Got A.A.R.M. questions for David Rogers?

I’m sad that this is OfficeTally’s final episode Q&A, but so honored that it’s with A.A.R.M. director, David Rogers! David is a long-time editor, producer, and director for the show, and a dear supporter of OfficeTally. You may also remember him as “Angry Ray-Ban Guy” from the Season 5 finale, Company Picnic. :)

If you have a question about ‘A.A.R.M.,’ please add it in a comment below.

This post closes Friday, May 10, at 8pm PT, so get your questions in before then!

69 comments

  1. Fantastic episode. I wished we got to see a little more with the whole doc airing, but it was done in a very poetic way – love that you just heard Michael. However, if my memory serves me correctly, didn’t the doctor specifically say Dwight was not the father? It was done in a way that I think would be hard for Angela to set that up.

  2. Did you guys initially rule out Dwight’s paternity at the beginning of the season because of The Farm? If The Farm had gone through, would Dwangela have been denied their happy ending? :(

  3. Was there ever a discussion in the writer’s room to reveal to us what was written in the card to Pam?

  4. My favorite shots in the episode were the one with Jim and Dwight! How much was improvised during those takes?

  5. Was the warehouse scene with the A.A.R.M challenge a callback to Office Olympics? Because if so, very nice touch :P

    Also, what was your favorite scene of this episode to shoot?

  6. Give it to me straight — how many times did you guys cry while shooting this episode?

  7. How long did that last awesome dwangela scene take to shoot.
    that was by far the best scene since jam proposal

  8. How much direction did you give Rainn and Angela before their big scene? Or did they just go for it?

  9. So impressed you guys remembered the Teapot and the card! I know a lot of people here did! Plus, it got me thinking, you guys/gals have probably been holding that among other things in your back pocket (… ha) for a while now. What other plots/events did you discuss bringing back from past seasons to this episode?

  10. What an amazing episode. My heart was aching and the tears were flowing.

    What was the most emotional scene shot during A.A.R.M.?

  11. The ending seemed a little choppy, as in short scene after short scene after short scene. You guys made it work great, of course, but are there any deleted scenes that you very much wish could have been included in the final cut?

    Also:

    Why is the camera crew still filming after the final documentary is finished?

    What do you think about “Livin’ the Dream” and “A.A.R.M.” both ending with musical numbers/goodbyes (Andy in the former, Darryl in the latter)?

    I thought the episode was a little ambiguous about one thing: does Pam really want Jim to stay in Scranton or does she want him to go on the 3-month Athlead pitching trip with Darryl?

  12. Hi David. Will there be any good bonus footage from this episode? Seems like you guys went to great efforts to cover many bases this past episode and that hour was jam-packed with important stuff.

  13. Really fantastic episode. Combined so much of my favorite elements about the show and as it’s the last “normal” episode of The Office, it seemed really appropriate and just lovely all-around.

    There are two things and they’re both about the Christmas Party reference.

    1) Was it talked about throughout the show’s run that you would bring back Jim’s card?

    2) I think there’s some interview or dvd commentary where John Krasinski mentioned that he wrote a card as Jim for Christmas Party. Was that the original card that Jenna read?

  14. 1) Was that Jim’s original card that John wrote in character? Does Jenna know what it says?

    2) I thought Dwight tested Phillip’s DNA & it showed they weren’t related. Explain.

  15. What challenges are faced when trying to make sure all the plots and questions are answered in these final episodes, ones that may have been unanswered for years?

  16. Is it just me, or did the teapot scene actually show more than what was actually used in the actual episode back in Season 2? I wonder if there any other callbacks that were left unused on the cutting room floor?

  17. The scene with Jim and pam and the letter was so awesome!! Did y’all always plan to revealing the letter from the earlier seasons, or was that just somthing you decided to throw into the episode? And will we ever find out what it says?

  18. What does the dang card say?!?! We’ve been waiting a very long time for that card!!!

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