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April 13, 2008

Comedy Spec - the Office

I know I have waffled back and forth so much here, it's embarrassing. But now I've moved away from Hannah Montana again and have landed firmly on the Office.

I'm pitching three main story ideas on Tuesday. Actually 2 fully developed ideas, and then one "back pocket" idea if the teacher and class don't spark to any of the first two. Read on to see what they are.

Going Green

Michael watches “An Inconvenient Truth” and decides that the office must become more environmentally conscious. He calls a meeting where everyone talks about the sacrifices they will make in their personal and professional life. He leads off with his choice to switch to sneakers made from recycled material and filling up with gasoline that is 10% ethanol. However when he finds out that Toby drives a Prius and everyone but him recycles, he’s driven to one-up them environmentally. He arranges a Dunder Mifflen Earth Day festival, forces his staff to work an afternoon without any electricity, and attempts to prove that Toby is actually living an environmentally insensitive life. In the end he creates more waste and finally learns to simply start recycling and use low wattage lights at the office as a start.

Meanwhile, Angela wins a free makeover and wardrobe overhaul and attracts an unusual amount of attention from the men and jealousy from the woman. She becomes rather striking, and her personality changes as well. Pam has a hard time with no longer being “the hottest girl in the office” and Dwight is tortured even more than usual. Finally, when Angela finds out that Kevin is keeping a snapshot of her new attractive self as a screensaver, she quickly reverts back to her former plain, cranky self, to the disappointment of most.

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Redecorating

Michael learns about Google and Pixar’s unique offices and decides Scranton workspace is too cookie cutter. He takes the crew on a field trip to Toys R Us to liven up their office. He installs a slide from his office down to the cafe on the first floor. Ryan visits and is horrified by the misuse of company funds. But due to making a good impression on Toys R Us management, Michael lands a huge new account, causing his office’s bottom line to rise above any other regional office. As a result, the CEO of Dunder Mifflin asks Michael to draw up plans for all other regional offices.

Meanwhile, Jim starts coming to work with a metal briefcase handcuffed to his arm, raising Dwight’s suspicions. Pam plays along, leaving messages for Jim on his voicemail (which Dwight overhears) in Russian. Jim and Pam continue to act mysteriously, leading Dwight towards a confrontation with Kevin (in disguise). Dwight is convinced he helped Jim foil an international plot, which boosts his self-esteem in the face of his breakup with Angela.


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My third idea is basically that Michael enters everyone in the Office into a "Body for Life" competition. And also that Kelly arranges a "costume party" where only Darryl and she dress up in a costume, making her very angry at the rest of the office.

Posted by jason on April 13, 2008 02:52 PM

Comments

I went through this whole process to come up with three solid story ideas for Hannah Montana, too. Oh well. My teacher basically talked me out of it. He said that it wouldn't do much good because most readers aren't familiar with the show, and neither is he, and neither is anybody in my class. The feedback and ideas I would get wouldn't be of much value, so I might as well write it by myself if I want one in my repertoire. That's what I'll be doing.

Posted by: jason on April 13, 2008 03:08 PM

MARCH 26, 2008
suggestions needed
It can't be the Office, that's overdone.

I like the going green, sounds just like an actual show.


Posted by: paul on April 13, 2008 05:07 PM

I know!!! But he said so many people have said it's being overdone that it's not being overdone anymore. Who knows.

Posted by: jason on April 13, 2008 05:13 PM

yeah going green is trendy enough for michael to go crazy about it and has enough problems to create a real pickle

Posted by: Anonymous on April 13, 2008 09:19 PM

I can totally see EACH of those as a real episode. And, there's plenty of room for product placement . . .

Posted by: Anonymous on April 14, 2008 08:46 AM

I also like going green. I can totally see it happening!

Posted by: ian on April 14, 2008 01:21 PM

I would like to watch these!

Posted by: Anonymous on April 15, 2008 06:34 AM

loves it!

Posted by: jenna on April 15, 2008 10:25 AM

Favorite show, and these would be my favorite episodes! I like the day without electric. How about Michael trying to recycle some e-waste too?

Posted by: Chris on April 17, 2008 06:30 AM

Favorite show, and these would be my favorite episodes! I like the day without electric. How about Michael trying to recycle some e-waste too?

Posted by: Chris on April 17, 2008 06:30 AM

Favorite show, and these would be my favorite episodes! I like the day without electric. How about Michael trying to recycle some e-waste too?

Posted by: Chris on April 17, 2008 06:30 AM

Apparently I now everything I say must be said 3 times . . . whoops, little computer glitch.

Posted by: Chris on April 17, 2008 06:33 AM

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