Q. Not to be a wet blanket, but why oh WHY did they just not get the stuff back with insurance?? | Carmel T
Charlie: That was actually a big story point that got edited out for time. The idea was they had a $5,000 deductible for personal items. They lost less than that, so it wasn’t covered.
Q. Was Hank really performing? It was really nifty to see Hank doing something other than being a security guard! | Pudge
Charlie: That was all Hank (Hugh Dane). He’d never played guitar before that day. We gave him a guitar and said, “do this.” It came out of an early draft where Oscar and Kevin try to solve the robbery.
They believe it must be an inside job and ask Hank if he has “a record.” Hank says he does have “a record” but it’s a blues record, not a criminal record. That leads to him playing at the auction. It was Jen’s pitch and remains one of my favorites ever.
Q. Who came up with the C.R.I.M.E. A.I.D.’s acronym? | Tiffany
Charlie: That was me. I spent about three hours trying various combinations of words and that was the one that made me laugh.
Q. When Dwight tells Angela she has until 6:14, the way he says it is strikingly similar to a White Stripes song called Red Death at 6:14, even how he repeats it a second time. Is this a reference to a large coincidence? | dsrules
Charlie: This was coincidence. Weird.
Q. Did Roy just happen to show up at the bar or did Darryl call him up to have a confrontation with Jim? | Joseph
Charlie: It was a coincidence. We figured these guys would all frequent the same places, so it’s not that much of a stretch to imagine them bumping into each other.
Q. How did you come up with all the songs that Michael thought were Springsteen? | Abbey in PA
Charlie: I originally thought it would be funny if the only Springsteen song Michael knew was “Secret Garden” from the Jerry McGuire soundtrack. That joke landed with a thud, so I suggested it be a non-Springsteen song and that worked.
Aaron Shure suggested “Short People” as one of the songs and that sealed it.