THE OFFICE: Jim & Pam Get Married
October 8, 2009 by Kath Skerry
“Plan A was marrying her a long, long time ago. Pretty much the day I met her.” – Jim
For those of you worried that tonight’s episode was going to be an hour long sappy lovefest dedicated solely to celebrating Jim and Pam’s love, I give you puke. From the literally nauseating cold open to the ridiculous yet touching final moments of tonight’s episode, “Niagra” was THE OFFICE through and through.
It’s well documented that THE OFFICE is one of my favorite shows of all time. And without getting overly sentimental, it has been a very important show in my life on a few different levels. It’s been my go to show from it’s very first episode (ok, that was a lie, I was hooked with the second episode, “Diversity Day”). I’ve seen the good (“The Injury”), the bad (sorry, but “Phyllis’s Wedding”) and the perfect (“Casino Night”). Tonight’s episode might not have been perfect. It was a bit predictable at times and a little self indulgent, but to me it was satisfying. I’m not sure you can ask more than that.
The episode showcased the ensemble so well and reminded us all that whether we want to believe it or not, Michael Scott got what he wanted – the Scranton branch of Dunder Mifflin is a family. An incestuous, completely dysfunctional family, but family all the same. And tonight we got to see the family at their finest (which of course is also their worst).
The episode started to really get going when we entered the “The Beesly-Halpret Wedding Rehearsal Dinner in the Passion Package Room”. Jim’s speech was beautiful and sweet. A toast not only to Pam but to all the viewers that have stuck by the couple since the beginning. It was a fantastic toast – well at least the part before he spilled the beans that his fiance was pregnant. As Jim talked about how long he waited for Pam to be his wife, the mental montage of all their moments throughout the years couldn’t help but be played in my mind. John Krasinski’s delivery was so perfect. Whether he was caught in the moment, or is just a really good actor (I vote for both), true emotion could be heard through the slight tremor in his voice.
“Four years ago I was just a guy who had a crush on a girl who had a boyfriend. And I had to do the hardest thing I ever had to do, which was just to wait. Don’t get me wrong I flirted with her. Pam, I can now admit in front of friends and family that I do know how to make a photocopy. I didn’t need your help that many times. And do you remember how long it took you to teach me to drive stick? (Pam: Like a year). I’ve been driving stick since high school. For a really long time that’s all I had. Little moments with a girl who saw me as a friend. And a lot of people told me I was crazy to wait this long for a date with a girl who I worked with, but I think, even then I knew, I was waiting for my wife.”
Although I was hoping they would resist the urge to go there, the writers of course included not one but two speeches from Michael. The first was a just a little bit of Michael’s free standing comedy. I mean what wedding rehearsal isn’t complete without some timely smart car jokes, right? Michael’s second speech was of course his attempt to save Jim’s major flub of outing Pam’s pregnancy. Michael being Michael made a bad situation even worse. What with all the talk of sexual accidents, different sensations, and stuff that blocks that…well you know what ‘m talking about.
The most beautiful scene for me was the special moment that Jim and Pam (and by extension, John and Jenna) shared before the ceremony. Pam’s veil ripped, everyone was driving her crazy, and she just needed Jim. Knowing exactly how to make things right in the way only he can, Jim cut his tie in honor of her torn veil. And in that super sweet moment, I along with Pam, took a mental picture of her husband to be.
Needing their wedding to be about them and not the bevy of crazies waiting for them in the church, Pam and Jim snuck out the back and made their way to the Maid of the Mist where the captain of the boat married them. Whether it was intentional or not, there was a beautiful synergy in having Pam and Jim having this special moment on a boat. This time around Roy wasn’t at her side, and Captain Ron wasn’t offering to marry them. Nope, this time Pam got it right. And as he always said he would, Jim saved the receptionist.
Mr. and Mrs. Halpert returned to the church, now content as a married couple, and ready for anything. Not even their co-workers and family commandeering their wedding and dancing down the aisle could break the magic of their moment. Their eyes met and they laughed. I cried.
I’ve been in enough weddings to know that something inevitably will go wrong. But Jim Halpert, being about as close to a perfect a guy that there is, was determined not to let anything ruin their day. It took four years for he and Pam to find their way to the alter, and he sure as hell wasn’t going to let a YouTube video stop them.
“I bought those boat tickets the day I saw that YouTube video. I knew we’d need a back up plan. The boat was actually Plan C. The church was Plan B. And Plan A was marrying her a long, long time ago. Pretty much the day I met her.”
As the episode came to a close, the camera panned in on Jim holding Pam as she rested her head on his shoulder. As Jim once said, all those years ago, “Not a bad day.”
— To waiting.
I was taking mental pictures of so many moments throughout the episode, but then I remembered I had a DVR so I stopped. I didn’t want to waste the battery. But here are a few of my mental pictures…
- Bravo to Pam Beesly Halpert for the well-played puke card. That will show them to peel eggs and where bad smelling soap. And why is Phyllis always smelling so bad? First the pine perfume from Orlando and now the soap. Stick with Ivory, Phyllis.
- Michael: “You are going to be sleeping by yourself for the rest of your life so you should just get used to it.” — Toby, why do you even bother?
- Little girl to Dwight: “Why would they make the bad man your boss if you’re so much smarter?
- Ryan: “I was the youngest VP in company history.”
Meredith: “More recently he worked in a bowling alley. Tell her one of your funny bowling alley stories.”
- Pete & Tom: “Pam, you’ve got the greatest smile and your body is really fine. Hoping it will make our wives kick it up a notch. A little mo-cardio.”
Michael: “That’s not appropriate.”
- Jim: “Is there something about being a manager that makes you say stupid things?”
- The Dunder Mifflinites love to dance. We saw some of their smooth moves back in ‘Cafe Disco’ and tonight they were back at it. Andy beat Meredith in the robot-off, but was anyone else disappointed that there wasn’t another Andy/Kelly dance-off? Speaking of Kelly, she was dancing a bit too close to that Ryan fellow. Stay away, Kapoor.
- Pam: Are you pushing me off the phone?
Drunk!Jim: No, let’s talk for a long time.
- I’m not sure I ever wanted to hear that much about Andy’s scrotum.
- Am I the only one already pulling for an Andy and Erin happily ever after? Oh geesh, this is what happens when I go to weddings. I get all sentimental.
- You can try to deny it all you want, but Dwight Schrute is a complete stud. He’s a love her and leave her type of guy. What is it about the beet farmer that get hot women all hot and bothered. I guess it was too much to ask for a little Dwangela action. Maybe he should wear that Howlin’ at the moon shirt to work. How long until NBC.com starts selling Dwight’s ‘Howling at the Moon’ shirt?
- Dwight: I’m ravenous after a night of love making.
The Do’s and Don’t of Pam & Jim’s Wedding
- Do: Have a good time
- Do: Dance when its appropriate
- Do: Eat dinner.
- Don’t: Make a big scene
- Don’t: Cry
- Don’t: Talk to our family — VERY BUSY!
- Don’t: Firecrackers
P.S. I would imagine that viewers not familiar with the famous YouTube video of Jennifer and Kevin Heinz’s wedding entrance might have been a bit confused. But I loved it. And here’s to hoping that Jennifer and Kevin are OFFICE fans. What a thrill for them.
If you haven’t seen the original video, here’s the inspiration for tonight’s grand entrance.
And as a wedding present to all of you gals, here’s John Krasinski in his tighty whites. And no, I’m not kidding.