Q. I was confused by Pam’s last talking head. Did she really expect Jim to propose following Andy’s spectacle? | Brooke
Jen: I think she was just really hoping for a proposal that night and was bummed that it didn’t happen.
Q. Did Steve and Amy have to practice their Yoda impressions? | Kevin
Jen: I don’t know how much they practiced their Yoda’s beforehand, but it was fun to watch them do it on the set — I love the look that Michael gives to Holly after she says “Pass curvy metal piece you will” — he is so surprised and delighted that this creature exists.
Paul wrote this scene and it was one of my favorites — I love how Michael is trying to not be impulsive — like when he asks what she’s doing this weekend and then immediately says he can’t do anything.
There was another scene that was cut for time where Holly does a Cookie Monster impression.
We were all big Amy Ryan fans, from “The Wire” and “Gone Baby Gone” and were so thrilled to get her to be our new HR woman — she’s so great and it was so much fun to watch Holly start to bond with Michael.
Q. The song playing when Jim is about to propose and is upstaged by Andy was (as you know) “Just My Imagination.” Is this choice indicative of Jim or of Andy? | Lisa
Jen: We wanted a song that sounded romantic and would serve as another cue (along with the ferris wheel, fireworks …) that would cause both Jim and Andy to choose that moment to propose. The actual words of the song were not intended to suggest anything.
Q. Why was there the need for the high-security surrounding the finale? After watching the episode, I’m trying to think of what, exactly, everyone wanted to keep under wraps … | Seriously
Jen: We wanted to keep some things under wraps — like Jan’s pregnancy. We shot that scene out in a supermarket not too far from our studio and we had some extra security so photos of a pregnant Jan wouldn’t somehow end up online.
Also, we wanted fans to be surprised by the other twists and turns — Ryan’s arrest, Andy’s proposal, the deep fried twinkies …
Q. Did you shoot any alternate endings? | Obama/Schrute
Jen: We shot 43 alternate endings and chose this one. I hope you liked the one we picked. Okay, no, we just shot this one. Without any alternate endings, the rough cut came in at around 72 minutes and we had to cut it down to 40 minutes.