'The Workplace' stars unpack the hilarious CPR scene in 'Stress Reduction'

Stanley Hudson is stayin’ alive, individuals.

Within the memorable chilly open of the Season 5 episode, “Stress Reduction,” followers noticed how Dwight’s pretend fireplace drill led to Stanley’s collapse. However after the smoke cleared and Stanley returned to work, Michael made it his mission to make sure if Stanley was ever in want of medical help once more his co-workers might help.

How? All of them needed to attend CPR coaching, which led to one of many funniest scenes within the historical past of the present.

On the most recent episode of the Workplace Girls podcast, former co-stars Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey unpacked that wonderful CPR scene, which featured a coach (performed by Robin Lynch), a CPR dummy, and an impromptu sing/dance alongside to “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees.

Listed here are some wonderful tidbits it’s possible you’ll not know in regards to the beloved “Stress Reduction” CPR scene:

The superb CPR coach

“I reached out to Allison Jones [Office casting director] and he or she stated she discovered Robin by way of only a basic casting name, and that Robin was by far one of the best individual that they noticed for the function,” Fischer stated.

“She simply performs it so completely straight. She’s there to show CPR. This workplace goes off the rails and he or she simply tries to remain the course,” Kinsey added, explaining she tried to slip into Lynch’s Instagram DMs to talk however by no means heard again.

Pitching a pretend CPR scene that helped save actual lives

A fan wrote in to ask Fischer and Kinsey if any a part of the hilarious scene was improvised, and Fischer stated, “No, guys. This entire factor, all of the singing, the dancing, it was all scripted. And we adopted this scene just about as written.”

She then defined she came upon who pitched the concept: author Jen Celotta.

“This entire ‘Staying Alive’ CPR concept got here from her. She stated that she had heard it was true. She regarded it up and cross checked it. She stated she cross checked it once more as a result of she did not wish to put it on TV until it was true,” Fischer stated.

“After which she shared with me that earlier than The Workplace she had been a author’s assistant on Residence Enchancment and that the writers had executed an episode the place the Jonathan Taylor Thomas’ character discovered a lump on his throat. And it turned out that it was a thyroid difficulty within the episode. And Jen stated that she was later answerable for opening the mail. They usually obtained letters from all of those households that stated after watching that episode, it helped save their kids’s lives as a result of their kids had thyroid lumps. And due to the episode, they obtained it checked out,” Fishcer continued.

For the reason that “Stress Reduction” episode aired, there have been reviews of people that used CPR expertise discovered from The Workplace to save lots of lives.

Dwight vs. the dummy

The scene is all enjoyable and video games till Dwight takes issues too far and minimize’s the face off of the CPR dummy and wears it as a masks.

“I do know for certain Rainn actually did minimize into it as a result of we watched him do it,” Kinsey stated.

“Randy [Cordray, line producer] stated we used three CPR mannequins in complete,” Fischer added. “Now, in a minute, David Wallace goes to say that they price thirty 5 hundred {dollars} every. However Randy stated that was somewhat exaggerated. He stated there are some top-end dummies that include very refined options like articulating heads and heartbeat simulators. These price, on the time, round $1,000 {dollars} every. However we used one which price about $750 every.”

That will appear to be some huge cash, however it’s nothing in comparison with the $12,000 pretend cat that Angela tossed into the ceiling through the chilly open.

Remember to take heed to the complete podcast to be taught extra pleasant behind-the-scenes tales from filming “Stress Reduction: Half 1.”

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Originally posted 2021-09-08 17:07:21.