An Office Fan Spotted A Huge Clue In The Show’s Pilot – And The Revelation Explains Everything

When it comes to successful American adaptations of equally lauded British shows, you’d be remiss not to mention the stellar U.S. version of The Office. And it’s also a series that left hidden clues in its episodes about what was to come in the show. Recently, moreover, one of these clues came to light, and you won’t believe how well it foreshadowed future events in the series…

Even though it got off to a rocky start, the American adaptation of The Office proved its worth in time. Taking its cues from the Ricky Gervais fly-on-the-wall style show of the same name, The Office was a successful merging of comedic awkwardness, peculiar characters and engrossing storylines.

The mockumentary focused on the lives of those working for a paper company in Scranton, Pennsylvania, called Dunder Mifflin, with plenty of laughs and tears along the way. But besides the presence of Hollywood star Steve Carell, the show heavily relied on relatively unknown talent. And they certainly shone in their respective parts once the ball got rolling…

ADVERTISEMENT

When asked in 2013 about life after The Office by video game website IGN, the comedy’s showrunner Greg Daniels said, “It was a big part of you that you can’t replace immediately. I’d love to do something that was as pushing of the envelope as The Office was.”

By the time that the show had come to its logical conclusion, it had managed to pick up five Primetime Emmy Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and one Golden Globe. Throw in a Peabody Award as well, and you’ve got a series that attracted just as much critical adulation as it did commercial success.

ADVERTISEMENT

Even though the latter seasons were sometimes derided for failing to maintain this high quality, the general consensus about the show has remained positive. It was No. 66 on the Writers Guild of America’s rankings of the “101 Best Written TV Series,” for instance, and Entertainment Weekly put it at No. 61 in their listicle of “New TV Classics.”

ADVERTISEMENT

With its legacy pretty much cemented, then, it’s important to remember the reasons why the show had such an impact on audiences. One was the laugh-out-loud performance by Steve Carell as Michael Scott, and the second was the long-running romance between Jim Halpert and Pam Beesly.

ADVERTISEMENT

The latter storyline kept fans intrigued for quite some time, with Jim and Pam going through their own relationships before eventually hooking up and getting married to each other. Incredibly, though, a major clue in the pilot episode may have already indicated what was to transpire…

ADVERTISEMENT

The moment in question happens during the first episode, when we get a glimpse of Pam’s then-fiancé Roy. The scene depicts Jim, Pam and Roy – an early reference to the love triangle that would play out during the following seasons. Now, many fans will also be aware that the sound guy, Brian, gets close to Pam later on in the series as well…

ADVERTISEMENT

But did you realize that there’s a reference that relates to Brian long before his first onscreen appearance? Yes, if you look very closely during the segment in question, you’ll see a boom mic above Jim and Roy. Could this in fact be an early clue to Brian’s later involvement with Pam?

ADVERTISEMENT

Greg Daniels alluded to it in a 2013 interview with Screener, saying, “When you think about the fact that Jim and Pam are such soulmates, it’s really hard to imagine there would be any other human being who would be a threat to their relationship.”

ADVERTISEMENT

He added, “But if you imagine that there was somebody off camera the entire time who predates Jim, and who has been watching and listening to Pam for longer than Jim has, then you start to go, ‘Oh. That could be interesting.’”

ADVERTISEMENT

It’s certainly plausible considering how prevalent Brian and his audio device were during the penultimate stages of the series’ conclusion. His bond with Pam worried a lot of fans who wished to see her and Jim get together instead. And, thankfully, they got their wish in the end.

ADVERTISEMENT

Unsurprisingly, with Brian’s emergence nine years after the boom mic’s first appearance, fans questioned whether or not this had always been planned by the show’s writers. First published on the entertainment website BuzzFeed, the theory attracted strong opinions on both sides of the debate…

ADVERTISEMENT

One fan commented, “I think it’s a stretch but fun to think about,” while another wrote, “I’m more shocked at the fact that I never saw this, and I feel shamed.” However, that wasn’t quite what everyone took away from the supposed revelation…

ADVERTISEMENT

Many were also skeptical about the incident, declaring it to be purely unintentional. One commenter took to reddit to state, “It’s honestly just a coincidence, but now the writers can be like, ‘Yeah, that was the plan all along.’” And that person wasn’t alone in thinking this way…

ADVERTISEMENT

A user in the BuzzFeed comment section agreed, stating, “There’s a really interesting quote I read about how with writing, the best part is waiting for your audience to find something you did by complete accident that makes you look really smart, and act like it was totally on purpose. This definitely seems like one of those times.”

ADVERTISEMENT

What’s more, this isn’t the first occasion on which Brian’s boom mic has been at the heart of a debate relating to Pam and Jim’s relationship. In the fifth season, the boom mic can be seen overhead in one of the scenes in which Jim is showing Pam around their new home.

ADVERTISEMENT

So, is this an intentional clue? Or is it an editing error? Given the context and the placement of the mic, it seems possible that it’s a knowing move by the writers. However, viewers have again been divided when it comes to the issue of whether this was a deliberate reference.

ADVERTISEMENT

First airing in 2005, The Office closed its doors in 2013. However, we may not have seen the last of it just yet. In 2017 Deadline reported that NBC were thinking about bringing the show back in a move that would see many of the cast reprising their roles. Only time will tell…

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT