This is the 5th installment of my “viewing club” series. Each week, whatever rerun NBC airs, I will suggest 2 or 3 episodes with the same “theme” and post some discussion questions.
This week’s reruns: Casino Night, Branch Closing, The Merger
The theme: Jim and Pam’s time apart
After 3 years of spending 40 hours a week together, Jim and Pam were suddenly in different states and facing big changes. Pam was single for the first time in her adult life, and Jim was trying move on from the heart break he endured on Casino Night. Just when each was settling into a new routine, they were back in the same office, but their relationship would never be the same.
The Viewing List
Casino Night (2.22): With her wedding and his transfer looming, Jim puts it all on the line and confesses his love to Pam.
Gay Witch Hunt (3.01): It’s four months after Casino Night, and there are a few surprises as we find out what’s become of Jim and Pam.
Branch Closing (3.07): The Scranton Branch is closing, or is it? Pam contemplates a life after Dunder-Mifflin, and Jim wrestles with the possibility of seeing his old coworkers again.
The Merger (3.08): After half a year apart, Pam is thrilled to have Jim back in Scranton, but quickly sees things just aren’t the same.
Initiation (3.05): Jim and Pam are getting use to life without each other when a fateful phone call unexpectedly reconnects them.
1. How did Pam change in her time apart from Jim. Did she change for the better or the worst?
2. How did Jim change in his time apart from Pam. Did he change for the better or the worst?
3. Why didn’t Pam contact Jim when she called off her wedding?
4. What would have become of Jim and Pam if the Scranton Branch had closed and Stamford stayed open?
5. What was your favorite Jim moment while he was in Stamford? What was your favorite Pam moment while Jim was in Stamford?
You can keep these questions in mind as you watch these episode and/or write up some answers and post.
I welcome suggestions for what the theme of next week’s viewing club should be. Next week is another Office marathon with repeats of “Office Olympics”, “Booze Cruise”, and “The Secret”.