Jim Halpert's Best Pranks From The Office, Ranked
Selling paper isn't for everyone. In the humdrum world of slinging stationary and closing on cardstock, it sometimes becomes necessary to manufacture your own entertainment. For Jim Halpert, nothing was better for getting through the day at Dunder Mifflin than finding the most unexpected ways to prank overzealous and obnoxious co-worker Dwight K. Schrute.
Eventually, the two became unlikely friends — but only after Jim unleashed a treasure trove of unforgettable pranks. Here are some of the best.
30. When Jim Created a Macro That Automatically Changed Dwight's Name to "Diapers"
Jim's earliest pranks on Dwight varied from impromptu, juvenile efforts to sophisticated, carefully-planned gambits. While the latter earned plenty of screen time, it was often the subtler, more childish hijinks that stand out, even if we never saw them play out on screen.
29. When Jim Turned the Interrogation Back on Dwight
When Dwight found half a joint of marijuana in the Dunder Mifflin parking lot, Jim sensed danger—and opportunity. "Dwight finding drugs," Jim pointed out, "is more dangerous than most people using drugs." As Dwight (dressed in full police costume) began interrogating his co-workers, Jim seized the moment.
28. When Jim Got Dwight to Scale a Phone Pole
The key to any successful prank is to know the weaknesses of the prank's target. Jim understood that Dwight's paranoia and curiosity were absolutely insatiable. He would follow any small suspicion as far as he needed until he found the answer to the question bothering him.
27. When Jim Beat Dwight at Poker by Coughing
"Casino Night" proved to be memorable for many reasons, so you might've forgotten how Jim wiped the floor with Dwight in poker. Not every prank is planned or even fully understood. Sometimes, Jim simply stumbled into the chance to take advantage of Dwight's delusions.
26. When Jim Stared at Dwight's Forehead
Absence has a way of making the heart grow fonder. It also has a way of making people fall back into old habits quickly. When Jim returned to the Scranton branch of Dunder Mifflin after time away in Stamford, Dwight was confident he’d maintain the upper hand. "Fact," he greeted Jim, "I am older. I am wiser. Do not mess with me."
25. When Jim Made Dwight Sell Paper to Bill Buttlicker
When Jim and Dwight received subpar customer satisfaction reports from Dunder Mifflin's surveys, Michael sat them down to oversee them with a more "microform of management" (what's that called again?). Seated at the conference table, Michael had Dwight do a mock sales call with Jim to make sure he wasn’t being too aggressive with clients.
24. When Jim Formed a Fake Alliance with Dwight
Dwight's fear of downsizing in the first season of the show forced him to do the unthinkable: he approached Jim to form a Survivor-inspired alliance in order for them to "help each other out."
23. When Jim Made Dwight Hit Himself in the Head with His Phone
This is yet another prank we never see on camera, but it's also one you can't get out of your head once you imagine it. Back in season 2's "Conflict Resolution," as Michael reads off what sounds like a greatest hits of Jim's pranks, we learn of the day Dwight hit himself in the head with his work phone thanks to Jim's long-term planning.
22. When Jim Convinced Dwight It Was Friday … on Thursday
Jim was notorious for his ability to plan out pranks, but perhaps his greatest talent was the ability to do it on the fly. There's no better example of this than the Thursday Dwight showed up to work convinced it was Friday.
21. When Jim Used Bed Bugs to Get Out of a Thirst Trap
In one episode, Cathy dropped in on Jim's hotel room wearing very little and made herself a little too comfortable for Jim's liking. How else could Jim get out of that awkward situation but by calling on Dwight for a bailout caper?
20. When Jim May Have Gone Too Far
Even Jim had to admit he might have gone too far in "Free Family Portrait Studio" at the end of season 8. When he found out where Dwight got his dry cleaning done, he custom-ordered a suit that matched Dwight's stitch for stitch — with one exception. He created a tear-away velcro version and stripped Dwight to his underwear in the parking lot.
19. When Pam Helped Jim Convince Dwight the CIA Was Recruiting Him
There's no icebreaker quite like tricking Dwight into thinking he's being recruited a secret agent. When Jim returned to Scranton with a new girlfriend, things were understandably icy between him and Pam. So, Pam used Christmas as the chance to help re-establish their friendship.
18. When Jim Intercepted All of Dwight's Calls
For someone as well-versed in science fiction as Dwight, he's awfully slow when it comes to technology. This is a weakness Jim was happy to exploit when Dwight left his cell phone sitting out on his desk. Jim paired the device to his bluetooth headset, and madness ensued.
17. When Jim Put Dwight's Stuff Inside the Vending Machine
It pays to have friends with powerful jobs. For Jim, a friendship with Steve, the vending machine guy, turned into the perfect opportunity to mess with Dwight. One by one, Jim placed all of Dwight's personal items inside of the vending machine in the office's break room.
16. When Jim Put a Plastic Knife in Naked Dwight's Hand
With Michael out of town, Jim took advantage of Dwight's authoritarian inclinations to turn a meeting into a roasting of Dwight, who was recording a conference room meeting for Michael to listen to.
15. When Jim Gave Dwight an Unforgettable Christmas Present
'Tis the season to be jolly. 'Tis also the season to give Dwight a Christmas present he'll never forget. Dwight's desk was a favorite area of target practice for Jim — more on that to come — and with the holidays approaching, he decided to cover Dwight's workstation entirely in wrapping paper.
14. When Jim Turned Mega Desk into Quad Desk
Jim's return to work from paternity leave got off to a bad start when he found Dwight had commandeered his desk to form a "mega desk." The station was complete with command central, surveillance and business areas. Not one to be outdone, Jim fired back with a desk-related maneuver of his own.
13. When Jim Put Dwight's Desk in the Bathroom
Kudos to Jim for the sheer logistical expertise required to move Dwight's entire desk into the men's bathroom. When Dwight arrived at work and found his desk missing, he accused Jim of being "unprofessional." "Well," Jim replied, "you're the one who lost his desk."
12. When Jim Framed Dwight for His Own Murder
The clues were there all along. Remember "Conflict Resolution," when Dwight tattled on Jim for putting a bloody glove in his desk and accusing him of murder? In Season Eight's "Tallahassee," Jim took it to the next level.
11. When Jim Cracked the Case of the Michael Scott Paper Company
Some practical jokes are strictly for laughs. Others help save your wife's failing company and help her get a new job. When Dwight discovered the Michael Scott Paper Company was going broke, he rushed to Vice President Charles Milner, who was negotiating a buyout with Michael and Co.
10. When Jim Convinced Dwight He Was on the Radio
When local radio host Iris Black called Sabre seeking a guest for her show, "Biz Wiz," Dwight jumped at the chance to promote his work and build his brand. Unfortunately for Dwight, Iris called back later to cancel the interview. Even more unfortunately for Dwight, nobody told him.
9. When Jim Kept Track of Every Second Dwight Wasted
There are traps we set for others, and there are traps we set for ourselves. Dwight cornered himself in one episode when he said in a business ethics lecture that he never wasted time at work.
8. When Jim Convinced Dwight He Was a Vampire
Dwight's discovery of a bat inside the office of Dunder Mifflin set off an unforgettable chain of events. Meredith got bit and, we later discover, likely contracted rabies. Jim didn't get bit, but that doesn't mean he didn't smell blood in the air.
7. When Jim Sold Dwight a Sack of Magic Beans
Inspiration for tomfoolery was everywhere for Jim, and perhaps his role as the father of young kids planted the seed for this particular endeavor. In season 7's "Garage Sale," Jim "accidentally" left out a bag marked "Professor Copperfield's Miracle Legumes." He then regaled Dwight with a tale of a Jamaican mystic who sold him the legumes and vanished.
6. When Jim Was Really Asian All Along
Only Jim could turn a trip to the dentist into an opportunity to force Dwight into questioning the fundamental nature of reality. With help from Pam and their actor friend Steve, the Halperts threw Dwight into a state of existential confusion when Steve, an Asian man, pretended to be Jim.
5. When Jim Sent Dwight Faxes From Future Dwight
Dwight's susceptibility to science fiction was a vulnerability Jim preyed on time and time again. When he left Scranton for Stamford, Jim looked to the future … literally. Before he left, he snagged a box of Dwight's stationery. From Stamford, Jim sent Dwight faxes — from himself, in the future.
4. When Jim Trained Dwight with Altoids and Classical Conditioning
Jim had a reputation as a classic underachiever, so it's a little surprising to see how closely he paid attention in high school science. In this prank, Mad Scientist Jim borrowed from Pavlov's playbook and trained Dwight like a dog.
3. When Jim Stole Dwight's Identity
Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery. It's also an easy way to drive Dwight crazy. When Jim saw a $4 pair of glasses in a drug store, he decided to create an entire Schrute ensemble, complete with calculator watch, short-sleeve mustard-colored button-down and middle-parted hair (an $11 investment, in total).
2. When Jim Put Dwight's Stuff in Jello
Classics have a way of transcending time, sticking (pun intended) in memories long after they debut. They aren't necessarily flashy, but they endure because they connect with people in a unique and transcendent way.
1. When Jim Bailed on Being Dwight's Bestest Mensch
The winding road of Jim and Dwight's friendship lead to Dwight naming Jim the "bestest mensch" at his and Angela's wedding. Unfortunately, Jim discovered, he could not be Dwight's bestest mensch because Dwight was older than him, which goes against tradition. Dwight hadn’t heard of this tradition, but Jim insisted. "I just really wish there was something I could do," Jim said, before throwing his trademark glance toward the camera.