Sexual Harassment

Talk to me, Tivo: When Michael’s best friend, sales representative Todd Packer, pays him a visit, Michael starts behaving even more inappropriately.
Jaminess: 1 [3=Casino Night]

Jam Cam: You know what has two thumbs and hates Todd Packer? Jim. Add that to the list of the many reasons why we love Halpert.

But who cares about Todd Packer when Pam’s mom is coming to visit? Apparently, not Jim who is way too excited to simply meet his friend’s mom. Oh right, Pam is more than a friend. Sort of. The good news is that Pam’s mom is excited to meet everyone. The bad news is that Jim wants to ask her mom if Pam ever exhibited any traits that would lead to her future career as a receptionist. Or you know, if it’s possible to break up her daughter’s wedding to that dude in the warehouse.

As if we didn’t already know Pam’s mom was coming [that’s what she said], she reminded everyone in the office of that fact and for good reason. “Usually, the day we talk about sexual harassment is the day everyone harasses me as a joke.” Poor Pam. Also, all office relationships need to be disclosed to HR, but only those that actually exist and aren’t just in your mind, Jim. One night stands? If there are enough to have Jim make another “I’m shocked by you, Phyllis,” face, then so be it.

Oh, but I take that back. Jim is in an office relationship that is “special”…with a naked blow up doll who is apparently European and gets dragged around the office without a shirt on. How embarrassing. Speaking of embarrassing, Pam somehow gets roped into being a lesbian for an argument Michael is making about sexual harassment in the work place. Hey, she gets to make out with Jim’s European girlfriend. That’s so awkward.

Things really start to go downhill when corporate shows up and bans Michael’s inappropriate behavior. Even “That’s what she said,” which makes things so much more entertaining for our dear Jim. “Wow, that is really hard.” That’s what she said. “You really think you can go all day long?” That’s what she said. “You always left me satisfied and smiling.” That’s what she said!.

Pam’s mom is here! Yeah! Now she can meet Jim. Yeah! She has to see Michael walking around the office with a blow-up doll. Umm…not so yeah. Jim actually gets the guts to go get a piece of candy as a way to introduce himself to Pam’s mom — right as Roy walks in the door. Again, not so yeah, especially when you see Jim walk back to his desk with a quick dejected look at the camera. Oh wait, Pam’s mom quietly asks Pam which one is Jim. She knows who Jim is. Yeah! Jim heard her ask. Yeah! Ok, it’s all better now.

Except for the fact that Michael wants to take a bath with Pam.

The Others: You know it’s going to be a good episode when NBC feels the need to put a warning about adult language and subject matter before the show even starts. Todd Packer brings out the worst in Michael, which is apparent as soon as he shows up and goes off on the secretary at corporate who had an affair and then told on the guy just to be a bitch. Luckily, corporate shows up to save Michael from himself and even brings a lawyer in for him, much to the chagrin of the attorney Michael also hired for himself based on some highway billboards. Oh, and Dwight tries to get lessons in women’s anatomy from Toby, which makes Toby — and the viewing public — feel very awkward.

What have we learned today, kids: Review your company’s sexual harassment policy and make sure your co-workers do as well. This will prevent you from receiving inappropriate e-mail forwards, being requested to make out with a blow-up doll, or worrying that what you are about to say can be followed by “That’s what she said.”

– written by Jenny


Jim: I really excited to meet your mom.
Pam: You are?

Pam: My mom is coming in to visit. She lives like two hours away and she doesn’t have a cell phone, which is cool because it’s kind of adding some suspense to my day and I keep looking over at the door hoping she’ll walk in.

Pam: I decided to show her around, she really want to meet everybody.
Jim: Yeah?
Pam: Uh huh.
Jim: Good because I have alot of questions.
Pam: Oh really?
Jim: Yeah. As a child, did Pam show any traits that would hint towards her future career as a receptionist?

Jim: I’m in an office relationship. It’s special. Um�she’s nice, she’s shy. She’s actually here if you want to meet her. Hold on one second. [grabs naked blow-up doll] Oh my God, put on a shirt! Put on, I told you you’d be on camera. I’m sorry, she’s European. [blow-up dolls moves in for a kiss] No, I told you that you’d be on camera. [blow-up doll tries again] Stop.

Pam’s Mom: Um…hello.
Pam: Oh my God!
Pam’s Mom: Finally made it.
Pam: Hello!

Pam: I love my mom. Okay, that’s probably the most obvious statement ever.

Pam’s Mom: This is all yours?
Pam: Yeah, I’m in charge of this whole area.
Pam: This is where I used to keep my computer.
Pam’s Mom: Oh, right, right, I remember, with the pictures.
Pam: Yeah, yeah, but I moved it.
[Jim gets up to get a piece of candy off the receptionist’s desk] Pam: Yeah, yeah, but I switched stuff around because I actually needed, like, more room for organization.
Pam’s Mom: Sure.
[Jim is about to speak when Roy walks in] Pam: So this is like my organization station.
Pam’s Mom: Oh, there he is. [hugs Roy] Pam: Hey.
Roy: How are you?
[Jim goes back to his desk] Pam’s Mom: Hi handsome.
Roy: You look great.
Pam’s Mom: Oh thank you. So are we ready for dinner?
Pam: Well, you know, actually, I kind of need to stall a bit. But, it’s okay, because I am very used to killing time.
Pam’s Mom: Oh, I don’t believe that.
Roy: Okay, I’m going to go wait in the parking lot, and, uh, what kind of tunes you want for the ride? A little classical? A little oldies?
Pam’s Mom: Oh anything is fine.
Roy: Alright, see ya.
[Roy leaves] Pam’s Mom: [quietly] So which one is Jim?
Pam: [quietly] Mom!
Pam’s Mom: [quietly]Just wanted to know.
Pam: [quietly] No…
Pam’s Mom: Alright, ok.
Pam: Ten minutes, then we can go to dinner.
Pam’s Mom: Okay, I’ll make myself busy.

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