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The show hits the fans : What happens when the documentary airs?
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Feb 24th 2007 edited

Stanley will have no reaction whatsoever.

Unless his newfound fame lands him in one of his crossword puzzles. Or unless his daughter's newfound fame garners the attention of boys of all ages.

Mar 3rd 2007

How would they pull of showing the documentary in the show, though? If the Dunder-Mifflinites are watching the documentary, then the documentarian's filming must be over. If the documentarian's filming is over, why would there be cameras in the office to show us the DMites' reactions?

I suppose the conciet could be that the documentarians are shooting the viewing of the documentary as bonus footage for the DVD. Seriously, everything comes out on DVD nowadays. But then it would have to be the series finale, because I don't think you could use the "bonus footage for the documentary DVD" conciet for more than an episode or two.

Mar 3rd 2007

Somebody somewhere (I can't take credit) had this awesome speculation. I improvised it a little because I don't remember it exactly.

Suppose that the episodes that we are watching every week really happened some years ago. In this scenarion we are watching the documentary either along with the Dunder-Mifflinites, or sometime after they have already seen it. When the series ends, we will immediately see where everyone has evolved to and what effect the documentary viewing has had on them.

They get the last laugh.

Mar 3rd 2007 edited

Somebody somewhere (I can't take credit) had this awesome speculation. I improvised it a little because I don't remember it exactly. Suppose that the episodes that we are watching every week really happened some years ago. In this scenarion we are watching the documentary either along with the Dunder-Mifflinites, or sometime after they have already seen it. When the series ends, we will immediately see where everyone has evolved to and what effect the documentary viewing has had on them. They get the last laugh.

Interesting idea, but there would be a few continuity issues.

In The Dundies, Jan mentions Michael throwing a party that year for no reason (The 05/05/05 party) which corresponds with when The Dundies aired (9/20/05)

In Health Care, Jim asks Pam about Trading Spouses. Looking at Wikipedia, Trading Spouses first started on 7/1/04, while Health Care aired on 4/5/05.

The Apprentice is mentioned in (I believe) Halloween and Performance Review, which aired on 10/18/05 and 11/15/05, respectively. Wikipedia states that The Apprentice started in the winter and spring of 04.

That gives, at most, a few months of leeway between the actual time and the documentary air date. But as we see in episodes like Valentine's Day, Christmas Party, Benihana Christmas, etc, all the episodes are pretty much in real time.

Mar 4th 2007

Gee Hulkweazel, Unless you have a photographic memory, you really did some research on the possibility of that scenario playing out. Oh pooh. I really hoped it would work.

Mar 4th 2007 edited

It really comes from watching all the episodes an unhealthy amount of times, and maybe a little bit of research.

Mar 4th 2007

TO101, your plan can still be salvaged. The final episode could be set two years in the future and consist of everybody reacting to the documentary when it is finally aired. (Insert scene of Josh Porter saying, "And to think I was almost these people's manager...")

Mar 4th 2007

"Set in the future" episodes are iffy, if only because of the temptation to turn it into "The World of Tomorrow!"-style science fiction claptrap.

That being said, Michael Scott's robot girlfriend might be an interesting plot development ;-p

Mar 4th 2007

"He killed me, Dwight. Killed me with a sword. How weird is that?"

Mar 5th 2007

TO101, your plan can still be salvaged. The final episode could be set two years in the future and consist of everybody reacting to the documentary when it is finally aired. (Insert scene of Josh Porter saying, "And to think I was almost these people's manager...")

I guess that could be a workable compromise. Are you thinking of something like the special in the BBC version where the doc crew visits everyone a year or so later and we find out what they have been up to?

Mar 5th 2007

Interesting idea, but there would be a few continuity issues.

Also, there's Kelly telling Jim (in The Merger) about the celebrity babies that had been born recently.

Mar 5th 2007

Oh yeah, right, right, right.

Mar 5th 2007

That being said, Michael Scott's robot girlfriend might be an interesting plot development

She'd need a longer cord than six feet, though. TWSS? Or TWHS? I can't keep up.

Mar 5th 2007 edited

Nevermind. It was sick.

Sep 2nd 2008

I wonder what I posted.

Sep 2nd 2008

She must be stopped!! The power of christ compels you! The power of Christ...

Sep 2nd 2008

Now I wonder too.

Sep 2nd 2008

It must have had something to do with needing 6 feet of something.

Sep 2nd 2008

As has been mentioned in the Media Coverage thread, the Dunder Mifflin documentary will be airing very soon, according to Exec Producer Greg Daniels.

that’s interesting, ferd.

Perhaps Michael will realize how he's scarred Ryan for life...but probably not.

Totally, THPJ.

Also, Jan might get in trouble with the new CFO after all.

Prophetic, Scranton on Speed.

I wonder if Jan will be jealous of Michael's realtor?

Yeppers. You are a Smart Little Cookie. ;-)

I for one enjoy it when Pam looks at me.

That makes sense, Hold the Chicken.

It's fun to peruse the early days of this thread to see how screen names have changed for some.

Umm, CGB

Angela will react the same way. "Sure, they show me insulting Phyllis, but they didn't show the month after month of Phyllis totally getting on my nerves!" And she'll be horrified that her secret affair has been revealed.

You guys are good!

Sep 2nd 2008

Yeah, um, interesting name changes, err, rule! What the hell was I talking about here...

My observation is, what if there was no documentary? What if, instead, this was a groundbreaking advance in interactive television wherein you the viewer are a character on the show, spectating inside the small scren rather than passively watching from your couch? The talking head interviews are actually one-on-one conversations with you, a fellow Dunder-Mifflin employee. Mugging for the camera? Hardly. Mugging for Ferd from Sales? Now you're talking. Seems you're quite the voyeur, though, following your office-mates on their free time, to conventions and even back to their home for some TV-watching and hand-holding in one instance. There'd be no doc to air, but the participatory third-person perspective never has to die, either.

Then I got high, then I got high, then I got high.

Sep 5th 2008 edited

I for one enjoy it when Pam looks at me.

That makes sense, Hold the Chicken.

hahaha. madge comin alive.

What the hell was I talking about here...

brian don't play dumb. we've all heard about your nobel nomination for discovering the couch potato gene. good luck in stockholm, big guy.

Sep 5th 2008

There is no "Brian" - only CGB.

I always love a chance to toss out a Ghostbusters quote.

Sep 6th 2008 edited

oops. just "brianed" you in another thread, cgb. ooo, zool would be cool as a screen name wouldnt it?

Sep 6th 2008

Geez ferd, and after I promised to stop Bartholomewing you.

Mar 26th 2009

It has been a lively day on NA so I thought I would bring in another thread for people to ponder. Other than Jim and Pam, most other issues in the Office will only be mildly shocking to the Dunder Mifflin staff, right? I guess some details about Dwangela will come out. But the main revelation was going to be Jim and Pam. Most likely, when the series ends Pam and Jim will be married. That should totally change their point of view from embarassed about flirting to joking about about how shy they both were.

I guess they could do something showing DM reaction to the documentary, but I think I would prefer something of a farewell to the crew, just a subtle ending. Subtle as far as the documentary, not any specific plotline. I think seeing their reaction wouldn't provide much value to the show.

Mar 26th 2009

I think Michael would have a revelation of some sort of seing himself and how people react to him on tv. He might be like David Brent and say that the producers took all of the bad footage and only showed that to make him look like an idiot/jerk.

Mar 26th 2009

And he'll tell Chris Finch to eff off.

Mar 22nd 2011
  1. I hope it goes better than Michael's movie.
  2. For whatever Reason I hope Gould (Jan's ex) makes an appearance....or at least before the series ends.
Mar 22nd 2011

I've always pictured him played by Elliot Gould, for less than imaginative reasons. If they can't have Gould, they should bring back Christian and have awesome blossom literally come out of his nose.

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