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The 50 Best Episodes of The Office

Keeping this list to just 50 episodes was extremely hard. (That's what she said)

Lance Cartelli
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The 50 Best Episodes of The Office

The Office is always open. Since ending its 2005-2013, Emmy-winning run on NBC, the workplace comedy, starring Steve CarellJenna FischerJohn Krasinski, and Rainn Wilson, has become a binge-watch favorite, and for good reason. Over the course of its nine seasons and 201 episodes, The Office gave us plenty of laughs, instantly quotable moments, and characters we'll never forget. Who among us hasn't made a Jim face at a non-existent camera, or replaced the words to a song with Michael's parody lyrics? There's no denying The Office has made a huge mark on our culture, but which episode of the classic sitcom is the all-time best episode of The Office? Don't worry, we attempted to settle the debate.

Click ahead to see TV Guide's picks for the 50 best Office episodes, ranked from really good to the absolute greatest.

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50. "Michael Scott Paper Company"

In this Season 5 episode, Michael Scott launches a rival paper company with fellow Dunder-Mifflin exiles, Pam Beesley and Ryan Howard.

Memorable quote: "It's Britney, bitch." –Michael

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49. "Drug Testing"

Dwight Schrute — a volunteer sheriff deputy — finds marijuana in the company parking lot and opens an investigation.

Memorable quote: "So, yesterday Dwight found half a joint in the parking lot. Which is unfortunate because as it turns out, Dwight finding drugs is more dangerous than most people using drugs." –Jim

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48. "Cafe Disco"

Michael converts his former Michael Scott Paper Company offices to a "cafe disco" to help the Dunder Mifflin employees relax.

Memorable quote: "You wanna come down here? Door's always open! Lock's broken." –Michael

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47. "Crime Aid"

The office is robbed after Michael and Holly Flax forget to lock the door.

Memorable quote: "Nobody steals from Creed Bratton and gets away with it. The last person to do this disappeared. His name? Creed Bratton." –Creed Bratton

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46. "Moroccan Christmas"

Phyllis Vance plans a Moroccan-themed Christmas party, but all hell breaks loose when Meredith Palmer sets her hair on fire.

Memorable quote: "An intervention, it's sort of hard to describe but really it's a coming together— it's a surprise party! For people, who are— who have addictions. And you get in their face and you scream at them and you make them feel really bad about themselves. And then they stop." –Michael

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45. "A Benihana Christmas"

The office has two rival Christmas parties while Michael deals with a broken heart.

Memorable quote: "Bros before hoes. Why? Because your bros are always there for you. They have got your back after your ho rips your heart out for no good reason. And you were nothing but great to your ho. And you told her she was the only ho for you. And that she was better than all the other hoes in the world. And then suddenly she's not your ho no mo'." –Michael

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44. "Sexual Harassment"

After Dunder Mifflin's CFO resigns, Michael must review the company's sexual harassment policies with his employees.

Memorable quote: "THAT'S WHAT SHE SAID!" –Michael

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43. "Christmas Party"

The office throws a Christmas party and plays Secret Santa.

Memorable quote: "Unbelievable. I do the nicest thing that anyone's ever done for these people and they freak out. Well happy birthday Jesus, sorry your party's so lame." –Michael

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42. "Email Surveillance"

After Michael gains the ability to read employee emails, he discovers he's not invited to a party that Jim is throwing.

Memorable quote: "And my roommate wants to meet everybody. I'm pretty sure he thinks I'm making Dwight up. He is very real." –Jim

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41. "Money"

Worried about money, Michael takes on a second job as a telemarketer. Jim and Pam stay at Dwight's beet farm.

Memorable quote: "I declare bankruptcy!" –Michael

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40. "Customer Survey"

Dunder Mifflin's top two salesmen — Jim and Dwight — are upset when they receive negative customer reviews.

Memorable quote: "Buttlicker! Our prices have never been lower!" –Dwight

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39. "Branch Wars"

After Karen tries to poach Stanley, Michael and Dwight trick Jim into traveling to the Utica branch to play a prank.

Memorable quote: "The eyes are the groin of the head." –Dwight

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38. "Company Picnic"

Michael plans to win back his ex-girlfriend Holly at the Dunder Mifflin picnic.

Memorable quote: "Ralph is my best friend. We met in a shoe store. I heard him asking for a shoe that could increase his speed, and not leave any tracks." –Dwight

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37. "Surplus"

Employees quarrel over whether to spend a budget surplus on a new photocopier or chairs.

Memorable quote: "Well, I swallowed all your ideas. I'm going to digest them and see what comes out the other end." –Michael

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36. "The Convict"

Michael gets frustrated when an employee's stories about prison sound better than working in an office.

Memorable quote: "The worst thing about prison was the Dementors. They were flying all over the place and they were scary and then they'd come down and they'd suck the soul out of your body. And it hurt!" –Prison Mike

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35. "Dwight's Speech"

Michael helps Dwight prepare for a speech after he is named Northeastern Pennsylvania Salesman of the Year.

Memorable quote: "When I was in the sixth grade, I was a finalist in our school spelling bee. It was me against Raj Patel. I misspelled, in front of the entire school, the word 'failure.'" –Dwight

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34. "The Return"

After resigning from Dunder Mifflin, Dwight gets a job at Staples.

Memorable quote: "How would I describe myself? Three words: hardworking, alpha male, jackhammer. Merciless. Insatiable." –Dwight

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33. "The Merger"

Following the merger of two office branches, Michael tries to make his new employees feel comfortable.

Memorable quote: "I am fast. To give you a reference point, I'm somewhere between a snake and a mongoose. And a panther." –Dwight

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32. "Halloween"

Jim and Pam post Dwight's resume on the internet, while Michael struggles with deciding who to fire.

Memorable quote: "Would I ever leave this company? Look, I'm all about loyalty. In fact, I feel like part of what I'm being paid for here is my loyalty. But if there were somewhere else that valued loyalty more highly, I'm going wherever they value loyalty the most." –Dwight

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31. "Weight Loss"

Dunder Mifflin employees participate in a company-wide weight loss contest.

Memorable quote: "Andy Bernard does not lose contests. He wins them. Or he quits them. Because they're unfair." –Andy

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30. "Basketball"

Michael and the office employees play the warehouse workers in a game of pick-up basketball.

Memorable quote: "You know what? Screw corporate. Nobody's coming in tomorrow. You have the day off. Like coming in an extra day is going to prevent us from being downsized." –Michael

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29. "Product Recall"

Dunder Mifflin employees must deal with an offensive watermark on multiple reams of paper.

Memorable quote: "Fact. Bears eat beets. Bears. Beets. Battlestar Galactica." –Jim

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28. "Finale"

Taking place a year after its previous episode, the series finale brings past and present employees together for Dwight and Angela's wedding.

Memorable quote: "Michael. I can't believe you came." –Dwight. "That's what she said." –Michael

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27. "The Duel"

After Andy learns that his fiancée, Angela, is having an affair with Dwight, the two challenge each other to a fight.

Memorable quote: "Rule 17: Don't turn your back on bears, men you have wronged, or the dominant turkey during mating season." –Dwight

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26. "A.A.R.M."

Jim convinces Dwight that Dunder Mifflin needs an assistant to the assistant to the regional manager (A.A.R.M.)

Memorable quote: "It's just harmless steam to panic intruders. I'd like to get harmful steam, but the prices are absurd." –Dwight

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25. "Garage Sale"

Michael tries to come up with the most elaborate wedding proposal ever.

Memorable quote: "Holly Flax, marrying me will you be?" –Michael "Your wife becoming will be I." –Holly

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24. "Threat Level Midnight"

Michael screens his action movie, Threat Level Midnight, for the Dunder Mifflin employees.

Memorable quote: "It's going to take a lot more than a bullet to the brain, lungs, heart, back, and balls to kill Michael Scarn!" –Michael

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23. "Golden Ticket"

After a marketing scheme goes haywire, Michael tries to pawn off his Willy Wonka-inspired promotion idea on Dwight.

Memorable quote: "When Michael's skirting a phone call he gave me a list of places to say he is. 'Stopping a fight in the parking lot.' 'An Obama fashion show,' whatever that is. 'Trapped in an oil painting.'" –Pam

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22. "Goodbye, Toby"

Before moving to Costa Rica, Toby trains his replacement, Holly.

Memorable quote: "I want an anti-gravity machine. I saw it in a movie. You drink the potion, and then you just start floating all around." –Michael

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21. "Scott's Tots"

Michael must deal with a group of high school students for whom he promised to fund their college educations.

Memorable quote: "I fell in love with these kids. And I didn't want to see them fall victim to the system. So I made them a promise. I told them if they graduated from high school, I would pay for their college education. I have made some empty promises in my life but, hands down, that was the most generous." –Michael

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20. "The Convention"

Michael and Dwight head to the annual office supply convention.

Memorable quote: "I love inside jokes. Love to be a part of one someday." –Michael

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19. "Broke"

The Michael Scott Paper Co. must hide the fact that the company is broke in order to be acquired by Dunder Mifflin.

Memorable quote: "Well, well, well. How the turn tables..." –Michael

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18. "The Negotiation"

Pam's ex-fiancé, Roy, tries to attack Jim after he kissed her on casino night.

Memorable quote: "No, don't call me a hero. Do you know who the real heroes are? The guys who wake up every morning and go into their normal jobs and get a distress call from the commissioner and take off their glasses and change into capes and fly around fighting crime. Those are the real heroes." –Dwight

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17. "The Deposition"

Michael must testify during Jan Levinson's lawsuit against Dunder Mifflin.

Memorable quote: "You expect to get screwed by your company, but you never expect to get screwed by your girlfriend." –Michael

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16. "Launch Party"

Dunder Mifflin launches its new website, while Dwight tries to outsell it.

Memorable quote: "They say you should never mix business with pleasure. Really. Then explain to me how a putt-putt golf company operates." –Andy

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15. "The Job"

Michael puts Dwight in charge as he prepares for a job interview with corporate.

Memorable quote: "Once I am officially regional manager, my first order of business will be to demote Jim Halpert. So I will need a new number two. My ideal choice: Jack Bauer. But he is unavailable, fictional, and overqualified." –Dwight

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14. "Beach Games"

Michael reveals that he's interviewing for a position with corporate and that the winner of the beach games will become the new regional manager.

Memorable quote: "Jim Halpert. Pros: smart, cool, good looking. Remind you of anyone you know? Cons: not a hard worker. I can spend all day on a project and he can finish the same project in a half an hour. So that should tell you something." –Michael

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13. "Niagara"

With their wedding in shambles, Jim and Pam decide to get married at Niagara Falls.

Memorable quote: "What an awesome party. The best wedding I've ever been to. I got six numbers. One more would've been a complete telephone number." –Kevin

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12. "Business School"

Ryan invites Michael to speak at his business class. Meanwhile, Dwight tries to protect the office from a bat.

Memorable quote: "Whenever I'm about to do something, I think, 'Would an idiot do that?' And if they would, I do not do that thing." –Dwight

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11. "Fun Run"

After Michael runs over Meredith with his car, it's determined that she has rabies. Michael then sponsors a fun run to combat the disease.

Memorable quote: "Guess what? I have flaws. What are they? Oh, I don't know. I sing in the shower? Sometimes I spend too much time volunteering. Occasionally I'll hit somebody with my car. So sue me — no, don't sue me. That is opposite the point I'm trying to make." –Michael

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10. "Booze Cruise"

Michael takes the Dunder Mifflin employees on a booze cruise in the middle of winter.

Memorable quote: "Leader. Ship. The word 'ship' is hidden inside the word 'leadership,' as its derivation." –Michael

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9. "Goodbye, Michael"

As Michael prepares to move to Colorado, he spends his final day in the office saying goodbye.

Memorable quote: "Well, I guess this is it. Hey will you guys let me know if this ever airs? Thank you." –Michael

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8. "Gay Witch Hunt"

Michael learns that Oscar Martinez is gay.

Memorable quote: "Did you know that gay used to mean 'happy?' When I was growing up, it meant 'lame.' And now, it means a man who makes love to other men. We're all homos. Homosapiens." –Michael

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7. "The Dundies"

Michael hosts The Dundies, an annual award show for Dunder Mifflin employees.

Memorable quote: "A lot of the people here don't get trophies very often, like Meredith or Kevin. I mean who's gonna give Kevin an award? Dunkin' Donuts?" –Michael

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6. "Diversity Day"

The office must undergo a racial diversity seminar after Michael's offensive imitation of a Chris Rock stand-up routine.

Memorable quote: "Abraham Lincoln once said that 'If you're a racist, I will attack you with the North,' and these are the principles I carry with me in the workplace." –Michael

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5. "The Injury"

Michael accidentally burns his foot after stepping on his George Foreman grill.

Memorable quote: "I told them you cooked your foot." –Pam

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4. "Safety Training"

Michael sets out to prove that working in an office can be extremely dangerous... especially for him.

Memorable quote: "Dwight, you ignorant slut!" –Michael

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3. "Casino Night"

Michael accidentally invites two dates to the office casino night, while Jim finally reveals his feelings for Pam.

Memorable quote: "Two queens on casino night. I am going to drop a deuce on everybody." –Michael

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2. "Stress Relief"

Stanley suffers a heart attack after Dwight stages a fire in the office to test everyone's fire-safety skills.

Memorable quote: "Boom. Roasted." –Michael

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1. "Dinner Party"

Michael and his girlfriend Jan invite Jim, Pam, Angela, and Andy over for dinner. The night devolves into chaos.

Memorable quote: "That is a $200 plasma TV you just killed. Good luck paying me back on your zero dollars a month plus benefits salary, babe!" –Michael