Just watched the second episode of the Office for Season 9, “Roy’s Wedding” and all that excitement I felt for the season after last week’s first episode is gone. WTH.
**spoilers** Why on EARTH would Jim and Pam have discussed Jim’s potential business opportunity and decided it was a NO without really giving us anymore reason than just “we decided no, but I decided yes”??? Not, “We decided no b/c we didn’t want to move, or it was too risky, or it’ll be time away from the kids.” Something legitimate to make us understand the decision and not just set Pam up to be the bitch who told Jim no. After everything Jim did to support Pam’s decision to go to art school, this is not in keeping with her as a character, them as a couple, or their willingness to divulge with the camera crew as participants of a documentary who have shared everything with that same crew for over 8 years.
So having said that, if it was just a plot device to set up a scenario where Jim is taking these clandestine calls for the business that lead Pam to believe he’s having an affair then that is just cheap and easy. Just like the part where Jim and Pam know EVERYTHING about each other was really just a cheap way for them to point to the fact that Jim wasn’t telling her everything. There was so much more they could’ve done with Roy’s wedding! I mean - it’s ROY’S WEDDING. Grrrr.
And also, I liked the new guys last week as a vehicle to help motivate Jim and Dwight to move forward with their potential new career paths, but do we really need new effing characters? There are so many people on the show that none of them barely get time anymore. And that’s even WITH Ryan and Kelly gone. And Gabe? Has anyone seen Gabe lately? It’s the last season - put the people on we want to see. Dive into Oscar’s affair with Angela’s husband. Give us more Kevin rebuilding turtle moments. Show us Phyllis and Bob making out more and Darryl calling out what life was like back in the warehouse and oh hey - he brought the girl from the warehouse as his DATE. Let’s talk about THAT! Don’t waste my time with the new kid trying to sex up Erin. You just successfully committed her to Andy at the end of Season 8. No one cares.
Okay. There, I said it. Now I can shake it off and head toward episode three with renewed hope.