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Here's A Crazy Little Detail From The Pilot Of "The Office" You've Never Noticed Before

Here's A Crazy Little Detail From The Pilot Of "The Office" You've Never Noticed Before

It was right in front of us THIS WHOLE TIME.

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Here's A Crazy Little Detail From The Pilot Of

Last night, I decided to binge-watch The Office for the billionth time, because duh. And in the show's pilot episode, I noticed something ~very subtle~ that I'd never caught before, and I need to tell someone.

Here's A Crazy Little Detail From The Pilot Of

About 16 minutes into Episode #1, Pam's (then) fianc, Roy, appears on screen for the first time. You might remember this scene.

Here's A Crazy Little Detail From The Pilot Of
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The way the shot is framed, we see Jim and Pam being flirty at the reception desk, and then Roy walks into the office and comes between them. It's our very first glimpse at this love triangle in action. Symbolic AF!!!

Here's A Crazy Little Detail From The Pilot Of

BUT WAIT. Do you notice anything ELSE in the shot? Look realllllllllly closely...

Here's A Crazy Little Detail From The Pilot Of

A MOTHERFUCKIN' BOOM MIC!

Here's A Crazy Little Detail From The Pilot Of

Now, it's totally possible that this was a mistake, and the writers never meant to send a message with this. BUT. Are you thinking what I'm thinking?

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Nine years after this episode aired, we actually MET that boom mic operator Brian. And we learn that he's got some kind of ~feelings~ for Pam.

Here's A Crazy Little Detail From The Pilot Of

In fact, every time Brian drops his boom mic on the show, it has SOMETHING to do with Ms. Beesly.

Here's A Crazy Little Detail From The Pilot Of

He drops it to flirt with her.

Here's A Crazy Little Detail From The Pilot Of

And to protect her.

Here's A Crazy Little Detail From The Pilot Of
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And to comfort her.

Here's A Crazy Little Detail From The Pilot Of

In fact, Brian's boom mic is the source of a LOT of drama that goes down between him, Pam, and Jim.

Here's A Crazy Little Detail From The Pilot Of

So in this very ~symbolic~ introduction to Pam's dating drama, we're not just seeing the Roy/Jim tension we're also getting a sneak peek at a new love triangle that will emerge...nine years later.

Here's A Crazy Little Detail From The Pilot Of

Still not convinced? Here's what showrunner Greg Daniels told Screener about why his team wrote the character of Brian into the show:

...When you think about the fact that Jim and Pam are such soulmates, its really hard to imagine there would be any other human being who would be a threat to their relationship. 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."

[Emphasis mine.]

So, was that mic slip a total accident? I dunno, maybe! But intentional or not, it's still pretty freaking cool if you're a total Office nerd like me.

Here's A Crazy Little Detail From The Pilot Of

And now, if you'll excuse me, I have 200 more episodes of The Office to watch. Bye!

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