Flonkerton (Re)Opening Ceremonies

Flonkerton (Re)Opening Ceremonies

I’ll be back. And I am back! For gooooooood!

After barely updating this site for . . . a number of years I’ve decided to return and continue working on my recaps and maybe post some other fun things. Why? I can’t really say, perhaps because 2015 marks the 10-year anniversary of our beloved show starting, or maybe because thanks to Netflix I can watch any episode any time, or just because I still love this dang show so much.

I will now plug along with my recaps and Pam Pong score cards that hopefully some will read and enjoy. The Office finished with about 200 or so episodes, which is a pretty daunting total so for right now my goal is to recap through Season 3. A Random Poll or an Office Mystery post may slip in once in a while, and I welcome any ideas (I know for sure I will be doing an update of what is still by far my most popular post, The Evolution of Jim’s Hair).

So, old friends and new lovers, welcome (back) to Flonkerton! Let the games commence!

Pam Pong Round 24: Take Your Daughter To Work Day

218pp-biggerPrevious Round, Dwight’s Speech: Jim is uncomfortable with Pam doing her wedding planning in the office and books a flight to Australia on June 8th, two days before Pam’s wedding. It’s clearly an excuse for Jim to avoid the wedding, but Pam doesn’t challenge him about the date, though she is obviously saddened by the fact he won’t be attending. Final score: -4.

Pam Pong Scorecard
Episode 218: Take Your Daughter To Work Day

Jim and Pam playfully banter about Pam bringing extra candy to bribe the visiting kids: +1
They are both standing and leaning towards each other at the reception desk: +1
Pam is impressed (and envious) with Jim’s ability to immediately win over Kevin’s fiancee’s daughter Abby: +2
Roy is upstairs and Pam mostly hangs next to him during Michael’s video: -2
Pam and Jim hang out together by Michael’s office door: +1
Pam laughs at Jim’s comments about Young Michael’s clothes: +1
Roy calls to Pam to watch him roughhouse with Meredith’s son: -2
Pam is not impressed with Roy and glances at Jim: +1
Pam’s interest is piqued when she overhears that Jim has a date: +1
Jim and Pam joke about Michael’s musical skills: +1
With Pam turned away from him, Jim leaves for his date: -2
Pam, still thinking Jim is there, starts to talk: -1
And she gets a pensive look after waving goodbye to Jim: +1

Final Score, +3: An interesting episode where there isn’t obvious progress, but there are several positives to draw from. Pam takes on a kind of observing role this episode, watching how Jim and Roy relate to kids. Like with adults, Jim wins kids over with his humor and easy-going demeanor, while Roy is more about teasing and rough-housing. We also once again see Pam get jealous at Jim having a date, and although it’s at a more subconscious level, Pam’s jealousy always makes her very well-suppressed feelings for Jim a bit more apparent.

Next Round: Michael’s Birthday

Take Your Daughter to Work Day: Episode 2.18

218TYDTWD-bigger“Take Your Daughter to Work Day”
Season 2 Episode 18
Air Date: March 16, 2006
Writer: Mindy Kaling
Summary: The tension is higher than usual at Dunder Mifflin with kids running around the office. Pam works on getting past her awkwardness with children, and Michael befriends the daughter of his rival, Toby. Continue reading

Not a Bad Day – Jim and Pam


Considering how big of a Dunderhead I am, it’s a bit surprising I hadn’t made any fanart until now!

Originally posted on Ladamania!:

I was a huge “Office” nerd back in the day and some recent Netflix marathoning reminded me I’m still a big Office nerd. Also the show started 10 years ago, so I thought this would be fun as a kind of anniversary thing. So here’s Jim and Pam from ep 102 “Diversity Day”. I was kinda thinking about a “Top Season 2 Jim and Pam Moments” series, we’ll see if that pans out.


View original

Pam Pong Round 23: Dwight’s Speech

217pp-biggerPrevious Round, Valentine’s Day: It was a rather unromantic Valentine’s day for Pam; she watched Phyllis and other co-workers get lavished with gifts while she received nothing from Roy (or Jim). Jim missed an opportunity to “save the day” for Pam, but at the same time it will hopefully force Pam to evaluate how much her fiance Roy let her down. Final score: -4

Pam Pong Scorecard
Episode 217: Dwight’s Speech

Jim and Pam are in the kitchen bantering about Dwight getting the top salesman prize: +2
Phyllis comes in asking about Pam’s wedding dress, causing Jim to quickly leave: -1
Pam tells the camera she has to do wedding planning in the office: -1
Jim overhears Pam’s wedding planning and decides he needs to plan a vacation: -1
Pam gets Kelly and Ryan to help her address Save-the-Dates, within earshot of Jim: -1
Ryan seems surprised Pam is inviting Jim, but Pam tells Ryan that Jim is one of her closest friends: +2
Pam sounds annoyed when she talk about Roy’s lack of involvement in wedding planning: +2
Jim books a ticket to Australia, and Pam seems very excited for him: +1
But then he confesses he’s leaving June 8th, two days before her wedding: -4
Pam seems a little upset about the overlap, but doesn’t say anything: -1
Jim awkwardly offers to take her save-the-date to a mailbox, but Pam says she’s got it: -1
And he leaves for the day: -1

Final Score, -4: From Jim’s perspective, his actions are understandable; he was devastated on the Booze Cruise when Roy and Pam set a wedding date, actually going to the wedding would probably be unbearable for him. Booking the trip to Australia gives Jim a great “out”. However, from Pam’s perspective, she’s sad and maybe even hurt that her best friend is not coming to her wedding. If Pam challenged Jim about the timing of the trip and whether Jim is missing her wedding on purpose, maybe some feelings would have been addressed, but she doesn’t so the episode ends at a bit of an impasse.

Next Round: Take Your Daughter to Work Day

Dwight’s Speech: Episode 2.17

217dwightsspeech-bigger“Dwight’s Speech”
Season 2 Episode 17
Air Date: March 2, 2006
Writer: Paul Lieberstein
Summary: After being named Salesman of the Year, Dwight has to give a speech at a convention. Michael tries to coach the nervous Dwight, but Dwight gets his best advice from a surprising source. Back at the Office, Pam plans her wedding, and Jim plans a trip. Continue reading

Pam Pong Round 22: Valentine’s Day

216pp-biggerPrevious Round, Boys and Girls: When Pam learns about a graphic design internship, Jim is completely supportive, but Roy is not and Pam decides not to pursue it. Jim challenges Pam about her decision, but she pushes back and says she’s fine with her choices, though an emotional talking head interview suggests otherwise. Final score: -2

Pam Pong Scorecard
Episode 216: Valentine’s Day

Pam smiles as she talks about the funny card Jim got her for Valentine’s Day last year: +2
She says Roy and her agreed on no big fancy gift since they’re saving for the wedding: -1
But she’s still excited to see what Roy gets for her: -1
Jim mentions he broke up with Katy: +1
So he doesn’t have to worry about Valentine’s Day: -2
Pam is getting frustrated that all the Valentine’s Day deliveries are for other people (mostly Phyllis): -1
She keeps give Jim hopefully glances: +1
Jim may be referring his situation with Pam a bit when tells Kelly that Ryan is not into her, so she should just suck it up, move on, and try to have some fun: -1
Roy shows up and Pam tells him she’s a little disappointed he didn’t get her anything: +1
Roy smugly says that when they get home, Pam’s going to get “the best sex of her life”: -1
Pam is embarrassed by Roy’s comment: +1
The first Jim and Pam even talk to each other this episode is when he’s about to leave: -1
As he grabs his coat, Jim smiles broadly and wishes Pam a Happy Valentine’s Day: +1
But he smile immediately fades when his back is to her: -1
And Pam watches him, sad that Jim didn’t get her anything either: -2

Final Score, -4:  Yikes, what a remarkably unromantic Valentine’s Day for our pair! On the one hand, Jim missed a prime opportunity. He could have given Pam anything and she would have loved it, it could have even led to a more-than-friendly moment. On the other hand, Jim not “saving the day” for Pam means Pam can’t ignore that Roy, the man she’s suppose to marry in just a few months, completely failed to make her feel special or loved. Although this round of Pam Pong ends with a negative score, if it helps Pam recognize the real problems in her relationship with Roy, it may be good in the long run.

Next Round: Dwight’s Speech

Valentine’s Day: Episode 2.16

216vday-bigger“Valentine’s Day”
Season 2 Episode 16
Air Date: February 9, 2006
Writer: Michael Schur
Michael joins other regional managers in New York City to meet the new CFO. Back in Scranton, some employees are lavished with Valentine’s Day gifts, while others feel left out. Continue reading