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Favorite talking head
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Mar 22nd 2006 edited

Props to ILikeBeets who inspired this thread with "What's Your Favorite Beginning Thingy"

As I mentioned over there - my personal fave is Jim and Pam talking about Michael's memo:

Pam: A ski-mask and a swimsuit… Jim: So that he can have us rob a bank and then escape to the sewers. Pam: …and brush our teeth…

Though a very close second would be the tag from "Take Your Daughter to Work Day"

Dwight: The Schrutes consider children very valuable. In the olden-days, the women would bear many children so we would have enough laborers to work the fields. And if it was an especially cold winter and there weren’t enough grains or vegetables, they would eat the weakest of the brood... (beat) They didn't eat the children. (beat) It never came to that.

INSPIRED performance from Mr. Wilson.

Mar 22nd 2006

My favorite is at the end of 'Sexual Harrassment' and Micheal says something along the lines of someone in the office he'd want to take a bath with and mentioned Pam. The very next and last thing you see of the episode is Pam saying "He said WHAT?!"

Mar 22nd 2006

I have several favorites:

From "The Injury"- Jim: "I'd like to clamp Michael's face in a George Forman Grill"

From "Booze Cruise"- Jim:"I'd save the receptionist."

From "Diversity Day" Michael's talking head about how come everyone loves when Chris Rock tells a racial joke but when he does it, everyone gets bent out of shape.

Mar 22nd 2006

For laugh-out-loud hilarity, I'll go with Michael's indignant monologue from "The Injury": "The rules of shotgun are very simple and very clear."

But my all time favorite scene the Office has ever done is Pam's "Dreams are just that" talking head from "Boys and Girls." It's just so good.

Mar 22nd 2006 edited

"I always set the thermometer at 69..."

And Dwight's deleted dream date monologue: "She was in on it the whole time. But I knew."

Mar 22nd 2006

tad,I'm not really sure why, but as rah-rah I am about Jenna Fischer and her portrayal of Pam, I was never that big on that talking head and the one right after where she broke down. I thought it was great when it first aired, but whereas everything else about the show gets better with repeat viewings, I just wasn't feeling the breakdown. Not to be blasphemous, but I actually found the Pilot to be a more believable crying scene (when Pam got "fired") than her breakdown in Boys and Girls.

But my favorite talking head? There are just so many! The most memorable one for me is "He said what?!?!" as ddker mentioned above, but I'll really have to think more about what my favorite has been. Dwight and his blond hair at the end of The Alliance is always good for a chuckle, just for the sight gag.

Mar 22nd 2006

Oddly, as much as I love Pam, her breakdown talking head isn't my favorite either. I'M RIGHT with her up until the actual crying, the monologue is actually quite good, but the INSERTBREAKDOWNHERE part of it just felt too obvious. Something we've seen on too many shows, too many times.

"For laugh-out-loud hilarity, I'll go with Michael's indignant monologue from "The Injury": "The rules of shotgun are very simple and very clear."

YES! Michael acts as if shotgun rules are as sacred as the ten commandments and it just cracks me up.

I actually really love a deleted-scenes talking head. The one from Healthcare where Jim/Pam read off Dwight's failed sign ideas. I love how Jim yells "QUIET!" and then of course, "Dwight Shrute Privates."

Ryan's talking heads are probably my favorites, however. Any time he's reacting to Kelly or Michael or the general insanity of everyone there - gold.

Mar 23rd 2006

Love this thread beckyloo!

I'm particularly fond of the one where Dwight's in his car outside of Ocar's house and he's explaining how he once discovered his girlfriend was cheating on him-with many different guys...

"So, mystery solved."

Mar 23rd 2006 edited

Another funny talking head is from "Healthcare"

Michael: " I would love to go up against Robin Williams. 'Hi, I'm Mork from Ork. And I'm Bork from Spork-Blabbidy bloobity..'"

To funny.

Mar 23rd 2006

I think my favorite (until I think of another one) is also from The Injury, when Michael is describing what happened to him- wanting to wake up to bacon cooking, no butler, has to do it himself, etc.

I'm sure I have more that I like, I just have to think about it for a bit...

Mar 23rd 2006

Sort of off-topic but I watched Haloween last night and the paper mache talking head was great. We got to see Dwight argue with a talking paper mache head. That was comedy genius. If anyone else tried that it would look dumb or stupid but Michael, the head, and Dwight pulled that off beautifully. Michael wispers to the head and Dwight gets mad at him and tells Michael to "Listen to me, not him".

Mar 23rd 2006

Your favorite and mine...

I enjoy having breakfast in bed. I like waking up to the smell of bacon, sue me. And since I don’t have a butler, I have to do it myself. So…most nights before I go to bed, I will lay six strips of bacon out on my George Foreman grill. Then I go to sleep. When I wake up, I plug in the grill. I go back to sleep again. Then, I wake up to the smell of crackling bacon. It is delicious, it’s good for me, it’s the perfect way to start the day. Today, I got up, I stepped onto the grill, and it clamped down on my foot. That’s it. I don’t see what’s so hard to believe about that.

Mar 23rd 2006

Yep, even in print it still makes my laugh (out loud...in my office...total nutcase)

Mar 23rd 2006

Yet another favorite is from "Performance Review" Right after it's established that Dwight thinks it's Friday, they cut to Jim's talking head

Jim: "Today is Thursday, but Dwight thinks it's Friday--and that's what I'll be working on this afternoon"

Mar 23rd 2006 edited

I'm with you Angie. I often laugh out loud, in my office, whilst reading through these threads. My coworkers are used to it though. I crossed over into nutcase land when Arrested Development introduced Bob Loblaw. (for those that aren't fans of the show - try saying the name out loud). I spent a good three or four days randomly bursting into fits of laughter whenever it popped into my head.

Another favorite talking head (there are so many): The subtle way Dwight let's us know his grandfather fought for the nazis:

I come from a long line of fighters. My maternal grandfather was the toughest guy I ever knew. World War II veteran. Killed 20 men then spent the rest of the war in an allied prison camp. My father battled blood pressure and obesity all his life. Different kind of fight.

On another topic entirely... would someone mind enlightening me as to how to block quote another's post? thanks in advance...

Mar 23rd 2006 edited

Another favorite- also involves Dwight-

The Schrutes produce very thirsty babies.

I still cannot say that line with a straight face! I can't even type it with a straight face! (obviously, I'm amused by the slightest things...)

Mar 23rd 2006 edited

Beckylooo,

On another topic entirely... would someone mind enlightening me as to how to block quote another's post? thanks in advance...

When you are writing your comments, click the word "Markdown" right above the input box for assorted formatting options.

To quote someone, start the line with a greater than sign, or you may call it a right arrow ">". Then copy/paste in their text right after the arrow. You only neeed one arrow for the whole quote, even if it is multiple lines. At the end of the last line of the quoted text, do two spaces and then a new line.

Mar 25th 2006 edited

I think at the moment I've settled on Pam's talking head from the teaser for "The Fire." An adorable intro to an underrated episode (not underrated on Office Tally, but underrated as to the amount of talk it gets in general).

EDIT: Actually there were several great talking heads from Dwight in this episode as well.

  • Michael hasn't evaluated me in years.
  • It's not like there was the Lone Ranger, and Tonto, and Bonto.
  • Ryan started the fire!
Mar 26th 2006

Jim: What has two thumbs and hates Todd Packer? This guy!

I love it!

Mar 26th 2006

From "The Client":

Kevin: "Michael's Movie? Two thumbs Down"

Mar 26th 2006

Dwight's monologue about "how to spot a lie"...and his concession at the end that none of that came in handy because he talked to Oscar over the phone

Mar 26th 2006

Great JAM talking head from The Alliance:

"That was beautiful. All her idea, too. Awesome. She is so...great..."

Awww, Jim...but yeah, the most classic for me has gotta be "In the wild, there is no health care. In the wild, health care is 'Ow, I hurt my leg, I can't run, a lion eats me, and I'm dead. Well, I'm not dead. I'm the lion. You're dead!"

Mar 26th 2006 edited

I probably have dozens that I love, but one that really just makes me adore this show is Michael's talking head during The Dundies when he impersonates Carnac.

Michael: "This is a little character I like to do. It is ...ugh.. loosely based on Carnac, one of Carson's classic characters."

[Takes envelope and puts near head] "Here we go."

"The PLO, the IRA, and the hot dog stand behind the warehouse."

[Opens envelope and reads]

"Name three businesses that have better healthcare plans than Dundler-Mifflin."

Mar 26th 2006

my fave is after Stanley yells at Ryan

Ryan: Stanley yelled at me today. That was one of the most freighting experiences of my life.

Mar 28th 2006 edited

My favorite is from "Sexual Harassment" where Jim confesses that he is in an office relationship and that it's special, she's nice, she's shy... His delivery is so perfect and it cracks me up each and every time.

nukman, Ryan's talking head after being yelled at is also hilarious. I've always wondered why he was outside during that.

Mar 30th 2006

This may change soon enough, but Ryan's speechless talking head has catapulted to my favorite.

Mar 30th 2006 edited

I'm with you, Plain White Jim. Ryan's talking head absolutely stole the show tonight.

It was... exquisite.

Apr 4th 2006

I loved Ryans talking head on Valentines Day, where his fingers are clenched in his hair as he confesses to hooking up with Kelly on February 13th.

Apr 29th 2007

I'm reviving this one, because I just re-watched the bit in which Dwight & Angela discuss a "meeting" later while they're in the break-room. Ryan is standing there with them.

ANGELA: But don't expect any cookie.

DWIGHT: What if I'm hungry?

ANGELA: NO cookie.

cut to: talking head of RYAN

RYAN: (takes a breath, eyes wide)

Favorite talking head of all-freakin' time.

Apr 30th 2007

My favorite is the deleted one of Dwight's from "Drug Testing" where he keeps trying to say "I will pray to Thor himself to catch this heinous culprit."

Maybe that doesn't count as an actual deleted scene, since it was apparently only deleted because Rainn Wilson couldn't get through it without laughing, but it's still my favorite.

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