Lee Eisenberg answers ‘Job Fair’ questions

Q. As writers, do you work from the premise that Pam is a truly talented artist who hasn’t yet had the opportunity to truly spread her wings, or merely an average artist who has loaded a lot of expectations into a dream that might not be realistic? | Deborah Shoshlefski

Lee: Personally, I think Pam has some talent that hasn’t been totally tapped. I think she can draw buildings really well. And probably bowls of fruit.

Q. Where was Toby? | kels

Lee: Toby took a personal day and co-wrote the season finale.

Q. When Jim said “screw it,” was it the first time that Jim & Pam were aware that the documentary crew were around to film them kissing? | Jaz

Lee: I think Jim and Pam show a lot of restraint around the cameras. Also, they work together in this tiny office. But I think they were both so excited that for that moment, they didn’t care about the cameras or the fact that Andy and Kevin were inches away.

Q. Were there any mishaps with Steve kicking the basketball? Any injuries? | Scott G

Lee: They used a foam ball so that nobody would get hurt.

Q. I was wondering if the name of the design business Pam applies to has any reference to her and Jim’s relationship, and the decisions they make in the episode: acting on “Impulse”? | MJ

Lee: I was part of a junior achievement program in high school and our company’s name was ‘Creative Impulse.’

Q. The graphic design guy in the closing segment — was this one of John K’s brothers, or even John K himself?!? It looked and sounded a LOT like him. | Cafard

Lee: I know a lot of people had that reaction. I don’t see it at all, personally. But no, there was no intention to draw any connection between the graphic design guy and Jim.

Q. Were there any bloopers of Jim and Pam/John and Jenna kissing with Michael, Andy, and Kevin/ Steve, Ed, and Brian in the background? | sorano916

Lee: If we didn’t cut on Pam’s look at Michael, about a second after that, John totally broke.

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46 comments

  1. Thanks you so much for the Q&A! I will have to go back and check out that guy that supposedly looks like Jim!

  2. Thanks for the Q&A! I KNEW that guy wasn’t John! And I loved the Dwight and Angela storyline in that episode, but part of me wishes I could have seen Dwight being forced to play golf with a bunch of old ladies.

  3. Andy is getting the brunt of it this season… chafing, blisters, golf cart crash.

    Thanks Lee!

  4. i enjoyed the dwight and angela stuff this episode but part of me would have loved to have seen dwight playing golf with the old ladies!

    thanks for this

  5. I really want to see John breaking after the kiss. (Sora great question)… but wow.
    Thanks Lee!

  6. That was awesome! Thanks Lee! The makeup department did a great job with those blisters, and the hard work paid off! They looked brutal!

    (But I cringed when Andy pumped the lotion in the gloves- i only hope it wasn’t scented! OUCH!)

  7. I cannot believe that guy was not John! And both my brothers and my mom thought it was him. My mom will surely be shocked when she finds out. If I would ever see that actor who played the graphic design guy, all I will see is John with make-up on. Hahaha!

  8. thanks lee!

    dwight golfing with the ladies would have been funny but i loved the interactions with angela. it’s funny that lee didn’t mention that jim brought kevin because his client likes to make wagers or reference that deleted scene at all.

    i love this feature.

  9. Wow – who knew so much time and effort went into the creation of fake blisters? Way to go, LaVerne! And thanks, Lee and Tanster!

  10. So John broke after Michael watched them kiss? I *really* hope they show that outtake on the DVD!

    Thanks Lee, LaVerne and Tanster!

  11. Wow – I am so honoured that Lee answered my question! Thanks so much, Tanster, for facilitating this fab opportunity!

  12. Once again, thanks for the Q&A. I’m going to to miss it over the summer. Hopefully the writers will be on board to do this again next year.

  13. Another great Q&A! I love these…thanks to all the writers for offering to answer all of our questions (:

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