Schur revealed that the original cut of the opening sequence included 15 minutes worth of Michael’s failed reboots, nearly double the amount of time that ultimately made it to air.
“What we decided was, we were going to do Groundhog Day for one act. It was going to be seven or eight minutes to get out the idea that Michael could not make this work, that he felt like he was close. He keeps tinkering and saying, ‘If I can do it one more time...’ He keeps lying to his boss. He has breakdowns. Things go wrong. He accidentally leaves the door open and Eleanor just walks in right before it even starts,” Schur shares.
“It’s almost like a gambler, who’s like, ‘If I can just win one big bet on roulette, I could get my life savings back,’ and he just keeps digging himself a deeper and deeper hole.,” he continues. “That was endlessly fun. How many different things can Janet yell when Michael’s about to kill her?”
One eyebrow-raising development from the episode dealt with Eleanor and Chidi’s possible romantic past during one of Michael’s failed reboots. In an impromptu visit to Mindy’s house, the two are shown a videotape of them after they’ve slept together, in which Eleanor and Chidi say they love each other.