Wednesday, May 9, 2007

"Beach Games"

With only two episodes remaining in the season this week's episode of The Office promises not only fun and games, but also a very "telling" declaration by Pam Beesley. The episode is called "Beach Games" and I believe it will be a climactic episode that will lead us into next week's finale.

Here is the description released by NBC:

Michael is being considered for a position in corporate and has to recommend his replacement, but while the group expects a fun outing at Lake Scranton, Michael has planned a day of “Survivor”-like competitions to find his successor. Meanwhile, Pam is not asked to join in any of the activities and is forced to watch Jim and Karen have fun together.

Keeping that in mind, in case you haven't seen the promo, Pam apparently confesses something to Jim (or so NBC will have us believe). Of course, all of us Jammers are hoping for some great Jam action, but I'm not so sure if professing her love for Jim in front of the entire office, including his girlfriend, would be such a good move for Pam. For one thing I don't think she would be so heartless as to embarrass Karen that way unless perhaps Karen does something to offend Pam in this episode prior to Pam spilling the beans. Also, if she proclaimed her love in such a public, revealing way Jim would almost have no choice but to respond negatively in order to protect both himself and Karen.

So it's my theory that Pam will indeed say something very important; finally taking a stand (as part of her whole growth process and "being honest" thing), but I don't think it will be quite what we expect as these writers are so great at "keeping it real." By that I mean that we as an audience are so used to watching TV with formulaic plot lines geared toward pleasing the audience itself that, often times, what we least expect from a TV show is what someone might actually do (or not do) in real life.

That true-to-life quality of this show (with the exception of a few quirks here and there) is what makes The Office so captivating. It's surprising how much the reality of this little series can make us feel so uncomfortable and awkward while still managing to pull at our heart strings and make us laugh. In the case of The Office, art definitely imitates life.

That being said, the more I watch last week's episode, "Women's Appreciation," the more I'm convinced it's one of the best of the season. Phyllis' reaction to the flasher was hilarious and Creed's unsympathetic response, "The guy was just hanging brain. I mean, what’s all the fuss?", was classic!

A lot happened in that episode. Phyllis was flashed. Pam drew up a sketch of the flasher (which was basically Dwight with a mustache and no glasses [Andy totally figured out right away. How adorable has he been lately?]). Michael took the ladies to the mall, bought them all panties from Victoria's Secret, and broke up with Jan. The guys discovered an oasis in the women's bathroom. Jim found Pam's sketched prank on Dwight "pretty cool", and Pam saved the ladies by changing their flat tire. So all in all; a great episode.

Best Lines:

Michael: Cons. Wears too much makeup. Breasts — not anything to write home about. Insecure about body. I’m unhappy when I’m with her. Flat-chested.
Pam: What was the last one?
Michael: She’s totally flat. Shrunken chesticles.


Michael: Any man who says he totally understands women is a fool. ‘Cause they are un-understandable.

So now I can't WAIT to find out what happens on these last two shows. I'm doing everything in my power not to read any spoilers this time around. I DON'T WANT TO KNOW (until the show airs, of course).

So stay tuned for another super-sized episode this week and the one hour season finale next week! I'm sure they will be 'the best episodes ever! Whooo!'


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1 comment:

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