Quote HeyMon: Funny about 'spit takes'. I was just watching a gag reel for another show (an NBC non-drama show), and everybody who was speaking had to perform a 'spit take'. Wow! The 4 actresses/actors performing it, pulled out towels next to them, and spit into them. Disgusting.
After seeing it, I am pretty much now convinced that Victoria Rowell was exaggerating about Michelle Stafford.
I saw a Law and Order episode where a prisoner spit right in the face of a cop. It wasn't a mugful of water like Phyllis had in the scene, the actor actually spit on her. Really gross, but effective. Like another poster said, it is part of acting and if she can't handle that sort of thing, then it is best she is no longer in the profession.