Jenna Fischer fought laborious to chop this storyline from 'The Workplace' (and gained)

The collection finale of The Workplace was an absolute tearjerker, however the present’s remaining moments may not have been as candy had Jenna Fischer not fought to chop a controversial storyline from Season 6.

The final 5 minutes of the collection finale embrace a montage of Dunder Mifflin workers leaving the workplace, saying farewell to one another, and recording their remaining speaking heads with the documentary crew. In a very touching second, Pam removes her well-known watercolor portray of their workplace constructing from the wall.

We later see a flashback to the Season 3 scene through which Michael proudly hangs the portray, which he purchased from Pam’s artwork present. Pam says, “There’s a variety of magnificence in strange issues. Is not that sort of the purpose?” and the present masterfully transitions from the watercolor portray of the constructing to a picture of the particular constructing. After which it is over.

OK! Now that we’re all crying, let’s discover out what deleted Season 6 storyline would have fully modified the tip of the collection, we could? On the newest episode of the Workplace Girls podcast, former co-stars Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey chatted all concerning the Season 6 episode, “Mafia,” and referred to as out a deleted scene involving Pam’s sentimental watercolor portray that Fischer fought laborious to get lower.

“Erin was imagined to be cleansing Pam’s watercolor, her well-known watercolor that Michael purchased from her artwork present. She sprays the glass with this cleaner, after which Creed sort of distracts her by chatting her up, and the spray seeps underneath the glass and the watercolor is ruined,” Fischer defined. “Erin destroys Pam’s watercolor whereas she’s on her honeymoon was the storyline.”

“For those who watch the deleted scenes, you watch it soften. Like all the colours slide right down to the underside of the body,” Kinsey stated. “And I actually [gasped]. Like, I forgot it was within the story at one level.”

(You’ll be able to watch a part of the painful watercolor destruction scene right here(opens in a brand new tab).)

Fischer stated that in one other watercolor-related deleted scene, Erin requested Kelly to assist her save the portray. As you may think about, that did not go nicely.

“There’s one other deleted scene the place [Erin] asks Kelly to assist her repair it, and Kelly is like, ‘Oh yeah, I can do watercolor.’ However what Kelly does is she like provides a rainbow and a sunshine. However the portray remains to be completely melty. After which ultimately, Erin calls Pam on her honeymoon and says she ruined it. And Pam has this line the place she says, ‘You understand what? I might be mad at you about ruining my portray once I get again. Cease calling me. Inform individuals to cease calling us,’” Fischer recalled.

Fischer went on to clarify that through the desk learn for this episode she felt outraged when she first learn the watercolor scenes. She determined to talk up, and after her considerations have been shot down, she did not hand over the combat.

“I used to be like, ‘Pay attention, you can not destroy Pam’s portray. You’ll be able to’t do it. It is the heartbeat of the present. It is on the wall. It is her relationship with Michael. It is hope. It is so many issues you do not perceive. You’ll be able to’t make this a gag,’” Fischer stated. “And Paul Lieberstein was like, ‘I feel it is humorous. What are you speaking about?’ And it was a battle.’”


“It is the heartbeat of the present. It is on the wall. It is her relationship with Michael. It is hope.”

After Lieberstein rejected the lower, Fischer referred to as showrunner Greg Daniels, who additionally shot her request down.

“They have been like, ‘I am sorry, it is staying in. We actually like this gag. We predict it is nice. We prefer it,’” she stated. However she wasn’t prepared to surrender.

After they absolutely shot the scene, Fischer went into the edit bay and requested everybody there to take away the scene.

“I appealed to [editor] Dave Rogers. I appealed to [writer and producer] Brent Forrester. I’d not shut up about it,” she stated. “Lastly, ultimately, they took it out. They took it out, and I used to be so relieved. However you may see subsequent week Pam’s watercolor [isn’t] on the wall as a result of that was the week they have been modifying and nonetheless deciding. So if you happen to look, Pam’s watercolor is lacking for a few episodes and we simply sneakily put it again on the wall with out saying something.” 


“I’d not shut up about it. Lastly, ultimately, they took it out.”

Fischer and Kinsey acknowledged that the complete collection ends on Pam’s watercolor portray, and so they cannot think about it ending every other means. For these questioning if Fischer introduced up her heroic Season 6 efforts after the collection ended, in fact she did. As she ought to have!

“You higher consider that I marched proper as much as Paul Lieberstein once I learn that ending of the finale and I used to be like, ‘Paul, do you see now why Erin could not destroy the watercolor? Do you see?’” she stated. “There have been two issues within the collection that I fought laborious for. I’d constantly combat that there be no infidelity in Jim and Pam’s relationship… And this was the opposite factor. Do not destroy the portray.”

Be sure you take heed to the total podcast episode for behind-the-scenes tales about filming “Mafia” and people deleted watercolor scenes. However earlier than you go, we’ll depart you with one remaining intriguing tidbit.

Fischer says that at 20:49 in “Mafia” you may see proof of the deleted watercolor scene over Michael’s shoulder.

“As he is bragging to the bullpen about standing as much as this mobster, you may see that there’s a alternative portray on the wall the place Pam’s watercolor would have been(opens in a brand new tab). It says, ‘Being Cleaned,’ and it has stars and smiley faces throughout it,” she stated. “That is one thing that Erin put up on the wall. Now, within the subsequent episode, that is going to get replaced with one thing else. However we’ll get to it.”

You’ll be able to stream episodes of The Workplace(opens in a brand new tab) on Peacock(opens in a brand new tab) and comply with together with the podcast each week on Earwolf(opens in a brand new tab)Apple Podcasts(opens in a brand new tab), or Stitcher(opens in a brand new tab).


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