“That’s what she said!” Our favorite moments from ‘The Office’
Not much was expected of the American adaptation of The Office early on, but doubts aside, during its nine season run the show quickly became a classic and a staple on American television. Whether we were impatiently rooting for Jim and Pam, laughing at pranks on Dwight, or cringing at Michael’s awkward and abrasive behavior, the American version of The Office is full of amazing moments that viewers can’t get enough of. Here’s a list of some of our favorite moments from the show:
“Casino Night” (S2E22): Jim and Pam kiss
Viewers had been waiting since the beginning of the show for a moment like this, only for it to be swept from under our feet. After an office casino night, Jim finally tells Pam how he feels and the two embrace. While it was a moment of hope for those of us (okay, all of us) rooting for the two to get together, it’s short lived as we find out that Pam still intends to marry Roy and Jim decides to transfer to another branch. But not to worry! This wasn’t the end of the Jim and Pam story arc, and it’s definitely not the only PB & J (Pam Beesly and Jim) moment on our list.
“Gay Witch Hunt” (S3E1): Michael and Oscar kiss
After accidentally outing Oscar for being gay, Michael decides to teach the office staff a lesson in acceptance. In typical Michael Scott fashion, things go a little too far when an acceptable hug of solidarity turns into an unwanted, forceful kiss.
“Product Recall” (S3E21): “Bears, beets, Battlestar Galactica”
In one of the more memorable pranks of the show, Jim impersonates Dwight, wearing a similar outfit and spouting some inarguable facts about bears. Dwight finally realizes what’s going on when Jim utters the now classic line, “Bears, beets, Battlestar Galactica!”
“The Job” (S3E24/25): Jim asks Pam on a date
After withdrawing his name from consideration for a job in New York and then dumping his current girlfriend Karen, Jim walks into the Scranton office and asks Pam out on a date. Finally! They only led us on for three seasons!
“Money” (S4E7/8): “I DECLARE BANKRUPTCY!”
When the staff at Dunder Mifflin find out that Michael is having money problems, it is suggested to him that he declare bankruptcy. He does this in the only way Michael Scott would: by shouting it at the top of his lungs in the middle of the office.
“Frame Toby” (S5E9): “NO GOD PLEASE NO!”
After Holly Flax is transferred to another branch, Michael avoids the annex of the office for a week. When he finally finds his way back there, he is dismayed to discover that his least favorite employee of all time (Toby) has returned to work.
“Stress Relief” (S5E14/15): Dwight’s fire drill
In an attempt to test the office staff’s knowledge of fire safety, Dwight takes things a little too far, jamming doors, heating door handles, and even starting a small fire to smoke out the office. Ultimately, the exercise causes Stanley to have a heart attack. Yikes!
“Gossip” (S6E1): “Parkour!”
In arguably one of the best cold opens of the show, Michael, Dwight, and Andy are seen running through and outside the office, destroying everything in their path and shouting “Parkour!” in an attempt to emulate the new internet sensation of the year.
“Goodbye Michael” (S7E22): Jim and Pam say goodbye to Michael Scott
In one of the more heartfelt moments of The Office, Jim and Pam say their goodbyes to the best boss ever, Michael Scott.
“Finale” (S9E24/25): Michael returns
We were all hoping it would happen, and thank God it did. Michael Scott’s return in the show’s finale is just what we needed to send it off. And of course, it wouldn’t be Michael Scott without a “that’s what she said” joke.