Q: In the last few seasons, we have seen Angela go from a prim, proper, conservative, monogamous-relationship-hider to a provocative, flirty woman who pursues men and commits adultery. I was wondering, was this a conscience shift decided upon early-on, or did Angela simply slowly develop this way? | beer_me
Aaron: I wasn’t around for most of it, but I think it developed fairly slowly. It’s fun to think she’s got many things going on inside her head.
Q: I thought Toby’s talking head about Michael being like an in-flight movie was wonderful- which made my friend ask me: So, Toby doesn’t entirely dislike Michael does he? What Toby said was kinda, almost sweet. | Samantha
Aaron: Yes. I agree. BJ wrote that talking head. You couldn’t pick a worse arch nemesis than Toby. He’s so un-evil.
Q: How come Michael didn’t get an exit interview with Toby? | DJ Jazzy Flax
Aaron: Charles kicked him out. That would have been a great scene though.
Q: How long have you guys had the idea of Michael starting his own paper company? It seems like you guys needed to have this planned out to work with the scheduling for the rest of the season. Also, who came up with the idea? It’s sooo Michael! “This is a dream I’ve had since lunch.” | Karissa
Aaron: Charlie Grandy came up with the idea, and yes, we had been thinking about it from before lunch. It’s been a great boon for this season.
Q: With his new dream to open a paper company, is it safe to say that Michael Scott’s dream of “Shoe La-La” has ended? | TR
Aaron: I don’t think Michael ever gives up his dreams, though he does get distracted a lot.
Q: Michael went to make a goodbye speech and Charles shut him down quick and forced Michael to walk out without saying goodbye. Was this the first thing to make Pam question how things were changing in the office and if she wanted to be a part of it? Also, was it written for her to react that way to Charles interrupting Michael, or was that just something that Jenna did, the camera caught it, and it worked? | SwatTJ
Aaron: That was all Jenna.
Q: I thought the last 5 seconds were genius – when Pam and Michael are walking down the sidewalk and the thrill of quitting evaporates and realization gradually sets in. Was that in the script, or something that the camera caught as both actors kept walking? | Tiffany
Aaron: That was all Paul Lieberstein’s magic. After he read my draft, he told me his idea for that scene and I felt a great sense of calm, like that moment was going to anchor the whole episode.
Q: There were many shots in this episode that were rather unusual. For instance, the camera was on the floor when Pam was reading the setup manual, and it was peeking through the blinds when Jim and Michael were talking. Who came up with the ideas for the new camera angles? | kreidy
Aaron: Like I said, Paul Lieberstein magic.
Q: Were you responsible for the “Monster. Singular.” part? That was hilarious! | Koos
Aaron: It’s one of those ideas that seems to have been born in the room, though I’m pretty sure Jen came up with it. It took some work in the sound mix to get that monster sound just right. I called Paul Lieberstein from the mixing studio to see if we were doing the noise correctly.
We had an odd discussion about whether or not various roars sounded too creature or a pig or a whale like. The editing team is the best in the business. They are also very patient.