Entrance into the picnic grounds. The props, art, and set dressing departments really did an outstanding job of turning a bare meadow into a festive picnic ground!
Yummy-looking picnic food. Sitting out all week!
Carnival games area. I filmed my first scene here as an extra on Monday, but it wasn’t part of the final episode.
At one point, Rainn comes over to me and asks, ‘Jennie, do you know what the policy is on releasing pictures? I want to Tweet one.” I suggested no photos of non-regulars. He posted this photo.
Me and producer Paul Feig.
Me and Idris Elba (“Charles Miner”). He couldn’t have been more lovely. He mentioned how he read fan feedback about how disliked Charles was.
It’s really interesting that both Idris and Rob Huebel (Holly’s boyfriend A.J.) both remarked to me about the negative fan feedback toward their characters. Rob kept saying to me, “I’m sorry for taking Holly away!”
Thanks for Sharing all of this with us! It looks like all of them have a lot of fun doing the show. And won’t even try to guess who the rings belong to. I am not good a paying attention to details. But umm I’ll guess the second one is Pam’s??????
You. Are. So. Lucky.
This is great. I love that the cast and crew really seem to enjoy themselves.
I kind of feel bad that Idris read fan comments about disliking Charles. I’m guilty of writing some of them. If Charles would just leave Jim alone, maybe…
No, never mind, really can’t stand Charles. But Idris is awesome!
[from tanster: it’s really interesting, both idris and rob huebel (Holly’s boyfriend A.J.) both remarked to me about the negative fan feedback toward their characters. rob kept saying to me, ‘i’m sorry for taking holly away!’]
Great report as always Tanster.
Did they build the swing and the see-saw at the picnic site to use it in the episode?
[from tanster: hmm, i have no idea. i would assume they were either part of the grounds already, or they rented them and brought them in. but i don’t think they did any intentional filming of the swing and see-saw.]
Ooo, a ring quiz! I say the second is Pam’s, the third is Phyllis’. Dunno whose is the first, though.
Thanks for the picture with Andy Buckley. He is such a cutie. (well, second after John K).
[from tanster: andy is indeed a cutie. i have more to report about him. coming soon. :) ]
My guess for the ring quiz – Stanley’s wife Terry’s is the one on the left, Pam’s is the middle, and Phyllis’ is on the right, but I’m sure I’m way off base…
Tanster – thank you so much for posting all of this fabulous behind-the-scenes info! I wish I had a job where I could take a swing and see-saw break…
That’s so sweet of Steve to make a speech for the props guy. I love how Office members care about everyone in the team. I would give anything to work on the office set!
ring #1 – Phyllis
ring #2 – Pam
ring #3 – Angela
i remember rainn’s “3 clowns” tweet! it made me laugh so hard! i love that this is a cast and crew of good friends… best friends, in angela and jenna’s case! jenna’s isabel’s godmother! they’re all so lucky to have that friendship.
and the rings… i know the middle is pam’s (and it’s the prettiest, in my opinion… i’m not a fan of the big flashy rings. simplicity is the best! and i can’t WAIT to see a ring on jim’s finger! *squeal*) so… i’m just guessing here… the last one is phyllis’s… and the first one is……. jeez, which other woman is married?! is erin married? or is it stanley’s wife, like lew guessed. help me out on this, tanster!
oh, and the see-saw and swing set were already there. i’ve been to the malibu picnic grounds. and i’ve ridden on the see-saw! :o)
oh, and that dog is hilarious! i love bassett hounds!
No one’s gotten the ring quiz right yet.
Keep guessing! :)
I can’t tell if that’s one or two rings on the left.
If it’s two my guesses are:
Left: Phyllis’ engagement ring and wedding band.
Middle: Pam’s ring from Jim.
Right: Angela’s ring from Andy.
Did I get it?
OK, I’m taking a wild guess here based on the fact that the two look so similar and that was the whole theme of Phyllis’s wedding. Um Pam’s ring from Roy, Pam’s ring from Jim, then Phyllis’s ring. I’m probably totally off but I had to give it a shot…
These are so interesting! I’m anxious to read more, but I know you’re trying to keep us afloat during the dry summer.
Tanster, I know you’ve mentioned a lot about what the actors are like in real life, but I was wondering if any or all of them come to OfficeTally. Pretty much every Office fan I know comes here, but are they snooping around as well? (If so, HOW COOL IS THAT!?)
[from tanster: i’m pretty sure they do. one actually came up to me and asked, “when does survivor season 5 start?” another playfully chastised me for not getting the ‘Heavy Competition’ post up at its normal time that week, because their family checks OfficeTally on thursday nights to read fan comments!]
Thanks for another awesome write-up! I love reading these random tidbits :). As for the rings- It must be Pam’s in the middle, and maybe Phyllis’ on the left? Not sure on the last one!
The rings: 1st is Phyllis Vance, 2nd is Pam Beesly, 3rd is Angela Martin?
And if Idris and Rob are reading this, you did a GREAT job with your characters. Raising conversation with fans is always the mark of skill.
My vote for “Beth from Nashua” is that she’s a Kelly soulmate.
Nice work Tanster, thanks for the pic of Andy Buckley :)
I feel so sorry for those poor boys reading the feedback, reminds me of Larry Linvile form MASH, apparently he was such a wonderful man, but he did his job so well that people believed he really was like Frank Burns!
Beth = Kevin
Ring 1 = JAM
Ring 2 = RAM
Ring 3 = PHLOB
First ring: Phyllis
Second ring: Pam
not sure about the third one, didn’t Angela sell the one from Andy?
ok my ring quiz answers…1- Phyllis 2- Pam 3- Karen
3. Stanley’s wife (Teri?)
Also, Jen C. is the prettiest behind the scenes TV person ever. And, what’s with Paul Feig’s attire? Is he making a joke?
[from tanster: not a joke. he dresses formally to work to honor his mother.]
I didn’t know Malibu had picnic grounds…
Thanks for another amazing set report, Tanster! I know you probably can’t answer this, but I’m guessing “Beth” is a lot like Angela…I’ve always wondered if there are clones at the other branches
Also, for the rings, I’m pretty sure it’s:
Great report Tanster!
This ring quiz is driving me nuts! Phyllis definitely has a marquise shaped diamond and so I’m leaning towards the one on the left which also has a wedding band shown. Pam’s ring is the obvious choice for the second but after the engagement episode Jenna said that the ring was yellow AND white gold. Who knows where the 3rd belongs! I’m stumped.
Final answer (maybe you’re tricking us!): Phyllis, Pam, Phyllis
3. Angela? a non character
Well, after analyzing screencaps from Chair Model, The Alliance and Gay Witch Hunt for the ring challenge, I’m still stumped but I’ll give it a shot.
1. Since this looks like a wedding set I’m gonna say Phyllis even though the screenshot from Gay Witch Hunt looks just like the 2nd ring.
2. Definitely Pam’s from Jim (Chair Model)
3. Pam’s from Roy, I think (The Alliance when Jim grabs her hand while telling her about the prank)
Right: Holly? She and AJ are designing a house… Are they engaged? Also, it could be Kelly’s, because I can see her wearing something like that even if she isn’t engaged. After all, she did wear white to Phyllis’ wedding.
I rewatched Company Picnic and there was no ring on Holly’s hand. She’s not engaged. They’re just planning on moving in together.
Thank you tanster for all your hard work, you make us feel so much a part of the Office!
My guess for the rings:
left: Angela (I’m guessing Andy already had a band too)
middle: Pam (from Roy)
Tanster, will you let us know the right answers to the ring quiz?? If so will there be a super-secret prize for the winner (haha, jk)
Wow! Phyllis*farm you rock. The something Creed has is priceless! Way to go!
PS – Tanster can you please give us some hints about this ring challenge? (This is really intriguing/bugging me more than it should.)
Oh man, those call times….good grief! Hope you’re a morning person! While I’d probably be psyched to get up in the dark if there was, say, a flight to Paris to be taking, or an Office extra to be, I’d still be half zombie/half headless chicken trying to pull it together enough in order to be punctual for those start times. Good work!
[from tanster: it was really tough, lol. especially since i’m a late night person, and didn’t go to sleep before midnight most nights. still, i would do it again in a second. ;) ]
Alright, I’m guessing again.
Left: Phyllis’ engagement ring and wedding ring.
Middle: Pam’s ring from Jim.
Right: Pam’s ring from Roy.
Can you tell us the answer to the rings? There have been so many guesses and I am really curious.
Tanster, can you tell us the answers to the ring quiz please? Thanks! I love your site. Keep up the good work!
Tanster, is there going to be an update on the rings?
Answer to the rings:
Right: Teri (Stanley’s wife)
Pam’s ring is like half a carat, lol.
From left to right I definitely think Phyllis then Pam…but the last one escapes me —
I really love Pam’s ring…It really suits her and even though the diamond isn’t huge it’s still really simple and beautiful.
Pam’s ring is pretty. But saying that it’s “not huge” is a bit of an understatement.