Boys and Girls

Talk to me, Tivo: When Jan conducts a seminar for the female employees, Michael takes the guys to the warehouse for some male bonding.
Jaminess: 2 [3=Casino Night]

Jam Cam: Jan shows up at the office to talk to the women about…well, that isn’t really clear to Pam. The good news is that Michael isn’t allowed. The better news is that Pam is still able to roll her eyes when Jim looks over at her. Wait a minute…did Jim actually physically turn around to get a glance at the receptionist? Usually, it wouldn’t be a big deal since she’s in the line of sight of his computer, but he just totally turned around. Wow. That’s a crush for you.

But since the girls can’t have all the fun, Michael decides to get the guys together. Vacation to the warehouse! That is until Kevin tells Jim he thinks Roy knows about “the crush” and is going to beat Jim up. Thanks, Kev.

Upstairs, Pam doesn’t really understand how she fits in with the office women. She gets along with them, but the person she has the most in common with is…”Jim. Halpert.” Wait a minute, that sounded like Roy’s voice. Oh, it is. Roy decides that since Jim is on his turf now, it’s safe to confront Jim about his little crush. It’s ok though because Roy knows Jim is a good guy and the crush was a long time ago. Uh…whatever. Roy thinks it’s good that Jam are friends so Pam doesn’t “bah bah bah” when she comes home. Jim’s response? “I like talking to her, too.” What a difference these two have when it comes to how they see Pam.

For example, how would they view Pam’s dreams? According to her, she wants a house with a terrace and a husband that she loves…Roy. Thanks for clarifying that, Pam. Oh, and she likes to draw and would still like to do something like that. Yeah, Jan found someone with talent for corporate! Yes, but Pam can’t do it because… “There are always a million reasons not to do something,” says Jan. You mean like all the dumb million reasons why Pam won’t break up with Roy and run into Jim’s arms?

Down the warehouse, Roy is bitching about girls, i.e. Pam, who insist on going out to restaurants every weekend night and then complaining about when they are going on a date date. Jim says nothing but his look tells it all. “Roy is a completely idiotic douche. I would always take Pam on date dates.”

Jim can’t take the warehouse anymore and uses his voice mail as an excuse to go see what’s going on in the office. Pam uses this as an excuse to get out of her female bonding seminar and tell Jim they had to watch a movie about their changing bodies. What? Kidding. She really wants to talk to Jim about this possible art internship in New York. Without hesitation, Jim says she should do it and is excited about it because she’s excited about it.

Roy, on the other hand…not so excited. Meeting up in the kitchen, Jim can already tell she isn’t taking it and that her safe route isn’t what she wants. Rather than letting her wallow in her sorrows, Jim confronts her. It turns out Roy encouraged her not to do it, saying there’s no guarantee it will lead to anything anyway. The way Jim says “Roy said that,” is just dripping in bitterness and frustration. Jim doesn’t want her to be a receptionist there forever. Jim wants her to do what makes HER happy, which is one reason why Jim and Roy are so different and one reason Jim sounds so frustrated with Pam.

Jim knows Pam isn’t happy. She tries talking herself into believing her house with a terrace is an impractical dream because they don’t even make houses like that in Scranton. Then she starts crying and it’s hard to tell who is breaking our hearts more — Jim or Pam.

The Others: Remember on that episode of Lost when they met The Others? With Jan pulling all the women out to talk about girl stuff, the guys head down to the warehouse. Michael, unlike Jan, causes havoc downstairs including crashing a forklift and encouraging the warehouse guys to unionize. That becomes a really bad plan when Jan comes down to the warehouse, puts Michael and the rest of the boys in line, and proves who really wears the pants in that relationship. Well, it’s actually a skirt that Angela thinks is whoreish but whatever.

What have we learned today, kids: Even if you physically separate the boys and the girls, there is still going to be sexual tension in the office. Just make sure the girls stop questioning their determination to go to art school before you throw them back in the mix.

– written by Jenny


Kevin: I bet Roy heard about you liking Pam. I bet he’ll try to beat you up.
Jim: Thanks for the head’s up, Kev.
Kevin: I got your back if he does…but try to stay out of it.

Pam: I don’t know how I fit in with these women here or with Jan. I mean, we get along great, fine. Um…I guess the person I have the most in common with is…

[in the warehouse] Roy: Jim. Halpert. Hey, uh, I uh you know, heard there’s a rumor going around about you used to have a crush on Pam and…
Jim: Oh no no no.
Roy: No no. It’s cool because I know you’re a good guy and I know that that crush ended a long time ago so, you know, we’re cool, right?
Jim: Yeah. No, yeah, definitely.
Roy: You know, it’s great with me because that way I’m glad she has a friend at work she can get through the day with.
Jim: Oh.
Roy: That way she’s not all, “Bah, bah, bah, bah,” you know, when she gets home.
Jim: Yeah, I like talking to her too.
Roy: So we’re cool, right?
Jim: Yes, yeah.
Roy: Good, alright.
Jim: Cool, man.
Roy: Sweet.

Roy: I hate it when girls insist on taking them out to new restaurants every weekend night and then they’re like, “When are we going to go on a ‘date date’?”
Darryl: Oh, I hate that, too, man. I hate that too.
Michael: Exactly! Totally totally sucks!
Kevin: That sucks so hard.
[Jim rolls his eyes in disgust]

Pam: Hey.
Jim: Hey.
Pam: How’s it going down there?
Jim: It’s a complete — well, actually it’s exactly what you’d expect.
Pam: Right.
Jim: How are the girls?
Pam: Good. We watched a video about our changing bodies.
Jim: Did you really?
Pam: No.
Jim: Oh.
Pam: Almost. Um, but hey, something kind of cool — there’s this internship in graphic design that Jan was telling us about. She made it sound like really great.
Jim: Nice. Well, what’s it all about?
Pam: Uh —
Jim: I think you should do it. That’s great!
Pam: (smiling) It’s really cool.

Pam: Dreams are just that. They’re dreams. They help get you through the day. Like the thing about the terrace. It’s nice, but, I don’t know. It was just something I read in this book when I was 12. The girl in the book has a terrace outside of her bedroom and she planted flowers on it and I just loved that. Just always kind of stuck with me.

Jim: So you’re not doing it.
Pam: How did you know?
Jim: Why not?
Pam: Just not — no big reason, just a bunch of little reasons.
Jim: Come on.
Pam: Roy’s right. There’s no guarantee it’s going to lead to anything anyway.
Jim: Roy said that?
Pam: What? You have something you want to say?
Jim: You got to take a chance on something sometime, Pam. I mean, do you want to be a receptionist here? Always?
Pam: Oh, excuse me! I’m fine with my choices.
Jim: You are?
Pam: Yeah.

Pam: It’s impractical. I’m not going to try to get a house like that. Um, they don’t even make houses like that in Scranton. So I’m never going to… [starts crying]

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