The past year has forced many television shows to reimagine how they would portray the living reality of the COVID-19 pandemic. The documentary comedy The Office explored the tickling moments that were part of everyday life at Dunder Mifflin, a paper company. With the introduction of the work-from-home module, it is interesting to imagine how the staff at the Dunder Mifflin, Scranton office, would react and adapt to Zoom life.
One of the co-workers, Kelly or Mindy Kaling, who had appeared on the show since season one, had a few thoughts.
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How would Kelly react?
Kelly Kapoor, the happy, gossip-loving customer service rep at Dunder Mifflin, was always interested in what was happening to every member in the office. Kaling, who played the role effortlessly for years, found that working from home wouldn’t be a good fit for Kelly.
“I think Kelly – whose job could have been quite a long way off at the beginning of the show – would hate not being at work because she loves so much about work gossip and being around Ryan,” Kaling said in an interview with Pure Impressive. So it would kill her. “
Kelly, who eventually left Dunder Mifflin to move to Ohio with her then boyfriend Ravi on the show’s final season, was instrumental in creating many notable episodes of The Office, such as’ The Diwali Party ‘and’ Search Committee when Kelly gives an iconic interview for the manager job.
How would Michael Scott react?
While Kelly would definitely miss working in the office, Michael Scott is another member of the team who, according to Kaling, would have difficulty working from home. Scott, the manager of the Scranton branch and played by Steve Carell, is known for his inappropriate humor and fondness for his team.
“I think Michael would be the person who would just say, ‘No, no one can work from home’ because he’s just so needy and sees his job as his family,” Kaling said.
Despite his concern for his employees, Scott often tries to manage everyone and is often asked for his unwanted advice.
“He would be the person at the height of the pandemic who said, ‘Everyone has to come in, there is no remote work,” Kaling said.
Even if Scott reluctantly agrees to abide by the pandemic restrictions, his antiques would persist even during virtual meetings.
“He[Scott] could also be the person who makes a lot of faux pas at Zoom, like cutting their toenails while the video is on, ”said Kaling. “You know Michael Scott definitely has a silly backdrop on Zoom.”
The thought of the members of the Dunder Mifflin Scranton branch grappling with a massive change like the pandemic makes you wonder if classic comedy is being revived for another run.
Kaling on the idea of restarting ‘The Office’
Kaling definitely seemed to be on board with the idea of a reboot set in the unique final year we had.
“I feel like the last year and a half would have been such fertile ground for The Office,” said Kailing.
To fuel the reboot conversation, the NBCUniversal executive also recently expressed interest when the show’s producer Greg Daniels said yes.
Whether or not the restart will take place has not yet been confirmed by any official source. While fans are waiting for news, a re-match of the series could help.
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