Q. The idea to have Michael tie cans to his own car rather than to the getaway car was funny, but to have those cans be full of soda and then burst as he drove away was genius. Tell us how that idea evolved and when you knew you had it. | Stile4aly
Mindy: Thanks. It’s hard to describe how an idea “evolves” when you’re thinking of it. It was visually funny to me, seeing the cans explode, and I just wrote that down.
I remember thinking it was funniest if the cans that burst were full of beans — cans of beans are the funniest kinds of canned food, right?
Q. I love Dwight The Playa! (We saw it before in Launch Party.) Is that inspired at all by shows like The Pick-Up Artist? | kip
Mindy: I’ve always loved that Dwight does well with women.
He’s not this stereotypical “nerd” guy, he’s a farmer and kind of strapping and tall. I had him hook-up with another girl in Night Out. It makes sense to me.
Q. Dwight sportin’ a sweet Three Wolf Moon shirt was awesome. What was the inspiration for that? | what’s the dealio?
Mindy: B.J., who is always tapped in to cool viral things and stuff, showed me the Amazon Three Wolf Moon shirt comment phenomenon. I just loved it.
The more I find out that people are watching the Office solely on Hulu or iTunes, the more I want to put relevant internet stuff on it.
People get so psyched when we do Internet references, it’s one big private joke we all are in on, and keeps the show fresh.
Q. Was it in the script that Dwight kicks the bridesmaid in the face or was that decided on later? | Vicki
Mindy: It was scripted. It might be my favorite moment in the episode, up there with Michael waking up with a start while driving.
Q. Was the misspelling of “Halpert” intentional on the display in the hotel that indicated the Beesley and “Halpret” wedding party? | Nate
Mindy: Yes, it was intentional. This was Greg’s idea, just to show that wedding was a little chintzy and not going perfect. LAYERS, YOU GUYS, LAYERS.
It reminds me of the opening exterior shot in Fawlty Towers where the hotel was always misspelled.
Q. I feel like an episode like this would have a ton of scenes where people constantly break. Which was the hardest scene to get through without anyone laughing? | Samuel L Chang
Mindy: It is always a joy when I can rat out other actors breaking, because I break so much, it’s ridiculous.
The scene, post Jim’s toast/revelation, where Jim and Michael talk about how being a manager makes you say stupid things, made John break every time.
There was something about Michael’s excitement for NOT having been the one who ruined it, which made John lose it.
I think you can kind of see him struggling to keep from laughing if you watch it again.
Q. Did you have to practice the dancing scene, or did everyone just go out and improv dance moves? | Vidsub
Mindy: All the dances were choreographed, by the same choreographer who taught me and Ed Helms our smokin’ moves for Cafe Disco.
We met in 45-minute chunks and learned the dances.
Interestingly, BJ and I, who had a very easy dance, practiced like CRAZY to get that very poorly-executed sprinkler move down. BJ got a tiny bit stressed about it, it was adorable.