‘The Office’ Star Jenna Fischer ‘Really Loved’ This ‘Sleeper’ Episode: ‘Steve Carell Just Is Brilliant’

It’s hard to name just one favorite episode of The Office, but Jenna Fischer said there’s one she “really loved” because of Steve Carell’s performance. Fischer and Angela Kinsey discussed the season 5 episode “Golden Ticket” during an episode of the Office Ladies podcast, with both praising the writers and Carell.

Steve Carell as Michael Scott on 'The Office' in the Dunder Mifflin conference room
Steve Carell as Michael Scott on ‘The Office’ | Justin Lubin/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

The ‘Office Ladies’ hosts discussed ‘The Office’ ‘Golden Ticket episode

During the Oct. 13 episode of Office Ladies, Fischer and Kinsey revisited The Office episode “Golden Ticket,” in which boss Michael Scott places a Willy Wonka-style “golden ticket” in five random boxes, giving the recipient a 10 percent discount. Michael is pleased with his idea until it’s discovered that Dunder Mifflin’s biggest client received all of the golden tickets and will get a 50 percent discount.

Fearing he’ll lose his job because of the substantial financial impact of his misstep, Michael tries to talk Dwight into saying the promotion was his idea. When chief financial officer David Wallace comes to the Scranton office, he congratulates Dwight — the client was so happy with the discount, they want Dunder Mifflin to be their exclusive provider of office supplies.

Dwight accepts the credit and the office employees play along because they’re angry with Michael.

Jenna Fischer said she loves this episode because of Steve Carell’s performance

During their podcast chat, Fischer shared her love for the episode and Carell. “I love this episode so much,” she said. “I think Steve Carell just is brilliant in this episode. He’s playing so many different things.”

Fischer pointed to the “Michael/Dwight dynamic” in the episode, explaining, “I really loved this one.” 

Kinsey agreed, calling the episode “one of those sleeper ones that we hadn’t seen in forever.”

Fischer added, “I agree. ‘Golden Ticket’ is a golden ticket.” They discussed the way the power “flipped” after David Wallace congratulated Dwight, driving Michael crazy. “Amazing, amazing writing,” Fischer noted.

Wallace invites Dwight to speak with the marketing department on the phone in the conference room to share more of his promotional ideas and it’s a disaster. “Dwight is just saying ridiculous stuff,” Fischer said of the hilarious scene. “And of course, Michael bursts in.”

Rainn Wilson reflected on the ‘gift’ of working with Carell

Rainn Wilson, who played Dwight, spoke with the Office Ladies hosts and shared his thoughts on working with Carell. “When I look back on that work with Steve, I’m just so grateful because he’s obviously like one of the greatest actors — comedy actors — but even just actors like ever,” he explained. “And the fact that I got to do so much work with him was just such a gift.”

He continued, “And getting specifically to ‘Golden Ticket’ … I hadn’t seen this one since it came out, and it was so fun to watch,” he said. “That dynamic of Dwight being toady lackey suck up, just so desperate for Michael’s approval, and then oddly realizing he’s got some power here … that switch when he’s shaking David Wallace’s hand and he says, you know, thank you and takes the credit for it. And then Steve’s expression of — it was so priceless — of like, ‘Oh, that guy.'”

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