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    Jim And Pam's Gas Station Engagement On "The Office" Was Even Less Romantic Than We Thought

    "It was so, so bonkers."

    Jim's proposal to Pam on the The Office definitely didn't go down the way fans probably think it did.

    Pam smiles while Jim leans over on her desk
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    Although it took place at a realistic-looking roadside gas station, everything was actually a set — and a very expensive one at that!

    A screenshot of the gas station from across the highway
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    In a new episode of the Office Ladies podcast, stars Angela Kinsey and Jenna Fischer revealed exactly what went down behind the scenes while they were filming the iconic episode.

    Jenna and Angela smile while posing together at an event
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    "We did not actually fly to this location. This is the insane part. They built this in the parking lot of a Best Buy that I have been to many times, actually," Jenna explained.

    Pam smiles at Jim while they sit outside
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    The show's crew built the set based on Google Street View images of a gas station along the Merritt Parkway in Connecticut, which reportedly took nine days and cost $250,000 to construct.

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    And it turns out that the massive parking lot where everything took place had been built on top of a toxic waste site!

    Jim gets down on one knee outside the gas station
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    "After months and months of scouting and meetings, it was our location manager, Kyle Alexander, who found this enormous paved parking lot. ... According to [production manager] Randy Cordray, the reason why it was such a massive, massive, massive parking lot is because it was a paved-over toxic waste site," Angela explained.

    She continued, "Apparently, years and years and years ago, there was an old ceramics plant or something that had buried lead paint waste into the ground, so they had to seal it and cover it."

    Jim and Pam look displeased
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    In addition to building the gas station front, the crew had to make a raceway surrounding the set in order to create the illusion of highway traffic.

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    "They set up cameras on the other side of this raceway, and they had cars drive around it at 55 miles an hour. Then they added rain pouring down on us [with] these giant rain machines," Jenna explained.

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    She added, "Our production manager, Randy Cordray, said they had about 35 precision drivers. They were driving not just cars but, like, semitrucks. When we were standing there on that set, you could feel the wind, like, of these cars speeding past you. It was so, so bonkers."

    Jim and Pam look at each other outside the gas station
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    All in all, the 52-second scene became the most expensive moment in Office history...which makes me wonder why they didn't just fly to Connecticut to shoot it!

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    Watch the entire proposal scene below...

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