The bat used on set was a combination of a mechanical bat, animated bat, and live bat.
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Joss Whedon directed this episode with a subplot involving Jim transforming into a vampire. Whedon also created Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997). His vamp mythology is borrowed heavily in this episode.
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When Joss Whedon found out the script for the episode involved a bat and a joke about Jim turning into a vampire, he was initially surprised by the idea and assumed the writing staff was playing a joke on him. But they insisted that his directing this particular episode was completely random.
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Joss Whedon directed this episode, and later went on to direct The Avengers and The Avengers: Age of Ultron; John Kransinski was poised to be cast as Captain America before Chris Evans was chosen.
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In this episode Michael mentions a former teacher called Mr. Handel. "Handel" is actually the danish word for business which may refer to the title of the episode.
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Dwight catches the bat by putting a garbage bag over Meredith's head which would lead to her getting rabies.
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