The Office stars Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey explain that Season 4’s hilarious boardroom debate was nearly cut from the episode.
The hilarious Office The Season 4 Boardroom Debate was nearly cut from the episode. Originally created by British comedians Ricky Gervais and Stephan Merchant, the American version of the series debuted in 2005 and ran for nine seasons, after which it quickly gained recognition as one of the best sitcoms of its time. . Office went on to receive 42 Primetime Emmy nominations, winning five. One of those nominations was for season 4, episodes 7 and 8, “Money,” written by Paul Lieberstein.
With Jan (Melora Hardin) living with Michael Scott (Steve Carell), her need to change Michael’s lifestyle prompted Dunder Mifflin’s regional manager to get a second job as a telemarketer. After a late night, Michael had to give a presentation on Microsoft PowerPoint, but he gets lost. In the ensuing argument about the importance of PowerPoint, Ryan Howard (BJ Novak) uses the word “anybody“to which Michael mocks and says, “The one who is never really right“This leads to a hilarious debate among employees about how to properly use that word with Creed (Creed Bratton) calling it”a made-up word used to mislead students“Kevin Malone (Brian Baumgartner) Says He Knows What’s Right But Calls Everyone Out”jerks“for not coming to his band’s performance. Only after Pam (Jenna Fischer) and Toby (Lieberstein) explain that it is determined that Ryan was correct in his use of “anybody.”
In an episode of The ladies of the office podcast (via Mashable), Fischer and Angela Kinsey revealed that the fun boardroom scene was cut almost entirely from the episode. Fischer explained that there was quite a bit of opposition in the writer’s room to cut the scene, but Lieberstein fought to keep it in the episode. Read what Fischer and Kinsey said below.
Kinsey: He fought for it. He loved her. And I love every beat of this boardroom scene.
Fischer: He told me there was like a vote in the writers room to cut it. There was a lot of pressure on him to cut that runner. And he really thought it had to stay. And he’s really glad he did, because that’s the clip they ended up playing at the SAG Awards when we were nominated that year. It was anyone/anybody’s scene.
The inclusion of the grammar debate at the SAG Awards only lends credence to how well written the scene is. As the argument provides minimal advancement of the episode’s plot, Fischer explained that the scene was a deletion choice. However, the two are glad the scene stuck as it is considered a highlight of the episode by critics and fans alike.
While the “anyone/anyone” discussion doesn’t advance the story in any significant way, the running joke allows all of the main characters to play off each other. The moment also enhances some minor subplots such as Kelly Kapoor (Mindy Kaling) insulting Ryan about their breakup with his comment about being used as an object, or Kevin’s anger that no one saw his band. to play. However, an important purpose of the scene is to delay Ryan’s job ultimatum later given to Michael, causing expectations to rise, building suspense through the humorous tangent. Although a common tenant of good writing is to “kill your darlings”, this scene is something that would not have benefited anyone on Officethe cutting room floor.
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Source: Office Ladies (via Mashable)
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