maura tierney office3 'The Office': First look at Maura Tierney in 'Mrs. California'The Dec. 1 episode of “The Office” is called “Mrs. California,” and as that title implies, we’ll get to meet  Robert’s (James Spader) better half for the first time.

As Zap2it first reported in September, former “ER” and “NewsRadio” star Maura Tierney is playing Mrs. California. We’re quite curious to see what kind of woman would be married to the likes of Robert, and we hope the show gives us some clue about that. The episode will be Tierney’s first role on a comedy series in more than a decade.

(It should also prove that Tierney and Jenna Fischer are not, in fact, the same person. Unless Fischer’s maternity leave begins with this episode, in which case we won’t get to see the two of them in the same room.)

Robert brings his wife to Dunder Mifflin Scranton in hopes of finding her a job — which could explain the unenthusiastic look on Andy’s (Ed Helms) face.

maura tierney office1 'The Office': First look at Maura Tierney in 'Mrs. California'Things don’t get much better when Robert joins the conversation.

maura tierney office2 'The Office': First look at Maura Tierney in 'Mrs. California'Also on Thursday, Dwight (Rainn Wilson) opens a gym in the office building — and gets at least one of his co-workers, Darryl (Craig Robinson), to try it out.

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