This is the 6th 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: Office Olympics, Booze Cruise, The Secret
The theme: Secret Secrets
“Secret secrets are no fun, secret secrets hurt someone.” Despite that sage advice from Elizabeth the stripper, there are plenty of secrets of the romantic variety floating around Dunder Mifflin; secret crushes, secret romances, even secret desires to break up.
The Viewing List
Office Olympics (2.03): Office games allow Jim and Pam to hang out and scheme together all day, but Angela is starting to suspect something more between the supposed “friends.”
Booze Cruise (2.11): Jim’s feelings for Pam are just under the surface as they share a moment on the deck, and Angela attempts to steal new boyfriend Dwight away from his “captain” duties.
The Secret (2.13): Jim’s confided his feelings for Pam in the world worst confidant, Michael, and now must distract him before he reveals his crush to everyone. Meanwhile, Dwight discovers something interesting as he investigates why Oscar called in sick.
Traveling Salesman (3.13): Dwight and Angela’s secret romance is in danger of being revealed as Andy makes a play to be Michael’s number two. Meanwhile Karen learns about Jim’s past and confronts him.
E-mail Surveillance (2.09): Jim’s attempts to keep his barbecue a secret from Michael are thwarted when Michael installs e-mail surveillance, and the camera crew catches wind of a new office romance.
1. Overall, how much of a “gossip mill” would you say Dunder Mifflin is?
2. Say Jim did revealed his feelings to Pam on the Booze Cruise, how do you think Pam would have reacted? How would it have changed things overall?
3. Why are Dwight and Angela so desperate to keep their romance a secret from their coworkers?
4. If you worked at Dunder Mifflin and had a secret, who would you be most likely tell? Who would you be most likely to not tell?
I welcome suggestions for what the theme of next week’s viewing club should be. Next week is a rerun of “The Initiation.”