In less than a week, I’ll turn 30.
Before I depart my 20’s, I felt that I really ought to do something important – something with a lasting impact.
So I have decided to do my level best to provide you with A General Sense of Well Being.
And I believe one of the best ways to do that is to take a trek to Scranton, Pennsylvania.
For it is there that we find the home of America’s most beloved paper supplier.
Over two years have now passed since the final episode of The Office aired on NBC. Yet, the laughter engendered by this classic comedy lives on via Netflix, Youtube & in our hearts forever. In our relentless quest for mirth, behold now the fifteen greatest moments in the history of The Office. Consider it my birthday present to you.
#15 – The KGB
“Golden Ticket”, Season 5
The cold open of each episode, before the titles rolled, was often home to a delightfully inane bit of mirth mostly disconnected from the rest of the episode. Few openings were more delightful or more inane than this one.
#14 – Pam Accepts Her Dundie
“The Dundies”, Season 2
Throughout the show, Pam Beesley is a beacon of normalcy in a world gone mad. When she receives the Dundie Award for whitest sneakers in the office however, she makes one of her most impassioned – and delightfully out of character – speeches.
#13 – Jim Consoles Dwight
“Money”, Season 4
One of the craziest triumphs of the show lies in its ability to introduce you to these utterly ridiculous – even sociopathic – individuals. And then you find yourself caring about their well being.
After the ever inventive Dwight Schrute decides to euthanize Angela Martin’s beloved cat, Sprinkes, their relationship ends. He’s then made to suffer through Andy Bernard’s bizarre attempts to woo Angela, culminating in her very public acceptance of his offer of a date. Dwight – at his emotional low ebb – escapes to the stairwell.
Jim Halpert, most often presented as Dwights’ eternal nemesis, sits down silently next to Dwight and asks simply:
“Did I ever tell you why I went to Stamford? It was because of Pam.”
#12 – Yesh
“The Negotiation”, Season 3
Michael Scott is fond of developing efficiencies in his use of the English language. Jan is not impressed.
#11 – Whomever
“Money”, Season 4
This is one of the most underrated moments in the entire history of the program. Ryan Howard has given Michael a presentation to conduct on Power Point. Michael has forgotten his assignment. Emotions are running high.
And suddenly a debate erupts over proper word usage.
I couldn’t even find the whole scene in one clip, but here’s the gist in two parts.
#10 – The Deposition
“The Deposition”, Season 4
There’s a lot going on here.
Jan is suing Dunder Mifflin. Michael is still employed by Dunder Mifflin.
Jan has given Michael lines to recite.
It’s the perfect storm.
#9 – Michael’s Goodbyes
“Goodbye Michael”, Season 7
The departure of Michael Gary Scott from Dunder Mifflin, Scranton was a tragic loss for the show and for our hearts. Yet, it did result in some of the best moments in the show’s storied history. Michael’s farewell to Jim made us experience feelings.
And his goodbye to Oscar made us laugh heartily.
#8 – An Evil Snail
“Frame Toby”, Season 5
After saying what he believed was his final farewell to his nemesis, Michael Scott is once more confronted with the presence of Toby Flenderson. He doesn’t take it well.
But then Michael rallies and decides to embark on an effort to interact with the HR rep in a peaceful way. It is not something that lasts a long time.
#7 – Michael Goes to Pam’s Art Show
“Business School”, Season 3
In a rather tumultuous season in the Pam/Jim/Roy/Whatever-character-Amy-Adams-is-playing saga, Pam invites everyone in the office to her first art show. The only one who shows up? Michael Scott.
Poignancy. Awkwardness. Mirth.
It’s a moment that spans the full spectrum of human emotions, and defines the series.
#6 – This Is the Worst
“Branch Closing”, Season 3
The hammer of potential branch closing has been circling Scranton since season one. And then it finally swings.
Thus, he almost immediately delivers the bad news in a way that only he can.
#5 – The Good Old Days
“Finale”, Season 9
I don’t intend to cause any emotional distress to fictional people, but I just have to say that Andy Bernard is easily my least favorite major character in The Office. I think it no coincidence that the grandeur of the program began to ebb when the show runners tried making Andy the boss and the main focus of the show.
And yet, it was Andy Bernard who uttered perhaps the most profound single line in the entire run of The Office.
#4 – Fear And Love
“The Fight”, Season 2
Michael has had a weird day. He and Dwight engaged in combat at a local martial arts studio, and Michael emerged victorious.
In the closing moments of the episode, Michael explains how he patched things up with Dwight and reflects on the philosophy that governs his interactions with his subordinates.
One more time.
#3 – I Declare Bankruptcy
“Money”, Season 4
“Mo money, mo problems.”
#2 – The Michael Scott Manifesto
“The Duel”, Season 5
Dunder Mifflin’s perpetual financial difficulties finally reach a level of severity that brings CFO David Wallace to ask Michael Scott about the secret to Scranton’s success.
And Michael does not disappoint.
Here’s how that plays out on paper:
David, here it is.
My philosophy is basically this. And this is something that I live by. And I always have. And I always will.
Don’t ever, for any reason, do anything to anyone, for any reason, ever, no matter what.
No matter… where. Or who, or who you are with, or, or where you are going, or… or where you’ve been… ever.
For any reason, whatsoever.”
#1 – Why Are You the Way That You Are?
“Casino Night”, Season 2
Michael is in the midst of detailing his predictably inappropriate plans for the office complex’s casino night when Toby interrupts – setting the stage for the greatest moment in the history of The Office.
- Specifically Asked You Not to
- The Dementors