The Office may have possibly been the most universally loved sitcom since Friends. I mean, who doesn’t at least like The Office? Okay, I’m sure there are a few people who don’t like The Office, but they’re probably also the types of people who don’t like soft-serve ice cream or joy of any kind. Not only was The Office beloved by audiences, but it was also constantly nominated for Emmy Awards and Golden Globes so it was critically acclaimed as well. The Office is also responsible for launching the careers of many of the stars, like Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, B.J. Novak, Mindy Kaling, and Craig Robinson. Oh, and there was also the great Steve Carell. However Steve Carell managed to play the moronic Michael Scott with such vulnerability is truly a testament to his skill as an actor. He should have won all the awards for his performance, and he did take home the Golden Globe in 2006, which is cool even though he should have won every single year. Just sayin'...
So, we all agree that The Office was just an all-round great show. Of course, even the greatest shows have their WTF moments, and The Office was no exception. There were plenty of moments in The Office that were just completely unbelievable and made no sense at all. Lucky for you, below we compiled 17 of the most utterly unbelievable moments on The Office. Surprisingly, not every single unbelievable moment was a Michael Scott moment, though there are a definitely a few Michael Scott moments on this list, because obviously.
16 Ryan's Embezzlement, Then Getting Rehired
Ryan Howard (B.J. Novak) can best be described as... well, a douche bag. In his best moments, Ryan was hilarious, but his hilariousness almost always came from his being a total and complete douche bag. Between his business ventures, his taste in fashion and his treatment of Kelly Kapoor (Mindy Kaling), Ryan Howard was like every other dude in his 20s who doesn’t really know who he is yet. He was trying way too hard to be someone.
Though, it seemed like Ryan found himself when he started working for corporate, right? In an attempt to make a mark, he launches a Dunder Mifflin website, but the website fails to find an audience. So, Ryan has the genius idea of entering all sales made by salesmen as sales made by the website too, y’know a little thing called embezzlement. He goes to jail, gets out, and then gets REHIRED at Dunder Mifflin. I know that Michael Scott (Steve Carell) really, really loved Ryan, but it was so absolutely unbelievable that Michael would have ever been able to sneak Ryan back into the company.
15 That We Never Hear From Michael Scott Again
Steve Carell left the show in the seventh season, which many fans and critics claim ruined the show. Whether you feel as though the absence of Michael Scott ruined the show or not, you have to admit that his character just completely leaving – never to be heard from again – is an oversight. After having been in these people's lives, Michael Scott was just gone... forever? Nope, no way.
I'm not saying there had to be a reference to Michael Scott in every single episode following his departure, but give us something. You’re telling us that Michael Scott got married and had children without letting anyone from Dunder Mifflin know? I mean, there is absolutely no way that he didn’t invite the whole office to his wedding and probably offer to pay for the plane tickets too. Yes, we got a small Michael Scott moment in the finale, which was nice, but he wouldn’t have completely disappeared from everyone’s lives. Michael Scott is like gum. Once he’s on your shoe, you can’t get him off. A little water cooler gossip about Holly being pregnant would have been nice, because that's real life.
14 Pam’s Art School Adventure
Pam Beesly (Jenna Fischer) may have been one of the most tragic characters on the show. I mean, she ends up very happy, because what woman wouldn’t be happy if they were married to Jim Halpert? But, in the earlier seasons, Pam is stuck in a dead relationship, working as a reception, and harboring dreams of being an artist. She is like every person who has ever settled in their life. It was a little hard to watch, but it was nice to see Pam better herself in the later seasons.
One of the ways she betters herself is through going to art school… in New York City. I’m sorry, but New York is really expensive. New York is so expensive that even people who aren’t going to school and are just working full-time can’t even afford to live there. Sure, Pam does start working at Dunder Mifflin’s New York office for some cash, but she would need so much cash! Perhaps she had student loans, right? Well, why is there no mention of paying them off in the later seasons?
The art school thing was completely dropped and it really seems like Pam would still be, quite literally, paying for her decision to go to art school.
13 That Roy’s A Millionaire
Roy is a millionaire. Guys, ROY is a millionaire. It’s almost too unbelievable.
After Roy’s departure, we see him again in the finale season of the show... at his wedding. By the way, the fact that Roy invited Pam and Jim to his wedding feels a little unbelievable too, especially because Pam and Jim didn’t extend an invitation to their wedding. But, we’ll let that slid and talk about how unbelievable it is that Roy is a millionaire.
Roy apparently made a shit ton of money when he opened a gravel company and the woman he is marrying owns a restaurant. Roy even says that he dodged a bullet by not marrying Pam. The thing is, it’s totally believable that Roy and Pam were not being their best selves while in their dead relationship. They were both holding each other back. But, Roy becoming rich AF in the little time he was out of the office is not as believable. There’s start-up costs and companies generally don’t make much in their first years, but hey, maybe Roy is the exception...?
12 That Dwight Schrute Isn’t A Millionaire
If someone on The Office was going to be a millionaire, it was going to be Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson). Have you seen his farm? There is so much land! You’re telling me that some major company didn’t try to step in and buy his farm land out from under him? Of course, Dwight would never sell it, but he would totally be getting offers. You’re also telling me that Dwight wasn’t making a ton of weird beet products that would be completely marketable to holistic soccer moms and vegan hipsters? Beets are so hot right now!
Mind you, Dwight isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed when it comes to business ventures, but it’s likely that his Dunder Mifflin money matched with whatever income he made from his farm would have made him one of the wealthiest people in the office. Oh, and not to mention his geeky memorabilia he owns.
Dwight Schrute was totally richer than any cared to know or mention. Angela married up. That's for sure.
11 Erin Staying In Florida
The above photo is from when The Office decided to have the worst green screen moment ever. But, the plot of Erin (Ellie Kemper) in Florida was unbelievable even before the sh*tty green screen, though the shitty green screen just set it over the top.
At this point in the show, Erin was broken up with Andy (Ed Helms) and pretty lost in life. Quite frankly, Erin was always pretty lost in life, but that’s another story. In this plot, Erin goes with the team to Florida… and just stays there. She moves in with an older lady, who she takes care of. (Only, Erin can’t take care of anyone.)
Does any believe this plot? Sure, Erin seems as wide-eyed as a Disney princess, so no one would necessarily be scared of taking her in. There’s also the factor that older people can sometimes be too trusting. Even with all of that though, it doesn’t seem likely that Erin would just crash with some older stranger.
10 Andy Bernard Setting Sail
Speaking of Erin and Andy, remember when Andy just went sailing around? Even for Andy Bernard - the a capella-singing, anger management lunatic - this seems unbelievable.
Andy sets off on a sail boat with his brother, with absolutely no plan whatsoever. Like, just leaves his job as the office manager. While it was hilarious that the office ended up being more productive without an office manager, the fact that Andy was able to get away with just not coming into work was way too much to buy. Though, at this point on the show, it wasn’t clear who even owned Dunder Mifflin anymore. Sabre, Robert California, David Wallace? Who knows? But still, you’d think there would be some kind of accountability.
Oh, and then Andy comes back with long hair and decided to go back to work? No way. No way at all.
9 Jim’s Business Venture
Jim Halpert (John Krasinski) was a dream of a man. I would love to say that his character was absolutely the most perfect character ever created, but there was one major plot that just didn’t add up: his business venture.
Mind you, the documentary was about Dunder Mifflin, so we were only shown a small slice of what was going on with each character but what was Jim's company? It was a sports marketing company… but what is that? There is also a point in which Darryl (Craig Robinson) travels with the company, but Jim passes up the opportunity so he can stay in Scranton with Pam. This very much seemed like Jim was stepping away from the company to some degree, but, in the finale, you find out that Jim is still very much with the company. WHAT WAS GOING ON?
The whole thing was confusing, though it was nice to finally see ol’ Jim Halpert be excited about something.
8 That Meredith Still Had Custody Of Her Children
Meredith (Kate Flannery) was a gem of a character. At first, she seemed like a standard background character, but then she was so much more. Meredith indulged in... well, she in indulged in every vice in which she could have possibly indulged. Girlfriend was a binge drinker, with bottles of alcohol in her desk drawers. She also slept around. She even slept with clients for discounts and Outback Steakhouse steaks. (Because who doesn't love a Bloomin' Onion?) There’s even an episode in which we see Meredith on a walk of shame, and she had left her door unlocked all night so she’d be able to get in. Oh, Meredith.
While we all have much love for the red head, there is no way she would have custody of her kids, right? Like, child protective services would have scooped them up a while ago. Also, those kids would need so much therapy. Actually, how the hell was she even still working at Dunder Mifflin?
7 Dwight Not Getting Fired For The Fire
Before I get into this, I just want to say that Dwight’s fire drill may have been the single most hilarious scene in the entire series. Just try to watch it without laughing. It's impossible.
Now, about the unbelievable: Feeling that no one is prepared enough for a possible fire, Dwight decides to fake a fire with smoke and hot door handles. It, of course, does not go as planned. People freak out. People literally try to get out via the ceiling. There’s screaming. It’s basically chaos. It comes to a head when Stanley (Leslie David Baker) has a heart attack. That’s right, Dwight's fake fire gave Stanley a heart attack... an actual heart attack.
Dwight miraculously keeps his job, though Michael is told to fire him. There is absolutely no way that Michael would have talked anyone into keeping Dwight around at that point. Oh, and Stanley. Stanley loved money and was very openly just working to retire. You’re telling me that Stanley didn’t sue the living hell out of Dunder Mifflin and retire to Palm Beach?
6 That Diversity Day Happened
The first season is not the most beloved. In fact, many people recommend just starting at the second season, as this was when the show really found its footing. But, the first season isn’t without its great moments and Diversity Day was one of them. But, Michael Scott would have obviously been canned right after Diversity Day. No doubt about that one.
After Michael does an impression of Chris Rock, a sensitivity trainer is sent from corporate. Michael is not satisfied with the corporate mandated training, so he does his own sensitivity training, which involves people wearing races on their foreheads and having to guess them. It’s not PC… at all, and Michael would definitely not have had a job after this.
Michael’s had quite a few other fireable offenses, like the gay witch hunt or kissing Oscar. I guess Michael Scott being employed with Dunder Mifflin at all is really the unbelievable part.
5 Oh, And That Fake Firing Stanley Happened
“Did I stutter?” may be the three funniest words ever uttered on The Office,
but they lead to one of the most unbelievable moments on the show. In a brainstorming meeting, Michael wants to go in an "urban" direction, so he asks Stanley for help, which is already very inappropriate. Stanley says he’s not going to help, but Michael keeps pushing him, at which point Stanley asks, “Did I stutter?” He delivers that line in such a harsh way that Michael simply walks out of the conference room. It's amazing.
Michael then decides to confront the situation by fake firing Stanley, which obviously goes very, very wrong. When everyone but Stanley and Michael leaves the office, Michael does show some managerial skills, but that doesn’t make up for the fact that he fake fired Stanley. Again, you’re telling me Stanley didn’t sue the shit out of Dunder Mifflin for this? You’re also telling me that Michael still has a job? Nope, not buying either of those things.
4 Creed, Just All Of Creed
Like Meredith, Creed Bratton (played by Creed Bratton) started out as a background character, but he became so much more. Creed's one-liners were often times absolutely insane, but they always went missed by the other Dunder Mifflin employees. If you think about it, much of Creed’s insanity was captured via talking heads interviews. Therefore, only the camera crew realized how crazy Creed was. I mean, Creed was a dude who probably murdered about six or seven people, right? Creed would also forget who everyone was, mixing up Jim for Dwight and so on. In the finale, it was revealed that Creed faked his own death, is wanted by the police, and stole LSD from the government.
I don’t know if I buy all of that - or any of that, for that matter - but apparently Creed Bratton is based on Creed Bratton's real life experiences. So hey, it may be unbelievable, but the real Creed has apparently lived a pretty unbelievable.
3 Much Of Jim And Pam’s Courtship
Jim and Pam’s relationship was a selling point of the show. I will totally admit that I first became really invested in the show because of the way Jim just loved and loved and loved Pam. Would they end up together? Probably, but I had to find out how.
So much of the relationship is realistic, like their imperfect wedding, Pam’s fear of childbirth, and their inside jokes. However, one has to call bullshit on the fact that it took them so long to get together, right? Their slow courtship was what made people tune in for the first couple seasons, but it was a little too slow. Can we believe that it took Jim that long to make a move and then it took Pam that long to make a move back? Pam probably would have called Jim in Stamford after she called off her wedding, right?
The courtship was way too prolonged to believe, even though I was totally into it.
2 The Sudden Presence Of The Sound Guy
Remember in the FINAL SEASON of the show when they decided that the documentary crew members would be characters in the show? That certainly seemed to come out of left field. I mean, the sound dude was hot and all, but, in the first eight seasons, we never saw a single crew member and then suddenly the sound guy is a character on the show. No, just no.
I actually like the idea of the crew members being a part of the show. This could have worked well if the crew members were slowly intergraded into the show, season by season. Yes, the characters would sometimes acknowledge the crew members. Yes, the characters would sometimes even push over a cameraman, as was done during the fire drill. But, we never actually saw a crew member until the ninth season and, at that point, it didn’t feel authentic but rather felt like a way to drum up drama.
Michael Scott's Paper Company
Michael Scott’s Paper Company was maybe the least believable part of the show. Plain and simple.
In the fifth season, Michael Scott leaves Dunder Mifflin and creates Michael Scott Paper Company with the help of Pam, Ryan, and Ryan’s bleached hair. The thing is, how does Michael Scott have money to just create a company out of thin air? He apparently had money to rent an office, which may have been a small office but was still office space nonetheless. Michael also bought company supplies, like a desk and that big van. Not only would Michael Scott need to have money for business capital, but he’d also have to have money to live. Like, he was paying his mortgage and feeding himself, all while also being able to fund this company? Did he pay Ryan and Pam? If not, how did Ryan and Pam get by without being paid? It just seemed so implausible.
Oh, and then Dunder Mifflin buys them out? OKAY.
1 Who Even Owns Dunder Mifflin?
Who even owns Dunder Mifflin? SERIOUSLY, WHO OWNS DUNDER MIFFLIN?
Let’s trace the progress. Dunder Mifflin seemed to be a small company, with headquarters in New York and offices in Scranton, Stamford, Buffalo, Utica, among other locations. With the current economic climate, the business is struggling and several offices closing down. Okay, totally believable.
In the sixth season, Dunder Mifflin is sold to Sabre, a company that keeps only the Scranton office, as it’s the only profitable part of the company. Then, Robert California buys the company from Sabre… or he just steals the company. It’s not completely clear. At some point, David Wallace buys the company, but, by then, it doesn’t even feel like it matters who owns the company anymore.
Of course, this corporate shuffling was really commentary about the corporate business structure of America, where the rich - like Jo Bennett, Robert California, and David Wallace - get richer, while the working man stays pretty much status quo or gets poorer. Hm, perhaps the passing around of Dunder Mifflin was actually on point...
On second thought, this may have been the most believable part of the show. Sadly, it's just unbelievable that we actually follow this business structure never benefiting the working man. But hey, thanks for enlightening us, The Office.