First and perhaps most important: you should never read message board or blog comments ... well, except those on Channel Surfing, which is really easy to do because we barely get any. (Though I do want to commend fine folks like Ms. Quarter and Eileen, who've been with us since day one. Thanks for adding a level of intelligence and expertise to our site.)
That said, you really shouldn't read comments on a story about "The Office," because, well, you're going to find that fans of the show's "relationship humor" are quite delusional. In fact, I'm scared to type further ...
While reading an E! Online story about the possible return of minor league hockey fan/Pam's ex-fiance Roy to "The Office," a few fans got carried away and began -- oh, I don't know -- musing about a possible Jim-Pam (I refuse to use "Jam") breakup as though they were hopped up on crazy pills and heading for the first bridge to jump off of.
Now, nevermind that Roy is rumored to return simply as a bird in Jim's ear -- apparently, something he says spurs Jim to think about his relationship in a new way. Couple that with the subtle tease of Pam's clever new art-school friend and you've got DRAMA, people, DRAMA!
Among my favorite comments (all which make me ashamed to be an 'Office' fan, OMG, OMG, OMG ...):
"The writers know better than to break up Jim and Pam they are the heart of the show. That being said, I would like to see some real life relationship angst for them. We saw a little last week with the webcam frustration and Jim saying he hadn't seen his girlfriend in 10 days. I have always wanted Jim to step up and fight for Pam in a very passionate way. "
"I'd cry. For the zillionth time. Does Hades have to freeze over for these two to get their acts together? Please say it ain't so ... and I don't see Pam doing that to Jim, cause, he's, well, he's Jim, and Roy, well, you know what I'm saying ... "
"They CANNOT EVER EVER EVER break up Jim and Pam ... THEY ARE TV's perfect couple."
"Pam may find comfort in having a Jim-a-like at school, but no way would she ever do anything. Jim is WAY TOO PERFECT."
"The writers BETTER NOT BREAK UP JIM AND PAM BECAUSE THEY WILL HAVE A MOB OF HATERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
"I just have to say, that if anything ... and I mean ANYTHING happens to break up Jim and Pam I would be beyond crushed. I just about had a heart attack when I read the title to this article. I worry about them, afraid that it is too perfect, but I don't think I could handle it if they broke up."
Deep breaths, people. I'm not advocating a Jim-Pam break-up ... but it's a TV show. The fate of "The Office" doesn't lie in the hands of their happy coupledom, nor do I particularly care if Jim and Pam get married this week and the rest of their on-screen relationship plays out like ... well, every other boring office romance in the history of mankind.
Love-starved "Office" fans: you can now back to your lonely carton of Ben & Jerry's and updating that Match.com profile in hopes that your John Krasinski look-a-like FINALLY comes calling.
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