There was no new episode of The Office this week, so Office Watch is taking a knee. However, this is a good time to look back and reflect on the good times- specifically the undeniably funny episodes of The Office that seem to have happened a lifetime ago- back when there was still Michael Scott, there was romantic tension (and chemistry) between Jim & Pam, and Andy was a role player.
Here are Giddy Up America’s top 5 Episodes of The Office…
1. “Diversity Day” (season 1, episode 2)
This is the episode that started it all. It introduced us to the dry, cringe-inducing humor that would be an Office staple for years to come and it also introduced us to the magnificent, blunt naivete of Steve Carrell’s Michael Scott. The episode featured Scott’s Chris Rock impression, which was deemed offensive enough to initiate a corporate-driven racial sensitivity training. Unsatisfied with the results, Scott has his own training- Diversity Day. Scott’s version of diversity training was when things got good, as he had each employee attach an index card with a “race” to their forehead and then try and figure out what that “race” was based on people’s interactions with them. The best interaction that sums this up, Kevin asking Angela if she wants to go sm0ke pot because her card says “Jamaican.”
2. “Dinner Party” (season 4, episode 9)
The relationship of Michael and Jan proved to be much stronger comic material than any other relationship on the show and was best demonstrated in “Dinner Party,” when Michael Jan invite Jim & Pam, Andy & Angela and Dwight & his babysitter over for a dinner party. Highlights include Michael’s incredibly small flat screen TV which he loves, the story of how Michael thought he heard the ice cream man and ran through the glass sliding door to catch him, and Michael describing the wine he’s drinking as having an “oakey, after birth.”
3. “Drug Testing” (season 2, episode 20)
We learned two things in this episode:
1. You need to look out for girls with nose rings at Alicia Keys’ concerts
2. The only thing worse than someone doing drugs, is Dwight finding drugs
4. “The Injury” (season 2, episode 12)
Michael Scott enjoys waking up to the smell of fresh bacon. That seems like a normal thing to enjoy. However, to attain this delightful situation, he lays out two strips of bacon on a George Forman grill that is placed next to his bed. In the morning, his alarm goes off, he plugs in the Foreman grill and then falls back asleep- thus, waking up the lovely smell of fresh bacon. The only problem with having a live Foreman grill so close to your bed? You might step on it and burn your foot.
5. “Money” (season 4, episode 4)
The main reason why this episode is so great, an episode where Michael falls on hard times due to his irresponsible spending and Jan’s attempt at a lavish lifestyle, is this clip…
“Safety Training” (season 3, episode 19)
“Booze Cruise” (season 2, episode 11)
“The Convict” (season 3, episode 9) Prison Mike!
“Office Olympics” (season 2, episode 3)
“Basketball” (season 1, episode 5)