December 7, 2023

Once I interviewed Rainn Wilson just a few years in the past — Rainn, in fact, being the actor who performed Dwight Schrute on all 9 seasons of NBC’s The Workplace, which is now streaming on Peacock — one of many issues I requested him was why he thinks Dunder-Mifflin’s acerbic assistant to the regional supervisor was at all times such a fan-favorite character. Give it some thought: Dwight’s complete shtick is that he’s fairly annoying, doesn’t care who he offends, is into weird weapons, loves authority, and worships the bottom that Steve Carell’s Michael Scott walks on. Viewers couldn’t get sufficient of him, and Rainn had a reasonably good reply for why he thinks that’s the case.

It’s as a result of, as he defined to me, Dwight was given such a hyper-specific backstory. So, for instance, it wasn’t simply that he was a kiss-up to the boss. It’s that, along with his stellar document as a paper salesman, he’s additionally a beet farmer and a volunteer sheriff’s deputy, has an affinity for martial arts, and has a cousin named Mose. To paraphrase Rainn’s reply to me, loving a personality like that comes with understanding that character — and, annoying as he might need appeared, Dwight was a totally three-dimensional character that you simply couldn’t assist however be a fan of, after being launched to all of his bizarre little quirks and backstory.

Forged from episode 611 of NBC’s “The Workplace,” together with Ellie Kemper as Erin Hannon, Leslie David Baker as Stanley Hudson, Brian Baumgartner as Kevin Malone, Kate Flannery as Meredith Palmer, Phyllis Smith as Phyllis Lapin, Rainn Wilson as Dwight Schrute, B.J. Novak as Ryan Howard, and Ed Helms as Andy Bernard. Picture supply: Justin Lubin/NBC/NBCU Photograph Financial institution by way of Getty Pictures

My thoughts returned to this dialog in current days, with the information that The Workplace co-creator Greg Daniels is quietly working towards a reboot of the beloved sitcom (a rumor that Daniels didn’t precisely deny, in a brand new interview with Collider). It might or might not occur, however whereas I’d like to revisit the world of this present — I really feel like an extension of some type might work, possibly a form of where-are-they-all-now Workplace replace — right here’s the factor that will make or break it for me:

If there’s an Workplace reboot, we’d like the writers again, too

If there may be certainly going to be a reboot, I’m begging whoever is concerned to deliver again some (or all) of the The Workplace writers. That will, in fact, be certain that the previous magic continues to be there, together with whichever solid members are introduced again (once more, assuming this even occurs in any respect). In actual fact, as a reminder of why that is so necessary, let’s revisit among the all-time biggest quotes from throughout your entire run of The Workplace — beginning with a zany one-liner from Dwight that speaks to what Rainn was telling me, about uber-specific hilarity.

The OfficePicture supply: Peacock

That is one among my many favourite quotes from The Workplace, and it comes from a deleted scene within the Season 2 episode when Dwight goes to the hospital: “I’m quicker,” Dwight tells the physician analyzing him, “than 80% of all snakes.”

It’s humorous, as a result of Dwight is measuring himself towards snakes for some purpose, and in addition as a result of he claims to have clocked his pace benefit over them with a weirdly precise share. This, my buddies, is the traditional writing from The Workplace that I miss.

Extra nice quotes from the present

As for among the different nice quotes from The Workplace that’ll by no means get previous, listed below are a few of my favorites:

  • Michael Scott: “Would I slightly be feared or beloved? Straightforward. Each. I would like individuals to be afraid of how a lot they love me.”
  • Dwight Schrute: “Each time I’m about to do one thing, I believe, ‘Would an fool do this?’ and if they’d, I don’t do this factor.”
  • Dwight Schrute: “Id theft is just not a joke, Jim! Thousands and thousands of households endure yearly.”
  • Michael Scott: “I’m an early chicken and I’m an evening owl. So I’m smart, and I’ve worms.”
  • Jim Halpert, pretending to be Dwight: “Bears, beets, Battlestar Galactica.”
  • Jail Mike: “The worst factor about jail was the Dementors.”
  • Pam Beesley: “I really feel God on this Chili’s tonight.”
  • Michael Scott: “I’m not superstitious…however I’m just a little stitious.”