Q. How much of the Jim and Pam stuff was scripted and how much came out through the process of directing? There was so much communication between Jim and Pam that didn’t involve a whole lot of talking, like little nods and looks. Not to start a fight or anything, but should the credit for those amazing scenes be to you or John? :) | Brigette
Jen: Credit to John and Jenna.
Q. John, since you and Jenna have been playing Jim and Pam for so long, did you really need to do all that much directing for your scenes, or is it just so natural with you two that now you can improv a lot of it with the faces you give each other, etc? | Jackie
John: That daycare scene is one of my favorite scenes of all time. And every beat of that scene is in the script! Jen Celotta is by far one of the most talented writers in the business. And when you have a scene like that, the actors have to do very little to make that funny!
Q. WHAT was with Michael keeping his t-shirt on in the hot tub? | phyllis*farm
Jen: A couple of things went into that — I liked how the focus in this scene was on how Wallace looks different then we’ve seen him before. Michael seeing his boss bare-chested kinda highlights that.
But also, Steve is in better shape then Michael is and this was a good way to hide that!
Q. What can you tell us about the kid playing the drums? | Kip
Jen: The kid playing the drums is Owen, the son of Greg Daniels. We met him before in Cocktails and I was excited that he was able to do this episode with us. I thought he did a great job and it was fun seeing him drum/shout out with Wallace in the tag.
Greg had lunch with us on set and Owen was having fun eating lunch with his real dad and his actor dad.
Andy: He’s got the comedy gene … .and the musical gene comes from his mother perhaps … (Susanne).
Q. 1) Was the child who played Wallace’s son really playing the drums!? 2) Did you have to get permission to use Party in the USA? | SaraS
Jen: Yeah, he was really playing the drums – he’s crazy good at the drums so that’s why it looked like he was crazy good.
And we did need permission to use “Party in the USA” and we have to pay for song usage. It’s tough on a show like ours because we really like to use real, current songs.
There is a song list we can choose from of free songs — but it’s hard to imagine Dwight karaoke-ing to “Turkey in the Straw” or “The Wheels on the Bus.”
Q. Was it written in the script for Wallace’s son to play the drums or was that a talent the actor already had that later was incorporated into the script? He was great! | Cayce80
Andy: I assume it’s because Owen D. plays his drums constantly in the Daniels house — storyline created!
Q. Is David Wallace having a mid-life crisis or is he genuinely happy and wanting to really start on his new idea, the Suck It? | Brittany
Jen: I don’t think he’s having a mid-life crisis. I think “Suck It” is the invention of a man who’s been at home for a while and misses work and his office, and it’s all starting to get to him and he kind of wants to escape for a bit by throwing his mind into a new idea.
I have to give credit to my mom for “inventing” the Suck It a few years ago. She thought it would be a fun idea to teach kids to pick up their toys and I teased her about it, and then when I needed an invention/thing for Wallace to use to get his mind off his situation, this seemed perfect.
It seemed like something Wallace could come up with because he was at home more and he was probably frustrated with seeing his kids’ toys everywhere.
Q. The scene in David’s house with the drums going gave the conversation between David, Michael, and his wife and interesting vibe and rhythm, more than the absurdity of David’s whole situation. Was that intentional? | mr.dude
Andy: The kid just felt it baby, he’s got the comedy gene in him!