Q: This episode was filled with some very funny and edgy one-liners, my favorite being “Kapoor’s list.” Do you try to think of edgy things like that to put in the script or do those ideas come more naturally and you then decide it would be funny in the show? | Samuel L Chang
Lester: They just come out and the writers in the room can judge if they’re good or not.
Q: When Jim was congratulating Dwight on being right, did he actually know that Kelly had messed with the surveys, or was he just messing with Dwight? | Diapers Schrute
Lester: He was actually congratulating him. Jim does care about Dwight and was kinda looking out for him a little in the episode.
Q: Why can’t Nana Mimi be in canvas for that long? | Astird
Lester: Oh, Nana Mimi is very sensitive. Allergies, prejudices, all kinds of stuff.
Q: I loved the Schrute wedding photos. Who do we thank for the great work? Any of the writing staff or crew pose in the photos? | Chris
Lester: Those were a combo of Stephen Merchant and production designer Michael Gallenberg. No writers were cast, though, although many of us look ghastly enough to have been included.
Q: I noticed that one of the grooms in the Schrute Farm wedding pictures was the funeral agent from Job Fair. Did you put him in there to show that funerals and Schrute Farm weddings are very similar? | kreidy
Lester: Ha! I love that you picked up on that. We just loved his look so much that we used him twice. But you know that Schrutes are married in their graves, so there is a definite connection.
Q: The official pictures from this episode show Dwight and Phyllis talking about a newspaper. What happened in that scene? | kreidy
Lester: They are laughing at a really a super-inside Scranton political cartoon but Dwight thinks they’re laughing at him. It’s a funny scene and I assume it will be a DVD extra. [from tanster: you can see this in the third deleted scene that was posted yesterday.]
Q: I can’t stop laughing at Dwight’s line, “You juked the stats, cupcake!” as well as, “Jim is smudge and arrogant,” Bill Buttlicker, etc. Throughout the normal course of the day, (you know, at the gym, at a coffee stand, walking the dog, as you’re falling asleep, etc.) do these kinds of lines just pop into your head? Or do they mostly come out when you’re really getting into the character and writing his/her lines? | what’s the dealio?
Lester: I’m bombarded with lines! They won’t stop coming. That’s what she said. Actually, the best jokes in this episode were pitched by other writers during the considerable re-write. Everybody is so sharp and so keyed into the characters that it’s a non-stop process all day long. Except during lunch. I mean, a writer has got to eat.
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