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The Office Undergoes "Drug Testing"

Finally! We have a new episode of The Office [Thursdays at 9:30 pm/ET on NBC]! Airing tonight is "Drug Testing," written by Jennifer Celotta (the writer of one of my Pam-favorite episodes, "E-mail Surveillance"). Dwight finds a joint in the Dunder-Mifflin parking lot and launches an investigation to find out who is using drugs on company property. He's unbearable and goes so far as to wear his volunteer-sheriff's uniform to work. Jim and Pam play a game where Jim is not allowed to talk for the entire day until he buys Pam a Coke. As you know from the 27 seconds of silence on "Booze Cruise," Pam and Jim can say a lot to one another without any words at all.

Sometimes an actor's real-life talents or interests inspire part of an episode. The ice-skating in "Michael's Birthday" was inspired by the fact that Steve Carell is a great skater in real life. In "Boys and Girls," Pam's monologue about reading a Choose Your Own Adventure book was based on a real story of mine as a kid. In this week's episode, Jim is good at doing impressions, and that is totally based on John Krasinski's real talent for doing impressions on set. He entertains the cast and crew with his impressions all the time. In "Drug Testing," Jim gets caught doing an impression of Stanley!

The guest cast on this episode is outstanding. Marilyn Brett, who plays the Urine Tester, and Hugh Dane as the Security Guard, seem so real. Kudos to our casting director Allison Jones. She finds the best people.

In other news, this week I am typing my blog from the set of my movie Blades of Glory. What's the biggest difference between doing television and doing movies? The perks. Movie stars get spoiled silly! My trailer on this movie is bigger than my first apartment. It has a full kitchen with two refrigerators, satellite TV, a bedroom, a living room with dining area, and a shower! What am I supposed to do with two refrigerators? I don't have two refrigerators at home. So far all I've used them for is to cool a six-pack of diet Coke. When I come to work on the movie, I pull right up to my trailer and someone parks my car for me.

By comparison, we are very low-key on The Office. I park my own car, for example. My trailer is one small room with a broken bathroom door and an old mini-fridge. My TV only gets a few local stations — if the weather is good. Angela Kinsey, who plays Angela on the show, came to visit me on the set last week and we were laughing at the differences between a movie and our show. I told her, "I'm going to enjoy the royal treatment while I can." She said, "Enjoy, but don't come back a diva or you'll have to answer to me."

Guess what!? I'm going to be on The Ellen DeGeneres Show! I'm taping the show tonight [Wednesday] and it will air on Friday. The other guest is Michael Douglas. I'm hoping I get to meet him, since he is, in my humble opinion, a Hollywood legend. Fun Fact: Ellen adopted a cat from the cat-rescue organization Kitten Rescue, which I used to work for. I'm hoping we can gab about our pets as I know she is a huge animal lover, like me.

If you would like to see a picture of my beloved 14-year old cat, Andy, you can check us out in this week's People! We are in the section called "Beauties and Their Beasts". Andy said he was offended that People would call me a beast but is happy to finally be recognized for the beauty he is. It wasn't easy to take this photo since Andy was a feral kitten and is only just settling down after 14 years of domestication. When People called and asked if they could come to my house and take a photo of us for the magazine, I said, "Wow, that's like asking me if I could go grab a squirrel out of a tree and take a photo. We can try!" So thanks, Andy, for being such a good sport.

Finally, a big thanks to everyone who voted for the supersized Office finale. You did it! NBC has agreed to make the finale 10 minutes longer than a normal episode. I'm not allowed to talk about what happens, but I promise you won't be disappointed. Enjoy the new episodes. They are leading up to a great season finale!

Do you have any questions or feedback for me? Send it here.

Click here to see what Dunder-Mifflin's own Dwight Schrute is thinking.


Posted by Jenna Fischer
Apr 27, 2006 8:24 AM
Yay! I am so excited about new Office tonight! Why does NBC make us wait so long between episodes?!!

Just had a true office moment, and feel compelled to share. This morning, my boss walked from her office to the supply room to get post-it notes. Returned to her office, presumably to write the following on post-it:

"Can you make two copies of attached invoice, and return to me?"

Then she walked to my desk and put invoice and post it on my desk.

Number of times she walked past the copier machine (and me)...FOUR!!

This is why I LOVE The Office! To know that I am not alone! Thank you! I love your work!
Posted by Ren
Apr 27, 2006 9:14 AM
A new fan so I've been catching up, but excited for a new episode. Just had to tell you that I finally saw "The Dundies" and think you deserve an Emmy for the last half of that episode alone. Please fall more often :) Hope you continue to enjoy your perks on the set!
Posted by carlaw
Apr 27, 2006 10:21 AM
I read a spoiler...and I am kind of upset...tell me Jim isn't leaving the office! (and don't just say it:)) I truly think that the show itself will lose dept if John Krasinski leaves the show...plus you won't have anyone to flirt with...and that would be a real shame! :)
Posted by Theresa
Apr 27, 2006 12:56 PM
I only stumbled onto the office about 6 months ago, and I love it. It is my favorite show. I look forward to seeing the 1st season reruns, because there are still several I have not seen.

I saw you on the tonight show recently, and I liked the story you told about being in the audience 1 year earlier and dreaming about being on the show. It is nice to seem that your dreams are coming true, because you seem like a nice and genuine person.
Posted by StackMan
Apr 27, 2006 12:57 PM
Yeah! Thanks for the update Jenna. I've seen the previews for tonight's ep and it looks HILARIOUS. I am so excited.

Good luck with Ellen, she's got one of the funniest of the talk shows, IMO :)
Posted by Diana
Apr 27, 2006 4:23 PM
Oh, and how are you liking this new blog format (vs when you were writing for Insider)?
Posted by Diana
Apr 27, 2006 4:25 PM
I, like everyone else, am excited for a new episode!
I remember seeing your cat for like 2 seconds in Lollilove and from what I saw he looks similar to my cat. The cat that my husband and I have was a stray, but not ferral as he was already declawed and neutered. I can't believe someone would abandon a cat that they've put money into like that!

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Denise
Posted by ddker
Apr 27, 2006 6:31 PM
TheresaB, if you hated the spoiler, why tell us about it? Please keep this as spoiler-free as possible. thanks.
Posted by LukeN
Apr 27, 2006 7:15 PM
I had given up on TV on the four networks (always too lame or too vulgar or both) and thus didn't find "The Office" until I came across it on iTunes about a month ago. I really enjoyed the first episode and thought I'd watch one a week through the summer--I watched 25 episodes in four weeks. I'm totally addicted. I hope the show continues as a smart comedy--one that's geared for adults and, while sometimes suggestive in its humor, doesn't become disgusting. I've started on a few shows in the past where the writers began writing really funny stuff and then ran out of ideas and just played explicit sex talk and cuss words for laughs--usually about the middle of the second season. I hope "The Office" stays smart and original.
Posted by WF
Apr 27, 2006 9:10 PM
Many apologies LukeN!
Posted by Theresa
Apr 28, 2006 1:48 PM
Jenna, you as Pam imitating John as Jim imitating Phyllis...well, it was Emmy worthy. To say the least, of course.
Posted by theREALwritegirl
Apr 28, 2006 8:48 PM
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