6 Reasons Why “Niagara” Is The Best Episode of The Office
You may remember back in 2009 when Niagara Falls was a-buzz because “The Office” was in town filming scenes for Jim and Pam’s upcoming wedding in their sixth season. At the time, the set was very hush-hush, and the cast and crew worked overtime to keep everything a closely guarded secret so fans wouldn’t get any spoilers before the big two-part episode aired.
Now, thanks to a brand new book about the show, we’re getting to learn some never before known facts about what went down when they were filming in Niagara.
Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey, who played Pam Beesley and Angela Martin on the show, have been sharing inside scoops from “The Office” for the past couple of years on their popular podcast “Office Ladies.” Now they’ve teamed up again to release a new book called Office BFFs: Tales of The Office from Two Best Friends Who Were There, where they dish about behind-the-scenes antics, share stories about their fellow co-stars, and reveal pics and fun facts never seen or heard by fans before.
Chapter nine of the book, “JAM”- narrated by Jenna Fischer - chronicles all kinds of tidbits about filming pivotal scenes in Jim and Pam’s relationship - including what went down when they went to film in Niagara Falls.
Here are six fun things to learn about the time “The Office” filmed one of its biggest episodes ever, “Niagara.”
1. “The Office” cast wasn’t supposed to film in Niagara Falls
According to Jenna, the original plan was to have a camera operator travel to Niagara Falls to shoot some footage and then insert Jenna and John Krasinski (who played Jim) into the scene via a green screen. However, producers weren’t a fan of this and fought to have the actors shoot real scenes on the Maid of the Mist.
2. Shooting on the Maid of the Mist came with a lot of strict rules
There were a lot of technicalities that came with shooting scenes on the Maid of the Mist. For one, producers weren’t allowed to rent out an entire boat to keep things private - they were only given permission to reserve the front. Second, the boat had to stick with its original route - they couldn’t veer off course to get any special shots or stay away from prying eyes. Finally, the rest of the boat was allowed to have tourists on it. Because of this, no regular joes were allowed at the front of the boat, but the lucky tourists that happened to be on the boat were allowed to take pics and videos.
3. The cast and crew of “The Office” rode the Maid of the Mist eight times
Between lighting, water sprays, and other logistics, it likely would have been impossible for them to get all of the footage that they needed for the episode during just one trip on the boat. To make sure they definitely got the shots they needed, producers reserved eight trips on Maid of the Mist to be safe- four in the morning, and four in the afternoon.
4. Only a few select cast and crew were allowed on the boat
Due to the small size of their shooting area (remember, they could only use the front), along with the small size of their budget, only a small group was actually present on the Maid of the Mist while filming - Jenna, John, writer Mindy Kaling (who also played Kelly on the show), the director of the episode Paul Feig, and a very small group of camera operators and crew members.
5. John Krasinski filmed while having the flu
Yep, Jim was actually sick on his wedding day. Because of the strict shooting schedule that day, John Krasinski spent a miserable day soaking wet and trying to keep food down (poor Jim). However, one of the biggest concerns for producers, cast, and crew was Jenna catching John’s flu when they had to share their big wedding kiss. To keep things as sterile as possible, Jenna put polysporin up her nose, they angled the camera a certain way, and Jenna kissed John on the cheek - making it just *look* like they had their first smooch as husband and wife.
6. After the shoot, the cast and crew went out for wings
Because as we all know, when in Niagara Falls, do as the Niagara Fall-ians do.
Yeah, that's the look on my face when I think of going for wings, too.
With all of the pitfalls, tricky logistics, and hard work that went into filming Jim and Pam’s wedding, it’s no wonder that most people consider “Niagara” to be the best episode of "The Office" ever (ever, ever...).