Lee and Gene answer ‘Dinner Party’ questions

I asked Tallyhead Nation to post their questions about Dinner Party, and Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky were gracious enough to answer a bunch! I love hearing about all the behind the scenes details.

Thanks, Lee and Gene!

Q. We found out in the live blog that you two wrote the words to that incredibly bad but funny song by Hunter, and the music is by Todd Fancy of The New Pornographers … is that who is singing it? | Troy

A. That is the great Todd Fancy singing. He was great. He did a bunch of different versions for us. I believe that a longer version with extra lyrics will be available on NBC.com sometime next week.

Q. Are there any hidden jokes in this episodes that a lot of viewers might not have gotten when watching it, like in the background or something like that? If so, can you give us a clue about what it is? | Sonni

A. Let’s see … Jan’s ‘office’ was really never used. I don’t know if you can see on camera, but someone had the idea (Paul Feig, I believe) that the desk chair still had plastic sleeves on the arms. What else, what else. Oh, every photo in the house was of Jan with other guys. There was not one picture of Michael anywhere. And finally, in the garage, there was actually a Soloflex and a Bowflex back to back. Many of the writers love the idea that Michael is completely taken by late-night infomercials.

Q. Is Michael’s condo the same location as first seen in Office Olympics? Also, did the script include an exact pillow count for the quantity of pillows on Jan’s bed? | Jack

A. This is the same location. The production design team on the show did an amazing job to transform the condo from Michael’s design aesthetic to Jan’s.

Q. Was Dwight’s date really his babysitter or was she some random homeless person? | Lisa

A. Dwight’ date was really his babysitter. She was taking the bus home at the end.

Q. Is Hunter’s song about Jan? | WiseWithWorms

A. Yes, Hunter’s song is about Jan. But what specifically happened ‘That One Night’ is left to interpretation.

Q. Were there a LOT of breaks during the dinner party scenes? lol especially when Jan was throwing things around … | Awesome Blossom

A. Breaks? Like actors laughing? Yes! There was a great, loose vibe on set because it was the first episode back. The plasma TV scene, in particular, was tough to get through. Steve was on fire.

Q. Was the Serenity candle logo a nod to Joss Whedon’s Serenity movie? | Shunned Ryan

A. We love Joss, but no, sorry. It was just something we came up with.


  1. thanks so much for answering these, guys! and tanster for setting it up… really informative & fun!

  2. Stuff like this makes me love the internet.

    It’s always great to see fan questions answered in such a friendly manner.

  3. That was a fun read. Thanks Tanster and writers!

    I loved the scene where Jim was leaving because it just seemed like Pam was mad she hadn’t thought of it first. This was a great episode. :)

  4. Tip of the hat to Lee and Gene for doing this. It adds something to hear more about what was intended.

  5. Where else can you get this kind of material from the people behind your favorite show? Thank you Gene, Lee, and Tanster.

  6. How awesome would it be if we had this for every episode??

    Thanks so much for doing this guys, it added so much to the episode.

    [from tanster: i would love it, too. i’ll work on it. :) ]

  7. Yay! Thank you Gene and Lee for answering my question! And the rest of the questions you answered. I love getting insight into the show like this. I appreciate the time you took to do this for us fans.

    Thanks to you, tanster, as well, for putting this all together. This made my night!

  8. Wow! Gene and Lee, thank you SO much for taking the time to answer these. What a fantastic look behind the scenes to give us even more appreciation for the quirky genius minds that come up with these episodes. We love you! We want more! Please let’s do it again…*twss*…soon!

  9. Thanks Gene and Lee.
    What great info!
    Good job fellow tallyheads for asking fantastic questions. :) I myself came up blank.

    [from tanster: i agree, stephanie. excellent job, tallyheads!]

  10. thanks for answering them! I especially like the one that pointed out Andy’s wardrobe, hilarious! and now i get why Jan is extra crazy, it makes more sense if you think of this episode as after the deposition

  11. Thank you so much Gene and Lee for taking time to indulge us. That’s one of the many things that I love about this show and all of those who are a part of it. Fans just don’t get this kind of access very often, and it just really enhances the viewing experience. Also, great job with the questions Tallyheads!

  12. I assume the last question was from Justin Spitzer, gyno-extraordinaire.

    [from tanster: one would assume. i should email this person and make them answer a security question. ;) ]

  13. Thanks for your answers. They really did address a lot of questions we Office watchers had about the episodes. I really liked this episode. Especially the part when Jan smashed the TV with the Dundie. That was priceless.
    Keep up the awesome work!

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