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Which Office moment made you realize this show is "pretty much the best thing ever"?
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Apr 16th 2006 edited

My moment is Watching The Injury on tv, when Concussion-Dwight says "that's what she said" in the ER. Something hit me really hard at that moment and I haven't been quite the same since.

Apr 16th 2006

If I had seen the first season on its initial run, it probably would have been Kevin and Angela's interaction with the cards on their heads during "Diversity Day."

I wasn't initially drawn in by "The Dundies," just because it was so different than anything I'd seen, so I can't really say Pam and her "second drink."

"Sexual Harrassment" was the episode where I knew I would be able to watch The Office week-in, week-out. "He said what?!?!" was awesome, but not really a moment of enlightenment for me.

The moment where I knew that The Office was the best comedy right now on TV was during "The Fire" when Dwight emerges, whips out the burnt pita and starts singing "Ryan started the fire..." Notice Phyllis dancing in the background as Michael and Dwight carry on.

The moment where the surging The Office overtook the floundering Lost was during "The Client," first with the "updog" cold open (even if the cold open for "The Fight" was better) and affirmed with Threat Level: Midnight.

The moment where I knew that The Office was my favorite show ever was during "Booze Cruise," first with Pam saying "I think your thinking of The Hunt for Red October and etched in stone with the way Jim broke up with Katy.

Apr 16th 2006

The whole Christmas Party episode, but especially the last scene. You know what I'm talking about. I was a huge fan of the British series and it took me a while to warm to the American version, but after Christmas Party, I knew I was in good hands.

The moment where the surging The Office overtook the floundering Lost was during "The Client," first with the "updog" cold open (even if the cold open for "The Fight" was better) and affirmed with Threat Level: Midnight.

PWJ, I believe the cold open for The Client had to do with Michael's jeans. "Updog" was the opener for The Secret.

Apr 16th 2006

"The Secret", and avoiding the cliches of "swelling romantic music as our hero declares his true feelings". Much more realistic, and that's when I knew this was top-notch TV

Apr 16th 2006

"Diversity Day," the first time it was aired, at the very end where Jim's down and out, having lost his big sale to Dwight, and Pam falls asleep on his shoulder.

The final talking head: "Uh... Not a bad day."

It was then that I realized that this was to be the show to rescue me from TV reality show hell.

Apr 16th 2006

Ooh, good topic. I would have to say for me, it started with Jim taping Dwight into a box in the Alliance. Then the show went on hiatus for awhile and I missed the first few episodes of season two, and then I saw "The Fire". Dwight singing "Ryan started the Fire" was the light bulb moment where I went, "oh yeah, this show is brilliant! I have to watch this again next week!" And I haven't missed an episode since.

Apr 16th 2006

jeez...so many to choose from.

For pure funniness, I'd have to go with (1) Dwight in the box (a classic); (2) Dwight taking office football too far and tackling people to the ground at the beginning of Dwight's Speech; (3) the look on Michael's face & tone of his voice when singing at the end of Take Your Daughter to Work Day; (4) Meredith's topless proposition in Christmas Party...well, the list could go on, but I can't think of any more off the top of my head.

For warm fuzziness, the picks are obvious: (1) Pam's head on Jim's shoulder in Diversity Day; (2) The Kiss in Dundies; (3) Booze Cruise moment; and, well, basically any scene w/ Pam & Jim.

Phew.

Apr 16th 2006 edited

LOL, tad, yeah you're very correct. I kinda went to officetally, looked at the cold open list on the poll, noticed "The" and six letters, and ran with that.

After so many re-viewings of each, everything kinda runs together.

Cut that part out of my above statement, and I'll just say that Threat Level: Midnight marked the point where I knew that The Office is the best show on TV now.

Apr 16th 2006

I was a BBC Office fan, so I had hopes that NBC's would be good, but it took a few episodes for me to become totally hooked.
I would have to say that Diversity Day, with "Diversity Tomorrow: because today is almost over", "do you want to get high, mon?", and Pam's resting her head on Jim's shoulder, really made me like this show.
But I think by the time Alliance came around, I was in love. The Jim/Pam conspiring against Dwight in that episode is just classic.

Apr 17th 2006

This may sound stupid, but I am a chemistry fan first and when I saw Jim and Pam in the pilot episode, I knew I'd be hooked.

And I am a HUGE fan of the BBC version. I thought the American version was awesome right from the start. By Health Care, I knew it was gold- because of the Dwight/Jim thing and beyond.

Apr 17th 2006 edited

Great thread! Among the many scenes, some that I can think of right now really made me think this was the best show EVER!

1) When Pam was spying on Angela buying 2 candy bars. Then the camera clues Pam in that Dwight was eating the second candy bar. That was just a touch of absolute classic.

2) Boys and Girls was the first episode I've ever watched of The Office (I didn't start from the beginning). When Dwight said that all the women in the conference room would put them on the same cycle and wreak havoc on the plumbing. Also when he said that going to the warehouse was like meeting "the others". Yeah after that, I just downloaded all the previous episodes and had a marathon.

3) Ryan sitting at Pam's desk, saying that he would normally be creeped out by Jim keep staring at him. "But it's nothing to the way that Michael, looks at me..." That was unbelievably funny

Plus any JAM moments....I'm a sucker for romantic storylines too...This takes it to a higher level because it's so realistic.

Wow I made a list...feel a bit dorky, the list would go on and on for all of us if space allowed :)

Apr 17th 2006

Great call on the candy bars, sandy... come to think of it, that might have been the moment that I realized this show was the best show ever.

Apr 17th 2006

I didn't have an "Ah HA!" moment with the show. I watched the Christmas episode first (I am a sucker for Christmas episodes), then "Office Olympics" was on over Christmas while I was at my in-laws, and I watched it by accident. Then it seems like "The Injury" was next for me, and I don't remember a specific line from it that made the show click, but that episode is one of my favorites (it may have been use of the plant mister in the minivan, or Dwight slurring that his middle name is "Danger.") Right after that, it went on Season Pass on the TiVo. I think it's #3...my husband has Red Sox games and some ESPN nonsense in the #1 and #2 spots, respectively.

Oct 3rd 2006

The Christmas Party alerted me to the show's brilliance, especially after it turned to the swap for the gifts (I've been to that party at work), but Health Care Plan when poor Meredith has to stand up and confirm that she still has a vagina did it for me. "A man could have slipped in there somewhere--there'd be no way of knowing" just keeps confirming it.

Oct 3rd 2006

The Fire. When Dwight tries to carry Kelly out of the office and she struggles free and runs away. That will never get old for me.

Oct 3rd 2006

When you're flipping channels looking for anything decent to watch and you stumble upon a hapless fellow who inadvertantly clamped his foot in a George Foreman Grill, well that's when you know you're done flipping channels for a while. I haven't budged from my TV since, except to come here.

Oct 3rd 2006

Diversity Day was the first episode I was shown. The whole episode killed me, but for some reason the slow pan to Stanley's "BLACK" card sticks out in my mind as a seal-the-deal moment.

Oct 3rd 2006

For me it started with the "awww" moment of Jim's "Uh, not a bad day" comment from Diversity Day, then it got even better with the hilarity of "Count Choculitis" from Healthcare, and then Pam's acceptance speech in The Dundies sealed the deal.

"I feel God in this Chili's tonight.... WHOOO!"

Oct 3rd 2006 edited

Wow, safe to say this post just got brought back to life.
I first saw The Alliance on tv with my little brother. Dwight holding up his water bottle saying "unfortunately, I bring my own water to work" sealed the deal. And the cardboard box? Just wow. Plus, my brother and I got to go around saying "happy bird-day" to each other for the rest of the week.

Oct 3rd 2006

Sexual Harassment: Michael telling Phyllis that the only thing he was worried about was getting a boner. I started paying a lot attention to the show after hearing that.

Oct 4th 2006

I became a fan this summer, so I watched the episodes out of order.

Funny moment: Dwight's playing REM's Everybody Hurts. It's just so wrong. Dramatic moment: Pam's whole story about the terrace. That whole scene is so revealing. This show combines comedy and more serious topics perfectly.

Oct 4th 2006

For me it was the whole Diversity Day episode because I love politically incorrect humor and that was about as politically incorrect as network TV can be. The specific moment was Michael telling everyone he'd made a bunch of cards with different races on them, cut to Pam with a "JEWISH" card on her forehead.

Oct 4th 2006 edited

I'd have to say "Office Olympics" because Jim really comes to life in that episode. We see for the first time how much potential he has.

Oct 4th 2006

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Oct 4th 2006

This is my first posting, but this topic was too great not to join in the discussion. I have some friends at work who are huge fans of the British version and talked about it all the time, so when I heard about an American version I was a little wary, but curious. I think I knew the show was going to make it when I saw the "Healthcare" and "Diversity Day" episodes. I had never laughed so hard at a television show in my life. But the ultimate Office moment for me was the cold open for "The Injury." It was just so insane, Michael burning his foot in a George Foreman grill. And then Dwight crashing his car, and Jim's reaction: "Dwight. You forgot your bumper." I thought I was going to pee my pants I was laughing so hard, and then I knew that this show was the best thing ever.

Oct 4th 2006

Oops. has. (I hate typos)

You can edit your original post to fix stuff like that.

Oct 4th 2006

Thanks Nathan! I am new at this...

Oct 4th 2006

I'm not sure when I started watching, but there were two laugh out loud moments that sealed it for me.

1) on The Dundies when Phyllis said "This says bushiest beaver" and 2) on Health Care when Dwight started going over the list of diseases with the entire group. When he said "Inverted Penis" my soda came through my nose.

And of course, andy JAM moments. I love the dynamic.

Oct 4th 2006

I'm not a big fan of Diversity Day. Just didnt click with me.

First ep I saw was the Dundies. Had no idea what was happening. Thought the girl was kinda cute when she was drunk.

I guess Fire was the episode that made me think the show was great. but the JAM storyline hooked me first. I'm a sucker for a love story.

I AM A STRONG MAN.

Oct 6th 2006

I fell for the show when Pam's head hit Jim's shoulder and it was sealed when he waited for everyone else to leave before waking her, just to have a few seconds more of that moment.

But what convinced me that I loved this show passionately was Pam's monologue about the terraced house she always wanted, the way those lines let her talk in subtext about feelings that are so multifaceted that she probably could never say it with regular words.

"I hate my job?" "I love Jim?" Skip it. Go with "They don't even make houses like that in Scanton. And I'll never....."

That's the moment for me.

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