The Office Set Visit 2009: Day 1

(To see all my 2009 set visit reports, go to the INDEX.)


  • Date: Monday, April 13, 2009
  • Scenes filmed: cold open, final scene
  • Locations: The Office studio, hospital
  • Call times: crew 7am, shooting 7:15am


  • That’s right; the very first scene and the very last scene of ‘Company Picnic’ were shot on the FIRST day of filming!
  • I got to meet Angela’s baby, Isabel! She was on set briefly. Angela jokes that Isabel loves the attention she gets on set. She has big beautiful eyes and an adorable smile. Just like last year, Angela showed me yet another Angela Martin blouse with a ridiculous number of buttons to button. Seriously, she handed me the blouse and said, “Try to unbutton the top button. it’s impossible.” And I couldn’t!
  • I gave Ed Helms a printout of something that Tallyhead Kenna asked me to give him. B.J. Novak was in earshot and said, “You know, people are always coming up to me and wanting me to give things to Ed.” I mentioned that quite a few fans were taken with Ed and Rainn’s ‘Country Roads’ duet, especially the harmonizing. I said I didn’t know Rainn could sing, and Ed joked, “He can’t,” looking over to Rainn to see if he overheard.
  • At this point, I didn’t know who I would be playing as an extra, so Creed Bratton decided I needed a backstory: I would appear as his long lost daughter from China, Ching Yee. While Mandarin actually is my first language, I think Creed probably speaks it better than me now.
  • What was the most difficult part of John’s “chicken pot pie” talking head? It wasn’t the lines, but the winding of the clock! I have a clock just like that, and the little nubby thing on the back of it doesn’t give you a lot of control when you’re trying to rewind it. John kept overshooting or undershooting the correct time. The final take, of course, shows his monologue perfectly synchronized with winding the clock forward to 4:50pm. :)
  • How my gig as an extra came to be: ever since posting Amy’s report on being an extra for the Season 4 episode, ‘Branch Wars,’ I’ve wanted to be an extra on The Office! And since I knew the Season 5 finale would also be the 100th episode and something extra special, I decided it would be that episode for which I would make my crazy request. So in early March, I contacted the show producers and asked if I could not only visit the set for that episode, but actually be in it. (Crazy, right?) Two weeks later, I received the green light — and I was told that I would be an extra at a company picnic! So for the next four or so weeks after that, I was going crazy with the anticipation of it all. I’ve never been an extra on anything, so I didn’t know what to expect. It turned out to exceed my wildest expectations. :)

Photos begin on the next page.


  1. Okay, that backstory as Creed’s long-lost daughter officially makes you the best character to ever appear on this show…so, when will you start dating Jim? Home wrecker! haha

  2. Great stuff! I am in love with Erin/Ellie Kemper now. And I wonder what happened to “Disaster Kits Limited” They aren’t on the building directory. You know the economy is bad when one of the Five Families goes out of business.

  3. Thanks for sharing your visit with us Tanster! I can’t wait to see the other days. :)

  4. This is AWESOME! Thanks for sharing!

    I had really thought that in the cold open everyone was trying to get off of work early, but judging by Scene 9 – “Everyone pretends to leave until Michael drives off” it looks like I was wrong and they were just seeing if they could really get Michael to leave. Ha!

  5. Wow! It seems like you had so much fun…and it’s only day one. I love the Creed backstory, it’s so Creed. Can’t wait to read all about the rest of your week.

  6. I love how John has Burt’s Bees lip balm in his makeup bag. I love Burt’s Bees :]

  7. Such a wonderful way to jump into the week! So happy to see that you got some sweet behind-the-scenes stuff. Looks like the show is a well-oiled machine after 5 seasons. And, can I just say, Dave is adorable!

  8. Thanks, tanster. Your Office devotion is incalculcable.

    Any idea if the hospital was indeed Sacred Heart?

    [from tanster: i have no idea, i don’t watch scrubs. but i think someone asked that question in jen’s Q&A, she’ll hopefully answer that one. :) ]

  9. Maybe Amy Ryan was invited to the set that day to get her back into the spirit of The Office since she’s been gone a while and has been sorely missed.

  10. Thank you so much for the inside scoop! I look forward to seeing the rest of the pics!

  11. Oh my gosh- Thank you so much for putting this together, Tanster! It’s really amazing to see just how much goes into making the show. And let’s hope they put ALL of those deleted scenes on the DVD!
    Looking forward to your next installment. And thanks for being to awesome ;)

  12. Wow! Thank you so much for giving us so much great detail. Can you tell us how the visit came to be? Was it a phone call? What were you doing when you got the invite? :-)

    [from tanster: NABD, thanks for the question! I’ve amended the Notes section with my answer. :) ]

  13. I love the fact that the pics of Jim and Pam on their desks def look like they were shot at the same time, they just removed their jackets, lol.

  14. This is SO COOL! I am jealous and very happy for you that you got to be a part of The Office! Thanks for sharing.

  15. Just wanted to pass along that, much to my chagrin, the line, “Hey, did you know that I kind of, not really, but somewhat know someone who extra’d on The Office” does not impress the ladies like I thought it would.

    [from tanster: lolol!]

  16. Wow! I can’t thank you enough for all the great inside details of my favorite show! It’s really cool to see how it all goes down week after week! You do a wonderful job!

Comments are closed.