Q. Is it just me, or did Andy have a sweater on, with another sweater tied around his neck, while also wearing a coat and scarf? | Father G.I
A. Gene came up with this. It makes me laugh every time I see it (which is now probably about 20).
Q. I was wondering if you actually broke that plazma tv, or was it a prop? | Kevin
They put a protective plastic cover over the TV and then just let Melora rip. I think the shot of her hitting the plasma was the first or second take.
Q. What was your favorite scene from the episode? In the sense of how each actor brought your writing to life. | Vanessa
A. I know that there was much debate online about Jim trying to leave Pam, but that’s probably my favorite scene. I also love Andy’s “Thought about it. I’m in.”
Q. Was Jim really going to leave Pam? | Courtney
A. Maybe. But the reason we think the scene works is that you get a sense of the playfulness of them as a couple. We never viewed it as Jim being a jerk — after all, he did try to bring her with. That exchange was meant to be a little chess match between them with Pam coming out with a checkmate. If he had actually left her, well, that’s a different story …
Q. Are the writers responsible for any of the set decoration, or is this just something done by the prop folks? | dying star
A. We have production meetings, where each little thing (from the look of the food to the size of the wine glasses to the type of flowers Andy brought) is discussed. Like every part of the show, it’s incredibly collaborative, so we would walk the set with the designers and Paul and suggest things. I believe the pillows on the bed was a later addition …
Q. Why have you turned Jan into a psycho?! In writing this episode, was there ever a point where you thought maybe you’re taking her a little too far into crazy territory? | andy
A. We don’t think Jan is a psycho the way Javier Bardem is a psycho in “No Country for Old Men.” We just think that she’s a deeply unhappy woman who has been in psychotherapy for years now. We’ve mentioned that she’s been suing her family members in Cocktails and, remember, this was the episode that was supposed to air right after The Deposition. Basically, Michael cost her seven figures. On top of that, she was a career woman who lived in New York who is now reduced to selling candles in Scranton. Take all that and put it together and you have a recipe for disaster at a dinner party (no pun intended).
Q. Did your original script contain all those “babes” or did they just keep adding them in at every chance they could? | JerseyGirl
A. I believe that every ‘babe’ was scripted.
Q. Why did you get a coffee truck at the end of the week? Do you think you’re better than the rest of us? Are you trying to show us up? | thespitz
A. We want the crew to like us the best. Yes. And yes.
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