Any fan of The Office knows that some episodes are more difficult to get through than others. That's not necessarily because of the quality of the show, but more because Michael Scott's cringe-worthy behavior can send some viewers running for the hills, unable to comfortably sit through some of his more horrifying antics. This is especially true with "Scott's Tots," but I'm here to tell you not to skip that episode, no matter how much secondhand embarrassment you might endure, because the "Scott's Tots" episode of The Office has some amazing jokes that you might otherwise miss.
That's right — it's time to strap in and analyze "Scott's Tots" in all its glory. In this episode, Michael visits a class of high schoolers to whom he, 10 years before, promised to pay their college tuition. Of course, he can't afford to pull that off, and now he's got to tell them that. Plenty of people skip this episode during an Office re-watch, claiming it's simply too much to handle. "That is the only episode I have not seen all of. It was to uncomfortable and cringy to finish," wrote Reddit user sheep6600 wrote. "The only episode I've never been able to watch more than once," wrote another user, ExistentiaI.
It's understandable. Sometimes, after a long day of navigating the stress of everyday life, you want to settle into another, more forgiving episode. Perhaps you want to ease into light-hearted laughs, or warm and fuzzy Jim and Pam moments, not watch Michael crush the dreams of an entire class of doe-eyed high-schoolers. It's not like other episodes, that might be cringe-worthy but overall are harmless. This Michael Scott blunder has real consequences, and there isn't a happy ending. I get it. But there are plenty of other episodes that are arguably as uncomfortable to get through — Phyllis and Bob's wedding, anyone? — and none of them deserve to be neglected completely. So, I urge you to revisit "Scott's Tots" when in the appropriate headspace, and bask in the glory of these hilarious moments you shouldn't miss.