Was there anything suspicious in Scranton? Irregularities with the Dunder Mifflin conference room on Office have long raised the eyebrows of some eagle-eyed fans. Although the NBC comedy hasn’t aired since 2013, one Reddit user made the astute remark two years after the finale that “the conference room is constantly being changed from full chairs to a huge desk in the middle.” With the beloved Emmy-winning mock documentary now available to stream and in high rotation for replay on cable, BuzzFeed writer Stephen LaConte reopened the case in a Tuesday, October 2 post. What’s this he noted.
“I saw each episode about 1,000 times, but it wasn’t until the other day that I realized there was something very …unusual about the Dunder Mifflin boardroom, ”LaConte wrote. “And so, my friends, the question is, how on earth is this gigantic, heavy table being moved in and out of the room so frequently?”
He made a valid point. Of course, the frequently changing furniture and accessories were probably easily overlooked as fans caught their breath between laughs at the hilarious punchlines and broken fourth wall stares into the camera. After careful investigation, LaConte ruled out some possible theories, observing that the “solid wood” table “does not break or fold up in the middle” and that there is “no wheel to be found”. He also stressed that it “would be a PROCESS” to move the table in and out of the small door of the conference room.
While the seemingly impossible logistics of changing the room’s setup may remain a mystery, the question appears to be a sufficient excuse to examine some evidence. Or, you know, just revisit some classic boardroom scenes from Office.
In the Season 6 episode titled “Koi Pond,” Steve Carell’s Michael Scott facilitates an awareness exercise for the staff. In this particular scene, some of the characters – including Jim (John Krasinski), Angela (Angela Kinsey), and Erin (Ellie Kemper) – are seated around the table, while others are seated in chairs lining the perimeter of the room. . Of course, hilarity ensues when Carell’s, well, callous manager brings up topics ranging from her falling into a koi pond to Meredith (Kate Flannery) having slept with a terrorist.
The boardroom table was conspicuously absent in Season 7’s “Michael’s Last Dundies” in which Dunder Mifflin employees – seated in rows of chairs – pay homage to Michael’s 9,986,000 minutes working for the company in singing a parody of Rent’s “Seasons of Love”. . ”
Throughout the show’s nine seasons, how did the Dunder Mifflin party planning committee manage – or at least attempt to execute – the many office festivities? In the compilation video below, Angela, Pam (Jenna Fischer), Phyllis (Phyllis Smith) and Co, can be seen holding their meetings around the elusive boardroom table.
When Carell hilariously portrayed his previously incarcerated, bandana-wearing “Prison Mike” fictional character in Season 3’s “The Convict”, the boardroom was set up in chair style only. The seated staff members really tried to keep their cool as ‘tough’ Michael told false stories about his time behind bars – including the apparent existence of prison dementors at the Harry potter.
Conference table present or not, it cannot be discussed Office kept fans in stitches regardless.