John Krasinski refused to record the office scene where Jim cheats on Pam

In the book, “Welcome to Dunder Mifflin: The Ultimate Oral History of the Office” (via Uproxx), Krasinski remembers how he rejected the ill-thought-out kiss with Cathy and said:

“It’s the only time I can remember putting my foot down. I remember saying things I never thought I would say before, like I did not want to shoot it.

“My feeling is that there is a threshold by which you can push our audience. They are so dedicated. We have shown so much respect for them. But there is a moment where if you push them too far, they will never come. “And I think if you show Jim cheating, they’ll never come back.”

Creator Greg Daniels wanted to worry the audience that he “should give them a bad ending so they were happy when they got a good ending.” Krasinki’s reasoning affected him, however, and in the end – even though she worked her way into Jim’s hotel room in Florida and tried to seduce him – the show never treated Cathy as a real threat to Pam. Instead, it caused Dwight (Rainn Wilson) to come to the rescue when Jim called him and convinced him that there were bed bugs in his room.

Cathy, herself a kind of overgrown bed bug, would leave with Dwight’s chemical spray on her face, and Jim and Pam would stay together without any shark-jumping kisses between him and other women. Everything is good that ends well.

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