‘The Office’: Why ‘The Convention’ Episode Was ‘Calculated’ to Keep Fans Wondering About Jim and Pam

by Jeremy Spirogis
John Krasinski as Jim Halpert and Steve Carell as Michael Scott on

In season Three of The Office, Jim Halpert headed off to a different department of Dunder Mifflin after professing his love for Pam and sharing a kiss along with her — and finally getting rejected. The distance with Jim within the Stamford workplace and Pam again in Scranton meant that followers wouldn’t see them share any display time for a bit. In the May 27 episode of the Office Ladies podcast, the rationale behind the episode titled “The Convention” is revealed — and it has all the things to do with connecting Jim with Scranton.

John Krasinski as Jim Halpert and Steve Carell as Michael Scott on 'The Office'
John Krasinski as Jim Halpert and Steve Carell as Michael Scott on ‘The Office’ | Justin Lubin/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal through Getty Images through Getty Images

‘The Convention’

In The Office Season 3 Episode 2, characters from the Scranton and Stamford workplace meet up at an workplace provide conference in Philadelphia. Dwight and Michael journey from Dunder Mifflin in Scranton and Jim and Josh Porter come from Stamford. Jan involves the conference from company.

Michael remains to be offended at Jim for leaving Scranton and is concerned by Josh and Jim’s inside jokes and camaraderie. Meanwhile, the story follows Pam in Scranton, who’s now single, and is about up on a date by Kelly.

Michael makes an attempt to throw a celebration in his resort room nevertheless it’s a flop, however Jim involves Michael’s room and divulges the rationale he left Scranton was due to Pam rejecting him and never due to Michael.

The episode was a approach to deliver Jim collectively together with his former
co-workers

While the episode didn’t transfer the Jim and Pam storyline
forward, it did present a possibility for Jim to come back collectively together with his former
co-workers in a manner that didn’t really feel compelled.

During the Office Ladies podcast, Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey discussed the episode and Fischer revealed that the entire idea of the conference storyline was to attach Jim together with his Scranton co-workers with out having any interplay with Pam.

Fischer shared that the episode idea was purposeful. “So they’re all reunited now at the convention and this was calculated. They knew that they needed to keep Jim and Pam apart by sending Jim to Stamford but they did not want to keep Jim from interacting with Dwight and Michael.”

She added, “So that was type of the rationale for this complete
episode was to get Jim again on the planet with these different characters however nonetheless
separate him from Pam, who’s again on the workplace coping with her personal stuff.”

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The episode featured many extras on the conference

Since the episode centered round a conference for probably the most
half, the present needed to create a practical convention scene, in order that they put out a
request for extras to behave as attendees and firm representatives at cubicles.

During Office Ladies, Fischer shared a behind-the-scenes enjoyable truth: the episode was shot on the Burbank Hilton Hotel in a conference room and the manufacturing employees stuffed out the occasion by contacting actual companies to see if anybody would take part.

Those had been instructed to deliver their very own conference supplies for the sales space and arrange the sales space themselves, in addition to present their very own employees and wardrobe. They had been additionally instructed that they weren’t assured display time. The Office was so in style that they simply obtained the extras they wanted to recreate the texture of an precise conference.

“There were 176 total extras/background performers and 140 of them were actual employees of actual companies,” Fischer shared.

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