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May 16, 2013


Viewers may have spent a few too many hours here, but at its best this hilarious 'mockumentary' taught us a lot about life at work


3. The proposal: Unable to wait any longer to pop the question, Jim meets Pam at a gas station halfway between Scranton, Pa., and New York, where she’s taking an art class. In the pouring rain, he drops to one knee. The look on Pam’s face is priceless. This is the kind of informality and spontaneity that has fueled their relationship. (“Weight Loss”)

4. Baby on the way: When Pam gets injured during a heated company volleyball tournament, Jim drives her to the hospital, and — surprise! — they learn she’s pregnant. Jim’s range of reactions is pure gold: First shock, then goofy giddiness and laughter and, finally, tears of joy. (“Company Picnic”)

5. Wedded bliss: Jim and Pam realize that a wedding attended by their co-workers will be a chaotic disaster. And it is — complete with a crazy YouTube-inspired group dance. But wait: We learn, via flashback, that our lovebirds actually slipped out before the ceremony to wed in secret on a boat under Niagara Falls. TV perfection. (“Niagara”)


Boastful, cocky and delusional, Dwight thinks he has all the answers — even though he clearly doesn’t. Some examples of Schrute philosophy:

1. “I never smile if I can help it. Showing one’s teeth is a submission signal in primates. When someone smiles at me, all I see is a chimpanzee begging for its life.”

2. “Whenever I’m about to do something, I think, ‘Would an idiot do that?’ And if they would, I do not do that thing.”

3. “Why tip someone for a job I’m capable of doing myself? I can deliver food. I can drive a taxi. I can — and do — cut my own hair. I did, however, tip my urologist, because I am unable to pulverize my own kidney stones.”

4. “I don’t believe in coddling people. In the wild, there is no health care. In the wild, health care is: ‘Ow, I hurt my leg. I can’t run, a lion eats me and I’m dead.’ Well, I’m not dead. I’m the lion.”

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