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Reviewer: AmeliaHalpert Signed 1 [Report This]
Date: August 06, 2023 11:59 am Title: Chapter 1

OHHHH! I am so glad I read this before heading back to the next chapter! Thanks for the notes heads up!!
How absolutely sweet and perfect, capturing their personalities and banter well. The sentimentality of starting back at the place they parted.. perfect!

Author's Response:

Glad you liked it. I figured Jim and Pam needed a chance to redo some things. They get a second chance to make the right decision.  But after everything, they're still them. That was fun to write for sure.

Reviewer: Anne-Rose Sweetkins Signed 1 [Report This]
Date: April 30, 2023 03:30 pm Title: Chapter 1

‘ “Actually, now that you ask, I see myself clearly. A wife, a home, maybe a couple of kids." ‘ Oh, I know what Jim actually meant by wife.
Good thing the memo with the gold medal gave him courage to say no and go be with Pam.
Although I like to think if Pam didn’t do that, they would still find their way back to each other. They are soulmates, after all.
Like how supportive David is here. Good advice. Wish Jim remembered it in season nine.
Yes, going to be a uncomfortable conversation indeed with Karen.
The break up. How he did it probably not the best decision but it makes good tv. And I do understand why Jim want to get it over with. And if she wasn’t with her friends he would have waited until they got to Scranton. Jim is trying here to at least make it better. Like suggesting to pay her bus flare. I do feel a little bad for Karen… but she’s not Pam. Honestly she shouldn’t have just move to Scranton for a guy she barely knew and she should have break up with him ages ago. Granted it doesn’t justify his actions towards her (or toward Pam). I understand she is hurting and I feel for her but she should have seen it coming. There were signs and red flags all over the place. Although Jim probably should have timed the break up more better. Or not date her at all in the first place. A series of bad decisions on both ends.
On the way back to Scranton I can see Scranton Jim slowly coming back. With the grape soda, coke and memories running through his head. Jim is coming back for real. The fake Stamford Jim is gone.
Eeep! The “it’s a date” scene! Love the note Jim left Pam. Hmm… he want her to wear the Casino Night dress.
Recreating Casino Night. Except with a better ending… sweet idea.
Pam was hurting for a long time.
Season three was a learning curve for Pam I don’t think they can reset it all. Restart is a better word.
Yay! They kissed!
I love their teasing banter. And with the cheesecake hehe.
So beautiful. First time Pam says “I love you”.
Love this!

Author's Response: Always love getting reviews for my old stories. Thank you. Yup, as soon as Jim saw that note and yogurt medal I think he finally escaped the fog he was in and saw exactly where he was supposed to be. Not in New York, but back with Pam. David always seemed to have a soft spot for Jim and I had fun exploring that a bit more. Yeah, Jim never handled things well with Karen. From start to finish. How could he when there's only one woman who could command his heart? So to his mind, rip it off like a band-aid. It'll hurt for a bit, but better to have it off.

Scranton Jim was starting to peak through after the coal walk, but yeah he fully comes back on the ride back from New York. Thanks for the vote of confidence on the "it's a date scene." It was a lot of fun to bring that all together. Though I figured they needed to start healing a bit first before the real sparks fly. However once they do, yeah they can start in on the wonderful couple they were always meant to be.

Thanks for the review. I'm glad you liked it.

Reviewer: OfficeWriter Signed 1 [Report This]
Date: October 15, 2022 01:47 pm Title: Chapter 1

Did feel sorry for Karen here, but we know Jim handled things with her badly from start to finish in canon. But Karen also was a bit weak too, in that she knew Jim's heart was never with her truly, and she chose to stay with him anyway. I think it's true to form she didn't put up much of a fight in this story either. She knew she wouldn't win.

Author's Response: And a double review! I felt a little bad for Karen too. But at the end of the day, she's just not Pam. There actually is a bit more to this version of Karen, but that's in a different story. Thanks for the additional comment. 

Reviewer: OfficeWriter Signed 1 [Report This]
Date: October 15, 2022 01:43 pm Title: Chapter 1

What a cute fic! The explaining of the motivation for Pam walking the hot coals was excellent too. Laughed out loud at Jim describing people referring to him as stick in the mud - that's definitely a verbal sketch of his dance moves 😂. The ah ha moment when this all came together, when you see they are going to turn back time for themselves was great. Their humour was so in canon too. Can't wait to read more from you b29;a039;

Author's Response: First of all I'm honored that your first review is for the first story I wrote here on MTT. I'm glad you liked it. I had to go back a re-read that stick in the mud comment Jim said. I remember I had a lot of fun writing this one so I'm glad people still enjoy it. 

Reviewer: MrsKHalpert Signed 1 [Report This]
Date: February 09, 2022 11:45 am Title: Chapter 1

Very sweet first date fic. I love that it started back at the office. Their reasons for each wanting to reset and restart were well thought out, and I’m really happy to see Pam’s honesty carrying though hete. Really nice job!

Author's Response: Thank you. This was my first piece of Office fanfiction I wrote. Probably pretty cliche, but I liked the way it turned out. While I was writing it, I got the ideas that later turned into the bigger Jamie-Morgan series that developed. I'm really glad you liked the fact they've learned from the mistakes and lessons of the past year and are going forward better. Thanks for the review.

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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