20. “Where are the turtles?!” - Dunder Mifflin Infinity, 4x02
(Top 20 Michael Scott Moments)
"What’s missing? The turtles. Where are the turtles? Where are the turtles?" - Michael
"Come on guys, get outta here…" - The ex-client
"WHERE ARE THE TURTLES?! WHERE ARE THEY?" - Michael
"Excuse me, I have an announcement to make. We seem to be missing a box of chocolate turtles with pecans. We will not be leaving the premises until we obtain them. HAND OVER THE TURTLES NOW." - Dwight
"I ate them! I ate them, okay? They’re gone!" - The ex-client
In the grand scheme of things, this moment is rather inconsequential but it’s just so funny. The word turtles makes me giggle now, just thinking about it. Steve delivers that line with an unreal amount of gusto, and it’s this seething anger that Michael has over chocolate turtles that makes it so brilliant.
Dunder Mifflin Infinity is a great episode, but it wouldn’t be half as good without this one line. I imagine in the script, it wasn’t even funny. For me, it’s an example of Steve Carell bringing Michael Scott alive like only he could.