What Does a Perfect Episode of 'The Office' Look Like?

There are many great episodes of The Office, but what was its perfect episode? 

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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Interesting read, I'll watch the video.

I don't know which episode is my favorite but I actually watched The Office for the first time this year (beginning of March) while stuck at home and I've been already watching it a second time. I've been watching Brooklyn 9-9 too, not as good. One of the greatest qualities of The Office for me is how it makes me slowly fall in love with quite unlovable characters, at least as the beginning. I hated Dwight the first season, he was my favorite character at the end of the show. I even liked Angela at the end!

In Brooklyn 9-9, and in most famous US comedy series, all characters are nice and lovable from the beginning, and they usually don't change too much. The Office went completely experimental here with dull characters, no music, a slow rhythm, lots of awkward moments and I loved it!! For me The Office is a writing lesson on going weird and awkward rather than doing what people usually like. That's the problem in American cinema now, but also in France or other countries: films are products made to be liked by a majority (hello Avengers), they all look the same, they use the same mold. It's annoying.

May 2, 2020 at 5:14AM

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