Since we won’t have a new episode of The Office for another, oh, 4 months or so, I thought it would be fun to have a “viewing club.” Basically, based on what episode is repeating on NBC each week, I recommend another 2 or 3 episodes with the same “theme” and post some discussion questions.
This week’s rerun: The Convention
The theme: Jim and Michael’s odd friendship
Despite his apparent disdain for his boss, Jim has forged a bit of a friendship with Michael, and surprisingly has confided in him on more than one occasion.
The Viewing List:
Booze Cruise (2.11): Though Jim spends the majority of the episode goofing on Michael, he receives surprising advice from his boss after Pam and Roy set a wedding date.
The Secret (2.13): Michael is on the verge of spilling the beans about Jim’s feelings for Pam, so Jim attempts to distract Michael by going to lunch with him, which Michael misinterprets as a sign he and Jim are great friends.
The Convention (3.02): Jim and Michael see each other for the first time since Jim transfered, and Jim tells Michael the real reason he left Scranton.
A Benihana Christmas, Part 2 (3.11): Jim and Michael have a heart to heart after Michael gets dumped and has a rebound (or at least attempts to).
extra credit, Email Surveillance (2.09): Though Michael “crashes” Jim’s barbecue, the episode ends with an early glimpse of this odd friendship Jim and Michael have.
1. Why exactly does Jim confide in Michael time and time again?
2. It’s been said Jim and Michael’s personal lives often parallel each other. Do you agree? If so, then in what way?
3. If Michael wrote a letter of recommendation for Jim, what would it say?
4. For some reason, Jim is setting up a blind date for Michael, what does Jim say to convince a woman to go out with Michael?
You can just think about these questions as you watch the episodes, or type up some answers and post. I’ll be posting some of my own answers later.
Also, feel free to post suggestions for what the theme of next week’s viewing club should be. Next week will be a rerun of “The Coup.”