‘The Office’: Jenna Fischer Reveals Which Scene Was the Hardest to Get Through Filming ‘Dinner Party’

The funny show can be hard to watch without laughing so it only makes sense that it would be hard to film with a straight face. The Office stars have revealed in the past scenes that made them break and which actors tried to get their co-stars to break.

Jenna Fischer, who played Pam Beesly, previously revealed that there is a scene in the episode “Dinner Party,” which was the hardest to get through without laughing. Find out which one it is and more.

Michael and Jan’s relationship was planned from the start of ‘The Office’

Jenna Fischer as Pam Beesly, Melora Hardin as Jan Levinson and Steve Carell as Michael Scott on 'The Office'
Jenna Fischer as Pam Beesly, Melora Hardin as Jan Levinson and Steve Carell as Michael Scott on ‘The Office’ | Justin Lubin/NBCU Photo Bank

Many fans probably were shocked to see Michael (Steve Carell) and Jan (Melora Hardin)  become a couple. However, they were actually planned from the very beginning.

“When we were filming the pilot I remember sitting at the tables with Greg Daniels and Steve Carell and we were all laughing at kind of how weirdly interesting Jan and Michael were together,” Hardin revealed on the Office Ladies podcast. “We sort of were like, well, yeah that’s funny. If we get a pick-up and we get an opportunity to do more of the show than just the six [episodes] that we were doing… our first season, then it’ll be fun. We should have them hook up.”

That didn’t happen until season 2. Their first kiss happens in “The Client” and Hardin said she didn’t rehearse it with Carell.

“I don’t remember rehearsing it,” she said. “I’m certain that when we rehearsed it, we certainly didn’t kiss during the rehearsal.”

She said Michael showing his flatscreen was the hardest scene

The episode “Dinner Party” starts with Michael tricking Pam and Jim into coming over to his place for dinner. Jan is also co-hosting the night but it doesn’t go well given there is so much tension in their relationship.

We find out Jan has multiple rooms in their house for her projects and work. She doesn’t seem to like Michael’s place so she changed a lot.

There is even a scene when we find out they’re not sleeping together when their tour reaches their bedroom. “What a cute bench,” Pam tells the couple. “Thanks, that’s my bed. Jan has uh some space issues so I crawl on that puppy,” Michael tells them.

“Really? Cause it seems pretty narrow and short,” says Jim (John Krasinski.) “It’s actually a lot bigger than it seems. Look at this,” Michael says before lying down on it.

Fischer told Rolling Stone this was the hardest scene to film. “There’s a scene where they’re giving us a tour of the house, and Steve explains that he sleeps on the little chaise longue at the end of the bed, and we could not get through that scene,” she said.

She then continued, “Every time he went to explain that that’s where he slept, the way he delivered that was so funny, and then he would, like, curl up. . . . We couldn’t get through it. The biggest one was when he’s showing us his flatscreen television. And it’s so tiny. We laughed so hard, like, tears were streaming down our faces.”

Things are certainly uncomfortable throughout the episode, but it leads to many funny moments. It sounds like it was just as fun to film.