Jim and Pam have had it rough on this final season of The Office.
For those of you who haven’t been keeping track: Their storybook romance has been strained ever since Jim took a second job with a sports marketing company that he started with a few other investors — a job he took without asking Pam, by the way — forcing him to split his time between Scranton and Philadelphia. As a result of Jim’s extended time away, Pam has found herself having to carry the load of raising their two children alone, which has proved harder than she ever anticipated.
After months of holding in their respective issues and letting their troubles slowly consume their relationship, last night’s episode saw the pair voicing their problems big and small after a trip to a marriage counselor. But they weren’t having normal conversations — it was a creepy, frustratingly calm form of communication that had them acknowledging and appreciating their truths and opportunities. Without knowing they were going through counseling, Clark even thought the two were totally baked. “Are you guys high? Because if so, to speak my truth, I would appreciate the sacrifice of including me in some hits off your kind buds,” he said.
This robot-like communication got old fast and quickly turned passive-aggressive. Midway through the episode — around the time Pam admitted in a confessional that her heart felt “blocked up” — the whole thing became difficult to watch. After all, this is Jim and Pam — one of the greatest TV couples of all time. The pair we rooted for, cried with, and, ultimately, watched experience every important life milestone. And they were in big trouble. READ FULL STORY »