NBC’s “The Office” is in its 7th season of comedy brilliance, each episode bringing more laughs to the table. While every show is worthy of a view, some episodes stand out as absolute perfection. Here are ten of the absolute best episodes of “The Office,” in no particular order.
In this episode, Michael calls in to have someone help when he gets injured at home. He reveals that he burned himself on his George Foreman grill, which was cooking bacon on his bed as he slept. To add to the hilarity of the situation, Dwight rushes out in a furor, and not even smashing up his car in the parking lot can deter him from rescuing Michael.
Michael is running low on money due to Jan’s excessive spending, from the new furniture to the new Porsche. He even picks up a second job, but he ends up having to quit or risk being fired from Dunder-Mifflin. He discusses his situation with Creed, who suggests Michael declare bankruptcy. Michael takes it literally, and surprises everyone when he suddenly shouts out, “I declare bankruptcy!” in the middle of the office.
The whole office crew is getting CPR Training, using a dummy. When the trainer tests them, they mess up the timing and they fail – meaning the dummy dies. Dwight decides to go into disaster-control mode, slashing open the dummy to harvest organs. Dwight also decides to do some fire drill training, using a real fire and some added difficulty to the drill. Angela’s passing cats up through the ceiling to save them, people are running around screaming… and Stanley has a heart attack.
Jim becomes Dwight in “Product Recall” – his mannerisms, his habits – all his weirdness.
The very first episode of “The Office” – and Jim’s already messing with Dwight. This episode includes the legendary stapler-in-jello.
Michael hosts the most politically incorrect diversity training ever. Employees wear an index card on their forehead indicating a race or religion, and all the other employees are supposed to insult them based on their card.
“A Benihana Christmas”
After Carol breaks up with Michael, Andy takes him to Benihana to take his mind off of it. There, Michael and Andy pick up dates for the office Christmas party. At one point, Michael can’t keep his date and Andy’s date straight, so he manages to write her name on her arm without her knowing.
Jim and Pam take Dwight for a ride after Michael puts him in charge of finding a new health care plan for the employees. Dwight sends out anonymous forms asking about illnesses, and Jim and Pam include diseases such as hot dog fingers and Count Choculitis, which drives Dwight crazy.
When Michael invites Jim and Pam and Andy and Angela to a dinner party at his house, it spells disaster. Michael attempts to convince the men to buy into Jan’s candle company, Pam is accused of dating Michael, Dwight shows up uninvited, and then Michael and Jan end with a catastrophic fight necessitating police intervention.
This is the beginning of the infamous “That’s what she said” Michael catchphrase. Epic.
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