Sitcoms are not all created equal. For every one great one, there are a dozen that are forgettable. Maybe even more. The Office ranks among the greats. A show that continues to be streamed and to live on for new generations.
The Office has given us many classic episodes. The basketball game, the wedding, the merger, and many more.
It's one of the easiest shows to rewatch. There are jokes on jokes on jokes.
But what makes one episode perfect?
What makes it better than the rest?
Check out this video from Nerdstalgic and let's talk after the jump.
What Does a Perfect Episode of The Office Look Like?
There is a hot debate raging over the perfect episode of The Office. Many people cite "Dinner Party" or "Fire Drill" as the best episode. My personal favorite might be "The Morran Christmas", but are they perfect?
That's where the argument begins.
After watching the video, I'm beginning to come over to the side where the perfect Office episode is actually "The Injury".
Season 2, Episode 12 finds Michael Scott stepping on a George Foreman grille that he used to wake up to the smell of bacon, and Dwight with a concussion after crashing his car to help save Michael.
This insane scenario exposes new pieces of all the characters' lives.
We see a nice side of Dwight, one where he becomes a different character that challenges us to confront the way we feel about him.
We also get a side of Michael that conflates all of his insecurities and inadequacies in life. He is so scared no one cares about him, that we almost feel bad for him even when he's being incredibly dramatic.
These elements challenge all the other characters.
Pam becomes almost a nurse to Dwight. We see a deeper friendship between them.
Even Jim is forced to lose parts of his snark and really bare his heart.
This is Dwight, Jim, and Michael all at their very best and funniest but it's just how much it embodies what makes the show great, that really separates it.
This is a TV show with a ton of heart. It's what sets it apart from other sitcoms of the era. It's not afraid to be sentimental. Whether that's Michael getting into the MRI machine with Dwight or Jim taking him to the ER.
We see many instances of people taking care of each other.
But it also all happens inside the actual office. This is an episode about a day of work, the way the sitcom intended. It's the ultimate fulfillment of the promise in the show's logline.
And a perfect episode.
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