Q: Who did the voices of Michael’s mom and the client that Dwight was on the phone with. Were they actors, or special guests from behind-the-scenes (a la the previous cameos from Greg Daniels, Justin Spitzer, Gene and Lee, etc.)? | Teach
Lester: The woman who played Michael’s mom was June Squibb. Can’t recall the actor who did the “I need paper?” line, but it wasn’t one of the writers.
Q: Was it difficult/confusing to write/film/act/shoot the bluetooth scenes? I loved them but I got confused a couple times trying to keep up with Jim talking to both Pam and someone else. | JMJ
Lester: They were challenging but fun. We shot both sides of almost all the conversations so we could pick where to intercut. But it gave us great opportunities for comedy, I think, especially with Dwight. And obviously the ending with Alex could only have worked if Jim was secretly listening.
Q: Who came up with the idea to have Pam and Jim stay on the phone all day? What kind of phone plan do they have if they are using 500 minutes a day? | Cynister
Lester: BJ pitched the mini bluetooth idea and they have a 1,000,000 minute plan with Dunder-Mifflin Wireless. The downside? $1,000,000 a month.
Q: The bluetooth device Jim and Pam were using, is it real? And if so where can I find one | Greg
Lester: Excellent question. You might have to go to Japan and get someone to invent it for you. It was made out of parts of real ones, but sadly there’s nothing quite that small on the market yet. I know because if there was, I’d have bought it.
Q: When Dwight sneaks up on Kelly in her nook there is a camera already placed there to film the action. However, there were already two cameras filming his conversation with Jim before he leapt from his seat to confront her. Did he tell one of the crew to get into position, or was a third cameraman chilling with Kelly at a most convenient time? | phyllis*farm
Lester: Uh … I … yeah, that. (Lester wipes sweat off his brow.)
Q: Could you explain where we are in the timeline? If Pam’s program was only three months long, and we know she’s still in that same program based on her conversation with Alex in your episode, this episode obviously can’t be based in November. But, last week, Pam was at corporate for Halloween, which also should be beyond Pam’s three month stay in NYC. Are the writers deliberately making the timeline inscrutable? | Annie
Lester: We, uh … um. Was that my phone? Gotta go!
Q: Who came up with the “that’s what she said” line for this episode, it was one of the funniest ones so far. | Agent Michael Scarn
Lester: That “scene blow,” as we call it, was pitched by none other than John Krasinski during the filming of the scene. The guy is good-looking AND pitches better jokes than me. I was the one who approved it, though, so I want part of the credit.