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"The Office," "New Girl," And "Friends" All Had Amazing Subtle Details — Here Are 42 You've Probably Never Noticed

Bears are mentioned in every New Girl episode.

1. On The Office, you can see the George Foreman grill that Michael burns his foot on in Season 2 — because he likes to wake up to the smell of bacon — in the Season 4 episode "Dinner Party."

Michael says, "Today, I got up, I stepped onto the grill and it clamped down on my foot, that's it," and then we see the grill in the episode "Dinner Party"
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2. On Friends, for Ross's bachelor party, the balloons are actually condoms that have been inflated.

Joey wearing a "Ross Geller Bachelor Bash 1998" T-shirt
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3. On New Girl, Winston mimes his drink.

4. On The Office, Dwight tells us a very ominous Schrute wedding tradition, and he and Angela do it when they get married seasons later.

Dwight says, "The Schrutes have their own traditions, we usually marry standing in our own graves, makes the funerals very romantic, but the weddings are a bleak affair," and then we see that's how Angela and Dwight get married
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5. On Friends, Phoebe subtly tries to steal Ross's coffee and cookie at Central Perk.

6. On The Office, Michael has an Italian flag on his desk for St. Patrick's Day.

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7. Also on The Office, for St. Patrick's Day, the water in the office watercooler is green.

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8. On New Girl, the alternatives to intercourse that Jess tells her students are pretty stellar.

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If you can't read it, Jess's listed alternatives to intercourse are "Get to know a neighbor," "Tick/lice check," "Change your email password," "Look at pics of STDs," "Write a convict," "Meet a friend for decaf," and "Watch Friday Night Lights."

9. On Friends, when Chandler is sad about breaking up with Janice and he's singing Lionel Richie, he is also holding Janice's shoe that he stole from her earlier.

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10. On The Office, Michael says that he is separating the trash into "whites and colors" for recycling. In an earlier season, you can see that Dunder Mifflin Scranton has different recycling bins for whites and colors.

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11. On Friends, the dry cleaner references his own movie.

12. On New Girl, the stick Nick uses to stir "the sauce" is the same stick the loft uses to fix the garbage disposal.

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13. On The Office, when Jan hands Michael their relationship-disclosing agreement for the company, he says he's going to frame it. He does.

Jan says, "You get a copy, I get a copy, and a third copy goes to HR," Michael says, "Awesome, I'm gonna frame mine, I could frame yours, too" and later we see Michael's framed contract
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14. On Friends, in the episode where Monica and Ross's maternal grandmother dies, Monica and Ross sit exactly like their mother and father, respectively.

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15. On Friends, Chandler looks through Rachel's purse.

16. On New Girl, the car Prince's assistant drives when she almost runs over Jess and Cece has a Minnesota license plate. Prince was from Minnesota.

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17. On The Office, Michael's TV that Jan broke with a Dundie is up for sale in the Season 7 episode "Garage Sale."

The broken TV is on a table
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18. On Friends, Joey learns all about radiators for a reason.

19. On New Girl, Reagan dressed very similarly to Nick.

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20. On The Office, after Michael puts his face into the cement outside, there is some cement above one of his ears.

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21. On Friends, Ross wears a shirt with sign language on it that means "friends."

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22. On New Girl, in the episode where Jess and Nick built a very strong table, they actually take it home to the loft.

23. On Friends, Joey's ex Angela Delvecchio is mentioned multiple times.

Chandler says, "It was fine until your breakfast adventure with Angela Delvecchio," then in Season 4 Chandler says, "What did you get for Angela Delvecchio" Joey says, "She didn't have a birthday while we were going out," and Chandler asks, "For 3 years"
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24. On The Office, Kelly probably gives Michael the idea for "Lazy Scranton."

25. On New Girl, Nick is barefoot a fair amount.

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26. On The Office, Pam uses the teapot Jim gave her for Christmas much later in the Finer Things Club.

The teapot highlighted in different scenes, seasons apart
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27. On Friends, the man who robbed Chandler and Joey's apartment left them a message on the Magna Doodle Board.

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28. Also on Friends, the women leave Chandler and Joey a message after they take Monica's apartment back.

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If you can't read it, it says, "You snooze, you lose!!"

29. On New Girl, puzzling Winston wears a sweatshirt as pants.

30. On The Office, Dwight and Kevin absolutely love fireworks in Season 2, and they're outraged by a potential lack of firecrackers in Season 6.

Dwight and Kevin play with firecrackers, and then later Jim says, "This is a firecracker-free wedding," and Kevin says "What the hell," and Dwight says, "Come on, you've got to be kidding me."
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31. On Friends, in an episode with a story line about Ross's old monkey, Marcel, some characters go to a restaurant called "Marcel's."

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32. On The Office, the lawyer Michael hires in Season 2 is the same lawyer Michael mentions when he and Dwight throw a watermelon off the roof and it hits a car in Season 3.

Michael says, "This is my lawyer, James P Albini," then in Season 3 he says, "Find out whose car that is, if it's Stanley's, call the offices of James P Albini, see if he handles hate crimes"
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33. On New Girl, the background of Jess's phone in a Season 6 episode is very similar to the puppy picture that made her cry in Season 2.

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34. On Friends, after reminiscing about a beer they loved in London, Joey buys some for his apartment.

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35. On The Office, Kevin follows Michael's instructions in the episode "Booze Cruise."

36. On New Girl, when everyone but Jess is voting on whether Jess should sleep with Ryan, Nick is the only one who doesn't raise his hand in favor.

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37. On The Office, Michael, Dwight, and Jim drive to the Utica branch, and Michael and Dwight try to steal the copier. Later, in Season 5, the Utica copier is padlocked when we see it.

The copier is padlocked
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38. On Friends, 9/11 is never explicitly addressed, but there are tributes to the victims and heroes of the terrorist attack throughout episodes that aired in late fall 2001.

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39. On New Girl, Nick learns Schmidt dry-cleans his socks three episodes before Schmidt reveals he doesn't know how to do laundry.

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40. On The Office, when Michael is sleeping at his desk and everyone is trying to change all the clocks so they can leave early, Dwight runs to change the clock in Michael's car without any shoes on so that his footsteps don't wake up Michael.

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41. On Friends, there's a potato in Central Perk at one point.

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42. And finally, on New Girl, bears are mentioned in every episode.

Nick says, "Speaking of cute, Winston Bishop is so cute," Cece, Coach, and Schmidt say, "How cute is he," and Nick says, "Teddy bears buy Winston for their kids?
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Seriously.

Reagan says, "I hope that the Chicago Cubs win the World Series while you're in a coma," and Nick says, "That's one of the meanest things anybody has ever said to me"
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I know.

Jess says, "What do you call top no pants," Schmidt says, "Oh, that's like a Winnie the Pooh, or a Paddington, I guess, pretty much any kind of bear" and Winston says, "Oh, Honey the Smacks Frog, there's the Donald the Duck"
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