Alright, friends, you may have noticed so far that I really appreciate the comedic moments of the two shows I’ve highlighted for Favorites Week. Well, from here on out I’m talking about comedies! What is life without lots of laughter? Today’s favorite is a show that always cheers me up when I’m down: The Office.
This classic episode has Regional Manager Michael Scott hosting his yearly “awards show,” an employee recognition event that he invented called The Dundies. Each employee receive little trophies of men with briefcases and Michael provides a lot of unwanted entertainment. It’s held in a local Chili’s. As usual, we see Michael acting foolish, but when his illusion of grandeur starts falling apart, Dunder Mifflin Scranton rallies and lets him have fun. Oscar says it best: The dundies are kinda like a kid’s birthday party, and you go, and there’s really nothing for you to do there, but the kid’s having a really good time so you’re kinda there. Pam gets super drunk on margaritas and proclaims, I feel God in this Chili’s tonight.
This is hands-down my favorite episode of the office, and it starts with Michael stepping on a George Foreman grill… which he has left cooking 6 slices of bacon by his bed. It actually only gets more ridiculous from here. Michael calls the office screaming in pain asking Ryan to come help him. Instead, Dwight comes to the rescue. On his rush out of the parking lot, he smashes his car into a telephone pole, stumbles out, projectile vomits, gets back in the car and drives to get Michael. Meanwhile, the whole office is watching– “Ooh Dwight,” Jim says, “You forgot your bumper!” The whole episode has a melodramatic Michael complain about his foot burn while a severely concussed Dwight tries to push through the brain injury.
This episode is excellent for two reasons. The first and foremost is Jim & Pam’s visit to Schrute Farms. They discover Dwight is running a bed and breakfast of sorts and can’t resist the strange experience of spending the night there. B&B activities include table-making demonstrations, beet wine-making, a bit of farming, and Dwight reading an excerpt of Harry Potter before they go to sleep. Jim also follows a mysterious wailing to find Dwight crying over Angela. Pam discovers Dwight’s cousin Mose in an outhouse. Very normal stuff. They leave him a fantastic TripAdvisor review, which thankfully, you can actually view on TripAdvisor! The second wonderful thing, and namesake of the episode, is Michael’s literal proclamation: I declare bankruptcy! We actually get a nice Michael/Jan moment out of Michael’s money troubles too.
This is actually two episodes, but they share a name and plot lines. This great episodes starts off with a bang– Michael hits Meredith with his car, accidentally of course, but gosh is it hilarious.
Guess what, I have flaws. What are they? Oh, I don’t know. I sing n the shower. Sometimes I spend too much time volunteering. Occasionally I hit somebody with my car. So sue me… no, don’t sue me.
When Meredith is hospitalized, we find out she has rabies. Feeling badly about his part in it all, Michael has the office put on a fun run for rabies awareness and also Meredith. Michael has a tough time at said fun run, because his idea of carbo-loading is fettucini alfredo and no water. Dwight and Angela’s relationship comes to an end when Dwight kills Angela’s cat Sprinkles by shutting her in the freezer. So, all around good times. Jim & Pam’s relationship is confirmed at the end of this one.
This is another two-part episode. I love this for Jim and Pam’s adorable proposal, I love Angela’s continued affair despite her engagement to Andy, and I love Phyllis blackmailing her with this knowledge for control of the Party Planing Committee. All of these things are great. While the aforementioned proposal and Michael and Holly’s budding relationship make this episode stand out in the minds of most, this has always stood out to me for Kelly Kapoor’s dieting. The very premise of the episode is that the branch that loses most weight collectively wins extra vacation days. Kelly decides to swallow a tape worm (which she bought from Creed and is actually not a tape worm). They way she laments, “I hate dieting, I hate it so much. I hate this worm in my stomach!” only to have Michael misunderstand just cracks me up.
Bonus: If I’m having a bad day, I youtube this wonderful scene from an episode not mentioned about. I simply cannot keep a straight face through it!