On Sunday, I sucked it up and bought Season Two of "The Office" (NBC)
from Costco and have been getting through the episodes gradually. The
last one I’d gotten to see was the Christmas party episode, but I’d somehow
missed three episodes earlier in the season… so that was a nice
I *do* like the little blips of humanity and sincerity that
occasionally shine through Michael’s otherwise-omnipresent stupidity.
At the end of the Hallowe’en episode with the trick-or-treaters; at the
ice skating rink when he gives his Realtor’s kids a ride across the
ice; on the boat when he tells Jim to "never give up"; after he listens
to himself as a child say that he wants to grow up and get married and
have 100 kids so that he can have 100 friends and none of them can say
no to being his friend.
I’m tearing up again. It’s that week, yeah, but I also *just* watched
the final episode. And, I’d known ahead of time that Jim *tells* Pam,
but I didn’t know about the final scene. I choked up during his
confession (especially since I knew what she was going to say), but
then the ending came and there was spillage.
(Side note/backtrack: now I’m wondering if it was deliberate on the writers’
part, that most of Michael’s sympathetic moments occur with kids
So… perfect timing, really, since Season Three begins on Thursday. Yay!
And was the editing not *perfect* for the end of "The Carpet," when all of Jim’s office voicemails from Pam are playing? Oh. Oh!
And her skip as she follows Jim to the vending machine so he can buy
the jinx-breaking Coke? I love that skip! I know that skip! Many a time
did I skip through Ex-Co.’s office in such a fashion. I’d say I miss
the people I worked with there, but the ones I had a great friendship
with then? I’m still friends with them now.
Except, wait, what if Pam really *isn’t* attracted to Jim in that way?
Yes, she kissed him back, but… maybe she was just being passive? And
confused? Passivity and confusion are never a good combination . In all
of her personal interviews, she’s never talked about Jim in a way that
could be misleading, whereas Jim has, on a number of occasions, implied
his attraction to Pam (as well as full-out confessed it). Or, it could have been a sympathy kiss. Remember "Love Actually," near the end, when Juliet runs out and kisses Mark? Sympathy kisses, they do exist.
Some people on the message boards (I was trying to find out when S3
begins, shut up) argue that of course Pam has deeper, if not
subconscious, feelings for Jim and argue that her strangled phone
confession to her mother– "I don’t know, Mom, he’s my best friend…
yeah, he’s great… yeah, I think I am"– is proof, and "I think I am"
meant "I think I’m in love with him."
But she never identifies Jim by name (ever! I just replayed the
scene!), and who’s to say she doesn’t consider her fiance a best
friend? And even if in that instance, she was referring to Jim, it
doesn’t mean her mother’s last question wasn’t something like, "But are
you still going to marry Roy?"
Or, "Well, sweetheart, you’re just going to have to tell Jim that it can’t ever be that way between you two."
Don’t get me wrong– if they were real people, I’d *want* them
together. But as show characters? The romantic tension makes for more
Still, no "Lost" for me, thanks. The bitterness of yonder days aside– as
stated before, I just can’t do slow-ass dramas, and I cannot emphasize
strongly enough the slow-assness of *that* drama. I’m just really,
really not a television person. Thankfully, I am a queen of encouraging
and engaging "Oh really! Wow! (I have no idea what you’re talking
about)" facial expressions that get me through the moments when group
conversations turn to whatever shows were on the night before.
 Trust. Me. The failure rate of going all "Dawson’s Creek" in real life is something like 72%, and that’s only reported statistics. Who *knows* the reality of the numbers of girls who just get flustered and break off the kiss and only say something like, "Oh, well, it’s late, busy day tomorrow, I should really get going– um, okay, ‘bye then, talk to you later" (leaving the ballsy guy not knowing anything of certainty); then smile or laugh uncomfortably, get into their cars, drive away, seamlessly manipulate future circumstances so that they are never alone with the guy, and then obscurely write about it years later on the Internet? 
 A good majority of my stronger friendships right now are with guys who are either a) taken or b) gay. So, you know, not a whole lot of opportunity for future-date-finding there, but I also avoid getting accused later on of attempted seducery. So, hey! Trade-off.