Q. Phil | Was Andy’s line “So it’s a date” a reference to Jim’s “Then it’s a date” line from ‘The Job’ or was that just a coincidence?
Charlie: More coincidence. There are only so many natural things you can say at the moment and they all involve the words “it’s,” “date,” and “a.”
Q. Jaime | On most shows when someone has a baby, the baby comes out at a 3-month-old’s size. Cecelia was very tiny and actually looked like she could be a newborn. How old was she really, and whose baby is it in real life?
Charlie: I think we ended up using three sets of twins. They were all 6-weeks old. And they were all amazing. I would work with any of them again.
Q. kip | I loved Oscar’s subtle quip: “The hospital will provide a dictionary; bring a thesaurus.” Who can I thank?
Danny: That was in my original draft, so let’s all have a round of applause for me.
Q. BrokenBrain | Michael parks in the ambulance zone and throws Jim’s keys across the street. At the end, Jim apparently has his keys and the car is not in the ambulance zone anymore (but has tickets) and Jim has not gone home the whole time since he does not know Dwight is there. How did you see that playing out and were there scenes that were cut that would have shown more of that?
Charlie: We were hoping people wouldn’t notice that. This was one of the jokes that made us laugh really hard while breaking the story but didn’t really work in the final product.
Here’s what we think happened. Michael exited the hospital to find the Subaru still parked in the emergency zone covered in tickets. He found the keys and parked it in the lot. That works, right?
Danny: The car was ticketed, then towed to the parking lot. Meanwhile, Michael went and found the keys and gave them back to Jim.
Q. sorano916 | Were there any difficulties in making sure everything was consistent, especially since there was a different director with each part as well?
Charlie: Yes. The episodes were broken as a two-parter as opposed to an hour long. Then network said they wanted an hour long so we had to scramble to make all our b and c-stories line up.
The time line was also crazy. Fortunately, Seth and Harold are both great directors — it sure never looked like they had any difficulties.
Danny: Not really — our editors are great at working with what the director films and giving it the rhythm and feel of an Office episode.
One issue we had with combining the episodes (at one point they were going to air a week apart) was that Part 1 ended with Jim, Pam, and Michael running into the hospital and checking in. Then Part 2 starts many hours later, with Michael coming back in with balloons.
It would’ve been weird to show two separate Michael entrances back to back, so we lost the first one. I was a little bummed; it had some funny stuff.
Q. elegantrenegade | Now that Pam has a family of her own, does she still aspire to a higher, more artistic career? Or, are her goals now focused on just being the best mother she can be?
Charlie: My experience as a parent is that it doesn’t change goals, it focuses them. You have much less free time and have to be very clear about how you want to use it.
I can’t say what Pam will do next, but I can say she will never give up anything that is truly important to her. Unless it’s really, really funny.
Danny: My feeling is that she will combine her love of art and her newfound passion for mothering by giving baby Cece some custom tattoos.
Q. mustardcoloredshirt | Was it intentional to dress almost every character in blue during the conference room scene? Was this to throw us off?
Charlie: Yes. We were hoping you’d think this was actually our long awaited “blue shirt day” episode.
Danny: It was actually a deliberate decision. We wanted to evoke a sense of water, to symbolize the vast ocean of possibilities stretching out before … zzzzzzzzzz …sorry, I just fell asleep.
Q. Robert M. | Now that the Halpert baby has arrived and the Jim/Pam dynamic has given fans a type of closure … will the writers start to concentrate on any new office romances?
Charlie: Between you and me, all our energy is currently focused on bringing Hank and Bob Vance’s secretary together. Please don’t share that with anyone.
Danny: With all the romances we have planned, I personally guarantee you will be sexually aroused at least thrice before season’s end, Robert M.!