A: Amy Adams
The Oscar-nominated actress (
) played Katy, aka the Hot Girl, who dated Jim Halpert (John Krasinski). But he unceremoniously dumped her during the
B: Booze Cruise
It became the night that Jim made the ill-advised decision to tell Michael Scott (Steve Carell) about his feelings for Pam (Jenna Fischer). Executive producer Greg Daniels calls the episode "our Scranton version of Jim Cameron's
C: Crystal Club Cola
The soft drink that you see Dunder-Mifflin employees occasionally sip in the employee lunchroom is a real regional soda brand from eastern Pennsylvania.
D: Diversity Day
The hilarious episode about sensitivity training was partly inspired by a sexual-harassment seminar the cast and production staff was required to go through once NBC hired them for the show.
Steve Carell has played unctuous and annoying before as Edgar, Ellie's ex-boyfriend on Julia Louis-Dreyfus' short-lived sitcom
F: "Fundle Bundle"
The clip of this fictional Scranton kiddie TV show with little Michael Scott gave us an early glimpse of his lonely misfit side.
G: Grass Roots
Remember the 1960s hit "Midnight Confessions" by the Grass Roots? Cast member Creed Bratton played guitar in that band.
Only Michael would wear a Halloween costume with a papier-mâché likeness of himself on his shoulder on the same day he attempted to terminate an employee.
I: "Islands in the Stream"
One of the most annoying songs of the '80s made a great karaoke moment for Jim and Michael.
J: Jay Ferguson
The composer of
theme, Ferguson was lead singer in the rock bands Spirit and Jo Jo Gunne, and had a solo Top 40 hit in 1977 with "Thunder Island."
The big cliff-hanger moment in Season 2's finale was when Jim finally planted one on Pam, even though she was engaged to shipping-department lug Roy (David Denman). Think she got back the deposit on the reception hall?
The singing duo that includes Kate Flannery, who plays tipsy customer-service rep Meredith. They play regularly at an improv club in Hollywood.
M: Men's Room
Assistant to the regional manager Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson) once found his desk in there courtesy of his torturer, Jim.
N: Nancy Walls
She plays Carol, Michael's Realtor and potential love interest, and is Steve Carell's real-life wife. They met while both were players in the Second City comedy troupe.
Not to be outdone by NBC's coverage of the Winter Games in Torino, Dunder-Mifflin's office Olympics offered Flonkerton, the highly specialized sport that uses paper boxes as snowshoes.
P: Phyllis Smith
She was the show's casting associate until she got the role of Phyllis - based on her reading parts with other auditioning actors.
Q: Quincy, M.E.
Melora Hardin, who plays Michael's boss, Jan Levinson, appeared on the medical-examiner drama twice when she was a teen actress.
R: Reality TV
Camera crews that have worked on
are often used to give
its documentary-style look.
The Police cover band with Kevin (Brian Baumgartner) from accounting on drums. Pam's fiancé, Roy, wanted the group to play at their wedding.
Paul Lieberstein, the show's coexecutive producer, who has never acted before, plays the morose human-resources guy. NBC execs cast him in the show when they saw his brief appearance in the second episode. He's not the only cast member who works on both sides of the camera - B.J. Novak (Ryan Howard) is a coproducer and Mindy Kaling (Kelly Kapoor) is story editor.
Dwight provided some to Michael to help him pass a drug test. But his guilt over it forced him to resign as a Lackawanna sheriff's deputy - a tragic loss for the law enforcement community.
V: Valentine's Day
Dwight got his own personal bobblehead. Angela (Angela Kinsey) got his key. Michael got a big kiss from Jan. Phyllis got flowers and a giant bear from Bob Vance of Vance Refrigeration. And Pam got a promise from Roy that she would get the best sex of her life. Uh-oh.
In the summer of 2006, a series of Web-only episodes featured accountants Kevin, Angela and Oscar (Oscar Nunez) and a story about $3,000 in missing Dunder-Mifflin funds.
X: Xmas Party
The most popular gift in the episode was a video iPod, which in real life boosted
's popularity. It's been one of the most downloaded shows on Apple's iTunes store.
Fans have made their own music videos about Pam and Jim's relationship and posted them on this website.
Z: Zbornak, Kent
producer worked for
The Golden Girls
, the writers borrowed his last name for Bea Arthur's character, Dorothy.
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