Tonight’s episode: Health Care

Here is why I love The Office, and the cast of The Office:

Even though tonight’s episode, Health Care, is a rerun, and I’ve already seen it multiple times from my Season 1 DVD, including the hilarious deleted scenes, we hear from both Angela Kinsey (Angela) and Jenna Fischer (Pam) that there is a little gem of a scene that we need to take a second look at.

In Angela’s MySpace blog (no longer available), she writes:

I broke while filming a scene in this episode. Rainn made me laugh so hard. And they let it stay in coz it was super quick and was somewhat appropriate. But if you look closely it isn’t Angela Martin laughing — it’s goofy ol’ Angela Kinsey about to lose it and I’m about to take Brian (Kevin) with me! See if you can find that moment.

Jenna also mentions this scene in her March 23, 2006 TV Guide blog (no longer available):

Rainn Wilson kept improvising new fake diseases, and we didn’t know what he would say next. The shots of us laughing at him are real shots of us losing it.

Yes, of course, I have gone back to my DVD to look for that scene, and it is precious. And I would venture to say that not only did Angela and Brian break, but so did Leslie David Baker (Stanley) — notice him wiping away tears, he’s laughing so hard.

Anyway, enjoy tonight’s episode. If you’re already an Office fanatic, you’re in for an extra little treat. If you’re new to The Office, this episode may be just the one that seals the deal for you. :)

And thanks, Jenna and Angela, for always thinking of us fans!

What it takes to shoot The Office

If you’re interested in the more technical aspects of the way The Office is filmed, you have to check out the article at

Director of photography Randall Einhorn and producer Kent Zbornak speak about everything from the widescreen aspect ratio, to the hard-fought absence of a laugh track, to the handheld camera documentary style, to the frenetic production and editing pace.

Most interesting is the “camera as character” part of the article, including a mention of one of my favorite scenes, the camera as Pam’s cohort in uncovering Dwight and Angela’s secret relationship (“Email Surveillance”).

Lastly, one more interaction between our favorite show and our favorite computer — The Office is edited on Macs.

Read the full article here. You film school students will eat this up. :)

InFANity The Office video

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The TV Guide Channel show called InFANity will showcase “The Office” tomorrow night. 60 minutes. 9pm in SF Bay Area on Comcast, check your local listings.

Thanks to Jaclyn at LiveJournal for the tip!

Update: if you missed InFANity today, please check your local listings, because it will be replayed multiple times in the next few weeks! You shouldn’t miss it, it is highly entertaining, and probably the best (if not, only) behind-the-scenes special I’ve seen of our beloved show. (Who knew that’s what Brian, aka Kevin, really sounds like?)

Watch the video clip here.

See a complete list of events in the calendar.