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Did You Get That?: The JAM Highlight Reel
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Jun 22nd 2006

With all the talk about "classic JAM moments" and me being a fan of SportsCenter, I thought perhaps it would be nice to compile a thread especially for those moments (big and small) that make JAM so addictive and enjoyable.

There's the obvious ones (the 27 seconds of silence, the Kisses, etc). But like John said in an interview, the thing that makes JAM so compelling are the little moments. So, without further ado, here is my highlight reel (subject to much re-editing as I remember other moments):

The confession of the secret in "The Secret"

The rooftop dinner and Jim's look after Pam says "it's been a while since anyone cooked dinner for me"

Jim's look when Pam lets her hair down in "The Secret"

Pam's head resting on Jim's shoulder

The trip to the supermarket for Kevin

"Luke, I am your father...come to dinner"

Jim and Pam narrating Dwight's purse purchase

Pam moving the coat rack with her umbrella (the reveal with her wide grin)

Jim's "happy Valentine's day" and the shift in emotion on his face (also Pam's look for him after he walks out)

Jim and Pam at the bar in "The Dundies" (right before she falls off the stool)

Feel free to add your own moments

Jun 22nd 2006

Jim and Pam at the bar in "The Dundies" (right before she falls off the stool)

The trip to the supermarket for Kevin

These are my two favorites, especially when you add in Pam's "It was a good day" talking head at the end of the supermarket trip episode.

I thought the Bring Your Daughter to Work Day episode had a very important moment in the Jim/Pam relationship. When Jim gets along so well with Kevin's stepdaughter-to-be, and does it so effortlessly, Pam has a very intrigued look on her face. It was probably subconscious at that point, but I think it was another step towards Pam seeing Jim as more than a friend.

Jun 22nd 2006

Not a great moment, but definitely an awkward one that sticks out...

At the dojo before Dwight's Fight with Michael, when Jim is horsing around with Pam and is picker her up, and her shirt starts to come up, which causes her to yell STOP.

I like when they are submitting fake resumes for Dwight on various job websites. Pam says "He's a gun nut" and Jim says "Sticks to his guns".

Jun 22nd 2006

Pam has a very intrigued look on her face. It was probably subconscious at that point, but I think it was another step towards Pam seeing Jim as more than a friend.

Yeah... any point when Jim does something great that Roy would never do!

Jun 22nd 2006

In email surveillance when they are in Jim's room & when they exchange a look when Jim is singing with Michael.

Also, in boys & girls when they are arguing about Pam taking the internship in NYC. Heart breaking...

Jun 22nd 2006

"You can tell me anything..."

"She's warm..."

"I think I'd blow my brains out..."

Jun 22nd 2006

Since I just rewatched Drug Testing I will list my favorites from that episode. Of course, the "hi - hey" scene is absolutely adorable. And when Pam walks in on Kelly talking to a silent Jim in the breakroom. The look that Jim gives Pam when Kelly says, "we are having the best conversation" is priceless, followed by the looks exchanged between Pam and Jim when Pam insists he and Kelly must finish their conversation. And fake crying of course. Pulling out the big guns.

Jun 22nd 2006

Absolutely the scene in "Basketball" where Jim and Pam are sitting in the office while Jim gets his shoes on. The highlights (besides JK's adorably knobby knees):

  1. "Is that trash talk from Pam?!"
  2. The casual invitation to join him at the outlet mall instead of going to the lake with Roy.
  3. "I think I'm gonna be at the lake."
  4. The helpless giggling of Pam at the end of the exchange.

Ahhh, that's gold.

Of course, the other excellent little moment in that episode is at the end, where Jim gives that "I'm so excited she said that" look to the camera. Then, the terrible, heart-wrenching look he gets when Pam and Roy are talking about getting each other into the tub. That makes me feel so sad every single time I see it.

Jun 22nd 2006

Drug Testing: "You can tell me anything...."

I got on The Office bandwagon a little late, and this is when I first realized there is more told in what is actually not being said than in what is said.

Jun 22nd 2006

JAMtastic I completely agree about that basketball scene. Jim's look when he says "I'm also competitive" is classic!

Jun 22nd 2006

wink

Jun 22nd 2006

I just realized that I never saw this "Basketball" episode!

jaw drops

I need to take care of this -- pronto!

Jun 22nd 2006

SteelCityMetal, you must! It's on the Season 1 DVD, so you can watch (and rewind) the JAM moments to your heart's content. If you have the DVD, watch the commentary, too, as it tells the story of how David Denman (Roy) gave John Krasinski (Jim) a fat lip while they were shooting. Poor guy!

This Gal, I forgot to mention that one. Another JAMtastic moment! I mean, seriously, how could Pam marry Roy after all this?!

Jun 22nd 2006

JAMtastic, thanks -- I certainly will!

Maybe I'll drop some birthday hints to the wife.

Jun 22nd 2006

Plaid:

Jinx.

Jun 22nd 2006

In The Fire

  • The exchange in the opening sequence where Pam get a little annoyed at Katy calling Jim at work.

When Pam says to Jim, "Hey.. you can just give her your extension" is such a jealous and girly response.

Jun 22nd 2006 edited

The Episode: The Client
Moment: Sharing the music or, if you're Jim, dancing
Result: Private moment to a great song (I believe it's a Travis song)

The Episode: The Client
Moment: At Pam's desk in the morning - Jim's trying to convince Pam what a great "date" they had. Pam's in severe denial to the point of being rude. Jim gets defensive and bites back with the snarky "At least I never left you at a basketball game." (rough quote)
Result: Shows a major moment of Jim putting himself out there to Pam and Pam's tendency to, when confronted with the reality of Jim's obvious feelings for her, running away, emotionally and physically...

I have my own theories for why Pam reacts the way she does in that last moment, but that's for another thread, I suppose.

Jun 23rd 2006

Andy the Cat -- dish! What's the theory? (Maybe we should move to the Pam discussion for this one.)

Jun 23rd 2006

Moment: At Pam's desk in the morning - Jim's trying to convince Pam what a great "date" they had. Pam's in severe denial to the point of being rude. Jim gets defensive and bites back with the snarky "At least I never left you at a basketball game." (rough quote)

I always thought this was the most awkward moment that didn't involve Michael. It started out bad and got worse in a hurry. I feel like yelling "Abort! Abort!" to Jim every time I see it.

Andy, I definitely want to hear your theory.

Jun 23rd 2006

I'll go ahead and post my "theory" here since it's applicable to the episode - though very Pam-centric, true.

My feelings about Pam in that moment can be summed up in one word: evasive.

Have you ever been in a situation where you just know that the person you're talking to is coming on to you - the conversation may not have started that way (if you watch it again, Pam is curious about Jim's comment at first, even a bit flirtatous) but you can just feel it when it turns from being simple innocent flirting to a more suggestive conversation.

The way I watched it was first came their exchange re Jan/Michael (friendship mode); it then sort of curves into flirting with Jim's comments re their "date"; Pam responds with "Oh really?" as if to encourage the conversation to continue (flirt mode); but as Jim begins to rattle off his points of example I truly believe it's at this point that Pam does a mental dial-down of the situation as if telling herself subconciously, "Wait. A date? A *date?! I'm engaged to Roy. No. No. That wasn't a date...*" and then out loud, "Swaying isn't dancing." Meep.

This is full denial mode now for Pam. At this point she can't even acknowledge that she's had a good time with Jim - and not only that, she can't even acknowledge that she blew off her fiance to be at work with -- let's be honest here -- Jim. I don't think she'd even admit it if someone on the film crew snuck her a tape with footage of it (great fic out there that does that, btw, can't think of the name of it right now).

And, of course, like I think any of us would, the moment Jim's "advances" are shot down he goes into what is tantamount to elementary school verbal defense mode basically saying "Oh yeah? Well...well...your fiance is a jerk and I'm not. So there." And, of course, the truth hurts, right? And, of course, Jim knows instantly that he's crossed the line and regrets it.
Note: And when I put "rough quote" up there, I wasn't kidding. Apparently it wasn't a basketball game, it's a hockey match that she's deserted at, I believe.

Painful, painful exchange, but, in my humble opinion, one of the.most. realistic and believable moments this show has ever put on the screen.

Jun 23rd 2006

Andy, you're absolutely right, I think. That's pretty much what went through my head, too, though I think you put it far more articulately than I could have. I think Pam very much enjoys the flirtation, but puts it through a "friend" filter, never really admitting that it could get dangerous (as in that she could actually have feelings for him, too). It's that age-old self-lie: "Oh, well, it's just harmless fun with my pal Jim." So when he ups the ante and starts listing all the components of the "pretty good date," she realizes that she's moving into dangerous territory and drops a bomb before things get too heavy.

BTW, I LOVE the part toward the end of the exchange, after Jim says it was more like swaying, where he says "But, still romantic." Its his last-ditch effort to get Pam to buy into the first date theory. I think it's the earliest revelation Jim drops in front of Pam. That tiny little turn of phrase dials the tension up about 10 notches. It says, "OK, I admit it. I wish it had been a date." And so she drops the "Swaying isn't dancing" bomb.

Boom. Crushed. Crisis averted -- for the moment.

Excellent theory. I love it.

Jun 23rd 2006

Good posts Andy and JAMtastic, I think you both hit on her character perfectly. I posted above about how awkward the "date" conversation was, but your posts made me think that as poorly as it went at the time, it was probably helpful in the long run because it planted the idea of a romantic relationship in her mind.

It's fascinating after the events of Casino Night to look back at all the Jim/Pam moments over the 27 previous episodes and see how they slowly build up to Pam realizing that Jim is more than a friend, to the point where her mom asks "Are you in love with Jim?" and she replies "I think I am." (There is no doubt in my mind that's what her mom said. It's what I thought from the moment it happened and nothing will convince me otherwise.)

So the question becomes, how do the writers make the relationship happen? I really hope that the first half or so of the season she is completely single and dealing with the possibilities of making drastic live changes. It would be a character development that very few shows have attempted and would be very intriguing to watch.

Jun 23rd 2006

I can't wait to see what the writers have in store for S3. I just do not think they will go the traditional tv route of dump Roy, jump into Jim's arms immediately. I hope Pam has some "alone time" to get herself together. I feel that it will be her doing the pursuing this season. I also feel she is going to have to work really hard to win Jim. He's not going to make it that easy. Just my opinion.

Okay, now to add to the thread topic:

Add the scene where Pam shows Jim the doves she made for Office Olympics, his praise, and the look she gives him as he walks away. Adorable!

Jun 23rd 2006 edited

Thanks Jenna and Andy -- it's fun theorizing about this. Sometimes I feel like this office is somehow more "real" than my own.

I have great faith in the writers. They don't do things the easy way, and they certainly love these characters as much as we do. I think they'll let Pam and Jim find their own way through this little maze without hurrying or pushing them in a certain direction. I don't think it'll always be pretty, but I think it'll be true to their personalities. I can't wait to see what happens.

Just so no one boots me out of this thread, I'll add some more of my favorite JAM little moments.

Definitely the jinx sequences in "Drug Testing." Believe me, the hi/hey exchange gets me every time, but take a look at how Jim looks at Pam when she tells Michael that he has a great story about "a relative who got caught up in the world of drugs." It's a mixture of consternation and affection. And check out how she looks at him when he starts in with the fake crying. She is so surprised and delighted that she can't help grinning. How can you not love a guy who'll respect the unflinchingly rigid rules of jinx in front of the whole office?

Jun 26th 2006

One that I think deserves mention: In the Pilot, the first time we see Jim at Pam's desk is after a series of shots of the other employees getting all nervous about possibly being downsized. To have it then go to them discussing something as ridiculous as Angela's cat party is great and really sets the tone for the fact that, if not for each other, they would have no reason to stay there. I don't recall if it's the first Jam moment in the series or not, but it's a great introduction to the dynamics of their relationship.

Jun 26th 2006 edited

THPJ– I love that scene, and it was a sort of a "huh" moment, seeing their perspective on the possible layoffs.

Another JAM moment that I like more the more I see it: in The Fire, discussing Meredith's desert island movie choices. Pam's brief consideration of Legally Blond and the immediate incredulity by Jim that his Pam could ever think of choosing that flick. They are so...sorry, but cute in their give and take...and the way they both end up smiling and looking at the camera reminds me of the old married couples in When Harry Met Sally (you know, the talking heads where they are discussing their relationships?) They are so meant to be together.

Jun 26th 2006 edited

I don;t think you understand. These are not guilty pleasure movies. These are the movies you will watch for the rest of your life! Unacceptable!

I take it back. I take it back!

Good.

Jun 27th 2006

OK, another pivotal JAM scene. In "Christmas Party," when Pam reveals that she's re-swapped for the teapot. Pam is obviously touched by Jim's thoughtfulness. And the look of sheer pleasure on her face as he reveals the "bonus gifts" inside is marvelous. As is his smile at her delight.

That scene shows how Pam and Jim are bonded together by the inside jokes that only the two of them share; e.g., the golf pencil, which "takes too long to explain." It's obvious that the teapot means more to Pam than any other gift she'll be getting (maybe) for Christmas. And she actually admits that to Jim:

I figured, you know, you went to a lot of trouble and that means a lot. And also Roy got me an iPod or, uh, was going to get me an iPod, so...

It's subtle but revealing -- she's admitting her feelings, even though she downplays them a bit with the statement that Roy's getting her an iPod (or a cheap imitation) anyway. But she's basically telling Jim that he means a lot to her. And, let's face it, that's a hard thing for Pam to admit.

I'll always wonder what was in that card, though. I'm glad he pocketed it -- it was way too early for a confession -- but it's a mystery I keep returning to.

Jun 27th 2006

JAMtastic, did you read my Desert Island What if question? it's similar to your question.

and i think JK explained the golf pencil in an interview. Pam threw it at him when they were playing minigolf. which is weirdr. why would they go play minigolf together?

Jun 27th 2006 edited

That'sWhatSheSaid-

Sure it's wierd they were playing minigolf together, but if you think about it's also pretty wierd that they've been iceskating and on a booze cruise together. I think the minigolf was probably just another one of Michael's twisted "Be my friend" Office Outings.

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