Q: Dwight has been uncharacteristically low key ever since Charles Miner showed up at Dunder Mifflin. He seems indifferent to Charles’ presence, and his constant loyalty to Michael doesn’t seem to be there. What’s going through Dwight’s mind through all of this? | Erin
Aaron: Can’t answer, too many spoilers.
Q: Why did Michael not want Dwight to leave with him, and why didn’t Dwight want to? | Brittney
Aaron: Dwight has too much to lose and too little to gain by making the move. Michael wants people to come with him, and he probably knows that Dwight might not encourage a lot of defection. Besides, would you really want to start building your team with someone who knows so much about head hunting?
Q: Why has Dwight not interacted more with Charles? I’m surprised that Dwight didn’t have a LOT more to say re:Michael’s leaving. He was just oddly silent this episode. Why is that? | tana schott
Aaron: There were a couple of Dwight talking heads that helped with that, but we just couldn’t fit them in. But, don’t worry, Michael and Dwight aren’t through with each other.
Q: Wasn’t Michael’s PT Crusier a company car? I think in most cases, an employee that quits or gets fired would ever be allowed to take the company car home on their last day. Was this ever discussed? I think it would have been really funny (and sort of sad) if Michael hadn’t realized he would have to give his beloved convertible back and if he found himself stranded on his last day trying to find a way home to his condo. | StephanieM
Aaron: Yes that would have been funny. I hadn’t really thought about this issue, but I’d bet Charles would have let Michael drive off in anything, just to get rid of him.
Q: I noticed the silver Mini Cooper in the parking lot as Michael was sneaking back in, and I’m pretty sure I saw it at Prince Family Paper (poor souls) earlier. Is that somebody on the staff’s car or just a prop? | Kim
Aaron: Wow. Good eye. That is one of our stand-in’s car. I think she gets paid to let the production use it, so you may now owe her some lost income.
Q: How is it having Idris Elba aboard this season? | Chris K
Aaron: Just great. Ryan Koh is pretty sure he suggested we cast him (Ryan also suggested Amy Ryan. He seems to be a fan of “The Wire.”) Idris has been just amazing.
But he did prank the staff by putting out the word before he arrived that he’s very particularly about the pronunciation of his name. For a couple of days, we thought we were supposed to call him “Eye-dress. Eel-bah.” I still don’t know how to say it correctly.
He’s much more fun-loving and approachable than you would expect form his tough-guy roles, and I think we tried to incorporate a little more of that in subsequent episodes.
Q: Was the Charles Miner character based on Frank Grimes from The Simpsons? | Happy Smile Patrol
Aaron: No. We all love the Simpsons, but there was no discussion of Frank Grimes.
Q: The very thought of an Idris Elba talking head seems so surreal and hilarious to me. Did it feel that way to you when his talking heads were filmed? | ASFan F
Aaron: Yes. It was surreal. I like that his character is a little put out by the whole filming thing. He’s all business, even if he is aware of the effect he has on women.
Q: How did Charles find out about Michael’s Paper Company? Did Michael leave his sheet lying around or did an employee rat him out? | Anthony&Kaye
Aaron: I like to think he used it as a bookmark in the Skinny Bitch book he was reading on the couch. I think he left it in the bathroom.