Q. I thought the concept of following everyone through the summer week by week was really cool (and definitely a time at Dunder Mifflin I’ve been curious about!). Why did you decide to change up the format, and were there unique challenges that arose because of the change? | Carl
Gene: The idea of doing a weight loss episode has been around as long as I’ve been on the show. The problem we always had was, “how do you do a weight-loss episode in a half-hour? Or even an hour?”
Enter our fearless leader, Greg Daniels, who came up with the one act per week structure that basically solved that problem. Plus, we’d never shown what happens at Dunder Mifflin over the summer and figured this would be a cool opportunity to do that.
Q. The proposal was such a well kept secret that no one really saw coming in this episode. Did the entire cast/crew know about the filming of
this scene? | SuperTed
Gene: The entire cast and most of the crew, yes. You do the best you can with keeping it a secret, but these things tend to get out. I think the Entertainment Weekly guy also heavily hinted at it. I won’t be buying him a drink anytime soon.
Q. It’s great that the camera guy is like another character on the show. Was it actually in the script for him to “sigh” when he got denied entrance into Pam’s dorm room? | Diana
Gene: That was not in the script. That was an improv from Randall Einhorn, our director of photography, and it was pretty inspired. It’s one of my favorite moments in the episode. On The Office, even the cameramen improvise.
Q. Is there a particular reason why Amy Ryan is not a regular cast member and just a guest star for a few episodes? She’s GREAT and would be awesome to keep her in the show forever. :) Husker
Gene: She is great, but she’s also an Academy Award-nominated actress who has a lot of opportunities to do some very cool things. All the writers and actors absolutely adore her and we try to use any time she’s available. Holly seems perfect for Michael, doesn’t she?
Who discovered that Amy Ryan had incredible beat boxing talent? Tiffany
Gene: It became pretty apparent to everyone after the first take. We all broke into laughter as soon as Paul Feig yelled “cut.”