Fans of The office I always knew Jim Halpert and Pam Beesly were destined to end up together, even if it took a while to find the right timing. When one of Jenna Fischer’s co-stars pointed out a subtle hint that Pam was thinking about Jim long before they got together, the actor said it gave her the creeps.
The director of “The Office” has stopped production to make Pam’s drawings perfect
During the September 23 episode of Office Ladies the podcast, Fischer and her co-host, Angela Kinsey, delved into the third season episode “Business School”. Part of the episode was about Pam’s local art exhibit and how her peers didn’t support her, leaving her deflated.
The art that was on display, which Oscar Gil’s boyfriend called “motel art” because it was not inspired, had to be as soon as 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 it, telling the Office Ladies there was “a crisis surrounding one of the watercolor drawings” made by the exhibition’s art department. Whedon was strongly of the belief that a church design should not have been planned because it was not true to the character of Pam. “She just felt it was out of her character,” Forrester noted.
As a result, they stopped production, found an art student classroom, and paid a woman to paint a picture of a seamstress.
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Joss Whedon didn’t want to regret the decision
Forrester later asked Whedon why this little background detail was so important to him.
“He said, ‘Brent, in my experience, as a director, every single time I felt strongly about certain details of the shoot and allowed myself to be persuaded due to time pressure – 100% of the time, I deeply regret making that choice, ‘”Forrester recalls, Whedon told him.
Whedon also told the writer how that lesson is always with him, explaining, “and so now I understand that I should never compromise when I feel something strong as a director.”
Pam’s art exhibit contains a small detail about Jim
There’s a little detail in one of Pam’s art exhibits that says a lot about her future with Jim – that not even Fischer herself identified.
Fischer explained how the seamstress watercolor really impressed her the most when she watched the episode.
“Me too,” Kinsey said. “It was absolutely what Pam would have done because Pam, we already established, is kind of drawing things in her world and she has designed a tape dispenser … it would make sense to me. And you know, Jim … I feel that too that stapler represents Jim. Jim put that stapler in Dwight’s jelly mold. “
“I never thought about it,” Fischer said.
Kinsey continued: “I thought Pam painted that seamstress because she was thinking of Jim.”
Fischer was stunned, noting after a second of silence: “I’m just shivering.”