'The Office' may have ended seven years ago but it's still very much a part of the zeitgeist.
The reason for 'The Office' trending now is people are imagining how its characters would respond to coronavirus.
Anyone who follows the show would have to readily admit, these are pretty accurate assumptions.
The thread was begun by Daniel Burnell, aka @the_real_bnell, on Twitter.
Here's how he thinks Michael Scott, Dwight, Angela, Creed, Stanley, Andy and other characters would react to concerns around the virus.
The Office: Coronavirus
Michael ignores the “work from home” memo because he thinks that everyone should be together at a time like this
Dwight acts completely normal & claims genetic immunity
Angela wears a hazmat suit
Kevin says that he’s had it for weeks & feels fine
— Daniel Burnell (@the_real_bnell) March 9, 2020
Creed is somehow Patient Zero
Stanley is on a beach with a margarita as a video conference begins
Andy looked at WebMD & is now losing his mind
The episode ends with Michael shopping alone at Costco on a Saturday. He’s excited because he usually “can’t even get in the door”
— Daniel Burnell (@the_real_bnell) March 10, 2020
Here are some other Tweeters add-ons:
I did one too: pic.twitter.com/l9VHvjL5ip
— Michael Nocella (@writelikemike) March 11, 2020
Toby conducts a training on hygiene, while Michael interrupts stating that the only real virus in this office is indeed Toby. He then takes over the training explaining there's no need to worry as lately they had antivirus installed on their PCs.
— MJarL (@milechalecha) March 11, 2020
The thread is gaining a second life on Reddit where additional suggestions include "Michael would insist that everyone comes into work insisting that only old people like Phyllis have to worry about it. But when he learns that people are dying from it he quarantines himself in his office refusing to leave.
"Jim and Pam try to convince Dwight that Jim has it and at first Dwight doesn't care but when he sees Jim coughing and sneeze alone in the break-room, Dwight quarantines the rest of the office by locking them all in, even overnight."
The Redditor continues: "Kelly would keep pestering Ryan asking him that if she had it would he still kiss her so he tried to avoid her but also Michael who keeps offering to let him in there with him.
"Meredith would start freaking out more and more each hour that passes saying she has a schedule to keep but it becomes clear that she goes home and immediately starts drinking."
Another Reddit theory reads: "Dwight would say they need to pool their immune systems and put them on high alert by everyone sharing germs. He encourages everyone to double dip chips. He coughs into the crack under Michael’s door."
Brilliant stuff altogether.