The Office ‘The Delivery’ Q&A

Q. jenc | Why is Dwight portrayed as a sex symbol?

Charlie: Because it’s funny. But also Dwight is exceedingly confident and comfortable in his own skin — both attractive qualities.

Danny: Confidence is everything, and Dwight has it in spades. Also, Isabel might be a little nuts.

Q. Scott | Are Jim and Pam ever going to find out that Dwight slept with his butt and grundle exposed on their bed?

Charlie: Never.

Q. BobbleHeadJen | Will we see little Cecelia make an appearance in the office, and will Michael become an “uncle” sort of person?

Charlie: Yes. Next season Cecelia will be 4 years old and going to pre-school in the conference room.

Q. lovingthursdays | The promos had a scene (maybe 2 seconds?) of Jim pushing Pam into the hospital and leaning down to kiss her forehead and saying ‘I love you.’ Why was that cut?

Charlie: The answer to that question is always “time.” We just didn’t have enough time in the final cut.

Danny: I think I explain that above, in the question about combining two episodes.

Q. what’s the dealio? | Was there more than a snippet of Dwight and all his buddies tearing up Jim and Pam’s kitchen?

Charlie: Yes. There was a lot more destruction and Dwight/Rolph interaction. Sadly, we just didn’t have time for it all.

Q. Nick C. | Who were the two people helping Dwight tear apart the kitchen? Not the actors, but the characters.

Charlie: Rolph and Rolph’s new girlfriend, Annie.

Q. Jackie | I remember reading in an interview that Jenna said she had a big speech with the baby, and it was hard to get through because the baby kept making cute faces and noises at her. There wasn’t really any scene like that last night, so why was it cut?

Charlie: She was talking about the final scene on the bench outside the hospital. It was originally much longer, but we cut it down to just get the moment of her and her baby finally connecting.

Q. Vidsub | Why did Michael think Erin liked Kevin?

Charlie: Michael only had the people in the office to work with. Once Andy took himself out of the running with his torn scrote, Michael was left with Creed, Toby, and Kevin. Of those three, Kevin was the most viable option.

Q. lactation queen | Did you guys actually use the consulting services of a lactation consultant on this episode?

Charlie: Not specifically for this episode, but many of us with children have in the past.

Q. Jen | It must be quite challenging shooting with a baby. How did you get the baby to cry? Or, more likely, when she was already crying, how did you deal with her needs so she wasn’t wailing for too long?

Charlie: Babies that young can only work for 20 minutes at a time, so scheduling was a real problem — our 1st AD Kelly Cantley deserves a medal. Fortunately, the babies were all natural criers.

Jenna: It was hard to do the scene where we pretended to be bad at swaddling the baby. The baby was crying and clearly upset. It broke my heart.

John and I were actually very good swaddlers in real life. A few of the times we did the scene, we would end up swaddling the baby really well even though we were trying hard to be bad at it!

30 comments

  1. Thanks so much for this! i love getting the inside scoop about the episodes! and as a resident of the home of the Kentucky Derby, i love the fact that Erin mentioned the triple crown winners… Calvin Borel is like a hero here in May!

    can’t wait for more question and answer sessions!

  2. My question was answered! Such a thrill! And such a funny, but awesome answer. Thanks guys :)

  3. So fantastic! Thanks for putting together another awesome Q&A, tanster! And of course to Charlie, Danny and Jenna for sparing the time and input.

  4. I like the ongoing trend of hospital employees making jokes to the camera, from, “So that is where her uterus went” to “Oh, great, you know everything” and “Got milk?” What a bunch of hams.

    So Jenna’s fake husband had to be annoyed at her real husband groping her in front of the pseudo documentarians and actual filming crew. Got it.

    Hank can’t hook up. If he does he likely won’t have material for his next self-produced blues album.

    So we have a guarantee of blood rushing to penises throughout the season. Nice.

    The sound of Andy’s pants made that joke. I was wondering if it was enhanced in post but it doesn’t sound like it. I’d have probably had to leave the room.

  5. Speaking of how awesome Sarah Baker (Josie the nurse) was, this has been driving me crazy — didn’t she look vaguely familiar? Hasn’t she been on some other show? I know that voice from somewhere …

    I finally figured it out — she played Emo Sarah on Lance Krall’s VH1 comedy Free Radio! OMG!

  6. Thank you Danny, Charlie, and Jenna.

    Jenna answered my question!! :) (The one about dealing with the crying baby). I feel ridiculously pleased about that!

    Thanks for arranging these Q&As Tanster, they are so informative.

  7. I loved this! First of all, Q&As are always amazing, but the line “We wanted to evoke a sense of water, to symbolize the vast ocean of possibility stretching out before…..zzzzzz…sorry I just feel asleep”. Haha! That made me spit my drink out! Danny was hilarious in that Q&A.
    On another note, I’m glad we got some imput from Jenna. It amazes me that they filmed that scene in a closet, now I can’t wait for the DVD extras!

  8. i KNEW lee was cast because he’s the only one allowed to “manhandle” jenna’s breasts! ha, nice way of putting it, jenna!

    i can imagine that the crying baby would break jenna’s heart. it would break my heart too. my first instinct would be to pick that sweet baby up and give it a cuddle.

  9. Thanks again for putting this together! These Q&A’s are awesome, even better than the DVD commentaries.

    The writers’ answers were hilarious. I wish I were a fly on the wall in the writers’ room…

  10. Awesome Q&A segment! Tanster, thanks so much for always being our link to my ideal “Second Life”!

  11. I am always mad at myself for reading these Q&A’s so quickly!

    Full of awesome, as usual. And hilarious. And informative.

  12. Melissa’s “How on earth did you get a diaper on a cat?” is my favorite question!

    Great Q&A! Thank you :)

  13. #1, Becky – hello, fellow Kentuckian! :) This entire Q&A was hilarious, but the thought of Calvin Borel being a writer on The Office made me laugh the most. Thank you, Danny and Charlie!

    And tanster – it took me a few minutes as I was watching the ep, but I nearly started jumping up and down when it finally hit me that the nurse was Emo Sarah! The voice was definitely the biggest hint. She’s great.

  14. HAHA wow i just finished reading the whole Q&A and some of their responses actually made me lol. only with office writers would Q&A be ‘good writing’.

  15. Here’s hoping Quentin Tarantino directs the episode with the homeless man finding Dwight’s abandoned weapons! ;)

  16. whoa-my friend and I took Jim’s comment about Pam using his move as sexual, which was apparently not the case :/

  17. Half of the responses made me crack up — I was laughing out loud throughout! This was an AWESOME Q&A!! Even while answering questions about an episode Charlie and Danny are hilarious. Thanks so much for being so generous and taking the time to do this Q&A–it was truly interesting and so, so funny.

  18. Oh, one more thing–Dream Come True Girl is such a great song, and would have been perfect in this episode, Danny Chun! Sometimes wish the show was scored–It’s not sappy to have a little music now and then, it’s sweet and warm!

  19. I swear, The Office cast and crew are the BEST in hollywood.
    [with the exception of Meryl Streep]

  20. Thank you so much Tanster for putting this together! I was very excited to see my question answered… it will be interesting to see what makes it to the DVD extras in a few months!

  21. Fantastic post! Can’t wait to see the scenes that got cut on DVD (hopefully!). My question (birth song) was answered! Thank you sooo much, Tanster! :) #11, Jaz — I wish the same thing everyday ;)

  22. Hilarious Q&A, Danny Chun cracks me up! Anyone on twitter should follow him (@dannychun). He always makes me giggle :)

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