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Really listen to the pauses : Speculation
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Apr 2nd 2007

Option B would be good. They left the time frame open between "Branch Closing" and "The Merger", only it was the other way around--a lot more than a week went by between the events of the episode.

Apr 2nd 2007

DftF, welcome to the Twilight Zone. The ghosts of NA are active today.

Apr 3rd 2007

Remember this? I thought it would be fun to go back to see what was said then. Much was made obsolete by the way the storyline was set up, but there are still amusing bits. I especially liked this nugget from #4:

Michael: “He whaaat? Oh, Gah, chee–, God, that’s Terrible. Oh man, what’r’ you gonna do? Oh, you’re asking me? Oh, ok, well…umm…well if it was me, I’d kick his ass. Not kick his ass…I do not condone violence in the workplace. Or out of the workplace. Anyplace. So, absolutely, do not kick his ass. Violence is highly overr—What? Ok…yep…happy to help…my door is always open…”

Nice work, gt. ferd's #11 is also sterling.

Apr 3rd 2007 edited

I'm surprised by how well mine stood up.

Yes, the key word here is should, rather than would. What Roy should do is realize he is no match for our dear Jim Halpert. As far as looks, talent, and creativity go, he just got the shorter end of the stick. He should just wish the happy couple their best and promise to be far away when they tie the knot, after a very short engagement. He'll miss Pam, but he's always wanted to explore the other fish in the sea as well-in fact, maybe he'll give Katy a call. Roy should just move down to someplace like Texas and pursue his warehouse career further.
Of course, we all know this will never happen. It'd be blissful, but far be it from the writers to let this happen. While Roy should do those things, the writers should not let them occur. Bring on the chaos and barfights!

Do I regret that last sentence? Maybe a little.

Apr 3rd 2007 edited

Holy crap mine was long:

(Talking head of Roy) Roy: So I uh, I guess Jim kissed Pam. (Pause) Do I think that has anything to do with Pam postponing the wedding? (Looks indignant and confused) Why would that have anything to do with it?

Fast-forward two months. Roy, convinced by Pam that the Kiss meant nothing, has since forgotten that Jim Halpert might have been a threat. No official “second date” for the wedding has been set. The word around the office is “downsizing” once again. But not for Scranton—for Stamford. Michael announces that there will be some new employees joining the office.

Dwight: Oh God. He’s back. Jim: Oh hey Dwayne. How’s it going? Dwight: It’s Dwight. (Looks at the camera, angry)

Later in the day, Roy is at Pam’s desk. Dwight wanders up.

Roy: So what’s with all these new people? Dwight: They should’ve just fired Jim. Nobody wants him back. The camera pans to Pam. Dwight: I’ll tell you what though; his malfeasance will not be tolerated this time. I just got my orange belt.

(Talking head of Roy) Roy: Am I gonna kick Halpert’s ass? No. Actually, Dwight volunteered to do it for me. Actually, like, surprisingly fast.

Clearly, I did not foresee the pseudo-kinship between Dwight and Jim.

Apr 3rd 2007

Mine was long too, and kind of harsh. But I made a lot of the word "should" as opposed to what he would do, what the writers would make him do or what I'd have liked to see him do.

It’s tempting to say he should do the right thing and step aside. That’s not only unlikely, it’s delusional. We’re talking about his fiancé, just weeks before their wedding. Besides, what fun is that? This is going to be harsh, but here goes. Roy should kick Jim’s ass for messing around with his girl. He should key his car, egg his house, TP his lawn, spraypaint his car and prank-call his mom late at night.

Assuming Pam doesn’t dump him, or vice-versa, he should make her feel as badly as possible. He should have her cook his favorite dinner every night then go drinking with his pals, come home late and enjoy the inevitable guilt sex. And if they split up, he should make it his goal to nail her best friend, her sister if she has one, Katy the purse girl and Angela. Even if this doesn’t drive Pam crazy, it’ll sure make him feel better.

Of course, he may need a new job, an HIV test and bail money after all that. But a man has to defend his honor, and some things you just can’t let slide.

Apr 3rd 2007

Woah, Brian. That's . . . interesting, to say the least.

Apr 16th 2007

High level Jim/Pam/Karen prediction for the final four episodes - nothing big happens in the next two, maybe a couple small Jim/Pam interactions similar to Safety Training. Then there will be lots of angst in the last two episodes. Karen will announce she's leaving for some reason and will try to get Jim to come with her to wherever she's going. That will give Pam the incentive to tell Jim she has feelings for him. How he reacts to that news is a cliffhanger.

Apr 16th 2007

Nevermind the coming showdown between Dwight and a breakroom full of killer robots...

I think as far as Jam goes, it's fool's gold to say how exactly they'll end this season. I'd like to think that all this development of Pam will culminate in some mirror of the Casino Night confession (this time she tells Jim how she feels), but I feel like she might still be too timid to try anything dramatic. Of course, I've been wrong before, and I fully expect to be wrong again.

Apr 16th 2007

The 'wise words' in this ep were Karen's "I don't know as much about this office as I thought I did..." (paraphrase, clearly). The wise words are often used to foreshadow, and certainly to set a tone or a thematic riff.

Perhaps Jim and Karen are headed for a slow meltdown rather than a showdown. His break-up style, as seen with Katie, is pretty mellow: no fight just a relationship that has no justification and is not sustainable.

Physically this ep, Karen has moved to the fringes (since she was shoved to the side by Jim last week)- during the jellybean count she was off to the side, peering around and leaning in to see her man; floating, unanchored, during Kelly's Netflix monologue; off to the side and out of the action on the Creed apple/potato prank. In the parking lot, Karen was just out there, with Pam and Jim standing together, interacting. Not full blown JAM interacting, but seamless nonetheless. With virtually no words, Jim and Pam reached the realization that Michael's stunt was a disaster in the making, and acted accordingly. Karen was not in sync with Jim at all. Their dis-ease grows, despite many long nights of talking, while Jim and Pam seem to be on the same wavelength, despite the trauma of the past year.

Perhaps Jim and Karen will end not with a bang but a whimper.

Apr 16th 2007 edited

Season 4, Finale

The last five minues.

(Scene: Michael Scotts bathroom. During Staff Barbecue. Karen and Jim has gotten away from the crowd to have a talk.)

Jim: Karen, we need to talk. You've been acting really strange lately.
Karen: Have I?
Jim: Yes. You have. Is there something you want to tell me? Something we need to talk about?
Karen(pauses): Yeah, Jim. There is. I'm going back home. To my parents place in Charlotte.
Jim(stunned): What? Where did that come from? You're quitting? What's going on?
Karen: It's...it's complicated, Jim. I think you should just leave it at that.
Jim: No. No, Karen. You can't just up and leave. You're my girlfriend. You, you just got here. Is it me? Is it Michael? Did...did Michael hit on you?
Karen: Jim, no. Just...leave it alone. Just let me go. There's no sense trying to talk me out of it.
Jim(grabbing her by the shoulders): What has gotten into you? Tell me what's the matter. Karen, I...I...really care for you... Is this about us? Can we talk about it? Is this about Pam and I? Because you saw us talking earlier? Cause I can explain.
Karen(angrily pulling away from Jim's grasp): No, Jim! It's not about Pam! But now that you bring her up, the reason I'm leaving might as well be her, because it's painfully clear to everyone here except you two that you're still in love with each other and I've been in the way ever since we came here from Stamford. Jeez, Jim. How blind are you?
Jim: Karen, please. Listen. Pam and I are...friends. Just friends. That's all. You're my girlfriend. (trying, unsucessfully to sound convincing) If you wanted, if you said the word, I would follow you to Charlotte, or to Corporate, or wherever. You just say the word, and I'll do it. I promise.
Karen: Jim, I'm pregnant.

(screen freezes on Jim's ashen face. Camera fades)

WHATTAYA THINK????????????????????

Apr 16th 2007

WHATTAYA THINK????????????????????

Well, that frees up Thursdays for me.

Apr 16th 2007

Dauost please tell me that was a joke.

Apr 16th 2007

Yeah, that would definitely ruin the show for me. Even if she would be lying, then it's totally soap opera territory. Any more crazy obstacles at this point would seem awfully unrealistic.

Apr 16th 2007 edited

Season 4, Finale

I hope we don't have to wait that long for something to happen....

Apr 16th 2007

I hope we don't have to wait that long for something to happen....

You know, I have to say that I think they're falling into the typical TV trap of placing too much emphasis on the cliffhanger. The problem with big cliffhangers (a la Casino Night or Cocktails) is that they rarely pay off the way people want them to after having a couple of months to build up hopes/theories and such.

Besides, I've always thought a cliffhanger is a cheap way for writers to avoid having to do the difficult job of penning a resolution to an important conflict/moment. Jim finally kisses Pam!! Uh...what happens afterwards? Well, let's just skip ahead three months and that way we don't ever have to explain in detail. Roy's gonna kill Jim!! Uh...oh, that wasn't that bad. Haha...now what?

I almost wish they would have Pam confess her feelings to Jim a couple of weeks before the finale, so that we will be able to see the change in their interaction as Jim struggles with the decision of what to do/how to get out of this mess he's in. But they won't. They'll do the cliffhanger. I think that's SO tired and overused, in ANY context, personally.

Apr 16th 2007

I assume, because it is the thing that I've been hoping against hope would not happen, that there will be some kind of tired cliffhanger about Jim's reaction to a confession of some sort from Pam. That would put a putrid little bow on a half a season of assiness.

Apr 16th 2007

Yeah...I wouldn't mind a finale in the style of one of the Christmas episodes...just everybody having fun doing something. Leaving something unresolved is all right, but after the follow-up to the last cliffhanger, I'm not too excited about the prospect of another.

Apr 16th 2007

I predicted a cliffhanger because I think it will happen, not because I want it to happen. I'm with you guys, it's overdone and not that necessary. My fear is that they'll replacate last year's "Will Jim stay or go?", except this time the destination will be Corporate instead of Stamford. Hopefully they surprise us and think of something better.

Apr 16th 2007

Michael breaks up with Jan, quits DM, Jim becomes regional manager.

Odds are 10,000:1.

Apr 16th 2007

Odds are 10,000:1.

Can I get $10 on those odds?

Apr 16th 2007

So I noticed that the season finale is supersized to an hour, and the two episodes before that are supersized to 40 minutes (I think) as well. That's a lot of supersizing, right? I'm wondering if they're trying to decide whether to make the show supersized all the time. I think if they actually did, it would be a really good thing. But I worry about the corporate drones being too afraid to break the mold with something new. Obviously, their ratings are lagging on Thursday nights, so it wouldn't hurt.

Apr 16th 2007

I'm almost afraid to get my hopes up, but it could really make sense. Think about it: No matter what you think of the direction the show has taken this season, it is very much a dramedy (as annoying as the term might be). And while it'll probably never top Gray's or CSI, I really think it would only be more competitive if given the room to stretch and develop stories that a regular 40-minute block would provide. Thursday could be the 40-minute show night. You only need two more to fill a two-hour block. And weren't the UK originals 40 minutes apiece?

Apr 16th 2007

Maybe they'll end it with a not-so-cliffhanger, but still shocking, like Michael and Jan eloping/getting engaged. However, the future of Jim/Pam/Karen will still be a cliffhanger and we'll all hate them for it.

Apr 16th 2007

However, the future of Jim/Pam/Karen will still be a cliffhanger and we'll all hate them for it.

I've wracked my brain and I just can't think of any cliffhanger revolving the Triangle that is satisfactory. Either they need to clear things up and leave us without a nail biter for the summer, or not address the issue at all. And I completely agree that the concept of a cliffhanger for the season finale is passe. Are they really afraid of losing that many viewers over the summer? Isn't anybody creative enough to find a way around it?

May 4th 2007

(time to stop lurking and start speculating...)

Okay, so I've seen the word "big" come up several times regarding Jan and Michael and the season finale. Some people seem to think she may be prego, but Melora herself denied that.

After watching last night's episode and hearing Michael's pro/con list, I'm thinking Jan's getting a big boob job. Big. Because Michael is clearly obsessed with boobs.

Am I reading too much into this?

May 4th 2007 edited

I've wracked my brain and I just can't think of any cliffhanger revolving the Triangle that is satisfactory

What if Jim indirectly/accidently stumbles upon Pam somehow admitting/confessing her feelings - finally and he's left with a decision to make. Post-it Theif I alread y hate them for it :). Jim still has no idea right, he's still in "Pam doesn't love me" land?

Some back-pedalled speculation...I wonder if Pam ever had a Bachelorette party

May 4th 2007

Post-it Theif I alread y hate them for it

Huh? Sorry, please explain. Maybe you mean CZJ.

May 4th 2007

I'm not really sure that leaving us with a cliffhanger isn't so much about getting viewers back next season (though that's part of it), but rather ending it with a bang. If this season wrapped up all nice and neat, what the hell would we talk about all summer? The finale is the thing that stirs the melting pot, and we anxiously look forward to the premiere to see how the dust settles...okay, I just mixed metaphors there but you get what I'm saying.

As aggravating as it is, I love seeing how shows leave us with that jaw-dropping moment that we think about all summer. I have high hopes for this season's finale and I don't think I'll be disappointed. But now I'm just saying a lot of things...

May 4th 2007

I'll agree as long as it is not the same cliffhanger that's been hanging out there for the last 50 weeks. I won't spend my summer talking about that. Resolve that and leave something else out for speculation.

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