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Dropped Storylines: Always has been, always will be
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Mar 23rd 2007 edited

A place to list and vent your frustration over dropped storylines. Ideas will later be used for Brian's protest letter to NBC Universal, Reveille Entertainment and Schrute Farm.

Mar 23rd 2007

What ever became of Pam being upset because Jim was the one who turned her in to HR for planning her wedding at work on company time? That has always really bugged me. At the end of one episode, she finds out he's the one who said something to Toby, when the whole time she thought Angela did. She looks hurt, Jim looks embarrassed, and things are tense. And in the next episode there is no mention of it and Jim and Pam are completely chummy again. Dropped storyline. Make sure you include it in the letter, please.

Mar 23rd 2007

I didn't really see that as a developing plotline (when Pam discovers that Jim complained to Toby), but more of a climax of the episode. The entire Conflict Resolution episode was built upon characters having problems with each other, and Jim and Pam's conflict was the topper. The second half of season two, at least on the JAM front, seemed to center around Jim's feelings slowly starting to surface, which was no doubt corrolated with the wedding looming closer and closer as time went on. Jim actually coming out and saying that he had a problem with Pam discussing her wedding, while not mentioned after this episode, was still a fantastic launching point for Casino Night.

Mar 23rd 2007

I didn't really see that as a developing plotline (when Pam discovers that Jim complained to Toby), but more of a climax of the episode.

I didn't think it was a dropped plotline either. Those kinds of things happen between people, especially people you're close to. You apologize, it takes a little while to cool down, and you go on. I'm sure that after Pam took some time to cool off, she just put it behind her. No sense holding a grudge after Jim apologized.

Just like when Pam spent the rest of the day mad at Jim after the incident at the Dojo. She never brought it up again. She just let it go.

Mar 23rd 2007 edited

Edited because I wrote a comment in the wrong thread. What's the penalty for that?

Mar 23rd 2007 edited

edited so as not to embarrass, Urkel...grue :)

Mar 23rd 2007

I would have liked a little resolution, though. She was angry, and he was embarrassed. And it is never spoken of again.

Mar 23rd 2007

I've complained about these two storylines multiple times, but this is a good place to do it again:

  • It annoys the living beejesus out of me that we still have almost no idea what happened between May 11th and June 10th. Did Jim & Pam face each other again? When exactly did Jim leave for Stamford? Was there a going away party? How did Jim find out Pam called off the wedding? Etc., etc. I've almost given up hope that these questions will be answered.

  • Michael finds out that Jim transferred because of Pam in The Convention. 17 episodes later he hasn't told anyone? The guy who could only keep Jim's secret about having a crush on Pam for 1 1/2 episodes last year? (And a lot of people think The Secret and The Injury were out of order because they didn't believe Michael could even keep the secret for that long.) I find this completely out of character.

Mar 23rd 2007

I would have liked a little resolution, though. She was angry, and he was embarrassed. And it is never spoken of again.

Yeah, I would have liked resolution too. I think we should keep the definition of "dropped storylines" fairly broad, so it could include "dropped situations-of-significance" and that sort of thing, anything where a small turn of events could have developed and resolved, but didn't, sort of. I'm rambling. Long week.

Mar 23rd 2007

Okay then. I mentioned earlier about Pam getting mad at Jim at the Dojo. We never saw Jim apologize and Pam was mad at him throughout the rest of the day. Was everything forgiven because Jim gave Pam some Sun chips that he promised her? At least in Conflict Resolution, he did apologize. We can figure that Pam accepted his apology after she cooled down. But we never saw or heard him apologize to her after the incident at the Dojo. It was dropped.

Mar 23rd 2007

We can figure that Pam accepted his apology after she cooled down.

I thought she accepted it on the spot, while they were still standing there for the picture. She just said "it's okay" or something fairly simple, but in my memory the exchange did end in a kind of acceptance mode.

But we never saw or heard him apologize to her after the incident at the Dojo. It was dropped.

He tried to apologize via email, but killed the message when he noticed that the camera was focusing on his screen. Then it was just the sun chips, I think.

Mar 23rd 2007

He tried to apologize via email, but killed the message when he noticed that the camera was focusing on his screen.

I know. She never got that message unless he sent it again later. I guess we'll never know.

I thought she accepted it on the spot, while they were still standing there for the picture. She just said "it's okay" or something fairly simple, but in my memory the exchange did end in a kind of acceptance mode.

She did say, "okay" but you could see that she didn't look like she was really okay with it. Her "okay" seemed like it was Pam acknowledging that Jim confessed to being the one who complained about her. Even Phyllis said, "Oh dear."

Mar 23rd 2007

he did say, "okay" but you could see that she didn't look like she was really okay with it. Her "okay" seemed like it was Pam acknowledging that Jim confessed to being the one who complained about her. Even Phyllis said, "Oh dear."

You're right, that's true, I remember now. It was a very charged moment and I was really sorry there was no follow up. It could have been the starting point of a very revealing exchange about why it bugged him so much that she was using office time to make wedding arrangements.

Mar 23rd 2007

It could have been the starting point of a very revealing exchange about why it bugged him so much that she was using office time to make wedding arrangements.

You're right. They totally missed that opportunity.

Mar 23rd 2007

Whatever happened with Hannah (the breastfeeder from Stamford) bringing a lawsuit for harrassment against Michael?

Mar 23rd 2007

Michael finds out that Jim transferred because of Pam in The Convention. 17 episodes later he hasn't told anyone?

This is a good one.

Mar 23rd 2007

No one's mentioned the text message yet? I know that's a big one on everyone's lists...

Mar 23rd 2007

Oscar's "one big favor" that he owes Dwight. Seeing that Oscar's "secret" has been revealed to everyone and it's been about a whole year since this event, I'm doubtful they will continue this storyline, even though Dwight thought Oscar wanted another secret protected.

Mar 23rd 2007

No one's mentioned the text message yet? I know that's a big one on everyone's lists...

That's a huge one. I can't imagine that Jim wouldn't return Pam's message. Unless something happened between Jim and Karen that night and he decided not to get involved with Pam. That's brings up another unanswered question. Did anything happen when Karen gave Jim a ride home? And, what happened to his bike? Did Karen just leave it propped up somewhere and take off?

Mar 23rd 2007

Oscar's "one big favor" that he owes Dwight.

I asked that same question quite awhile ago, and most people felt that Dwight received his big favor that night when he got to come in and watch movies with Oscar and Gil.

Mar 23rd 2007

Sorry, I should have added the text message one earlier, since I brought it up in the Jim and Pam thread not too long ago. I'm glad you remembered, Mixed Berries.

By the way, did it bug anyone else that Pam called it Mixed Berries and Jim called it Mixed Berry or vice versa? I only remembe that one of them used the plural and the other didn't.

Mar 23rd 2007

By the way, did it bug anyone else that Pam called it Mixed Berries and Jim called it Mixed Berry or vice versa?

Pam used the plural. It doesn't bug me. Mixed Berry is the flavor of yogurt, but it is made up of mixed berries. I do think about it whenever I buy yogurt though.

Mar 23rd 2007

He tried to apologize via email, but killed the message when he noticed that the camera was focusing on his screen.

It's possible that the apology email was another first-half-of-S2 false start. He could have been toying with the idea of doing a little more than apologizing, and got all embarrassed when the camera caught him.

Whatever happened with Hannah (the breastfeeder from Stamford) bringing a lawsuit for harrassment against Michael?

Was it a lawsuit, or just a complaint or something?

Mar 24th 2007 edited

It was a lawsuit, Pam told Michael he might be deposed. The bigger storyline of Hannah, Tony, and Martin leaving so soon after the transfer has been dropped as well, I can't imagine Corporate was too happy with that. Maybe it will come up later as part of a storyline involving Michael's job (pure speculation on my part).

Regarding the Conflict Resolution/Casino Night transition, that never bothered me. Time between episodes has always been nebulose so I always figured enough time passed that things were pretty well smoothed over. Plus I always saw them as people who didn't make dramatic apologies, they just gradually got over it and got back on good terms.

Mar 24th 2007

I asked that same question quite awhile ago, and most people felt that Dwight received his big favor that night when he got to come in and watch movies with Oscar and Gil.

Yes, but wouldn't Dwight, being the would-be Dictator that he is, get as much out of it as possible? And Oscar and Gil would follow since they thought he was talking about them being gay, not him having faked sick and missed work.

It was a lawsuit, Pam told Michael he might be deposed

I never heard anything about a lawsuit or being deposed, is this Back from Vacation?

Mar 24th 2007

Plus I always saw them as people who didn't make dramatic apologies, they just gradually got over it and got back on good terms.

Also known, in some circumstances, as "not wanting to make waves" or "a reluctance to admit to the truth of the matter." I know there was some speculation (or fact, I don't remember) that a couple of episodes were aired out of order, so things seemed a little out-of-sync. But I don't recall any episodes where Pam was actually mad at Jim, and I think she'd have a right to be for that. Her closest work friend rats her out to HR for something like that, doesn't talk to her at all about it and then lets her believe that someone else turned her in? Apologies are nice and warranted and all, but I expected more from that one.

Mar 24th 2007

But I don't recall any episodes where Pam was actually mad at Jim, and I think she'd have a right to be for that. Her closest work friend rats her out to HR for something like that, doesn't talk to her at all about it and then lets her believe that someone else turned her in? Apologies are nice and warranted and all, but I expected more from that one.

I may take Jim's side on this. He really just thought he was venting to Toby (who, admittedly, does represent HR), but I bet it had been totally obvious to everyone since P&R set a date that Pam was planning her wedding at her desk. Jim wasn't exposing Pam to anyone and she didn't get into trouble. I think she was embarrassed about having a complaint aired about her and hurt that Jim was the one who made it, and I think even then she could sympathize why this particular act would be hard for him to watch.

I don't think Pam was truly angry and I don't think she was betrayed. A lame apology probably was enough for her. Besides, to reflect on her anger would have required her to think about Jim's motivations (why Jim was driven to make a petty complaint for its own sake--it was not externally interfering with his work) and Pam wasn't at the stage where she could contemplate such things easily. So she sort of had to let it go and pretend it never happened. It's part of Drab Old Beasley to ignore stuff like this.

Mar 24th 2007 edited

I never heard anything about a lawsuit or being deposed, is this Back from Vacation?

Yes, it was a "blink and you'll miss it" moment at the very beginning, may have even been in the cold open.

Agree with everything Karen M said, especially this:

It's part of Drab Old Beasley to ignore stuff like this.

Mar 24th 2007

Something that I've puzzled over is from "The Christmas Party." How did Pam explain to Roy that she traded away the ipod so he'd get her the other mp3 player? I can't see how she could pull that off, short of pawning off the blame on Michael.

Mar 25th 2007 edited

It's part of Drab Old Beasley to ignore stuff like this.

I think that when Pam found out that Jim was the one who ratted on her, she knew exactly why he did it. Pam knew that Jim had feelings for her and chose to ignore it. That's why she didn't bring it up because it would mean facing up to it.

In "Dwight's Speech" Pam was talking to her mother about the wedding invitations on the phone and when she saw Jim look at her, she turned away so as to talk more privately. Later she said in her TH, "I have a ton of stuff to do for the wedding. And I have to do it in the office. And that can be kind of awkward. Um, just because people can get all weird about wedding stuff. Then, I just-I just don't want to offend...Angela. Or someone." We all knew that she was thinking of Jim when she said "someone." So she knew it bothered Jim and I'm sure she knew why.

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