Walmart’s first commercial for its Black Friday promotion, entitled “Case of the Mondays,” kicks off at the reception desk of Initech, which “Office Space” fans might recognize as the stereotypical company from Mike Judge’s cult classic.
Gary Cole’s Bill Lumbergh then emerges from the background to source a paper advertisement from an office printer for Walmart’s so-called Black Friday 2022 deals, which are supposed to be on Mondays throughout November. In a subsequent shot, an office worker tells Lumbergh that he looks like he has a Monday case – a phrase Ron Livingston’s Peter Gibbons loudly criticizes in “Office Space” – while quietly enjoying an inexpensive widescreen television.
Ajay Naidu’s Samir Nagheenanajar then conducts video conferences with pop star Michael Bolton, in which he references David Herman’s character, also known as Michael Bolton, in Office Space. Finally, Diedrich Bader as Lawrence opens a memo on his phone about Walmart’s Black Friday-on-Mondays deals before Bolton closes the commercial with the chorus of his hit song “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You,” edited to include lyrics to abstain from Walmart’s promotion.
Walmart Vice President Casey Schlaybaugh told Variety that the company will launch a new “Office Space” ad every Monday in November, which will then air online, on television and in theaters.