Q. I remember hearing something about a green screen being used? Was that rumor true, and if so, what scene(s) was it used for? | Helena
Jen: There was no green screen. But there were deep fried Twinkies! Not really related at all to your question, but I really wanted to talk about the deep fried Twinkies —
According to Wikipedia who says according to the New York Times, “something magical occurs when the pastry hits the hot oil …” — we got to try them on set and I can confirm that the first bite is magical but then by the third bite it’s questionable, and by the fifth bite you are definitely ready to be done.
Q. Knowing how the Schrutes love wildlife, how did you guys come up with the idea to use a raccoon for the car prank? | Tiffany
Jen: When we were breaking the story for this episode, it was actually a badger instead of a raccoon. But apparently there are not a lot of “working” badgers in LA. So it switched to a raccoon. It seemed easy enough to believe that Dwight and Mose would have access to a raccoon.
In the script, the raccoon was supposed to attack Meredith, but it quickly became clear that this would need to be a special effect (even “trained” raccoons are wild animals and we like working with Kate!).
Mostly the raccoon just walked around inside the car during the takes — but in one early take, it turned on the windshield wipers and it was very cute.
from tanster: here is what Kate Flannery had to say:
Kate: I dealt more with the raccoon handler who was wearing a yellow raccoon tshirt and in my opinion, much like a dog owner, bore a great resemblance to Reggie. Yes, Reggie the Raccoon — who is also in a Honda ad. That animal works more than I do!
Rainn and I had fun tapping the glass and trying to connect with Reggie. And although my stunt double was there, we did not use her because we were going to use CGI for the possible Meredith-Raccoon attack.
That obviously was cut and my red streaky scratch marks were almost never seen (there is one shot of me that I noticed the marks — I think it was in the scene where Andy proposes to Angela). See if you can find them and if you do — have a drink to celebrate! Thanks for asking.
from tanster: I asked Mike Schur if he had anything to add, but I received an answer from Mose instead:
Mose: I love the raccoon. The raccoon’s name is Chair, because when I found him he was eating a chair. He has a brother named Trampoline Leg. Chair is very nice. I made sure Chair got home safely. Chair would never hurt anyone except once Chair bit my cheek when I was feeding him a lemon.
Q. Just wondering why you all decided it was Meredith that would open the car, why not our favorite criminal Creed? | Pieter
Jen: There were a couple of scenes that were cut for time that would explain this. When Holly first meets Meredith, Meredith is super friendly — offering to tell Holly where she can get her nails done in the area, etc. … And then we cut to a talking head of Meredith saying she hates her.
Dwight overhears this and asks Meredith to join him in hazing Holly — the two of them come up with the idea of telling Holly that Kevin is mentally challenged and they orchestrate the raccoon bit.