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The 10 Most-Searched-For Clips From The Office

Like Toby on extended leave, these Office clips never really left for good.

By Nicole Reeves

Though it’s been off the air for nearly a decade, The Office remains a widely beloved and frequently streamed comfort watch. With countless iconic moments over the sitcom's nine-season run, we’re counting down the top 10 most-searched-for clips of all time below. 

10. "The Fire"  (Season 2, Episode 4)

Everyone wants to make a name for themselves and impress their boss. But igniting a small kitchen fire with the office toaster oven? Maybe not the best way to go about it. Ryan, the temp, triggers the fire alarm a few months into his stint at Dunder Mifflin, earning the nickname "Fire Guy" and giving Dwight and Michael creative freedom to insert Ryan’s name into a popular song as the rest of the office looks on. It’s never easy being the new guy. 

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9. "Frame Toby" (Season 5, Episode 9)

Michael often toes the line of professionalism — or, rather, the line barely exists in his mind — so it makes sense that he has an antagonistic relationship with HR. He even throws a party when Toby takes an extended leave to Costa Rica. One day, Kelly mentions she's bringing a brownie to Toby, which gives Michael a kick since his nemesis is supposed to be in another country. Jim gently breaks the news that Toby has returned and encourages his skeptical boss to go see for himself. When Michael approaches Toby’s empty desk he thinks Jim has pulled another one of his pranks, but as he turns around, Toby is quietly approaching. Here, a famous gif is born, as Michael takes one look at Toby and yells "No God. No God, please no. No. No. Nooooo." 

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8. "Andy’s Ancestry" (Season 9, Episode 3)

Well known for elaborate pranks, Jim and Pam enlist the help of their friend, Steve, to impersonate Jim to give Dwight's sanity a good rattle while the real Jim visits the dentist. True to form, every detail is accounted for, including giving Steve the code to Jim’s voicemail to catch up on calls, and planting a smooch on Pam for securing a dinner reservation. Growing agitated, Dwight says, "I don't know who you are, but you're not Jim. This is Jim," he says, grabbing a photo off Jim's desk for proof. Steve nails the quintessential Jim look directly into the camera, prompting Dwight to turn the photo to see Steve (fake Jim), Pam, and two children of similar age (but who are not Cece and Philip), causing Dwight to catch his breath in shock. And the point goes to… the real Jim Halpert.     

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7. "Threat Level Midnight" (Season 7, Episode 17)

While Michael is an active improviser, his lesser-known love for screenwriting is discovered when the gang finds his unfinished screenplay, "Threat Level Midnight." When Michael is ready to debut his years of hard work, he hosts a screening for the office. No good action movie is complete without a musical number, and therein comes the clip of “The Scarn” dance which, similar to the Cha Cha Slide, tells you exactly what to do in the lyrics. "You jump to the right and you shake a hand, you jump to the left and you shake that hand,” the song drones as Michael Scarn and company dance robotically along. “Meet new friends, tie that yarn, that's how you do the Scarn." With steps that easy, it’s a wonder The Scarn dance hasn’t gone viral. 

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6. "Stress Relief Part 1" (Season 5, Episode 14)

After an office fire drill goes too far (teaser alert for clip #2), a professional is brought in to administer CPR training. As Michael pumps the dummy’s chest too quickly, the teacher instructs that compressions should be done at a pace of 100 beats per minute, or to the tune of  a catchy disco hit. With a “say no more” attitude, Michael slows down compressions while singing a different survival-themed tune. When the instructor corrects his musical oversight, she quickly loses control of the room, as Andy harmonizes with Michael and Kelly jumps out of her seat to dance. Eventually the whole room is in chorus before the instructor breaks it up to inform them that their efforts are null, as no one called 911 or maintained compressions. In the case of a real-life emergency, Michael Scott wouldn’t be our top choice for first aid. 

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5. "Sexual Harassment" (Season 2, Episode 2)

When corporate issues a review of the company’s harassment policy, Michael’s ability to share inappropriate emails and crack crude jokes at work is compromised. Following a meeting with Jan, Toby, and legal, Michael addresses the office to let them know that he can no longer be their friend. “We must only discuss work-associated things,” he somberly announces, “and you can consider this my retirement from comedy.” Jim asks if this includes Michael’s most famous joke, “That’s what she said,” and proceeds to drop one-liners that make it virtually impossible for Michael not to respond. At the point of bursting, Michael cracks the line once more, blowing a kiss to the room as Jan angrily ushers him back inside his office.   

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4. "The Job Part 1" (Season 3, Episode 24)

After Michael breaks up with Jan over a voicemail, she shows up at Dunder Mifflin one day in an effort to win him back. When he walks into his office where Jan is patiently waiting to speak to him, Michael is greeted by a revealing neckline showing off her, shall we say, newly enhanced figure. One look is all it takes for Michael to change his mind, despite the many red flags in their relationship that made him decide to end it in the first place. “Jan is in a different place right now,” Michael says, “and it is a sign of maturity to give people second chances, so I am going to hear her out.”

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3. "The Convict" (Season 3, Episode 9)

When the staff discovers that an employee who was part of the Scranton-Stamford Merger was formerly incarcerated for insider trading, they become enthralled with his tales of prison life, deeming it better than their dull lives in the office. Bothered by their take, Michael calls a meeting to debut his role as “Prison Mike,” aka Michael with a bandana on his head and an unidentifiable accent, visiting from “the clink” to convince his team how good they have it. “Prison stinks,” he says. “It’s not like you can go home and recharge your batteries and come back in the morning and be with your friends having fun in the office.” By Prison Mike's account, with nothing to eat but gruel and your own hair, and dementors allegedly flying about, prison life is not all it's been cracked up to be. 

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2. "Stress Relief Part 1" (Season 5, Episode 14)

Nothing put Dwight’s role as safety officer into question more than the day he locked his fellow employees in what they believed to be a burning building. With the intent to punish them for not paying attention to the safety training he had administered, Dwight argues that experience is the best teacher. As smoke fills the room and the gang frantically runs around checking door handles for heat and assessing possible escape routes, Dwight calmly watches the panic build. “Oh my god. It’s happening. Everybody stay calm!” Michael yells as chaos ensues. After they all but destroy the office trying to escape, Dwight wrangles his colleagues’ attention to let them know that this was a test of their emergency preparedness. Before anyone has enough time to react, Stanley collapses, starting a second wave of mayhem as Michael springs into action, poised to perform mouth to mouth or whatever it takes to keep Stanley alive while the others try to pull Michael off him.  

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1. "Gossip" (Season 6, Episode 1) 

We’ve all jumped on the bandwagon of a good viral trend or two: the cinnamon challenge, planking, and the mannequin challenge, to name a few. Michael, Dwight, and Andy bring the early '00s sensation of parkour to the office in the number one top-searched clip of The Office. The goal of parkour is to get from one point to another quickly using objects in your path to increase efficiency. As the three flip on the office couch, walk on desks, and cartwheel in between coworkers, “technically they are doing parkour,” Jim notes, “as long as point A is delusion and point B is the hospital.” While they don’t end up in the emergency room, Andy plummets directly into an empty Vance Refrigeration box after jumping off the top of a delivery truck, signaling it is time to get back to work and leave the parkour to the pros.  

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