Trivia / The Office (US)

  • Actor Allusion:
    • When Michael thinks Dwight has betrayed him to Charles (Idris Elba), he checks him for a wire in the parking lot.
    • Creed gets several of these.
      • In "Money" Creed reveals that whenever he gets into debt he dumps it all on his alter ego, "William Charles Schneider": Creed Bratton's real life birth name.
      • Furthermore, in "A Benihana Christmas", Creed can be seen singing "Spinnin' and Reelin'", a song by Creed Bratton.
      • In a deleted scene from "Booze Cruise", Creed talks about being the lead guitarist of the 1960's folk group the Grass Roots (best known for their hit "Let's Live for Today"), which Creed Bratton actually was. The finale outright confirms this connection.
    • In the season 6 Christmas episode, Michael is annoyed that Phyllis is the Santa, so he dresses up as Jesus. This is not Steve Carell's first encounter with the Lord.
    • In "Cafe Disco", Michael lip-syncs to "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)", just like Steve Carrell did during the end credits of Evan Almighty.
  • Actor-Shared Background : Pam brags to Jim that she types 90 words per minute. Jenna Fischer's typing is this fast, and she worked as a receptionist. Angela Kinsey also worked in an office, for 1800Dentist.
  • Billing Displacement:
    • B.J. Novak as Ryan - He's in the opening titles and is on the front of the DVD packaging, but has increasingly decreased in prominence as the show went on. This has largely been due to the increasing role he's played behind the scenes of the show.
    • Arguably, Ed Helms' Andy as of season 8. Thanks to The Hangover movies Helms is probably the biggest "name" on the show post-Carell, and his character is now the office manager, but (perhaps for contractual reasons) he's still billed behind Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer and Novak. Even newcomer James Spader, whose role is only a recurring one, bests him with an And Starring credit.
  • Cast the Expert: Andy Buckley, who plays former-CFO David Wallace, is a Real Life stockbroker.
  • The Cast Showoff: Ed Helms.
    • This really seems to come off as a parody of this trope, considering how often he does it for no particular reason and how even the rest of the cast tends to see it as extremely annoying. In one episode when Andy plays a part in a musical, Jim and Pam point out that it's enjoyable listening to him sing... in a setting that's actually appropriate for it.
    • In-universe, in Michael's movie Threat Level: Midnight, he writes the plot to center around a hockey game seemingly to give himself a chance to show off his ice skating skills.
    • Averted with Creed, despite his Grass Roots pedigree he almost never participates in the many musical interludes the cast indulge in.
  • Celebrity Paradox: Michael watches The Wire, but doesn't recognize that Charles Minor looks just like Stringer and his girlfriend/wife looks just like Beadie.
    • Dwight watches Heroes but doesn't notice that Kelly's husband is Mohinder.
  • The Danza: Phyllis, Angela, Oscar and Clark. Creed may be a Danza, but lives in As Himself and Adam Westing territory.
  • Defictionalization: Famous props in the show like Dwight's bobble-head of himself and Michael's "World's best boss" coffee mug have been made into merchandise that fans can buy.
    • Not only is there Dwight's bobble-head, there are bobble-heads of the whole main cast available.
    • In "Business Ethics" Michael mentions viewing a YouTube video called "Cookie Monster sings Chocolate Rain". You'd think a video like that would have already existed on YouTube but it didn't. A video was created by a fan after the episode aired.
    • Staples now sells real Dunder Mifflin paper.
    • For a while, Serenity by Jan candles were available on the NBC website. Some scents available included Campfire, Hunter Green, and Clean Jeans.
  • Deleted Scene / DVD Bonus Content: A crapload of canonical, extra features, and webisodes can be found online at NBC's Office website.
  • Development Gag: Charles Miner said he use to work for Saticoy Steel. The Office is filmed at Chandler Valley Studios, which is located on a Saticoy Street.
  • Directed by Cast Member:
    • Paul Lieberstein, 7 episodes ("Money", "Two Weeks", "Gossip", "Whistleblower", "Sex Ed", "Training Day", "The Incentive")
    • B.J. Novak, 5 episodes ("Scott's Tots", "The Seminar", "The List", "Trivia", "Free Family Portrait Studio")
    • Steve Carell, 3 episodes ("Broke", "Secretary's Day", "Garage Sale")
    • John Krasinski, 3 episodes ("Sabre", "Lotto", "The Boat")
    • Rainn Wilson, 3 episodes ("The Cover Up", "Classy Christmas", "Get the Girl")
    • Mindy Kaling, 2 episodes ("Body Language", "Michael's Last Dundies")
    • Ed Helms, 2 episodes ("Christmas Wishes", "Welcome Party")
    • Brian Baumgartner, 1 episode ("After Hours")
    • Lieberstein has also been the showrunner since season 5, and many additional episodes have been written by cast members.
  • Edited for Syndication: In the TBS version of "Performance Review" Dwight wonders if the suggestion "Dont Sleep with your Boss" refers to "You boning Jan". In the syndicated version he says "You doing Jan".
    • Also, in "Sexual Harassment" Michael says "The only thing I am worried about is getting a boner", in the syndicated version he said "The only thing I am worried about is getting a shwing"
    • Episode 'Koi Pond' had its cold opening removed which involved a fake hanging by Michael and was also omitted from DVD release. Fortunately, the clip can still be seen on the official site.
  • Enforced Method Acting: Season's 2 "The Carpet" is centered around an incredibly foul smelling... "thing"... left behind in Michael's office. Unbeknownst to the rest of the crew, Steve Carell had thrown a stink bomb into his office just before shooting began on the scene in which the employees smell the odor in his office. Unless they postponed filming, there's a good chance that everyone's reactions to the smell, especially Kevin's, as Michael locks him in his office for a short while, is not acted.
    • Another moment, also courtesy of Steve Carell, is his incredibly awkward kiss with Oscar in "Gay Witch Hunt". He was only supposed to kiss Oscar on the cheek, but in that one take, Carell just wouldn't let go of Oscar Nunez (who plays Oscar) and kept coming closer and closer. Oscar trying to pull away was completely real. In fact, they had luck the camera kept fixed on Michael and Oscar (and that Nunez managed to keep a straight face), because the rest of the cast were all cracking up.
  • Executive Meddling: The reason why the pilot episode is an Americanized version of the British pilot episode.
    • Going into the 8th season, there was some meddling with Michael/Deangelo's replacement. NBC apparently wanted Catherine Tate to replace them, and James Spader to replace Jo Bennet, with more frequent appearances. Only the second one went through.
  • Fake American: Idris Elba (Charles) is actually British. The character seems vaguely transatlantic, especially in terms of accent, and anyone who's seen The Wire knows Elba could have done a much more convincing American accent if he'd wanted to. Charles is also an avid soccer fan.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: The scenes with Kevin and the shredder from The Merger and the cold open from the episode Koi Pond (the one with the haunted warehouse) have not only been edited out of their respective episodes for reruns, but also omitted from DVDs (even the "deleted scenes" features don't include them) . They can still be found online.
  • Life Imitates Art: In a ninth season article, Nellie tricked Andy into believing that he's related to Michelle Obama. Turns out that Ed Helms really is related to Michelle Obama, as well as Mitt Romney, John McCain and Amy Poehler (of Parks and Recreation).
    • There is a real Dunder Mifflin paper, it's produced by Quill Corporation, and sold (in the United States) at Staples.
  • Marathon Running: When cable channel TBS secured the rerun rights to the show, they made a habit of airing four or six episodes in a row one day a week, instead of one episode a day. This lead to a lampshading on an episode of Futurama... the Planet Express ship is converted to a passenger ship. When one passenger gets upset at the inflight entertainment provided by Dr Zoiberg, she yells "Turn down the lights and put on four episodes of The Office!"
    • That joke could also reflect the fact that many airlines show Office episodes as in-flight entertainment.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Two different actresses have played Pam's mom.
    • Andy's parents are also portrayed by two different sets of people in "Goodbye, Toby" & "Garden Party".
  • Stunt Directing: Seasons 3 & 4 had notable people behind the camera including Harold Ramis, Joss Whedon, J. J. Abrams and Jason Reitman.
  • Shout-Out : A few, to the show's location. One episode has Michael acting like the Big Bad in The Devil Wears Prada. The author hails from Scranton, PA. Likewise Michael's love of magic and one "cold-open" where he tries to escape a straightjacket—there is a Houdini Museum in Scranton.
  • Talking to Himself: Michael in "Ultimatum".
  • Technology Marches On: The Dunder-Mifflin Infinity Website.
    • Computron!
  • Throw It In: Many instances, especially in the talking head segments. There's always a complete script, but once the written dialogue has been shot, the actors are free improvise if they wish to do so. According to Word of God, Rainn Wilson particularly likes to improvise, noting, "Rainn has never not given an alternate version."
  • What Could Have Been: Indie darling Zooey Deschanel was apparently offered a regular role on the show for Season 8, but ultimately turned it down in favor of the lead in the Fox sitcom New Girl.
    • Will Arnett was seriously considered for the part of the next boss for Dunder Mifflin but was turned down as there were concerns that his new series would conflict with the schedule.
    • Around the fourth season, there were talks to have Carol Burnett appear as Michael's mother in an episode but the idea never got off the ground.
    • This article shows a few more actors who auditioned, including Seth Rogen for Dwight and John Cho for Jim.
      • One item of interest is that Adam Scott and Kathryn Hahn were considered for the roles of Jim and Pam, respectively. They'd go on to play political rivals and later boss (her) and employee (him) on Parks and Recreation, and played husband and wife on Step Brothers.
      • In addition to the actors mentioned above, in this video it's shown Judah Friedlander and Patton Oswalt auditioning for the part of Dwight, Eric Stonestreet for Kevin and Bob Odenkirk for Michael. About the latter, in the episode 16 of season 9 he appears as the manager of another office where Pam goes for a job interview, eerily similar to Michael, down to his interest in old comedy shows and his propensity to make socially insensitive commentaries. The audience get a glimpse of Mr. Odenkirk's (hypothetical) portrayal of Michael Scott.
    • Angela Kinsey became pregnant during the filming of Season 4, and it was intended to write the pregnancy into the show itself, with the child being the result of her secret affair with Dwight. Unfortunately, the 2007-08 Writer's Strike prevented further shooting until she was too far along, causing them to obscure it as it couldn't be written in.
    • Had The Farm been picked up, Dwight would have left the show halfway through season 9.
    • During season 9, the crew originally wanted to put a spin on the Credits Gag from late season 7 when Andy went on his boat trip: the final shot of Andy knocking his sailor statue off the desk would have been replaced with a shot of the manager's office from the same angle, but with nobody there, and stacks of paper on the desk that would be getting bigger and bigger. They ultimately decided to not focus on Andy's absence and simply removed the shot entirely.
  • The Wiki Rule: Has a wiki here.
  • Word of God: David Rogers, one of the show's directors, has addressed an apparent Series Continuity Error that occurred in the series' penultimate episode, A.A.R.M., namely the contradiction between the season premiere in which Dwight learns Angela's son Philip is not his after stealing his diaper and having a lab run a DNA test and A.A.R.M. in which Angela tells him Philip is actually his son: apparently, they had planned on planting hints before The Reveal, indicating that Dwight had stolen the wrong diaper, but ultimately didn't go through with it.
  • Written by Cast Member: Paul Liebestein, Mindy Kaling and B.J. Novak were on the writing staff from the beginning. Steve Carrell later wrote "Survivor Man" and Season 2 finale "Casino Night".
  • Several The Daily Show alums have appeared on the American version of the show. There are the obvious stars Steve Carell and Ed Helms, but also Rob Corrdry, Beth Littleford, Rachael Harris, and the aforementioned Wyatt Cenac have had minor roles or were reoccurring characters. Even Stephen Colbert makes a cameo appearance in one episode of the 9th season.
  • You Look Familiar: Blake Garrett Rosenthal, who played Dwight's nephew from the season 9 episode "The Farm", was originally in the season 7 episode "WUHPF.com" as a child on the hayride.
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