Jenna Fischer thinks that this week's episode of The Office [Thursdays at 8:30 pm/ET, on NBC] is the best yet, and I concur! Yes, I'm Kate Flannery. Thank you. Thank you so much. I play the drunken redhead on the show, who seems to be the favorite of many folks. There is so much I want to share with you, so much I want to tell, but I am contractually obligated to keep my big, fat mouth shut. Now, in case you hadn't noticed, the words "branch" and "closing" are in the title of this week's episode. Kind of gives it away, right? So, let me just say that the downsizing issue of the first two seasons is nothing compared to this.

Jenna speaks more freely about it in her blog:

"You must catch our show this Thursday night. I've already seen it, and it is the best one we've ever done. I'm not kidding. Michael finds out that the Scranton branch is being shut down. He and Dwight go to New York to try to save the branch. The stuff they do together is the absolute funniest thing ever on our show (also the most touching). Meanwhile, the folks at Stamford find out they have to absorb the Scranton folks. The entire episode is amazing. I can't wait for you to see it. And, as if it could get any better, Pam has a new hairstyle again. I won't tell you what it is. I'll let you be surprised."

Well spoken, Jenna.

Hairstyle aside, Jenna has had a very big week: she won the Women in Film's WIN Award for best actress in a comedy! Isn't that great? She was up against some heavy hitters, too - Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jane Kaczmarek, to mention a few. Her speech was really moving. Jenna really understands who Pam is, and that's why she is such a strong part of the success of our show. Go, Jenna, go!

It was quite a night. Harry Shearer of Spinal Tap fame was the host. One of the runners-up on "American Idle," Ace, sang a few songs for us. Oops, did I spell the name of that show right? Anyway, Ace sang a mean version of George Michael's "Father Figure." (Perhaps "mean" is the wrong word.) Ace actually made eye contact with me while he was singing. Somebody pinch me. Senator Barbara Boxer gave an inspirational speech, as did Katie Holmes! OK, maybe hers wasn't quite inspirational, but it definitely made me think. Katie accepted for Helen Mirren, who couldn't be there, not once, but twice. Kind of weird. But Katie insisted that she and Helen are very good friends, which I found strange. Plus, Katie was the only person who didn't come out of the audience to the stage. Kind of odd. Perhaps she was in her cage backstage? Or not.

The women of The Office were invited because The Office won for best comedy! Pretty cool. Teri Weinberg, our female exec producer, asked us to join her on stage when she accepted this award. So it was Angela [Kinsey], Melora [Hardin], Jenna and me on stage. ( Phyllis [Smith] and Mindy [Kaling] couldn't make it.) The women who created and star in Campus Ladies on Oxygen presented the award. ( Carrie Aizley and I toured in The Real Live Brady Bunch from 1993-94.)
All told, the night was a trip. We had a blast. It's hard for us to go out on a school night. It's a long day, as we'd been up since 4:30 am. Somebody behind her accidentally hit Angela's head with their butt, and Angela is a tiny girl, so she nearly fell out of her chair. After that, Angela got the giggles. The rest of the night she was crying with laughter. She was making me laugh. The Office ladies are really fun. There are pictures of us up on, and Go to "Nov. 1 WIN Awards" to find them.

Back to this week's episode of The Office. Cool alert! is going to show an uncut version of the show at 9 pm/ET! Isn't that cool? I think the Office fans are going to really dig it. I love the Stamford characters. Everyone is so much fun to work with.

This week we hit our halfway mark, and the actors said goodbye until after Christmas. Steve [Carell]'s movie schedule is mixing things up. Thanks, Steve! I'm going to get me a Red Stripe or two and kill some time. Not.

I am off to Frisco to do a talk show called View from the Bay.
Speaking of which, Melora was just on The Megan Mullally Show this week; it's up on if you missed it. Don't miss Jenna, who will be on Letterman this Thursday, Nov. 9.

Last week I mentioned that booze and I weren't getting along. Well, guess what? We made up! Cheers, everyone. Please watch The Office on NBC Thursdays at 8:30 pm/ET, any which way you can! Thanks.