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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THE OFFICE — “Gay Witch Hunt” Episode 1 — Aired 9/21/06 — Pictured: (l-r) Rainn Wilson as Dwight Schrute, Steve Carell as Michael Scott (Photo by Justin Lubin/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images) /

5. The Return (season 3 episode 14)

While in real life it would be horrifying and very serious, something about Andy punching a wall because he just can’t take the stress of his life anymore is very funny. But beyond that moment, this episode is filled with hilarious antics.

This episode takes place right after Dwight is fired because of his secret visit to corporate. He’s working at Staples selling paper. Andy is delighted to have Dwight out of the way and tries everything he can to become Michael’s new best friend. Michael would rather Andy just leave him alone.

Andy is also irritating his co-workers by singing and being annoying, so Jim figures it’s time to pull a prank on him. But when Karen and Ryan think he’s being childish, he goes to Pam who agrees wholeheartedly. They hide Andy’s phone in the ceiling and start calling it. When he can’t find it, he gets so pissed he punches the wall.

This episode also brings the return of Oscar who was on a leave of absence mainly because of Michael being an insensitive jerk. The planning committee goes into overdrive to throw a party that Michael demands must be Mexican-themed and include every stereotype under the sun.

While Oscar enjoys the party, it turns into something else when Michael brings back Dwight and Dwight thinks the party is for him.

The episode ends on a sad note when Karen asks Jim if he still has feelings for Pam and he tells her he does.

“The Return” is the perfect balance of humor, cringe, and real emotional moments. This combination is one of the main reasons the show lasted so long. It wasn’t just a comedy.