It’s time to load-in a new roll of film for your mental cameras, because we’re celebrating Jim and Pam Halpert’s tin anniversary.
Ten years ago this week, Jim and Pam trekked up to Niagara Falls, and tied the knot in front of all their friends, family, and Dunder Mifflin coworkers (but not before a separate ceremony, in a soaked yet more romantic private setting.) The weekend was filled with celebrations of their undying love for each other, but it wouldn’t be an Office episode if it didn’t have it’s fair share of nonsense and drama. Andy tore his scrotum mid-danceoff, the hotel destroyed Kevin’s shoes because of their pungent odour, and Michael hooked up with Pam’s mom. There was enough shenanigans for days, but there could have been more.
In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, some of the members behind the iconic NBC comedy reminisced on the making of that episode, and how it could have ended way differently.
Executive Producer and writer, Greg Daniels, wanted Pam’s ex-fiancee, Roy, to ride into the church on a horse as a grand romantic gesture while objecting to the wedding. But wait, there was more. Dwight gets on the horse (after Pam rejects Roy) and rides it into the falls, convinced he would be able to survive the landing.
“I was really committed to the horse,” said Daniels. “It was like Dwight got fascinated with this historical display at the hotel that talked about various animals. It started with a cow had been swept over the falls and survived, and then a couple of people tried to go over the falls in a barrel and were killed, and then some sheep went over the falls and survived. And he came up with this theory that you could survive going over the falls if you were riding a horse, because a horse would have the instinct of how to swim properly.”
Say what, now? Even though in this alternate ending Dwight jumped off the horse at the last second, this whole plot line is maybe a little too dark for a wedding episode. We’re thankful that this idea was scrapped, because who would want to watch a horse die all in the name of a joke?
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