The Office US shares brand new Matrix prank scene that never aired on TV

Chris Edwards
·2-min read
Photo credit: The Office - YouTube
Photo credit: The Office - YouTube

From Digital Spy

The Office US has revealed Jim's most elaborate prank on Dwight, which was cut from the 2013 series finale.

To mark the show's move from Netflix to Peacock, the NBCUniversal streaming platform has released the never-before-seen cold open, which brilliantly spoofs The Matrix.

In the five-minute scene, which you can watch above, Jim and Pam spend several hours training a black cat and coercing other Dunder Mifflin employees to convince Dwight that he's actually part of the matrix.

Photo credit: The Office - YouTube
Photo credit: The Office - YouTube

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Just like in the films, Dwight receives a message on his computer screen, telling him to escape the 'agents' in his office and meet up with a mysterious individual who will teach him the true nature of reality.

That mysterious individual, who channels Laurence Fishburne's Morpheus, is security guard Hank Tate (played by the late Hugh Dane).

Photo credit: The Office - YouTube
Photo credit: The Office - YouTube

Dressed in appropriate attire – shades, big leather coat, etc – Hank offers Dwight the choice of the blue or red pill, explaining that the blue will place him back in the matrix, while the red will reveal the true reality of the world.

Jim and Pam laugh as they watch security footage of the exchange, but the prank soon backfires when Dwight, without hesitation, opts for the blue pill, because he's 'truly happy' for once and doesn't want to leave the world he knows, even if it is just ones and zeros.

Realising that it's not actually safe to take the blue pill, Jim then has to dart out of the room and stop Dwight from ingesting it.

Photo credit: The Office - YouTube
Photo credit: The Office - YouTube

It's a rather time-consuming prank, and that's the main reason it was cut from the series finale. But as we're sure you'll agree, this is something Office fans simply had to see.

All nine seasons of The Office US are now streaming on Peacock in the US. The first two are available for free, while seasons 3-9 are only accessible to Peacock premium subscribers. Fans in the UK can watch the show on Sky Comedy and NOW TV.

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