It must have been one of those days when I was bored and started looking for “must watch” lists when I discovered The Office. At the time, it was the height of reality TV shows like The Simple Life or The Hills where we got to see how beautiful people “live.” But the concept of The Office is the opposite of that. It’s a pseudo-reality show/documentary that follows the lives of the employees of Dunder Mifflin paper company. What can be more boring? In season 1, we were introduced to the annoying-turned-lovable regional manager Michael Scott played brilliantly by Steve Carell.
But let us not kid ourselves anymore and admit that this show is really about Pam Beesly and Jim Halpert (PB&J). Here we have two cute and dorky people who are great friends, and from episode one, everyone knew—ALL OF US—that they are meant to be together. It took three seasons for the two of them to get the timing right and for Jim to finally ask Pam out. So when he did and the third season ended with DAT SCENE, I was crying and jumping at the same time. LOVE, you guys!
The Office aired its final episode last Thursday and I had high expectations because of the reactions and articles I’ve read. But I was underwhelmed. For me, Pam’s grand gesture to sell their house, move their family and support Jim with his company was a little late. She’s lucky that everything worked out. But what if it didn’t? To make up for my disappointment, I cried buckets of tears during that scene where Joan Cusack revealed that she is Erin’s mother at the cast panel discussion. You can feel her trying to hold it in and not be a mess. It was beautiful. But then Erin’s father appeared and now they’re one big, happy family and suddenly it seemed like it was too sweet.
I may sound as if I hate happy endings but I don’t. I just didn’t appreciate how everything was tied off so neatly. The fans can sleep soundly knowing that their beloved characters are all in a better place. Except Toby, of course. But for me, a good ending leaves questions to ponder on for years to come. I know you Office fans will say, “Well what about Jim’s note to Pam? Aren’t you wondering about that?” Do we still need to know what’s in there? Jim has proven time and again that he loves Pam more than anything. Jim has done a lot of wonderful things for Pam and the teapot note is just one of the many.
And when Pam closed the series with the quote, “There’s a lot of beauty in ordinary things,” it just didn’t cut it for me. These guys weren’t ordinary. Love is not ordinary—especially Jim’s love for Pam. And maybe we’re all like Mindy Kaling, one of the writers and the actress who played Kelly Kapoor, when she said that having Jim Halpert as a model makes it more difficult to face the reality that most men will fall short of Jim. And don’t we all deserve a Jim, ladies?
Maybe it’s a good thing that the series ended before we got completely tired of it. One day I will find someone who will watch The Office with me from the first season to the last until we die. Of laughter. And tears. I have nothing more to say so I’ll end it with this. PB&J Forever.