It’s Day 2 of my 32 Most Memorable Office Moments extravaganza, and things are not getting any easier, folks. The clips are funnier, the laughs are bigger, and — if you’re anything like me — the thought of losing one of TV’s greatest characters (and Steve Carell) this Thursday (NBC, 9/8c) is becoming increasingly unbearable. But let’s get to it: Is your favorite Scott-ism on this list?
Michael Moment #24: A winning soundbite!
Episode: “Conflict Resolution,” Season 2
Here’s Why: Tired of Toby’s style of dealing with work woes, Michael implements his own brand of conflict resolution. The result: Knowledge that when faced with any problem in life, a “win-win-win” outcome is always most desirable — even if it means forcing your employee to wear a poster with sax-playing babies on it.
Michael Moment #23: Willy Wonka invades Scranton
Episode: “Golden Ticket,” Season 5
Here’s Why: Michael has an extra-orrrr-dinary promotional idea, which ultimately ends up falling flat. Even so, it delivered the pure childlike “whimsy” he’d hoped for, thanks to a top hat and a goofy accent.
Michael Moment #22: Proof that Sharpies are always good to have on hand
Episode: “A Benihana Christmas,” Season 3
Here’s Why: Before Holly Flax, Dunder Mifflin’s main man had a rough go of it with the ladies. However, there was one time he and the guys met some PYTs at a Benihana Restaurant and escorted them back to the office for some holiday fun. Oh, did I mention that the two girls looked very similar, so Michael secretly marked one of their arms to keep tabs on his date? Both shameless and hilarious — a perfect Michael moment.
Michael Moment #21: Michael’s “Motivational Dance Contest”
Episode: “Booze Cruise,” Season 2
Here’s Why: What happens when the Lake Wallenpaupack Cruise Ship captain tries to take away Michael’s microphone rights? He breaks out into dance, duh!
Michael Moment #20: Delusions of grandeur
Episode: “Scott’s Tots,” Season 6
Here’s Why: This is hands down Michael’s best worst moment. After promising to put a class of underprivileged children through college some 10 years prior, the time has come to let them know that he won’t actually be able to follow through. It is pathetic and painful, but at the same time, it came from a place of goodness — like a majority of Michael’s flubs.
Michael Moment #19: The best “ultimatum” video ever
Episode: “Product Recall,” Season 3
Here’s Why: Michael takes on the local Scranton media after an obscene watermark accidentally pops up on a paper shipment. Obviously, this is not really a huge issue, but the Dunder Mifflin boss swears that “they’re trying to make [him] an escapegoat,” and responds with the ultimatum of a lifetime. Unnecessary, but effective.
Michael Moment #18: A speech worthy of 100 Grand
Episode: “Business School,” Season 3
Here’s Why: Ryan bestows the greatest gift imaginable upon Michael — the gift of speaking to his business school class. Per usual, he does not take his duties lightly. In fact, he uses candy bars to… whatchamacallit… oh, yeah, deliver his message.
Michael Moment #17: Yankee Swap
Episode: “Christmas Party,” Season 2
Here’s Why: After buying an iPod for his Secret Santa recipient and receiving a handmade oven mitt in return, Michael changes the office Christmas gift exchange mid-game to the sometimes mean-spirited Yankee Swap. Personally, I can’t believe I didn’t rank this moment higher on the list, as it’s the one that made me fall head-over-heels in love with The Office.
Michael Moment #17.5: Reverse Psychology
Episode: “Christmas Party,” Season 2
Here’s Why: One of the best soundbites to ever come from Michael Scott, take a listen and find out everything you ever wanted to know about reverse psychology.
Check back Wednesday as TVLine counts down even more of Michael Scott’s most memorable moments. And don’t forget to hit the comments with your personal faves!