Lee Eisenberg answers ‘Job Fair’ questions

Thanks again to Lee Eisenberg for agreeing to do a second round of fan Q&A, this time for Job Fair!

This edition includes some interesting scrapped storylines, plus a guest who takes us through the anatomy of a golf blister …

Q. Who was the actor that played “Justin”? He was fantastic! | Tiffany

Lee: Trevor Einhorn — and he was awesome. Great kid, too.

Q. Is he any relation to Randall Einhorn? | Abbey in PA

Lee: No relation to Randall.

Q. Did you guys discuss other ways to handle the Dwight/Angela alone in the office thing? Were you tempted to give them more interaction? | Lisa

Lee: We debated what to do with Dwight in this episode. We could’ve brought him to the job fair and obviously had a lot of fun with him interacting with high school kids.

But I think the writers really liked the size of this Dwight/Angela story. Personally, I love that everyone leaves the office when there’s no authority figure around and I love that Dwight and Angela stay until exactly five every day. When Dwight stares at the piece of paper after Michael hangs up on him, I lose it every time.

Q. Were you limited in the interaction between Dwight and Angela due to having to hide the baby bump? (I loved the angle of the copy machine shot by the way.) | Shrutastic

Lee: I wasn’t on set that day (I was sick), but when we were editing, I asked if we had any wider shots. Both Gene and Dave Rogers (the editor) reminded me that we were shooting around Angela’s enormous belly.

Q. Brian looked like a pro during the golf scenes. We all know that he has some mad basketball skills. Is this the case with golf as well? | Tiffany

Lee: Brian is a very good golfer. And apparently, he’s a pretty mean tennis player, too. (From tanster: Brian plays in the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament in Tahoe in July. So yeah … he’s good.)

Q. Why did Kevin go on the sales call? I’ve heard that Brian is a great golfer, but isn’t Kevin just an accountant? | William

Lee: I think Jim was trying to get a foursome. We talked about this a lot. But if you look around the office, Jim doesn’t really have a ton of options. At one point, very early on, Dwight went golfing but was pushed out of the main foursome and ended up playing with a bunch of old ladies behind them.

46 comments

  1. Yay! Thanks for answering all of those questions – and thanks to Tanster for organizing another wonderful Q&A! Two of my questions were answered. Made my week!

  2. YAY! Very good Q&A. I love that we can get an inside look of the behind the scenes look at this amazing show! Thanks Tanster, Lee, and LaVerne. So nice. And I have to say, the ‘blisties’ were incredible and it’s amazing to know how it was done.

    I’m totally doing it for Halloween!

  3. Really interesting to hear the different directions they considered for Dwight in this episode – I think they definitely made the right choice in the end.

  4. yeah, i didn’t see the relation between john and that guy either. good Q&A. Thanks lee and tanster!

  5. Eeeh I just love these! I really liked hearing about the makeup details – my friend was in a makeup class and sometimes I let her do crazy things to me. Like give me a bullet hole in my forehead. It was very realistic…

  6. Thank you for answering the questions, it answered a ton of questions I had myself, only I didn’t see the connection between John and the graphic design guy, I don’t see very many similarities. Thanks again! :)

  7. I loved this episode (and the deleted scenes!). This was a wonderful and really interesting Q&A on top of that–Thank you so much! I hope the actor who played the graphics dude (I never mistook him for JK but thought their voices were totally similar) is enjoying his 15 minutes of fame! Hopefully he’ll get more!

  8. Officetally is fantastic in so many infinite ways, but being able to offer this kind of inside look through Q&A with the writers is beyond phenomenal. Thanks so much Tanster and Lee!!!

  9. Well i’m glad the graphics designer Q was answered. So now that scene seems pointless since Jenna said she’s not the one leaving…

  10. Thanks again. Loved it. I’ve said it before, but this is definitively my favourite part of the site. It gives you great insight of the show. I too vote for a longer blooper reel on the DVDs.

    #12 – Really? I mean, the guy looked NOTHING like John. It never once occurred to me that it could have been him. I mean, why would they even do that? This is supposed to be a documentary – meaning the guys on the show aren’t supposed to take on multiple roles. I agree on the very similar voice though.

  11. AWESOME!! thank you soo much! These interviews are great.

    It’s interesting that we all try to find hidden meanings that really aren’t there ;)

  12. I’m not buying it…that graphics design guy was John…there’s an evasive quality to the way they answered that question….I can’t wait to see why!

  13. If anyone that works on “The Office” staff reads these comments…please put John cracking up after the kiss on the blooper reel! When I was watching that scene, I couldn’t believe they could kiss without laughing at Kevin, Andy, and Michael. Michael’s “Kiss her, kiss her good” was a gut buster.

  14. The only connection I see between Jim and the graphics guy, is that they say the word “absolutely” absolutely the same…

    Great read!! Thanks a lot!!

  15. Can someone please make a split page of John next to the graphics guy and explain to me WHY anyone would think they look alike? I am so shocked that anyone would even consider that for a second, they don’t seem at ALL alike to me.

    Tanster, you are the best and thanks for forging such a great relationship with everyone on the show that they will do exclusives like this for you. You rock and so do the writers!

  16. The Q&A features are great! I look forward to these glimpses into the writer’s process, and it is good to see them appreciated for the incredible work they do. The whole staff and crew have been so generous to us fans.

  17. you what i LOVE about this show? not only is it just great as a show, but almost EVERYONE involved in that show from the writers to the actors to even the Costume/Makeup/Stage designers interact with us fans. It shows great loyalty to this show and i really appreciate it cause it makes me love this show just so much more than i ever thought i could. And thanks tanster for having this site. AHH this is all so great. haha

  18. Thank you SO much. It’s tremendous that they would take time out of their day to answer our questions.

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