Why this subtle clue about Jim and Pam left Jenna Fischer speechless – “I’m just getting chills”


Fans of Office always knew Jim Halpert and Pam Beesly were destined to end up together, even if it took them a little while to get the timing right. When one of Jenna Fischer’s co-stars pointed out a subtle hint that Pam was thinking of Jim long before they got together, the actor said it gave him chills.

Jenna Fischer as Pam Beesly and John Krasinski as Jim Halpert in “The Office” | Paul Drinkwater / NBCU Photo Bank / NBCUniversal via Getty Images

The director of “The Office” has stopped production to make Pam’s art perfect

During the September 23 episode of the Ladies Office podcast, Fischer and his co-host, Angela Kinsey, took a deep dive into the Season 3 episode “Business School”. Part of the episode involved Pam’s local art show and how her coworkers weren’t supporting her, leaving her deflated.

The art that was on display, which Oscar’s boyfriend Gil called “motel art” because it was not inspired, had to be fair right. The director of the episode, Joss Whedon, even stopped production because he didn’t like one of the watercolors.

Writer Brent Forrester explained the story behind, telling the Ladies Office there was “a crisis that occurred around one of the watercolor drawings” made by the artistic department of the exhibition. Whedon was a firm believer that a church drawing shouldn’t have been part of the lineup because it wasn’t true to Pam’s character. “He just felt it was out of character for her,” Forrester noted.

As a result, they stopped production, found a class of art students, and paid a woman to paint a picture of a stapler.

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Joss Whedon didn’t want to regret the decision

Forrester then asked Whedon why this little background detail was so important to him.

“He said, ‘Brent, in my experience as a director, whenever I felt strongly interested in certain details of the shoot and let myself be convinced by the pressure of time – 100% of the time. time, I deeply regretted making that choice, ”Forrester recalls, Whedon told him.

Whedon also explained to the writer that that lesson was always with him, explaining, “And now I understand that I should never compromise when I feel something strong as a director.

Pam’s Art Show Has A Little Detail About Jim

There’s a little detail in one of the pieces in Pam’s art show that says a lot about her future with Jim – that even Fischer herself hasn’t identified.

Fischer explained how the watercolor of the stapler stood out the most when she watched the episode.

“Me too,” Kinsey said. “That’s absolutely what Pam would have done because Pam, we’ve already established her, she kind of draws things in her world and she sketched out a duct tape dispenser… that would make sense to me.” And you know, Jim… I have a feeling that stapler also represents Jim. Jim put this stapler in Dwight’s jello mold.

“I never thought about it,” Fischer said.

Kinsey continued, “I thought Pam painted this stapler because she was thinking of Jim.”

Fischer was stunned, noting after a second of silence: “I just had chills. “


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