Tori’s Review: The Job

In the wild, when animals want to mark something as theirs, they scamper over and pee on it.

Not to sound like Dwight, but women can sometimes be like animals.

Last week, Pam confessed her feelings for Jim. This week, Karen made Jim get a haircut. I will admit a haircut is a much cuter way to mark territory than urine — but still.

Big questions needed to be answered in the season finale. Who would get the corporate job? What would Jim say about Pam’s confession? What was the BIG development between Michael and Jan? Was Andy still stuck in the weeds?

The Job started with Michael so positive he had a corporate position; he sold his condo to the highest bidder, and gave his office to Dwight.

While Michael worked to transfer power to the new Regional Manager, Jan worked to get a little power back in their relationship. Her “vacation” helped her think, and armed her with two very big reasons to get back together. While Michael doesn’t want to be treated poorly, he doesn’t mind it as much when he can stare at two “emotionally magnificent” hooters. Ahh … true love.

There were a few things I expected in this episode. I expected Michael to be a jackass, I expected Dwight to mark his own territory, but I did not expect the downfall of Jan. Fantastic.

In Season One, Jan was sad, but normal, and seemingly driven. Now, she has no job, no boundaries, and two large breasts that look like they were taken right off a much paler woman. This poses an interesting question; did Michael Scott lead to the fall of Jan, or would only someone in a severe downward spiral find him attractive?

Whatever the answer, Melora Hardin did an awesome job. I really hope we see stretch-pants-wearing, stay-at-home Jan next season. I imagine she’d pack Michael’s lunch, and lace it with Viagra.

I’m glad Courageous!Pam was back this week. Her speech didn’t get the outcome she truly hoped for at first, but she seemed at peace with her relationship with Jim.

It was a telling character moment when Jim admitted he had only been to New York City on a sixth grade field trip. He lives so close to a big city, yet he’s just not a big city kind of guy. Jim isn’t the happiest at Dunder Mifflin, but he is happy in Scranton, and he would be happier in Scranton with Pam. Who knows, some day a woman might get Jim to move on to bigger and better things — but that woman isn’t Karen.

The way Jim interrupted Pam’s talking head to ask her on their first date was beautiful. It wasn’t a kiss. It wasn’t something involving a copy machine. It was perfect for Jim and Pam.

Pam’s watery eyes and huge smile was a great image to end Season Three. It’s been a slow journey, but Pam has changed for the better. She might not have been able to be the person Jim needed if she had jumped right into a relationship with him last year. I really wish we could see that first date, and see Pam brush his bangs back into place. It’s time for Pam to mark some territory.

The Job has set us up for a fantastic Season Four. Jim and Pam are free to flirt. Michael will repaint his office. The temp is now the boss! And, Karen is stuck in New York. Yeah, I know. No one cares.

See you in September!

Tori Weber is a Web Producer and writer for a television news station in Orlando, FL. Writing keeps her sane, and ice cream makes her happy. Dogs are good too. Visit her here.


  1. Great review. Tori, I usually don’t comment, but I always enjoy your articles as a nice cap after watching the show. Somehow each episode doesn’t feel quite complete if I don’t read the 300+ talkbacks on OfficeTally and read Tori’s analysis.

  2. Tori-

    Extremely well said, as always. It was a great ride, and I’ll miss The Office, and you, all summer. But what a note to end on!

    See you in September….

  3. I always love your reviews. I find myself going, “Exactly!” out loud after every paragraph. Awesome.

  4. The temp is now the boss. What a great way of saying that, and a awesome story line for Season 4.

    Did you see the look in Ryan’s eye when he looked at the camera…I think that boy is up to no good now.

    Great review for a great episode.

  5. I don’t comment too much on this site, but I enjoy reading other peoples comments, and I enjoy reading your reviews. This one got me a little choked up. Last nights episode was brilliant. I will look forward to reading your next review in September.

  6. Are we sure that the Temp got the job? There’s a “conspiracy theory” out there that David Wallace was not on the phone with Ryan. Rather, David Wallace was talking to someone else. Ryan was on the phone with Karen, who he admitted that he asked out in “Women’s Appreciation”. The theory goes on to say that Ryan accepted a date with Karen and then dumped Kelly. Its just a theory, but boy, that would be one HECK of a twist!

  7. Seriously, the cheap shots on Karen are played out. You girls would have acted 100x more catty if it was some broad trying to take YOUR man that you moved 3 states away for. “Pam is a real bitch” would have been a Psalm compared to the hot anger you’d be throwin.

  8. Three cheers for Tori’s review! They always give me closure after coming down from an “Office” high the previous night. So well put! And I loved the idea of Pam brushing Jim’s bangs back. So sweet! And I know for the most part we’ve been concentrating on Jim and Pam, Michael and Jan and such, but how great was Stanley?! I laughed hysterically at everything that came out of his mouth! I want some Schrute Bucks AND Stanley Nickels!!!

  9. Great review once again. By the way I did not catch Jim admitting he was only in NYC once in the sixth grade. Thanks for pointing that out! :)
    Big Tuna- What an interesting theory…

  10. “I imagine she’d pack Michael’s lunch, and lace it with Viagra.”

    Oh My God. I can see the fanfic now…

    Great review. One nitpick: lovely as an illuminated Pam was, she was not the image on which we ended Season Three. That image was Ryan’s diabolical look to the camera as he said, “You and I are done” to Kelly. Shivers!

  11. great review Tori! i love your reviews, they are always dead on! great job, and can’t wait til September!

  12. For anyone who still hasn’t seen the British version, this has some spoilers.

    I would like someone to note the irresistible parallels between “The Job” and UK’s “Christmas Special, Part 2.” What with the note (“Never give up” and “Don’t forget me when your famous”), the “interruption” (Dawn coming out of nowhere at the Christmas party, Jim interrupting Pam’s talking head), leaving their partner who doesn’t know they’re being dumped (Lee was sleeping in the taxi, Karen was out to lunch), and the same “Where do you want to be 10 Years from now” theme. The only difference is that the roles were switched. While is was Dawn who realized she made a mistake in Slough, Jim finally did this in Scranton. Both “came back,” whether it was Jim coming back from Stamford after “never really returning to Scranton” and Dawn finally returning from Miami. I do not know if the writer’s intentionally made this parallel, it certainly was incredible that we are still learning that Jim/Pam and Tim/Dawn are always meant to be together, no matter what country.

  13. It’s nice to see that even though you are without an appendix now, it has done nothing to affect your sharp, well written reviews. What a great way to end the season- a fine episode and a well observed recap. Great job, my friend! :-)

  14. Thanks for the review, Tori. I’ve always enjoyed reading your reviews, and once again you did an awesome job. See you again in Season 4!

  15. Stretch pants Jan. Why do I see Jan micromanaging Michael’s career next season??? (In between smokes, of course.)

  16. Thanks Tori! These are so much fun to read. You always make me laugh and see the episodes a little clearer. Looking forward to reading these in Season 4!

  17. “It was a telling character moment when Jim admitted he had only been to New York City on a sixth grade field trip. He lives so close to a big city, yet he’s just not a big city kind of guy.”

    Scranton really isn’t that close to New York. It’s pretty much in the middle of nowhere eastern PA. It’s a very isolated place.

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