jim and pam, the perfect non-shark jumping romance
May 24th, 2009
I was in Europe for the last episode of this season’s The Office, so I just now caught it. And it was wonderful, and don’t read on if you haven’t watched it and didn’t catch the lovely and rather emotional little finale in which Pam’s–SPOILER–pregnancy was revealed.
I woke up this morning still thinking about Jim and Pam and smiling about the episode. The Holly Michael stuff was both hilarious and touching, too and Ryan playing volleyball while on his cell phone, perfect! But the whole thing got me thinking. How did they do it? How did The Office manage to do the impossible? To let the two unrequited lovers get together and not ruin the show? Not only not ruin it but deepen it and make it funnier. The Jim-Pam romance hasn’t turned into a slog or annoyingness. It remains funny but also really sweet and occasionally so touching.
I don’t understand how this is, and as a writer, I would like to. Is it because the rest of Dunder Mifflin is so depressing, so mired in inertia, that Jim and Pam are the necessary sunshine and forward momentum? Is it because the relationship isn’t a heavy focus, you just get funny little glimpses? Is it because the actors who play Jim and Pam, John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer, are just that good?
I’m not sure. Maybe I don’t need to know. I should just be glad that such a sweet romance exists. And that such good television can exist and sustain for several seasons. Even after the star-crossed lovers get together. And get knocked up.
Anyhow, what are your thoughts on this, if you agree with me, that these two are just the damn cutest couple ever to hit network TV?