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So the American adaptation of the popular show The Office came to a close this week. I’ve been an avid fan, and I thought it would be cathartic to put this list together and remember the best moments. The Office (United States version) will always be close to my heart. After watching every episode at least 14 times, here are my top 10 favorite moments in order starting with number 10 and progressing down the number line to the big #1.
10. “The Subway” (S2E04): In this episode we join Michael scouring his office (not The Office like the show, but his own office, silly!) to find his Subway sandwich club member card. He has 5 out of the 6 stamps and really wants to get his free sandwich. I forgot how it ends though.
9. “The Keys” (S4E11): After one too may interruptions, Jerry becomes enraged at Kramer and demands he return the keys to his (Jerry’s) apartment. Kramer has a change of heart and realizes he should move to California, effectively killing off his character as we never see him again.
8. “The Game Changer” (S1E01): Michael discovers all is not as it seems. A routine medical check-up reveals he has cancer and the only way for him to provide for his family is to quit the paper business and start cooking and selling methamphetamine.
7. “The Merger” (S3E08): The two companies merge.
6. “The Helping Hand” (S8E02): Dwight tries to convince Jodi Foster’s character to quit the street life and prostitution. In a fit of rage, Dwight tracks down her pimp and cleans the streets.
5. “The Dundies” (S2E01): They give out some awards and Kevin accidentally buys ecstasy in a Chili’s bathroom.
4. “The New Apartment” (S5E10): Jim almost reveals who the mother is, but we finally learn that she has a yellow umbrella (a big clue and it will keep us guessing for seasons to come until we find out how he met their mother).
3. “The Christmas Pt. 1” (S4E09): The birth of the lord and savior Jesus Christ takes place in the parking lot of Dunder Mifflin. Modern Christianity is born. Pam and Jim pull a wicked holiday prank on Andy!
2. “The Backwards Episode” (S2E02): The episode starts with the end and goes backwards. Very groundbreaking!!
…..and (drum roll please!) my favorite memory from the American version of the hit comedy show The Office….
1. “The Spin Off” (S9E25): Leaving fans of The Office with a smile on their face, we learn that Frasier’s character will live on as he moves to Seattle and will star in his own show titled Frasier.
SACRAMENTO – Unless you’ve been looking for fart powder or a psychedelic Sublime poster (which shows an even more psychedelic Sublime image under a black light), you’ve probably walked right past Spencer’s at your local mall. In case you forgot, Spencer’s is your one-stop-shop for all things fucked up and stupid, like an ashtray made of Bob Marley’s ashes or a 48-pack of novelty condoms with the Grateful Dead logo on the tip. One local man decided to make Spencer’s his home and only recently emerged after 3 years to tell his “totally rad” story.
RAD GUY: Is it okay if I light up this doobie during the interview?
BJ: You’re smoking a stick of incense.
RAD GUY: Well yeah, but it’s Phish brand incense and the package says it’s “authentic weed flavor” so…
BJ: First things first, how did you end up in Spencer’s?
RAD GUY: My mom took me to the mall a few years ago and I kept bugging her to get me a pretzel from Twist & Shout Pretzels. But here’s the raddest thing ever: I didn’t even want a pretzel!! Anyway, my totally LAME mom fell for it and while she was getting us a pretzel blasted with gooey cheese, I ran off to Spencer’s.
BJ: Was this merely a youthful act of revolt or did you actually need something there?
RAD GUY: Nah man, I rode my skateboard past the food court, did a few kickflips down the escalator, ya know the usual. I got to Spencer’s and was like, this place smells like home… and edible undies. Then I put up my AIM away message that said “LaTeR SuCkAs! gonna be at SPENCER’s at the mall” - so I don’t really know why they didn’t find me earlier.
BJ: You’ve got a point there.
RAD GUY: Yeah, so I made camp in the black light room with all the crazy posters. I’ve been using an over-sized tapestry by some guy named Pink Floyd as a blanket.
BJ: Dark Side Of The Moon or The Wall?
RAD GUY: What? Oh hold on, my fat joint went out.
BJ: Still incense… Nevermind, anyway where were we?
RAD GUY: Actually I was just on my way out… got a lot to catch up on. Can’t believe I totally missed my 30th birthday. Those past 3 years have been crazy, but it’s time to get back to reality. I’ve also been living off of stale fart powder and sex jelly while I was living there so I should probably get a hearty meal in me. Is that Bennigan’s over by the Marriott still in business?
BJ: Yeah I think I’ve even got a coupon.
I want to open a copy and print shop kinda like Kinkos in Bel Air but I’ll call it Fresh Prints of Bel Air
still one of my favorite movies!
Hmmm, I see “cremation” and “burial” as options for my grandfather, but his will explicitly states he’d like to be “weekend at bernies’d”
Hey Jerry, I’ve got some more spinoff characters to run by you.
#2: Extra In This Scene
Some of the best scenes in Seinfeld are the scenes in that familiar restaurant. 4 friends arguing over String Theory, debating the best Daft Punk album, laughing at Jerry’s latest special on IFC right after Portlandia, George’s lack of experience pleasuring women, Elaine’s attempts to sell Jerry vials of the hallucinogen DMT, and Kramer’s willingness to purchase said DMT… pretty much every topic of conversation has been covered at that diner table.
But what do we know about the characters behind the action? What do you say we run with, say, a 10 episode contract? Let’s pick a few extras and follow them around…. what is their life like? What are they doing between scenes on the Seinfeld set? Are they actually in another Seinfeld-like show and the characters in Seinfeld are actually the extras in their own show?
I’m hoping it’s the last one.
hunter s. thompson was cool, but there were also tribes that were gatherer s. thompson
citizen kane leans over and with his dying breath whispers “feel the rhythm feel the rhyme get on up its bobsled time”