Michael Scott: It Is Your Birthday.
In the classic Season 2 episode titled, aptly, "Michael's Birthday," the Dunder Mifflin boss tells the cameras that he shares the same birthday as Desperate Housewives actress Eva Longoria, which will give him a great icebreaker if he ever meets Teri Hatcher.
Turns out, March 15th is Eva Longoria's birthday, so that means today is Michael Scott's birthday! May he get all the "surprise" ice skating rink trips, posters of James Dean and gift sets of Night Swept his heart desires.
Over the course of nine seasons The Office had no shortage of moments so awkward and cringe you'd literally hold your breath until it was over. Whenever I've seen this discussion before, most people point to Scott's Tots and Dinner Party as the most cringe-worthy episodes, and it's hard to disagree.
Scott's Tots isn't just awkward, it actively makes Michael a villain because what he did is legitimately messed up! Dinner Party is certainly uncomfortable, too, and I'd argue it's the most claustrophobic episode of the series.
But for me, no episode makes me more anxious or upset than Phyllis' Wedding. There's just an array of moments that make me feel terrible, from Pam getting back together with Roy to Dwight losing Uncle Al and putting his life in danger.
But I just can never get past how unnecessarily cruel Michael is to Phyllis on her wedding day. He makes a big scene walking down the aisle, continually says awful things about her, and then gives an utterly horrifying speech at the reception. Michael always treats Phyllis like her entire being is his worst nightmare realized and for him to make that known throughout her wedding day just makes me so deeply uncomfortable.
So, what's your pick for the most cringe episode of The Office?
It's time we have the discussion: Phyllis Vance does NOT pass the vibe check.
Here are just a FEW of the reasons:
1. The absolute TOXICITY of Phyllis and Bob Vance, Vance Refrigeration. When they aren't inviting unsuspecting friends out for a midday meal only to ditch them and boink like bunnies in a bathroom, they are trying to cheat the system by cutting the sacred Pretzel Day Line. (The audacity!)
Not to mention, these two sickos are always bringing innocent bystanders into their evil, twisted little foreplay. As Phyllis says, "I love going to bars with Bob! I tend to wear something low cut, get men to flirt with me...and then Bob beats them up!"
2. Her insatiable desire for power and control over the Party Planning Committee is truly Voldemort adjacent. She used Angela and Dwight's affair for her own personal gain, and when she finally told, it was not out of moral obligation to help her friend, Andy. Instead, it was only because the blackmail was no longer serving her needs. In fact, she never even told Andy! Thereby putting everyone else in the office in an incredibly uncomfortable position!
3. Remember when she listened to 50 Shades of Gray at her desk?
4. From the invitations to the dress, she stole Pam's wedding!
5. Oh, and let's not forget about that deleted scene where Phyllis admits that she and Bob....may have killed a man on their African Safari Honeymoon. Good times.
Did I miss any? (Or, do you have a case for another low key villain on the show?) Comment Below!
So recently I seen the Fire Drill episode of "The Office" and I honestly forgot how funny it was, Like y'all when I say I was in tears!! Especially the scene where Angela throws her cat up in the ceiling and the cat falls out from the other side. Like that replays in my head every time I watch The Office or see a meme about it.. So it made me realize that this is 100% my favorite episode. Second in line is the episode where they have the CPR training and Dwight practically destroys the CPR dummy and rips the face off of it.. Like that was scary but I'm literally laughing as I type these words on my keyboard.
•What is your favorite episode of The Office? And if you are not a viewer have you seen any iconic scenes that you like?
Watching the first season of The Office is unnerving for a number of reasons. The show was trying very hard to recreate exactly what the original UK version did, but it just wasn't working. Before it figured out how to be its own, wonderful thing, there's just some noticeably odd things happening at Dunder Mifflin at the start. Michael had truly awful slicked-back hair, there's some employees we see but never meet or find ever again (https://theoffice.fandom.com/wiki/Background_Employees?file=Pilotemployees.jpg) and, most notably, whoever the hell Kelly Kapoor was supposed to be.
Mindy Kaling's character starts off as demure and buttoned-up with nary a hint of what the beloved Kelly she would eventually evolve into: a bubbly, boy-crazy person you could only describe as b-a-n-a-n-a-s. It's SO weird to see Season 1 Kelly because...that's not Kelly! I'm so glad the writers decided to do a complete 180 with her, because that first Kelly prototype was no fun.
Of course, Kelly Kapoor isn't the only character to make huge transformations over the course of their respective show. I think Parks and Rec went through similar growing pains in their first season and eventually learned not to make Leslie Knope something of a female Michael Scott and instead made her the powerhouse we'd come to know and love.
Which characters' major transformation arcs stick out with you?
I have a confession: once Michael Scott packed his bags and moved to Colorado, I more or less left Dunder Mifflin behind, too. While I did watch the actual series finale in 2013 (it was pretty good!) and I caught a few post-Michael episodes here and there (Robert California was the actual worst, right?), as far as I'm concerned The Office ends when Michael departs. Am I the only one that feels this way, or to consider yourself a real fan of The Office do you have to stick it out to the bittersweet end?
When asked the question, "which The Office character are you?" mostly everyone says a Michael, Pam, or Jim. Some even an Oscar or Phyllis. But when I say "I am Kelly", I met with gasps! They can't believe that I just admitted to being, in their mind, the most annoying character. But guys, I am her and she is me.
Which character are you?
I've been sucked into yet another marathon of The Office on Comedy Central (I'm not sure this channel airs anything else at this point) and while I get a total kick out of the Harvey the Computer cold open ("You ruined a good joke you get out of my offive!") nothing even comes remotely close to Kevin and his homemade chili. It's comedy perfection in a single minute. It's just the beauty of his pure joy and pride in his chili ("Everyone is going to get to know each other in the pot") and the horrific scene that plays out. He does everything exactly wrong in that panicked moment and I think I love it so damn much because that's almost certainly how I'd handle that situation.
I mean, this is the show at its best and this is outstanding physical comedy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcYG-5b7448
Do you have a different favorite cold open?