Last night’s episode of The Office took a surprising turn in the last few moments. For those who missed it, Jim and Pam had an emotional fight over the phone. After Pam hangs up, a new character, Brian the good-looking boom mic operator on the documentary (played by The Three Stooges’ Chris Diamantopoulos) comes over and comforts her. It’s the first we’ve seen of the documentary crew on the show during its nine-year run, but it definitely won’t be the last. Greg Daniels told reporters last week that the final few episodes will “start to break down what’s going on with this documentary and see [the] behind the scenes of who’s involved.” Brian’s presence doesn’t really give any hints at why the documentary is being made or who’s responsible for it, but it does seem like the writers are setting him up to be some sort of romantic rival to Jim. There only 12 episodes of The Office left, so you can expect more surprises like this and for the documentary crew to continue to come into focus.
So, what did you think of the decision to introduce the documentary crew? Is it too late in the show’s run to add this huge element to the characters’ world? Or is it nice to finally get an idea of what’s going on behind the scenes? Either way, it has people talking about The Office again.