Q. Have the writers made this a conscious decision to make Pam more emotional because she is pregnant? | ArtistGeek
Danny: See above. I’m not sure how much of it is pregnancy hormones — I think it’s more about the fact that she’s starting a family and her priorities have changed.
Q. Why did Pam walk out on Jim while they were having their discussion about potential joblessness? | Duncan Morgan
Danny: Two reasons: 1) she cares about Michael and she thought it would be best to indulge him, and 2) she was very stressed herself and Michael’s tactic of just playing a game to get through the day was appealing to her. Remember, when the game was starting, Pam was the first to get up and speak.
This episode was partly about Jim realizing that sometimes Michael isn’t crazy, he’s crazy like a fox. And it seemed like Pam would understand that before Jim would.
Q. Did Dwight really hit himself … there? | Kathryn
Danny: I asked Rainn. His reply: “Yes, I punched myself in the junk. That’s not something you can fake. You have to actually haul off and wack yourself in the testicles in order for it to be read on camera and for the truthfulness of the acti… wait a minute. Now that I think of it… I COULD have just faked it! Dammit! Why didn’t I just hit CLOSE to my junk?!?! I severed a junk vein and am now wearing a catheter. Please tell me it was worth it!”
Q. Did you write the cold open as well, if not who’s idea was it? Watching Dwight desperately try to counter his own attacks and eventually catch himself by surprise was priceless. | Nick Merritt
Danny: The seminar updating everyone on the year in karate was my idea. Originally it had a different ending.
The Dwight ending was Jen Celotta’s idea, I think. But I’m not sure, and in general I hate that game of remembering who pitched what.
In my experience, the credit is given to the wrong person about half the time. And then the person who really came up with the joke or idea is in a very awkward position of having to speak up and claim credit. Everyone ends up feeling like a jerk. Friendships are demolished.
But yeah, I’m positive Jen came up with the ending.
Q. Was the scene where Dwight hit himself a reference to ‘Fight Club’? In an earlier episode Pam says: ‘I’m going to hit you as hard as I can’, which also sounded like a reference to that movie. | Tobester
Danny: It was not a reference to the book/movie “Fight Club,” it was a reference to the real fight club I belong to. We meet every week in Jake Busey’s backyard.
Q. Were there any scenes of Stanley participating in the game that were cut from the episode? | Jamie
Danny: No — I thought Stanley would probably not have any interest in playing.