'The Office's 'Dinner Party' Originally Included Jan Committing Murder

'The Office' episode "Dinner Party" originally included Jan killing her neighbor's dog on purpose.
'The Office' episode "Dinner Party" originally included Jan killing her neighbor's dog on purpose. | YouTube / The Office

Wait, what?! Apparently, The Office's iconic "Dinner Party" almost went down way differently than what made the final cut. As terribly awkward as the fan-favorite episode is, things nearly turned tragic when Jan Levinson originally ended the night with murder.

In case you need a refresher, the Season 4 episode shares a rare glimpse into Michael Scott's home life with Jan, when they host dinner for some of the lucky Dunder Mifflin workers. The whole night is truly unforgettable in The Office history all because of its unbearably cringe-worthy humor, but there was supposed to be even more to the story.

In an oral history for Rolling Stone, the cast and crew relived that famous episode, and according to writer Gene Stupnitsky, there one only one big change to the dinner party. "Most scripts get rewritten, and I think this was the only one ever done that didn’t. The only thing that was changed was that in our first draft Jan hits the neighbor’s dog and kills it on purpose," he revealed, with writer Lee Eisenberg adding, "We decided that was going too far." No kidding!

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Elsewhere in the article, Melora Hardin, who played Jan, took the time to reflect on the pivotal episode. For the actress, the dinner party was especially crucial to to her character. "Michael represented this possibility for her white picket fence, which is why the dinner party is so resonant," she said. "That really is Jan’s moment of white picket fence. It’s her moment of 'here we are living together, and I’m gonna have a candle business, and we have a Warhol on the wall of me.'"

The dinner party may have been Jan's moment to shine, but it wasn't exactly positive attention she received. That being said, at least she didn't commit murder like originally planned!