Jenna Fischer TV Guide blog: The Secret

From Jenna Fischer’s TV Guide blog, dated January 19, 2006:

The Office Cheers on Its Golden Boy
by Jenna Fischer, aka “Pam”

In case you didn’t know — Steve Carell won the Golden Globe for best actor in a television comedy for The Office [airing 9:30 pm/ET on NBC]!

The entire cast dressed in our fanciest duds and headed to the NBC Universal Golden Globes viewing party on Monday night. The party was on the rooftop of the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. The awards themselves were being presented in a ballroom downstairs. We watched the affair on various big-screen televisions positioned around the room. When it was time for Steve’s category, we gathered with our fingers crossed. As they read the nominees, we readied ourselves for polite applause in case they read a name other than “Steve Carell.” But they didn’t.

When they said “Steve Carell,” we exploded! We screamed. We charged at one another. We hugged. We jumped up and down. It was like midfield at the end of the World Series. I was so excited, I took a picture of Steve on the TV. I’m sure that to the other 400 people at the party, we were a little obnoxious, but you have to understand that we couldn’t have been more proud. Not only is Steve our coworker and tireless leader, he is also a true friend. He’s a testament to the fact that, sometimes, good guys do get ahead. We managed to settle down and listen to Steve’s acceptance speech. In case you missed it, it was the funniest and warmest of the night.

Steve joined us at the party later in the evening. We tackled him, perhaps giving him some minor injuries. There was more hugging and screaming. Steve told us that he was really touched that we were all there. He couldn’t wait to come upstairs and share the win with everyone. That is when we crammed the entire cast into the TV Guide photo booth for a picture [seen above] with Steve and his Golden Globe. It was a high point of my year and our whole Office journey so far.

The characters of The Office make another step in their journey in this week’s episode, “The Secret.”

Fun Fact: It was during the filming of this episode that Steve found out he had been nominated for a Golden Globe — how fun that it’s the episode that airs after his win.

In “The Secret,” Jim becomes terrified that Michael is going to slip up and tell people he likes Pam. To keep Michael quiet, Jim becomes his new “best friend” at the office. This episode was written by the amazing Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg (who also wrote “The Fight”). In reading B.J. Novak’s blog, I learned that Gene thought I looked cute dressed up as a cat in the Halloween episode. Was it the tight turtleneck? Because in his new episode tonight, there are not one but two references to Pam’s boobs. It might be that Gene and Lee like boobs in general. One of the scenes in this episode takes place at Hooters. It’s hilarious! Michael at Hooters. Need I say more?

And Jim isn’t the only one with a secret around the office. A lot of big things are revealed in this episode — it’s a good one. Enjoy!

Until next week…

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