15 best episodes of The Office to watch before it leaves Netflix

THE OFFICE -- "Counseling" Episode 702 -- Pictured: Steve Carell as Michael Scott -- Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
THE OFFICE -- "Counseling" Episode 702 -- Pictured: Steve Carell as Michael Scott -- Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank /
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12. Beach Games (season 3 episode 23)

Are the best episodes the ones where someone reveals something emotional and personal? Absolutely and that’s one of the reasons why this episode is one of the best of the series. It also happens to be one of the funniest episodes.

It all starts when Michael is invited to interview for a new position at corporate. Assuming he’ll get it, he sets up a Survivor-style competition to figure out who will be his successor. Everyone (except Toby) goes to the lake to compete and Michael splits up the teams into “tribes” with Jim, Dwight, Andy, and Stanley being the team captains. Pam is told to take notes on the events of the day. Guess she’s not allowed to get Michael’s job?

The events include egg and spoon races, an inflatable sumo wrestling fight,  and hot dog eating contests. At first, the employees don’t know this is a fight for Michael’s job but when they find out, Andy and Dwight step their game way up. Instead of worrying about getting Michael’s job, Jim and Karen decide to apply for the position Michael is interviewing for.

The final event of the competition is to walk across hot coals, something Michael even refuses to do. Dwight decides to stay on the coals (screaming in agony) until he is given the position, but he is pulled off when it’s clear he is in a lot of pain.

There is supposed to be another event, but it’s stopped when Jim announces that he applied for the position Michael is going for. While this is happening, Pam successfully runs over the coals and with her newfound confidence, tells everyone that she is tired of them treating her poorly and that she canceled her wedding for Jim and she wants things to at least go back to the way they were before when they were friends.

She then runs off because her feet are burning. Jim is in a daze after this confession and that’s how the episode ends. Another perfect combination of hilarious antics and emotional, real moments.