Q. The YouTube video with Ryan — was that actually hosted on YouTube prior to the airdate of the episode, or was it just a computer mockup? | Evan
Jen: That video was set up on YouTube but as a private account. John accessed it when we were shooting so they were actually watching the video link on YouTube and then it was released to the public after it aired that night.
from tanster: that is one of the things I actually got to see during my set visit!
Q. Were there alternative questions in the Toby exit interview that you can share? | Jamey
Jen: No, there weren’t any alternative questions. But because you brought up this scene, I want to mention a moment that I like — something Jenna did in the scene — when Michael says “Who do you think you are?” and Toby says “I’m Toby” — I love that Pam scribbled something on her notebook!
I have to imagine she wrote down “He is Toby” or something like that. It made me laugh every time I saw it in the cut.
from tanster: here is what Jenna Fischer had to say:
Jenna: I wrote down “Who are you?” and then “Toby” and sometimes I wrote, “He is Toby.” I took notes as if I might have to transcribe the interview later.
Q. I was wondering if Michael’s line about Holly working at a bakery was a reference to the trailer that has been shown for the new ‘Get Smart’ movie? | Fire Guy!
Jen: No, it wasn’t a reference to ‘Get Smart.’ I love that talking head and it was written by Brent Forrester.
I don’t know if any of the writers have commented about this before — but we do something called “blitzes” — it’s when we have an area for a talking head, like “Michael’s feelings about Holly,” and we all go to our offices and come up with a bunch of talking heads on that theme.
Then we get together and go over them — sometimes we’ll have 20 or 30 talking heads on one idea and we’ll read them out loud and see which ones work the best. This bakery talking head was a result of a blitz and it’s one of my favorite things in the episode.
Q. If Jan wanted to have a “good shot” with her sperm-bank child and that’s why she didn’t “pick” Michael’s sperm, why did she invite him to Lamaze class with her? | Gracie
Jen: I think Jan is a complicated woman. While she doesn’t think of Michael as the ideal genetic father for her child, she cares about Michael and she’s drawn to his sweetness.