'The Office': Stop trying to be "Friends!"
However, this week, it seemed, the situation would finally find some resolution. The previous episode found us with Roy, Pam's ex-fiancee and now ex-boyfriend, declaring "I'm gonna kill Jim Halpert," after Pam admitted to him that she kissed Jim. Yes! Face-to-face action. Drama! Would viewers get some satisfaction?
Well, sorta and not. As promised, the most recent, Super-Sized episode did begin with the promised altercation between Jim and Roy, which was broken up before it actually began by a mace-wielding Dwight (the kind in the can, not the medieval weapon). Jim seemed dazed by the attack, while Pam, realizing what a little innocent flirting and indecisiveness hath wrought, apologized to him. The episode, here, instead of giving us a tender Pam and Jim wow-I-can't-believe-that-happened-now-we're-friends-again moment, showed us how bitter Jim really is with Pam. After all, she sort of led him around, made him put himself on the line, caused him to move out to Stamford, and then almost get punched. While not romantic, it can be argued that story-wise, it's a strong tack for the "Office" to take -- the genius of Ricky Gervais' original version of the show was its real-life awkwardness.
Speaking of which, now might be a good time for the show to return more to the glimpses of everyday, to break away from the ever-deepening relationships for a few episodes. "Will they won't they" is more for "Friends"--in the British version of the show, Tim and Dawn's (Martin Freeman and Lucy Davis) tension was a constant, but each episode didn't bring the harrowing tension of what new angle will the relationship might take. The minor characters of the US "Office" are really what bring the series its sparkle: Toby's (Paul Lieberstein) intros and outros to last week's rerun marathon brought some new laughs to old episodes. Bring on more Kelly, Meredith, Stanley,Toby, and Creed! There's never enough Creed.
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