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In the most classic of classic Office relationships, the "everyman" Jim Halpert (John Krasinski) finds himself endlessly entertained by setting pranks on his rival, nerd overlord Dwight Kurt Schrute (Rainn Wilson), whose reactions to said pranks provide Jim a good distraction from productivity.
From the show’s onset, Dwight really epitomizes everything Jim despises: deep dedication to his job, social awkwardness and excessive respect for authority. So logically he messes with Dwight at every chance he gets, often with Pam Beesly (Jenna Fischer) as acting sidekick. Hi-jinks thus ensue.
The interesting dynamic about these longtime “frenemies” is how, over the course of The Office's nine seasons, Dwight becomes more sympathetic while Jim becomes more annoying. By the time we get to the “Classy Christmas” episode (see below), I’m completely fine with Dwight’s utter annihilation of his office nemesis.
Below is a compilation of the best pranks Jim plays on Dwight over the course of the show (as found through YouTube and such, anyway). Laugh away and do not try these at home.
10. An epic “murder mystery” set-up in Dwight’s Tallahassee hotel room. Only one clue, aside from "Dwight did it," remains: "Find Luwanda at the Alcohol Club" is written in “blood.” Poor Erin’s reaction. It’s only this high because I stubbornly refuse to acknowledge The Office having comedic quality after Steve Carell departed.
9. Jim slaps Dwight on their sales call, a fond homage of their past unloving traveling salesmen relationship. Short and sweet.
Followed by Dwight’s take on car safety.
8. Jim and Pam talk about Dwight in Morse code all day. Because that’s what they do. In their very limited time and on their very limited budget, they went out and got a nanny. And then they went out and took a class on a very outmoded and very unnecessary form of communication, just so they could talk about Dwight in front of him. Exactly. ;)
7. Jim sends Dwight a gay-dar “from Radio Shack.” I guess it works.
6. Jim faxes Dwight as himself “from the future.” Cordially.
5. Jim puts all of Dwight’s things in the vending machine thanks to his vending-machine friend, Steve. Wallet included.
“Here, you know what? You get some nickels.”
4. Asian Jim. Pretty convincing, I started to debate Jim’s ethnicity myself until he showed up at the end. I mean, the photo?
3. Jim puts Dwight’s stapler in Jell-O. From the pilot, taken from the original BBC series, this is still funnier.
2. Jim’s list of pranks on Dwight, as read by Carell’s character Michael Scott. It’s kind of depressing to see Jim’s reaction as he goes on, but I still admire this guy for his slacker dedication. “I hit myself in the head with the phone …”
And finally 1. Jim impersonates Dwight. Just one question: What kind of bear is best?
And, to be fair to Dwight, here’s his greatest win on Jim: the “Classy Christmas” snowball war. After seven-plus years of enduring Jim’s torture, it’s time for revenge.
And Part 4. It’s actually kind of terrifying/manically genius.