Got a ‘Moroccan Christmas’ question for Justin?

Do you have a question for writer Justin Spitzer about last night’s episode, ‘Moroccan Christmas’?

Submit your question here by 11pm PT tomorrow night, December 13.

I’ll put together a Q&A and post it sometime next week.

Remember, non-spoilerish questions about ‘Moroccan Christmas’ only. Thanks!


  1. Hi Justin, *great* episode! I noticed that there was a sequence of shots of the characters enjoying the party, when there haven’t been a lot of these kind of “slice-of-office-life,” dialogue-less sequences in a while. It was really nice to see– did you decide to do this as a specific throwback to earlier episodes, or just for the sake of humor?

    Also, there was relatively little Pam in this episode. Was there a reason for that?

    Thanks a ton!

  2. Great episode, Justin (and an even better first name)! It is common knowledge that you had originally penned a draft for last year’s Christmas episide but due to the stike it was never produced (until now). Obviously there had to be some changes due to progressed storylines. What was the biggest challenge in reworking the script in order to make it work for one year later? Thanks!

  3. Since last year’s Christmas episode got cut because of the strike, did you recycle any of those ideas for this year’s episode? If so, what parts?

  4. How much time did it take Ed Helms to learn the sitar? And what song was he (trying) to play when Jim asked him to stop?

  5. This episode seemed kind of different from the regular episodes. The normal stupidity of Michael’s character seemed to be missing. His character in this particular episode was portrayed as a slightly violent and at times “normal”. Also the awkwardness of other characters at the end of this epi made me sad when they see an ignorant Andy. Is this shift in all the characters’ behavior deliberate?

  6. As dark as this episode was, there were so many laugh out loud moments for me, so many really great lines. (Thanks for that!) Were there any scenes in particular that were difficult for the cast to get through without laughing?

  7. Did you have any trouble portraying Meredith’s alcoholism, such a serious topic and clearly a vice of hers, as funny? You definitely succeeded in making it funny but I’m curious if there were other ideas for that storyline that were scrapped.

  8. What was Michael reading when he read the thing about the Mormon Church? Was it something the writers made up, or something actually found on the Internet?

  9. Hey Justin! I was just wondering why some of Michael’s talking heads were shot at a different angle. Were you just trying to mix it up or was there something deliberate you were trying to convey?

  10. Great episode! While ‘Moroccan Christmas’ was overall extremely funny, there were elements of addiction, adultery, race, and religion in this episode. Were these all intentionally placed to happen at once, or did it just turn out that way? Was it difficult to create comedy from something as serious as addiction?

  11. Thanks for taking questions, Justin. I liked the episode. A little darker than usual but it was nice. The set designers really went all out with the theme, how did you come up with the “Nights in Morocco” as well as long was the process of getting all the set decorations ready? :)

  12. I might be making it up in my head but are you guys foreshadowing an inferiority complex with Pam? She didn’t succeed at art school and Jim called her stupid and dumb in the span of 3 seconds in the Christmas episode. It seemed out of character for him and Pam laughed it off playfully, but over time I could see that being an issue for JAM. Thoughts?

  13. In the final scene when Andy played the song for Angela, after he was done, there was a shot of everyone staring at them and then some clapping noises – was the clapping intended? I couldn’t figure out who it was, and Dwight’s clapping started later.

  14. Was there ever talk of making this episode an hour long? It seemed like there was a lot going on in a short amount of time.

  15. It was nice to see the other characters and their lives come into more of a spotlight! But with all of the serious issues that came out and were unresolved, it seems as though certain character’s arcs aren’t evolving, much unlike jim and pam. Is it intentional to keep most of the office the same while pushing others in a different direction?

  16. After the intervention disperses Dwight immediately assumes his perch by Michael’s door. It’s hysterical. Was this scripted, directed, or improvised?

    (Gotta add I got a major kick out of Michael celebrating Groundhog’s Day, seeing how that’s my birthday. Cheers!)

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