In Season 9 of The office, Jim Halpert (John Krasinski) tries to buy the whole office a few days off in the episode “Work Bus”. Productivity didn’t stop with Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson) as the owner of the building, however.
Dunder Mifflin employees – and the cast of the NBC comedy series – crammed onto a bus to go to work and film the episode. Find out why the stars of The office affectionately referencing this episode from last season as the “Death Bus” and what made Ellie Kemper pee her pants while filming.
‘The Office’ cast singing ‘Shabooya Roll Call’ made Ellie Kemper pee herself
Most of the episode is based on what Jenna Fischer describes The Office BFFs Book as “a small airport shuttle with desks, chairs, lights, printers, a water cooler, microwave, big-screen TV, coffee maker, 14 actors and four crew members.” In the narrative, Jim tries to rectify the situation by convincing manager Andy Bernard (Ed Helms) to take the work bus to get pies from the best spot in town – Laverne’s Pies Tires Fixed Also. Andy agrees and Dunder Mifflin’s Scranton branch begins their journey, singing “Shabooya Roll Call” along the way.
“My name is Kevin; that’s my name.
They call me Kevin because that’s my name.”
According to Angela Kinsey, deleted scenes from the episode include more footage of the cast singing the “Shabooya Appeal” – versions of the song that had the entire cast laughing. “It was during one of those laughing fits that Ellie [Kemper] peed my pants,” Kinsey writes.
“…she laughed so hard she peed her pants. Then, just like Ellie Kemper can, she cried out adorably, “Oh my god! Her!! I just peed my pants!!!'”
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Fischer describes Kemper’s mishap as a “big jingle”. As funny as Kemper was peeing, things were about to turn around The office to water.
Jenna Fischer was ‘pinned’ under props while filming ‘Work Bus’
The biggest challenge in filming “Work Bus” was capturing footage of a moving vehicle. Initially, the bus was attached to a rig. Wilson was ordered to dodge while the rest of the cast pretended to hit the back. That didn’t give the showrunners the chance they wanted, so they went a different route.
“A stunt driver got in,” remembers Fischer. “However, there were no stunt performers.”
As the stunt driver dodged the bus, all the furniture and props were thrown around. “When the bus stopped, I was pushed against the side of the bus,” Fischer said. “Leslie [David Baker] was over me. Believe [Bratton]John, lamps, laptops, chairs were all on Phyllis [Smith].”
Smith needed some ice for her ankle, but everyone was ultimately fine. Slightly frustrated, the cast took a break and returned to film after lunch. It was there that her second near-death experience took place.
The “work bus” became the “death bus” as exhaust fumes filled the vehicle
Since the bus was hot to film, the production arranged for a portable air conditioner to be strapped to the back and ducted air through the sunroof. The problem with this was that the unit’s intake hose was right next to the exhaust pipe. Fischer was the first to notice.
“We were all slowly being poisoned,” she writes. Afterward, she told producers she would “NEVER get on that bus again.”
Paramedics came to check everyone and production moved the unit to a safer location. Oh, and the cast has finished filming the episode!
Bryan Cranston directed the episode “The Office,” which the cast affectionately dubbed “Death Bus.”
breaking Bad‘s Bryan Cranston was on hiatus from filming the AMC series, so he was there that day to direct Work Bus. The irony of Cranston’s – Walter White/Heisenberg – direction in this near-death experience was not lost on the cast.
Fischer and Kinsey close the entire chapter they dedicated to this episode: “We love you, Bryan Cranston. Thanks for getting us through such a crazy day!”
Watch “Work Bus” and other episodes of The office on peacock.
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