Q. Are you still hoping to one day be a Shrute? | Little Fish in the Big Apple
Jen C: Yes! Yes! A Million times yes! I’ll wear a neck beard! I’ll cut one leg shorter than the other! Whatever it takes!
Q. Am I reading too much into things or is Dwight becoming a little more relaxed and “cooler”? ie participating in pranks, the hug that lasted a bit too long in the volleyball scene | Jonathan
Jen C: Yes, you’re reading too much into things. Stop reading so much into things, Jonathan!
Okay, no, I think it’s possible that Dwight has become a little more relaxed in certain situations — I like that on this show, we can write for the characters to evolve a little — but mostly in the volleyball game, with the hug, he just got carried away in that moment because he was very focused on winning and forgot for a second what he was doing.
Like in “The Duel” in the middle of Dwight/Andy challenging each other, they high-five.
Q. How come Karen was missing from the company picnic? Or any mention of Utica? | Mani
Jen C: Karen is on maternity leave — the Utica branch was there in the crowd — they were worried about getting shut down.
Q. Were the extras instructed not to laugh at Michael & Holly’s “Slumdunder Mifflinaire”? It must have been a challenge to not laugh at that! | Jeff
Jen C: The extras were instructed not to laugh, and a funny thing happened on the first take.
Steve and Amy went out and gave their all to their skit performance, and then Amy said she was a little thrown because the audience wasn’t giving them anything (the audience was told not to react at all but Steve and Amy didn’t know that) — so there was a bit of actual stage fright/worst nightmare coming true for them when you perform and no one in the audience even giggles a little. It was fun to watch and seemed so real.
I like the kids’ reactions to Michael/Holly’s play — I love that children of that age, who really shouldn’t be that discriminating, are like “What? Why are we being forced to watch this nonsense?”
Q. I noticed that the opening credits were cut very short and that there was no tag at the end. Was this strictly because of timing issues or because you wanted to leave the audience with that shocking JAM moment? | Cait
Jen C: The crazy fast opening credits was out of necessity to try and get the show time down to 21:35. Same thing with the tag.
There were a bunch of questions about the show being a half-hour versus an hour, too… In previous years, when we’ve had a bunch of moves to make at the end of the year — like in Goodbye Toby (Toby’s last day, Holly’s first, Jan’s pregnancy, Michael falls for Holly) it seemed to warrant an hour-long — also in “The Job” there were so many moves to make.
We’ve found that it is hard to fill up an hour without a lot of plot moves, so when we were talking about the finale this year, we realized we didn’t have a lot of things to wrap up, so we thought that the best creative choice was to do a half hour.