A script for Season 8 (2011-12) of the workplace comedy called for Krasinski’s Jim to “make out” with Pam’s replacement Cathy (Lindsey Broad) while Pam (Jenna Fischer) stayed home on maternity leave.
“That’s the only time I remember putting my foot down … I remember saying things that I never thought I’d say before, like, ‘I’m not going to shoot it,’” Krasinski wrote in the new book “Welcome to Dunder Mifflin: The Ultimate Oral History of The Office.”
“My feeling is there is a threshold with which you can push our audience,” the actor added in an excerpt shared with the New York Post. “They are so dedicated. We have shown such great respect to them. But there’s a moment where if you push them too far, they’ll never come back. And I think that if you show Jim cheating, they’ll never come back.”
The plotline was eventually dropped. Cathy tried to seduce Jim in a hotel room during a business trip, but failed.