Greg Daniels/John Krasinski press call

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.

12 comments

  1. Awesome! Thanks!

    Ah, that 27 seconds of silence felt ground-breaking to me. Too much good stuff from this show.

  2. Great great stuff! I feel however that I should curl into the fetal position on the floor imagining the empty office! :(

    [from tanster: yeah. that was heartbreaking to hear.]

  3. Great stuff! I always love cast/writer/director interviews! I’ve blocked out my entire day on May 16th! ;) haha!

  4. Seeing their favorite episodes mentioned you can tell how magical Season 2 was. To this day I go back and watch chunks of it at a time.

    The show had such a great knack for laugh-out-loud silliness grounded with legitimate drama – which it sorely misses these days.

    One of the greatest seasons of scripted comedy tv ever.

  5. What a bummer to think the office is now empty :(

    They should totally auction off some of the set props like they did after Seinfeld ended!!

  6. I don’t know how to describe this feeling. Many shows of GREAT quality, greater quality, have come and gone with sadness at the departure.
    This however, is truly a hollow feeling. I feel like the beat of my heart is echoing inside me because truly the one thing that my wife and I have shared from our first date till now, is over.

    I feel the loss so potently. I’m your average white collar corporate type. 28yrs old. Would never know me as some kind of TV guy. Not like Stanley and his “mystery stories” or Kelly and her “Glee”

    The office wasn’t my Seinfeld or sopranos, it was my date night. My dinner infront of the TV night. My cuddle with my wife and laugh night. The office is my funny bone and much like a funny bone, when it hurts, it’s not funny. I’m pained by the loss but appreciative. I only wish NBC would have given the office the lifespan of Law and Order SVU. Alas, I guess America likes Rape and pedophiles more than Oscar and the Senator or Angela and her Cats.

    Goodbye my lover, goodbye my friend, you have been the one, you have been the one for me..

  7. I realize this is an entirely unrelated thing to post, but now that I know Greg is so fond of lurking and reading the comments, I’m going for it:

    Mr. Daniels, I was going through a box of old college paperwork a couple weeks ago and found one of my annual financial aid statements from a certain women’s college in the Pioneer Valley. I noticed a line item I’d never seen before and did some research on the name. And long story short, tell your parents thanks from a random fangirl for helping to make me the first out of seven kids to go to college. I’ll try to keep repaying the debt by buying DVD sets or something. :)

    Now, the relevant stuff:

    I really want to know where the Homer doll and Pam’s drawing of the building went! When I watch re-runs now, I keep finding myself wondering where certain things ended up. Like, there’s this sad little part of me that really wants Brian Baumgartner to have that blown-up photo of Michael and Jan at Sandals in a basement rec room.

    See you all in Scranton this weekend. :)

  8. I think a small piece of me died when I read that the set is already torn down. :(
    The Office and its fantastic characters will live forever in my heart (and on my dvd shelf).

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