Friday, May 12, 2006

Thoughts

If you didn't watch The Office last night and don't what to know details, don't read this.

I had a lot of time to mull this all over since I couldn't sleep last night due to some lovely nasal congestion. First the non-Jim/Pam stuff:

Nitpick: Kevin has said his band is a Steve Miller cover band, but they're called Scrantonicity and they were doing a Police song.

I love Creed. I laughed when he said about the soup kitchen having good split pea soup on Thursdays and that he's never owned a refrigerator before.

I thought Bob Vance, Vance Refrigeration was going to announce that he and Phyllis were getting engaged.

Jan wants to hit that again? Interesting...

Jim is totally the new Lloyd Dobler. Hopefully that doesn't mean John Krasinski will become doughy and make bad movies (sorry John Cusack!).

I was completely surprised about Jim and Pam. The writers of The Office would always give out fake spoilers so I never bothered reading into them. The only thing I knew going into this last night was that Jenna Fischer said that Jim and Pam weren't going to be in this summer's webisodes because it wouldn't make sense with what happened last night. I thought it was going to end with Pam standing alone in the parking lot, THEN I thought it was going to end with Pam on the phone with her mom.

I loved that Jim professed his feelings. It was about time for him to grow a pair and do that. The crying was excellent. My heart dropped to my stomach during that scene. And of course, I swooned at the kiss. I didn't see that coming. Someone on the boards pointed out that Jim called Pam's bluff and bet it all at the casino, and he was sort of doing the same thing here. He called her "I value our friendship too much" bluff and just went for it.

Where do things go from here? We obviously only heard one side of Pam's phone conversation (nice touch with having her on Jim's phone), but I'd like to think that her, "I think I am," was in response to a question about whether or not she is in love with Jim or about whether or not she is going to call the wedding off. We know that her mom already knows all about Jim because she asked Pam about him in season 2's "Sexual Harassment." I take the fact that she called her mom as a positive thing. It was like she wanted her mom to validate her feelings for Jim. I've done the same; not about relationships, but about other life decisions. Her response to the kiss, hesitant at first but then giving in, shows promise. All of these things make me squee.

Don't get me wrong; it was great to see that, but I'm worried that maybe this happened to soon. I think it's safe to say that the wedding won't happen, but will Jim transfer to Stamford? His conversation with Jan made it seem like he hasn't given her a definite answer yet (did anyone else think Jim and Jan were going to hook up?). My main concern is that there are at least 22 episodes left. I'm fine if Jim and Pam become a couple as long as they take it slow. I don't want the standard sitcom-my relationship for them (I'm looking at you, Ross/Rachael and Niles/Daphne). Part of the allure of the show is the unrequited love theme. I know when I tune in my main interest after the jokes is whether or not this will be a good Jim/Pam episode or a bad one. It's like being excited for a day at work or school when you're going to see your crush. If things go well you're on cloud 9 all day, but if they don't it ruins your week.

But what if, on the other hand, the writers decide to back off the Jim/Pam angle. I think that's impossible at this point. Pam may have doubted that Jim had feelings beyond friendship before, but there's no way that could happen now. If they do have Pam reject Jim (at least in the beginning) we'll lose some of the excellent Jim/Pan dynamic.

Pondering what ifs for 4 months isn't going to change anything. I trust the writers not to screw things up, and I'm anxiously waiting for September to see what happens with my favorite TV couple ever. The second season can't come out on DVD soon enough.

10 Comments:

Blogger oMeSSiaHo said...

For all of you out there Jen litterly did go "Squeeee"...for a very long time I might add.


Seriously its a FUCKING TV SHOW! I know we can escape out shit lives by watching another but its not even a dramatic or (sorry) a very good TV show. I think you've gone way beyond fanboy levels here. =D

5/12/2006 2:26 PM  
Blogger Rusty said...

Oh, Chris. The things you just don't understand.

Jenny, just so you know, I didn't squee, but I yelled, "AAAAH!" just like I wrote on my blog.

I have nothing to say beyond what you said, because I agree or am pondering the same things. I'm VERY intersted for next season to see how things play out.

5/12/2006 3:02 PM  
Blogger nomadshan said...

I threw my arms in the air and went, "WOO-HOO!!!" My husband was all, huh? I think I held my breath for the last 4 minutes of the show.

Awesome! I don't think the writers can back off it, because they have several times already. I half expect, in the season 3 premiere, to see that Angela has witnessed the kiss, setting up an Angela/Dwight vs Jim/Pam battle of office secrecy.

There are some nice clips over on YouTube.com.

Also, Jim made my Friday Fun Freebie Boink List at daily pie.

5/12/2006 3:50 PM  
Blogger March to the Sea said...

I thought it was "okay". I think the end was geared towards the female audience which is fine.

I thought for a moment that Jim was gonna hook up w/Jan. Basically Jim says I love you, she said "I can't". Jim/Jan console each other..and Pam decides that maybe she does want jim..runs back in to the parking lot as Jim/Jan drive off.

Or I wanted to see "I love you and because of that I need to transfer".

All in all "okay" I guess.

5/12/2006 5:35 PM  
Blogger Dim said...

Finally saw it. Very well-written episode. The exchange about the "Afganistanis" was so rapid-fire, SO good.

As you know, I HATE the Jim/Pam storyline, but thought they did a decent job with it if that's what they wanted to do. They're taking a big big chance to do this so soon, though.

I, too, thought there was a chance of a Jim and Jan hookup. I wouldn't blame him! I'm a Jan fan. Oooh...now THAT sounds very fanboyish.

Can't wait for this season on DVD. Cannot wait!

- D.

5/12/2006 11:07 PM  
Blogger Jenny G said...

nomad: Maybe Angela and Roy will hook up. She was his fantasy office fuck and they gave each other looks in the finale.

Dim and March: I can see how that storyline appeals more to women than men. Every woman wants a Jim and they can all sympathize with Pam. Dim, Jan's pretty hot.

5/13/2006 5:59 PM  
Blogger Dim said...

I've been a Melora Hardin fan ever since Soul Man. sigh...

On thing I didn't like is how there was no obvious reconciliation between Jim and Pam from last week, when he confessed that he complained about her organizing her wedding at work. She seemed pretty pissed, but there was no smooth over this week.

- D.

5/13/2006 7:05 PM  
Blogger Jenny G said...

I've never seen her in anything else.

Yeah, that was a little off. Stuff like that has happened before; I blame it on the fact that they reorderer some of the episodes. I don't think that's what happened here, but I give them a pass bcause they're pretty good at continuity. I fanwank that she did seem a little hesitant to tell him what she was doing when he asked.

Totally off topic, Arrested Development has the best continuity ever.

5/13/2006 7:34 PM  
Blogger Dim said...

She's actually Monk's (dead) wife in Monk. And also one of the "no wonder" characters in Soul Man, though I am seriously dating myself with that.

AND on top of it all, she's Deep Throat's (from The X-Files) daughter in real life.

I'm seriously not stalking Melora Hardin...honestly...

- D.

5/14/2006 10:20 PM  
Blogger Jenny G said...

Do you know what time she walks her dog and what brand of shampoo she uses? :)

5/15/2006 8:44 AM  

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