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I'm Jenna Fischer, and I'm Angela Kinsey. We were on the office together and we're best friends and now we're doing the ultimate office rewash podcast just for you. Each week we will break down an episode of the office and give exclusive behind the scenes stories that only two people who were there can tell you where the office ladies. Hello, Angela. Hey, lady, it's very good to see your face today, same I feel the same way. Oh, I said lady right out of the gate.

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Some people love the lady and some people don't love the lady.

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I want to get a T-shirt that just says Lady, lady. All right. What are we talking about today?

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Today we are talking about Season three, episode 18, The Negotiation. Mm hmm. It was written by Mike Schur and directed by Jeff Blitz.

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Those are two powerhouses of comedy. Yes, this is a good team. Here is a summary angered by Pam's confession that she and Jim shared a kiss. Roy tries to attack Jim in the office. I mean, right out of the gate. That's the first scene, everybody. Yeah, Jim is spared by Dwight's quick thinking, a.k.a. pepper spray. Roy is fired and Darryl tries to leverage it into a raise. But upon hearing how little Michael makes at his job, Daryl, Toby and Michael drive to corporate.

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So Michael can ask for his own raise.

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Roy takes Pam out for coffee to apologize and they break it off for good. This is it. No more Pam and Roy guys. And then at the end of the show. Jim catches Dwight and Angela kissing in the office. Mm hmm. But it's a lot fast fact No. One, this episode was a supersized episode of the office. And as a result, Angela, I think, am I right? There are no deleted scenes for this episode.

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There are none on the DVD. Now, I don't know if there's some secret NBC archives somewhere, but there aren't any that we know of.

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I think we used it all. It's all in there, guys. Now, here's a little bit of a fact. This is a fact within a fact.

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I was going to say a little bit of effect was happening. This episode, like I said, was written by Mike Shaw, who was nominated for an Emmy Award for writing this episode. Oh, he should have won. Did he win?

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He did not. But he lost to Greg Daniels, who won for gay witch hunt. Oh, OK.

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OK, OK. You're all right with that. You're like a writer, like the one. Keep it in the family. That's right.

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Yeah. All right. Well, that was fun. All right.

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Well, now I'm going to give you fast fact number two in this episode, you remember Michael says that he got tips on how to negotiate from Wikipedia. Yes. And some of the stuff that he says that he found on Wikipedia is stuff like you have to suddenly change the location or refuse to talk first. Yes, well, we had a fan question from Brianna Kernan Zugzwang, Charlie Aultman, Shay Cui's and Jeremy Schaap.

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They all asked, were the interview tips that Michael was using actually from Wikipedia or did the writers make them up? OK, none of that stuff was on Wikipedia for real. The writer just made that up. Yeah, I did.

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I did a mini deep dive on the art of negotiation for this episode. And I can confirm because I went to the actual Wikipedia page for negotiating and those are not on there.

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Well, you know, after this episode aired, there was a major stir. Really, fans started going on to the negotiation page of Wikipedia and they started changing it to reflect Michael's advice.

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That's awesome. I mean, not I mean, don't don't be hackers, guys, but that's funny. And the administrators at Wikipedia had to put the page in, I guess, what is called semi protection mode. And that limits who's allowed to edit a page. So any user that had an account that was less than four days old or anyone who is trying to put a post up as anonymous were forbidden, and then they had other administrators who would go in and delete.

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All of the fake negotiation advice, that was just Michael Scott. Oh, my goodness, you guys. But it was a whole thing. There were like articles written about it in USA Today. Oh, wow. Yeah, it caused a stir stirring it up office fans.

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I'm going through these quickly, Angela, because we have some exciting news, which is part of fast. Fact number three. Yes, this episode marks the return of Ed Helms as Andy Bernard, but it also marks the last regular appearance of Roy, played by David Dedman. Now, Roy will continue to come back now and then, but this really officially ends the Panerai relationship and we felt like we had to mark this occasion by talking to Roy himself, David Denman, and we had so much fun talking to him.

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Sam, can you play that interview?

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David Denman, hello, welcome to office, ladies. Hello, ladies. Hey, David, it's so good to see you. But a long time. It's been a long time. It has.

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Well, David, we always like to start by asking our guests how they came to be on the show.

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My buddy, who is an actor, friend of mine in New York, he watched the British office and he called me and said, dude, you've got to watch this show. It's amazing. You're going to love it. There's nothing like it on TV. And I hear they're doing an American version. You got to try to get in on that. So I watched it and I was like, oh, my God, this is genius. And there was, you know, a couple of guys my age on the show.

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And I called my agent and I was like, hey, I hear you're doing an American version of the office.

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And he goes, Yeah, yeah, I'd love to get in on that because you really want to do it. It's like, yeah, but the machine does that. They're looking for improv comedians. And I'm like, yeah, you know, I went to Juilliard. I did study improv along with Shakespeare and many other things. Just because I didn't go to, you know, improv, Olympic or whatever doesn't mean I don't have an interest in that and don't have that much boxing is OK.

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So he called over and all the parts were cast except Aroy. So I said, yeah, I'd love to go into that part. That little thing changed my career.

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Well, David, I remember that you were one of the very, very first people cast. You were at our first original table read that Angela was not even out. They hadn't even filled out the rest of the office. It was just. Steve, John, Rain, B.J.. Me, Phyllis, and you, that's who was at the first table read, and I remember Allison Jones brought her Polaroid camera. And she took a Polaroid picture for each of us because she said that's a tradition of hers at table reads for actors at their for their first series.

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Do you still have yours?

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I remember it slightly different. I know she brought the Polaroid camera and she took a picture for herself that she did on every table read of her first show. And you said, oh, I want one of those, took another one and gave it to you. I don't think anyone else has any of those photos besides those two.

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OK, that that sounds like me. Thank you, David, because Jenny has talked about this. And thank you for setting that straight. Well, that explains why no one else has one but me.

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Yeah, maybe I should stop asking that question. Jonah, to the original table. Read people. Oh, my gosh.

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Well, David, I just remember meeting you and being so excited, and we had that theater connection because I also got a theater degree.

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I just liked you immediately. I immediately like to you know, we definitely hit it off. It was what was fun about that show in the beginning was you guys were all stuck in the office for hours and hours and hours. And usually when you film a series, it's like, oh, we'll shoot that scene and then we'll go shoot that scene. Because the way they filmed this with a documentary style where they whip the camera across the whole office.

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They needed everyone to sit in the background all day long. So you guys would always be losing your mind. By the time I showed up on set, you were like, oh, there's a new person.

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And you were very enthusiastic every time I got there. And I was very grateful for it. So, yeah, we definitely hit it off.

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I do remember Janet coming to set, though, and being like, guess what I did this weekend. I was like, wow. And she's like, I played poker with David.

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And I was like, what is happening when you hanging out? You're playing poker in someone's garage. Like, what's with this whole other life I need to get in on?

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I know you never learned poker, Angela. You missed out on a lot.

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Well, you wouldn't want me at your poker table. I mean, I, I mean, one time I played with and I had like a pair of threes and I thought I could win the whole thing. But I guess that's not you know, I don't know. I'm not good at it, guys. Well, for playing for real money, we would want you at our poker table.

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No, you wouldn't, because I'm the person that's like all in and everyone's like, wait, what's happening?

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I remember that, like, it rains garage like and here we are, a little poker table. But I remember I took down a big pot opposite Eugena once and you lost your mind. I could not believe that I that I had beat you in that hand. I don't think I ever won another hand against you, but that one just set the tone. You were just so livid that I beat you.

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Do you remember that fond memory? I feel like I would often get dramatic when I lost and wasn't expecting it. So David, John and I have talked a little bit how we give our characters back stories like I would give Angela Martin reasons why she would react one way. And Jenna has shared her Pam back story. And what was your take on Roy and Pam? Did you invent a back story for their relationship and for Roy?

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Yeah, I did definitely have a back story. But I just you know, I assume that these guys met in high school, they started dating and, you know, they just kind of fell into this, you know, this dynamic where either one of them. Well, definitely. I don't think Roy wanted to get married initially. I think it was just like, oh, this is what we're supposed to do next and this we're supposed to do next.

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And it wasn't until years later that, like, you know, when he was going to lose Pam, that like he was like, oh, I actually care about this person and I have to put some work into this. And, you know, with any relationship, you have to put some effort into it. And I don't think really had ever thought about that until it was too late. And I went to a school that was some like a couple of meatheads that I sort of fashioned this guy after.

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I mean, I'm not going to say who they were, but that's kind of where I saw Roy. And so I thought at the time I was like, oh, this will be a great way to make fun of those guys. And then the next thing I know, I'm playing these parts for the rest of my life. That's not that's not entirely true.

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But well, it's so funny because you I mean, like knowing you, you're such like more of like an intellectual creative.

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Thank you. I appreciate that you're an outdoorsman, though. Like that part of Roy fits you. I think like I mean, Roy is jet skiing, but, you know, you like the outdoors and stuff.

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I do. I do like the outdoors. I mean, I go I go out backpacking, stuff like that. I don't know if it's necessarily that he's more of like a let's get my RV and my jet ski and like, hang out and drink some beers. Yeah. And and that's his that's his outdoorsman. Right. He's going to load up a four wheeler with a bunch of beer. Probably made some bad choices in the woods.

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Yeah. Yeah.

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Well, David, I totally relate to how you can kind of fall into a casting rut because I just did an interview yesterday and the person interviewing me said, so, Angela, you often play the heel.

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You're kind of a heel in everything. And I was like, yes, I. I have sort of made a way of playing the bitch or the weirdo.

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I become like thing. It's hard for people to see you outside of that box once you're in it. And and then, like the success of the show is just continued on and on and on and on, which is fantastic. It's more popular now than it ever was. And, you know, if you're lucky enough to be part of something that like people enjoy and get into, and that's exciting. But to be part of something that gets into the culture of that is so rare and so impossible to to be a part of that.

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I'm constantly grateful every day that I got to be that a little part part of the show, because that's very, very, very rare.

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Yeah. So, David, at the beginning of season three, you came back to work and you were like super fit.

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We all noticed was this because you had done a movie role over the summer and they wrote it into the plot? Or did Greg get you aside and tell you this idea that Roy should come back and be all, like, excited to win Pam back and you sort of transformed for the show was all for the show.

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But it was and it was a conversation with Greg. I wouldn't say Greg said, hey, go get in shape. But he did say he did take me aside and said, hey, I want I got the I'd like to make you more of a rival of Jim's next season. I said, Really? And he goes, Yeah. I said, how we're going to do that. I mean, we've really made this guy such a knucklehead. I don't know how anyone is going to root for Roy.

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And he goes, well, I think I think I think you can do something and make it work. And we can also, you know, write it. So so we give them that opportunity. And I said, OK, I said, well, I probably should get into shape. Then he goes, OK, if you want to. And one of our camera operators who became a director, our buddy Matt Sloan, he was like, you should do this triathlon.

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And I was like, are you out of your mind? I'm not doing a triathlon. I don't even I barely run. I mean, he was like, you can do it. I'm telling you, you could do it. I'm like, no, no, that's never going to happen. I mean, I. I played. Water polo in high school for like my freshman year, so I was a pretty good swimmer, I wasn't worried about that, but I hadn't ever been on a bike.

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And I was like, I know, guys, I can get you a bike. And like, we should you should just do it. And, you know, it was like that conversation with Greg, this idea of trying to make, you know, Roy more of a rival, just kind of put it all into motion. And so I started training for the Malibu triathlon, which I ended up doing like 10. I did that for like 10 years, I think every year.

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And so many other people from the office got joined in on that. I don't know if you if either of you guys ever did it, but never did it.

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But I remember this, David. I remember a bunch of the guys on the crew and some of the women as well.

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Terry Weinberg. Right.

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Terry Weinberg is like, so fat.

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She really went all out. I see her out there every year. She still doesn't come back with photos.

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And it was incredible. Yeah.

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And it was always the same weekend as the people that do the go to the triathlon in the morning and then go change and go in. And it was hilarious to me. I'm like, that's I would have loved to have done that, David.

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But Angela doesn't think I have the athleticism now.

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That's not true at all. Thank you. Say it loud and clear for the office. Ladies audience, please. Yeah. I need to hear your support for this argument, OK?

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And first of all, do you actually you have to remember this and I hate to put you on one point, but remember the year that Jenna decided to get into shape and was like and she was like, I'm doing it, I am doing it, and I'm good for you. And she was on the cover of Like Shape magazine and a bikini. And she looked and she looked phenomenal. David, here is what I'm saying to you. My argument is not that Jenna cannot get into shape when she wants to get into shape.

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The woman is hard core. You know, she also made a mixtape called Sounds of Scranton. She wrote a three page document about the background of Pam. When she wants to get into shape by God, she gets in shape mind. Could she do a cartwheel and a back flip and throw a grenade in the air and then jump on a rope and swing across the parking lot? I've seen her carry a guitar through an airport, David. I saw her try to get a guitar on a plane.

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OK, look, I stand corrected in regards to getting a guitar on a plane or doing a backflip to a parking lot, sitting on a rope and I don't know, like, is she going to be the next Laura Croft? Oh, probably not this, but this is my place. You can do a triathlon. That's all I'm saying. I listen, I didn't say she couldn't do a triathlon. Jenna jumped in to give me shade and try to be on your side.

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I think she could do a triathlon, whatever. I think she would be the team leader. She'd have everyone on a schedule, no doubt line whatever. Oh. Oh, Lord, yes.

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We got some s happening.

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All right. Well, I have a question. Oh, OK. This interview.

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I'm moving this along to David in general. Do you have any favorite scenes from your time on the show? Anything you just loved for any reason? I do have a moment that I remember specifically, but it wasn't anything that was on camera, it was we were shooting the booze cruise episode. It was a long night. And the next morning, like we as we were wrapping, they had a pontoon boat. And and Steve and I jumped in the pontoon boat and we blazed through Long Beach Harbor as the sun was coming up.

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And it was like it was awesome. And I just for some reason, remember that moment of my time on that show more than anything else.

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I love that. Well, David, I just want to get your take on the whole Angela Conroy thing, because there's a lot of people online. There's like a Reddit thread that Angela and Roy were having some secret love affair.

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We talked to Greg about it. Greg was like, I mean, maybe if he had stayed on the show longer, but now I don't think so. But but we could see where Roy would appeal to Angela, sort of this big gallant fella.

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I remember that. Like, who would you do? I think I think Roy was like, yeah, she's hot. No, I don't. I don't. I like you. Like Greg said, I think if he'd been on the show, if I'd been on the show longer, that would have been a fun twist to throw in there to just create conflict.

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How much fun would it have been to revenge? Dave Angela in front of Pam.

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Oh, yeah. Oh, no, 100 percent. That would have been that. And she would have totally been into that. And Roy would have been into that too. I'm sure that would have been funny. Yeah.

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Well, David, you got to have a lot of scenes with Craig Robinson. You sort of mentioned that we spent a lot of time in the office, but you got to do all those warehouse scenes and oftentimes the two of you were paired up. Do you have any stories from working with Craig or what that was like?

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I love that dude like like you. I got along with him really well, and we hung out outside of work quite a bit at the beginning. And I was trying to get him to do the triathlon, which he was not into. But we always did almost muddy buddy, which is this like. Crazy race where you like going this obstacle course and you get I mean, literally, you like you do it with a partner or or multiple people and you help each other, like climb across this obstacle course.

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As you go through mud, you get electrocuted like it's the most insane like you did.

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Yeah, but why. Yeah, we have you. Yeah. This sounds like a bad frat hazing. It's not.

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It is horrible. And I did it once and I'll never, ever do it again. But anyone who's ever participated, they know there's this one obstacle course where you have to crawl on the ground on your way through the mud. And they have these hanging like like electric currents that like once they touch your body, they zap you like it's to keep you down low. But when you're as big as I am, you just get zapped over and over and over again.

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It was the worst thing ever. Craig and I like we talked about it all the time we were going. We were so possibly going to do that. Maybe he just was just being nice to me, saying maybe I'll think about when I first hear what I'm thinking. You're totally placating you. Yeah, man, that sounds like a great idea, Bubba.

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Yeah. Oh, I love that. That's my fantasy that Craig and I would have done one of those adventures together. Now I'm too old. I don't want to do it. I don't want to do it.

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Twenty years ago now in this episode, David, we have this scene at the Hungry Fox Diner, and it's kind of Pam and Roy's last big scene together for a while, because you do come back and we have another kind of heart to heart it later. But this ends for a while. And I remember shooting this scene with you and feeling kind of emotional because I knew that your regular time on the office was ending. Do you have any memories from that?

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Did Greg talk to you about that?

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I'll tell you, like when I when I found out we did a table read and write, then Crank got the phone call or write before that, you guys, it all got picked up for two more seasons, or maybe it was three seasons. I don't know how many seasons it was at that point, but everyone was like, oh my God. Yeah. And I was sitting right next to Greg and I turned to Greg and I go, I'm not coming back in my.

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And he goes, no, because but it's not you. I just got to get Romeo and Juliet together. And I just don't feel like I can do that with you here. And but I don't want to kill you off because I want you to come back. And I said I get it. And the coolest thing ever was, like I said, would it be OK for me to do like a a pilot or something? Because it was right at the beginning of pilot season.

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It goes, yeah, I think that would be OK. And, you know, oftentimes because they don't want people to know something's not going to happen, they won't let you do that like you're under contract. And so they're not going to allow you to do another show. And so he was very gracious to let me do that. And I ended up getting this really great pilot that ended up not going. But it was a it was a big get for me.

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And it definitely changed the trajectory of my career. Shortly after that, we did shoot this episode and I knew that I was leaving the show. And I was definitely was emotional for me, too, because we become really good friends. And I and we you know, I just knew that, like, it was it was coming to an end. Like we did stay friends afterwards, but we didn't see each other as often. You're working and I'm off doing other things and you just end up becoming friends with the people you're working with.

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And and that's just the way life goes on these on these shows. But, yeah, I was definitely emotional because I definitely felt like, you know, like this cast, you know, you become a family. So, yeah, it was definitely emotional for me to shoot that last scene.

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David, did you take anything from set when you wrapped? Do you have a memento?

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What would you know? It's funny, I don't, but I have I don't know if you guys remember this, but like. The jacket that all of the warehouse wears was my jacket that I auditioned with, no, yeah, yeah, there was a I bought this jacket from Old Navy and I wore to my audition and Greg said, I want that jacket. What is that jacket? And it's kind of looks like a Deqi jacket. But it wasn't it was this like like a warehouse jacket that Old Navy made and so poor costumes had to call Old Navy.

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They called me. They're like, where'd you get that jacket? I have to get it because Greg says everyone has to wear that. So they bought every every, you know, every thing they could get in stock, an old Navy jacket. So I have that original jacket. I don't wear it anymore. I have it somewhere.

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Can you imagine if you put that jacket on and Jenna, the two of you met for lunch, just you in that jacket with her hair half up, half down.

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People would be like, well, David, thank you so much. Thank you. It's really, really good to see you and reminisce.

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Well, David, what are you up to now that we can talk about here? Well, I finished this a while ago that got pushed because of covid, but I did this would be Greenland that's out with Gerard Butler and Marina Baker in that I think will be in theaters by the time this airs. It's like a disaster movie. It's really good. I played a really, really fun character and I want to say anything about it. And I'm doing this series called Mayor of Town with Kate Winslet that we were in the middle of filming.

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And it's amazing. David, that's amazing.

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She's awesome. It's great.

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Well, I'm so excited for you. Kate Winslet is one of my idols. So can we please go out for drinks when you get back?

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I will be happy to do that. I'd love to get drinks to be fun. David, thank you.

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Thank you so much. It's so wonderful to see you. And I can't wait to see all the things that you're up to. They sound so wonderful.

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Thank you, guys. So good to see you. Thanks, David.

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Angela, that was so great getting to talk, David. I know we are just having the best time getting to see everyone from the show, but lady, are you ready to tackle this episode because a lot happens.

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Oh, and it happens fast, guys. This episode opens with Roy pacing outside in the parking lot. It's kind of like he's waiting, I think, for Jim to come out of the building. But Jim is not coming out of the building.

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Yeah, it's the end of the day. And Jim and Karen are kind of they're flirting and kind of making their plans, but they're going to do. And Roy gets tired of waiting in the parking lot and he comes on up inside.

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Yeah, he just he bursts and he yells for Jim. And Pam is like, oh, no. Well, did you notice Jim right away?

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Looks right to you like, oh, crap. Yeah. And then a lot happens. So Roy lunges at Jim. Jim just shoves Karen out of the way. He's like, I got to get Karen out of this line of danger. And right before Roy gets his hands on Jim, Dwight pops up and just pepper sprays Roy in the face. I mean, Dwight doesn't just frame douses him with the whole container and it clearly starts to affect everyone in the bullpen.

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Well, I remember Jeff Blitz talking to us about this. We had a whole conversation where he was like, listen, it's not just the person who gets hit that suffers the consequences of pepper spray going off like this. It's a it's a mist that will affect people in a general radius. And they did a bunch of research on it. And I remember us talking about what happens when you get pepper sprayed. And so that's why I was like, OK, well, I'm going to pick up a tissue and I'm going to hold it to my eyes.

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And we were all blinking and kind of coughing. Yeah, I believe it. Well, Angela, we had a fan question about this scene from Lila Dano, who is 11 years old. Hi, Lila. As well as from Catherine M. A.E, Stephanie T. Chloe, Jay and Hannah, as they all asked, what did Dwight actually spray Roy with? Because, I mean, obviously we didn't pepper spray David Denman. Well, that's a good question.

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And I was wondering it as well. I wonder if you had some Kinta PDR Phil Schey info for us.

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I did ask Kanta PDA about this and Kent said that it was an Evian water bottle sprayer.

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Oh, well, that's some good acting then, you guys. Yeah. Yeah, you just got misted, basically, you basically went to the spa, aggressive and aggressive spa.

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Yes, exactly. Well, we had some other people right in Yeji, Aaron W, Gustavo G, Brianna L and G, all asked how much choreography went into filming the opening scene. When Roy tries to punch Jim, how many takes were needed to get it done. And Kent told me that we did and I remember this and about a dozen takes of Roy just rushing in and we got everyone's reactions and we staged that all out. Before we ever even got out the spray, and then we only did a couple of takes where we actually sprayed.

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And everything was overseen by a stunt coordinator and our stunt coordinator. His name was Bobby Porter. I remember Bobby Porter. Yeah, he was so sweet. Well, you know, Kevin and Angela aren't there.

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They're not there. Oh, that's right. So you would not have remembered that.

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And no, we weren't there. So but, you know, obviously, Angela has many questions about this moment. We'll get to that. Yes, she does.

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Jonah, now we're into the episode, and this is just one of my favorite scenes. Michael is talking to Jan on speakerphone. Toby is there. Janna's like, is Toby there? Michael says, no. And Toby's like, I'm right here, Jan. And so Toby sort of updates, Jan, that Jim isn't going to press charges. They're going to let Roy go. But because Roy is leaving the warehouse, Daryl now wants a raise. He wants to renegotiate his his job, right?

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Yeah. And this is going to prove to be problematic. And Jan says to Michael, are you going to handle this? And this couplet of dialogue is one of my favorites.

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Sam, can you play it Carrodus yappers? What did I tell you about yappers? I don't remember. I told you not to say it. Do you remember that? Yeah.

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And I loved it so much. I had to rewash it a few times because this is a window into their relationship. And I love the Jan Michael dynamic so much. How many times has he said yappers to her at home in their condo? How many times has he said it in the car or whatever they're doing and she has had it with yappers yappers is done.

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And she really doesn't want to have to say it again. How many times have I told you not to say yappers? Yes, yes.

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OK, do you have a word that, like, triggers you like that? Have you had a relationship where someone says something or a friendship?

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Oh, that's a good question to you.

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Well, I actually have had someone in my life, no names mentioned that has said any who are interesting who and let me tell you, any who repeated over and over it can make you snap. I don't love the phrase brain fart. I don't I don't love when people say, oh, I had a brain fart. Why do I don't know why. I just don't love it. Well, listen, after this, Angela, Pam has this talking head.

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There's this kind of a series of talking heads.

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Pam says, you know, she doesn't want to be rude, but she would prefer not to comment on what happened. But it sucked, and at the end of that talking head, I feel like I smirk a little bit. Did you notice this? We had people write in about it. They were like, why does she kind of smirk at the end? She says it sucked, but is she smirking because she kind of liked it in some way?

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You guys, I'm Pam and I was completely thrown by this performance choice. I don't know what I was doing there.

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I mean, I sort of thought you were, like, trying to shrug it off, like it sucked. You know, how like when people are really uncomfortable, sometimes they smile?

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Yeah, I think that's what I was doing. Yeah. I certainly was not intending to make you think that Pam liked it. No, she was really uncomfortable by it. I think so uncomfortable that she doesn't even quite know how to relate, relate in the moment. It's like someone with a nervous laughter.

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Yeah, she's she's embarrassed. And we're going to see later in the episode like she is she is truly embarrassed by this.

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I love this episode so much. And I feel like Mike Shaw really, really delivered on some dialogue in particular.

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I loved when Jim was trying to thank Dwight. He just wanted to thank him. And Rain has great dialogue as Dwight he he says thank you. Not necessarily. That's not accepted. Don't want it won't open it don't need it. Won't take it. He's got this really fun runner of how he is responding to Jim. Just simply trying to say thank you.

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Yeah. And Jim is going to keep trying to show his appreciation through this episode and Dwight will not have it.

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No. Well, now, Angela, we get to a scene that I love so much and we got a lot of mail about like this is when Oscar gives Angela Royce check and says Roy will be coming to pick this up later this afternoon. Kevin is really bummed that he missed the fight, and Angela says to Oscar, Yeah, I missed it, too. Could you could you describe it? And so Oscar explains the fight and Dwight's heroism, how can we describe it?

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It has a real effect on Angela.

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I mean, guys, let's just call it out. She's totally turned on by this moment of, like, gallant behavior by Dwight.

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And I don't know what's happening. The whole interaction clearly does it for her. You have to remember in season five, down the road blood drive, we learn that Angela has had two men duel over her. Yeah. So she she has a thing for these dueling fellas, Mike. Sure. I, I feel like always like to put my character in these really like.

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Throes of emotion, whether she was incredibly upset or aroused or pissed off, like I feel like he like to see her journey through that.

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Yes, well, she's not a very emotionally showy person, and I think Mike liked to play with that a little bit. Mm hmm.

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Well, we certainly had a lot of fun. I remember when we were doing this episode having conversations with Jeff Blitz and Mike about how much of her hand would she tip. Right. Like how much would she really show? And that was really fun to play around with. I did some takes where I reacted a little bit bigger, some a little smaller. And just finding those nuances was so much fun for me as an actor.

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But we had a fan catch Angela from Marilyn Webber and Greg Rodriguez. They said around four minutes, 30 seconds, Angela appears to be rubbing a heart shaped necklace while Oscar talks about Dwight's heroic actions. Do you think that this necklace was given to Angela by Dwight? Any thoughts on that, Angela? I have never thought about that, it was actually, if I remember, kind of like a tiny locket. Mm hmm.

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And I remember when I was talking to Jeff Blitz about doing the scene, we talked about ways I might fidget a little to sort of show my emotion in this moment. And wardrobe had given me this necklace and I just began to play with it. I love the idea that it's a necklace that Dwight gave her, though. That adds a nice layer. I didn't think that through, though. So so that's a great idea.

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Well, we had more questions, Angela. More male, please. Excuse me, but people want to know. Ellis Freedman said, Angela, you have all of these beautiful micro expressions on your face. How are you able to do that without doing too much? You do it a lot in the series, but you really get to shine in this episode.

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Oh, thank you. That is so nice. I remember when I got the script and I read Oscar's retelling of it, you know, his he's just telling it matter of factly what happened. But I did a little bit of homework as an actor. I wrote next to Oscar's lines what emotion that line made me think of. And then when I did the scene, I played through those emotions on my face. And they were, you know, an example would be like surprise, nervousness, excited, embarrassed me.

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So I would go through all of that and just kind of very subtly just do emotion. So as he said his lines, I was thinking of those emotions.

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I love that that's so actory.

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And I know I know the actor in me loves it. I love that.

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Well, Jenna, I could talk about these scenes because they were so juicy for me, but let's move along. I want to talk about Michael's tactics that he has learned on Wikipedia the best thing ever. And he's going to try him out on, Jim, these negotiating tactics.

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Yes. Yes. He wants to role play.

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I mean, his ideas are you lean back, you mumble your words, you change location, surprise them. Guys, I looked up the art of negotiation online because, of course, ited and. This is not how you do it as as we are learning, Michael's ways are not the way to do it. I will tell you there is so much to learn about negotiation.

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And the more I read, the more I realize what a horrible negotiator I have been in my career. It's a true art form. There's a whole theory of negotiation. I found it fascinating. But one of the things every sort of guide to negotiating has in common, and I I read Forbes magazine Business Insider. I went to the Harvard Law School website. And one of the things is they all say, do your homework, know your goals, listen, ask for what you want.

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Right. And also, one of the things they talk about is that a negotiation is not the same as conflict. You have to be willing to compromise or just say no if you don't like the offer. And I think I grew up in a I don't know if it was just my family dynamic, but to negotiate something seemed confrontational. And it's not it's just expressing your needs and seeing if that other person or other company or whatever is willing to meet you halfway and you go back and forth.

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I found it really it felt like like a mini therapy session for me.

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Well, I remember I got some amazing advice from a very successful businessman right before I was getting ready to negotiate a big deal. And he said something that I've noticed, especially about women in negotiation, is they tend to negotiate with themselves first and they go in with where they've already compromised. So he's like, if you want three weeks vacation, I see women especially talk themselves out of that or they think that's too much to ask for. So then they ask for two and then they get one.

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And he said, So my advice to you is go in there and really ask for what you want. Like don't negotiate with yourself first. Just negotiate with the company.

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And I've never forgotten it. And it's not conflict, negotiating is not conflict, it's totally different, it's going in there to be an advocate for yourself.

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Yes, it was. I loved it.

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So anyway, there's tons of really great things online, and then I won't even get into this somehow. I ended up on a website that talked about the best and worst negotiations throughout history that involve countries and policy. And it was fascinating. Well, I need to know about that.

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I know for later. For later. This is a big episode.

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Well, now, Angela, we go back to the annex and Toby is clearly taking statements on what happened and he is taking Dwight's statement. In the meantime, Ryan and Kelly are on the other side of the partition and they are eavesdropping and they start getting in a fight because Ryan is like, I wonder what I would have done if I had been there. And Kelly's like, I know exactly what you would have done, because when that kid dropped their shake on me when we were on the Ferris wheel, you just laughed.

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And you didn't stand up for me and, oh, the starts, the whole thing, right? And Kelly, remind me of that SNL sketch, the Bickersons, do you remember that couple that, like, gets really awkwardly fights at the at the dinner table and then makes out in the hallway at a party? And they're doing all of this behind Toby. And he has a brilliant line where he says, I don't think Michael intended to punish me by putting Ryan back here with Kelly.

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But if he didn't in that.

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Wow, genius. Yeah. Well, now, at seven minutes, 40 seconds, guys, Darrell has arrived to negotiate with Michael and Michael is already trying out his tactics. He's going to change the location at the last minute, but then he changes it back and then they sit in silence.

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Yes. And then he won't speak first. Oh, that was so awkward. They sat there for so long.

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I love Craig Robinson in these scenes. He's so still right. He's just sitting there and it's so confuses Michael like Michael does not understand. So finally, he says, I'm declining to speak first.

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Yeah, you can't take it anymore. And Darryl's like, all right, I'll start.

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Well, I think, Darryl, if you guys read about negotiation theory, he's come with a clear vision of what he wants and there's no B.S. He's very up front and Michael is doing all this weird stuff and cannot understand that Darryl is not thrown by it.

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And it's at this moment when Darryl says Michael. Are you wearing a woman's suit? I think he says, are you wearing lady clothes? That's right. And is like, what are you talking about?

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Michael goes on to tell this talking head that I love. He said he found a suit in a bin and there were a lot of people and they were rifling through things like crazy. And I don't know, maybe the suit is bisexual. It's it's it's made by mysterious. And there's buttons on the wrong side. Maybe that's the mystery. It's European, OK? It's a European Cup. He just is like rambling all this stuff. And I love the idea that Michael went to some crazy day after Thanksgiving, Black Friday craziness at some like department store.

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It was rifling through a bin. Yeah. And he was really proud of it. I think he really did think he had bought like a European suit on sale. Well, he comes out into the bullpen and he's like, bam, bam. Will you please tell everyone that this is not a woman's suit? And Pam is like, oh, my gosh, it doesn't have any pockets. And then when Steve turns around and, like, shows how he can't put his hands in his back pockets, it makes me laugh so hard.

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Yeah. And Phyllis is like and it has shoulder pads.

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Well, let me just say, Angela, this scene points out something that has been a pet peeve of mine for a long time, more than a pet peeve. So if you'll excuse me, I need to get my soapbox and I'm going to be there for a second.

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I was I was going to say, are you about to stand up on a soapbox? I am. I want to discuss the lack of adequate pockets on women's clothing.

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OK, I know this about you already go.

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Well, first of all, I did a deep dive on Pocket's because it has bothered me for a long time. You know, Angela, I've had back problems, so it is not comfortable or practical for me to carry a purse.

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So I had this idea I'm going to just carry a wallet in my pocket. Men do it all the time. Why can't I do that? But whenever I would try to put, like, my phone or a wallet in my pockets, they pop out when I sit down. And here is why. Are you ready? I don't know if I'm ready, bring it. So in the beginning, all clothing was made without pockets and everyone, men and women, carried around a little pouch with their money and belongings.

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If you've ever watched a little house on the Prairie, you've seen it both Ma and PA. They both carry around a little pouch. Yes. All right. And what was it? Was the pouch called? I don't know. It was just a pocket pouch.

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Oh, that's so interesting, because I know my mom will still sometimes say, well, you get me my pocketbook. Yes. Because your pocket was not a thing that was sewn on you. It was the thing you carried.

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Oh, that makes very I always wondered where pocket book came from. OK, go on. I'm interested. Let's do it. All right. So about four hundred years ago, they started sewing pockets into men's clothing, but not women's clothing.

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Why not? Well, some historians think that it was a way to keep women sort of powerless, like you couldn't hide keys or money or do business like your pocket was on the outside of you. You were more vulnerable. OK, OK, less secure. Got it. But then in the late eighteen hundreds, there was a movement called the Rational Dressed Society.

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Jannah, are these your people? These are your people, the rational dressed society. Well listen to what these women did. What. Their goal was to, quote, dress for comfort and health. Yeah, these are definitely your people. I know these women are definitely in drawstring pants today, I'll tell you about. Oh, they are. Well, back then their main goal was to get women to abandon the corset because it was literally unhealthy to wear a corset.

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And they also really pushed for women to be able to wear trousers with pockets without stackable. Love it. All right. Eventually, in 1920, Coco Chanel started sewing pockets into women's jackets. But it was not until the 1970s when women regularly started wearing jeans that we finally had pockets on a regular basis.

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Angela, that is crazy to me because, I mean, the 70s are not that long ago. Someone sitting right here might have been born in the 70s. I was born in the 70s.

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I know. And that's when my lady started having more pockets. That's crazy.

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Well, they started having pockets, Angela, but they weren't great because pockets on women's clothing are either sewn shut in the example of Michael suit. What am I supposed to do with that? What am I doing with a faux pocket? Yeah, or they are proportionally smaller than men's pockets. Oh, that's so true.

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I cannot fit my cell phone in my pants pocket. It falls out of the side. It doesn't fit. Well, Angela, I'll tell you what. I read a report that tested 80 pairs of pockets on both men's and women's blue jeans, all with a waist size of 30 to some weight, same size pants, same size pants. So you can't say, oh, the pockets are smaller because women's pants are smaller than men's pants. No. They are proportionally smaller, on average, women's front pockets for 48 percent smaller and six point five percent more narrow.

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Why? I don't know. I mean, I get it. It's like it's like a smaller, like style, you know what I mean? But on two pairs of jeans that are made the same. You know, Angela, here's my thing. OK. Am I getting out your your soapbox, my soapbox is out, OK, get on it. Here's what I want to say, Angela. I think we all know that women do not get paid the same as men, even if they're doing the same job.

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And we also know now that our pockets don't hold as much. I just think. We need bigger pockets. And bigger paychecks judging, can I get my churching equal pay for equal pocket's hashtag and everyone hashtag Jenah?

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I liked the history of Pocket's. I found that fascinating. Yeah. Thank you very much. You're welcome. You I'm passionate about Pockets and Angela. I'm also passionate about high heel shoes and why we shouldn't wear them. But I'll save that for another episode. OK, well, you know, Michael is just so embarrassed and devastated. You know, he's not he thought he was on top of things with this negotiation and this has really thrown him.

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Yeah. He said he made one mistake. You can't make any mistakes in negotiating. But he wore one. But he made one mistake wearing women's clothing.

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Yes. And now, Joanna, this scene takes us to the kitchen. And I have labeled the scene at 11 minutes, 15 seconds. Kevin, the shit stirrer. Yes.

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I mean, Kevin, listen to what he says to Karen in front of Stanley and Angela. Kevin says, So, Karen, how do you feel that Roy tried to kick your boyfriend's ass over another woman?

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I mean, yeah, Kevin, sit down, Kevin, you need to sit down, but then Angela is like, you know, I wasn't there. I mean, what happened? I wasn't there because she went with Karen to tell her the story.

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She cannot get enough. I remember talking to Phil Shay about what I should be eating in the scene, and we thought it would be kind of funny if she's eating grapes, a very sort of like like Renaissance moment for her.

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Yeah, the lady eating grapes, being titillated by a story. So now we go back to Michael's office. He and Darryl are still negotiating. And Darryl makes a very compelling argument for why he deserves a raise.

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Yeah, he said he's picking up Roy Slack. I mean, that is so legitimate, but, you know, I have to tell you, there is a fantastic blooper moment. If you go to the bloopers on YouTube, you know, Michael is doing that weird mumble attack, but or talking from my mouth.

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Yeah, yeah.

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And there's some great bloopers of Steve and Craig just cracking up. I love it. I love that. Well, I don't know if you noticed in the background over Daryl's shoulder, Pam is not at reception. Do you know why?

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Oh, that's a good catch. Because she's in the break room. Yeah, she's in the break room and she's experiencing major heartbreak in the break room.

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Lady, I titled this scene Despair in the break room. Well, despair. Well, I thought it was so heartbreaking. I felt it warranted a little musical intro. Sam, could you play Heartbreak in the Break Room by Josh Compton? There's a cold wind that blows through the hallways, cubicle, row. And lonely old Phantom of Sorrow, Grant Frozen. There's a sad, sick of Terri who's mourning the loss of her friend. It's the oldest story, heartbreak break in the break room again.

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Right, if you're near Lander, an ear in a jacket to shoulder the pain. She's not being massive. It's something more pressing heart break in the break room. Yeah, well, ain't that the truth, heartbreak again now, Jenah, the scene when I watched it, I did think of Dwight and Angela scenes just in the fact of the staging.

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Yeah. He doesn't look at you. His back is towards you the whole time.

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Yes. And Pam gets pretty vulnerable here. She's really trying to connect. She says, I'm really sorry, it's over with Roy and Jim is doing that thing where he's like, oh, yeah, no, I'm sure it's fine. I mean, come on, you guys will get back together again, I'm sure. Yeah. He's being so cold, so cold and he doesn't believe her.

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That's the thing. I really believe that he doesn't believe her. He's like, we'll see you guys. We're good together. You'll probably figure it out. And she's just like, oh yeah.

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Oh, she just feels so bad, so embarrassed. And, you know, Jim has just been down this road too many times with her. I think he's really, really trying to move on. And that's why he's behaving this way in the scene. He's like, I can't do this again. Yeah, well, I think he's probably frustrated with himself that he he let himself get to a place emotionally where he could see them together again and in Phyllis's wedding, that was just crushed.

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Yeah. And he's just not going to put himself out there like that. It's too much drama. So much drama.

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You know, I get it. I get why he's like, you know what? I'm not going there.

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Yeah, well, then in the next scene, we find out that Michael hasn't had a raise in 14 years. He's never been given a raise ever. Ever.

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And he shows Darryl his paystub. And Darryl was like, oh, my God, any wonder they're not going to give me a raise? Look what they're paying you. You've got to ask for a raise.

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Yeah. And he convinces Michael to call Jan and ask for a raise.

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But before Michael hits up Jan, we find Jim and Karen in the kitchen. Yeah, Jim is eating his carrots. 15 minutes. Twenty two seconds. Bag of carrots, a bag of carrots.

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And, you know, he wants Karen's advice about how he can thank Dwight.

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And she was like, well, are you feeling guilty for all those pranks you pulled on them? Jim's like, yeah, maybe that's it. And she says, OK, we'll go sell some paper so we can go on a trip.

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Yeah, focus on work. She's so practical. I know. He's like, dang it, I don't want practicality. I want to play pranks with Pam, but I can't because she keeps breaking my heart.

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Yes. Well, finally, Michael does pick up the phone, right? He's like, I'm going to call Jan and I'm going to ask for a raise. And he's got Jan on speakerphone and Darryl is supervising. He's kind of like going to be his support, right? His coach. Yeah. And Jan tells Michael the only way they can discuss a possible raise is if he comes in person by five o'clock and he has to bring Toby and he says Toby is the worst human being I've ever known.

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Michael says, I'm bringing Darryl and she's like, Michael, we need someone from H.R. So now the three of them are going to be on this weird road trip.

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In the meantime, Angela still wants to hear this story. Guys, she's not done.

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And she asked Crede, here's Creed's version. Ready? Yes. Big fella comes in about eleven thirty at night screaming. Jim stole his car. Big fella pulls out a sock full of nickels. Schrute grabs hairspray and a lighter, something that would save Angela.

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It's like you're useless. Then she goes to Kelly. And Kelly's like, you know, I think Toby wrote a whole report about it. And Angela like, ding, ding, ding, ding, ding.

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And she goes and steals the report. Yes. I mean, what is she up to? And I have to point out, we haven't talked about it.

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This is a very classic Angela Martin hairdo. Yes.

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I was going to ask you, it looks like the Angela Martin braid, but also it's a ponytail.

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I think it's the headband braid ponytail version. I will tell you, it's all my hair that is not a hairpiece can vary the master of hair.

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She was able to separate a little piece, do this, braid over, pin it into a ponytail and and that's all my hair, guys.

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I love it. Did it give you a headache, it didn't those did not give me a headache, it was more like the severe buns. Yeah, yeah. Well, listen, we're about to hit the road. With Michael and Daryl and Toby, but before we do, let's take a break and we'll be right back.

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All right, so now Toby and Daryl and Michael are in the car, this is hilarious pairing. No one's comfortable. It's like you're comfortable. No. You comfortable? No. And then Daryl is like saying maybe I'll crash in New York for the night. And and Toby is like, how will we get back? He's like, you could stay. And then but Michael's not invited. I know.

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I love this odd grouping of people. This is one of my favorite things. This feels very mixture. Sure. To me as well. He loved to team up odd characters. Angela, I have to say, they bring up the movie Rush Hour in the car. Right. And this made me think of the movie Speed. Stay with me here. Do you remember a few podcasts back? You were like a line for line quoting speed. And I was like, when is the last time you watch Speed?

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And you were like, three days ago. Pop quiz, asshole. There it is. Well, I got that in my head and I was like, huh, maybe I should watch speed. Did you watch Speed, Angela? It is so good. Everybody watch speed. OK, Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock. Jeff Daniels. I mean, you guys, this movie has everything, it's action, romance, friendship, I mean, and it's peak Keanu Reeves hotness, it is peak Keanu Reeves hotness.

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While Angela I'll tell you what, I enjoyed speed so much that then I watched point break.

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Oh. Oh, wait. Surf's up, bro. Yes. Johnny Utah. Are you kidding? Utah. Let me tell you this. You thought that speed was peak Keanu Reeves hotness. But in point break, he starts in the rain and he ends in the rain. OK, he's it's a beautiful it. Kathryn Bigelow directed it yet again. There is in the movie point break, there is a five minute, at least five minute foot chase through people's backyards and houses and jumping over fences.

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When do you see that anymore in movies? I absolutely love both these movies.

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So I have decided that to get me through the rest of 2020, I will become a Keanu Reeves film aficionado. And I think I'm going to start next on the John Wick movies, which I've never seen.

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Well, Josh has seen the John Wick movies. He told me they might be too violent for me.

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But I love Keanu Reeves. You know, I love him. Yeah. And I have seen pretty much all of his movies. But maybe I'll watch John Wick with you. Let's watch John Wick and we'll get back to each other. We're going to have to go into some bill and Ted's you know, the new one just came out and my friend Aaron Hayes got to kiss Keanu Reeves.

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Well, you're going to need to get some information on that and bring that to the podcast. Aaron was in Hot Wives in Vegas with me on Hulu. When did she kiss Keanu Reeves and Bill and second one.

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Oh, what about a walk in the clouds? What about that one? Yeah, I don't know. I don't know. I mean, he's we have a lot to do.

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Don't get me started on The Matrix, one of my favorite movies ever.

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Well, I don't need to watch those because I've seen them so many times. But I will because I want to. There is no.

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Yeah. Oh, I'm so excited, I had no idea you went down that it's what I'm doing. Oh, my God, they play football on the beach. Are you kidding me? All right.

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So the guys, eventually they get to New York, they get to Dunder Mifflin and we find Michael sitting in the lobby and he looks over to the woman sitting next to him and she is wearing the same suit. You know, Jenna, I looked up, how many times does Michael Scott wear women's clothing by accident? This is going to be a recurring thing, it is, yes. Do I not remember this OK, and launch party he has on a shirt that's way too tight.

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And the consensus is that it was probably a woman shirt. OK, and then in nepotism, Aaron mentions that the pants Michael had that she had to return to Talbots or something. So so clearly he's bought some women's suits repeatedly and he says he won't make that mistake again. Well, we got some mail. We had some questions from Mirana T. Baryonic. Megan asks Rachel Hayes and Dan Salomon, they said, was Steve really wearing a woman's suit or was it custom made for him?

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So and I reached out to Carrie Bennett, our wardrobe designer. Awesome. Here is what she told me. She said it really was a ladies suit. She did not have time to sew something from scratch because they would have had to also sew a matching suit for the woman in the lobby.

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So here's what she did. She said the first thing she did was try to find a woman suit that would fit Steve and then hope that she could buy an identical one to fit the woman. So she went to stores with a measuring tape looking for a jacket and pants that would fit Steve's measurements. But also, she said it had to look masculine enough that it would be plausible that Michael would be confused enough to buy it from a bargain bin.

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Right. She said that Steve was always so wonderful and generous with his time in the fittings and that oftentimes he would learn about a plot point for a future episode from her. And this was one of those times she said he walked into a fitting and she was like, So today I'm going to need you to try on all of these women's suits.

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And Steve was like four y and she was like, well, let me tell you, there's going to be an episode next week where this happens because, you know, they would give the crew these scripts a couple of weeks in advance so they could prepare. But the actors, we would only get them, what, five days before we started shooting, sometimes the day off, Jenna?

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Yes. Sometimes we would get them like an hour before the lunch table read. It depended on what kind of turnaround and how long the script was taking. And I learned about storylines many times and wardrobe. I totally relate to that. I remember learning about Dwight and Angela's wedding because I was going to need to be fitted for a wedding dress. Yeah. Jenna, do you realize that this is the first time we meet Hunter?

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Yes. Played by Nicholas de Gusto.

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And Michael's like, you didn't tell me you hired James Van Der Beek. You know, Angela, this guy has a very extensive resume.

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I looked him up, but he was in the movie election with Reese Witherspoon and Matthew Broderick.

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I love that movie. Yes. He has starred in Gotham and Trial and Error. But I was very excited. Because he is the lead of Final Destination five, and I'm a huge fan of the final destination movies, I've never seen one of them.

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What were you, insane speed?

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Come on. I've seen speed. I just hadn't seen speed in a while. Had you seen point break? Of course I've seen point break. It came out in nineteen ninety one when I was a senior in high school. Of course I saw it. Every girl who was 17 years old saw point break.

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OK, I haven't seen final destination. Is it a scary movie. Do they have to get somewhere. And if they don't get there they die or something. It's their final destination. Here's what happens.

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Everyone starts the same, but different. There's a major catastrophe, for example, in Final Destination five. They are supposed to take a bus over a bridge, but obey like a group of kids, like it's always like a group of teenagers are traveling somewhere by plane or bus or maybe on the highway and like a major accident happens and they're all killed asteroid or something like that.

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No, it's not science fiction. Oh, there's no asteroid that falls from the sky. OK, OK. It's always like a series of little things that lead to a giant calamity. So like someone's tire bursts and then the car spins and then that hits a truck and then things fall off the truck and hit another truck and then something slams into something and then the whole bridge ends up collapsing right there, trapped on the bus, hanging from the bridge.

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So they're dead. They all die.

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Oh, so how do you have a movie? Exactly. Every movie opens up with, like a giant disaster moment and then it rewinds and you realize that it's a person's premonition of what's about to happen. And that person freaks out and says, everybody, get off the bus. We're all going to die. We're all going to die. And he convinces everyone to get off the bus and they think he's crazy and they get off the bus and then everything happens as they envisioned it.

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But they live because of the person's weird premonition. Right. OK, but here's the problem, Angela. Do they all die anyway? They were meant to die on that bus and cheated death. And so death is now going to come for them slowly, one by one in the order that they would have died in the accident.

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Oh, OK. Yeah, it's the same plot every time, but they're great.

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Sounds really stressful.

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It's I like movies. I like it.

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They relax me and I shouldn't say they were like, no, I think they do together.

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I think they do because I think I love you. But you will play out the worst case scenario of every situation. Yeah. To sort of prepare yourself. Yeah. So I think movies like this are all horrible. Worst case scenario. And in your mind you're like, oh yeah, I would, I would think about that.

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I can relate to that. Yes. Angela, thank you for saying this.

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I found uncut gems very I don't want to say soothing, but I just want to say that my brain operates on that level of stress and anxiety all the time. So when I see it depicted, it's sort of it's like it cancels it out. And I feel like, oh, finally someone's meeting me where I am.

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Yeah. You feel seen. I think you feel seen. Yeah.

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So whereas I know like you or Lee watch a movie like that and you're like, I can't handle this, I can't do this. Right.

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That's not, that's not recreation for me. I want to feel like that in my free time. I want to watch Pride and Prejudice. I want to watch Keira Knightley say Mr. Darcy. Mr. Darcy.

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Yeah. Yeah. Well, anyway, that was a little bit of a tangent, but I just want you to know that's Hunter.

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So now Roy is coming to collect his final paycheck. You know, Angela must be very excited. She's so thrilled. Now, Roy and Dwight are in the same room. Oh, anything could happen.

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Oh, yeah. And there's a moment where Kevin runs out and he goes, Jim Roy, look out, like, so delayed. It's too late. He's pointing a twister. Is that what it is? It's a twister or a red vine. We had a big, big container of them, remember, in the kitchen. Oh, yeah, they were Red Vines. I remember I got into a big debate on set about about the red container.

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Yes, because I like Red Vines. And then there's the Twizzlers camp and the two don't see eye to eye.

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You know what? I can enjoy both the Twizzlers and a red vine, but if I had to choose, I might go red. Fine. I'm a red wine. Yeah, yeah, so there's now sort of this awkward apology moment where Roy apologizes to Jim and Jim's like, yeah, no worries. And then Dwight is ready, you know, in case he's Roy is going to lunge again. But he's not he's just embarrassed and he feels bad.

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And he asks Pam if she'll have coffee with him one last time. Yeah.

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He says he just has a few things. He has to get off his chest and she agrees. So then we go to this coffee place and do you remember this place, Angela? So we see a shot of it and it says, the hungry fox. It's a real place and it's still there. Yeah. And I would go there. They actually there there's sort of one of these places, guys, where you can get a little bit of everything.

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It's kind of like a diner. And I've had their cheeseburger. It's so good.

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I used to eat there all the time too, because it was very close to our offices. And Greg told me that he often in the mornings before he went into work, he would stop there and have breakfast and kind of set his head for the day, basically.

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And so it's kind of cool that we got to shoot at this place that we all really would eat at.

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Yeah, I loved it. It's a little mom and pop place. Well, I have a question for you, Jenna.

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When I was watching the scene, it occurred to me, I mean, would Pam have wanted the camera crew to come to this? It's such an intimate moment. It's a farewell. And I was so surprised that.

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She would agree to let the camera crew come along. It's interesting that you ask that question because I actually had the same thought I thought.

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That it was interesting that this was done on camera, but I had another thought, which was maybe Pam doesn't want to be alone with Roy. Well, that's true.

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The camera crew would have been a buffer, especially, you know, we learned that Pam had become friends with some of the crew, right? Yeah. Later may find that out. Yeah.

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So maybe it in some way was this buffer for this moment. And she wasn't sure how that moment was going to play out.

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Yeah. So it might have made her feel. I don't know. A little better to have them there. Yeah, OK, I'll buy that. Well, Roy really apologizes to Pam and she apologizes as well.

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She says we you know, we both made bad decisions, but then Roy says, so are you going to date Jim now? And he says it's sort of like it would be OK with him. Yeah, I don't know if it would be OK if he's just, like, curious and wanting to know up front so he knows what he has to hear about, you know, through the grapevine. But Pam says, no, she's like he has a girlfriend.

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But Roy is like I mean, you called off our wedding for the guy and now you're not going to date him. I just don't get you, Pam. Well, he calls you Pammy.

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And you also say, well, there were other reasons, too, which I think is Pam just being polite and not not saying you did this, you didn't do this. She doesn't want to run him through the ringer and just leaves it at that.

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But I do think that Roy saying that is planting the seed for what Pam's going to do. Later. Because it's true, it's true she did call off her wedding to Roy, in part because she had feelings for Jim. If she did not have feelings for Jim, I'm not sure she would have called off the wedding just because they were not a perfect match.

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I agree.

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I think her her feelings for Jim and the way Jim sort of held up a mirror to her life changed her.

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And he is the reason.

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A big, big part of the reason. Yeah. All right, well, that was we talked about this with David a little bit, that was a really special scene for me. I love doing that scene with him. I just love doing scenes with David. He was a great actor. He's a great acting partner. And I was really sad knowing that that was, you know, going to be the last scene we would do for a while.

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I know you guys had a really special thing, and I love being able to watch that scene.

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He was kind of the first major, regular character who had been with us from the beginning. Who was leaving the show.

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Yes. Yes. And that was we'd been through a lot. You know, he was part of our origin story. He was with us when the show was struggling and then he was with us when we started getting awards. And it was really weird to say goodbye.

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Yeah. Well, lady, we should go back to corporate because we've got some unfinished business there, Michael and Jan are in the throes of negotiation and he says, give me a raise, are no more sex. And Toby just starts taking notes. And Michael's like, what are you writing down, Pavol? And then I'm telling you, Paul Lieberstein is Toby crushes it in this talking head. He talks about what a groundbreaking case this is going to be when it inevitably goes to trial.

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It's so good. Well, Michael cannot help but make this personal. Yes.

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Well, right out of the gate, he says we're lovers.

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I mean, right away.

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Finally, Jan says to Michael, Listen, I can give you a 12 percent raise, but you have to ask me for 15 percent. OK. So just ask for 15 and we'll settle at 12. He doesn't get it, he doesn't get it. He says, I want a 15 percent raise. She said, we can offer you 12. And he says, you said 15.

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And she's like, oh, my God. Yeah, well, he does end up getting his raise. He does. And so does Darrell. And Michael explains that negotiating is an art form. And ultimately it's more about salary. It's it's really about the perks. Like having sex with jam and I mean moving forward. If Michael ever has another job, which we know he will, how is he going to negotiate? I don't know. I don't know.

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I don't think he really learned anything.

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I don't know. Well, now it's the end of the day. Dunder Mifflin all is quiet. People are leaving.

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Did you catch as Phyllis is leaving? She mentions it's very sort of under under dialogue as they're leaving.

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She says that her and Bob are looking at historical homes near the river.

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No, I did not catch that. What a great nugget. I'm like, what the heck?

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I cannot get enough of Bob and Phyllis Vance. I know. I would have loved to see more of them.

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Something we haven't talked about exactly are all the ways that Jim keeps trying to pay Dwight back. So, like, you know, he tries to give them a display case for his bobblehead and he tries to give him this certificate of bravery from this grant police department. But it's, you know, something they give to little kids.

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Well, it has a teddy bear on it and he just throws it away. And Jim just can't figure out how he can repay Dwight and. Well, then he finds a way. Yeah, he does, so yeah, everyone's left, Angela and Dwight think their lone. Angela tells Dwight she's heard tales of bravery. Yeah, a gallant hero. And maybe they'll have to read the report, Toby's report together later.

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Dwight just scoops her up and gives her a big ol smooch.

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And who walks out of the bathroom? Jim. He sees it all and you're like, oh, my gosh, his face is so brilliant.

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Now, there are two things that the scene made me think of. So no one, I noticed that when rain comes over to you, he sits on your desk. Mm hmm. Was that intentional? So you guys would be kind of the same height to start kissing. Always, always, and almost every scene Dwight and Angela have together, he is seated, look it up, guys.

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I totally noticed it. He is, what, six foot three? I am five one. And here's the other thing that the scene made me think of, which is that Jim has this talking head where he says, I will never say a word, and now we're even. So this means that Pam never told Jim what she knows about Dwight and Angela's relationship.

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That's right. Pam completely kept that a secret. Yeah, Pam, I mean, I will say this.

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Pam does right by Angela over and over. She does. I was like, I guess I had forgotten that Pam never told Jim, well, I have a little behind the scenes story about this scene. We did probably like three, three or four takes just to get the timing right of of Jim walking out and reacting in one take rain sort of does this huge grand gesture where he shoves everything off Oscar's desk. You know, he takes his hand and sweeps across the desk and everything goes flying.

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And he and I'm like, huh? And he picks me up and lays me down on the desk. And we thought it was hilarious.

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And Jeff lives with, like, it's probably too much, but that kind of goes with your whole, like, grape eating. I know. Like Renaissance passion.

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I know you look at my ankle. Oh, yeah, I know. But that cracked me up. But yeah, that is not the take we went with.

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And then before the show ends and returns, guys, he is back from anger management. He's not going to blow his second chance. Yeah. He walks in the office and immediately gets pepper sprayed by Dwight. Yes. This leads to Toby taking away all of Dwight's weapons underneath his desk. He had a a little Sharpie star thing. What do they call it? You throw the throwing star. Our Sharpey star, and he had nontax and pepper spray, all duct taped under his desk.

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Yeah, I think maybe Toby's next stop should be Creed's straw because remember when Crede was able to whittle the wooden stake, he opened his drawer and he had, like, a lot of stuff in there.

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I feel like.

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There is a world where Crede hits a button and his desk flips up and there's stairs that go below the office into an underground bunker, and he has everything you need for any doomsday scenario.

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Well, Dwight joins us with the talking heads saying he's not a hero, just a defender of the office. A real hero is a hero from Heroes, which was an NBC show on at the time.

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Huge, huge, huge, huge show. Remember what was their big catchphrase? Protect the cheerleader?

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I don't remember. Yeah, that sounds right. Save the cheerleader. Sam says save the cheerleader. Turns out cheerleader didn't need saving.

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She had superpowers.

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Before we say goodbye to the negotiation, Jenna, there's something really important we missed. We did not talk about in the negotiation.

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Yeah. What? We find out Ryan's middle name, yes, Ryan Bailey Howard.

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Yeah, we also find out that Kelly wants to name their child Usher, Jennifer Hudson Kapoor.

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Well, that's it for the negotiation, you guys. Thank you so much for sending in your questions. And to David Denman.

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Yes. David, thank you so much, guys. We are getting close to wrapping up season three here. We're in the final stretch of episodes and they are all going to get good, real good.

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We'll see you next time.

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