Thankful for the Show in Scranton, the Electric City


Alicia Ventura, Editor-in-chief

“…They call it that ’cause of the electricity.” Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.

As we get closer and closer to Thanksgiving, I like to reflect on the life-changing aspects of my life, the ones that have molded me into the refined, bold, hilarious teenager I am today.

The salesmen compete in the most ethical way for the branch manager position. Photo Credit: NBCUniversal via Getty Images

I could go on and on about the people who have changed me for the better and about the events of my life that have forced me to be a better person, but this is not that kind of article/reflection.

“I don’t care what they say about me. I just want to eat. Which I realize is a lot to ask for…at a dinner party.” -Pam Beesly
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Instead, I am going to contemplate the Blessing that is “The Office,” a show i have easily watched over 5 times. Here are five things about “The Office” that have made this year just a little better.

“We had a funeral for a bird.” -Creed Bratton Photo Credit: NBCUniversal via Getty Images

Number 5 (yes, I am starting backwards. It changes things up). The cheery intro song. Not too many shows have an intro song you can sit through entirely. This cheery tune has conditioned my mind and my heart to prepare for hours of laughter and entertainment. Fun Fact: It’s my ring tone.

Number 4. The fire drill episode. In season 5, episode 14, the scene opens with Dwight talking to the cameraman about how he gave a fire safety talk, but no one listened (because he used PowerPoint and PowerPoint is boring). He then proceeds to initiate a fire and block certain entrances. When Pam finally smells and sees the smoke, everyone starts to panic and run around. The camera cuts to various scenes where Michael breaks a window and yells help to anyone who may happen to be outside, Kevin breaks the glass of the vending machines and steals the snacks inside, and Angela takes her cat out of one of the accounting drawers in order to save it. The mass alarm, confusion, and overall hilariousness shown in this episode-intro accurately depict the overarching atmosphere of the show.

Number 3. “Bob Vance, Vance Refrigeration.” An episode where Phyllis’ husband, Bob Vance, makes a debut is never complete until he introduces himself or makes a reference to his refrigerator business in front of the camera. The way I see it, he is trying to get as much free advertisement on camera as he possibly can, which makes it all the more hilarious. Maybe I need a catchy phrase too. “Alicia Ventura, Ventura Articles” (Get it? Because I write for the Royal Reporter?).

Number 2. Jim’s Pranks. This is a vague one because Jim pulls a lot of pranks on people and most importantly Dwight. Some of his most famous pranks include the infamous stapler in Jell-O, Dwight impersonation scene (Bears. Beats. Battle Star Galactica.), Dwight “loses his desk”, Asian Jim, Andy’s “lost” phone, and of course, Jim’s final prank on Dwight’s wedding day (“Best. Prank. Ever.”).

And at Number 1. Michael’s quirky quotes. Naturally, I am not the only one who enjoys the words that come out of Michael’s mouth. Michael’s unique sayings are even addressed in the show in season 5, episode 15 when Jim says, “Several times a day, Michael says words that are way beyond my vocabulary…remember ‘spider face?’ Because the quote was, ‘cut off your nose to spider face.'” Some other infamous quotes include “I. Declare. Bankruptcy”; “I have got to make sure that Youtube comes down to tape this”; “Occasionally I’ll hit someone with my car. So sue me”; “I knew exactly what to do, but in a much more real sense, I had no idea what to do”; “Tuition is valuable, but you know what is invaluable? Intuition”; and finally, “Would I rather be feared or loved? Easy, both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love me.” Fun fact: the last quote is my yearbook quote.

Needless to say, there are many more aspects of “The Office” that have made this year and my life better. I haven’t mentioned Jim and Pam’s iconic relationship or even The Dundies, which are vital parts of the show’s dynamic.

In all seriosity, this show gives me hope that you can make anything light-hearted and make people smile no matter what may be going on in their lives. Although just a documentary of a paper company, the most ordinary things can end up meaning the world to some people, especially to me.