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“The Office” fans may be sad the sitcom is leaving Netflix, but the show’s arrival to Peacock came with a nice little surprise.
On Friday, NBC’s streaming service welcomed “The Office” by sharing a never-before-seen clip from the series finale, promising fans that it had more where that came from.
The exclusive scene features Jim Halpert (John Krasinski), Pam Beesley (Jenna Fischer), Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson) and Hankthe security guard (the late Hugh Dane).
In the four-minute clip, Jim and Pam play a “Matrix”-inspired prank on Dwight and recruit Hank to play the part of Dorpheus, Morpheus’ brother (played by Laurence Fishburne in the “Matrix”).
Dwight is working in his office when his computer suddenly glitches and he gets an anonymous message. He sees the same black cat twice and gets a mysterious package with a ringing cell phone where a voice on the other end tells him to meet him in the warehouse.
Dwight heads to the warehouse to find Hank who reveals his name is actually Dorpheus and gives him the option of swallowing a red or blue pill.
But Jim’s prank doesn’t go the way he intended when Dwight ultimately chooses the blue pill.
NBC announced in June 2019 that it will feature “The Office” exclusively on its streaming service for five years, beginning in 2021. The streaming service launched in 2020.
“The Office” was on air from 2005 to 2013 for a nine season run. The remake of the cringe-humor British comedy premiered on NBC on March 24, 2005, to low ratings. But “The Office” has since become a phenomenon and continues to draw loyal viewership that multibillion-dollar corporations compete for the right to stream all nine seasons (yes, even the ones without Michael Scott).
“The Office” offered a unique blend of the relatable and the fantastical. Its setting, “an American workplace,” was distinctly unremarkable, a bland office park in the middle of Pennsylvania. But its antics – from staplers in a Jell-O mold to heart attack-inducing fire drills to fights and dinner parties – felt much bigger (and considerably less productive) than our own drab cubicles.
Contributing: Kelly Lawler
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