TV Squad Visits the Set of: The Office
TV Squad snuck into Dunder Mifflin recently to try and unearth some dirt on the employees and their offices. Security was very lax, as we coughed something about "paper salesmen" at the front gate and were let into the building easily. Our strategy was to blindly wander around and try and discover anything that would give us some insight into the lives and workspaces. What we encountered was equal parts fascinating and disturbing.
Check out our recon photos after the jump, and let us know what part of the television landscape you'd like us to sneak into next.
The above photo was about the extent of the security that we encountered, almost enough to make us turn back. However, we had come to this undisclosed location armed with a camera, a notebook, a pen, and a rudimentary knowledge of corporate espionage. We decided not to let a simple sign reduce us to tears and pressed on.
After we snuck past several loitering employees, we discovered an unlocked door. Sure it was marked "Visitors Welcome," but that was probably some sort of a clever ruse. Upon entering the actual offices, we found what could only be the receptionist's desk. Cluttered and inefficient, oh well. Maybe she's a slacker.
Upon further inspection though, we noticed her honorable mention award proudly displayed on the wall behind her desk. Maybe we had underestimated her.
However, she had a poorly drawn caricature on her desk that seems to mock herself. Looks like it was crudely drawn by a fellow employee. Is there something else here? Maybe something to investigate. Loose lips sink ships.
We turned to her computer to try and get some information from the Dunder Mifflin servers. She had left her browser open (will people never learn!?) and we were able to see how she spends her work time.
Here's a closer look so you can see how productive she is.
We wondered where everyone was until we saw the entire Dunder Mifflin team ensconced in their conference room, watching School of Rock. Perfect for us. We used this time to sneak into the boss' office.
Clearly a man who loves his tchotckes. Is this how he inspires his employees?
At least he tries to inspire company pride. We do give him points for that.
However, he apparently wastes valuable time doodling. Subtract some for that.
But, he did have a lot of well-organized and important binders nearby. Perhaps this man really can run a tight ship and is someone to be reckoned with.
And he also seems to have been brave enough to eat something called "The Big Stinky." Brave as well as well-organized.
Outside his office was also a plaque honoring his fallen former boss. So the man obviously has a heart as well. Fine, big deal, we get it. Moving on.
We crawled under the conference room windows and checked out two desks of seemingly normal employees ... or were they? This woman seems to have her act together, but that could be to throw us off the trail.
But if you look closely at this gentleman's desk, you'll see some warning signs. Matchbox cars and a stress ball? Mid-life crisis.
Clearly getting nothing, we decided to head into human resources to see if the files would tell us anything. The first thing we encountered was this suspiciously tidy desk. According to one post-it he needs to return the movie Camelback Mountain to his local video store. Hmm.
His degree seemed to be in order, but we have calls in to the California Coastal College for verification.
Next, a desk that seems normal at first glance.
However, upon closer inspection, check out these sales figures! That Ryan guy really should be let go. Abyssmal sales.
However, have we found out why he hasn't been fired? Possible blackmail material.
We quietly slipped through the kitchen and into whatever lay in store for us.
Which in fact turned out to be the breakroom. Which seemed innocent enough until ...
We found their vending machine, full of products just waiting to clog arteries, induce sugar comas, and make the waist bulge.
Especially stuff like these Herr's Pork Rinds.
However, we've heard that these chips are hard to find, and fairly decent tasting.
Local events in the Scranton area, good for company morale, but look at all of that premium-bond paper they are wasting.
After that, we heard the sounds of the conference room door opening, and had to scramble to get back to our car before we were found out. With the sheer amount of office supplies we stole, we definitely threw a wrench into their works.