The Office may be one of the best shows on TV, but that doesn’t make it perfect. Even our favorite show has suffered it’s share of continuity errors, mistaken locations, out-of-order episodes, and more. Here are some of the worst offenses. (Go to the jump, or go straight to the poll)
Name mix up on Season 1 DVDs
It’s clear from the generic, no frills menus that not a lot of money was put into the S1 DVD. Apparently not a lot of proofreading was put into either, as the episode menu for “The Alliance” incorrectly says “Dwight asks John to form an alliance” rather than “Jim”. Unsupervised summer interns!
The Dundies: Where’s that music coming from?
At the end of “The Dundies” Jim walks Pam to Angela’s car and watches her leave as “Tiny Dancer” plays in the background. It’s a very sweet scene. However, there’s a bit of an unspoken rule that the only time you’ll hear music on the show is if the source is shown: a car stereo, an iPod, or someone’s computer. I’ve hear elaborate theories that the “documentary crew” used sound recorded from Dwight’s stereo earlier in the episode, but I think it’s clear the show crew just goofed forgot their own rules.
First Part of Season 2 out of order?
I had heard several times that “The Client” was suppose to air before “Halloween” and “The Fight”, I had also heard “The Fire” was originally suppose to be the source of Michael’s man-crush on Ryan. Then I found this list that revealed the first 8 episodes of Season 2 are out of whack. If you combine all the info out there, the intended order of the first 8 Season 2 episodes were: The Fire, The Dundies, Sexual Harassment, Office Olympics, The Client, Performance Review, Halloween, and The Fight. It’s not crucial that you watch it in this order, however, it apparently does make more sense.
Oscar: not always gay?
We first learned Oscar was gay in “The Secret”, however in “The Fire” when Jim asked “Who would you do” Oscar said “Pam” with little hesitation. The actor revealed that Greg Daniels did come to him at some point after the show started and said Oscar was going to be gay. So Oscar saying he would do Pam was either written before the writers knew he would be gay, or was simply a flub on their part.
The Office does a pretty good job of mentioning real Scranton eateries like Farley’s, Cooper’s and Poor Richard’s. Sadly they haven’t been so authentic with some of the restaurants that they’ve actually gone to. Chili’s is the least offensive choice as there is a Chili’s in nearby Wilkes-Barre, however it’s nearly a half-hour drive from downtown Scranton, not “around the corner” as Michael’s suggested. Much more egregious were the choices of Hooters (the nearest one to Scranton at the time of airing was an hour away) and Benihana (nearest one is more than 90 minutes away).
Two different kisses
Once fans got over the initial shock of Pam rejecting Jim after they kissed in “Gay Witch Hunt” they noticed something else: it clearly wasn’t the same kiss and the one shown on Casino Night. Jim’s hair is slightly shorter, they positions are different as well as their motions post kiss (maybe you only notice it after you watch it number of times I have). Look for yourself: CN Kiss, GWH Kiss. It was done in the name of secrecy; not even Jenna Fischer and John Krasinski knew the fate of their characters before they received scripts, but still, they could have made it more convincing.
Jim: faking his video game ineptitude?
In “The Coup” Jim sucks it up at “Call of Duty”, acting like he’s never played the game, or any video game really. However in ‘Email Surveillance”, a copy of Call of Duty is visible on Jim desk in his room. Also, Toby is spotted in the background playing COD on a X-Box. Nice try, Jim.
Plenty of Herr’s Chips
Either Jim and Karen need glasses, or the prop-department didn’t get some memo. Either way, as Karen exclaims there are no Herr’s chips, it’s clear the entire second row is Herr’s Chips, including the Salt and Vinegar chips on the left side (I checked the website, and Salt and Vinegar are the only Herr’s chips packaged in a white bag). I never thought I would say this, but when Andy said “check the vending machine”, they should have listened.
Inconsistencies with the weather
You have to give The Office credit: they do try to add a “weather” element by keeping the cast in coats most of the year, and have even gone so far as to add fake snow in episodes like “Christmas Party” and “The Convict”. But there’s just no getting around the fact that they’re filming in Southern California. The cast can shiver all they want, but it’s clear to the audience that in The Office’s Scranton, the forecast is usually 70 degrees and sunny.