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Reviewer: Maxine Abbott Signed 1 [Report This]
Date: December 03, 2020 07:41 pm Title: Chapter 1

I finally was able to read this story. I started reading it a little while back. I was already somewhat deep in writing my own first date fic with the outline written up until the end of the first night. Anyway I began reading this and got to the part where he stops for gas and that was almost where I stopped scared of the similarities. But I read on, similar but still different enough until I got to his note. And that's where I shut the iPad down. I knew where my Pam and Jim were going at the end of their date. It was too late for me to be unique in that but at least I wanted to come at it unifluenced and with my own vision. Now that I finally finished fleshing it out and posted it I immediately came back to finish the story I started reading weeks maybe months ago.

Wow. We have a lot of similar vision don't we?Still enough is different too.

I really appreciated the speech from David. Always like seeing wisdom passed down. And it was very sage advice.

Likewise the honesty at the office. You know I'm all about unpacking the feelings and releasing themselves of all that was unsaid so they can move on. But also the way they fell right back into their playful banter. It goes without saying I was all in for that too.
Over dinner they got to know a little more of each other's past, all the makings for a true connection and the start of something with that deep connection.

And while they already know they love each other glad you made the choice to not have them do more than kiss on the first date. You know I'm on board with that decision and feel it is completely in character.

I'm so glad I finally got to read this first fic of yours. I loved it.

Author's Response:

Glad you liked this one. You're right in we have similar ideas, but there's enough that's not the same to keep things our own. There's the briefest of shots in "The Job" when Pam has her talking head but there's a montage of shots of Jim, of Jim still in the office with this small little smile on his face. He's already seen the note from Pam. That's where I envision him listening to David.

Meeting at his desk and the conversation in the office are fairly similar to what you thought too. Go back to where it fell apart, heal the scar, move on from there. Glad you liked my take on it.

As for what happened after the date, well, I actually flesh that out a bit more in "This Thing Called Life." Hopefully when/if you get around to that you'll get why I wrote what I did.

Thanks for coming back to this one. It's always fun to see what people think of my early stories as well as the newer projects. 

Reviewer: darjeelingandcoke Signed 1 [Report This]
Date: November 28, 2020 04:03 pm Title: Chapter 1

Couple things here I *really* enjoyed:

-Jim's frank discussion with David Wallace. We see very clearly that that relationship remained strong for years after Jim randomly pulled himself out of the running for this job at the last minute - Jim demonstrating this level of honesty as he comes to this realization I think goes a long way towards explaining how that is.

-Jim's intricate plan to re-enact Casino Night. He does have a flair for the dramatic gesture, that one.

-Pam's unwillingness to sacrifice the last year. It makes sense that they've got different perspectives on this, since in a lot of ways Season 3 is kind of a burn year for Jim, but for Pam it's been a lot of growth - and very painful growth at that. Not something to give up easily.

-The kind of playful nature of their date - they're getting back to the essence of *them* again.

I always enjoy another take on the first date - thank you for providing this one!

Author's Response:

Thanks for all the reviews, especially on these older stories of mine. This was a lot of fun to bring together. I felt that Jim really had a big moment of clarity when he saw Pam's note and had that flashback while in the interview. He'd been lying to himself for a longtime and now that his brain is cleared of the fog it's time for an abrupt turn to tell the truth. I like to think that David would respond to that, especially after the craziness earlier with Jan's firing.

Jim does go for the big gesture a lot of times, so we recreate where everything went wrong in order to get it right this time.

Pam likewise has realized, especially after the coal walk, how far she's come. She's saved herself, likes that about herself, so she wants to hold onto it. I gotta figure Pam being more confident is also attractive to Jim too.

Getting back into banter is always fun, so their first date, while there are some heavy talks, they also have fun.

Glad you liked this one and especially thank you for the detailed review. 

Reviewer: HonestAndCourageous Signed 1 [Report This]
Date: March 16, 2020 02:46 pm Title: Chapter 1

Ok, that was sweet and a great job for being your first Office fic! I am always up for post "The Job" stories, and this one doesn't disappoint - well written and original in that I never thought of them having a "redo" of casino night. This is one I will come back to and read again!

Author's Response: I was very pleasantly surprised to see a new review for this story. I'm very glad you liked it. It was a lot of fun to come up with everything for it. I remember I'd just finished binge watching the series and thought there had to be fanfic out there for The Office. A couple days later this was the result. Thanks for taking the time to leave a review. 

Reviewer: Dernhelm Signed 1 [Report This]
Date: December 10, 2019 08:16 am Title: Chapter 1

I like this story. Confident Jim is amazing, and I adore Pam, who likes her new, more honest, and brave personality and doesn't want to erase all changes. And I like the way they communicated, open and honest. I wish they always did the same...

Author's Response: Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment for this. It was my first foray into writing for The Office and it's always a fun trip down memory lane for me when I re-read it. Jim and Pam's biggest issue has always been lack of good communication. With Pam going through the journey she did in S3 to my mind it makes sense that that would also inspire Jim to do the same and thus we can have a scene like this one. Thanks again for the comment. 

Reviewer: Kuri333 Signed 1 [Report This]
Date: January 16, 2019 07:01 pm Title: Chapter 1

This is a very nice take on that first date. I liked the fact that they go back to the office to redo Casino Night.

(You misspelled Meredith at the beginning, btw).

The dialogues flow nicely, too. Both of them in character.

Author's Response: Thanks for pointing out the typo. Only fair since I've done the same for you. I wanted to do something different with this one. Re-creating where it all went wrong and making it where it all went right was a fun challenge. I'm glad you liked it.

Reviewer: With_An_E Signed 1 [Report This]
Date: June 03, 2018 09:22 am Title: Chapter 1

I looooove first date Jim and Pam fabrics. Well done!

Author's Response: Thank you. It was fun to write and I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for the review.

Reviewer: alittlestitious2 Signed [Report This]
Date: June 03, 2018 12:54 am Title: Chapter 1

Okay, is there anything I can do to make sure you continue this one? 😂

Author's Response: Glad you liked it. Like I said, I have a few ideas for a longer story and this could very well end up being a chapter in said story. Thanks for the review.

Reviewer: BigTuna Signed 1 [Report This]
Date: June 02, 2018 01:27 pm Title: Chapter 1

This was so sweet! I will never get tired of reading different versions of their first date and this was so good. I like that Pam didn’t want to erase the last year, especially since she learned so much from it. Looking forward to your next story!

Author's Response: Thank you. I had fun exploring that part of Pam's thinking. After everything that happened in S3 I just couldn't see Pam simply going back to "the way things were." I'm glad you liked it, and thanks for the review.

Reviewer: Clover Signed [Report This]
Date: June 01, 2018 10:46 pm Title: Chapter 1

Oh, so very sweet. Honestly, I thought I'd read every version of the First Date there could be, but this surprised me! The recreation of Casino Night was a lovely visual, and oh-so-satisfying to end that night on a happy note! They have an easy back-and-forth and make the transition to romance about as seamlessly as possible. Thank you for this new and different scenario that is a fun road to travel! Great first fic! :)

Author's Response: Thank you. I just recently got into watching "The Office." Thank you Netflix. Jim and Pam quickly became my favorite characters. After reading a bunch of other fics here and on the ideas for this came up. I'm glad you liked it. It was fun to write.

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