likely because Jack Black and Jessica Alba were in it (which, on top of showing right after the Super Bowl, meant ratings galore).

    I understood what they were going for: a totally weird romance between Jack Black and a really old lady who happens to be his girlfriend’s g-ma. That just sounds funny–on paper, at least. But I personally feel it was not executed properly and failed to be funny at several moments where it could have been (i.e., the first meeting–the sexual tension just did not seem obvious enough; the bathtub scene was just too weird with excessive Leachman fleshiness).

    That’s not to say that the Hannaday parts weren’t entirely unenjoyable–I found the scene where Mrs. Hannaday left Jack Black by going up the staircase on the electric chair pretty funny. I just don’t think these were the funniest moments of the episode, as the author of this topic suggested. I personally liked the opening moments and the roasting the best, I think. Anyhow, that’s just my two cents.

  19. I can’t keep doing this forever!
    It’s been 20 seconds.
    Call it!

  20. PJ  |   Posted on Aug 23rd, 2009 0

    Hey, uh.. Anyone know the name of the song that plays in the first hannaday scene? It’s catchy…

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