[[AC:FridgeBrilliance]]
* In the season 2 premier, it is discovered that accounting has one more employee than is needed and in "Scott's Tots" it is revealed that Kevin originally applied for a warehouse job but Michael had a "good feeling" about him and gave him an accounting job.
* Why would Dwight have Meredith, of all people, help him put the raccoon in Holly's car during Toby's good-bye party? He insisted it wasn't rabid, but he had no way of knowing for sure - and since Meredith had already been exposed to rabies earlier in the season, [[FridgeHorror he probably thought she wouldn't die if she was bitten!]]
* It has been a long time since Angela had interacted with Andy at all, so why did she suddenly go tell him not to let pride get in the way on his last day of Dunder Mifflin? Let's backtrack here. Angela wasn't talking about her recent scandal with the senator, she was actually talking about her life for the past 9 years. She was also apologizing to Andy for using him to get revenge on Dwight, which caused a chain reaction that lead to her downfall.
* During the episode "Casino Night", Oscar is the one who is opposed to giving the money to the Boy Scouts. Not only because of the reason stated, but because Oscar is gay and the Boy Scouts are homophobic.
* During the Pilot, Dwight unlocks one of his desk drawers and pulls out his telephone handset. Cut to end of season 2, Conflict Resolution, where we learn of a prank Jim pulled involving adding nickels to the handset to make it heavier.
* How has pretty much everyone in the Office managed to become a KarmaHoudini by not being fired? Let us count the ways:
** The major reason implied in series is that Scranton is the best selling branch of the company. The higher ups are clearly impressed with this fact, going so far as to try and discover the secret of how this is from Michael and he was able to threaten David Wallace into getting him and his associates hired back to the company by bringing up the fact that the best branch suffering a drop in profits would bring heat on him, implying that corporate would be reluctant to do anything to damage that capability which is further supported by the gradual loss of business the company suffers throughout the series.
* Speaking of the tension between Michael and David, it seems there's more than meets the eye to the situation, specifically how it was started. Michael quitting wasn't just him being a diva again. He had gone above and beyond the call of duty by firing a "rival" company that had posed no threat to them, something he clearly didn't want to do. David sending some jerk to chew him out after that on top of all his years of loyalty and services clearly pushed him over the edge.
** "Did I Stutter?" implies Michael, who genuinely cares for the office workers and dislikes playing the bad guy, hides certain indiscretions from corporate or is otherwise able to convince Toby that things aren't as severe as they really are. The fact that Toby doesn't take his job too seriously likely means that there is almost no line of communication with corporate so they probably aren't aware of ''everything'' that goes on in Scranton, with only major acts of policy violation within the company being addressed.
** One episode shows Michael refusing to help Darryl receive a raise with the motivation that he only makes slightly more than Darryl. The fact that Michael has worked at the company for over a decade and is a manager makes this perplexing but given David Wallace has shown a few CorruptCorporateExecutive traits he probably led Michael into thinking that everyone pretty much makes the same amount to keep payrolls to a minimum while retaining the service of incredibly skilled salespeople. Corporate probably doesn't want to take action against Scranton unless it has to so they can avoid the employees taking them to court over technically withholding pay.
* As of "Business Ethics" in Season 5, we see that the company simply doesn't care.
* On the episode "Lecture Circuit" in season 5, Michael asks a very pregnant Karen if she had a man or if it was a non-conventional method. At first, it might appear that he is just being his usual tactless self, but it makes ALOT more sense once you realize that Michael had a very similar situation happen with Jan, and that he now sees this as a distinct possibility.
* By the time Michael resigned for good, he had 8 men and 6 women under his management (not counting Toby or Darryl, since they don't directly work for Michael). The next two new employees were both female (Jordan and Nellie, with Cathy as a temp). This was most likely due to Sabre's policy that stated no male applicants could be considered until the manager had an even number of men and women working for them. Once David Wallace reclaimed the business, he probably scrapped that policy, allowing Pete and Clark to be hired.
* Andy's "Threat Level Midnight" rap over the end credits of the episode of the same name seems to throw out references to [[UsefulNotes/TheApartheidEra apartheid]] and "free Nelson Mandela" for no reason, until you consider that this could possibly indicate [[DevelopmentHell how long Michael's film has been in production]].'
* Michael being a ShipperOnDeck for Jim and Pam may have more motivation then just wanting his friends together. 1) Michael has shown some friction with the warehouse workers and add in Roy's {{Jerkass}} tendencies, especially towards Pam, you get a solid reason for him not wanting her with Roy, 2) Michael is shown as desperately wanting to get married and have kids while Roy and Pam had a long engagement which given his affection for Pam probably led Michael to think Roy wasn't the right guy for her, 3) One of Michael's earliest good moments with Jim came when he opened up about his feelings for Pam so Michael could have been touched enough by anyone from the office actually approaching him as something other than the boss that he dedicated himself to supporting them.
* In Season 8's "Trivia" episode, Meredith correctly answers the question of what is the most common learning disability among high school students. (Dyslexia, not ADHD). At first, you think it might be because Jakey's got a learning disability. In the finale, we find out she's been working on a [=PhD=] in "school psychology," so she would know.
* How did Ryan, who clearly has no idea what he's talking about, get Jan's job at corporate in Season 3? The glass ceiling. During "The Deposition," Jan states that corporate is a "boys' club," which explains why Ryan (who has an MBA but has never made a sale) got the job over Karen (who has a stronger track record).
* Why is Angela so weird about her initial relationship with Dwight and keep it a secret? She says doesn't "want people in her business" - not necessarily her coworkers, but ''the documentary crew''. She's uptight, and I'm sure she realizes that they're looking for a story and didn't want to be it (as they say near the end of the show, the crew really stuck so long to follow Jim and Pam). And once Jim and Pam become the clear focus of the documentary, she's more comfortable being open with Andy, the Senator, and eventually Dwight.
* In one of "The Accountants" webisodes, Kevin correctly guesses that Angela has a crush on Roy when she defends him against the theft accusation because of his "good character". Angela had before done the same for Dwight and his "integrity", but the guys don't think much of it beyond looking weirded out. If the guys had just applied to same logic to Dwight, his and Angela's relationship could have been outed much sooner.
* In Last Day in Florida, why would Robert, the CEO, tell Jim, a salesmen he's never really bonded with, that he had planned all along to kill the Sabre store? Because he knows that Jim will stop Dwight from taking the VP position. Robert can't fire Nellie because she's Jo's best friend, and Dwight has the best sales record of anyone in the company. If Dwight's fired, he's just going to take his talents to a competitor. Todd Packer is an easy token firing. Since Robert intended to veto the Sabre store all along, he probably invited Jim to Florida specifically so he could tell Dwight not to take the VP job while saving face.
* Why does Bob Vance mention his business name as many times as possible? Simple - he's GenreSaavy, and has likely figured out that it's a hidden camera show; he's advertising his own business.
* For effective internal cash control in accounting, a separation of the three duties must be in place (Receiving cash, recording cash receipts, and bank reconciliations) This leads to a requirement of a minimum of three accountants even in small firms, and there happens to be three accountants named Angela, Kevin and Oscar
* The Scranton branch's shift from one of the worst branches in Dunder-Mifflin (leading to Jan's attempt to shut it down in Season 3) to the most successful in Season 5 is not explicitly explained. Until you remember that Scranton absorbed the successful Stamford branch, and presumably its client base, but then Michael drove out all the salesmen except Karen and Andy. So Scranton absorbed all of Stamford's revenue but nearly none of its payroll.
** The same happens after the Buffalo branch closes, except Scranton absorbs none of their employees and the surge of new customers almost instantly overwhelms Michael, making the Scranton branch even more successful despite Michael's leadership.
** However, when David Wallace is meeting with Michael about his high sales numbers, he takes a moment to specifically congratulate Michael on not losing any clients over the course of the two mergers. Wallace has not been portrayed as an idiot, so one would think that if it was just that simple, he would've been able to connect those two dots himself. The show never gives any specific figures, so I believe that David Wallace took this possibility into account already.
* Angela's cheating on Andy with Dwight at first seems to just make her a heartless bitch to her completly devoted and loving fiancee, until you rember that after transfering to Scranton, Andy had caused Dwight to get fired, which had left Angela an emotional wreck (as they were dating at that point). When Andy begins hitting on her, Angela at first is repulsed by him, but then accepts his advances, planing to make him fall in love with her and then break his heart, leaving him an emotional wreck just as he had done to her. She never loved Andy, it was all part of the plan. Additionally she lied to Dwight about sleeping with Andy to get back at him for killing her cat. If you notice she never seems all that regretful for any of her actions during this period.
* Jim's briefly mentioned poor human resources review, which Michael uses in "The Meeting" to convince David Wallace not to promote Jim, would have been written by Toby, who has a crush on Pam.
* Also from "The Meeting" Jim's plan to have Michael promoted to oversee all the northeast branches while Jim takes over Scranton is almost identical to Jan's plan from "Branch Closing." Of course Jim was a part of the plan and simply recycled it later with Michael instead of Josh.
* When Holly briefly returns To Scranton, Erin (who had not previously met her) takes an instant, seemingly irrational dislike to her. This would seem to be out of character for the sunny Erin until you remember that she sees Michael as a surrogate father and is thus behaving ''exactly'' like a BrattyTeenageDaughter suddenly confronted with [[ParentWithNewParamour her father's new girlfriend.]]
** Also consider the possibility that she probably sees Holly as the woman who broke Michael's heart. Even though the breakup wasn't Holly's fault, Erin probably got a grossly inaccurate account of it, especially given Michael's habit of exaggerating and passing blame (not to mention Erin's gullibility).
*** Considering Michael had nothing but nice things to say about Holly(at least onscreen), it may just be that Erin prefers to pin all of the blame on Holly, regardless of what she heard or who she heard it from.
* Why would Pam be so vehemently opposed to Michael dating her mom? She remembered his reaction to her landlady.
** And considering Michael dumped her the instant he found out how old she was, Pam would have been completely right if this was the reason.
* When Michael is at the New York bar and explains that he'd like a tattoo on his back that reads "Back To The Future", it's obvious that he is living in 80's nostalgia. If you think about it, it can also mean that he's literally living in the past by ''turning his back to the future.''
* One of the earliest examples of Andy's parents' disappointment in him and his status as TheUnfavorite is when he mentions, in a talking head, that his parents originally named him Walter after his father but instead gave it to his brother when he was born and gave him the name "Andy" which they got "from a baby name book." Andy starts with "A." Implying his parents only opened the first few pages of the book before picking a name.
* The cold open of Stanley not even noticing any of the office's shenanigans except for the clock basically says that Stanley has worked at Dunder-Mifflin for so long, nothing fazes him any more.
* Michael getting back together with Jan is portrayed as completely unreasonable - things are exactly the same except for her breast enhancement surgery, and he'll be just as unhappy with her as he was before they broke up. Until you take into consideration that on Michael's pro-con list on what to do about an, being unhappy when he was with her was below her flat chest. In fact, her "shrunken chesticles" were on the con list TWICE. By Michael's logic, Jan actually addressed a lot of what was wrong in their relationship.
* Michael asking the camera crew when the show will actually means that in the show's universe, the documentary has never been released to the public before. It makes sense, because, if the show had already aired, wouldn't they be famous by now?
* The season 6 episode "The Chump" seems to brilliantly lampshade the show's GrowingTheBeard status by lampshading many different tropes:
** All of the CringeComedy style of previous episodes, by the use of Toby's brief appearance. He seems to be the only StraightMan left from season 1 after the mass amount of CharacterDevelopment / {{Flanderization}} (whichever you think it is) for all members of the office. Also, as the show went on he seemed to be appearing less and less....
** [[AbsenteeActor Which is a trope]] lampshaded by how the office seemed to somewhat have evolved into TrueCompanions, a stark opposite from the start of the show. Pam assumed Michael was upset due to finding out that [[spoiler: his girlfriend is a married woman]], so she proposed that the whole office try to cheer him up. Michael clearly hates Toby, so when he walked out of his office the whole office [[CrowningMomentOfFunny very vocally asked him to leave]], which actually further [[TheWoobie Woobified]] him.
* When a mysterious prankster takes a dump in Michael's office, Michael speaks with his former boss Ed Truck who mentions he's had that done to him as well. It's later revealed that it was Todd Packer's doing. Keeping in mind that Packer and Michael worked together as salesmen before Michael's promotion, it becomes clear that crapping in the manager's office is a standard trick in Packer's book of unfunny humor.
* The talking heads segments are a brilliant way of showing the thought process of the characters as the scenes are progressing without compromising on either the narrative or the chosen medium of documentary style which allows neither for an omniscient narrator or thought bubbles.
* Toby probably doesn't deserve the ''level'' of vitriol Michael directs toward him, but Michael does have reasons for his contempt:
** Michael has an irreverent, politically-incorrect sense of humor. Given his self-esteem issues, why wouldn't he resent someone who's constantly telling him he's not funny?
** Jim and Pam, in spite of all that's happened, are Michael's true friends. He's been rooting for them as a couple since day one. Toby has a crush on Pam, and though he seems like a nice guy, has tried a number of tactics to sabotage Jim, from the subtle (refusing to register Jim and Pam's relationship with HR), to the not-so-subtle (giving Jim a bad HR review and waiting until he had a co-conspirator in Ryan to bring it to light). Simply put, Toby is Jim's enemy, and the enemy of Michael's friend is his enemy.
* This scene (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kqb0y2nVCgA) may just seem like Creed being his usual self, But once you realize that the actor is actually Creed Bratton and his character is heavily based on the real Creed, He's actually right. Creed is the only person on that show that's "real"
* Stanley's resolution in "Ultimatum" is "Be a better husband and boyfriend", implying he's ''still'' cheating on his wife, failing to keep his resolution just by writing it down.
* The characters interact with the documentary crew less nowadays. They've been following them for EIGHT years. They probably barely notice it.
* "Branch Closing" has a great comparison between Michael and David Brent. During the episode, Josh leaves his branch to die for money, something Jim says Michael would never do. This is exactly what Brent did in the end of the first series.

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* In the DietEpisode, Creed sells Kelly a tapeworm from Mexico. She explains that in a few weeks, she'll take medicine and get rid of it, then Creed states "That wasn't a tapeworm." What did he sell her?
** This is pretty clearly a reference to drugs.
*** Likely, but it could also be some other parasite that won't die when Kelly takes "tapeworm medicine."
* Dwight's fire drill. WhatAnIdiot, right? But...the office did not follow any safety procedures and started panicking. It was 2009 and not one of them had the idea to use their cell phones to call for help. Despite his insane line of thinking, Dwight was right all along. What would happened if the staff was trapped in a real burning building?
--> '''Lawyer''': Did you shout "fire", causing a panic?
--> '''Dwight''': Yes I shouted "fire"! I shouted many things. I also shouted instructions on ''how to get out of the building''...
** Hell, they even forget to pull the fire alarm. Dwight does so while the others frantically try to escape, ''several minutes'' after the "fire" starts and a decent amount of time after they've seemingly exhausted their escape routes.
* In universe, after Michael hits Meredith with his car, Jim starts to wonder about the time Michael came into work complaining about hitting a "speed bump" on the freeway.
* In the episode "Dinner Party" Michael mentions having three vasectomies, which sounds bad enough, and after the third one he can't have kids. But it's said he has kids with Holly in the finale. So Michael most likely had another reverse vasectomy!
** In which case, it would be an "Artistic License." More likely, they adopted.
*** Or the sperm was extracted surgically and Holly had IVF. Michael is aware of the method by virtue of Jan.
* One of the warehouse employees, Hide, is claims to be heart surgeon from Japan who his hiding from the Yakuza after deliberately botching the surgery on a high-ranking member. He isn't seen in the series finale, which is set one year after the documentary had aired around the world.
* One year after the documentary aired, Dwight is still manager. Did David not see footage of him fire a gun at work? If he did, why has he not reprimanded him? Firing a gun in the office has got to be a third strike for Dwight.
** He seems to be aware of the incident, and its why he is so apprehensive to instate Dwight in the first place. Jim tells him to triple his liability insurance, but that Dwight is the guy.
* In-universe: After Michael hit Meredith with his car, Jim has a horrifying epiphany in his talking head interview:
-->'''Jim:''' ''[deadly serious]'' Last year... Michael was complaining about a speed bump on the freeway... I wonder who he ran over then...
** Similarly, when Michael is watching movies in parts and emulating the characters, he apologizes to Pam for acting like Creator/MerylStreep's character in ''Literature/TheDevilWearsPrada'':
-->'''Michael:''' Meryl Streep is the bad guy. Never saw it coming. Anyway, if I was mean in any way to you, I'm sorry. I just want what's best for you, Manuschka. ''(Pam mouths "Manuschka?" at the camera)''
-->'''Pam:''' ''(talking head)'' 'Mo cuishle'! He's watching ''MillionDollarBaby''! ''(pause, face falls)'' He's gonna try to kill me.
** Creed shows up late to work in the episode when the employees are playing the murder game and doesn't know Micheal is only playing when he tells them there has been a murder and Creed is a suspect. Creed runs outside, gets back in his car and drives away. So Creed committed an actual murder.
*** Or maybe he just thought that a police investigation would unconver the fact that he is a tax and debt fraud, regularly steals things from the office, is sometimes homeless, and provides fake ID's for underage children.
*** "Nobody steals from Creed Bratton and gets away with it. The last person to do this disappeared. His name? Creed Bratton."
*** When the cops are called to frame Toby for drug possession:
-->'''Creed:''' (to the confession cam) Just pretend we're having a normal conversation until the cops leave.
* Not so much horrifying but disgusting but I hope Pam washed that teapot Jim gave her. [[spoiler: She got it back right after Dwight put the spout up his nose]]
* In the 2010 Christmas episode, Dwight is terrorizing Jim with snowballs. Jim is so fed up he hurls a snowball at him but Dwight dodges it, and it breaks the window. One of the windows that WOULDN'T BREAK WHEN A CHAIR WAS TOSSED AT IT.

[[AC:FridgeLogic:]]
* The show is filmed in a sort of documentary style, any yet apparently none of the employees ever decide to watch their '''own damn show'''. Of course, this [[HandWave might just be]] a [[RuleOfCool stylistic choice.]]
** Interestingly, their UK predecessors did watch the show, and it had effects on the characters between seasons.
** Possibly justified in that some documentaries do take many years of shooting footage to complete, especially if they're constantly running into new possibly dramatic material. This is what happened to the acclaimed doc ''Hoop Dreams''.
*** One of the more notable EpilepticTrees is that it is not, in fact, a documentary, but rather a documentary ''course'': the taping of Dunder-Mifflin Scranton branch is an ongoing project of some Film professor at the local art school.
** Pretty much any scene where somebody outside the office doesn't question the fact that there's a camera crew following one of the main characters around.
*** This is a bit of a TruthInTelevision, how many people comment on the cameras in reality shows?
*** David Wallace, at least, tends to act very self-consciously, as if he always forgets Scranton is being filmed until the cameras are in the door.
** This has been a pattern throughout the course of the show. One example: Dwight and Angela somehow imagining that their relationship is still a secret long after it's been dramatized on the show. Does Andy Bernard not watch the television documentary he stars on? "Hand wave" is right.
*** The filmmakers showed Jim and Pam the footage of them kissing at the beginning of season 4 to make them admit they were a couple, presumably so the cameramen didn't have to put effort into spying on them outside work anymore (compared to Dwight and Angela, who never tried that hard, if at all, to hide their affair from the cameras). This kind of implies the documentary isn't being broadcast yet; the filmmakers rarely interfere with events, so they'd have no reason to confront Jim and Pam with the footage if it was just going to air in a few weeks and reveal the truth anyway.
** WordOfGod says the documentary hasn't aired yet. God has also acknowledged this is ridiculous, but that it may be a future plot point that the documentary airs and everyone reacts to it (like how the documentary "aired" between the events of series 2 and the Christmas specials for the U.K. version).
** From the July 30, 2010 [[ExpandedUniverse Dunder Mifflin Scranton newsletter]] (not yet online):
-->'''Kelly''':I'm followed around by a documentary crew all day at work...
** In Michael's last episode right before he removes his microphone he says "Tell me if this ever airs". So it hasn't aired yet and they know it.
** Many people seem to assume this is a reality show, then complain about the FridgeLogic. This is foolish. If it seems like nobody has seen the reality show, [[OccamsRazor there probably is no reality show]]. Reality shows did not invent the concept of [[{{Documentary}} documenting peoples' lives]]. In fact, The Office premiered before network and cable TV became dominated by reality shows. Yes, it is a long time to film for a documentary, but we may assume they have an unusual arrangement.
** All of this is resolved in the final season, in which we are shown that the in-universe version show is airing on PBS following the events of the show as we see it
* What I don't get is how the members of the camera crew are never caught on tape. Or, on a related note, they get seemingly impossible shots like Pam standing in front of an office window with the reflection of her back caught in it, but you can't see the reflection of the camera man seemingly right in front of her. Or how they'll have a shot of one character from one angle, and then another shot 1 second later that's from the other side of the room.
** The impossible shot, of course, also had to be shot in real life, so clearly there is a way, with experienced cameramen and/or editing.
** In real life the same scene is performed many times and different angles edited together, but that shouldn't be the case with an unscripted reality show. There's one obvious example of this in "Safety Training" when the point of view switches between Michael on the roof and the people on the ground - in the ground shots we should see the member of the camera crew who's filming the close-ups of Michael, but Michael's alone on the roof.
* In Season 3 "Safety Training" Jim says that the odds of Michael's stunt being "in any way real" are 10000 to 1. Kevin then says he'll take those odds and bets $10. Everyone then discovers that Michael does intend to jump (He plans to jump onto a bouncy castle, but still he does intend to jump and if he had would probably have been seriously injured, possibly even killed), forcing everyone to talk him down. Shouldn't Jim owe Kevin $100000 because of the bet?
** First, Jim probably mean real in the sense of "Michael is actually suicidal" as opposed to "Michael is actually going to jump." Second, I don't recall Jim ever acknowledging Kevin on that bet.
* In the 2010 Christmas episode, Jim throws a snowball at Dwight that crashes through a window in the meeting room. In "Fire Saftey", those windows couldn't break with a large chair!
** They'd been replaced by sturdier stuff.
*** The fire safety episode "Stress Relief" came before "Classy Christmas". Michael couldn't break out the window by throwing a chair at it, but he apparently broke it with an overhead projector. Perhaps they replaced it with less sturdy glass so that it would break if a similar incident ever recurred.
** Dwight also took control of the building between those episodes, so it wouldn't be out of character for him to replace the windows either for A) fire safety or B) to make the office colder (he's not shy about making his fellow employees uncomfortable.)
* According to Michael, Holly's engagement ring cost three-years salary. Upon first glance this is a cute throwaway gag with Michael misunderstanding something (in this case the "tradition" is three-MONTHS salary), but upon further consideration Michael has now put himself in sizeable debt at a time when both he and Holly have decided to leave Dunder-Mifflin for Colorado. With no job arrangements in order.
** Unless, of course, Michael paid cash or had in some way saved that much ahead of time. This was a man obsessed with meeting "the one" and starting a family, after all.
*** Previously he had been shown to be in serious debt, and spending frivolously. At one point he says that in the future when he's on his yacht, he won't be thinking back to worry about money. And since he's living on a yacht (in his mind) in the future he must be doing pretty well, and that is the reason he doesn't worry about money. So saving up 3 years salary is very unlikely. Especially since he would have needed to have suddenly saved that much in just a few years at least (if he were somehow able to get out of debt Immediately).
** I'm envisioning a scene in Colorado in which creditors show up to reclaim the ring when Michael stops making payments, after which he'd have to buy her a more modest one.
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