All About the 24-Inspired Kevin Malone Episode of The Office That Never Happened

Brian Baumgartner stars as Kevin Malone in The Office.
Brian Baumgartner stars as Kevin Malone in The Office. / NBCUniversal

Over the course of a nine-season run, only so much could happen on The Office. The workplace comedy featured a variety of wacky personalities, including that of chili connoisseur Kevin Malone. In an interview with The Guardian, The Office writer/producer Michael Schur spoke about his experience working on the beloved sitcom, including the many ideas that never came to fruition. One of these pitches is heartbreaking to hear about, as it's one any Dunder Mifflin enthusiast would have loved to see: a 24-themed episode that was all about Kevin.

"My pitch was Kevin would get a chicken pot pie and it'd say on the instructions 'microwave for 21 minutes and 30 seconds,'" Schur explained. "The episode would begin with him putting it into the microwave, setting it for 20:30 and hitting start. The story would play out over 21 minutes in real time and at the end of every act, he'd go back into the kitchen and we'd slowly push in on the microwave clock counting down."

In the same interview, The Office showrunner Greg Daniels told the outlet that the U.S. version of the series almost wasn't made because he thought the title was boring. Thankfully, it did get made, and people can share GIFs of Kevin dropping that pot of chili for years to come.

[h/t The Guardian]