‘The Office’: Why John Krasinski Says Jim and Pam’s Accidental First Kiss Was ‘So Smart’

by Jeremy Spirogis
Jenna Fischer as Pam Beesly Halpert smiles at John Krasinski as Jim Halpert on

For years, The Office followers have debated over Jim Halpert (John Krasinski) and Pam Beesly’s (Jenna Fischer) first kiss. Many viewers consider the couple locked lips within the episode titled “Casino Night.” However, Jim and Pam really shared an unintentional smooch in The Office Season 2 premiere titled “The Dundies.” The second occurred so shortly that some aren’t even positive it actually occurred. But that’s exactly why Krasinski thinks Jim and Pam’s first kiss at Chili’s was one for the books.

How did Jim and Pam’s first kiss occur on ‘The Office’?

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In The Office Season 2 Episode 1, Pam will get drunk on the Dundies. Then after she delivers her phenomenal speech for the whitest sneakers award, Pam hugs Jim and by chance kisses him. 

In her state, Pam appears oblivious as to what occurred. She goes on, smiling over her award. Meanwhile, Jim is clearly in shock. But he’s not dissatisfied.

21 episodes later, Jim and Pam kiss once more in The Office Season 2 finale. This time, each events know what’s occurring. Jim admits he’s in love with Pam. She turns him down, and viewers assume it’s throughout. But then Jim comes again and pulls Pam in for a kiss. The episode ends. And though the couple didn’t get collectively straight away, this was the beginning of eternally.

How Jenna Fischer actually felt about Jim and Pam’s kiss on the Dundies

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In the Dec. four episode of the Office Ladies podcast, Fischer discussed Jim and Pam’s first kiss along with her co-host, Angela Kinsey, who performed Angela Martin. Fischer admitted she didn’t consider Jim and Pam’s first kiss occurred on the Dundies. 

As the actor identified, Pam didn’t really intend to kiss Jim. Her character additionally didn’t register that it occurred. Fischer additionally revealed she wished to alter the scene as a result of The Office was vulnerable to being canceled. At the time, she advised govt producer Greg Daniels:

Just in case we get canceled and that is the season finale, I believe we should always movie an alternate ending to this scene within the car parking zone the place Pam does inform Jim how she feels and so they kiss for actual. Not the Chili’s kiss, however the actual kiss. Just in order that we may air it and we don’t depart folks hanging.

But Daniels declined Fischer’s suggestion. “If they want to see what happens with Jim and Pam, they’re just gonna have to order more episodes,” Daniels stated, in accordance with Fischer. 

John Krasinski says discusses Jim and Pam’s first kiss on ‘The Office’

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As The Office followers know, Daniels was proper. The unintentional kiss between Jim and Pam left viewers questioning. Then on actor Brian Baumgartner’s An Oral History of The Office podcast revealed on July 28, Krasinski defined why the small second between the 2 characters hit viewers tougher than an enormous confession.

“The first time that we accidentally kissed at the Dundies — that’s real life,” Krasinski stated. “Whereas, a regular television show would have this big, huge kiss scene, like, ‘They finally got together.’ I remember reading that script and being like, ‘Man, that is so smart.’”

Krasinski additionally admitted he thought Jim and Pam would obtain a “huge kiss scene” on the Dundies. But he was proud of how the scene performed out as a result of he — and the viewers — may actually relate.

Jenna Fischer as Pam Beesly Halpert smiles at John Krasinski as Jim Halpert on 'The Office' Season 9 Episode 4 "Work Bus"
Jenna Fischer as Pam Beesly and John Krasinski as Jim Halpert on ‘The Office’ | Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal through Getty Images

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“I would’ve stewed on that for months and been like, ‘Was that a thing? Did that count? Was she just drink?’” Krasinski stated. “If it was a big kiss scene where I took her out back and made some huge overture, you’d be like, ‘Oh, good. I’m entertained by this moment. But I don’t feel anything. I’m not connected.’”

Whether you consider Jim and Pam’s first kiss occurred on the Dundies or throughout “Casino Night,” it’s clear The Office staff knew precisely easy methods to reel of their viewers. No matter how small the scene, each on the spot provides layers to the characters. So whereas Jim and Pam may’ve had a grand “I love you” second, their unintentional smooch made them really feel all of the extra actual.

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