• Season 2 : Episode 22
  • First aired on May 11, 2006
  • Written by Steve Carell / Directed by Ken Kwapis
  • Recap by James Fan
  • Discuss this episode at The Watercooler, and remember to submit your vote at OfficeTally.
  • Thanks to flotsette for providing a closed captioning transcript.

The season finale finds us sending our crew off in high style with a charity casino event hosted in the warehouse. Michael inadvertently ropes in two dates to the fashionable affair: Carol, his real estate agent, and Jan, who attends against her better judgment and discovers that her judgment is something that she should listen to more often. With the night underway, Dwight lets his emotions get the better of him and has a swollen cheek to show for it, Kevin discovers how far he has fallen from his days of yesteryear, and Jim stuns all of Office Nation with a bold display of last minute heroics.

The Michael Scott School of Hard Knocks

Allowing Michael free rein to plan a social event is like giving a kid a flamethrower and setting him loose in the Smithsonian; there are far too many ways for things to go wrong. Thank goodness we have bastions of reason like Toby and Darryl at our disposal to keep him in check.

Michael : I try not to think of it as lagging behind. It’s more of a David and Goliath thing.
Jan [On speakerphone] : Well, the fact of the matter is that your branch is currently number four of the five branches that I oversee.
Michael : Top eighty percent.
Jan : Michael…
Michael : Yep?
Jan : Y-You know that I’m very serious here.
Michael : Jan, listen. I promise I will kick it up a notch. Bam!
Jan : What?

“Bam!” is the sound of Michael kicking it up a notch. All of Michael’s managerial decisions are accompanied by sound effects, though it’s usually yawns and groans.

Michael : Two queens on Casino Night. I am going to drop a deuce on everybody.

This is quite possibly the worst case of misused slang that I have every seen. For those you who are unfamiliar with this saying, I strongly suggest that you keep it that way.

Jan : Michael.
Michael : Jan.
Jan : Hi.
Michael : Look, ok. I think we’re all adults here, and it has always been my understanding that we have an open relationship.
Jan : What–what are you… Wait, what are you talking about?
Carol : Uh, what does that mean?
Michael : After you said you weren’t coming, I invited Carol to come, and I don’t think that I did anything wrong.
Jan : No. No, you didn’t. Hi, uh, I’m Jan. I’m Michael’s boss.

They’ve really turned the relationship between Jan and Michael into an intriguing plot point. What exactly is it that keeps her drawn to him? Is it pity? Some bizarre take on a boss’ obligation to her employee? Or is it genuine attraction? She clearly has issues with it, and yet she continues to subject herself to the humiliation that it inevitably brings. Whatever it is, it promises to keep things interesting as the fate of the Scranton branch continues to hang by a thread.

Michael : Love triangle drama. All worked out in the end, though. The hero got the girl. Who saw that coming? I did. And Jan is really happy for me. So actually, the hero got two girls. He got the girl that he works with, and he got the girl that he… buys real estate from. So, I’ve got my New York girl and my local flavor. Life is good.

Let this be a lesson to all the guys out there: if Michael can do it, we all can.

Dwight Being Dwight

Dwight would make an excellent croupier. His strict adherence to rules and regulations renders him impervious to corruption, and his meticulous eye for detail all but eliminates the possibility of shenanigans.

[Dwight walks in wearing a tuxedo]
Jim : Excuse me, how long is the wait for a table for two?
Dwight : I would never, ever serve you. Not in a million, billion years.
Pam : It’s a nice tux.
Dwight : I know. It belonged to my grandfather. He was buried in it, so… family heirloom.

Wait a minute, if his grandfather was buried in it, then how is he wearing it… ? Hmm.

Michael : Hey, Carol.
Carol : Hi.
Michael : You look great.
Carol : Thanks. Thank you for inviting me. It looks so great in here.
Michael : Well…
[Michael surprises Carol with kiss on her right cheek, following it up awkwardly with a kiss on her other cheek]
Michael : That’s how we do it in the paper biz. It’s European, and–
[Dwight enters the conversation]
Dwight : Michael.
Michael : Yes? Ah, Dwight!
[Michael kisses Dwight on both of his cheeks]
Dwight : Codename Re/Max is here. No sign of Lan Jevinson.

High marks for the codenames, although the delivery needs some work, and the timing is way off.

[Dwight is at the craps table]
Angela : Good evening, Dwight. What is this?
Dwight : Evening, Angela. This is craps. I need to roll an eight. If I do, everyone wins.
Angela : Then roll an eight.
Dwight : Thank you, Angela.
Angela : Good luck, Dwight.
[Dwight rolls an eight, the crowd goes wild]
Dwight : Yeah! Yeah! Mwah!
[Dwight kisses Angela on the cheek. Angela responds by slapping him across the face and then storming away. The camera reveals a smile on her face shortly before she stifles it]

I love how Dwight and Angela always address each other by their proper names whenever they do anything that could possibly expose their relationship, thereby increasing the likelihood of blowing of their cover.

The Many Faces of Jim

I’m going to go out on a limb (not a very long one) and say that Casino Night featured the best pre-credits teaser of the series thus far.

Roy : So, what’s the deal? We’ve gotta pay for our own drinks? That’s lame.
Pam : Come on, it’ll be fun, and besides, I’m a roulette expert.
Dwight : Impossible. Roulette is not a game of skill. It is a game of chance.
Jim : I can always kind of win at roulette.
Dwight : Oh, really? Mm-hmm.
Jim : Yeah.
Dwight : How would you do that?
Jim : Mind control.

Wow, mind control. That’s right up there with the peaceful coexistence of robots and humans. The possibilities for Jim here are endless.

Dwight : [Chuckles]  You can’t be serious.  [Pauses]  Are you serious?
Jim : Ever since I was little kid, like eight or nine, I could… sort of control things with my mind.
Dwight : I don’t believe you. Continue.
Jim : It was just little things, you know. Like I could make something shake, or I could make a marble fall off the counter. You know, just little things.
Dwight : Heh! That’s ridiculous. You know what? Uh… why don’t you move that coat rack?  [Raises his voice]  Excuse me, everyone! Attention in the office, please. Jim is about to prove his telekinetic powers, and he needs absolute silence. Go ahead.
Jim : Ok. I’ll try.
[Jim extends his hand and concentrates for a moment. The coat rack tilts noticeably to the left. Dwight is astounded. Cut to interview]
Pam : [Shows off the hooked handle of her umbrella and smiles]
[Cut back to scene. Pam winks to Jim, who smiles back and continues the act]
Dwight : Oh, my God.

Dwight just had his mind blown every which way. I had fallen out of my chair by this point.

Dwight : I expect to do very well tonight. I have an acute ability to read people. Jim, for instance, has a huge tell. When he gets a good hand, he coughs.
[Cut to a scene of everyone playing poker]
Jim : [Coughs]  Uh, I will raise.
[Dwight folds and exhales. Jim is awarded a pile of chips]
Jim : Thanks.
[Cut to interview]
Jim : It’s the weirdest thing. Every time I cough, he folds.

Dwight should know better than to challenge a practitioner of mind control. Chalk up another victory to Halpert in what has to be the most one-sided contest in the history of office rivalries.

Confessions of a Receptionist

I wish I knew a real life receptionist so that I could ask them how accurately Pam’s interactions with Michael reflect what happens in real life, because Jenna really seems to have nailed it. I would imagine that there is a certain slice of this show that only receptionists could truly savor.

[Pam is on the phone with Michael]
Pam : Michael, Carol Stills for you.
Michael : Who?
Pam : Carol Stills.
Michael : Do I know a Carol Stills?
Pam : Your realtor.
Michael : Oh, yeah, put her through.  [Pauses for a second]  Hey, Carol, how goes the real estate biz? Is it real good?
Pam : Still me.
[Cut to interview]
Pam : Sometimes I don’t put Michael through until he’s already said something. I look at it as a practice run for him. He usually does better on the second attempt.
[Cut back to scene]
Pam : Carol, you’re on with Michael.
Carol : Hello, Michael.
Michael : Hi, Carol. How you doing?

Michael is lucky he has Pam looking out for him. Whereas Dwight’s bullheaded loyalty tends to get in the way, Pam exercises restraint (with a nearly indetectable touch of rebellion) in serving her boss.

[Michael has just invited Carol to casino night. His phone rings before she’s had a chance to respond]
Michael : Oh, I’m sorry. Can you hold on?
Pam : Michael?
Michael : Yes?
Pam : Jan’s on line two.
Michael : Ok. Put her through.  [Pauses for a second]  Jan Levinson, I presume?
Pam : Still me. Uh, Jan, here’s Michael.
Jan : Michael?
Michael : Hey, Jan. How you doing?

It’s amazing how well this works.

The Jim/Pam Index

Expectations of how the Jim/Pam situation would play out during the season finale were high; astronomical, to say the least. I’m glad to report that Casino Night rose to the challenge and delivered a rousing conclusion, breaking all sorts of new ground in the process.

[Pam is looking through a box of video tapes on her desk]
Jim : What are you doing?
Pam : Oh, nothing.
[Jim reads the label off of one of the video tapes]
Jim : “Till Death Do Us Rock.”
Pam : They’re wedding… bands.
Jim : Oh.
Pam : Roy was supposed to pick the band, but he’s concentrating more on the bachelor party now.
Jim : Wait, wait, wait, where are you going? I mean, even if you don’t hire a band, you still have to watch the bands. Pam, these are people who have never given up on their dreams. I have great respect for that. And yes, they’re all probably very bad, and that’ll make me feel better about not having dreams.
Pam : There’s a KISS cover band in here.
Jim : Let’s do it.
[Pam laughs as she follows Jim into the conference room. Cut to interview]
Pam : I’m pretty happy these days. I’m getting married soon, and I’m getting along with everybody at work.
[Cut to another interview]
Jim : Why did I talk to Jan about transferring? Well, you know… I have no future here.

If I had one criticism against this show, it would be that it occasionally breaks continuity, or at least fails to sufficiently follow up on significant plot points from episode to episode. After what happened last week, I assumed that we would see some friction between Jim and Pam. Jim seems more determined than ever to leave Scranton, and in that respect, his behavior is consistent with what we saw of him during the final moments of Conflict Resolution. The rest of the scene, however, exhibits none of the ill will that you would expect to see following Jim’s admission of guilt to Pam at the end of the episode.

At first glance, this appears to be another case of the show neglecting a point of conflict under the pretense that time heals all wounds. There is a more satisfying explanation, however: maybe Pam’s reaction to Jim’s criticism wasn’t one of disappointment as I had postulated earlier, but rather one of relief that his disapproval of the wedding was finally out in the open. Or, more accurately, it may have started out as disappointment (she is undeniably upset during the photo sequence), but quickly turned into relief once she realized that she no longer had to skirt around the wedding whenever Jim was around. For Jim, it was as if a tremendous weight had been lifted from his shoulders; at last, he was rid of the frustration that he had suppressed for so long, leaving him free to get on with the rest of his life. Pam finally had her best friend back, a friend that she could confide in about anything (weddings included).

[Jim and Pam are watching a videotape of Kevin’s band, Scrantonicity. The recording goes into crazy, 80s filter mode]
Jim : Wow. Oh!
Pam : Oh my…
Jim : Yeah, you haven’t seen that since 1983. That is amazing. Ok, we have to sign him.
[Jim gets up and starts heading to the door]
Jim : I’m gonna call the label. We’re gonna–
[Pam jumps out of her chair and attempts to pull him away from the door]
Pam : No, no, no! Come back!
Jim : Hey, you’re gonna lose him to another wedding. Kev!
[Cut to interview]
Pam : Jim is great. Being with him just takes away all the stress of planning my wedding.

With the tension lifted, the two of them can finally joke about the wedding like they do about everything else. Much to the delight of Jim/Pam supporters, this arrangement has the additional benefit of reminding these two of how much they enjoy each others’ company when they’re not being dragged down by the pressures of keeping secrets from one another.

[Jim and Pam are facing off at the poker table. The dealer places a card on the table. Pam’s face lights up]
Jim : Yeah, right.
Pam : “Yeah, right,” what?
Jim : What was this?
[Jim imitates Pam’s expression. Pam laughs]
Pam : I have good cards.
Jim : Really?
Pam : Mm-hmm. And I’m gonna take you all in.
Jim : Wow. I think you’re bluffing.
[Jim tries to read her for a moment before throwing in all of his chips]
Kevin : Yeah, I think she’s full of it.
Pam : [Whispers]  Sorry.  [Reveals her cards]  Straight.
Jim : Oh. Three nines.
Kevin : Jim Halpert, ladies and gentlemen.
Jim : Thank you very much. It was fun.

John explained in a recent interview with Maureen Ryan of the Chicago Tribune that the relationship between Jim and Pam wasn’t predicated on a series of big moments, but rather that it was an accumulation of smaller, less pronounced moments that defined the romance. There are no elaborate orchestrations at work here, only events that just sort of… happen. This scene where Jim and Pam find themselves squaring off against one another in a game of poker is one such event.

It also happens to be the most important scene in the episode, in my opinion; had circumstance not brought the two of them together at that table and literally dealt them those very cards, we may very well have been treated to a different ending. Earlier in the day, Jim seemed reasonably content with the notion of transferring to another branch. It would be an exaggeration to say that he had come to terms with losing Pam, but I think it’s fair to say that he was well on his way to accepting it. In fact, I would wager that as of Casino Night, he was much further along the road to recovery than many people thought. Looking back on the episodes leading up the finale, I would not be surprised if he was prepared to consider a transfer as early as Valentine’s Day; he was still in love, mind you, but it was more of a defeatist love, one that could be overcome by a desire to move on. What, then, caused him to change his mind? What could possibly have convinced him to take this leap after several weeks of coping with the reality of his situation?

I grappled with this question for a while before I realized that the answer was staring me right in the face: this scene, this innocent poker game was what sealed the deal. Plain and simple. I don’t know of a single guy who, given Jim’s situation, would not have immediately reconsidered the thought of transferring after sitting through an exchange like that. Pretty girl, pretty dress, overwhelming chemistry. I mean, come on. He would have been crazy not to have second thoughts at this point. Now, we needed only the requisite moment of revelation to set the remaining events in motion. I present to you Exhibit B.

[Jan is outside having a smoke. Jim exits the building and walks over to her]
Jan : Smoke?
Jim : No, thanks. You, uh, having fun?
Jan : Fabulous time. I drove two and a half hours to get here.
Jim : Yeah, we all really–
Jan : Left work early, drove down here, and I–I–I am completely underdressed.
Jim : I think you look great.
Jan : [Sighs]  Why did I hook up with Michael?
[Jim looks at the camera as if it is daring him to ask]
Jim : Yeah, why did you?
Jan : It was very late, Jim. Very… very late and, uh… have you given any more thought to the transfer?
Jim : Oh, yeah.
Jan : Good.
Jim : Mm-hmm.
Jan : Have you told anyone?
Jim : No.
Jan : Well, you should.

From that point on, he knew in no uncertain terms that he had a difficult choice ahead of him: follow through with the transfer and hope that the months of sufferance have prepared you for the friendship that you’re about to sacrifice; or, forfeit your defense and make your feelings known, thus risking the possibility of a failure that would demolish your spirit. Faced with that decision, Jim grasps for what we all do in that situation: our memories. The more recent the memory, the better. Not to discount the years of experience shared between the two, but our minds have a way of elevating certain events to the forefront, particularly when they’re scrambling under intense pressure.

The poker match is especially vivid not only because it took place just a moment ago, but also because I’m betting that Jim doesn’t see Pam in a dress very often. As far as memories of Pam go, it is a striking one, and somewhere between his conversation with Jan and his encounter with Pam out in the parking lot, Jim decides that he is unwilling to let it be his last fond memory of her — not without putting up a fight, at least.

So, there we have it: two events that had they not taken place, would have led to a different ending than the one that I am about to recount.

[Jim catches up with Pam in the parking lot after Roy leaves to go home. The camera is in hidden mode]
Pam : Hey.
Jim : Hey, how’s it going?
Pam : Good. Especially after I took all your money in poker.
Jim : Ha-ha, yeah. Um. Hey, uh, can I talk to you about something?
Pam : About when you wanna give me more of your money?
Jim : No, I–
Pam : Did you wanna do that now? We can go inside. I’m feeling kinda good tonight.
Jim : I was just, um…
[Jim wrestles with his thoughts for a moment. Pam’s expression shifts as she realizes that he has something important to say]
Jim : I’m in love with you.
Pam : What?
Jim : I’m really sorry if that’s weird for you to hear, but I needed you to… hear it. Probably not good timing. I know that, I just–
Pam : What are you doing? What do you expect me to say to that?
Jim : I just needed you to know. Once.
Pam : Well, I, um–I… I can’t.
Jim : Yeah.
Pam : You have no idea…
Jim : Don’t do that.
Pam : …what your friendship means to me.
Jim : Come on. I don’t wanna do that. I wanna be more than that.
Pam : I can’t. I’m really sorry… if you misinterpreted things. It’s probably my fault.
[Jim is fighting off the tears]
Jim : Not your fault. I’m sorry I misinterpreted, uh, our friendship.
[Jim walks away from Pam as the camera zooms out. Pam looks down at her engagement ring]

To quote a friend of mine, “it’s funny how surprising it was that they did the most straightforward thing they could possibly do” (thanks, flotsette). I was so caught up in all of the contingency plans that I failed to consider the most direct course of action: that he would simply tell her how he felt. Now that the truth has been revealed, I have to admit that I’m glad they finally chose to break the secrecy. Although it is possible that they could have achieved a greater effect by delaying this moment even further, predicting how long you can draw out the tension without spoiling it is tricky; you don’t really know if you’ve gone too far until you’ve already gone too far.

As it stands, Jim’s confession played out about as perfectly as I could have imagined, striking with the considerable force of years of longing evacuating in a matter of seconds. Being a guy, my sphere of immunity extends over all things emotional; faced with this scene, however, I find that I am unable to stake such a claim. From Jim’s hurried speech to his moment of resignation, it was as unforgiving of a scene as I’ve ever witnessed on film or television.

Also, for the record, I would like to say that the shot of Jim walking away as Pam looks down at her engagement ring is, in my opinion, the finest cinematic moment that we have seen on this show.

[Pam is upstairs in the office, talking to someone on the phone. We don’t yet know who is on the other end. The camera is in hidden mode]
Pam : About ten minutes ago. No, I didn’t know what to say. Yes, I know. Um, I don’t know, Mom. He’s my best friend. Yeah, he’s great. Yeah, I think I am.
[Jim walks in]
Pam : Um, I have to go. I will. Listen, Jim–
[Jim cuts her off and kisses her. She returns the kiss before pulling away. The two look at each other as the camera cuts to black]

There has been much discussion about whether or not Pam says anything at the very end of this scene. Although she is clearly mouthing something, I could not detect conclusively what she was saying. As much as I worship this show and care about this relationship, I could only rewatch this scene so many times before I started to fear for my manhood.

Casino Night rates an Up on the Jim/Pam Index, although perhaps not as unequivocally as you might expect. Certainly, positive progress was made on the meter, if you will, but how far exactly that progress extended is open to debate. This is complicated by the fact that it’s ambiguous as to where the meter actually ends. I’ve defined it as a measure of how close Jim and Pam are to getting together, and if they are indeed together, a perfectly reasonable conclusion to draw from the available evidence, then the Index no longer serves a purpose in its current form. If, however, Jim and Pam decide not to pursue a relationship for whatever reason, then the Index still has plenty of life in it.

Either way, I’m not quite ready to put the trusty JPI away. I may have to revise its definition, but I’ve got a hunch that the spirit of the Index will survive the summer. I believe that the open-ended conclusion served a purpose and until the writers give me a reason to doubt them, I will continue to place my trust in them, even if that means taking a couple steps back from what transpired tonight.

For what it’s worth, I am happy that they kissed. :)

Supporting Nod

This one was a close call between Michael’s urban connection, Darryl, and Creed the kleptomaniac. The scene below was just too good to pass up, though.

Darryl : Mike, I am not having fire-eaters in a paper warehouse.
[Dwight enters the room]
Michael : It’s Casino Night, like Las Vegas. There are fire eaters all over the place.
Darryl : Except my warehouse.
Michael : Well, actually, it’s my warehouse.
Dwight : Actually, it’s owned by Beekman Properties, and Dunder Mifflin is four years into a seven-year lease.
Michael : Why are you here?
Dwight : When Darryl was coming, you said you wanted me here for protection.
Michael : N-N-No, I said… not… that.
Darryl : We just have a lot of stuff down there that could be stolen.
Michael : That’s ironic.
Darryl : What?
Michael : That you are afraid.
Darryl : Why? ‘Cause I’m from the hood?
Michael : Dinkin’ flicka.

The fact that Dwight is your first line of defense means that you are already in serious trouble.

Darryl : I taught Mike some, uh, some phrases to help with his interracial conversations. You know, stuff like “fleece it out”, “goin’ mach five”, “dinkin’ flicka’”. You know, things us Negroes say.

Personally, I’ve always been a big fan of goin’ mach five.

The Superstar

If not for John’s groundbreaking performance, I would have awarded this to the entire cast for closing out the season in fine style. Jim was a force tonight, though, and I’m not about to deprive John of the recognition he deserves for hitting this one clear out of the park.

Transmissions from the Office

  • Michael : Tonight, the Scranton Business Park is having Casino Night, and we are converting our warehouse into a full-blown gambling hall. And I know it’s illegal in Pennsylvania, but, uh, it’s for charity. And I consider myself a great philanderer.

    Well, it’s not exactly a lie. He probably does consider himself a great philanderer. I love it when Michael is pleased with himself; he does this little thing where he rolls his eyes up and twirls his head around.

  • Creed : There’s a great soup kitchen in downtown Scranton. Delicious pea soup on Thursdays. I’ll probably give the money to them.

    So, apparently, he masquerades as a homeless guy on Thursday evenings. Add that piece to the puzzle that is Creed.

  • Kelly : Kobe Bryant has a foundation, and he is so hot. And he gave his wife the biggest diamond ring. I know he didn’t do it.  [Pauses for a moment]  Maybe he did it.

    Cross your fingers, Ryan. Maybe Kobe will take her off of your hands.

  • Angela : We are giving money that has been gambled. Why don’t we just deal drugs or prostitute ourselves and donate that money to charity?

    Because that would be whorish, like the color green.

  • Michael : Oh, and another fun thing. We, at the end of the night, are going to give the check to an actual group of Boy Scouts. Right, Toby? We’re gonna–
    Toby : Actually, I didn’t think it was appropriate to invite children since it’s, uh, you know, there’s gambling and alcohol. And it’s in our dangerous warehouse. And it’s a school night. And, you know, Hooters is catering. Is that enou–is that enough? Should I keep going?
    Michael : Why are you the way that you are? Honestly, every time I try to do something fun or exciting, you make it not… that way. I hate… so much about the things that you choose to be.

    There is a deep hatred at work here. If and when this erupts, it’ll be a sight to behold.

  • Michael : I am going to donate to Afghanistanis with AIDS.
    Jim : I think you mean the Aid to Afghanistan.
    Michael : No, I mean Afghanistanis with AIDS.
    Phyllis : Afghani.
    Michael : What?
    Phyllis : Afghani.
    Michael : That’s a dog.
    Pam : No, that’s Afghan.
    Michael : That’s a shawl.
    Dwight : Wait. Canine AIDS?
    Michael : No, humans with AIDS.
    Creed : Who has AIDS?
    Jim : Guys, the Afghanistananis.

    Hardest. Conversation. To follow. Ever.

  • Michael : You know what? No. No. AIDS is not funny. Believe me. I have tried.
    [Cut to interview]
    Michael : There are certain topics that are off-limits to comedians. JFK. AIDS. The Holocaust. The Lincoln assassination just recently became funny. “I need to see this play like I need a hole in the head.”  [Chuckles]  And I hope to someday live in a world where a person could tell a hilarious AIDS joke. It’s one of my dreams.

    You’ve adopted his principles in the workplace; joking about his assassination hardly seems like a fitting way to honor the man.

  • Kevin : We really don’t do a lot of weddings. We actually don’t play in public very often. We are all really hoping that Pam’s wedding works out. This could be a turning point for the band.

    Scrantonicity: the biggest thing to come out of Scranton since… ever.

  • Dwight : I’m Michael’s wingman. I’ve got his back. Two dates. He’s got two dates tonight. My job is keep Jan away from Carol, and vice versa. Michael said, “We must deceive them so as not to hurt them, and in that way, we honor them.”

    Add this to Michael’s book of proverbs right between “the hand strikes and gives a flower” and “blessed be those who sit and wait.”

  • Creed : Oh, I steal things all the time. It’s just something I do. I stopped caring a long time ago. You should see how many supplies I’ve taken from this place. Honestly, I love stealing things.

    Alright, so he steals office supplies and hangs out at homeless shelters. He’s like a modern day Robin Hood: he steals office supplies from the rich and gives them to the poor.

  • Toby : I don’t really play cards, but I’m not gonna lie to you. It felt really good to take money from Michael. Gonna chase that feeling.

    To quote one of my favorite Far Side comics: “Trouble brewing.”

  • Ryan : One beer, and one Seven and Seven with eight maraschino cherries, sugar on the rim, blended if you can.
    Jim : So that’s still going on, huh? You and Kelly?

    Eight cherries? Can you even consider that a drink?

  • Dwight : So, uh, where are you staying? Radisson?
    Jan : What?
    Dwight : Super 8?
    Jan : No, I–
    Dwight : Motel 6? Best Western.
    Jan : I, uh, I didn’t–I didn’t–I don’t wanna–
    Dwight : Holiday Inn? The Hyatt in Wilkes-Barre? Are you staying with Michael?

    Good thinking, Dwight. The only surefire way to keep Jan and Carol apart is to run one of them out of the building.

  • Kevin : I won the 2002 $2,500 No-Limit Deuce to Seven Draw Tournament at the World Series of Poker in Vegas. So, yeah, I’m pretty good at poker.
    [We are treated to a scene of Kevin losing big to Phyllis in a round of poker. Cut to interview]
    Kevin : I suck.

    The last four years have not been kind to Kevin’s poker career.

  • Bob Vance : Uh, excuse me. Uh, big moment. The, uh, evening’s chip leader and winner of this beautiful mini refrigerator courtesy of Vance Refrigeration, Creed Bratton, Dunder-Mifflin.
    [Creed shakes a miscellany of stolen items out of his sleeve and walks up to accept his prize]
    Creed : Thanks. I’ve never owned a refrigerator.

    On second thought, maybe Creed actually is homeless.

Odds and Ends

  • That’s right, Dwight. No wire tricks involved.
  • Michael’s phone conversation with Carol captured the essence of awkward phone calls.
  • Nice glasses, Kevin. I’m digging the distinguished look.

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1Posted by Todd Packer on May 11, 2006

James, your vow of abstinence this week has been impressive. And terrifying.

2Posted by tanster on May 11, 2006

8 hours and counting...

3Posted by sharpschruter on May 11, 2006

The only clip I've seen was one they showed on Leno a couple nights ago...

4Posted by huey on May 11, 2006

James, you must have had to taken very quick action in order to miss the promo that came on right after Conflict Resolution ended.

5Posted by Kalon on May 11, 2006

James, it HAS been a phenomenal year for the show and community, and I credit that to people like you; whenever I am in need of Office closure and discussion, I came to Northern Attack. This is where I begin in my Office related quests. Sure there are many great sites and forums, but in my opinion, you're at the forefront of the community. So, thank you, James, for a phenomenal year! Can't wait for tonight...

6Posted by dlo (Prism Duro-Sport) on May 11, 2006

Thanks, dlo. Believe me, maintaining NA has been my pleasure. And yes, Kalon, it did take a bit of careful planning to get around that promo :). I'd go into the details, but then I'd embarrass myself and I think enough of that happens already.

Boy, 9:20 can't come soon enough. I'm sitting at my desk at work right now, and I'm pretty sure I've been staring at the same thing here for the past couple hours.

7Posted by James on May 11, 2006

I feel like a 5 year old on Christmas Eve, with all of the build-up for tonight's episode. bounces

Although the thought of months without any new episodes is painful. Thankfully, we will have the MySpace blogs to tide us over for the summer.

8Posted by Beth on May 11, 2006

This has been the longest day... no... week ever... Packman need a drinky.

9Posted by Todd Packer on May 11, 2006

Wow... I did not see that coming...

10Posted by EatFood on May 11, 2006

I thought the ending was going to suck after the confession, but boy was I wrong.

Damn these people for taking the summer off! GRRRRR.

11Posted by Pat D. on May 11, 2006

I just broke my jaw...when it fell to the floor un expectedly. Jim is the man!

12Posted by Jeremy on May 11, 2006

Well, I'm on pins and needles for the next episode, but what's going to happen to The Office? How will things ever be the same? Can we survive without the tension?

13Posted by Rich on May 11, 2006

As Phyllis would say: Oh, dear.

14Posted by dlo (Prism Duro-Sport) on May 11, 2006

that was the perfect tear.

15Posted by gen on May 11, 2006

Oh, I am so happy, I can't even explain.

My sister called me up and we both just started screaming....lol.

And at the confession part, if I hadn't been watching with a group of friends, I would have started crying too....

16Posted by Beth on May 11, 2006

I'll probably be the dissenting opinion here, but I felt like the pre-kiss moment where Jim had spilled his guts and Pam had rebuffed him was the kind of real, honest emotion that makes the show what it is. Just aching and perfect. I think it would have had so much more resonance had we seen Pam's conversation with her mom, uninterrupted by Jim, and gone off to summer that way. This ending was too definitive to be intriguing and it didn't feel nearly as real as the awkwardness the previous scene had built.

That's my curmudgeonly $0.02.

17Posted by Call me Creed on May 11, 2006

Oh my god. I LOVE Jim Halpert! That kiss was unbelievable! But what will happen next season????

18Posted by Kate on May 11, 2006

My heart is STILL beating double-time. What an amazing ending to an amazing season. My husband wasn't home tonight, so I was stuck watching it by myself. I can't wait to re-watch it with him when he comes home... (not that I haven't already re-watched the last 10 minutes a couple times) :)

19Posted by Jacki on May 11, 2006

They made us wait two years for it... and then til the very very end of this episode, but man was it worth it! During the earlier confession I couldn't have been more annoyed at Pam, but she definitely kissed back at the very end!

20Posted by Sunny on May 11, 2006

What does everyone think Pam meant when she said "I think I am". Oh and by the way I've said it once and I'll say it again: If John Krasinski doesn't win an Emmy award for his great performances then I'll never have faith in awards shows again.

21Posted by hauseriv on May 11, 2006

I was, I'll admit, HUGELY relieved when Pam said "Mom," into the phone. Calling Roy would have been really uncool.

22Posted by Call me Creed on May 11, 2006

My name is Laura and NBC sitcoms make me cry.

23Posted by laura. on May 11, 2006

Heehee, I bet David Denman's (sp?) comment in that interview about "putting Jim in the hospital" might come true next season. :-)

24Posted by Pat D. on May 11, 2006

I was so confused during the end...I was one step behind the whole time: Did he just say that? Is that a tear? Is she chiding him? What does "I think I am" mean? Is that Jim? Is he going to kiss her? Is he kissing her? What? What? What? And then it was over. And now I miss it. My thinking still hasn't caught up with me. In a pleasant kind of way, of course.

25Posted by Jordan Vera on May 11, 2006

first i thought the season will end when pam turns him down. then i thought the season would end when pam said "i think i am"...then i thought the season would end with Jim saying, "I'm transferring..."

wow good writing

Bravo Steve Carell!

26Posted by matt_from_montana on May 11, 2006

Great episode, fantastic ending, and you gotta love Creed and Daryl. Oh, and by the way, last week, we just realized that Roy's last name is Andersen. Now, if he marries Pam, how many times is Michael going to call here Pamela Andersen?

27Posted by Vlad on May 11, 2006

The scene where Daryl was teaching Michael all the things that Negro's say and do was hysterical. I have never been so caught up in a television romance either. Smoking hot finale!

28Posted by Chadley on May 11, 2006

hauseriv, yea i was thinking about that also. my guess would be (or my wish would be!) pam's mom asking if she is in love with him also! i am sort of feeling two things right now. i'm glad that it came together sort of and that there was some kind of resolvement and it didn't leave us hanging too badly. on the other hand, i am extremely worried about what will happen in the seasons to come.

did they get together too soon? who knows. we want the show to continue past the third season right?!

29Posted by Eric on May 11, 2006

I wish I knew someone who watched like me. I wanted to talk to someone so bad but they would have no idea who Jim and Pam are. Damn it!

30Posted by Angela on May 11, 2006

Loved the episode -- the developments completely took me by surprise. We've been so conditioned by TV shows not to expect anything to develop between characters to ease the romantic tension that keeps us tuned in week after week. I don't find the confession/kiss as conclusive as they first appear, though. Pam could easily say "that was a mistake," Jim could still transfer.... those would be somewhat predictable, though, and this show keeps surprising me. Can't wait until season 3.

Speaking of surprising, call me crazy but is there something going on between Roy and Angela??? They exchange a look just as Michael is saying something about "the night is your mistress" or something. And Roy did choose her in "Who would you do"....

31Posted by DJR on May 12, 2006

DJR, I doubt there's anything going on between Roy and Angela that's two-way, at least. However, you're right, Roy did choose her in "Who would you do", and Angela at least stated that she'd prefer Roy over Jim. However, Angela seems quite happy with Dwight...

32Posted by huey on May 12, 2006

Quotes are up !

33Posted by tanster on May 12, 2006

Regarding Roy and Angela, I've been wondering that myself for a couple of weeks, and thought that might be one of the surprises of this season finale. Wouldn't that have been a twist?

34Posted by Beth on May 12, 2006

Holy crap, is it just me or did Pam mouth the words "I cant" after the kiss?

And yes, I do realize I am a loser for watching the scene over and over again.

BTW, sorry if everybody noticed this already. Or if I'm imagining things.

35Posted by Pat D. on May 12, 2006

Hmmm, on further review, maybe it was just a "hey".

36Posted by Pat D. on May 12, 2006

Also something worthy of note, this ep did a very subtle nod to a classic Newsradio ep...the "Rocket Fuel Malt Liquor" (I think it was called Office Feud) episode where Catherine "educates" Bill on how to talk street:

Bill: "Gazziza Dilznoofus it's Bill McNeal saying get with the crezappy taste of Rocketfuel Malt Liquor... Rocketfuel's got tha upstate prison flavor that keeps you ugly all night long. So when you wanna get sick remember, nothing makes yo' feet stank like Rocketfuel Malt Liquor... DAMN! It's crezappy!!!"

And now I will shut up and let other people say something.

37Posted by Pat D. on May 12, 2006

How long was that kiss? I haven't been able check the time counter, but I'm thinking it was about....27 seconds of silence?

Also, when Pam and Jim were playing poker, did she win the hand or did he? I may be way off here, but get the feeling that the game was a metaphor for the steps their relationship would be taking that night.

38Posted by Beth on May 12, 2006

Did not see that ending coming. I loved it!!!

39Posted by Trace on May 12, 2006

To be honest, this episode didn't 100% live up to my expectations - for example, I was expecting a lot more fallout from last week's traumatic revelations of how much everyone hates each other. Still, the "Jam" at the end made up for everything.

(And I've always suspected, based on her one brief but memorable appearance, that Pam's cool Mom knows more about Pam's feelings for Jim than Pam does. Good moms always seem to know these things. Happy Mother's Day!)

40Posted by The Stooges Woman on May 12, 2006

Oh, and forgot to add - Creed rocks! That's all. Have a wonderful summer, everyone -- and THANKS, JAMES for your great website!!!

41Posted by The Stooges Woman on May 12, 2006

Possible questions from Mom that prompted Pam's phone response, "Yeah, I think I am":

"Are you in love with Jim?"
"Are you still in love with Roy?"
"Are you going to talk to him about it?"
"Are you going to tell Roy?"

.... anything else?

Pat D., I think you may be right about that "I can't" mouthing. It looks like she says something there that they didn't include the audio on. Oh, and btw, that's my favorite NewsRadio episode. Classic Phil Hartman!

42Posted by DJR on May 12, 2006

I would ask Jenna Fischer what it's like to kiss John Krasinski...but she wouldn't know!!! Is it just me or did they just touch lips and not open their mouth at all? I mean, I didn't expect full on frenching, but it didn't seem very passionate. However, the "I'm in love with you" part MORE than made up for it. I thought Jim was going to end up flirting with that boss lady to get back at Pam, and I hope that doesn't happen.

43Posted by Dani on May 12, 2006

Dani, I think the kiss being closed keeps the ambiguity level high... :)

44Posted by huey on May 12, 2006

Re: "I can't". Pam does push off to end the kiss, and she definitely mouths something. I just don't know what...

45Posted by huey on May 12, 2006

I'm freaking out here. I watched the show last night, and even got to record it, but the power went out due to lightening. So, I didn't get a chance to watch it again. But, that show had me on the edge of my seat the entire 40 minutes, even the commercials. What is this power you actors and writers have over us? Please remember we're all loving this show and bring you into our homes as often as possible. So, don't toy with our emotions. Damn, I'm so hooked on this show. Pam, thank you for returning that kiss, whether you pull away, and keep running, you at least let Jim know he means the world to you, even if you don't know it. Anyone that watched that kiss (and have been in that position at some point in your life)will realize it wasn't the (French?) kiss that showed she loves Jim too, but the fact she put her arms around him and returned his kiss. To the rest of the characters, you make the show complete. Even annoying Toby, was great! I wish you all a summer of enjoyment, relaxation and family picnics. Please hurry Fall, I'm going to miss all of you. Now back the life in my Office. Where's Pam?

46Posted by Jim on May 12, 2006

"Dani, I think the kiss being closed keeps the ambiguity level high... :) "

Either that or the writers were concerned that James Gunn would not allow Jenna back for next season. ;-)

"Pat D., I think you may be right about that "I can't" mouthing. It looks like she says something there that they didn't include the audio on. Oh, and btw, that's my favorite NewsRadio episode. Classic Phil Hartman!"

Yeah, when I looked at it closely a second time, it almost looks like Pam says "hey" and Jim also says "hey". Then again, I have awful analog cable, so Jim could've been kissing Kevin and I wouldnt be able to tell. ;-)

Phil Hartman ruled. I dont even watch the fifth season because Jon Lovitz really couldnt compare. Phil really was that entire show.

47Posted by Pat D. on May 12, 2006

Great episode. I really loved the part where Jim and Pam where playing cards and betting against each other - you could feel the love as they gazed into each other's eyes and smiled and laughed.

48Posted by Jean on May 12, 2006

I apologize if this has already been mentioned, but did anyone else notice at the end of the parking lot scene (Jim/Pam) when Pam looks down, as Jim walks off, she is twisting her engagement ring... almost like she is ready to take it off.

49Posted by CJ on May 12, 2006

I just got done with viewing number two and i agree with everything that's been said so far. Krasinski is an excellent actor and he makes us FEEL Jim's pain instead of just hearing it. I think that makes us happier for him at the kiss. But nothing in this show is that simple, and i doubt it will be happily ever after.

50Posted by matt_from_montana on May 12, 2006

I am just rewatching the last 5 seconds again and agian and I'm pretty sure Pam actually says "I can't." Turn it up really loudly and watch Jim's reaction immediately after she says it. He kind of backs off and looks really disappointed. Great catch Pat D.! This would be huge if you're right.

51Posted by Eric on May 12, 2006

That was THE best episode thus far. I squealed in delight as Jim finally revealed his feelings for Pam. I was for sure thinking he was gonna kiss her in the parking lot. And the tear...awww...so sweet. Of course the scene where Angela slaps Dwight then walks away smiling was classic. Poor Jan, she thought she was going home with Michael.Now I will be anxiously awaiting next season so I can see what happens!!!!!!!

52Posted by Amber on May 12, 2006

I think you are right.

Being the geek that I am, I just downloaded the much better quality itunes ep about an hour ago, cranked the pre-amp gain in itunes and the eq on my soundcard, and cranked the volume up on my headphones. You can just barely hear something, and it sure sounds like "I cant" from Pam. Not "Hey" like I suggested. That sucks.

Dammit, now I'm all depressed. :(

53Posted by Pat D. on May 12, 2006

RE: "I can't"
I dont think they would make a comment such as 'I can't' so quiet. If she really said it, it should have been more noticeable. The writers wouldn't leave out a huge detail like this partially because a vast majority of veiwers would be missing out on an important piece imformation for the next season. Also, everyone would get really pissed =P. (even though after watching the last five seconds over and over, it does seem like she said something to Jim that made him back off a little)

but... yeah. WOW. what an ending! i can't wait till season 3 in the fall.

54Posted by S.L. on May 12, 2006

also, i just read at officetally that perhaps pam was saying "the camera", not "i can't". They say she gave a slight nod to the camera...? dunno.

55Posted by S.L. on May 12, 2006

yea she does kind of nod her head but i don't know if she even knew the camera was watching. the camera seemed to be shot from the break room and i just don't think she knew it was watching.

56Posted by Eric on May 12, 2006

Yeah, it may not be "I cant" but listening to it over and over I really dont think it was "the camera".

Maybe this was something that wasnt in the script that we werent supposed to hear? Maybe Pam(Jenna) wasnt supposed to say anything there?

Let the conspiracy theories fly! :)

57Posted by Pat D. on May 12, 2006

Oh man this is sick!!!

58Posted by Eric on May 12, 2006

For the record, the closed captioning doesn't say anything after "Listen, Jim." Although they don't always put in every word. I've cranked it up and listened on headphones, and it's my opinion it's just breathing noise. Maybe the noise you might make when you go to speak and don't know what to say.

59Posted by flotsette on May 12, 2006

RE: "I can't."
Ok guys, I've watched it and rewatched and rewatched it again, and my final verdict is that neither one of them said anything. I think that Pam just opened and closed her mouth in shock. I could be wrong of course, but she really did look like she was at a loss for words.
Hell, if Jim kissed me, I would be too! ;)

60Posted by angelica on May 12, 2006

So, I'm guessing the JP index is UP, right?

61Posted by Larry M. on May 12, 2006

For what it's worth, this is what I've been thinking about the interaction in the last scene. I just felt like putting it down somewhere "official." :)

My impression of the "I think I am" was that it was a response to "Are you in love with Jim?" A good alternative that I heard out there could have been "Are you having second thoughts about the wedding?" but I think the former is what we were meant to take away from that exchange.

And about Pam's pulling away and mouthing something and Jim's look in return...I think that moment was just about Pam saying "Hey, wait, I need a minute," and Jim totally respecting that (like he always does when it's Pam), and then the two of them just taking a moment to process it, to acknowledge and marvel at "This is what we are now...we're no longer people pretending we're friends and not talking about the tension. We're two people who might very well be in love. We're potential lovers. We might have to face a big social snarl together, and we've moved from what we were, and now we're THIS." Because Jim didn't look upset to have been interrupted -- he looked intrigued, engaged with Pam, like it was one of their silent conversations. They were talking, in my opinion, just like always.

I think any of the mouth movements or whispered words or whatever were just what happened between the actors as they got themselves to that place. I think it's just what happened in the moment.

So that's my $.02. Thanks for reading. :)

Tracy

62Posted by Tracy on May 12, 2006

guys....don't read too much into it....after viewing it 450x....i came to the conclusion that she said HEY... because if you see the reaction and response from jim...it wasn't the "shock" that everyone was commenting... it was a response from what she said..like a friendly exchanged....HEY....HEY YOU BACK...if you slow down jenna talking...you can clearly see an exhale then a HEY...that exhale might have confused a whole lot of people into thinking that it was an "I"...and logically HEY cannot follow and assumed it was the word CANT...but she clearly exhaled because the kiss was enough to get breathless and breathed after the kiss finished and exhaled ...then...HEY....

63Posted by John on May 12, 2006

That's some brilliant acting by John Krasinski. Which is not to go against Jenna or the rest of the cast, they were on top as always. But I was pretty impressed with the delivery of Jim's lines and blocking. Very real.

64Posted by Jason G. on May 13, 2006

is season three here yet? ...are we there yet? ...are we there yet?

season 3 predictions:
jim gives away his nonrefundable ticket to australia (perhaps to dwight, after convincing him that he needs to spy on the competition there)

we visit the soup kitchen that creed donates his casino winnings to (unless he just steals the money...)

kevin sabotages JAM so that his band still gets to perform at the wedding

dwight tries to redeem his oscar favor

michael tries to further his philandering, only to be foiled by toby

i've never wanted summer to be over already so badly, so soon :( looking forward to your recap, to help hold me over :p

65Posted by i heart jim on May 13, 2006

Tracy- great summation of what was going through Jim and Pam's heads after that kiss. I agree.

66Posted by Single Tear on May 13, 2006

First, I have to say that I'm a long-time "The Office" lover, but I just discovered the ridiculously awesome online Office community, and I think it's so great that there are others out there who are as obsessed as I am!

That said, I've watched this episode 6 times already (hurrah for iTunes), and I've watched the final scene probably 20 times. And my take on the whole Pam saying "I can't" scenario is that she didn't, because although Jim did back off a little bit after the Kiss, he never took his eyes off hers, and I think if she broke his heart like that after he put it all out there (twice), he would have looked away. Instead he just kept giving her that intense stare.

Anyone agree?

67Posted by Carly on May 13, 2006

Yes, Carly! I agree with your take on wha happened after the kiss. This was the turning point for Jim and Pam and they were just pausing to reflect and both take a breath...

This summer is going to be torture waiting for the season premier in Sept.

Another thought re that kiss... It reminded me of something from an old 1940's movie. Such romance!

Oh, and another thing! Casino Night supposedly took place on a "school night" - per Toby. That means they all go back to work the next day. Talk about tension in the office.

68Posted by CJ on May 13, 2006

anyone gonna comment about what Jim said:
"....Pam, these are people who have never given up on their dreams...i have great respect for them.....(and yes theyre all probably very bad)and that would make feel better about not having any dreams...."

"Why did I talk to Jan about transferring?.... well you know...i have no future here.... "

OUCH......

69Posted by John on May 13, 2006

another musing here...

am i the only one who thinks Roy is getting f****d up the behind on this whole thing.... everyone's commenting on "the kiss" and "the revelation"...but seriously guys, as much as i loved the ending... damn conscience kicked in...and as much as i root for the underdog much like jim is.... i do not condone any side businesses of some sort ....roy is a great guy...and though he's not the prototypical dreamguy to be with, like say Halpert, he has his own strong qualities...just so happens that Roy's the guy's guy and Jim's in touch with his emotional side better... anyone else feels the same way i do? i just think hes soooo getting the short end of the stick on this one....i empathize with him ... it's gonna be okay roy...

70Posted by John on May 13, 2006

Shut up John...LOL. Roy left Pam at the Prom...he lost all my empathy for doing that to her. Besides, the writers are just showing a softer side of Roy to confuse us. Let's not forget those same writers have slipped us a couple clues that perhaps Angela and Roy have a history. Although, I did have empathy for Jan, after a two and a half hour drive to see Michael. So, there might be a triple wedding at the conclusion of next season. Unfortunately two of them might be in Connecticut. See you in September!

71Posted by Jim on May 13, 2006

Jim, I would ask that you not tell anyone to shut up, even if it's in jest. You all are free to disagree all you want, but please do it with respect to your opposition.

72Posted by James on May 13, 2006

OK, here's the thing. I loved the season finale; the writing and direction were topnotch and the acting superb and Emmy-worthy. But I felt uneasy afterward, and it has taken me a couple of days to figure out why.

It's because every single time I've allowed myself to invest emotionally in a TV romance, it's ended badly! In particular, I remember "Northern Exposure", which had some of the best writing ever but crashed and burned after the two main characters got together; and "Ballykissangel", a BBC series whose romance ended so catastrophically it almost broke my heart. Even "Cheers" could not really make it happen between Sam and Diane.

On an open-ended series, it seems that writers have such a difficult time finding a satisfactory way for two characters to be "happy together". I really hope that the Office's writers prove to be the exception. End of rant!

73Posted by Terri on May 13, 2006

Okay, here's what I think of the season finale:

True, the Jim/Pam conversation in the parking lot and the kiss was phenominal, but I felt kind of weird after the episode ended. Then it dawned me: are they putting Jim and Pam in the spotlight too much? I kinda get the feeling that season three will be mainly focused on the Jam relationship. I really hope they don't do that. I'd really like to see Pam go after the art career. It would kinda be "shoved in our face" if they had Jam issues in every episode of the next season.

Just my take. Don't get offended if you guys don't agree.

By the way, this is my first post here. I've been wandering around here for a LONG time and I finally decided I should post something.

74Posted by Kenneth on May 13, 2006

Disturbingly good finale :) :)

75Posted by HB on May 13, 2006

"....roy is a great guy..."

Stunned silence...

"he has his own strong qualities..."

And they would be...? No, seriously. Have we ever witnessed - or even heard of - any qualities possessed by Roy?

"...just so happens that Roy's the guy's guy"

That's unfair to men. All men. Even if you completely remove Jim from the equation, Pam deserves someone better than Roy.

76Posted by Michelle on May 13, 2006

waiting for recap. glad James is taking his time with this one. it can NOT be rushed.

77Posted by John D'arc on May 13, 2006

Thanks, John. I appreciate the patience. I'm hoping that it lives up to the lofty expectations set by the episode.

78Posted by James on May 13, 2006

RE: Pam's I can't=I really think she says "The Camera" and tilts her head in that direction. And Jim's reaction makes sense. That was just an amazing kiss. I jumped up and screamed when Jim confessed. I was watching it on itunes with my headphones, so I imagine it may have looked odd to my roommates.

Tracy, I hope you're right.

79Posted by Liz on May 13, 2006

_"Even if you completely remove Jim from the equation, Pam deserves someone better than Roy."_

Agreed. Although I do understand why Terri would say it's unfair to judge Roy right off the bat. Yes, Roy is an idiot and whenever he's on camera, he's a jerk. But I don't think he intentionally wants to be a jerk. He's just not the brightest person. He says things that, HE doesn't realize, hurts people.

Another reason it's unfair to put Roy in the spotlight is because (if you haven't noticed by now) the camera people, who are in charge of the documentary, are in favor of the Jim and Pam relationship. So, obviously they would want to shoot a lot more positive things of Jim than Roy. Now I'm not saying the camera crew purposely cut out scenes of Roy being more like a gentleman (because I don't know if they had more shots of Roy than that of what was put onscreen), but clearly the documentary people are rooting for Jim to get together with Pam. So, I'm sure they would want to shoot every possible good thing that Jim does (whether or not it involves Pam). And also to get every possible idiotic thing that Roy does, on camera.

80Posted by Kenneth on May 13, 2006

so James, any time frame? it's real late here EST. we cant all be Californians.

81Posted by John D'arc on May 13, 2006

John, it's going to be another couple hours at least. I'd go ahead and head to bed if I were you; with luck, it'll be waiting for you when you wake up tomorrow morning.

82Posted by James on May 13, 2006

ooh, what a wonderful wakeup gift then. off to bed I go

:-)

83Posted by John D'arc on May 13, 2006

"he has his own strong qualities..."

And they would be...? No, seriously. Have we ever witnessed - or even heard of - any qualities possessed by Roy?

Well, he helped his cousin move that one weekend, because he had a truck. He's also considerate of others, like the time he asked Pam's mom what tunes she wanted to listen to in the car. I'm sure there are more examples. :)

84Posted by huey on May 14, 2006

Well done my friend, well done! I've said it before and I'll say it again. I really thought it was genius how the writers/directors used our familiarity with the show's structure against us. There were a few different times that I thought the show was going to end (parking lot, Michael's hero speech, Pam's conversation w/ her mom) because that's what we are used to. But they kept going, and it was so satisfying. Although the ep definitely went by fast, I didn't feel like I was completely cheated (like I normally do on Thursday).

Also, I thought it was great that the writers had most of us freaking out thinking that something was going to happen with Jim and Jan by the car. I was really nervous.

And finally, there's been a lot of controversy about whether Jim crossed the line by kissing Pam, after she said "I can't". For what it's worth, I think that Jim knows Pam so well...maybe better than she knows herself. He knew there was something more there, and her declaration in the parking lot was a knee jerk reaction. Finding Pam, alone, in the dark...this was Jim's very last chance to make it happen before he left her behind...forver.

Sorry for the rambling nonsense..I just love this show so much.

85Posted by GMMR on May 14, 2006

this might've been brought up before...but didnt Carol think Michael and Dwight were gay?

86Posted by Jeff on May 14, 2006

(with pam sitting next to him)

Roy: "Man, i'd be all over that if I wasn't dating Pam"

Yep, thats the essence of Roy, dumb as a post.

Although he probably didnt realize what that sounded like since he was concentrating on getting Jimbo away from his finance by getting him and Katey together.

Still, he isnt going to let Pam go without a fight, although at this point one wonders whether it would be about losing Pam or losing face in front of his warehouse buddies.

Either way, Jim and his "backup" Kevin are in a lot of trouble next season. ;)

87Posted by Pat D. on May 14, 2006

"Roy: "Man, i'd be all over that if I wasn't dating Pam"

Yep, thats the essence of Roy, dumb as a post."

Thank you, Pat D. That's exactly right. And I know some people who are dumb as posts who are still not as selfish and ignorant as Roy is.

88Posted by Michelle on May 14, 2006

yeah, doesn't Carol think Dwight and Michael are gay together?

"This neighborhood is gay-friendly"

89Posted by John D'arc on May 14, 2006

I've never posted before, although I visit this site faithfully, best Office site out there. I wasn't into this show at first, but my husband loved it and I finally turned around. Now, I am a bigger fan than he is. Regarding Jim and Pam...I hope she realizes that each of us only has one life, and if possible you should spend it with your soul mate. Either way, someone is going to get hurt and there is no way to avoid it. I'm sure she has stayed with Roy out of habit, obligation since they have come this far, and possibly there is some love there, though not as strong as her love for Jim. Marriages that happen for the wrong reasons rarely last. It's going to be very interesting to see what happens. If she marries Roy then I'm sure Jim will just exit her life. I don't see him chasing a married woman. I predicted that "Casino Night" was near Jim's trip and she would have just gotten on the plane with him to Australia. Of course..that would be a rotten thing for her to do to Roy. I loved the ending though. Great Kiss.

90Posted by Tammie Rico-Hamby on May 14, 2006

LOL, I was reading comments on Toby's myspace page, and came upon this treat posted by somebody named Lisa:

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Pam: I have good cards.

Jim: Do you?

Pam: Yeah, and i'm going to take you all in.

(Lisa) i'm too dirty minded.

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Heehee, I never thought of that "interpretation". Maybe there's hope for me yet.

91Posted by Pat D. on May 14, 2006

GREAT recap. I got to relive the show yet again :-)

92Posted by Carly on May 14, 2006

I agree, this was a spectacular recap. Brought to mind another question, though: what do you think Pam was about to say ("Listen, Jim...") before The Kiss cut her off? Possibilities:

-"Listen, Jim, I'm really sorry about what happened out there"

-"Listen, Jim, I'm gonna need some time to think about this..."

-"Listen, Jim, I love you with the firey passion of a thousand suns."
...oh, sorry, that last one was me ; )

93Posted by Chloe-o on May 14, 2006

Great recap. Very insightful.

But there is one thing missing... Creed needs his own section.

94Posted by EatFood on May 14, 2006

From Chloe: "-"Listen, Jim, I love you with the firey passion of a thousand suns."
...oh, sorry, that last one was me ; )

I like this one the best ;-) Passion of a thousand suns...

95Posted by Michelle on May 14, 2006

HB - You mentioned in a post that you made a Dwight widget...how can I get my hands on that???

Thanks :-)

96Posted by Carly on May 14, 2006

I really hope they don't end up turning Roy into a bad guy. I hope he really was "tired" and not cheating on Pan or something. Speaking of which, does anyone else feel that the writers shot their collective wad giving us this awesome season finale? I mean, the tension was the best part of the show. Now that this has happened, and it's out in the open, I don't think it'll be the same anymore. Pam doesnt know Jim is going to transfer, right? He was trying to tell her in the parking lot, and he changed his mind. You can see he is gesturing behind him like "I was just talking to Jan, and.." but then he lets out his feelings.

And yes, I think it was funny that the most expected thing caught us off guard so well. I mean, we are used to Jim not saying his feelings, and pussyfooting around his problems. He doesn't assert himself at all. I expected him to tell Pam he was transferring, and maybe that would be it (maybe she would ask why and then he would have to explain why), but when he just said it, I was shocked. I think this was the first time either Jim or Pam stopped messing around, and just said how they feel. It was refreshing.

97Posted by John D'arc on May 14, 2006

Chloe said:
"Listen, Jim, I love you with the firey passion of a thousand suns."
...oh, sorry, that last one was me ; )

Lol. That's funny! My guess would be:

"Listen, Jim, I have the greatest news! Roy just asked Katie out on a date, so I guess you and I can hook up!"

He he. Sorry, couldn't help myself. Okay but more seriously:

"Listen, Jim, I'm really sorry if I hurt your feelings in the parking lot. I really didn't mean to. I really hope we could still be friends. I don't know what I'd do without your friendship."

98Posted by Kenneth on May 14, 2006

A supersized episode deserves a supersized recap, and James, you delivered that in spades.

flotsette really did hit the nail on the head -- the very thing that no one saw coming turned out to be the simplest outcome.

When Jenna said "no one's gotten it right so far," she wasn't kidding!

Oh, by the way, I am one of those people who have no idea what "I am going to drop a deuce on everybody" means. And after Michael said it, I still have no idea.

Again, James, fantastic recap. Well worth waiting for. Hope you got some sun this weekend. ;)

99Posted by tanster on May 14, 2006

"...does anyone else feel that the writers shot their collective wad..? I mean, the tension was the best part of the show...I don't think it'll be the same anymore."

I don't know if I entirely agree. You're right, the JAM tension will have shifted, but there will be tension between them no matter what the outcome. If Pam does leave Roy, she and Jim will have pressure from all the people around them, watching their relationship under a microscope. Pressure about whether or not to be open about it, or to play it more like Dwangela. The pressure of judgement from the likes of Angela. Not to MENTION the kind of tension that will come of having a spurned knuckle head like Roy only one flight of stairs away at all times.

And if Pam DID say "I can't" (and, after multiplke watchings I saw no evidence of that) and pulls away, we'll have the tension of her regret, Jim's rejection, and his fear that Roy will find out and try to extract some kind of Neatherthal justice.

Either way, there's plenty of tension to come in season 3!

Other John, I couldn't disagree more: Roy's an insensitive, oafish boob. I'm pleased to see so many people who agree that Pam deserves better.

And woo hoo! I'm post 100! HAve a great summer everyone.

100Posted by Call me Creed on May 14, 2006

I believe Michael meant he was going to "drop a bomb" on everyone, which means to...have a big surprise or something, right? Well, "dropping a deuce" means to...leave a package in Michael's office, to put it lightly.

101Posted by John D'arc on May 14, 2006

Not to get of topic here, but this is for TERRI- I've only truly loved 3 shows in my whole life, and Northern Exposure was on one of them. I just wanted to say that I don't think the problem was that Joel and Maggie got together, I think it was a bigger problem that Joel turned into like a completely different person. It just didn't work with him as this kind, reflective, outdoorsy type character. He just wasn't the good guy, he was actually kind of the bad guy in way, but he had such a great arc because he became a better person as the show went on, which actually kinda sucked because he was so funny of a character the way he was. That's how I saw it anyways. Sorry to go off about an entirely different show here people.

102Posted by it has to be urine on May 14, 2006

I'm right there with you, GMMR. They definitely kept us on our toes with all of the potential endings. The actual ending (when it finally came) was abrupt in typical Office fashion, and yet, it still provided the appropriate closure.

Glad you all enjoyed the recap. And I did manage to get some sun, thanks for asking, tanster :). It was a warm day down here in the Peninsula.

103Posted by James on May 14, 2006

so this is my first time posting to any sort of tv oriented blog, but i love the office so much that i felt compelled. the finale was the highlight of my television-viewing life. michael's lesson in ebonics and the return of creed's preoccupation with soup were particular gems. it was so good in fact that i am really worried about the future. how can this possibly be topped?? won't we one day be looking back at season two and saying, "remember when"?

about roy, i think people are being a little harsh. he is not the dream guy that pam "deserves," but he does show occasional affection, and i think it was actually quite big of him to talk things out like an adult with jim. while jim and pam belong together, roy doesn't deserve to be cheated on or left standing at the alter.

which leads me to my last question/point. i am concerned that the writers are going to try to sneak something in to the beginning of next season to turn roy into a bad guy so that our image of pam doesn't have to be sullied. maybe pam returns home early to find him in bed with a mistress (katie?)... maybe there is something between roy and angela (not only did roy choose angela for "who would you do," but angela also commented that she would choose roy over jim if she were in pam's position)... maybe pam decides to go through with the wedding and roy cheats on her during his alluded-to bachelor party... the writers have left us with so many potentially juicy loose ends that will no-doubt be woven. i think i'll spend this summer getting other people addicted to the show so that i can have some company in the fall.

104Posted by Antimony on May 14, 2006

Excellent recap, James. Very well thought out, I can tell you spent a lot of time on it. I like your interpretation of the poker hand and Jim's conversation with Jan as pivotal moments in the evening. I hadn't even thought of that aspect, and believe me, I've thought about it a lot. It's funny that you remarked on Jim not seeing Pam in a dress very often, because one thought that kind of struck me is that when a girl dresses up like that, it's always for someone else. I think even if she wasn't consciously doing it, some small part of her wanted to look good for Jim.

105Posted by Catherine Zeta-Jones on May 14, 2006

Wow, awesome recap, James, and a Supersized photo section to boot! I really appreciate all the work you put into this site, and I've really enjoyed visiting it almost daily this season.

106Posted by Lori on May 15, 2006

is it a spoiler if you give you opinion that is based on something vague that you read somewhere once at that place where you went that time?

have i lost you already?

okay, here's what i think...i remember reading somewhere (and this makes complete sense) that some time soon the "documentary" will be airing for all to see...isn't that how it went down in the original BBC version? also the creators of the BBC version will be writing an episode in Season 3...

i think we're going to see what happens when THEY see what happens and the only two people who KNOW what happened will be jim and pam...

talk about tension!

also, i don't think the writers will be as protective of pam as you think...remember when jim acted like a bit of a shmuck to katie (just broke up with her without warning or lead-up on the booze cruise)? jim and pam, as much as we love them together, have crossed the line and the only reason we are giving them leeway is that roy is a bit of a {fill in blank here}...

i can see jim leaving for stamford and not looking back, assuming the wedding went on as scheduled (not knowing that pam called it off for "no reason"), finding out what happened after he left courtesy of the documentary for ALL to see, and then finding his way back to pam (maybe a consolidation of scranton and stamford branches as it was in the original)? also, roy will find out the real reason pam left him -- or at least the straw that broke the camel's back...

only four and a half months (but who's counting) until we find out...:)

107Posted by Jane on May 15, 2006

Great recap, as always. :)

108Posted by Jacki on May 15, 2006

James~ Thanks for all the great screen shots! Northern Attack is my favorite website! Have a great summer!

109Posted by Teala373 on May 15, 2006

Oh, so that's what dropping a deuce means! I had no idea.

Thanks, John D'arc!

110Posted by Jennie on May 15, 2006

Hey, this is a bit off topic, but I was looking the other day for any news on a Season Two DVD, and came across this.

anyone have any ideas?

111Posted by Sarah on May 15, 2006

Sarah,

If you look at the picture, it says season one on the dvd case. Also, there is only one disc and it only has three and a quarter hours of material. There are several typos in that write-up, which makes me think that the title is a typo as well, unfortunately.

Jenna Fisher said in her blog on myspace (I think) that they hadn't recorded any commentaries for the 2nd season yet, and she's not sure when that will be done.

112Posted by Beth on May 15, 2006

John-I personally don't find Roy to be that bad, but I wouldn't call him a great guy either. It's easy for Jim to be the good guy because he doesn't have the girl. A few years of living with Pam, watching her say yes to everybody, rarely taking a stand on anything real, would make most guys an ignorer, even a guy like Jim. Roy and Pam are not right for each other. That doesn't make Roy a bad guy, and it doesn't make Pam a pathetic woman. Roy needs a more self confidant and assertive woman . Pam needs a man more in touch with emotions with a little more depth and understanding. Jim is not the average guy, and he is by no means perfect. He has a tendency to be condescending, snotty, and gossipy; which I find to be a huge turnoff. Sure he's not that way with Pam, but the way a man treats others around him (especially the mentally and morally inferior) should be important to a woman when looking for a lifetime mate. I would've told him to stop gossiping and stop looking down on people long ago if he were my friend. The majority of Jim's witty remarks are based on other people's stupidity, which is another huge turnoff. Is Jim really that witty around intelligent people, or is he just witty with stupid people around to be the butt of his comments? I think both Jim and Pam have a lot of personal faults (as do we all) that they both seem to be blinded to in the other. Pam isn't suddenly going to become more strong and self confidant just because she leaves Roy, and Jim is not going to suddenly become positive and accepting of others because he finally gets his chance with Pam. I can't wait to see what happens next season!

113Posted by courtny on May 15, 2006

Anytime I start thinking that Pam's getting a raw deal from Roy, I remind myself that Pam has stuck with him for several years.

Why wouldn't Roy feel pretty secure with her?

After I watched the parking lot scene again (and again and again), I noticed that Pam, before she finally says "I can't", takes kind of gasps.

Personally, I think that right there, in that instant, she was thisclose to saying "I'm in love with you too." But she just couldn't do it. Too much at stake.

114Posted by Steve in Houston on May 15, 2006

courtny, I kinda disagree with you on how Jim is. It's not the stupidity that he is making cracks about I don't feel, it is the forwardness, the ignorance and insensitivity of the person that is bringing on the remarks or cracks. It's one thing for someone be mentally inferior and/or morally questionable and keep more to themselves or not start any trouble. It's another thing for these people to try and control or influence a bunch of people (such as an office environment) the way Michael and Dwight try to do. I mean Healthcare, Email Surveillance, the Dundies, Diversity Day? Micheal and Dwight are openely ingorant and insensitive in forum type surroundings all the time. Jim is not just making cracks at some random ignorant person whos is keeping to themselves. And Jim is witty around other more intelligent people, Pam for instance. And plenty of moments with other members of the office. And Pam would not be the way she is with Roy if she was with Jim. Pam is in a controlling relationship with Roy and it's hard to just break any type of cycle you have in a long relationship, especially when the other person keeps reinforcing it. And she doesn't say yes to everyone all the time, she says no to her boss on many occasions for instance.

115Posted by it has to be urine on May 15, 2006

Did anyone else notice that Roy was driving a much better truck then he has before. He used to drive a 90s Ford Ranger (as seen in "Hot Girl") and in this episode he is driving a late model Dodge Ram which would cost significantly more then the Ranger.

116Posted by Eric on May 15, 2006

I also think Jim can be very sensitive to Michael and to Dwight. Examples: When he was hosting a party at his house and Michael was making a fool of himself singing with karaoke (sp?), Jim got up and sang with him. In the "Injury" episode, Jim took control of the situation and sought medical help for Dwight.

117Posted by CJ on May 15, 2006

Oh, one more thing about Pam. I agree she is in a controlling relationship. Wasn't there an episode when Roy grabbed her arm or she tried to pull away or something. I can't remember the episode. It seems he is almost borderline abusive at times. And he certainly put her down when she brought up the subject of going to art school. Not supportive of her in any way.

118Posted by CJ on May 15, 2006

Roy lost any positive feelings on my end in "Basketball" when he says,"Tip it my way or you'll be sleeping in the car"(or whatever. I don't really quote Roy much, so..). Any guy who would make jokes like that about his girlfriend/fiance/wife is obviously not so nice. I mean, he takes pleasure in humiliating her.. that's not being "a guy's guy" - that's what being a punk is!

I would imagine that Jim, hanging out with friends, would still be friendly and decent - whereas Roy is the type or who would get drunk and make sexist comments..

And I think basically the writers and producers of this show are all brilliant, so surely they'll play this in a way that's satisfying AND hilarious!

Annnd this is my favorite website ever!

119Posted by Melissa on May 15, 2006

In my earlier post about Roy I forgot to mention this: (Sorry if it's already been discussed) Roy approached Kevin (Casino Night) and asked his band to play at their wedding. Kevin asked if Pam said it was okay. Roy replied, "Whatever." Completely dismissing any possible input from Pam. Once again the message from Roy is that her thoughts/feelings don't count and she isn't to be consulted in any decision making. Great start for a marriage. Not.

120Posted by CJ on May 15, 2006

I just really hope that they don't make Roy a full on bad guy. He's spent the last two seasons being the oafish, inconsiderate jerk we know and don't love. But he isn't really a bad guy. He's faithful (that we know of), and he's known Pam for what probably seems like forever. I don't want the writers to say "Well, we shot our wad. Let's make Roy cheat on Pam!" The smart thing to do, to increase show longevity, would be to make Roy not know about it, and to sort of make the audience take his side. Not take his side, but be more empathetic towards him. Because as much as we love JAM, it's wrong. She is almost taken. Yes yes, BFD, but you get my point.

121Posted by John D'arc on May 15, 2006

I think Roy is a bad guy. Not evil or anything, just bad. Too many examples to list of how unsopportive, and demeaning, and controlling he can be. I too hope that he didn't or isn't having an affair either though because it would make Pam's decision, if she ever makes the decision, to really leave Roy not even an actual decision. It's much more powerful if she makes the decision to break it off, to say right now that this just isn't right. As opposed to Roy basically making the decision by being unfaithful.

122Posted by it has to be urine on May 15, 2006

Hi James, I don't post here much but want to say that I love your recaps! Thanks for all the work you do on it.

This finale was fabulous. I myself am also a little anxious though as to how they will handle the Jim/Pam/Roy relationship next season. I just couldn't handle a let down, it would truly break my heart! They better do it right! But I have faith in them. :)

123Posted by Theresa on May 15, 2006

As far as Roy goes, I think we have to credit the show for making his (and everyone else's) character believable.

No one on the show is painted black & white....they do have faults, they're all human. But don't read too much into Roy. I think the creators basically wanted to make a character who clearly isn't right for Pam.

I don't think the writers are out to garner sympathy for Roy in season #3. I don't think he'll be cheating on Pam with Angela, or anything else that could be a cliché plot twist. I hope the writers stay true to the 'everyday' feel of the show, and have Roy continue to take Pam for granted, & obviously become antagonistic towards Jim. He's not a major character on the show, so I don't expect him to do anything out of the ordinary. I expect maybe a half-assed plea to take him back, because his ego's gonna be smashed.

I highly doubt we will be made to feel sorry for him, considering this is a character who told Jim he doesn't like listening to Pam "Yatter-on" all evening about stuff....and left her at a hockey game on their first date.

Sorry for rambling. First post. Love the website, LOVE the show, season 3 can't come fast enough.

124Posted by M@ on May 16, 2006

so, this is my first post ever on this site, and i must say, i absolutely love the show and this site. great combination, kind of like strawberry kiwi, and peanut butter and chocolate...

anyways, i'm not sure if anyone caught this, cause i haven't seen it in any of the posts, but i noticed a few things about the episode that are quite important to the whole jam issue.

1. michael and his two dates were a great analogy to jim and pam. he even says: "love triangle. drama. and the hero gets the girl. who saw that coming. i did." jim is obviously the hero, and pam does love both guys. a tip of the hat to steve as a writer.

2. when roy is saying goodnight to pam (by the way, what kind of boyfriend leaves his girlfriend at a great party...especially if she is looking good?!?) he tells jim to "take care of pam", which i'm sure he could do a better job of doing...

3. did everyone miss the fact that pam is using jim's phone to call her mom??

4. lastly... she definitely says "hey".

so...again, love the show, love this site. what a great two seasons.... i can't believe i'll have to do without the office for the whole summer!

125Posted by rolo on May 17, 2006

oh yeah... i also forgot another thing about the love triangle analogy:

when jan leaves carol and michael talk about how great jan is ad how everyone likes her and such.... jan is like roy... good guy, and pretty much everyone likes him... but there's definitely better.... cough.... jim.

126Posted by rolo on May 17, 2006

About the Roy thing, he's probably a decent guy and short of the "toss it my way or you'll be sleeping in the car" thing he seems pretty much alright, he's just kind of selfish and clueless, like with asking Kevin to play at the wedding without asking Pam (by the way, if you do that and your fiancee gets a hold of a gun she will shoot you), or the video iPod he promised her for Chistmas and in The Injury we see her with the big bulky "indestructible" mp3 player that Roy "got her for Christmas"..

I think the writers are painting him as a pretty regular guy, just not good enough for her and not as good as someone else..

127Posted by HB on May 17, 2006

good spot rolo! i DID notice that pam was calling the moms from jim's desk, which made it all the easier and sexier for him to plant the best-kiss-ever on her.

my vote for the "mystery words" that pam may or may not mouth after the kiss? if anything, i like the "the camera" idea. jim makes a kind of "holy crap" and then "oh yeah, crap!" kind of face right at they step away from each other. i'm sure that i've convinced my brain that this is what is being said, but my brain is totally mush after watching this episode (and all others) over and over again on my tiny iPod screen.

but i like this idea that she mentions the camera, because that means she doesn't say "i can't" or anything else that is negative.

i imagine next season will HAVE to return to the little moments between pam and jim. perhaps pam will come to jim the next day, say something like "i had been drinking, i love roy, we are friends, etc." even though she DOES love him and want him, she is too afraid to do so. and jim will accept it because he loves her so much, he respects her choice, even though he knows it isn't dishonest. THEN jim will start the transfer process. maybe he can't transfer for a few months? paperwork? some sort of waiting. and in that time, lots of small moments between the two. lots of tension. and then, another season finale where jim is about to leave, and we are faced with PAM's turn to tell him how we all know she really feels.

or we come back to season three and jam have fled scranton together, never to be seen again! although i doubt that one.

128Posted by fonzie on May 17, 2006

The timeline for this series has sorta been moving along in real time... so what will that do for the proposed June wedding?

Will Season 3 of our favorite show begin this fall with events still unfolding in May & June? I guess it would have to, wouldn't it?

129Posted by Jean on May 17, 2006

Roy is not a horrible guy, but he's not decent either. It seems to me more often then not, when we see him interacting with Pam, something negative comes out of it. Decent guys don't do this crap.

1. Won't let Pam go out when she wants, for no reason.

2. Won't let her do things she wants with her life that could further her career or that she thinks are cool (internship)

3."tip it my way or youre sleeping in the car"

4. Nothing for Valentines day, except the best sex of Pams life ofcourse

5. Leaving the Dundies without asking Pam what she wants to do.

6. "Whatever, I'm in charge of picking the band"

7. He's glad Pam has a friend like Jim to talk to so he doesn't have to here her yammering away at home.

8. Talks about how he would be all over other girls if he wasn't "dating" Pam, when they are engaged ofcourse, and right in front of Pam he does this.

9. The way he laughs at Pam when Katy asks if she was a cheerleader and Roy says no, she was all artsy-fartsy.

10. Leaving her at the hockey game on their first date.

I don't think he is a normal guy, he's a normal jerk.

130Posted by it has to be urine on May 17, 2006

I don't think he is a normal guy, he's a normal jerk.

My next bumper sticker...really.

131Posted by Michelle on May 17, 2006

James, you are an excellent writer. Many other folks have already complemented you on your ability to analyze a scene or hone in on a not-so-obvious message and I wanted to add to the praise by letting you know that I've really enjoyed reading your commentaries because of your writing. Your comments are very smart and delighfully funny. Granted, the show is good and may be easy to work off of as certain jokes or moments are even funnier or more poignant after you hear them or see them for a second time, but, your comments present all of it in a rather brilliant light. Not only would I not interpret a phrase as you do (e.g. Kelly, Kobe, and Ryan getting her off his hands), but, I would miss a theme or character quirk (e.g. Michael's proverbs) if you didn't point it all out.

I've visited your site regularly since early season 2 but this is my first post. I was finally compelled to post because I read your Casino Night commentary, looked at the last few entries once again to consider the continuity issue, and realized that your commentaries are
(a) a huge component of The Office "experience" for me (clearly, for a lot of other Office fans as well) and
(b) elevate the "experience." They are a sort of "fine finish" for each episode. I would not be be able to properly "see" or completely "get" an episode without reading what you wrote afterwards.

Also, I just introduced my brother to this site. He watches the show religiously but hasn't had the time to practice his religion, so to speak, through NA and related sites. He commented on how you were spotty on entries for season 1 and early season 2. I responded with, "I think he had to fleece it out." I'm not sure if I used the phrase correctly but I can't be more incorrect than Michael in its usage.

132Posted by ArkM on May 17, 2006

did anyone notice if Pam was wearing her engagement ring after the confession? She was twisting it afterwards like she wanted to take it off. The rest of the show seemed to be shot in a way that obscured her left hand.

133Posted by Tex on May 17, 2006

I have to agree wholeheartedly with everything ArkM just said.

And Tex, yes she was still wearing it. You can see her left hand kneading the phone cord at the very beginning of that scene, and the ring is still there.

134Posted by Beth on May 17, 2006

ArkM, thank you for that incredible compliment. Wow. I'm not even sure I can come up with a worthy response. I'm constantly second-guessing myself when I write my recaps (Am I stating the obvious? Am I going too far with the sarcasm? Do I have a point?). The fact that you would go to such great lengths to praise my writing blew me away, quite literally. I am tremendously flattered by your thanks, and I can only hope that my future recaps are as helpful to your Office experience.

In regards to the comment from your brother, you're absolutely right: it took me a little while to settle on an approach for writing the recaps. I didn't hit my stride until around Christmas Party, and I just built up momentum from there. I actually joined the Office crowd somewhat late. I didn't really get into the show until it was already a couple weeks into Season Two (I picked up the Season One DVD and was hooked immediately). NA didn't launch until early October, and Halloween was my inaugural recap. Pilot, Diversity Day and The Dundies were all written retroactively, and I hope to fill in the remaining gaps at some point in the future.

Again, I am profoundly appreciative of your message. Thank you again.

135Posted by James on May 17, 2006

Just a long shot here, but it's been knocking around in my brain since last Thursday night. Do you think Roy is playing a game with Pam... He doesn't really want to get married. He dragged the engagement out and then only set a date when he was drunk. A couple times Pam has implied that she's doing the work of planning the wedding. In one episode she commented that "all Roy had to do was find a place for the reception..." or something like that. In Casino Night he was more interested in the bachelor party. He is making it really easy for Pam and Jim to have time together. Could it be that Roy is hoping she'll dump him (he'd have to be blind not to see the way Pam and Jim look at each other), so that he gets out of marriage to Pam and yet not come out as the "bad guy"? This way, he puts the onus on Pam, he gets what he really wants (freedom) and still looks like the victim to everyone else. Or maybe Roy isn't that devious? Any comments?

136Posted by CJ on May 18, 2006

This is from Roy's myspace page, so I don't know exactly how seriously I should take this, but regarding his not really wanting to get married:

"I've been dating my fiance Pam since highschool... She really wants to get married so we set a date for sometime in June... should make her happy. That's about it."

Just something to chew on.

137Posted by Carly on May 18, 2006

I meant to include in the previous post that Roy doesn't sound too jazzed or excited about the prospect of a wedding himself - just that he's doing it for Pam because SHE wants it.

138Posted by Carly on May 18, 2006

Great site here, James. You may fear for your manhood watching that scene too many times but I had try to figure out what they were saying so I waded in. The first hundred or so times I was convinced that Pam was saying "I can't" and Jim replied "Can't?" but now I don't think so.

The key is to look at their facial expressions. Pam appears to gesture to her right when she's saying whatever it is. I don't know if she says 'camera' but, when you crank the sound up, it sure sounds like a word that starts with a hard 'c.'

The real key is to look at Jim's face. He does not appear to be saying anything despairingly. His eyes get bigger and chin pulls back as if he's saying something like "d'oh". He continues to look directly a Pam. OK, on to the Zapruder Film...

139Posted by Jim Canterbury on May 18, 2006

Just so y'all know, Fleece it Out shirts are available.

http://www.cafepress.com/fleeceitout

140Posted by fleece it out on May 19, 2006

Wow, ArkM, you couldn't have put what I've been trying to explain to my husband more clearly if you came over and stared to his eyes when you typed it.

I, too, have been following NA for quite awhile, silently observing in the background. But I had to chime in and agree with you. It's funny, because as excited as I get about watching the office, I have started to reach the same level of excitement coming here to read the recaps. My husband doesn't quite get it yet, but he will. I'm working diligently on converting him (he's currently under the mistaken impression that 33 year old moms aren't supposed to crush on TV stars - I know in his mind this site is set up like some old Teen Beat magazine).

Keep up the fantastic work, James. I'll be as excited to read your recaps of Season 3 as I am about the fall opener - will Jim and Pam finally get together and make Jelly? Will Angela and Dwight come out of the closet? And will NA continue to take my love of the office to a new level? Of these questions, I am sure only that the latter will be a resounding yes!

141Posted by Michele Bekemeyer on May 21, 2006

That was pretty awesome. I was really impressed by the quality of Jim's confession to Pam- he didn't back down, he didn't shy away from the awkwardness, but he also didn't take any of the more underhanded routes he could have, by which I mean, mentioning Roy. Also, for what it's worth, I think the question at the end from Pam's mom has to be 'are you in love with him'. In that kind of conversation, the first thing her mom (or any female friend) is going to do is get the important facts straight, and that's the biggie. Also, Kudos to Jim for finally asking Jan the important question: why did she hook up with Michael?

142Posted by Elizabeth on May 22, 2006

In a TV Guide podcast from a while ago, Jenna mentions talk of the end of season 2 kiss!
http://www.officetally.com/?p=152

143Posted by Patrick on May 23, 2006

"jim is great. being with him just takes away all the stress of planning my wedding".... most ironic line ever

144Posted by LolaLu on May 23, 2006

thanks patrick! listened to the interview but i have a comment, lol, i love jenna fischer, but have any of you noticed how in this interview and pretty much every other interview we hear her in (joseph and joseph podcast) she goes on for daaaayyysss just talking and talking lol. she's adorable but good lord! her poor husband lol.

145Posted by BBC1 on May 23, 2006

"she's adorable but good lord! her poor husband lol."

Yeah, I bet she's all "blah, blah blah, blah blah" when she gets home.

[/irony]

146Posted by Nathan on May 23, 2006

Hi! Please excuse my english... (I'm a french canadian!!!)

It's my first time in this forum. I watch all the office shows by the cable. I'm in love with this show and expecting a long life for them!

I'm so pleased that Jim told every thing about is love to Pam.
It's was a BIG BIG TV moment. It's always turning on my head (i'm so romantic!) and hopefuly continue in the season 3. In a good way, like comedy should be...

Thank you guys!

Big kiss from Québec XXX

147Posted by Julie from Québec Canada on May 31, 2006

I've been re-watching the last episode and thinking about how the Jim/Pam saga will continue after this startling ending. I don't know if I'm misinterpreting things, but I saw some possibility in the fact that Roy hires Kevin's band without Pam's permission. This along with John's kiss might augment the doubt already in Pam's mind about marrying Roy.
I don't think this kiss resolved much though. Pam would never clandestinely see Jim while she's engaged. The only way their romance will come to fruition is if Pam breaks up with Roy.
There's one question which really lingers in my mind: Will Jim tolerate the accumulation of more small moments or was this an irrevocable turning point? Will Jim wait any longer for Pam if her ambivalence continues?

148Posted by David on June 4, 2006

I am probably alone here, but for some strange reason I find Michael's odd relationships very peculiar and interesting at the same time. How could such an over achiever like Jan be attracted to someone like Michael Scott? JAM is great, but it wouldn't be the end of the world if that were to peter out.

149Posted by Joel on June 4, 2006

Maybe this is just heresay, but I was watching an online E! interview with Jenna Fischer, and she said that people would be screaming at their tv sets at the first episode of season 3. And not in a good way. Sad.

I imagine Roy would like Todd Packer, so it would be great if they met somehow, just to add to the list of why Pam shouldn't marry Roy.

To add to the much debated "I can't/Camera" I think she does say camera and nods her head towards it and Jim says something along the line of "yikes."

As a side note, Jim in a sweater is the hottest he's ever been.

150Posted by Elisabeth on June 5, 2006

Oh, Elisabeth, say it ain't so!!!

And you have it absolutely correct - Jim in a sweater is very hot!

Has anyone heard about when season 2 will come out on DVD? I need to clear out my DVR. LOL

151Posted by MichBek on June 7, 2006

this page is AWESOME by the way and i love reading everyone's comments and knowing i am not the only Office-obsessed fan out there!! : ) BEST SHOW EVER!!

anyway, after reading these coments, i started wondering what pam says at the end of the "Casino Night" episode (I didn't even notice the first time i watched the episode back in may)

so, i watched "casino night" again last night, since all the season 2 episodes are airing again, and i rewound that last scene (i have tivo) where pam says something at the end...i think she says, "I'm late."

That would be SO NOT GOOD, but i think that is what she says. UGHHH!!

152Posted by laura on July 7, 2006

Jenna Fischer has confirmed on her MySpace blog that there is no dialogue after the kiss in Casino Night. Hope this clears things up for some people. :)

153Posted by Kyra on July 11, 2006

I just thought of something. Maybe when the camera crew shows the things they have filmed, they will show the casino night kiss, and what happened after the kiss ended. That would be really cool. =) Then we could see what she had to say to Jim afterward.

154Posted by yogibear on July 16, 2006

Pam shouldn't dump Roy for Jim because she's already taken? Yikes. I think that right before a huge mistake would be the best time to realize and correct a huge mistake.

155Posted by Trent on July 27, 2006

[...] Robert says he loves to recycle. He recycles, “plastic, paper, ex-boyfriends.” Kayne is taking all the bottle caps off the bottles and is relating how comfortable in the trash. After all he grew up in white trash (his words, not mine) and used to dumpster dive for fun. This explains so many things about the way that he choose to be that I now understand. [That’s an intentional Office misquote] Laura is wondering if she can make fur trim out of paper shreds, and Vincent tells the world that he’s going to make the opposite of trash out of his materials. He’s going to make art. He’s telling us this now, in case we don’t recognize it as such when it comes down the runway. [...]

156Posted by Previously On… on August 17, 2006

Well, seeing as The Office starts back up on September 21st, this episode is pretty pivotal.
Now, don't start thinking any crazy things, because I am the SUPER Jam supporter, and I think both Jenna and John shone like bright stars (yay for similies) in this one, and John...I mean, he cried. There were freakin' tears in his eyes after Pam said...whatever lame excuse she thought of. But...
lots of people (like four) think this episode wasn't as good as others, and it doesn't deserve to be #1 at OfficeTally.
I don't agree. James was totally right in that the starting sequence was one of (if not the best) the best opening sequences in the whole show, and it continued with having each character's hillarious moment (even if some of them were small, but I think everyone got good screen time) just rounding them out even more. I have to say, poor Jan. (And Jim, but he got the kiss. I'm not even sure why Jan kissed Michael in the first place. Like she said, it was really late...)
A lot of people think "The Injury" or "The Fire" deserve better kudos than "Casino Night", because the Jam 'hype' just made it popular.
In The Office, there are times to be really insane silly, and times to bawl your eyes out (like in "Take Your Daughter To Work Day"), and I think "Casino Night" balanced both of those perfectly, adding a little fangirl squeal at the end of the episode with The Kiss. Yes, maybe it wasn't as EXTREMELY silly as others, but it was still silly and made me laugh, but the serious/bawling eye parts were the best so far (and I'm not saying that just because Jim finally told her. Even though I kinda am...)

So, all in all, "Casino Night" gets a 12/10 in my book. ;)

157Posted by Elena on September 6, 2006

man i loved the casino night episode. it was amazing. the ending with pam and jim was something i didn't expect coming from a lighthearted sitcom/mockumentary. the acting was so real. can't wait for the premiere this thursday. xD

158Posted by Megan on September 17, 2006

This is my first post to this awesome site.I am totally hooked on this cool show,I'm so gald I'm not the only one who's this obsessed!! My Mom is into as much as I am. As for Casino Night,here is what I think might have happened in the last scene (I don't think some will want to hear this)-Jim was pretty crestfallen following his huge cofession to Pam. I wonder if The Kiss was Pam's daydreaming and didn't actuallly occur in reality? Just a thought.I just don't think after being rejected like that,that Jim would have quickly gone over to her and kissed her like that. I think he probably might have just gotten drunk w/friends. If this is true,it does show Pam's true feelings.as for Roy,he is DEFINITELY borderline abusive and Pam is probably afraid to leave him for good. Can't wait 'til season3!!!

159Posted by Katrina on September 19, 2006

Just another thing to add about Casino Night. I think several people were too hard on Pam reagarding her response to Jim. She really was taken aback about hearing what he said to her.Yes it was alittle cold,but we need to give her a break.She's ENGAGED,she's not just casually dating Roy. Don't get me wrong,I'm totally a JAM fan,and want them together too.It's just not that simple.She's been w/Roy for years and years and has probably gotten close to his family.We just need to give Pam more of a break here.Jim is definitely a MUCH BETTER catch than Roy will ever be. But the talented writers are doing this as if it were real life,so be patient.

160Posted by Katrina on September 19, 2006

So many wonderful posts here, and I tried to read all of them. However, I didn't see listed what I suspect will happen, so I want to record it for posterity.

I believe Roy and Katey (purse girl) started something on the Booze Cruise, and the reason Roy is driving off is to go meet up with her. On the cruise, Roy and Katey both shared that reliving-high-school thing, and Pam and Jim were just obviously on another page. Plus, Katey was so desperate for a relationship like that.

Pam will find out about Roy and Katey and not marry Roy. Since we know from Jenna's blog that Roy is wearing a ring in a photo from the season premiere, I'm really hoping it's from his marriage to someone Katey (or that he forgot to remove his personal ring).

(The Angela/Roy angle is so interesting!)

161Posted by Angela on September 19, 2006