‘The Office’ Script Leak: Jim Almost Cheated On Pam In Season 8

The writers of “The Office” almost got Jim to cheat on Pam during season 8, but John Krasinski refused to do so.

Krasinski recently wrote in the new book “Welcome to Dunder Mifflin: The Ultimate Oral History of The Office” that a Season 8 script calls for Krasinski’s Jim to “kiss” with Cathy (Lindsey Broad), the replacement for Pam while Pam (Jenna Fischer) was on maternity leave.

  • “It’s the only time I remember putting my foot down…I remember saying things I never thought I’d say before, like ‘I’m not going to shoot it’ “, Krasinski wrote.

According to the New York Post, Krasinski wrote that the scene would push the audience too far.

  • “My feeling is that there is a threshold with which you can push our audience,” Krasinski wrote, according to the New York Post. “They are so dedicated. We showed them such great respect. But there’s a time when if you push them too far, they’ll never come back. And I think if you show Jim he’s cheating, they’ll never come back.

This isn’t the only time Jim and Pam have nearly faced a rough road. Writer Andy Greene explained in his book “The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s” that the writers planned to break up the couple in the show’s final season.

Per Collider, Krasinski pushed the couple to separate at that time.

  • “All I said to Greg was that we had done so much with Jim and Pam, and now, after the wedding and the kids, there was a bit of a lull there, I think, for them on this that they wanted to do… And I said to Greg, ‘It would be really interesting to see how this split will affect two people that you know so well.’

The split reportedly happened midway through the season, according to writer Brent Forrester. But they reportedly rekindled their relationship in the series finale.

  • “Greg really wanted to do something extremely risky and high stakes, which was the tunes of the documentary and you see what effect that had on these characters. And there was going to be a reunion episode where you see that Jim and Pam separated at that time, and they will have their reunion in the reunion episode,” he said, per Collider.

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