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    To sort of expand on what you said, PWS - I think Pam's wardrobe is just so incredibly perfect for her character. I've spent the last 20 years of my life as an office slave and I've known many Pams - attractive, smart young women who are just marking time at their day jobs, waiting for something to happen to them. The lack of effort in dress and hairstyle reflects how they feel about their jobs (oh my, sounds like all this hits home for me, eh? ). I've always thought the best all-around character was Pam.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AJane;2102563;
    I really disliked last night's episode. The whole dynamic of the Scranton office is so different without Jim, and not in a good way. I hope we're not going to have to watch him in a different office for the entire season.
    I wasn't particularly thrilled with this week's episode. Scranton without Jim is just not right. And Jim and the new girl...I don't know what kind of relationship they are going to end up having, but I hope it is not in the mold of Jim & Pam Version 2 or anything. Something different. Mind you, I'd rather she get chucked and Jim gets back to his adoration of Pam...but that's just me.

    Regarding Pam's clothes, Jenna Fischer (who plays Pam) has said that they try to have Pam be a bit dowdy. She has a cute post in her myspace this week about the diffrence between Pam hair/star hair/Jenna hair. She's so sweet.

    PWS - Jenna Fischer is 32, not 27. She did get married six years ago, to a writer/actor. I don't really know much about her husband, but I do know he is the brother of the guy who plays Kirk on Gilmore Girls. Which is just weird.
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    Yeah, I've read that her clothing is a "choice" for the purposes of the show. And I agree perfect for the Pam character. The fact that her "dress up" clothes are also dowdy makes it seem like that is a basic part of her character, not just the office part of it. On the other hand her comments about why she won't be wearing the "hotter" top to work makes it seem like she might have other style choices as well...a bit confusing. Maybe she keeps a set of dowdy dress up clothes just for Michael's generally awful office parties! Probably buys them at Goodwill.
    Really, she's that old? Not that it's that old, but my paper really did I'm pretty sure say 27, because I remember thinking, wow, she got married pretty young if she's been married 6 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PWS;2104423;
    Really, she's that old? Not that it's that old, but my paper really did I'm pretty sure say 27, because I remember thinking, wow, she got married pretty young if she's been married 6 years.
    She is that "old". I've always heard her age as 32 or whatever - I remember because she's a good 5 years older than John Krasinski, and older than the character she plays. Not that it is that big a deal, anyhow.

    As for her clothes - I read something where she said her backstory with the dress she wore to the casino night was that it was some bridesmaid dress that she had from before. Jenna Fischer comes up with a lot of backstories for her character, which is cool. There's a good article with her in the latest Entertainment Weekly.
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    Yes! That's exactly what it looked like--a recycled bridesmaid dress! Great backstory. I'm glad the actors are so into their characters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AJane;2102563;
    I really disliked last night's episode. The whole dynamic of the Scranton office is so different without Jim, and not in a good way. I hope we're not going to have to watch him in a different office for the entire season.
    I thought it was one of the funniest ever...I love the grief bit...my aunt was a boxer, my Cousin Mousafa...

    TV Guide Channel had a behind the scenes show last year and they talked about the wardrobes and plain and dowdy is it for the entire cast.
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    Tonight's episode was great!

    When Dwight was talking to Ryan in the field saying "Now... you plant your seed into the ground. And I'll plant my seed into you"

    And the best part of the entire episode was watching Jim and Pam reconnect. It's nice seeing that the relationship is still there, even with Jim being away from the Scranton office.

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    Ah!!! Jam. I totally thought it was going to be Jan on the phone, asking what Michael had been up to during the day. And then it was Jim. And the conversation was so sweet and stilted. I wonder how long it was supposed to last? It clearly went on longer than shown, as they're was a clear cut before Pam started talking about her 28 Days/28 Days Later adventure. That was a cute story. And when the conversation ended with the confusion over Pam saying bye to Ryan....ahhhhh! Their stars are still misaligned, but it's good to see them in the same sky again.

    BJ Novak did a great job writing the above scene, as well as the entire episode. I liked the storyline he gave his character, Ryan. Of course Dwight would think to have Ryan put through his paces, to the point where he even forgot about the sales meeting they were supposed to be going to! And having his cousin set to battle Ryan while wearing a shirt which had "Fear" duct-taped to it. Oh, dear.

    I like how Pam is towards Michael. It would have been so easy for her to just sit back and let him hang himself re: his daily work schedule for Jan. But she went out of her way trying to help, encouraging him to be productive. Even though it didn't really work, I think it was just telling how sweet-natured she is. Same with what she did for the bird funeral the other week.
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    Much better show this week. Must remember to suggest a Pretzel Day at our next staff meeting.

    That final scene with Jim & Pam was worth last week's lackluster effort. Those two characters just have amazing chemistry, even over the phone. Brilliant writing.
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    I agree with you AJane...this week's episode was great, and it's about time. The last two episodes hardly saw me crack a smile, while last night's epi had me laughing out loud. Dwight makes the show. When he's on, it's hilarious, when he's off, it's not.
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