Greg Daniels and Rainn Wilson conference call

Some of them involve the character of Ryan whose website initiative started the season off and is kind of crumbling underneath him and has gotten — for some reason has become like infested with sexual predators.

And — which is just one of the problems his website has. And we have episodes coming up where Dwight and Michael are going to have joined Ryan in some of his club-hopping New York partying and, you know, try to — I think get involved in his life a little bit more.

But there’s some cool, weird things happening that I can’t talk about and, you know, you’ll just have to see it to truly enjoy all the twists and turns.

Question: Is there any hope for Dwight and Angela? Could there be a reconciliation?

Greg: Where there’s life, there’s hope.

Question: A question for Rainn about the bobblehead. A Star Trek actor once told me that the best part of having his own action figure is that he could play with himself in public. And what do you …

Rainn: Can I use that line?

Question: That’s a great line. What do you think of having your own bobblehead? Is it great, is it surreal, what?

Rainn: I walked by the NBC store in New York and there’s a wall of Dwight bobbleheads in the windows. It’s the number one selling thing in the history of NBC Universal merchandising.

And it’s pretty crazy. I feel like Mr. Potato Head, you know. I think in the future the — I will be known not for the character of Dwight, but just for the bobblehead.

And I think, you know, after, you know, in the far future humanity — like ten thousand years from now — will like uncover Dwight bobbleheads and think that I was a great leader of men.

Greg: Yeah, we’ve actually made them out of a special titanium alloy. It’s more expensive, but we want them to last so that aliens …

Rainn: Going to last for any kind of apocalypse or anything like that.

Question: The life after people special — like bobbleheads will be right up there with the Great Wall of China and …

Greg: Yeah, exactly — Hoover Dam.

Rainn: Well someone could put him in a time capsule, that would be awesome. How do I find someone who is going to do a time capsule? That would be a good episode, Greg.

Greg: We’ll work on that.

Rainn: Dwight does a time capsule.

Greg: Yeah, we should try and get one of those bobbleheads on the next, you know, mariner space program.

Moderator: Thank you very much, Greg.

Greg: All right, well it was a pleasure. Thank you everybody who was on the line.

Moderator: And thank you Rainn.

Rainn: Thanks everybody. Thanks for listening to us.

27 comments

  1. I like the idea of them showing the documentary to the characters. Well, not now, but end of Season 5 maybe? Shake things up a bit. Put them all in the public eye, see how they all really see each other, etc. I think it would be an interesting change of pace!

  2. This is great! Exactly what I needed to tide me over until April 10th. Also, I can’t wait to see John host that mini marathon on the 3rd.

  3. That was awesome. Thank you so much. I can’t wait to see how the destruction of DMI plays out!!

  4. Good stuff. I can’t wait to find out what contrivance Michael used to get Pam and Jim to come to dinner.

  5. I think it’d be great if on the last episode they all sat down to watch the documentary and it started to show like the first 20 seconds on the first episode and there was this “low battery” light blinking on the bottom of the screen…then it just goes black with the words “no battery power” or something….

  6. Great read! I loved Rainn saying that George Clooney was in The Rocker. Sounds like John got quite the ribbing about his ~fancy~ movie role.

  7. Loved this! I also think showing the documentary should happen in one of the ending episodes of the series. It needs to happen, but it will definitely signal an end to the show. I can’t wait to see how Greg does it (but hopefully it’s not for a while!)

  8. My dwight bobblehead broke :( I just have a Dwight head sitting creepily next to my printer now

  9. Worth the read! Thanks Tanster! Loved Rainn’s line about the bobbleheads being found years from now. Can’t wait to see what twist and turns are ahead!

    And great questions about whether they changed the story lines to fit the shortened season – it’s great to know they’ve taken bits of other story lines and incorporated them into this season…like we’re not going to miss out on any great stories because of the strike!

  10. Mesmerizing.
    But who is “Question”?
    Tanster?

    [from tanster: “Question” is various members of the press.]

  11. That was a great time lunch time killer! Thanks for posting Tanster! I can’t wait to see Michael and Dwight hanging out with Ryan in New York.

  12. Wow – that was the most enthralling thing I’ve read in quite a while. Thanks so much for posting!

    Side note: Greg Daniels used the phrase “in like Flynn.” For some weird reason, that majorly cracked me up.

  13. That was great!!!!! By the way Greg said “you know” like a million times. Still Awesome!!!!!!!

  14. Hilarious reading – thanks Tanster!

    I love hearing these two be so candid with their responses. Rarely do we get a window into people’s souls… But I’m glad to say that Rainn and Greg’s souls are awesome. The entire interview was well done with wonderful questions that true fans will love! Thanks so much for posting!

  15. I can’t say how much I appreciate you bringing the insider info to us. I love hearing/reading about the passion and creativity of the writers and performers on this show. It’s so much fun, and better yet, totally justifies the time I spend laughing and re-laughing over this show! Thank you!

  16. Thanks for posting it, tanster. I have to say that personally I am a bit bummed that they keep fleshing out the Dwight character in far more detail than they do Jim Halpert.

  17. #14… I feel your pain. My bobblehead’s cappa was detaited too. He’s got a permanent neck brace of blue tape right now.

    Also my favorite moments in this was the hatch under Dwight’s desk and Spot the Fetus.

    Oh and the idea that somewhere out there someone is now planning on putting Dwight into a time capsule.

  18. Wow great stuff here! Greg stating they will be playing with time this season, the idea of the characters seeing the documentary, John Krasinski and friends shooting the Scranton footage in the opening, and the Pet Day script! I think that it would be awsome if the characters saw the documentary and were in the public eye at the beginning of the final season, there are some really golden ideas behind that concept. I think eventually the idea will be put to use, but probably not for awhile.

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