Andy Bernard is one of The Office’s most controversial characters to date, and it’s hard to argue against his character assassination over the past two seasons, especially his final character arc in the final episodes. That said, he wasn’t without his most defining moments, and here’s a list of Andy’s 5 biggest panics.
5. Jello stuffing
First on Andy’s 5 Biggest Panics list… Upon arriving at his new branch after transferring from Scranton, Jim pulls out the trusty old item of Jelly Stuffing. However, unlike when he shot Dwight, Andy reacts much more explosively, shouting across the office asking for the culprit and knocking over a trash can.
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4. Dwight and Cornell
In his way of irritating Andy, Dwight becomes interested in Cornell again. Dwight intends to join Andy’s beloved college, which understandably enrages Andy to the point that he has to take over Dwight’s entrance interview. Not only is it obvious that Andy doesn’t want Dwight to join Cornell, but it fulfills Dwight’s need to annoy his colleague to the point of panicking. Changing his questions after asking questions, making stuff up, and generally doing what he can to embarrass and screw up Dwight, Andy makes it clear that Cornell is only for Andy.
3. His way of cutting ties with Dunder Mifflin
One of the only good things to come from season nine, and this final character arc of Andy becoming famous, is his decision to leave Dunder Mifflin in search of fame and fortune. In doing so, his colleagues attempt to persuade him otherwise, telling him that it is a terrible idea and that he is doomed. Sticking to his plan, he burns his bridges by taking the ultimate action of defecating on David Wallace’s car, ensuring he can’t be rehired if things don’t work out.
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2. Rude comments on Youtube
When the trailer for The Office documentary is released, Andy more than anyone is directly interested in the audience’s reaction. He watched video comments on Youtube most of the day, instead of working. The former are complementary, to which he responds in kind, but some are less so. He gets his usual angry reactions and starts responding to every negative comment. The only thing he didn’t do was show up on their doorstep, à la Jay and Silent Bob, but I don’t think it’s a stretch to imagine him doing that.
1. Hitting the wall on his cell phone
Number one on Andy’s 5 Biggest Panics list and it’s another unfortunate Jim prank on Andy, and another explosive reaction. After being annoyed by Andy’s ringtone, Jim takes his cell phone and throws it at the ceiling, within earshot but hidden. He then rings the phone, which alerts Andy to the fact that his phone is missing. Throughout the day, Andy becomes increasingly annoyed by his missing phone, before panicking and punching his fist through the wall in anger. Bonus fact: Ed Helms was originally supposed to leave the show after this, but the writers and crew loved him and his character so much that it was rewritten to have him take management classes. anger instead.
There are, Andy’s 5 biggest panics. What did I miss and what would you have added?
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