‘The Office:’ Why Jenna Fischer Got Drunk in Preparation for an Episode

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Fans of The Office nonetheless maintain the storied relationship of Jim (John Krasinski) and Pam (Jenna Fischer) near their hearts. Watching the romance bloom from flirtation to marriage, viewers had been capable of witness the total evolution of the Dunder Mifflin couple.

Fischer had expertise as a receptionist previous to her position on The Office, which served as useful analysis for her character manning the entrance desk of the paper firm. Yet the actress wanted to do some extra discipline work when it got here time to movie a specific episode.

Jenna Fischer and John Krasinski of 'The Office'
Jenna Fischer and John Krasinski of ‘The Office’ | Justin Lubin/NBCU Photo Bank

The Jim-Pam kiss debate

Now heading the Office Ladies podcast, Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey relive the various memorable moments of The Office. One of these embody the notorious debate of when Jim and Pam had their first kiss. Many assume it was within the Season 2 finale “Casino Night,” whereas others assume it was within the first episode of that season entitled “The Dundies,” the place Michael Scott holds an awards ceremony for his workers at a Chili’s restaurant.

“I did not consider this their first kiss,” Fischer mentioned within the podcast, although her co-star has beforehand weighed in with an opposing opinion.

“Everyone was always asking me about the kiss in the finale, but I thought this was the big kiss,” Krasinski advised Andy Greene, creator of The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcome of the 2000s. “We’d never made physical contact.”

There had been additionally conflicting views inside the manufacturing workers on the kiss going down. Showrunner Greg Daniels revealed that although the writers thought it was too quickly for the characters to have that magic second, he went forward with the scene. “That was something my wife was really big on,” Daniels mentioned. “[The writers] weren’t really big on it. She kept saying, ‘You gotta put that in. It’s good.’”

Apparently, actress/author Mindy Kaling sided with the writing workers. “I thought the kiss this early was a mistake,” she mentioned.

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Jenna Fischer needed to do her homework

The cause Fischer by no means thought of the kiss from “The Dundies” because the couple’s first was as a result of her character was extraordinarily drunk on the time. “The intention was that Pam was going for his cheek, and it was one of those moments where he moved his head in a way that I wasn’t expecting and I’m drunk and I just followed through,” she shared within the podcast.

When Fischer first realized concerning the plot for the episode, she felt a bit out of her factor. “I was very nervous,” she advised Greene. “I couldn’t remember what it was like to be drunk and I didn’t want to do a caricature of a drunk person.”

Her co-star and present author advisable that she get in some follow on being intoxicated. “B.J. Novak suggested I go out and get drunk one night for research,” Fischer advised Greene. “I laughed him off at first, but then decided it was a pretty good idea. I took B.J. with me and made sure I didn’t have to drive.”

Under Novak’s monitoring, The Office star was capable of pinpoint sure reactions and emotions as she consumed every alcoholic beverage.

“It took only four drinks,” Fischer revealed. “After each drink, B.J. would check in with me asking, ‘How do you feel now? What’s different?’ He made me describe in detail, the various levels of drunkenness.”

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Pam underneath the affect

Apparently, Novak’s thought did the trick and Fischer was capable of nail her efficiency in “The Dundies.”

“I totally drew on my experience of that night when we shot this episode,” the actress defined to Greene. “I realized that when you are drunk, you laugh at stupid things, talk closer to people, get touchy, and basically act like a more obnoxious and unbalanced version of yourself. You lose control a little. So that’s what I did with Pam.”

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Fischer received the reward of her colleagues together with her efficiency. “Playing drunk is really hard,” director Randall Einhorn mentioned. “She was written as being hammered, but a happy hammered and a little behind-it drunk. … She did all that so beautifully, but infused with the spirit of the character.”

Diehard loyalists of The Office are getting their fill watching the sitcom on streaming whereas nonetheless holding out hope for a reboot.

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