what’s the dealio?: I loved the derivative/organic commentary between Kelly and Ryan — was that included because it’s kind of reminiscent of conversation in the writers room about a certain bit or line?
Mindy: What’s the dealio, we meet again. How are you, guy? What’s your dealio?
Yes, the derivative/organic run between Ryan and Kelly was a little too much like a conversation between BJ and Mindy, but I loved that even when Kelly is uncharacteristically smart, Ryan still manages to rain on her parade.
Meredith B: Pam’s heart-to-heart with Erin reminded me of Jim’s stairwell conversation with Dwight in Money. Was that intentional?
Mindy: Money was terrible and I would never copy anything from that episode. I think they copied the heart-to-heart in THIS episode, somehow.
AB: What made this your favorite episode that you’ve written?
Mindy: I love episodes where Michael is the right one, the normal one, the put-upon one. It so rarely happens.
We are so used to seeing Michael be the source of all problems and a huge comedy engine, that we don’t get to see him as the straight man, which Steve is excellent at playing.
In his dealings with Erin (I mean, who sighs better than Steve as Michael with her) and trying to make things go smoothly in the party, he is just so great.
Hanley: Do the writers have a penchant/hate for The Count? First, Erin mentions The Count in “The Mentor,” and now Kevin uses it in his viral video to Oscar.
Mindy: I love The Count, man. He’s probably the only Sesame character who is arguably not cute at all. I knew we were going to get to the “why didn’t you use Oscar the Grouch” joke, but basically I only picked the Count because I wanted to hear Jenna do the accent.
Jenna is unbelievably cute when she does accents. Her Kevin/Cookie Monster impression that gets her suspended was a highlight of the episode. Some of you might remember her Forrest Gump impression from Lecture Circuit Part 2, another shining moment from Jenna.
When she gets married this year, I’m going to try to convince her to do her vows in a goofy accent. It would be awesome and adorable and memorable for all, especially her husband.