Not signed in (Sign In)
Welcome to The Watercooler, the companion forum to Northern Attack and all things concerning The Office on NBC.

Guests are free to browse the forums, although you will need to register for an account if you wish to participate in the discussions or use any of the advanced features of the forum (bookmarks, history, etc).

If you already have an account, please sign in now.

The Watercooler is powered by Vanilla, the sweetest forum on the web.

Bottom of Page
Jim Halpert : I could work here for years
  1. <
  2. 1
  3. 2
  4. 3
  5. 4
  6. 5
  7. 6
  8. 7
  9. 8
  10. 9
  11. ...
  12. 102
  13. >
151 to 180 of 3031
Nov 8th 2006

Oh and as for feelings, people are complex. They aren't always over the things that they're over even when they're totally over them. A little jog of the memory, a scent, a glimpse and you're toast. It happens.

Exactly. Well put. I especially enjoy the middle sentence. It would make no sense at all to someone who's never been there, but all the sense in the world to those of us who have. In fact, I'm there right now, so all of this analyzation of Jim's character is especially intriguing to me.

And Brian, something about women - it would be totally gross (yet still funny) to see, say, Dwight's sweatstains from riding his bike to work, but we're emotionally attached to Jim. It's so very different, right, ladies?

Nov 8th 2006

Solution: Jim takes off his shirt prior to the hugging.

Win, Win, Win.

Nov 8th 2006

It's so very different, right, ladies?

Oh my God, it has to be...otherwise you could never have a live-in boyfriend. Or husband. ;)

But back to Jim and his dilemma...I totally agree with Brian as well. I think that even if years pass and you DO move on with your life, if you wanted something THAT much, then a memory jog would always bring with it a wistful, sad regret over what might have been. I think that you'd never lose that sense of "what if", you'd never stop wishing (even just a little) that things had turned out differently. I've been there, too.

As for how it applies here, I just think that it's only been a few months, and that phone conversation was more than just a small reminder. It was a taste of what he painfully misses, and I think it would definitely set him back. It would sure knock me down a few rungs, if I were him!

Nov 8th 2006

but we're emotionally attached to Jim. It's so very different, right, ladies?

Yeeeshhh

Nov 9th 2006

Oh and as for feelings, people are complex. They aren't always over the things that they're over even when they're totally over them. A little jog of the memory, a scent, a glimpse and you're toast. It happens.

Brian, have you been there? It sounds like you have.

Either that, or you're watching me...

Nov 9th 2006

Brian, have you been there? It sounds like you have.

Of course I have. My armpits get sweaty all the time. My wife's cool with it, but she won't hug me until I at least change my shirt. So win-win.

Nov 10th 2006

Hmmm, I get it, you cover. Don't like to reveal too much. Then you change the subject with a joke. Got it.

BTW I'm not being facetious, that was a quote from one of my fave movies. 10 points to anyone who knows what movie!

Nov 10th 2006

Mixed Berries You MUST reveal the answer if no one remembers it! I know I've heard that but I can't think of it and it's driving me crazy now!

Nov 21st 2006

It's Three to Tango, starring Matt Perry and Neve Campell. I only know it cos my wife happened to rent it like a month ago. I wouldn't exactly put it on my list of desert island movies, but it was better than I expected. Oliver Platt was the best part, as usual.

Nov 21st 2006

Is that the one where Chandler's an architect and everyone thinks he's gay, except Oliver Platt? Better than The Pallbearer anyway.

Nov 21st 2006

Yeah, it's that one.

Nov 22nd 2006

Yay for DwightfromtheFuture! 10 points for you. You're now on the top of the table!

I love it for its soundtrack mostly. But the movie itself is good too.

Dec 1st 2006

I know this might be old/a repeat - sorry I haven't been on here long. Are they ever going to mention Jim's supposed trip to Australia again?

Dec 1st 2006

My bet is that ship has sailed.

Dec 1st 2006

An interview with Paul Lieberstein had his saying that they've concluded that Jim didn't go to Australia....unless, of course, they come up with some brilliant joke. In which case he did, so they can use the joke.

Dec 1st 2006

Why wouldn't Jim have gone to Australia? It's not like he decided not to take a meditation sabbatical in Tibet, which would have been significant and worthy of discussion later. I am sure Australia is very nice, but unless he had some peyote-like experience in the desert there, I can't imagine that it would be life-altering. I mean, he even speaks the native language, so there aren't translation jokes to make. It's just not worth mentioning months later when there are so many other life-changing events occurring right now: promotions, relocations, romance, second chances, Andy pranks...

Dec 1st 2006

I think the time table of getting the job in Stamford would have made Australia difficult if not impossible. It was just one of those questions that seemed to get asked a lot over the summer but then dropped off the radar with the new season.

Dec 1st 2006

People accept new jobs all the time with vacations already scheduled, plus Jim was just transferring. There were five weeks of wedding food lunches left over, by the time Jim had his first day in Stamford, right? He could easily have gone for ten days and come back again. It's a non-issue. But it's not a hill I'm going to die on!

Dec 1st 2006

promotions, relocations, romance, second chances, Andy pranks...

Nice. Australia didn't start the fire.

There were five weeks of wedding food lunches left over, by the time Jim had his first day in Stamford, right?

There were five weeks of wedding food lunches left over by the time the season started. Jim had already been there a little bit.

How many guests were there going to be at the wedding? Five weeks of lunches could represent about 35 lunches, one per day, or about 25, one per work day. She's splitting them with Roy, so we'll peg the total number of lunches left at GWH at about 60. 60 lunches per 5 weeks means an average of 12 per week. 3 weeks in June after the nonwedding, 4 weeks in July, 3 weeks in September before GWH = 10 weeks = 120 lunches already consumed + 60 left over = about 180 guests, probably less, assuming they took more breaks from the same old chicken and fish dishes than I gave credit for.

Dec 1st 2006

Nice. Australia didn't start the fire.

Of Course Australia didn't...Ryan Did!

Dec 1st 2006 edited

I don't see any reason Jim couldn't have gone to Australia. He had the vacation time and was being promoted within the company, he could have moved, gone on the trip, then started his new job after getting back. I think it would have been good for him to go. Get as far away from the P-A-M situation as possible, clear his head, then start fresh when he got back.

I wish we could know more about the time around Jim leaving Scranton. Did he leave right away and not say goodbye to anyone? Did he stay in Scranton and spend an awkward couple weeks around Pam? Maybe these questions will be answered when Jim and Pam have their shouting match in the Parking Lot of Expression.

Dec 1st 2006

Maybe he tried tuna for the first time in Australia.

Dec 1st 2006

I don't see any reason Jim couldn't have gone to Australia. He had the vacation time and was being promoted within the company, he could have moved, gone on the trip, then started his new job after getting back. I think it would have been good for him to go. Get as far away from the P-A-M situation as possible, clear his head, then start fresh when he got back.

Jim was only going to Australia so he wouldn't be expected to attend Pam's wedding. He didn't even really decide where he was going at first. He just had to go somewhere to get out of there during the wedding. If he wasn't on vacation, he would be expected to attend.

The transfer to Stamford solved the problem for Jim, so he didn't need to leave.

Dec 1st 2006

Yeah, but given that he'd already purchased a non-refundable ticket, I don't see any specific reason for him not to go, even if his initial reason had been covered for. Unless logistically he couldn't afford to lose that time.

Dec 1st 2006

Yeah, but given that he'd already purchased a non-refundable ticket, I don't see any specific reason for him not to go, even if his initial reason had been covered for. Unless logistically he couldn't afford to lose that time.

The reason is because he didn't really want to go. He just wanted an excuse to get out of there.

Dec 6th 2006

We got a little taste of John Krasinski's singing voice during his karaoke with Michael. Does anyone know if he can really sing or if he has some sort of musical theatre background?

Dec 6th 2006

DoubleOffensive,

We did see him cover Eglasias (sp?) when he was on "Ellen". It was pretty bad...but he was so funny, it didn't matter. No, I don't think he can sing. But, his "Ellen" performance tells us that he doesn't care that he can't sing.

And, if you saw the dance-off between him, Ellen, and Rainn (on an earlier performance), he can't dance, either. But he is so damn cute trying to, that we love him just the same.

Dec 6th 2006

what i find really funny is that i am a music nerd and i hate bad singing as a rule, but i love john krasinski's bad singing :P watching that ellen video makes me so happy. i think it's the goofy asides. sighs

Dec 6th 2006

but i love john krasinski's bad singing

It's because he's hot. If Nathan Fillion sang badly, I would like that, too.

Dec 14th 2006

Okay, I mentioned it yesterday, so here it is: Linus' Unifying Theory of Halpert, or: How did Jim become Jim?

Basically, this is an elaborate back-story that I invented for Jim after watching the BBC Office; on that show, though Tim was not as major a character as Jim is, we knew more about his background than we've ever gotten about Jim: He's got a year of college, he lives with his parents, he grew up in Slough, etc, etc. Though we've seen a lot more of Jim, we know a lot less about the bare facts of his life. We know he played basketball in high school. He's mentioned his mom, and it's implied that she lives in Scranton.

So, basically, I told myself a little story about our man. Jim was born in a suburb of Pittsburgh, the son of a middle school principal and one of the "desk ladies" (as we used to call our middle school receptionists), who met when Jim's dad was still a biology teacher. Short and kind of scrawny as a boy, he suddenly shot up to over six feet while in middle school, which, combined with being the principal's son, caused him a certain amount of embarassment -- and so when he became a basketball star in high school, he still never quite felt like he qualified as one of the "cool kids".

Jim was a fairly sought-after recruit by college basketball programs, but rather than strike out for unfamiliar climes, he accepted a scholarship to the University of Pittsburgh, and started as an education major. During his freshman year in college, his parents divorced, and his mom moved back to her hometown of Scranton. One broken ankle and a traumatic breakup later, Jim had dropped out of University of Pittsburgh, and moved to Scranton to be with his mom. After a while, he enrolled at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre. During this period he worked at a Starbucks not far from his mom's place, and eventually rose to become manager there.

After graduation (psychology degree -- he keeps it in his room with a Post-It on which he wrote "10 cents for one, twelve for a dollar" stuck to it), he moved out of his mom's place, and spent a couple of years bumming around Scranton, at loose ends. Finally, he'd had enough of his life of Starbucks, pick-up basketball, and shiftlessness, and decided that he officially had to become a grown-up. He found an entry-level position at -- ta-da! -- Dunder-Mifflin. It didn't take long for his boss, a semi-compotent weirdo, to decide that Jim should move from data-entry to sales. It was one of those bizarre moments when Michael Scott accidentally made the right decision. Jim, affable, friendly, self-depricating but intelligent, was perfect for sales.

Jim Halpert is 29, he sells paper, and he sees his mom every Sunday. He enjoys a jovial but superficial relationship with his father -- they mostly talk about the Pirates and the Sixers. He is finally starting to feel like a grown-up. And he has two queens on Christmas Eve.

That's the Unifying Theory of Halpert. Can you tell that I have too much time on my hands?

  1. <
  2. 1
  3. 2
  4. 3
  5. 4
  6. 5
  7. 6
  8. 7
  9. 8
  10. 9
  11. ...
  12. 102
  13. >
151 to 180 of 3031
Top of PageBack to discussions