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THE OFFICE Recap: Beach Games (aka Oh.My.God)

May 10, 2007 by  

THE OFFICE Recap: Beach Games (aka Oh.My.God)

I’m not sure I’m of the right emotional state to write a proper recap of tonight’s episode of THE OFFICE, but I’ll try. I will say that I thought there were some really funny moments in tonight’s episode. Andy floating in the lake might just replace the picture of John Krasinski and I as my screensaver (yes, I thought it was that funny). But to be honest, I was so caught up with what happened in the last few minutes of the show that everything that came before is a bit of a blur. So my apologies to Greg Daniels and Jennifer Cellota – you wrote a great episode but it was all about the ending for me.

Let’s talk about what happened during Dunder Mifflin’s Beach Games, shall we?For reasons that completely bewilder me, Michael Scott gets a call from the Dunder Mifflin CFO informing him he’s being considered for a position with Corporate. His interview is next week, and he needs to come prepared with a name of a replacement for the Scranton Branch. Despite the fact that his obvious replacement would be the Assistant Regional Manager, Jim Halpert, Michael decides to hold a Survivor-esque competition to see who can be the last man standing and take over ad Regional Manager.

The Dunder Mifflinites think they are in for a fun day at the beach. I mean even Angela joins in during the group sing-a-long on the bus (the song – “The Gambler” – perhaps a nod to last year’s ‘Casino Night’ which coincidentally aired one year ago tomorrow). But once they get to the beach, the DMers are not too enthused about the “funtivities” Michael has planned. Especially not Pam who is told she has sit on the sidelines and take note of everyone’s “indefinable qualities”. As with most of Michael’s ideas, things don’t exactly go as planned. Although he has pre-selected Jim, Dwight, Stanley and Andy as early favorites, none of them are showing Michael they have what it takes to be the leader he is looking for.

The office partakes in what under other circumstances (or perhaps at a different company) could be some fun activities. The blindfolded egg on a spoon race ends with no winner as Jim guides Karen into the lake, Phyllis drops her egg in the first few seconds, Kelly gives up thinking she is going to walk into a rock, and Ryan quits after Dwight screams in his face. The hot dog eating contest is off to a slow start until Michael reveals that he is searching for his replacement. Dwight, Stanley and Andy start getting a little more competitive. Jim on the other hand bypasses the whole day and calls David Wallace at Corporate directly and asks to be considered for the position…as does Karen. Shady? Wow Jim you HAVE changed since you left for Stamford.

Later Stanley and Dwight show no mercy when they take out Jim and Andy in a sumo wresting contest. And next to Roy’s DUI mug shot earlier in the season, seeing the guys walk around in the Sumo costumes has to be the best visual moment of the entire season. Actually walking isn’t quite right…it’s more like waddling. Although when Andy waddles into the river and falls in there seems to be no saving him – he just floats away like the August Gloop down the chocolate river (oh Andy how your words come back to haunt you). Angela is the only one that can save him, but she seems to have taken a break from the Lord’s work and just lets him float on by.

The last activity for the day is the hot coal walk. No one seems enthused. Pam wants to be the first one to try, but Michael won’t allow her to. Um, Michael, how is Pam suppose to emerge as Fancy New Beesly unless you let her?

After Michael fails to have the courage to walk across the coals himself, Dwight volunteers to go in his place. Actually Dwight insists that he stays on the hot coals until Michael decrees him Regional Manager. This leads to some burnt skin and it ain’t pretty. Yet another failed funtivity.

Michael finally decides to have Jim and Dwight compete for the job by having each give an inspiring tribal council speech decreeing why they should be appointed Regional Manager. Jim is first up, and Michael is crushed when Jim tells him that he doesn’t want to be Regional Manager and he’s going next week to compete against Michael for the Corporate job. Again, WTF Halpert? Do we need to break up? You are so not acting like the boy I once loved.

Meanwhile, Pam is finding the courage to do the coal walk. She’s hesitant, but she’s also Fancy and New and when she goes for it she does it with no problem. YAY Pam!! (We were all rooting for you). Pam’s accomplishment gives her a major boost of self confidence and she wants to share it with the group. She runs over and decides it’s time to be honest about a few things…and here we have the OH.MY.GOD. moment of tonight’s episode, nay, season.

THE OFFICE Recap: Beach Games (aka Oh.My.God)

Pam: Hey, I want to say something. I’ve been trying to be more honest lately and I just need to say a few things: I DID THE COAL WALK. Just… I did it. Michael you couldn’t even do that. Maybe I should be your boss. Wow I feel really good right now.

Why didn’t any of you come to my art show? I invited all of you, and that really sucked. It’s like sometimes some of you act like I don’t even exist.

(turns to Jim) Jim, I called off my wedding because of you. And now we’re not ever friends. And things are just weird between us and that sucks. And I miss you. You were my best friend before you went to Stamford. I really miss you. I shouldn’t have been with Roy, and there were a lot of reasons to call of my wedding, but the truth is, I didn’t really care about any of those reasons until I met you. And now you’re with someone else. And that’s fine…it’s whatever…it’s not what, I don’t…ok my feet really hurt. The thing that I’m just trying to say to you Jim, and to everyone else in the circle I guess, is that I miss having fun with you. Just you, not everyone in the circle. Ok, I’m going to go walk in the water now. Yeah, it’s a good day.

(Watch Pam’s speech here)

WAH!! The show ended about an hour ago and I’m still shaking a bit. That was AMAZING. Jenna Fischer blew me away with that speech. It’s what I have been hoping for since the first episode of this season. It didn’t end with Jim swooping in and kissing Pam but there’s still one episode left in the season. So that’s what we have to ponder over the next week.

Will Jim get the job in New York? If so will he take it? Will he and Pam FINALLY talk about what went down at Casino Night? Will Jim think that Pam just misses him as a friend? And does she? There was no mention of love in her monologue. Will Karen keep Jim up with some more late night talks? Will Jim return to the Desk of Love? Will Greg Daniels leave us with a summer of happy thoughts and rainbows or tears and bad wigs? All this and more will be answered in just one week’s time. I’m not sure I can last a week.

Check out behind-the-scenes pics from BEACH GAMES at

Beach Games: John Krasinski and Ed Helms Angela KinseyMy apologies to the NBC promo department for a full week of secretly bashing you and wishing you nothing but ill will. You made good on the promo…please forgive me.


81 Responses to “THE OFFICE Recap: Beach Games (aka Oh.My.God)”

  1. Heather on May 11th, 2007 9:53 am

    I also agee that Jim and Karen sneaked off to call corporate. Jim’s face when Michael announced that they were hiring in corporate seemed to be one of interest. You could see the wheels turing that he was thinking something. David Wallace would not just happen to call them right after Michael made that annoucement. It does seem odd though that they are both applying for the same job. Why would you want to compete w/ your BF/GF? I do not like this Jim Halpert! Trying to steel a job from Michael. At least he did tell Michael that he would be interviewing for the same job. Not entirley sneaky. Hopefully FNB’s speech will knock some sense back into him!! Great episode though! Have watched it twice already and watched Pam’s speech probably 10x’s!!!

  2. cam3150 on May 11th, 2007 10:08 am

    GMMR – here’s a picture for you. I can’t take credit for it but someone over at the TWOP boards did it. It captures the emotion of the Jim/ Pam scene perfectly. I want it to be my new background.

  3. Angela on May 11th, 2007 10:25 am

    I loved last night’s episode…I am so proud of Pam! 🙂

  4. stephen p. on May 11th, 2007 10:35 am

    i said on another comment thread, jim looked like a puppy who just got his nose rubbed in the mess he made on the carpet and it was so well deserved. i love FNB.

  5. game on on May 11th, 2007 10:38 am

    I hate to say this, but I think that either Jim or Michael will get the corporate job. I think that, particularly Steve Carell, their movie careers are taking off, and what will happen is that they will be in like 5 minutes an episode, only have to come into work for like a day a week, and then during sweeps episodes or something, be in a lot more, and NBC can promote it big time. Meanwhile, the office will continue to develop minor characters into major characters etc. i’m thinking it will go the way of ER, where in a few years, almost no one from the original cast will be around, and we’ll all want to get into a sumo costume and float down the river away from it.

  6. NoGould on May 11th, 2007 11:03 am

    GMMR, you bring up an interesting point I’d forgotten. Odd, considering that was the whole point, but who will Michael name to replace him, if he were to get the job? Jim double crossed him, Dwight’s insane, I almost see him leaning towards Andy of all people! Wow.

    I hope it’s explained next week how that whole Jim/Wallace phone call came about. I tend to believe Jim called him up about it. But I’d like a throw away comment from Wallace. Either: “Thanks for agreeing to meet me.” or “I’m glad to see you expressing interest in advancement here.” Then we’d know.

  7. Clare on May 11th, 2007 11:32 am

    wwwwwwwwow. This thread is on fire!! Huh… I’m still stunned… So proud of Pam… so brave, so honest and yet kind. I for one am very glad she didn’t tell Jim she loved him. I think it would have been disrespectful in front of Karen but most of all, he totally didn’t deserve it. Jim has become somewhat of an ass. I was very disappointed in him, going after the job like that. Booooooo Jim. I don’t know where that boy’s head is at, but he’d better find it before Thursday.

    Loving Angela soooo much this season.

    Floating Andy…..heh heh heh 🙂

    Thanks again to my BuddyTV lifeline 😉 that was a doozy last night!!

  8. mg714 on May 11th, 2007 12:27 pm

    I really liked this episode the first time I saw it and upon re-watching, I think it’s one of the best this season. I’m a little afraid that the finale might not live up to the expectations that this episode set up, but I definitely “trust the writers.” I’m so excited to see the fallout of what happened last night, but I definitely don’t want the season to end just yet. (Though at least we’re getting some extra episodes next year!)

  9. kari on May 11th, 2007 12:32 pm

    I never thought for a SECOND that Jim called David. There’s no way. Didn’t cross my mind and yet that’s all I’ve been reading on TWoP and then in Kathie’s recap. David TOTALLY called him.

  10. Shev on May 11th, 2007 12:43 pm

    I’m going to reiterate:


  11. Jake on May 11th, 2007 1:31 pm

    game on said: “their movie careers are taking off, and what will happen is that they will be in like 5 minutes an episode”

    Really, really doubtful. It’s GOOD for the network if Steve’s movie career continues to grow. It means more Office viewers. And there’s no way they wouldn’t take advantage of that and let him(or John or Jenna) become secondary characters. They’re signed to 5-year contracts and I’m positive NBC plans to take full advantage of their popularity as long as they’re employees.

    Also, in every cast blog or interview I’ve ever read, Steve Carell LOVES doing this show and is very protective of it. It doesn’t seem like he would allow his movie career to interfere.

  12. uju on May 11th, 2007 2:32 pm

    Jim has changed as result of his relationship with Karen, he’s become more ambitious. I think Karen did make Jim call but Jim wants to do the interview and thought “why not me?”

    I think those photos that were released last week with Jim and Karen in New York are from the finale. My question is why would Karen think she’s remotely qualified/has a chance of getting the job she hasn’t been promoted and she isn’t the best sales person at the office so what makes her think she should move up that fast?

    I was happy for the Pam moment but I have a feeling that the finale will barely acknowledge it. I bet it will be a Pam talking head feeling a bit remorseful/embarrassed.

  13. Lisa on May 11th, 2007 2:40 pm

    Here is the address to the promo, but really there is no new footage, but it does have Pam’s speech in it.

    Still want to remind everyone of Jim in season one, his outlook on Dunder-Mifflin…
    “Because right now, this is a job. If I advance any higher, this would be my career. And if this were my career, I’d have to throw myself in front of a train.”

    What happened to that Jim?

  14. srah on May 11th, 2007 2:45 pm

    “Jim on the other hand bypasses the whole day and calls David Wallace at Corporate directly and asks to be considered for the position…as does Karen. Shady? Wow Jim you HAVE changed since you left for Stamford.”

    Say what you will about Michael Scott… but he would never do that. I suddenly realized last night that I don’t really like Jim anymore. Through seasons 1 and 2 he seemed so perfect and it seemed like there wasn’t enough to Pam – that she wasn’t good enough for him. Now I really like Pam but I’m not sure Jim is good enough for her.

  15. juju on May 11th, 2007 3:15 pm

    I agree with srah, Pam is too good for Jim.

    Jim was sweet and funny in season 1 and 2 but he was wimpy and not aggressive at all and that’s what made him so miserable he didn’t feel like he had any control which was also reflected in Pam they were quite similar that way.

    When Karen comes into his life he kinda morphed into her and took on her aggressive and confident qualities. Pam on the other hand has totally changed by herself for herself. So who is the real Jim?

    Also, realistically Karen is not qualified for the job but for the sake of the show I hope she leaves for corporate.

  16. srah on May 11th, 2007 3:27 pm

    My question is why would Karen think she’s remotely qualified/has a chance of getting the job she hasn’t been promoted and she isn’t the best sales person at the office so what makes her think she should move up that fast?

    Maybe she really IS sleeping with David Wallace!

  17. shev on May 11th, 2007 3:36 pm

    After reading your posts, I started to believe that I didn’t like Jim as well. Then I remembered everything Pam did to him. I mean she rejected the poor guy twice. She got back together with Roy. Jim is trying to get over her. I can’t blame him for FORCING himself to act differently.
    I remember a comment Karen made a while back. It went something along the lines of “get back to work so we can go on a trip.” Jim just trying to meld into this relationship. Chances are that in the finale he’ll realize that he doesn’t want to change for Karen.

  18. uju on May 11th, 2007 3:40 pm

    Maybe she really IS sleeping with David Wallace!

    Okay, I totally hope that’s the reason!

  19. Merrie on May 11th, 2007 4:23 pm

    Can we organize a group hug? And can I have Jim next to me?

  20. michelle c. on May 11th, 2007 4:48 pm

    As soon as I saw the episode, it HAS to be that Jim called David at corporate. He knew NOTHING about the job opening until Michael said it at the beach. If David were going to call Jim and Karen, he would have called them AT THE OFFICE. Not on their private cell phone numbers. Jim passed the phone to Karen who IMMEDIATELY said that she wants to be considered for the position as well. They were throwing their hats into the ring for the job opening.

  21. Lisa on May 11th, 2007 5:23 pm

    Hey I just watched the episode again and I didn’t notice last night, but did anyone see Jim’s reaction to Dwight falling in the coals. How sweet. Jim really does care for Dwight. Haha!

  22. FNL on May 11th, 2007 6:06 pm

    I am not sure why it was so bad for Jim to call about the opening. In the corp world, jobs are open and employees can apply – there is nothing sneaky about that. Basically, he feels there is no future for him in Scranton (again). Note the parallel to season 2 wrt to that revelation as well as the confession to Michael regarding the interview like he did to Pam about wedding planning in Conflict Resolution.

    I think Pam’s speech was stream of consciousness…the day had to really stink for her – not only does she not get to participate but note no one talks to her at the beach. This was a day ala Michael’s Birthday that she would have enjoyed with Jim and instead she watches him with Karen.

    And the tension is there for Jim: she wants her friend back not necessarily anything more (although she did call off her wedding because of him…) That has been the struggle for him since he has been back. He can’t just be friends with her now.

  23. Lisa on May 11th, 2007 6:30 pm

    I never realized that Jim didn’t go to her art show. That just seems like a mean thing to do. Of all the employees at the Office only Oscar and Michael show up! What’s up with that? I can’t believe Jim didn’t show up, of all the people to be there he should have been.

  24. Amy on May 11th, 2007 6:47 pm

    I also didn’t think it was a problem that Jim and Karen wanted to apply for the job at corporate. I took it that they didn’t know about the job opening until Michael said something, and figured why not apply as well. Karen sure looked upset at Pam when she was speaking her mind…they definitely can’t be friends anymore.

    I can’t see Karen sticking around Scranton any longer. She is too strong a person and has too much pride (in a good way) to stay in a relationship that’s going nowhere.

    So proud of Pam, way to go! Jim had that total “Casino Night” face as she spoke, he really took her words to heart. Can’t wait to see what happens next.

  25. jenn on May 11th, 2007 7:53 pm

    Both Jim and Pam have changed so much in the last year–think back to Casino Night–they are so different. It scares me to think this, but maybe they’ve changed too much to come together now. I’m not liking the way Jim has been lately, and Pam is rocking my world!

    And, I gotta say again, no matter what happens with Jim and Pam, Karen is not right for Jim. Neither seems into the other, there’s no chemistry, they don’t even seem to have fun together. It seems like a waste of time. They HAVE to break up–Karen will get the job at corporate but we’ll still see her occasionally.

    I can’t imagine there could be any more major movement of our favorite couple next week. It’s gonna be a long summer!

  26. LaLa on May 11th, 2007 9:42 pm

    I actually strongly got the impression that Corporate called Jim to tell him and Karen about the job opening. Because on the phone, Jim was saying, “Thank you for this opportunity – yes, I would love to interview” etc. And then Karen said the same thing. I really don’t think that’s the type of thing that you call up and say, “Hey, let me interview”. No, corporate calls YOU and tells you if you qualify. Sooo…. yeah. I don’t think you guys should be mad at Jim for that.

    Anyhoo, in other news, loved this episode. The picture of Stanley in the sumo suit charging at Jim is now my computer desktop image at work. And yeah… Pam’s speech. Wow. That was just awesome. And I do believe that she was trying to say that she was in love with Jim, without flat out admitting that in front of his girlfriend and the whole office. But saying, “I called off my wedding because of you” – yeah, that really does mean “I want you.”

  27. Lauren on May 12th, 2007 2:48 pm

    YAY! i don’t know if anyone mentioned this already, but by Pam saying that she never cared about not being with Roy until Jim came along, I’m pretty sure that is a declaration of love. also, i agree, Jim has been a kind of a douche this season. i miss the old Jim…i have to say, i think he’s changed ever since dating karen and i don’t like the new jim….

  28. Lauren S. on May 12th, 2007 3:09 pm

    However, i feel like i should say, i still love jim…i just hope that he gets his ducks in a row soon. also, hooray for FNB! however, i really think that Jim helped her become FNB. if he hadn’t been there for her and if he hadn’t said his feelings aloud, i wonder if pam would have said all she did…am i the only one who thinks ths?

  29. Carly on May 12th, 2007 9:14 pm

    i miss pam having fun with jim too. just jim.. not everyone in the circle.

  30. samanthemofthesun on May 14th, 2007 7:16 am

    Howdy – I just gotta ask – what is wrong with Jim, who’s heart was broken and hardened over, but who clearly still has feelings for Pam, and is living in denial about it, going for a better job? I think Jim is acting like anyone repressing emotion. He is just doing what he has gotta do. We will see just what is up next week!

    Also: my dvr fudged the ending. What happened in the last two minutes?

  31. J.D. on May 15th, 2007 1:42 pm

    OK… I know some of you are going to accuse me of being a perv on this one, but as a (happily married fyi) guy, my curiousity was slightly tweaked at the prospect of Pam in the two-piece. The look on Toby’s face when she tells him she’ll be in one is priceless.
    Doesn’t seem fair to tease us with that with no payoff.

    OK… you can start telling me what a horrible typical guy I am now. (but at least I’m honest).