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Last updated: May 7, 2008
This post contains spoilers and news about The Office Season 4.
Kate Flannery talks about the finale:
“All I can say is it’s going to be a monster,” says the redhead. “So many unexpected things happen in the finale, it’s so good. I think we’re more excited than the fans. I really do. I did have some really fun scenes with Rainn [Wilson] so it was really, really fun. No bats or anything in my hair, but yeah, some really great stuff. I think you’re going to be excited.”
Question: You’ve been awesome with The Office scoop recently, but you haven’t said much about Ryan. He’s been getting himself into trouble recently. How much more trouble should we expect? — MB
Ausiello: Let’s just say he has a brush with the law, but not for the reason you think.
… I thought it might be fun to tell you that another lady in the Dunder-Mifflin family is currently with child. Not in real life though. No, this pregnancy is strictly storyline-related, and what a storyline it will be …
Jason in Dublin: I heard that the Hollywood goddess of beauty, Amy Ryan, is guest starring in the season finale of The Office. Do you have any info on her character?
According to Brian Baumgartner, “Kevin is involved in a plot to torture the new human resources person in the finale, so I got to work some with Amy Ryan, and it was really a lot of fun. He is involved, actually, but as is typical, he is not aware that he is involved in the hazing of Amy. But because Michael does not like Toby, he cannot like any of the human resources people, so they decide that they are going to make life difficult for her on her first day.”
Sara in Boston: What is going on with Michael and Jan?! Please tell me Jan will be back on The Office!
Brian said, “Melora Hardin, as far as I know, is still a part of the cast; although, Jan and Michael have broken up. Where their relationship is going to go, I truly do not know at this point.” Seriously, folks, would the genius of Jan and Michael be allowed to wither on the vine? I think not. She’ll be back. Bet on it.
Irene in Pittsburgh: I miss Angela and Dwight. Is there any hope?
All I can tell you is that Angela and Andy are still a factor in the story. According to Brian B., “Andy and Angela are a very interesting couple. Angela is given the job of throwing the goodbye party, but those duties get taken away from her. There’s a little bit of a power struggle between her and Phyllis, and Andy factors into that a little bit as well. It’s gonna be really good.” Here’s hoping Andy pisses her off and she heads back into the loving arms of Dwight!
When asked for a season finale spoiler, Mike Schur replies:
I can’t say anything interesting or important, but I will say that it’s possible that before the end of the year, Mose will appear on screen again.
Question: Considering the title of the Office season finale is “Goodbye, Toby,” I guess it’s safe to say that Paul Lieberstein is the one leaving the show. — Julie
Ausiello: Kinda-sorta safe, anyway. But get this — that’s not the twist that prompted producers to turn the set into Fort Knox. Nooo. According to several well-placed birdies, whose decision to sing to me like the proverbial canary was clearly in breach of their confidentiality agreements, there are three even bigger plot twists that will profoundly impact Angela, Dwight, Andy, Jan, Toby, Michael, Jim and Pam. I will now possibly reveal what those three twists are among (or not) the following six options (Possible Major Spoiler Alert): an engagement, a death, an infidelity, a pregnancy, a fire and a coming-out. Let the wild speculation begin!
Question: I freaked out when I read that Amy Ryan of The Wire will guest-star in the season finale of The Office! Do you know if this is a one-shot deal, or is she joining the cast for multiple episodes? — Matt
Ausiello: Not sure, but I’m hearing that she’s playing Toby’s replacement, a pretty young thing with whom Michael becomes instantly enamored. And by “enamored” I mean horny.
Apr. 25: NBC Universal Media Village
The Season 4 finale is called ‘Goodbye, Toby.’
05/15/2008 (09:00PM – 10:01PM) (Thursday) : IT’S TIME TO SAY GOODBYE–SPECIAL ONE HOUR SEASON FINALE-OSCAR NOMINEE AMY RYAN (“Gone Baby Gone”) GUEST STARS — It’s Toby’s (Paul Lieberstein) goodbye party at Dunder Mifflin and Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) demands a huge celebration that matches the joy in his heart. Angela (Angela Kinsey), sick of Michael’s unreasonable last minute demands, refuses, and Michael turns to Phyllis (Phyllis Smith) to take over the party planning committee. Meanwhile, Dwight (Rainn Wilson) and Meredith (Kate Flannery) haze the new HR woman, Holly (Oscar Nominee Amy Ryan). John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, B.J. Novak, Melora Hardin, Ed Helms, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Oscar Nunez, Mindy Kaling, Creed Bratton, and Craig Robinson also star.
NBC SPRINGS INTO SWEEPS WITH … HIGHLY ANTICIPATED SEASON FINALES
Marquee Guest Stars Include Robin Williams, Matthew Broderick, Edie Falco, Amy Ryan, Hal Holbrook, Aida Turturro, Kelly Preston, Brian Dennehy, Alyssa Milano, Stanley Tucci, Miguel Ferrer, Steve Buscemi and Jason Sudeikis …
On Thursday, May 15th back-to-back hour finales of “My Name is Earl,” guest-starring Milano, and “The Office,” featuring Oscar-nominated guest star Ryan, will wrap up the season for those acclaimed comedies from 8-9 p.m. ET and 9-10 p.m. ET respectively.
Question: OK, so last week’s Office was ridonkulously awesome. Jim and Pam get engaged by the end of the season, right? — Jeff
Ausiello: An Office couple will get engaged by the end of the season, but I’m not saying whether it’s Jim and Pam. And apparently neither is anyone else. Office producers made the entire cast and crew sign confidentiality agreements about the top-secret and oh-so-twisty season finale.
Question: Jenna Fischer said that an Office character will be leaving in the season finale. Any hints? — Chris
Ausiello: OK, well, maybe it was just the crew that signed them. In any event, Jenna Fischer is correct. Someone is leaving in the finale.
Apr. 22: NBC Universal Media Village
Synopsis for ‘Job Fair’ (May 8):
Jim (John Krasinski) hits the links with Andy (Ed Helms) and Kevin (Brian Baumgartner) to try and land his biggest client ever. Meanwhile, Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) sets up a booth at a local job fair, which happens to be at Pam’s (Jenna Fischer) alma mater, to find “the best and the brightest” for Dunder Mifflin’s summer internship.
Marshall in Atlanta: The Office was so good last week! What’s next for Jim and Pam?
A ring! It’s gotta be, right, Jim?! According to Jenna Fischer, Pam has a secret that everyone will soon find out. Some kind of quirk that she’ll get a lot of heat for. Any guesses as to what it might be? Here’s hoping it’s not any kind of proposal-breaker!
At least one scene of The Office’s last two episodes of the season was shot in front of a green screen. (To throw off any onlookers?) I’m told security was tight. Members of the cast and crew said they must turn in their scripts and sides at the end of each shoot day.
Question: From one Smurf fan to another, can you give any additional hints as to which of your options — engagement, elopement, breaking up or having sex — is the “big stuff” in store for Jim and Pam on The Office?— Kathryn
Ausiello: I have a better idea. How ’bout I eliminate one of the options from the mix? I can confirm that the “big stuff” does not involve any sort of Jam split. That leaves engagement, elopement and having sex as the three remaining possibilities. Look for the field to narrow even further tomorrow night between 9-9:30 pm/ET.
Question: Can you give us more about the big Jim-Pam spoiler on The Office? — C.
Ausiello: Neither Jim nor Pam is currently hiding a drug problem. But someone else is.
Deej in Baltimore: The Office is back, and thank god. Got any info?
… I can tell you that The Office shot scenes in a high school basketball gym last week. More Jim-ball? Dare we hope for shirts versus skins? (I think we all know who should not be wearing a shirt … ) I can also tell you that security was tight, and everything took place behind a giant screen, so maybe they’re saving us spoiling ourselves about a giant Jam storyline?
The name of the May 8th episode is ‘Job Fair.’
Leatherheads opened the same week I got hit with a football in the face 14 times. (The cameraman said it was 10 times, but it felt like 14.) Yep, I did my own stunt again on The Office. I decided to do it because Jenna was throwing the football. I underestimated her abilities.
Somebody will be leaving Dunder-Mifflin, too. “It’s kind of a shocker,” [Jenna] Fischer says. “It’s not me and it’s not Steve. I can say that.”
In a later episode, viewers will learn one of Pam’s quirks that comes out at the office after she has spent the night at Jim’s place. “Michael and everybody have a good time with that, teasing her about it.”
Question: I need Office scoop! Anything on the Jim-Pam front? — Ashley
Ausiello: Jenna Fischer told Entertainment Weekly that “big stuff happens” for Dunder-Miff’s soul mates next Thursday, which, at this point, can only mean one of four things: They’re getting engaged, they’re having sex, they’re eloping or they’re breaking up (again). Naturally, I ran my theory by my Office snitch, who confirmed that one of those four events will indeed take place, but the April 17 episode merely serves as the staging ground. Apparently, the plot is set in motion next week, picks up steam on April 24, and then climaxes on May 1. And to quote Fischer, it definitely qualifies as “big stuff.”
Question: What do you know about the Office spin-off? — J.R.
Ausiello: I know that, contrary to speculation, it will not revolve around Dwight. According to an insider, the Michael-Dwight dynamic is “too integral to the show.” The likelier scenario, according to a Peacock insider, has Ed Helms’ Andy headlining Office 2.0. “That idea was batted around prior to the strike,” whispers my source, “and NBC seemed interested.”
Mexicanity: Jenna … we’ve heard you hint of a curveball for Jim and Pam, any hints as to what that may be about?
JennaFischer: Well … as far as the curveball remark …
JennaFischer: I was originally told that they weren’t going to do much with Jim and Pam because of the small amount of time. I guess they had a big arc planned but didn’t have time to do everything with the shortened season.
JennaFischer: But then, at our second table read there was this thing that happened and I thought, “Well, so much for not doing much with Jim and Pam”. But that’s all I think I’m allowed to say.
CubeFarm: Are there plans to have David Denman come back…or at least let the fans know what his character (Roy) is currently doing?
JennaFischer: I don’t think David is coming back. At least not this year.
GMMR (kath): can we expect a cliffhanger for the finale?
JennaFischer: Yes … I believe there is a nice cliffhanger. But, who knows. Seriously, things change daily.
JennaFischer: In one of the episodes you learn something about Pam that no one knew before.
JennaFischer: It’s a cool little fun fact about her. Makes for a fun episode.
Matt Collins: Can you reveal if we get a relationshippy cliffhanger, character cliffhanger (like someone leaving) or neither?
JennaFischer: Someone leaves Dunder Mifflin at the end of the season. A series regular.
JennaFischer: I think that is still the plan.
Apr. 4: NBC.com
‘Parking’ has now been renamed to ‘The Chair Model.’
Apr. 4: NBC.com
Synopsis for ‘Did I Stutter?’ (May 1):
TAKING ON THE BOSS- When Stanley (Leslie David Baker) snaps at Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) during a meeting, Michael tries to give Stanley an attitude adjustment. Dwight (Rainn Wilson) decides to buy Andy’s (Ed Helms) car. Meanwhile, Pam (Jenna Fischer) deals with an unexpected inconvenience after spending the night at Jim’s (John Krasinski). Brian Baumgarter, Kate Flannery, Angela Kinsey, Oscar Nunez, Phyllis Smith, Mindy Kaling, Paul Lieberstein, Craig Robinson and Creed Bratton also star.
Entertainment Weekly, April 11 issue
The Office finally returns after a too-long hiatus this week, and star Jenna Fischer promised major plot developments when EW caught up with her at the March 31 L.A. premiere of costar John Krasinski’s Leatherheads … “You don’t want to miss the second episode back,” she hints. “Big stuff happens for Jim and Pam.” Also ahead for American’s favorite paper pushers: Pam will set Michael up on a date — perhaps Bob Vance has a spinster sister? — and on May 1, “you find out something new and big about Pam that you have never known.”
Tipster: black cat
Apr. 4: NBC.com
The title of the May 1st episode is ‘Did I Stutter?’
Tipster: Bold Guy
As for upcoming plots when the series returns April 10, Flannery previewed that her character is headed for another alcohol-related injury, while Krasinski is hoping for an engagement for Jim and Pam. “A lot of logical things are coming up for them — big decisions,” he hinted. “If I waited that long for a girl, I’d probably be close to giving her a ring. So we’ll see what the writers come up with.”
Fischer got more specific, revealing something big is in store for Jim and Pam in the second episode back. “The writers totally surprised me,” she said. “It’s a big curveball.”
… watch for Dwight to go on a few dates as the season winds down.
John Krasinski talks about ‘Dinner Party’:
It is one of the funniest episodes we’ve ever done and we realized it more and more in the shooting of it because, plain and simple, the way I describe it is it’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf? meets The Office pretty literally, I’ve got to say. There’s a little bit of drinking, a little bit of yelling and there’s a whole lot of awkward stares from Pam and I while Jan and Michael are fighting so it was fun to do.
Mar. 31: NBC.com
Synopsis for ‘Night Out’ (April 24):
Michael and Dwight decide to surprise Ryan in New York for a night of clubbing and meet his friends. Meanwhile, the Scranton branch is upset when they find out they have to come in on a Saturday for Ryan’s website project. Jim’s plan to save them has unexpected results.
Mar. 28: NBC.com
The title of the April 24th episode is ‘Night Out.’
Tipster: Bold Guy
When the strike ended, “The Office” executive producer Greg Daniels said, Universal Media Studios, which produces the NBC comedy, took writers from several of its shows out for a nice dinner to make amends. Since then, he said, things haven’t been as contentious between the networks/studios and writers as they were during the strike.
“The executives in the scripted entertainment department are glad to see the strike over, and all I get (from my writers) is relief to be back to work,” he said, adding that his writers are at work on another set of “Office” webisodes, following the 10 that became available in summer 2006 on NBC.com.
Lots of good stuff in the full transcript!
Michelle in Chicago: Thank you so much for the Office scoop! I’ve been in serious John Krasinski withdrawal. Can’t wait for April 10!
Actually, you’ll get your John Krasinski fix April 3 when he hosts NBC’s Thursday night comedy lineup. They’re going to replay the last four episodes of The Office, and J.K. will be previewing scenes from his upcoming movie, Leatherheads, with Mr. George Clooney.
Kate in East Lansing, Mich.: I know people love Pam and Jim together, but I was always a fan of Karen, too. Will we ever see her again?
There are no definite plans to see Karen again, but it’s a total possibility. Greg Daniels told me he thinks Rashida Jones is fantastic and said they worked out a deal with the Unhitched producers, which allowed her to return to The Office earlier this season, and they have one more opportunity to use her as part of that arrangement.
Nina in Cape Cod, Mass.: On The Office, I can’t wait to see Michael and Dwight go clubbing with Ryan!
You’re not alone. And by the way, I’m hearing they might be accompanied by one of Ryan’s corporate coworkers, and the character has much hilarious potential. I guess he is in his 20s, supershort and a serious party boy.
Mar. 24: NBC
Synopsis for ‘Parking’ (April 17):
Michael’s (Steve Carell) fascination with a woman modeling a chair in an office supply catalog makes him feel things he hasn’t felt in a while. With Michael distracted, Kevin (Brian Baumgartner) and Andy(Ed Helms) team up to win back Dunder-Mifflin’s stolen parking spaces, forcing them into a showdown with the bosses of the five businesses of the office park. Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, Oscar Nunez, Angela Kinsey, Phyllis Smith, Mindy Kaling, Leslie David Baker, Melora Hardin, Kate Flannery and Creed Bratton also star.
Tipster: Bold Guy
More on today’s Greg Daniels/Rainn Wilson conference call about the possibility of a spin-off, how Angela Kinsey’s real-life pregnancy is being handled on the show, and the fate of Dwangela.
From today’s conference call with The Office’s Executive Producer Greg Daniels and Rainn Wilson:
“Coming up we have some episodes that follow off on [Dinner Party],” continued Daniels, “Some of them involve the character of Ryan whose website initiative started the season off and is kind of crumbling underneath him and has, for some reason, become infested with sexual predators.”
The latest Entertainment Weekly has a bunch of good spoilerish tidbits, including an ill-fated game of Celebrity, Dwight entering a management training program, Dwight suing kids in small claims court, meeting other tenants in the office park, and a night of NYC clubbing for Michael, Dwight, and Ryan.
Tipster: LiveJournal Office
Photos from ‘Dinner Party.’
Tipster: Bold Guy
[Craig] Robinson’s character on the show, pressman Darryl Philbin, shows up for a few seconds every now and again, making some sort of wise-crack. It’s a role that, despite the wishes of Robinson’s fans, is not getting any bigger this season, he said.
“Darryl will keep showing up, doing his thing and getting out of the way,” he said. The fans “sometimes say we need to see more Darryl. I’m like, ‘Darryl is happy just to be part of the team, in whatever role he’s playing.’ “
Mar. 18: casting call
Mar. 17: NBC
Synopsis for ‘Dinner Party’ (April 10):
GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER — Pam (Jenna Fischer) and Jim (John Krasinski) find they have run out of excuses and are forced to go to Jan (Melora Hardin) and Michael’s (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) house for dinner. When Andy (Ed Helms) and Angela (Angela Kinsey) are also invited to dinner, Dwight’s (Rainn Wilson) jealousy gets the best of him. Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Oscar Nunez, Phyllis Smith, Paul Lieberstein, Mindy Kaling and Creed Bratton also star.
Tipster: Bold Guy
We were out late the other night shooting at “Michael’s condo” for the “Dinner Party” episode. The episode is hilarious! NBC staff photographer Chris Haston (who just so happens to be my boyfriend) was working that night taking pictures, not just of the scenes but of the smiling crew and actors alike. It was a really fun night. It’s great to be back with the work family! … Paul Feig is directing “Dinner Party” …
“We just shot the first episode [since the strike ended],” Carell said. “We finished last night at midnight and I think it’s really, really good … Carell said he was going to head back to L.A. and start shooting the second of the season’s last six episodes on Friday.
Tipster: Michelle T.
Mar. 14: NBC
NBC briefly listed an episode entitled “Parking” to air on April 10th, in place of ‘Dinner Party.’ They have since removed it, but I’ve confirmed with show insiders that “Parking” is indeed the real name of the next episode after “Dinner Party”!
Tipster: PCB Staff
With the Writers Guild of America strike now over, “The Office” is set to return with six new episodes starting April 10. The cast went back to work last week, and [Andy] Buckley expects to be called in for at least one of the remaining episodes.
Question: Hey! I just wanted to know what’s going on with The Office. Is there going to be a Dwangela baby on the way now that Angela Kinsey is going to be a real-life mommy? — Mia
Ausiello: You know what the best part of my job is? Having my ego stroked on an almost minute-by-minute basis. When other people do it for me. So check out this week’s installment of Mitovich’s Megaminute (it’s live even as you read this), and Matt will hook you up with the 411 on the possibility of Dunder-Mifflin getting a nursery. Meanwhile, what this next thing means for The Office staff, I can only imagine. In an upcoming episode, we’ll meet Old Man Jones, an old man (duh) who works out of the DM office park, and a popular and pricey Scranton call girl. Oh, Creed, what have you done now?
The Office staff goes back to work this week, and one big question is how the hitcom will address the pregnancy of cast member Angela Kinsey … sources tell me the show will simply hide Kinsey’s pregnancy behind cubicle walls, oversized kitten calendars, and whatnot.
In the first show back, Michael tricks Jim and Pam into attending a dinner party hosted by Jan and Michael. To Dwight’s horror, Michael also invites Angela and Andy.
When asked about upcoming plotlines, Carell remarked, “The first [returning] episode is the one that was written previous to the strike. It involves Michael Scott having a dinner party for some of the couples in the office — and obviously things go terribly awry.”
April in Springfield, New Jersey: Did you ever get confirmation on whether The Office will make a time leap forward when it returns?
Indeed. Insiders say the writers have ultimately decided that after their first episode back (the dinner party, written prestrike), they will jump ahead several months.
Q: Steve are you going back at work on The Office, and what sort of interesting things are going on there?
Steve Carell: Uh, we go back to work this week. This Thursday is our first day back and the first episode involves a dinner party that Michael Scott throws and it’s — I think maybe the funniest episode this season so far. Our table read before the strike was great so I, in terms of Michael and Jan, I would say that storm clouds loom.
Steve Carell reports that the cast goes back to set on Thursday, March 6th.
Lisa in Albany, California: Any scoop on the new episodes of The Office coming in April?
Just that Rashida Jones told me last week at the Unhitched premiere party that she was originally slated to do another episode this season! No telling if that will still work in this wacky poststrike environment, but it seems we might not yet have seen the last of Utica’s lovely Karen Filippelli.
We start back to work on The Office the week of March 3rd. We are doing 6 episodes. The sixth will be an hour long finale. Our first episode back is The Dinner Party. Michael and Jan throw a dinner party for a few of the Dunder-Mifflin couples. It’s HILARIOUS. We had just started filming when we got shut down. I don’t know anything else from there. I’ll be curious to see how the writers condense the stories with only 6 episodes left this season.
“Over on ‘The Office,’ NBC has confirmed the show will return April 10th. And when it does, we’ll get a hilarious episode that was written before the strike, about an awkward double date with Michael, Jan, Jim, and Pam. And then, sources tell me, the storyline will take a time leap forward, actually acknowledging the five-month time absence from the strike. Maybe the fake documentary crew went on strike, too?”
A letter from The Office writing staff confirms:
- The next new episode of the show will be ‘Dinner Party’ on April 10th.
- Six more episodes are planned for Season 4, and
- There will possibly be a one-hour season finale.
Rainn Wilson, a Writers Guild member and co-star of “The Office,” said he was hearing that everyone on the show will report back on March 10 to shoot six more episodes.
- ‘The Office’ returns to the air April 10th.
- The first episode that will be produced is ‘Dinner Party.’
- A Christmas script was written before the strike, but will not be produced.
- As showrunner Greg Daniels mentioned previously, a total of six new episodes will be produced for Season 4.
- Handling the time lapse: “I’m tempted to just leap ahead to where we would have been,” Mr. Daniels said.
Update: NBC now confirms that The Office will return on Thursday, April 10th, 9-9:30pm ET.
After the Strike: When Your Favorites Will Return!
Keep in mind that the following information remains extremely tentative and is subject to change (and probably will).
Expected to shoot 5 to 10 new episodes to air in April/May.
Where is the romance going with you and Jim on The Office?
I have no idea. We don’t have any scripts. They were still going strong in the last episode I read, but that is all I know. I heard Rashida Jones [who plays Jenna’s character Pam’s romantic rival] was going to come back for a couple of more episodes before the end of the season, but they didn’t tell me why. I’d like to know!