Episode 9: The Convict
Hi, it's me,
[Thursdays at 8:30 pm/ET, on NBC]. This week's episode was a lot of fun to shoot. I must admit, in the past few weeks I was hesitant to mention some of my scenes because they didn't make it on the air. But NBC.com has been showing so many of my deleted scenes that I now feel comfortable bringing them up, as long as you keep in mind that you may have to watch them later on the Web (or on the Season 3 DVD extras). OK? That being said, "The Convict" was written by our show's British creators,
. This is the first time they have written specifically for the American version of the show. Pretty cool. Now, usually when we shoot an episode, the writers are on the set all week when we shoot. Ricky and Stephen were not. They haven't been to the set very often. I love it when they come, but when I've seen Ricky there, it seems to me like he is looking at all of us with a sense of, "I can't believe that this exists because of me." That is just my interpretation, but he seems so humble, and kind of reverent. This is a very rare quality, indeed. Although, what do I know? For all I know he could be, like, Dr. Frankenstein, hoping to ditch the beast!
Which brings me back to "The Convict." Michael finds out that one of the employees at Dunder-Mifflin was in prison. This is a really funny episode. I can't say too much about what happens, but it is a great dilemma for Michael Scott and the new big fat Scranton branch. I had fun shooting these scenes. We had fake snow and fake slush. It was a pretty cool transformation. Hannah, played by
, brings her baby to work, so we had two sets of twin babies all week. They were very sweet. I had a fun scene with
(Martin) in a car in the fake snow. Rainn is such a genius. He is such a strong part of what makes the American version of
great. He is fearless. Honestly. One of the most generous actors I have ever worked with. I know some actors throw out that fake showbiz Rat Pack-y compliment thing - and I realize that I was just performing in Vegas two weeks ago - but I for one really mean it, man. He is one happening cat!
Speaking of Vegas, I was there doing the comedy festival that was part of the Comic Relief weekend. I was there with my comedy lounge act, The Lampshades. (This week there is an online story about
, The Lampshades and me on "Pop Candy" at USAToday.com.) The very funny
(Kevin) stopped by to check out my show there. (Am I doing that Rat Pack compliment thing again?) May I say, he couldn't sit there for very long in the audience without fans of
coming up to him. A MySpacer had spotted him at the blackjack table at Mandalay Bay (that's a little scary, MySpacers). I took a ton of pictures with excited people, even at the Comic Relief after-party. Me, the redhead in the corner who plays Meredith! No, I was not drunk. (Well, not
drunk.) I ran into my funny friend, lucky
, and my talented and fascinating new acquaintance,
(we were both in the
Valley of the Dolls
documentary on the new DVD). I had a nice chat with the charming and hilarious
(we met years ago when we did the movie
Life Without Dick
). I still can't get over how much people love and appreciate
. We had a blast. The Lampshades went on after a guy who calls himself "the mini Elvis." Get the picture? And may I say, he is one beautiful, hardworking entertainer, man.
Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving. If you are Christmas shopping, don't forget to TiVo or tape the show.
is still on Thursdays at 8:30 pm.
I know a lot of
fans are worried that things have changed at Dunder-Mifflin. Please don't worry, we are all in very good hands. And I mean that, man. Ring-a-ding-ding!