Q. Was Kevin using his footbath from the Christmas party in the scene where he talked to Michael? | Moe
A. Yes he is. Kevin is having a pretty bad morning at that point. The footbath is to alleviate the effects of his thirty-minute walk from the satellite parking lot. We shot it from other angles that emphasize the footbath more, but that seemed to distract from the dialogue of the scene.
Q. Brian did a wonderful job at showing a different side of Kevin. It was very touching. How did this come about? Were you reluctant to show a different side of Kevin? | Scott G
A. It was great to see more of Kevin. I don’t think we were reluctant at all, it was just a question of whether there was time for that much story. I love that Michael is such a dramatic and public person that he spends his post-breakup episode making outrageous ultimatums to his staff and driving to graveyards; and yet, the same thing just happened to Kevin, and we just catch a glimpse of his story shyly poking through. It has a beginning, middle, and end, just like Michael’s breakup story, but it’s on a much more realistic scale.
Q. Last week we heard about some great visual jokes that were in Dinner Party that weren’t really focused on, like all the photos in the condo being of Jan with other men — were there any little background jokes in this episode that we might not have noticed? | Megan
A. I would have said the footbath, but someone noticed that.
Q. Was the song that Michael sang at the chair model’s grave improvised or did you really change the words to the beloved American Pie song in the script? | Kim
Q. Were there other possibilities for the song that Michael and Dwight sang at the Chair Model’s grave? If so, what other ideas were tossed around? | Ashley
A. Yes. The original idea was a version of “Candle in the Wind,” which we wrote lyrics for. When we didn’t get permission for it, we made a wish list of alternative possibilities. We were surprised and thrilled that “American Pie” cleared.
We also cleared ZZ Top’s “Legs,” which we planned to use when we do a time-cut to later that night. But on the last take in the graveyard, we had the idea to let Steve and Rainn just sing their hearts out to American Pie. Once we saw that … there’s no other way to end a show if you have a take like that.
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