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2.09 E-mail Surveillance
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Feb 19th 2006 edited
  • Season 2 : Episode 9
  • First aired on November 22, 2005
  • Written by Jennifer Celotta
  • Directed by Paul Feig
  • Northern Attack Recap

I do think that I am approachable as one of the guys, but maybe I need to be even approachabler.

Mar 4th 2006

One of the many things that I found amusing in this episode was that Michael chose 1234 as his password and needed a post-it note to remember it. Wow.

Mar 4th 2006

This... is my favorite episode of all. Michael's Karoke scene and the improve scene, Dwight and Angela in the playhouse, Pam, without ROY, on Jims bed reading his yearbook. The looks on their faces when they realize that the other's significant other would not be at the party. Probably the last time that the JIM/PAM index was a definate up.

Where is my e-vitation???

Mar 5th 2006 edited

I love the little comment Jim makes when Pam's in his room trying to figure out where she'd be in relation to him according to the setup in the office: "Yeah, that feels about right." Harmless enough on the surface, but betraying his feelings to those of us who know...

Mar 9th 2006

Very funny episode especially Michael doing his robot routine "oil can, Oil can" and Jim's priceless looks.

Trace

Mar 19th 2006

I loved this episode. I particularly loved the laughter you can hear in Michael's voice as he and Jim sing "Islands In The Stream" (as camera pans to Dwight and Angela).

May 20th 2006

Did anyone notice that on the noticeboard above Jim's desk there's a small voodo-type figure hanging from a noose that looks suspiciously like Roy?

May 20th 2006

Wow. That's a tiny little guy. I can't tell what/who it's supposed to be.

Jun 15th 2006

Ok so I figured it out. The moment when I went from thinking "Jim is great, Pam needs to wise up" to thinking "I am in love with Jim Halpert!" and it is when Jim gets up to sing karaoke with Michael. The guy crashed his party and killed the mood, but he still feels bad for the guy. This is also probably the point during the season when I went slightly obsessive with the show.

Jun 15th 2006

Did anyone notice that on the noticeboard above Jim's desk there's a small voodo-type figure hanging from a noose that looks suspiciously like Roy?

Holy crap, that is funny. I totally bet that is supposed to be Roy. Ha! The little body does have a blue-collar workin' outfit on and all. I reall wish someone would ask John about this on Friday's internet chat on the Goldderby Forum. Ok.. I suppose there are way better questions to ask him.

Jun 15th 2006 edited
  • "Islands in the Stream" = Dwangela's Theme Song

  • Am I the only one who fluttered a bit when Jim gives Pam that look during the karaoke line "Making love with eachother, uh-huh"? Yeah, I know it's meant more as a "Oh, what the hell" look - but I can extrapolate, can't I?

Jun 15th 2006

Andy, you're not the only one! I noticed that look corresponded with the lyric too...

Jun 15th 2006

Has anyone figured out what the poster is above Jim's desk in his room? If so where the heck can I buy it!?

Jun 16th 2006

Some random thoughts after watching the rerun last night:

  • Best delivery goes to Kevin for the robotic "My brother is town and we are going to the Alaskan Film Festival..." It's like he made up that excuse when he got the eVite and practicing for the precise moment he had to deliver it. My favorite secondary character by far.

  • Angela's "No I'm not!" was pretty good too. She also had a good line at the party when Pam noticed her and Dwight talking outside, something to the effect of "Well Jesus drank wine so I think it's OK"

  • I like how they did the camera alerting Pam to Dwight eating the Baby Ruth, the way it approached her, stood for a couple seconds, she didn't notice, the camera moved down to eye level until she noticed, then it panned over to Dwight, and panned back to her.

  • For some reason I think the food count wasn't the only reason Jim asked Pam if Roy was coming.

  • Who was the blond woman at the party? You saw her at the beginning talking to Ryan and she went on the tour.

  • I think Phyllis thinking Jim & Pam was the secret relationship could turn out to be a bit of foreshadowing. Just a feeling, but I think somehow, someway, she will be instrumental in the two of them eventually getting together.

Kind of a blah episode overall. Still better than anything else on TV but compared to other episodes no great lines or major plot advances. The Dwight/Angela thing came out but only to Pam and only the audience saw the makeout scene at the end. A good midseason filler episode.

Jun 16th 2006

Who was the blond woman at the party? You saw her at the beginning talking to Ryan and she went on the tour.

That was Stacy, Kevin's fiancee.

Jun 16th 2006 edited

I like how they did the camera alerting Pam to Dwight eating the Baby Ruth, the way it approached her, stood for a couple seconds, she didn't notice, the camera moved down to eye level until she noticed, then it panned over to Dwight, and panned back to her.

Yes! That was the best. Other than the Talking Head segments, this is the most I've seen Pam interact with the camera - except the "inflinchingly rigid" moment which I took to be a psuedo-Talking Head.

For some reason I think the food count wasn't the only reason Jim asked Pam if Roy was coming.

Without a doubt. The look he gives the camera afterwards (at leat IMO) seems to be this complex mixture of a "What?!" and a non-verbal-pumping-of-the-fist-"YESSSSSS!"

Jun 16th 2006

For some reason I think the food count wasn't the only reason Jim asked Pam if Roy was coming.

That has always bugged me about this episode. Jim being the organized guy, I tend to think that he already had the food and was just inquiring becuase he wanted to know.

JLJ:

Kind of a blah episode overall. Still better than anything else on TV but compared to other episodes no great lines or major plot advances. The Dwight/Angela thing came out but only to Pam and only the audience saw the makeout scene at the end. A good midseason filler episode.

I'll have to respectfully disagree here. :) I think this episode goes to show tons about Pam's true feelings about Jim. Not only her positive emotions towards him i.e.- Snooping in his bedroom, the yearbook, the reaction to Ryan's question about Katy, the face she makes at Jim when Jim starts singing, but also, her denial in regards to her feelings, i.e.- her reaction to Phyllis and her later reaction to both Jim's question and her Talking Head.

Plus, This episode highlighted Jim's good guy attitude and his compassion. Come on, Michael was an uninvited guest, but, Jim still reached out to Michael to make him feel welcome when the duet started flopping.

Jun 16th 2006

Taped it last night, finally got to watch it this afternoon, and I have to say...great understated episode. I think in some ways, it fit more in with the tone of the first season (nothing overtly wacky save Michael's poor improv class) than the second one. If I knew someone who had only seen the first season and hadn't checked out the second, this is the ep I would show to give them an idea of what they missed (because they were apparently kept in solitary confinement in a cave sometime between September and May, obviously. That's the only possible conclusion for missing this past season that I can think of ;-p )

Jun 16th 2006

When I was watching last night, I couldn't stop thinking about Jim Loves (Likes?) Stripes and his user name. He (she?) said it was chosen as a user name here because in this episode, Jim's sweater and beadspread are both striped. I became fascinated with looking for other striped things in Jim's house (I didn't notice anything). I've never noticed that Jim really has a thing for stripes, and I still don't know that he does, but last night it was all I could think about. It's like when someone tells you not to blink, and then all you can think about is blinking (are you blinking right now?). Then I started to think: I wonder what names people might invent for me, based on random things they notice about me or my house? Things that may or may not represent who I really am? Take, for example, these random facts, all of them false, that people might assume about me, based on what they'd see right now:

*my favorite color is green (lots of my walls are green - I like it, but I wouldn't say it's my favorite)
*I enjoy living among seemingly random piles of Legos, crayons, and green beans that have been (discreetly, and not by me) thrown off the kitchen table
*I don't have central air in my house (I have it, I just don't like it very much because I like having the windows open, and it doesn't feel that hot to me today)

I wonder what people would assume about me, based on these facts?

And this is my new frame of reference for "E-mail Surveillance." Thanks a lot, Jim Likes Stripes. ;-)

Jun 16th 2006

Maybe Jim doesn't realize these stripes in his house, but bought them because they reminded him of Pam on a subconcious level. She wears striped blouses pretty regularly. Pam likes stripes, Jim likes Pam, Jim likes stripes.

Loaded Teapot- Maybe there are deeper reasons for your tastes, too. Maybe not for the legos and greenbeans, but you know what I mean.

Jun 16th 2006

twothumbshater, of course Jim already had the food, the question was only about if Roy was coming.

In retrospect I take back what I said about the episode. Blah was a bad choice of words to begin with. I was going to correct that by saying it was a subtle episode, but Two-Hole Punch Jim came up with the perfect term - understated.

I haven't seen it, but others have posted about an interview where Krasinski states that the Jim/Pam relationship was a series of small events. No big event happened to get it going, it is a result of them spending 40 hours a week together for three years. This episode is a perfect example of that. Nothing ground breaking happened between them, but they got to spend time together outside of work, Pam saw Jim's house and bedroom, Jim showed yet again what a great guy he is by singing with Michael and got a big smile out of Pam, and Pam learned that someone pictured her and Jim as a couple. End result, they are a little closer to a romantic relationship than they were at the beginning of the episode.

A couple things to add - Michael and his boxing cat puppet thing was absolutely hysterical, especially when he used it to knock down Angela's knick-knacks. I laughed so hard I missed the next five minutes. Good thing I have a DVR. Also, didn't use Michael say he was Agent Michael Scarn in his improv scenes?

Jun 16th 2006

didn't use Michael say he was Agent Michael Scarn in his improv scenes?

Yep! And I almost lost it watching those scenes. One of my favorite things about this show is the laugh-to-squick ratio - so many of the moments of what my husband and I refer to as "It's so bad you have to cover yours eyes....then watch through your fingers."

Man, I love this show.

Jun 16th 2006 edited

Loaded Teapot- Maybe there are deeper reasons for your tastes, too. Maybe not for the legos and greenbeans, but you know what I mean.

You're right, 2' Closer to Copier. I didn't even think about the subliminal reasoning in regard to my own tastes or Jim's. That's another topic entirely!

so many of the moments of what my husband and I refer to as "It's so bad you have to cover yours eyes....then watch through your fingers."

My husband said something very similar last night, Andy the Cat. It was during an improv scene, and he said, "Sometimes Michael is just so sad I can't even watch him." And yet he kept watching :-)

Jun 16th 2006

I second all the points made above, this is one of my favorites for lots of little reasons.

"I keep a spare pair in the car"..."You must be Dwight"

"This is a happy place, Pam, happy thoughts"

"Jesus drank wine"

"Give me all your guns"

"We're not going as a group"

"What, THAT guy?"

We see Michael at his most annoying but also at his most vulnerable and lonely.

Jun 17th 2006

Whose house do you think they shot at? It was a nice house, and I really liked Jim's room. And I'd love to have that poster, and Pam on my bed any day

Jun 17th 2006

Whose house do you think they shot at? It was a nice house.

I've seen this episode at least a half a dozen times and just noticed for the first time, that Jim's kitchen had granite counter tops! Not your average bachelor pad shared by two young guys who could probably give a crap about such things.

It IS a nice place (is it a townhouse? I couldn't tell from the brief exterior shot). I do get the feeling that Pam spent time really looking around and "taking it all in" (besides Jim's bedroom) because I feel like she and Roy probably don't live somewhere as nice.

Jun 19th 2006

I too noticed that the house seemed a little too nice for two bachelors. From Jim's comment on the tour, it seems to be only 2 bedrooms though. It looks bigger from the outside. Also, there's that playhouse in the back. I'm figuring that the house must have belonged to a family with children who later rented it out to the guys. Or, it might belong to his roommates parents.

This episode, out of all of the episodes, has me feeling so sorry for Michael. He tried so hard to be a part of everything. Then, at the improv class, he was told that everyone else was going to a private party given by someone that knew everyone else in different ways. Everyone except Michael, that is. Did you also notice that nobody wanted to do an improv scene with him? I just kept saying, "Poor Michael."

Jim is such a great guy the way he felt embarrased for Michael and got up to sing with him even though Michael totally crashed his party.

I love Jim's comment to Pam when she grabs his yearbook. In a sarcastic way he says something like, "That's not gonna be awkward at all."

I also liked seeing everyone in their casual clothes.

Jul 6th 2006

I personally thought it was clever of the writers to have Michael say "I love my big brother.", as an homage to George Orwell's 1984. Not a book for everyone, mind you, but if you can get through it, you will appreciate Michael's quote a bit more.

On a different note, who else would like to meet Michael's big brother? This is the second time he has mentioned his brother-the other time being the pilot-and it would be interesting to see the two Scott brothers interact. And for that matter, let's get Mama Scott to visit too. Take your Mom to work day!

"Stay away from my mom."

Jul 6th 2006

I thought he was an only child? Maybe I just assume that cuz he seems like one.

Jul 10th 2006

I thought he was an only child? Maybe I just assume that cuz he seems like one.

I've always thought that, and I think they may have mentioned it once, or perhaps I'm making it up. I don't have a recording of TYDTWD, but it seems like it might have something.

If Michael is an only child, the "I like my big brother" line could be written off as a more general response that Michael adopts to justify the surveillance (and perhaps betray a longing for a brother figure). I haven't seen the pilot in a while, but I guess whatever reference to a brother it contains could be discounted simply because it's a pilot episode, coming before everything gets settled.

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