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Watch: Eight great ‘Office’ moments, chosen by Angela Kinsey

For nine years, Angela Kinsey’s alter ego has been Angela Martin, the thimble-sized, Puri-tyrannical head of accounting on “The Office.” A woman of prodigious sweater sets and ruthless party-planning skills, Angela Martin is the definitive expert on workplace decorum and properness. As we prepare for the series finale of NBC’s long-running sitcom on Thursday night, who better to ask for a detailed list of her favorite moments from the show?

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1)  “Diversity Day” (Season 1, Episode 2). Doofus paper company manager Michael Scott institutes mandatory — and highly offensive — diversity training for his entire staff. Employees must guess which ethnicity they’ve been “assigned” by cluing each other with racial stereotypes.

Kinsey: “Steve Carell was knocking it out of the park in that episode. That was the first moment when I realized we had something special — being trapped in that tiny conference room for hours on end, and thinking ‘This is amazing!’ I had to wear a postcard on my forehead that said ‘Jamaica.’ Kevin walked up to me and said, ‘Do you want to get high?’ And I just said, ‘No.'”

2) “Christmas Party” (Season 2, Episode 10) The office employees participate in a Secret Santa gift exchange, which is changed last-minute to a Yankee Swap when nobody is happy with their gifts.

Kinsey: “This was the first episode where we were the number one download on iTunes. [My character] got this crazy poster of scary babies playing instruments.” The episode peaked with Angela smashing ornaments in the parking lot.

3) “Michael’s Birthday” (Season 2, Episode 19). Michael forces his employees to a skating rink to celebrate his birthday; Angela helms the workplace celebration back at the office while getting in a minor tiff with Dwight, with whom she had an off/off relationship throughout the series.

Kinsey: “This is the first time where you see a hint of Dwight and Angela’s secret relationship. BJ Novak’s face is so funny when he overhears their discussion. Dwight says he wants some cookie, and I say, ‘No Cookie.'”

*Note: Cookie = Nookie.

4) “A Benihana Christmas” (Season 3, Episode 10). While the males of the office abscond to Benihana to comfort Michael after a breakup, Angela and Pam plan feuding Christmas parties at the office.

Kinsey: “It’s my very first party-planning committee scene! This episode reminded me of my days as a temp in corporate America.” The stupid power plays, the obsession over minutia. Her favorite moment: “When I told Phyllis that the color green is ‘whorish.'”

5) “Fun Run” (Season 4, Episode 1) While the rest of the office prepares a benefit race for rabies, Angela is horrified to learn that Dwight killed her cat.

Kinsey: “I love the scene where I peer over the partition to Pam and say, “I think Dwight killed my cat. And then I ask her if anyone she ever dated mercy-killed an animal.”

6) “Dwight K. Shrute, Acting Manager” (Season 7, Episode 24). Dwight finally achieves his dream of becoming the temporary regional manager and immediately institutes a 21-digit punch code for every copy made on the Xerox machine. Angela and fellow accountant Kevin struggle with the new rule.

Kinsey: “The accounting department is our own little oddball family in the corner. I’m the mom, Oscar is the dad, and Kevin is our idiot kid.”

7) “Livin’ the Dream” (Season 9, Episode 22) After a newly divorced Angela is evicted from her apartment (Her husband had been cheating on her with Oscar, but then dumps both of them), she finds an unexpected new roommate.

Kinsey: “When Oscar is the one who reaches out to me to make sure that I’m not homeless, and offers to let me live with him — I’m just so relieved that the show ends with them reconciling their friendship. It was improvised, that part of the scene where I reach out and grab his hand.”

8) “A.A.R.M.” (Season 9, Episode 23) After nearly a decade of bizarre courtship, Dwight and Angela finally admit their feelings for each other.

Kinsey: “The Dwight/Angela proposal scene is one of my favorite scenes I’ve done in nine years.” The proposal happened when Dwight chased Angela down in his car, using a bullhorn to make her pull off the road. “I wasn’t supposed to have a line” in the original script, but the director encouraged improvisation, which became increasingly more emotional in every take, until finally Angela leaped out of her car and yelled, “Dwight! What the [bleep?]” “That was the last take that we did, and I’m so, so happy we used it.  Dwight and Angela had the longest on again/off again relationship, and then pride took over and they let it slip away — so I know what it meant for them to finally be together.””

CRITIC’S NOTEBOOK | Here’s to those who believed in “The Office” after everyone else clocked out.

Monica Hesse is a staff writer for the Post Style section. She frequently writes about culture, the Web and the intersection of the two.



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