The deal between Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson before taping this thing seems to have been “let’s skirt and skate and basically chill.” It’s okay — Owen is dry and circumspect, Wes is relaxed — but they should have somehow dealt with the elephant in the room, if only to say to each other, “Is there an elephant in the room? What elephant? Okay, there may have been an elephant, but now it’s so, like, ‘not right now.'”
They taped it from different locations — Wes in New York, Owen in Culver City — and the nicest moment in this mild little chit-chat is when they do an electronic knuckle poke.