Q. Did you guys come up with names for all of the characters in the game or just the ones we heard? | Luke
Danny: Originally, I only came up with names for a few characters. But the props dept. wanted to make character cards for every actor, so I wrote up some other Southern pun names of which I am both proud and ashamed. They are:
Dick Seeland (Kevin)
Chad Anooga (Oscar)
Jeeves Julep (Dwight)
Barbie Cue (I forget)
George Apeach (Jim)
Paul Metto (BJ)
Connie Federate (Meredith)
Carl Erdgreens (I forget)
Q. Is Belles, Bourbon, and Bullets a real game? Where can I get it? | Caleb Crawdaddy
Danny: Not real. The magic of imagination!
[from tanster: but there is an NBC.com website about the game …]
Q. Did you have to buy all those board games for Michael’s office, or did different employees just bring them in from their homes for the shot? | Vidsub
Danny: Someone bought them. And then we just threw ’em away! (I’m not sure about that last part.)
Q. Did you write, or did Steve Carell ad lib, the line about going to see “Mama JuJu BooBoo” when Pam asked Michael “Where to now, Caleb?” | Stapler
Danny: That was a Steve ad lib. I’m not sure if it was intentional or he just forgot the real name. Either way, awesome.
Q. What was used as Meredith’s fake brains? | Tina
Danny: Roast beef from the sandwich platter that Michael mentioned earlier.
Q. My question is if the idea for this episode started before The Office Clue game came along or was the tie-in advertising for the Clue game just a natural thing to do since the episode was very Clue-like? | MaybeNowUWillEstimateMe
Danny: The Office Clue game never came up. I didn’t know it existed until after I’d written my script.
Q. Why isn’t Pam showing yet? She was showing a little in Koi Pond, but you could hardly see her baby belly last night! | Danielle
Danny: It must just have been what she was wearing, because I promise you she had a baby belly during the shoot.
Q. I’m actually interested in hearing about how the writers determine character progression, particularly Pam’s evolution. She has noticeably changed from the quiet, unassuming girl she was in the earlier seasons. Is this a conscious decision? | Liv
Danny: We talk a lot about the development of the characters. It’s definitely a conscious decision. It’s usually based on a mix of a) how we really think that character would change as their life situation changes, and b) what we learn from the actors’ portrayals.