Brett Dale: How important was it to show the true friendship between Dwight and Jim in that scene near the end when Jim was giving advice to Dwight about Angela.
David: I loved how in Livin’ The Dream each of them thinks the other would do a great job as manager. Dwight giving Jim back his seat by banishing Clark to the annex was a super cool move.
One of my favorite moments from this season was when Jim left the Christmas Party early but surprised everyone and came back and Dwight runs up to him and gives him a hug.
I love when they work together as a team, such as in Traveling Salesman and Lecture Circuit, and another favorite moment of mine is in Money when Dwight is sad and despondent in the stairwell over breaking up with Angela, and Jim just speaks to him from the heart. So for me, seeing Dwight really need and respect Jim as a friend who he can share with and who’s opinion he trusts, was very important not only for this episode, but for the series as a whole.
MuckMallard: I feel like Andy’s character has evolved into an amalgam of Michael Scott and David Brent. When Steve left were there still some Michael storylines that were then adapted to other characters?
David: I don’t think there were any storylines specific to Michael Scott that were adapted to other characters.
Greg: How do you decide what will be the final scene of the opening credits? When last night’s episode was previewed during the wrap party, it ended with Andy still behind the manager’s desk. When it aired last night, it ended with Jim kissing Pam. How do you decide on the final scene of the opening credits (whose decision is it?) and also specifically why the decision was made to end on Pam/Jim last night.
David: The preview shown at the wrap party had the wrong main title — that was the one that ran through most of Season 9, but with Andy no longer manager, we would not end on his shot behind the manager’s desk.
When Andy left on his boat trip, we filmed a main title shot of his empty chair and even built up mail and papers piling on his desk to show the passage of time for later episodes. But ultimately we didn’t want to focus on Andy being missing, especially since there was so much going on with everyone else and him being away wasn’t what the shows were about.
If the shots of Michael and Andy, and the other characters who have inhabited the manager’s desk represent that being at this office is about why they’re there in the first place, to be doing work, then the Jim/Pam kiss shot that we use to end the main title sequence represents the other number one reason why they’re all there — for fun, friendship, and love.
Calabound: How long ago had the writer’s room thought up that Dwight’s proposal? During the talking heads, has Stanley been in the background, or is it footage of him played on a loop?
David: I don’t know when they came up with the idea of Dwight and Angela’s proposal, probably fairly recently, but I know they wanted something different and representative of who these characters are and yet something special like Jim and Pam’s proposal, and Michael and Holly’s.