And then, of course, personally for me, two episodes that I’ll never forget is, Casino Night, I had never been a part of anything like that. I remember shooting that last scene and Greg had the set cleared and the lights were low and, there was an importance put on this, and you realize that it wasn’t an importance because of us, like that the actors needed it necessarily. It was more like, “We’ve got to get this right for the people that are watching.” People, like Greg was saying earlier, are so invested in a way that you never thought people would watch TV and be so invested that you can’t just at the end of the episode say, “I love you,” and kiss. It has to be very real and very special and exactly how they think the characters would do it, and that was amazing. That was an amazing night.
And then, the other thing that I remember defining the show was – Booze Cruise will always be one of my favorite episodes on many levels. I think it’s hilarious and one of my favorite episodes. But, going up on the top of that boat and Greg – I remember the sun was almost coming up. We were shooting all night. It was the last thing we shot. I think we only had like 15 minutes or something, Greg, if you remember, and Greg just said…“You know, you’re here to say I love you to her. Just, I don’t know how that would go, just do it.” And I got up and there and just stared at Jenna and had absolutely no idea what to do or how to say it.
And when it aired, I remember it was like 20-something seconds of silence, and I remember watching that episode and saying, “You know, I’ve never seen that. I’ve never seen a show commit to the characters and the story above what would be good for ratings or what the audience would see as very dramatic. It was just like, “No, this is two people who are trying to figure out how to love each other.” And I just thought that that was really incredible.
Greg Daniels: Yeah, that moment is very indicative of the show, because often times we would put a frame around very small things and you would then be able to see the really small things that were going on that became beats of a story.
And so, that was 21 seconds, but it wasn’t the same beat for 21 seconds. It was his face expressing that he wanted to say and she knew that something might be coming, but it didn’t and he wasn’t 100% comfortable doing it. And there was a lot of micro moments inside that that you normally don’t get when you have that pressure for getting a laugh every couple of seconds. But yeah, I loved that episode too.
I would add the Job, the end of Season 3, and Business School was a great episode…
John Krasinski: And The Injury…
Greg Daniels: The Injury was wonderful. But there’s so many. The first season had all these very comical episodes, where we weren’t really too concerned with the likeability of anybody, but I loved them just for the comedy sake. And then we had some very good mixes of touching episodes. It was good. We had some good stuff.