The Office Season 3 spoilers

Mar. 29: JustJared

Photos from Safety Training (Apr. 12).

Mar. 29: USA Today

Heder’s love interest is played by Jenna Fischer, who was joined by a gaggle of her co-stars from NBC’s The Office. Earlier that day, the cast shot two different endings for their season finale, which Fischer says involves something life changing for Michael (Steve Carell) and Jan (Melora Hardin).

Mar. 28: About.com

At the time of the Blades of Glory press junket Fischer was getting ready to film the season’s finale. Fischer says fans won’t be disappointed. “You know, we just filmed our 50th episode directed by Harold Ramis and that’s the episode before the finale. There’s a lot that happens in that episode that leads into a big finale. There’s a huge Michael/Jan storyline that is just really awesome in the finale, but there’s a lot of Jim/Pam stuff as well. But I can say that one thing is that their arc for Pam this season is that she’s trying to find her own voice and trying to get what she wants, and that is going to continue. Pam really is going to come out of her shell in the last few remaining episodes of the season and that was really exciting.”

Mar. 27: CHUD.com

Excerpts from an interview with Jenna Fischer:

Steve is so into the show; he wrote an episode last year and wanted to write one this year but didn’t have the time.

… we have Harold Ramis directing three of our episodes this year.

When are the Ramis episodes airing?

His first one was the Christmas episode and he did two more. One where Michael goes up to the roof and one we just did called Beach Day where Michael takes us all to the beach but makes us participate in Survivor like exercises to see who is the most capable person in the office.

Tipster: Ed Truck

Mar 26: Watch with Kristin

Emma in Dublin, Ireland: Forget Jam (Pam & Jim), I want Man (Michael & Jan)!

And Man you shall have. I spoke to The Office’s own Melora Hardin recently, and she said there’s lots more coming up for Michael and Jan. “Michael comes barreling through all of Jan’s defense mechanisms and crashes in and finds that gooey center and appeals to it,” Melora tells me. “I think he really makes her feel like a woman in a way that not many men can do because she’s got her guard up.” I also hear that Jan has some “news” coming up, so stand by!

Mar. 25: LiveJournal

You can find a super-detailed spoiler post here.

Tipster: Pam

Mar. 25: National Ledger

“The Office’s” Melora Hardin shoots down rumors, before they have a chance to gestate, that her character, Jan, might be expecting a baby by Michael (Steve Carell).

“That’s so funny; everybody thought she was pregnant,” says Hardin, referring to the recent episode that had her character becoming ill at the end of an office party. “I would love it if they did that. I think it would be really funny and wonderful.” However, she adds, “I won’t be (pregnant) this season because we’re on our last episode.” And as for Jan and Michael, Hardin says things aren’t looking too good. “Jan and Michael are probably heading for a breakup,” she says. “But I think their whole relationship is going to be them coming together and busting apart over and over again. I think they’re going to have a very volatile love affair for many years to come.”

No baby news may be forthcoming, but Hardin says, “there is a big surprise in the season finale people can look for. I can’t say any more than that, but the word ‘big’ is key, and you’ll know what I mean when you see it.”

Mar. 23: NBC Video

The last few seconds of the video has a JAM-related promo for the April 5 episode, The Negotiation.

Mar. 23, 2007: NBC press release

Synopsis for ‘Safety Training’ (April 12):

SAFETY LESSONS IN THE OFFICE — Andy (Ed Helms) returns to the office after several weeks of anger management training, determined to make a fresh start with all the Dunder-Mifflin employees. Meanwhile, it’s safety training day in the office, and Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) and Dwight (Rainn Wilson) are on a mission to illuminate the true dangers of the workplace. John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, B.J. Novak, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Mindy Kaling, Angela Kinsey, Paul Lieberstein, Oscar Nunez, Phyllis Smith, Creed Barton, Rashida Jones and Craig Robinson also star.

Mar. 22, 2007: IESB.net

Around two minutes into the video clip, Jenna briefly talks about the Season 3 finale and a little bit about Season 4!

Mar. 21, 2007: NBC

Photos have been released for ‘The Negotiation’ (April 5). See the full-sized versions of the photos at JustJared.com.

Tipster: Bold Guy

Mar. 19, 2007: Watch with Kristin

Priscilla in Providence, Rhode Island: Jam! Dwangela! Kryan! Phyllis and Bob Vance! I need Office romance scoop!

I bring thee … Kryan! B.J. Novak (Ryan) tells me Kelly and Ryan are going strong, despite their hilariously dysfunctional relationship. “I think Kelly has a pure heart even if she is crazy, [and] I think Ryan loves being loved even though he won’t admit it. He realized that when he lost Michael’s love. I think Ryan would never ever show what he is feeling or what he likes, but I think it’s there.” Awww … Kryan 4-evah.

Misao7: On The Office, is Jan pregnant? She mentions being sick quite often and also has mood swings and mentions starting a family …

Just for you, my delicious little Misao soup, I took this question straight to Melora Hardin (Jan), who tells me: “I don’t think Jan is pregnant right now. But I think Jan could be pregnant in the future. It would be pretty awesome if Michael got Jan pregnant and they had to deal with that! I don’t that is very far-fetched.” And we all know Mikey wanted to adopt after watching Oprah!

Tipster: JimHalpertIsLife

Mar. 16, 2007: NBC Press Release

Synopsis for ‘The Negotiation’ (Apr. 5):

SALARY NEGOTIATIONS DRIVE MICHAEL TO THINK ABOUT HIS OWN PAY — Darryl (Craig Robinson) decides to meet with Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) to negotiate a pay increase. Meanwhile, Jim (John Krasinski) deals with the consequences of Pam’s (Jenna Fischer) confession to Roy (David Denman) . Rainn Wilson, B.J.Novak, Melora Hardin, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Angela Kinsey, Oscar Nunez, Phyllis Smith, Minday Kaling, Paul Lieberstein, Creed Barton, and Rashida Jones also star.

Mar. 16, 2007: E! Online

Someone posted over at the E! Online forums that The Office one-hour season 3 finale will air on May 17th. I have confirmed with my contacts that this is true, although always remember that schedules are subject to change.

Tipster: Monique

Mar. 12, 2007: Watch With Kristin

Laura in Ashville, North Carolina: Kristin, any word at all on Jim and Pam?

There are big, big happenings in the last two episodes. That’s what I’ve been told, but apparently Rashida Jones is still in the dark. Here’s what she said when I asked her about the big Jam versus Kim Smackdown:

K.V.: Obviously fans have been waiting for a very long time for Pam and Jim to get together, but then Karen came in, and we like Karen, too. This is hard for us.

R.J.: I know. It’s very hard, but it reflects real life, because if I came in and was just a terrible bitch it would be so boring because you would know exactly what you wanted and a lot of times there are good and bad for both sides. It’s to make you feel a little confused as to what you want.

K.V.: Do you know what’s going to happen with the love triangle?

R.J.: I honestly don’t know. They don’t really tell us … they don’t really trust us.

Mar. 5, 2007: Watch With Kristin

Penny in Pittsburgh: Can you tell us anything about the episode of The Office that was previewed at Paley?

In “Labor Negotiation,” Michael Scott discovers Wikipedia, Darryl puts his cell-phone camera to hilarious use and Toby finds himself “preparing for the deposition.” Also, road trip!

Tipster: JimHalpertIsLife

Mar. 5, 2007: Television without Pity

Spoilers galore, including upcoming episode titles and synopses.

Tipster: Bold Guy

Mar. 3, 2007: Mindy’s blog

This past week, the women of the Office were on location at a mall.

This is the same episode that I saw being shot during my set visit.

Feb. 21, 2007: Kevin’s MySpace blog

This episode they are calling “Cocktails”. I don’t mind that either as I like cocktails. The Office folks go and get some cocktails. And I don’t want to sound all LOST on you guys, but stay tuned till the end. The bitter end. How is this for a teaser … during the last 5 minutes of footage, I was much more scared than I ever was of that bat from last week. And the bat was scary.

This is a big one (that’s what she said) for us. After this week, we go on a little repeat run during March before we close out the season with all new episodes. So catch us on the mothership tomorrow/ tonight. I do not think you will be disappointed.

Feb. 21, 2007: Kate’s TV Guide blog

Re: Cocktails (Feb. 22):

This episode is so juicy! I was very moved by all the drama in the bar scene. Love is a messed-up thing this week, as Jan and Michael come out of the closet with their relationship, and Jim and Pam answer some more questions. Jenna [Fischer] really blew me away this week. I wasn’t in the Jan and Michael scenes, but Melora [Hardin] really goes for it, again. She does such a great job!

Feb. 13, 2007: BuddyTV SpoilerFix

In “Safety Training,” the office and warehouse staff have to attend a safety training seminar. Usually, only the warehouse staff has to attend that yearly seminar but Darryl wanted the office staff attend so maybe they would learn what was going on in the warehouse and would be more respectful of its staff. When training is over, Michael wants the warehouse staff to attend the “office safety training.” Thing is, there isn’t such a seminar but that won’t stop Michael from having the safety instructor create one!

Feb. 18, 2007: BostonHerald.com

In “The Office,” the U.S. version of the BBC sitcom, there’s lots of discomfort watching Michael Scott (played by Concord homey Steve Carell) melt down every week, Ben said. But there’s also “warmth” and “redeeming bits,” like Michael “finding” Phyllis’ addled Uncle Al at the end of the hilarious wedding episode or the Pam-Jim love dynamic.

“Oh yeah, we’re ramping up Pam and Jim for May sweeps,” said Silverman. “But I’m not going to spoil it for everyone.”

Who knows what that means …

Tipster: Rachel

Feb. 11, 2007: Watch with Kristin

From Michael in San Luis Obispo, California: Kristin, I heard Joss Whedon is directing The Office! Can you tell us anything about his ep?

I can tell you that it airs this Thursday, that it’s about Michael going to business school with Ryan (the temp) and that it’s gonna be freakin’ hilarious! Don’t believe me? Watch this clip. And FYI, JJ Abrams is directing the episode that airs next week! Office cast, please tell me you’re pissing yourself with excitement right now to be working with the two best TV directors alive!

From Lauren: I must have scoop on The Office. It’s killing me! Anything you could tell me would be great!

Okay, then. Straight from the cast and crew, I give you brand-new shiny … foilers! Executive producer Greg Daniels spilled at last night’s WGA Awards that “Toby murders Michael.” B.J. Novak was a little cagier, saying only, “I cannot give you any spoilers about the Jim-Dwight romance.”

From Mandi in Boston: What happened to Andy from The Office? The last thing I remember is him punching a hole in the wall and he’s been MIA ever since. What gives?

Fear not, Ed Helms (Andy) is now a series regular, and I’m that the producers love him (smart souls) and plan to give him even more focus in coming episodes. Yay!

Feb. 8, 2007: Watch with Kristin

The news broke today that Rashida Jones (The Office’s Karen) has been cast on the new Fox comedy The Rules of Starting Over (alongside Boston Legal’s Craig Bierko), and insiders close to NBC confirm to me that Rashida is not expected to be employed under the roof of The Office after the season finale in May.

The only hitch? Insiders also tell me that Roy is not out of the picture—and will be making another play for Pam.

Read more here.

Feb. 8, 2007: TV Guide

Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon got a lesson in typecasting when he was brought in to direct the Feb. 15 episode of NBC’s The Office. While much of the focus is on a student art show that includes the work of Pam (Jenna Fischer), there’s also a bit about a bat taking up residence at Dunder Mifflin. “I was thinking I was doing something just about people,” he told TV Guide during a break in the shooting. “Then there was a bat-stunt meeting, an animatronic-bat meeting … I thought, ‘This is what I’m running away from!’ There was only one bat in the entire run of Buffy. We couldn’t afford it.”

Tipster: Stephanie C

Feb. 8, 2007: Yahoo Video

The video Office Romances talks about upcoming storylines.

Feb. 7, 2007: Ask Ausiello

Question: Can you offer any spoilers for The Office? Do Jim and Pam get together eventually? — Antoinette

Ausiello: Eventually? Yes. Soon? No. In fact, there’s a major setback coming for Jam in this week’s episode.

Feb. 6, 2007: Just Jared

Photos from the episode ‘Cocktails.’

Feb. 6, 2007: TWOP Forums

Casting sides for the episode ‘Safety Training.’

Feb. 1, 2007: NBC Press Release

Synopsis for ‘Cocktails’ (Feb. 22):

MAKING IT OFFICIAL — Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) and Jan (Melora Hardin) go public with their relationship during a party at their CFO’s home. At the party, Jim (John Krasinski) meets Karen’s (Rashida Jones) ex. Meanwhile, the rest of the office decides to go to happy hour for drinks. Rainn Wilson, Jenna Fischer, B.J. Novak, David Denman, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Angela Kinsey, Oscar Nunez, Paul Lieberstein and Mindy Kaling also star.

Jan. 31, 2007: Kevin’s MySpace blog

As a whole, the next 4 “episodes” of our little show, may be the best 4 episodes as a whole arc that we have ever had. Not a promise (cause I haven’t seen anything) but our little story is really heating up. How is that for a teaser.

Jan 28, 2007: Bealsebub’s MySpace blog

Photos from ‘Business School’ (Feb. 15) directed by Joss Whedon.

Tipster: William

Jan. 29, 2007: Watch With Kristin

From Kelly: Is there any hope for us Jam fans out there? We’ve had no good Office scoop in a while. Can you spill anything?

I know Karen is confronting Miss Beesly this week and giving her the third degree on Jim, so we get a little more intel on Pam’s feelings at this point. Unfortunately, I have a little intel of my own, and a very credible source is saying that Roy could quite possibly come back into the Pam picture at Phyllis’ wedding. A rekindling of their relationship is not out of the question. Arghhh!

Jan. 29, 2007: NBC Press Release

The Feb. 22 episode is entitled, ‘Cocktails.’ No synopsis yet. JJ Abrams is directing this one, I believe.

Jan 25, 2007: Chicago Tribune’s The Watcher

Maureen Ryan talks about Melora Hardin and Ed Helms.

… in an unspecified upcoming outing on the show, Jan and Michael will officially come clean about their relationship to avoid running afoul of personnel rules, Hardin said.

Helms, who’s in the process of moving to Los Angeles, said in an interview, “I’m coming back,” but he didn’t give any clues about when.

An NBC rep says Andy’s not in any February episodes …

Jan. 26, 2007: NBC Press Release

Synopsis for ‘Business School’ (Feb. 15):

MICHAEL GOES TO BUSINESS SCHOOL WITH RYAN– Ryan (B.J. Novak) invites Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) to be a guest speaker at his business school. Meanwhile, Dwight battles a bat that gets loose in the office while Pam (Jenna Fischer) invites co-workers to her first art show. Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Melora Hardin, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Angela Kinsey, Oscar Nunez, Phyllis Smith, Paul Lieberstein, and Mindy Kaling also star.

Jan. 24, 2007: Television without Pity Forums

More from pmonkey re: ‘Business School’.

Jan. 23, 2007: Television Without Pity Forums

More from pmonkey re: the upcoming episode ‘Phyllis’ Wedding’:

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Jan. 22, 2007: Watch with Kristin

From Carly: Oh my goodness! The Office was amazing this week. Does this mean Karen is officially out of the question for Jim? Please say yes.

Not exactly … Karen is sticking around all season long. But you will be happy with coming episodes!

Jan. 21, 2007: NBC press release

Synopsis for “Phyllis’ Wedding” (Feb. 8):

HERE COMES THE BRIDE — Phyllis (Phyllis Smith) regrets giving Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) an important job at her wedding after several embarrassing moments. Pam (Jenna Fischer) has flashbacks of her own wedding planning when she sees Phyllis’s decorations. Meanwhile, Dwight (Rainn Wilson) is determined to catch wedding crashers. John Krasinski, B.J. Novak, Melora Hardin, David Denman, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Angela Kinsey, Phyllis Smith, Paul Lieberstein, and Mindy Kaling also star.

Jan. 18, 2007: Access Atlanta

In an interview with Melora Hardin (“Jan”):

In the next few episodes, she said the relationship will become more open even if it’s rather inappropriate since she’s his boss.

Tipster: Daniel

Jan. 20, 2007: Television Without Pity Forums

Check out some call sheet information posted by Pmonkey over at the TWOP spoiler thread about Phyllis’ Wedding and another upcoming episode.

Jan. 19, 2007: NBC press release

The Feb. 8th episode is titled “Phyllis’ Wedding.” No synopsis yet.

Jan. 15: Email from Office fan, Greg

Greg stumbled onto an Office location shooting and shot pictures — woo!

Here is his account:

Yesterday while driving in Studio City, CA, I saw a guy putting up signs saying “The Office.” I see this all the time as it usually is directions for a film crew, but this time it was for the Office!!! I told all my friends and family about the signs in case they drove by that area again.

Well, today my sister was with her friends in the area, they were filming and she had her camera. She saw Phyllis in a wedding dress taking pictures with brides maids in bright satin dresses in front of a church. She didn’t have her camera at that point, so no pictures of that.

She did get a picture of “young Michael Scott.” She thinks this was a flashback or “home video” of young Michael as the ring barrier to (she’s guessing) his mom’s wedding. As he walked down the isle, he stopped half way and screamed “I hate you” threw the rings and ran away. The guests all had long hair or beards and were wearing “hippie” clothes.

I’m going to try and go to the set again tomorrow and will try to take more pictures. Hopefully I can get some with the cast in there.

You can view the pictures here. (Sorry, these photos are no longer available.)

Let the speculation commence! :)

Jan. 14, 2007: MoviesOnline

The episodes Abrams and Whedon are respectively attached to are reportedly scheduled to air in late February, just in time for winter sweeps.

Jan. 14, 2007: Email exchange with member of Office staff

Q. Is it true that Joss Whedon will be directing an episode of The Office?

A. Yes, this is true. It is also true that JJ Abrams is directing an episode. They both came by set this past week to observe and prep their episodes.

Jan. 13, 2007: STLtoday.com blogs

… we went to the warehouse and watched them rehearse; the episode they were shooting is about Bob Vance’s bachelor party. (Bob and Phyllis will get married during February sweeps.)

Tipster: GMMR

Oct. 20, 2007: IMDB Boards

This tidbit is nothing new to you spoiler fanatics, but I am posting this now, given Dwight’s recent departure from D-M:

I saw them filming today … They were at a Staples on Empire in Burbank. Rainn Wilson (Dwight) was wearing a Staples uniform. At first I thought he was another employee because they were hanging out outside getting pics with Steve Carell. Then I noticed, it was Dwight! Turns out the scene is Michael coming to talk to Dwight at Staples. Someone said he gets fired. Either way, if he quit or was fired, he was definitely a Staples employee.

Jan. 12, 2007: Kevin’s MySpace blog

Scrantonicity is coming. You should see footage of our performance in an episode soon. Not next week, but soon. I will not say anymore. You can bribe and torture me, but it won’t work. At least, I don’t think it will work.

Jan. 12, 2007: NBC Press Release

Synopsis for ‘Ben Franklin (Feb. 1):

A WEDDING SHOWER FOR PHYLLIS — Acting on bad advice from his friend Todd Packer (David Koechner), Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) brings two “adult” performers into the office — a stripper and Ben Franklin — in honor of Phyllis’s (Phyllis Smith) wedding shower. Meanwhile Karen (Rashida Jones) confronts Pam (Jenna Fischer) about her past with Jim (John Krasinski). Rainn Wilson, B.J. Novak, Melora Hardin, David Denman, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Paul Lieberstein, and Mindy Kaling also star.

Packer’s back, finally!

Jan. 10, 2007: Writer’s blog

From an Office writer’s blog:

This morning we had the opportunity to visit Le Sex Shoppe, a sex shop in Sherman Oaks, which we renamed “Le French Sex Shoppe” for the purposes of my script.

This is corroborated over at LITO, where a reader sent in a photo of a Dunder Mifflin truck in front of the shop.

Jan. 8, 2007: Watch with Kristin

From JuliaP: I really need some scoop on the hot Office love trapezoid! What’s going on with Jim, Pam, Karen and Roy?

So, so much that I have been promised I’ll lose my tongue if I so much as say the names Jim, Pam, Ka…Ahhh! Gaaahhh! Leh goh mah thongue! Ahhh!!!

From Nelly: Are any other supporting peeps going to get an episode like Kelly did on The Office? I love them all and want to see more of them.

Yes, indeedy! I actually have a sinking sensation that Phyllis’ wedding to Bob Vance (of Vance Refrigeration) may be upon us! I say this because an inside source tells me Phyllis’ midwestern sisters come to visit and we also meet Bob’s twin boys in that same ep. Smells like a hitchin’ to me!

Jan. 2, 2007: Jenna’s MySpace blog

Pam may also seem a little melancholy this week. She had a hard time over the holidays. It was her first time waking up on Christmas morning alone. This was a sad episode for me to shoot because I just kept imagining Pam all alone on Christmas morning and how painful it must be for her to see Jim and Karen together. I think she thought about Jim a lot over the holidays.

Jan. 2, 2007: NBC Press Release

Synopsis for ‘Oscar’s Return’ (Jan. 18):

THE OFFICE CELEBRATES OSCAR’S RETURN TO DUNDER MIFFLIN — Oscar (Oscar Nunez) returns from his long vacation with mixed emotions on whether or not he still wants to be a part of the office. Meanwhile, Andy (guest star Ed Helms) takes advantage of recent events to get closer to Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell). Jim (John Krasinski) turns to Karen (guest star Rashida Jones) and Pam (Jenna Fischer) for help to stage a prank on a new target. Rainn Wilson, B.J. Novak, Brian Baumgartner, Angela Kinsey, Kate Flannery, Phyllis Smith, Leslie David Baker, Creed Bratton, Paul Lieberstein and Mindy Kaling also star.

Jan. 1, 2007: TV Guide

Synopsis for ‘Oscar’s Return’ (Jan. 18):

When Oscar (Oscar Nunez) returns from vacation pondering his future at the office, Michael orders the party-planning committee to organize a bash for him. Meanwhile, power-hungry Andy (Ed Helms) exploits recent events to inch closer to Michael; and Jim colludes with Pam and Karen to trick someone in the office — but the target’s not Dwight.

Tipster: Lauren

Dec. 29, 2006: NBC Press Release

The title for the Jan. 18th episode is ‘Oscar’s Return.’ No synopsis yet.

Tipster: bubblewrap

Dec. 21, 2006: NBC Press Release

Synopsis for ‘Traveling Salesmen’ (Jan. 11):

MICHAEL HAS THE SALES STAFF PAIR UP AND VENTURE OUT INTO THE FIELD — DIRECTED BY EXECUTIVE PRODUCER GREG DANIELS — On Andy’s (guest star Ed Helms) suggestion, Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) has staffers team up for sales calls, leading to some interesting, insightful moments in the field. Meanwhile, Dwight (Rainn Wilson) attempts to cover for Angela (Angela Kinsey) after she misses an important deadline. Karen (guest star Rashida Jones) receives surprising information. John Krasinski, B.J. Novak, David Denman, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Angela Kinsey, Oscar Nuñez, Phyllis Smith, Paul Lieberstein and Mindy Kaling also star.

Dec. 20, 2006: TV Guide

Synopsis for ‘Traveling Salesmen’ (Jan. 11):

Michael pushes his desk jockeys to pair up and hit the road for sales-call duty. Meanwhile, Angela misses a crucial deadline, so her secret boyfriend, Dwight, tries to cover for her; and surprising news comes Karen’s way. Andy: Ed Helms. Karen: Rashida Jones.

Dec. 18, 2006: Watch with Kristin

From Officelover: Any Office scoop?
The Dwight/Andy feud comes to a head in January and causes some major turmoil in the office, as I’m hearing Andy really works Michael into thinking Mr. Schrute is a traitor and is not to be trusted. However, while Andy may be winning the small battles, I’m pretty positive Dwight wins the war, and it’s going to be really fun to watch!

From Mike: I loved the Benihana episode of The Office! My favorite part? When Oscar returned from his “sabbatical” and said it’s “too soon!” Will he be back?
Yes. He does have his official Dunder-Mifflin homecoming a few episodes into the new year. I’m hearing they throw him a welcome-back party, although, sadly for Oscar, I’m told his coworkers might actually be more focused on the return of someone else we know and love.

From Cassie: Who is Michael taking to Sandals? In the Christmas episode of The Office, someone was on the phone with him and said yes to his invite. Who?
If you’d been keeping up with the chat for the last couple of months, you should know the answer to that! I don’t wanna beat you over the head with the reveal, but it’s a fantastically good one, and there’s great stuff ahead. Believe it or not, someone we know does have the hots for Michael, and will even have the hots for him after they return from Jamaica. Yep, clearly she was smoking some good ganja.

Dec. 15: Wikipedia

Wikipedia is listing five new episodes — could this be for real?

Jan. 18, The Competitor
After being angered by Andy’s closeness to Michael, Dwight takes a job at a rival paper distributor. Michael tries to keep his tentative hold on his current paramour. And Karen and Roy both find out the real reason Roy’s and Pam’s engagement was canceled.

Feb. 1, The Test
After he is caught not knowing the capital of Pennsylvania, Michael creates a “citizenship” test that every employee must pass to keep his or her job — and one person fails. Dwight starts up a company newsletter, and suddenly a competing newsletter (anonymously written) appears. Meanwhile, an “Office”-mate learns that she is unexpectedly pregnant.

Feb. 8, Singles Party
For her first Valentine’s Day in years without a boyfriend, Pam — and the unexpectedly single Oscar — decide to throw a party for all their unattached friends at the office. When all of the other guests find dates, Pam is left alone — until an unexpected guest arrives. Meanwhile, Andy and Dwight form an alliance to try to prank Jim, and after some inappropriate office nudity, Michael forces Meredith to enter his personal alcohol counseling program.

Feb. 15, The Policy
After getting fed up with Michael’s advances, Jan institutes a new policy that coworkers at Dunder-Mifflin are not allowed to date. Michael tries to decide whether to keep his job. Angela finds a loophole, but Dwight isn’t sure he wants to go through it. And the camera crew inadvertently finds something very interesting while eating supper in Carbondale.

Feb. 22, Hide and Seek
No synopsis listed.

Tipster: LiveJournal Office community

Dec. 15: NBC Press Release

Synopsis for ‘Back From Vacation’:

MICHAEL RETURNS FROM HIS JAMAICAN VACATION AS THE OFFICE PREPARES FOR A NIGHT OF INVENTORY – Still in “vacation mode” after his trip to Jamaica, Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) tries to hang on to his relaxed island vibe despite a wave of office hassles. But it becomes too much when an e-mail containing a racy vacation photo is forwarded around the office. Pam (Jenna Fischer) gets caught in the middle as Jim (John Krasinski) and Karen (guest star Rashida Jones) argue. Rainn Wilson, B.J. Novak, David Denman, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Angela Kinsey, Oscar Nuñez, Phyllis Smith, Paul Lieberstein and Mindy Kaling also star. Creed Bratton, Ed Helms and Craig Robinson guest star.

An, so this is the inventory episode shown in this Access Hollywood video

Dec. 14: GMMR

One more ‘Benihana Christmas’ spoiler for ya, courtesy of GMMR:

Remember when Ausiello said that “Jim rejects Pam’s present” (see spoiler posted Dec. 6)? Well, part of that present is the file folder labeled CLASSIFIED shown here! Hmm, what could be inside that folder … and why would Jim reject it?

Dec. 14: TV Guide talks to David Denman

TVGuide.com: What can you tell us about tonight’s Christmas-party episode?

Denman: Michael gets his heart broken by Carol, and they take him to Benihana to cheer him up. Roy is trying to be funny for Pam a little bit. There’s a scene when I’m trying to talk to her, and she’s not having it. She and Karen end up kind of becoming friends in this episode. And Roy gives Pam a nice present at the end.

Dec. 14: Ain’t It Cool News

More on ‘A Benihana Christmas’:

What’s doing with Dwight?

Jim and Pam’s Christmas torments of Dwight are beyond hilarious. Michael is so distraught over losing Carol he orders Dwight to the Siberia of Benihana: the far end of the counter. Dwight’s insane bids to remain part of the group are wonderful.

What’s great?

“Will they still air ‘Rudolph’?” “$201.” Stanley’s scale-tipping. “No, that’s an invitation.” “I may have seen it somewhere.” Michael’s Marks-A-Lot. The amazing final payoff with Dwight. So much more.

Tipster: TWOP

Dec. 14: Boston Herald

Not really a spoiler, but just a little quote from David Denman:

“I think Roy is going to give Jim a run for his money,” he said. “I think when all is said and done, Pam is going to end up with Roy, as far as I’m concerned. I think it’s like life. There’s the guy that you flirt with that’s a lot of fun. Then there’s sort of the rock-solid man that you end up marrying.”

Dec. 14: LA Daily News

Another blurb from David Denman:

“I’m under contract with them as long as they want me, and I’m under the impression they want to do all they can to stretch out the Jim-Pam-Roy triangle as much as possible,” he says of the romantic relationships involving John Krasinski’s, Jenna Fischer’s and his characters. Denman says he’s enjoying playing “a different side of Roy this year. He’s not just a jerk who doesn’t pay attention to Pam at all. Once he got dumped, he realized a lot of things. Now he’s really giving it the old college try to win her back.”

Dec. 14: Boston Herald

About ‘A Benihana Christmas’:

Toady Andy (Ed Helms) tries to get on the better side of Michael with a trip to Benihana’s restaurant that involves picking up waitresses of a dubious age.

Angela (Angela Kinsey), meanwhile, charges ahead with plans for the annual Christmas party as if it were a military campaign – just with a “Nutcracker” theme. When Karen (Rashida Jones) and her unexpected ally Pam (Jenna Fischer) rebel and start a rival party committee, the office staff is divided.

Or, as Ryan (B.J. Novak) says, “I miss the days when there was only one party I didn’t want to go to.”

Dec. 13: TV Guide

Synopsis for ‘Back From Vacation’ (Jan. 4):

Michael returns from his Jamaican vacation a relaxed and revitalized man, but that quickly changes when a spicy vacation photograph makes its way around the office. Meanwhile, Jim and Karen have an argument — with Pam caught in the middle of it all.

Tipster: bubblewrap

Dec. 13: Ask Ausiello

Question: Do you know if and when Oscar will be coming back to The Office? — Kerry

Ausiello: He returns from his three-month vacation in tomorrow’s supersized holiday episode. He only appears for a second, but it’s a hysterical second.

Dec. 12: GMMR

GMMR’s posted a review of ‘A Benihana Christmas’ along with a list of spoilerish tidbits. Read more.

Dec. 12: Chicago Tribune

Maureen Ryan’s written a hilarious review of ‘A Benihana Christmas,’ chockful of quotes from the episode. Go read it yourself, cuz I ain’t yo ho no mo.

Dec. 10: New York Post

In this year’s holiday greeting, the employees of Dunder-Mifflin’s Scranton branch must choose between two rival office parties. The first is thrown by control-freak Angela (Angela Kinsey), who has chosen a staid Nutcracker theme, complete with music and decorations, to which she rigorously adheres. The second, organized in protest by new addition Karen (Rashida Jones) with help from receptionist Pam (Jenna Fischer), features a margarita machine, karaoke spelling and some measure of fun – ingredients sadly lacking at Angela’s party.

Meanwhile, the guys have headed off to Japanese chop shop Benihana to cheer up office boss, Michael. He has been unceremoniously dumped by his girlfriend, Carol, (Nancy Walls, Carell’s real-life wife) after sending out a Christmas card in which his head is Photoshopped into a photo of Carol, her ex-husband and their three kids on a ski trip.

Tipster: Sydney

Dec. 11: Watch with Kristin

From Katie: Office scoop! Office scoop!

One of our Dunder-Mifflin faves will be quitting the company in January. He or she will have a falling out with Michael and end up accepting a job elsewhere … Also, this next episode is fanfreakingtastic! Michael gets dumped and tailspins into a downward spiral that ends with him marking his new girlfriend — a waitress from Benihana — so he can remember who she is. Also, Pam and Karen team up in a game of party wars with Angela (it’s hilarious), and their new friendship makes Jim jealous.

Any hope for Jim and Pam?

Pay special attention to his rebound speech to Michael this week. It’s good, revealing stuff!

Dec. 10: Nikki and Cindy casting sides

These sides are not new, but I am posting them now since they refer to this week’s episode, ‘A Benihana Christmas.’

Nikki side | Cindy side

Dec. 6: Ask Ausiello

Question: Could I have some Office prattle? — Michelle Haroon

Ausiello: Santa just delivered next week’s holiday-themed episode, and I had Intern Scott (whose last day is today!) screen it for scoop. Here’s his report: “I’m sorry to say that Pam spends more time with Karen in the episode than she does with Jim. (Jim even rejects Pam’s Christmas present!) The two women actually decide to work together when icy Angela tries to take over the office Christmas party with her rigid Nutcracker theme. And I hate to be a walking NBC promo, but don’t miss the last two minutes; what little time Pam and Jim do spend together is well worth the wait.”

Question: Anything on The Office? — Chris

Ausiello: OK, I just finished watching the aforementioned Christmas episode, and Intern Scott neglected to mention a major plot point: Someone gets dumped!

Dec. 4: Watch with Kristin

From Natalie: I don’t mind Karen on The Office, but how long is this thing with her and Jim going to last? Is Pam going to freak when she finds out?

Unfortunately for JAM lovers, there’s no set exit plan for Karen. She’s going to be around for at least awhile, so you’ll have to get used to her. However, you might be happy to hear that Jim isn’t quite head over heels for K-dog (Karen, not Kristin, to be clear). I’m hearing that when the show comes back in January, she’ll be talking about getting an apartment on his street, which causes him to freak out because he feels they’re moving too fast. The interesting part is that Pam is the one who calms him down and convinces him it’s not such a bad thing. I’m thinking this relationship with Karen may be the thing that actually brings JAM back together! Yay!

From Erica: I love The Office!! Any scoop?

It won’t be on this week—bah humbug!—but they’re making up for it next Thursday with an hour-long Christmas episode—Feliz Offidad, everyone! FYI, Michael will be nursing a broken heart, but he’ll have Jim, Andy and Dwight to lean on. Karen and Pam also will become unexpected allies when they team up against Angela, to organize their own office holiday party. (P.S. I’m hearing Angela’s man, Mr. Dwight Schrute, has some tough times ahead. While he’s tight with Michael right now, Andy has got a few tricks up his sleeve, which will cause major problems in the new year.)

Dec. 1: NBC

Here are some photos from ‘A Benihana Christmas.’

Tipsters: Kai at TWOP via GMMR

Nov. 29: New York Post

Information on ‘The Convict’:

Seems the company got some kind of government tax credit for hiring an ex-con. But who is it?

Wait! Could it be the new black guy? Oh, not!

Why can’t it be a white guy? No one would think they were racist for guessing that the white guy’s the ex-con.

But, yes, the black guy (Wayne Wilderson, who is hilarious in the role) is the con!

Michael reminds everyone that just because he’s black doesn’t mean he has to have a prison record, nor does it mean he had a “bitch” in the slammer.

It’s so bad, so tasteless, so embarrassing, so hysterical that you seriously should consider firing up the TiVo – this is one you’ll want to see several more times.

Sometime in September: casting side for Martin

Here is a transcript of the “Martin” casting side that started circulating several months ago. It looks like it is from ‘The Convict’ episode.

For you diehard spoiler fanatics, you have already seen this, I’m sure.

Nov. 24: Jenna Fischer

Globeandmail.com reported that ‘The Convict’ was not only co-written by Ricky Gervais, but directed by him as well.

I knew it seemed a little suspect, and Jenna confirmed it today, in both her MySpace blog and in an email: “No, the episode was not directed by Ricky or Stephen. I can’t recall off the top of my head who directed it. They were also not on set while we shot their episode.”

Don’t believe everything you read in the press … ;)

Nov. 22: NBC press release

Synopsis for ‘A Benihana Christmas’ (Dec. 14):

In a special one-hour holiday episode directed by Harold Ramis, strife on the party planning committee results in two competing Christmas parties, while Michael is dumped for the holidays. Michael (Golden Globe Winner Steve Carell) sends out an inappropriate photoshopped Christmas card and gets his heart broken for the holidays by girlfriend Carol (guest star Nancy Walls). Andy (guest star Ed Helms) takes Michael out drinking, with Dwight (Rainn Wilson) and Jim (John Krasinski), while tensions on the party planning committee between Angela (Angela Kinsey), Pam (Jenna Fischer) and Karen (guest star Rashida Jones) cause rival parties to form. B.J. Novak, Melora Hardin, David Denman, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Angela Kinsey, Oscar Nuñez, Phyllis Smith, Paul Lieberstein and Mindy Kaling also star.

Nov. 22: Print edition of TV Guide, Nov. 27-Dec. 3

Page 4
Matt’s Pick (re: ‘The Convict’): Between Jim’s plot to keep Andy away from Pam and a script cowritten by Ricky Gervais, TV doesn’t get any better.

Page 10
The Office’s Big Hire: J.J. Abrams will be punching in at The Office. The Alias-Lost multihyphenate confirms that he’ll be directing an episode of NBC’s workplace comedy later this season. Pressed via e-mail for specifics, Abrams wrote back that the episode shoots “in January,” adding, “S’all I got!”

Nov. 20: Watch With Kristin

From Heather: Thursday’s episode of The Office had me at first dancing around the living room, then at the end I wanted to throw my TV out of the window. Please, tell me there is hope for Jim and Pam!

I am right there with you, babycakes. And while I have nothing giddily delicious to report on the Jam front … I do have major news in the Office romance department! Carol dumps Michael in the next couple weeks, which leaves him heartbroken at first, until he realizes he can rebound with, who else?! Jan! To my surprise, I’m hearing Ms. Levinson is totally into it, and even goes on a romantic getaway with Michael over the Christmas holidays. “Man” (Michael/Jan) is on!

Nov. 17: Globeandmail.com

The Office creator Ricky Gervais has directed an episode of the popular NBC version. Scheduled to air Nov. 30, the episode was co-written by Gervais and Stephen Merchant, who devised the original BBC series. In the setup, dim office manager Michael (Steve Carell) is forced to step lightly after learning one of his employees has a prison record. Gervais has announced he will probably direct another episode before the season’s end.

We already knew that RG co-wrote the upcoming episode ‘The Convict’; this is the first mention that I’ve seen that he also directed it as well. And another possible directing job coming!

Nov. 16: New York Post

From an article about The Office’s executive producer, Greg Daniels:

Jim and Pam’s relationship might be derailed by Jim’s increasing interest in a comely Stamford co-worker who’s also transferring, Karen Filipelli (Rashida Jones).

Where’s this potential love triangle headed? Even Daniels doesn’t know yet.

“I’m about five episodes ahead from where we are now,” he said, referring to the outlining and writing of future episodes. “And it’s certainly not over. And I don’t know the outcome or the end of it. We’re discussing that right now.”

Nov. 16: Matt Mitovich, TV Guide

Re: ‘The Merger’:

— Phyllis, sweet ol’ Phyllis, apparently exudes an acquired smell. Who knew?
— Creed is handy with the cell-phone camera.
— Ryan can be rather possessive, if not shrewd.
— Kevin loves shredding. Anything.
— Dwight fancies himself a runner.
— When Jim joined DM, the Michael Scott-produced orientation film was titled “The Scranton Witch Project.” The new video that the Stamforders are forced to watch? Let’s just say that it is very YouTube-friendly.

And so on.

Laughs-wise, my fave moments were Kelly telling Jim what’s been going on in “her world” since he left, and a tremendously enjoyable battle between Dwight and his new perceived enemy. As for the aforementioned reunion between Jim and Pam … Well, you’ll just have to see how that plays out. But I must give props to Jenna Fischer, who so effectively — and oftentimes quietly — delivers truly knockout moments, touching on a range of emotions throughout the episode.

Nov. 16: Chicago Sun-Times

Re: ‘The Merger’:

“The Office” is funnier than it’s been in a while. Two offices merge, so there are more workers to mock.

My favorite is Kelly (Mindy Kaling), the woman who lives vicariously through pop culture; the only things that truly happen in her life are gossip items concerning celebrity babies. The worst is a fat-guy joke. Huge people are still uproarious? Really?

Nov. 15: Newsday

Re: ‘The Merger’:

The setup: Finally, we have the long-awaited merger. The Stamford office has closed (budget issues and so forth) and the refugees from Connecticut must relocate to Scranton, where they are greeted by Michael Scott (Steve Carell) bearing welcome “goodie bags” stuffed with pencils and coupons. Meanwhile, Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson) is just a little too strung out. He wants Michael to fire someone, anyone, and he’s worried about this new guy Andy (Ed Helms). Pam’s (Jenna Fischer) looking forward to seeing Jim (John Krasinski) until she learns that Karen (Rashida Jones) is just a little too attentive to him.

Best stuff: Very hard to say, but let’s see … Michael’s sublimely idiotic line to Karen? (“Wow! You’re very exotic looking. Was your dad a GI?”). Or Andy’s ruminations about building his power base (“I’m always thinking one step ahead, like a carpenter who makes stairs.”). Or Michael’s version of “Lazy Sunday” (to boost office morale) entitled “Lazy Scranton”? Or how about the facedown between Dwight and Andy in the elevator before the closing credits? Yes, I think I’ll go with that one.

Grade/overview: A+. One of the best “Offices” ever. Instant classic. Brilliant. Enough said. Now, if only people will just start watching.

Thanks to TWOP for the Newsday tip!

Nov. 15: Ask Ausiello

Question: Any Office scoop? — Michael
Ausiello: I watched a screener of tomorrow night’s super-sized “Merger” episode, and, I have to say, it’s the best of the season. Even Dwight — who, IMHO, is the most overrated character in the history of TV comedy — had me spewing Snapple across my living room. [Spoiler alert] When Dwight finds his position as Michael’s No. 2 threatened by Stamford Andy, a new Office rivalry is born. But they’re both in for a surprise when Jan steps in and appoints someone else as the No. 2. Over in Jam-land, Pam’s jubilance over having Jim around again is cut short by a piece of chewing gum — Karen’s chewing gum.

Question: Jim and Pam? Pam and Roy? Jim and Karen? Pam and Michael? Help me out! This Office is a little too crowded for me! — Jordan
Ausiello: Don’t hate me, but I’m all about Jim and Karen. Jam is so 2005. Pam had her chance, and she blew it. BTW, has it ever been established why exactly she rejected him? Perhaps she had a brain hemorrhage earlier that day?

Question: Any truth to the rumors of J.J. Abrams directing an episode of The Office? — Kathleen Hughes
Ausiello: It’s 100 percent true. The episode shoots in February and, well, that’s all I know at this point.

Nov. 14: NBC5 interview with Angela Kinsey and Mindy Kaling

Mindy sings on the Christmas special.

Nov. 14: Chicago Tribune’s ‘The Watcher’

Re: ‘The Merger’:

Michael Scott (Steve Carell) welcomes the new employees with his own parody of “Lazy Sunday”: It’s called, of course, “Lazy Scranton,” and it extols the virtues of the Electric City, including the anthracite museum.

You could call the increasingly vicious verbal battles between Dwight (Rainn Wilson) and Stamford-ite Andy (Ed Helms) a battle of wits, but by the end, they’re like two snotty 12-year-olds having it out on the playground.

Read much more, including some JAM-related stuff, here.

Nov. 13: Watch with Kristin

From Looloo: Anything on The Office?
It is my favorite episode of the season so far because…drumroll, please…Jim and Pam are back together! Honestly, you’ll realize how terrible it was that they were apart when you see them reunited. Though, of course, I should mention that it’s only a corporate-restructuring reunion at this point, and they’ve got a long way to go (and a certain other love interest to kill) before becoming a couple.

From sillygirlh11: I am loving Ed Helms. Tell me he’s sticking around.
He definitely is. I’m told the writers and producers all love him, and this week, when the two teams merge, you will see a hilarious new dynamic between his character and Dwight. Honestly, by the end of this week’s episode, I’m pretty convinced that Ed Helms is my new favorite on that show. He is fanfreakingtastic. Such a kiss-ass. And such a fitting new nemesis for Dwight.

From Mel: Office scoop!
I hear someone is quitting this week. Someone is also getting fired.

Nov. 9: Greg Daniels’ live NBC.com blog

Here are spoilerish excerpts from Greg Daniels’ blog:

Michael and romance: Fans of Michael’s lovelife should especially catch the Christmas special.

Oscar: Oscar will return. I have just finished directing that episode and it will air in January.

Hour long show: We will do a Christmas episode this December 14th and it will be an hour long, and was directed by Harold Ramis. We are usually in the weird position of being between a half hour and an hour. Maybe a half-hour episode without commercials is the answer. NBC?

Ricky Gervais: Ricky and Stephen Merchant wrote an upcoming episode called the Convict that will air November 30. I am editing it today, and it is very long and funny so perhaps we can have an extended version on-line.

Scranton/ webisodes: Rainn is coming. We are trying to build a Saint Patricks day episode and go in March, but the current NBC schedule has in repeats around St. Patricks, so it depends on the storylines. I want to get the whole cast out there soon. We would like to do new webisodes based on following the cast around Scranton and getting real interactions.

Dwangela: Dwangela are going strong, although still trying to hide it. There will be some big drama in that relationship in January.

Nov. 6: Television Without Pity forums

Synopsis for ‘The Convict’ (Nov. 30):

THE OFFICE LEARNS THAT ONE OF THE FORMER STAMFORD BRANCH EMPLOYEES IS AN EX-CONVICT — WRITTEN BY BRITISH SERIES CREATORS RICKY GERVAIS & STEPHEN MERCHANT — Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) tries to be supportive after learning that one of the new employees is an ex-convict, but gets upset when the staff starts to compare the office to prison. Meanwhile, Jim (John Krasinski) “coaches” Andy (guest star Ed Helms) when he decides to make a play for Pam (Jenna Fischer). Rainn Wilson, B.J. Novak, Melora Hardin, David Denman, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Angela Kinsey, Oscar Nuñez, Phyllis Smith, Paul Lieberstein and Mindy Kaling also star. Rashida Jones, Wayne Wilderson, and Ursula Burton guest star.

Thanks, GMMR, for the tip!

Nov. 2: Watch with Kristin

NBC has confirmed that the creators of the original British version of The Office, Gervais and Stephen Merchant, have written an episode called “The Convict,” which will air Nov. 30 … the episode will revolve around Michael Scott (Steve Carell) discovering that one of his new co-workers has a criminal past. (And psst…If you’re wondering how he has “new co-workers,” the upcoming episode title “Merger” should be your first clue.)

Oct. 30: Watch with Kristin

From tvlvr11: Happy Diwali! Any scoop on this week’s Office episode?
Happy Diwali to you, too! I just watched it this morning and nearly fell off the treadmill laughing. This Thursday’s episode is written by Mindy Kaling (Kelly); it centers around the Hindu holiday Diwali (which Michael, in all his cultural sensitivity, describes as the Hindu Halloween), and I think you’ll all be more than a little surprised at what goes down in it. Funny, funny, stuff. Mindy’s real-life parents are hilarious as her TV parents, and most importantly, Pam wears her hair down!

From Terry: More on The Office!
Someone’s going to try to kiss someone this week. And you will squeal! I nearly fell off my couch.

From Jonathan: What the frak?! You’ve been seriously slacking on Battlestar Galactica scoop. Give it up, girlfriend!
Gladly! I actually just caught up with Katee Sackhoff and will give you some scoop in the spoiler section, but here I can tell you that she almost guest starred on The Office?! How fanfreakingtastic would that be? Katee told me that Dwight Schrute’s hilarious BSG-Lost crossover blog led to serious talk of her doing a guest spot over at Dunder Mifflin. And though it didn’t work out at the time, my NBC moles tell me producers are dead set on getting her on at some point.

Oct. 29: Access Hollywood

Spoilers can be found in this Access Hollywood behind the scenes at The Office video, especially in this split-second shot! (Thanks, John)

Oct. 27: TV Squad photos of the Office set

Link to the photos here and read the spoiler-like observations.

Oct. 27: NBC press release

Synopsis for ‘The Merger’ (Nov. 16):

MERGER — The Scranton branch and the Stamford branch of Dunder-Mifflin are merged, bringing old friends Jim and Pam back together after months apart. Michael and Dwight and the other employees deal with the changes. Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, Jenna Fischer, John Krasinski, B.J. Novak, Melora Hardin, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Angela Kinsey, Oscar Nuñez, Phyllis Smith, Paul Lieberstein and Mindy Kaling also star. Ed Helms (“The Daily Show”), Rashida Jones (“Wanted”), Ursula Burton (“The West Wing”), Mike Bruner (“C.S.I”) and Wayne Wilderson (“The Class”) guest star.

Oct. 26: Indiawest Online

[Mindy] Kaling’s parents even appear in this week’s episode, as her character Kelly Kapoor’s parents.

“My mom and dad were thrilled and adorably nervous to be playing the Kapoors, who are much more traditional Indian parents then they are … They also play a couple that had an arranged marriage, which was not the case for my parents. So that was a little bit of ‘acting’ for them.”

Does this support one “marriage proposal” theory that Kelly’s parents arrange Kelly and Ryan’s marriage?

Oct. 25: Kristin’s Tease-o-Rama answers

After revealing some jaw-dropping upcoming storylines in our latest edition of Tease-o-Rama (the spoiler game in which you guess which are true or false), I am ready to reveal to you the correct spoilers in all their glory.

7. The Office: Pam and Karen become friends. True. And ew.

Oct. 25: Nirali Magazine

You must listen to Michael Scott’s rendition of the Diwali Song, from Nov. 9’s episode, “Diwali.”

Article | Song

Thanks to Stacy for the tip!

Oct. 23: Watch With Kristin

The Office is a rerun this week! No Halloween episode?! — Jackie

Sadly, there isn’t. But when the show returns Nov. 2, we get a special treat: Michael decides that Dunder-Mifflin Scranton needs to attend a Diwali celebration! Diwali is a traditional East Indian holiday, so of course they all end up running into Kelly’s parents at the festival. And bonus casting alert! Her parents on that episode are played by the real-life parents of Mindy Kaling, who plays Kelly. I’m hearing her family is under the impression that Kelly’s relationship with Ryan is far more serious than he thinks it is. Also, expect to see more of Michael’s girlfriend, Carol (Nancy Walls), very soon, although I’m told their relationship isn’t long for this world.

Oct. 21: NBC press release

Synopsis for ‘Branch Closing’ (Nov. 9):

NEWS OF THE SCRANTON BRANCH SHUTDOWN LEADS DUNDER MIFFLIN’S STAFF TO DREAM OF WHAT THEIR LIVES MIGHT BE LIKE AWAY FROM THE OFFICE — When Jan tells Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) that the Scranton Branch will be shutting down, Michael strives to keep his staff’s spirits up. Meanwhile, everyone privately begins to envision how their lives will change in the aftermath. Rainn Wilson, Jenna Fischer, John Krasinski, B.J. Novak, Melora Hardin, David Denman, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Angela Kinsey, Oscar Nuñez, Phyllis Smith, Paul Lieberstein and Mindy Kaling also star, and Ed Helms (“The Daily Show”), Rashida Jones (“Wanted”) and Charles Esten (“Whose Line Is It Anyway?”) guest star.

Thanks, Travis!

Oct. 17: Watch with Kristin

What do you mean by Michael on The Office might lose his job? — Bill, Pasadena

Let’s just say that Stamford and Scranton are going to merge within the next few months, and Michael isn’t exactly Jan’s first choice for regional manager. The good news? There’s no way Steve Carell is losing his job, so I wouldn’t worry too much.

Thanks GMMR!

Oct. 18: Ask Ausiello

Question: Hey, I was just wondering if you had any Office scoop? When are Jim and Pam going to see each other again? — Diana

Ausiello: The title of the Nov. 9 episode is “Branch Closing.” ‘Nuff said. Actually, I’ve got one more thing to say: How twisty would it be if Dunder-Mifflin absorbed Jim and his new office crush? Pretty darn twisty.

Thanks, GMMR and Lori!

Oct. 17: Just Jared

Here are some photos from the upcoming Nov. 2 episode, Diwali.

Make sure to scroll all the way down the page — there are seven photos in all.

Thanks to Jill for the tip!

Oct. 16: Watch with Kristin

The recent interaction with Jan and Michael on The Office made me wonder something … How in the world does he keep his job? — krazycat

Funny you should ask because — major spoiler alert! — I hear Jan’s going to get very suspicious of Michael’s ridiculous behavior very soon and will ask Pam to make note of how he spends his average work day. According to my source, not even Pam can save him, and Michael might actually lose his job. Eeek!

Oct. 13: NBC press release

Synopsis for ‘Diwali’ (Nov. 2):

MICHAEL URGES THE ENTIRE OFFICE TO SUPPORT DIVERSITY BY CELEBRATING DIWALI, THE HINDU FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS — SCRIPT WRITTEN BY SERIES STAR MINDY KALING — Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) encourages the entire Scranton branch to support Kelly (Mindy Kaling) and attend a local celebration of Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights. As Ryan (B.J. Novak) nervously faces Kelly’s family at the event, Michael, new girlfriend Carol (guest star Nancy Walls, “The Daily Show”), and the staff sample a range of Indian culture and cuisine. Meanwhile, Andy (Ed Helms) convinces Jim (John Krasinski) to turn a late night of work into a drinking game. Rainn Wilson, Jenna Fischer, Melora Hardin, David Denman, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Angela Kinsey, Oscar Nuñez, Phyllis Smith and Paul Lieberstein also star, and Ed Helms (“The Daily Show”), Rashida Jones (“Wanted”) and Charles Esten (“Whose Line Is It Anyway?”) guest star.

Oct. 9: Watch with Kristin chat transcript

From gollomanwoi: The Office! Any spoilers?
A lot of good stuff coming up for Ryan. He meets Kelly’s parents around Halloween and gets himself into a very uncomfortable situation. Let’s just say there’s wedding talk. And someone else is getting on one knee to propose! Also, Dwight wants to take Ryan under his wing and be his mentor, and believe me when I say hilarity ensues.

From nellylee: More Office!
Some cute stuff with Karen and Jim this week. It becomes clear that he’s starting to care what she thinks of him. Get used to those Stanford office peeps, ’cause some of them may be moving in on Scranton territory…and I’m not just referring to Karen and Jim anymore.

Oct. 7: Sparklies Gallery

Oct. 6: MoreThanThat.net

Here are a couple of photos from ‘Grief Counseling’:

Grief Counseling Photo 1 | Grief Counseling Photo 2

Oct. 2: NBC press release

NBC has updated the synopsis for ‘Grief Counseling’ (now scheduled for Oct. 12), and it’s not looking good for JAM fans:

MICHAEL FREAKS OUT AT THE DEATH OF THE FORMER REGIONAL MANAGER AND FORCES THE STAFF THROUGH GRIEF COUNSELING — After learning that the former regional manager has tragically died, Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) attempts to compel an appropriate show of grief from the Dunder Mifflin staff as he searches for the right way to honor a company man. Roy (David Denman) helps Pam (Jenna Fischer) duck out of the session. And in the Stamford office, Jim (John Krasinski) and Karen (guest star Rashida Jones, “Wanted”) go on a hunt for snacks. Rainn Wilson, Jenna Fischer, John Krasinski, B.J. Novak, Melora Hardin, David Denman, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Angela Kinsey, Oscar Nunez, Phyllis Smith, Paul Lieberstein and Mindy Kaling also star, and Ed Helms (“The Daily Show”) and Charles Esten (“Whose Line Is It Anyway?”) guest star.

Oct. 2: Watch with Kristin chat transcript

From Ellie: I love The Office! Tell me if Jim and Pam get together! Also, what’s in store for Dwight & Angela and Michael & Jan!
Well, very soon Jan slips and says something she shouldn’t that gets everyone all upset. And as a result of this news, Angela convinces Dwight to do something that could really hurt his relationship with Michael. I’m also hearing of a special episode coming up that includes a trip to the Schrute beet farm! Cannot wait!

From sparkleelz: What will the JAM reunion be like on The Office?
Like Smuckers–all-natural, no sugar added and … bittersweet.

Oct. 2: NBC press release

Synopsis for ‘Grief Counseling’ (Oct. 19):

WHEN MICHAEL LEARNS THAT HIS PREDECESSOR HAS DIED, HE TRIES TO GUIDE THE DUNDER MIFFLIN STAFF THROUGH THEIR SUPPOSED GRIEF — After learning that his old boss, the former regional manager, has died, Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) attempts to guide the Dunder Mifflin staff through their grief as he searches for the right way to honor a company man.

Oct. 2: Entertainment Weekly Oct. 9 print edition, page 61

Note: THIS IS NOT A SEASON 3 SPOILER! The reason I am adding this to the spoiler post is because it was an idea scrapped for Season 2 and so is a possibility for a future season. What do you think about this?

Late last season, Dwight (Rainn Wilson) had an awkward — and profound — encounter with Angela (Angela Kinsey) in the Dunder-Mifflin kitchen. Reveals Office executive producer Greg Daniels about the never-aired scene: “They didn’t look at each other in the eye at all. They had a couple lines, there was a pause, and then Angela said, ‘I’m late,’ turned around, and left. Dwight looked shocked and a very pleased expression broke over his face … It was a pretty cool moment.” So why the decision to shelve the comedic bundle of joy? “It was a big move, but we had it in a show that had a lot of other big moves,” says Daniels. “I don’t know if we’re ever going to end up using it.”

Sept. 28: TVGuide.com

From Office Gossip Part 2: What’s Next for Pam and Jim?

TVGuide.com: Can we talk about the other significant other in Jim’s life — Dwight? What’s going on with their relationship?
Krasinski: What’s amazing is that this season you’ll start to see more and more that the reason we terrorize each other is because, deep down, we’re really good friends. The jokes play a lot more clear and a lot more specific.

TVGuide.com: Will Pam now be Dwight’s primary tormentor?
Fischer: Pam has kind of a different role now — she’s more independent, taking things a bit more seriously, trying to figure out what she wants to do with her life. Teasing Dwight was a way to bond with Jim, and certainly she’s going to be tickled to call Jim and tell him stories, but Pam’s going to have more battles with Angela this season. For example, Pam is going to get kicked off the party-planning committee in a future episode.

TVGuide.com: Lord knows those Dunder-Mifflin parties are always so successful.
Fischer: That’s right! Yeah, so she’s going to go to war with Angela a little bit.

TVGuide.com: New topic: What can you tell me about Dwight’s cousin, whom we will meet early this season? Does the beet fall far from the tree … or whatever it is that beets grow on?
Fischer: Mose?
Krasinski: Mose is probably one of the more, uh, “interesting” characters we’ve had on the show. Just to let you know, [the idea of the character] has been percolating for a while, and he’s played by the legendary Mike Schur.

Sept. 26: NBC press release

Synopsis for ‘Initiation’ (Oct. 12):

10/12/06 (8:30PM-9:00PM): DWIGHT TAKES RYAN OUT FOR HIS FIRST SALES CALL AND PUTS HIM THROUGH AN OUTRAGEOUS SERIES OF TESTS ALONG THE WAY — SCRIPT WRITTEN BY SERIES STAR B.J. NOVAK — New full-time employee Ryan (B.J. Novak) anxiously accompanies Dwight (Rainn Wilson) on his first sales call, but is taken aback by the odd series of challenges Dunder Miffin’s top salesman puts him through along the way, including a sidetrip to the Schrute family beet farm. Back at the office, Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) is forced by corporate to keep a log of his day’s activities, and Pam (Jenna Fischer) tries to help him be productive. Meanwhile, Jim (John Krasinski) begins to settle into the Stamford branch. Melora Hardin, David Denman, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Angela Kinsey, Phyllis Smith, Paul Lieberstein and Mindy Kaling also star, and Ed Helms (“The Daily Show”), Rashida Jones (“Wanted”), Charles Esten (“Whose Line Is It Anyway?”) and Michael Schur (writer, “Saturday Night Live”) guest star.

Sept. 26: Oct. 2-8 print issue of TV Guide, page 7

It was a big summer for The Office’s Pam Beesly. She called off her wedding to Roy. She’s got her own apartment for the first time. She’s taking art classes. But why has her not-so-secret admirer Jim moved to the Stamford branch of Dunder Mifflin? Seems TV’s favorite receptionist needs a little alone time before heading into a new romance. “I was really happy Pam didn’t marry Roy,” says Jenna Fischer about her character’s cliffhanger. “But I was also happy that Pam is going to figure out who she is in life without a man. Throughout the season we’re going to see Pam develop an identity.”

John Krasinski’s character has learned some life lessons as well since Pam rebuffed him in last season’s finale. “There’s only so much you can take before you start borderline on pathetic,” he says. “He needs to stand up for himself and move on with his life.” How long will they be apart? Fischer says their issues start to bubble up in the third episode, and at some point they’ll be back in the same office again. “We’re not going to leave poor Jim alone in Stamford forever,” she says. But don’t count out Roy (David Denman). “I think you’re going to see some chemistry between Pam and Roy that you haven’t seen before.

Sept. 25: Watch with Kristin chat transcript

From Abby: The Office is finally back! Was the season premiere awesome? Is Jim going to go back to the original office with Pam?
In the words of Axl Rose: Welcome to the jungle! Er, wait, was it, You gotta have patience? Either way, Jim, sadly, does stay in Stanford for the foreseeable future, but the good news is we still see him on a regular basis. Next week, Michael meets up with him at an office supply convention in Philly and the week after, I’m told we see that new love interest of his (crazy be-yotch from hell.) But mark my words: Jim will be back in Scranton before the Christmas holidays!

FromFeelie: More Office scoop!
Someone else in the office has a crush on Pam, and you’re gonna learn the identity of her secret admirer very soon!

Sept. 21: Greg Daniels’ live NBC blog

We are beginning to shoot the Christmas episode on Monday and I am really excited that Harold Ramis will be directing it. A few minutes before the blog began, I was in the writers’ room going over the script with everyone and he was sitting with us and suggesting some great jokes. So there are lots of cool things to look forward to.

Next week, we are following Michael and Dwight on a trip to the paper industry convention in Philadelphia where they will interact with Jim and the Stamford manager. Michael has some issues with Jim leaving, and Jim is trying to get news of certain individuals who work in Scranton. And Pam goes on a date with someone new.

Sept. 23: iTunes Store

Synopsis of The Office, Season 3:

Season 3 punches in with Jim Halpert’s unexpected transfer to the Stamford office, but will it punch out with the closing of the Scranton branch? With his unorthodox management style, ever-impulsive Michael Scott (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) continues to wreak havoc for the staff and hapless temp Ryan Howard (B.J. Novak). Little does Michael know, his unwanted protege Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson) is planning a coup. Also in the works: Unexpected wedding bells chime and we finally get to visit the Schrute family beet farm business. Meanwhile, will Jim Halpert (John Krasinski) find a new love? What of Pam Beesly (Jenna Fischer)? And in a sudden turn of events, Michael is forced to make a last ditch effort to save the company.

Sept. 20: Office promo aired during “Biggest Loser”

Wow — this promo actually has additional footage from the ‘Casino Night’ kiss scene that is NOT TO BE MISSED.

Watch the video here (no longer available).

Sept. 20: Ask Ausiello

Question: Jim-Pam Office scoop?— Joan

Ausiello: Only that Sunday’s New York Times totally spoiled the resolution of last May’s cliff-hanger when they came out and said that Jim and Pam would be forging a long-distance relationship this season, interacting mostly via text messaging. In related news, when did NYT get into the spoiler business?

Sept. 19: Jenna’s MySpace blog

I saw the first episode. IT’S AMAZING!!! SO funny. Maybe one of our funniest episodes ever. Steve is brilliant. And John … OMG … John is hilarious this year. There is a Jim/Michael/Dwight scene that is one of my favorites ever. Ed Helms knocks it out of the park. His character is such a perfect addition to the cast. And Oscar is beyond awesome. Don’t believe everything you read about Season 3 of The Office … even if it’s printed in a big newspaper. I’ve heard a lot of rumors and no one has gotten it quite right yet. It’s fun to hear all of the theories on what happens.

Okay, I have to run. We are about to do one of our famous conference room scenes so … no computer for awhile. Next week we are shooting our Christmas episode. Crazy huh?

Sept. 18: Salt Lake Tribune

“They’re definitely star-crossed lovers, and I hope it works out,” Krasinski said, not revealing much more … “I love how they’re sticking to the reality of the situation rather than what people want to see in television,” Krasinski said about Jim and Pam’s relationship, “Because sometimes people you love don’t end up with you.”

Sept. 18: Watch with Kristin chat transcript

From Jenny: Will you (or have you already) gotten the chance to preview the season premiere of The Office? Anything you can reveal?! I promise I won’t tell!

For the first time ever (at least as long as I’ve been doing this job!), NBC is not sending out the season premiere (which airs this Thursday). However, I have seen snippets of the first script and can tell you that (a) Michael’s outing of Oscar is one of the most hilarious and disturbing things you ever see on television and (b) there’s a reason NBC is not sending this one out–it’s too great of a cliffhanger resolution!

Sept. 17: New York Times

From the article “The Whole World Is Watching, and Ben Silverman Is Watching Back”:

… the wireless company Cingular expressed interest in a special marketing campaign. Mr. Silverman noted that one of the show’s main characters, Jim, was going to be in a long-distance relationship with another character, Pam, so naturally “they’re going to be text-messaging each other.”

Thanks to braindiva at the LiveJournal Office community for the tip!

Sept. 16: Season 3 photos

Photos courtesy of txvoodoo at the LiveJournal Office community.

And if you missed the comment by MtnDewJunkie, here’s a spoilerish photo of a ring on someone’s finger!

Sept. 15: NBC press release

Synopsis for ‘The Coup’ (Oct. 5):

FED UP WITH MICHAEL’S ANTICS IN THE OFFICE, ANGELA PUSHES DWIGHT TO TAKE ACTION AGAINST HIM — After Jan (Melora Hardin) busts Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) for declaring it’s “movie Monday,” where everyone watches a movie instead of working, an upset Angela (Angela Kinsey) pushes Dwight (Rainn Wilson) is into making a play for Michael’s job. Meanwhile, Pam (Jenna Fischer) internet shops and has a fashion show at lunch and Jim (John Krasinski) plays video games and gets killed again and again in virtual reality. B.J. Novak, David Denman, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Oscar Nuñez, Phyllis Smith, Paul Lieberstein and Mindy Kaling also star.

Sept. 14: Watch with Kristin

… we finally get to see the aftermath of a teary-eyed Jim confessing his love to Pam. “I don’t think it’s at all what people are expecting,” John Krasinski says of the aftermath, “but it is absolutely true to how something like this would actually go. It is real and honest and raw, and that’s what I love about it.” Still, I’m not so sure everyone will be feeling the love. (How’s that for a scary tease?) Meanwhile, Steve Carell will get back to Michael Scott’s horrifyingly inappropriate self in the season premiere, outing an Office-mate’s deepest secret. “He’s just a moron,” Carell says. “Some things never change.”

Sept. 13: NBC Press Release

Synopsis for The Convention (Sept. 28):

After meeting Jan (Melora Hardin) in Philadelphia for the annual Northeastern Mid-Market Office Supply Convention, Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) enlists Dwight’s (Rainn Wilson) help in organizing a party in his room for fellow conventioneers. Meanwhile, Ryan (B.J. Novak) and Kelly (Mindy Kaling) join friends out on a double date. Jenna Fischer, John Krasinski, David Denman, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Angela Kinsey, Oscar Nuñez, Phyllis Smith and Paul Lieberstein also star.

TVGuide.com

Here is a synopis of the Season 3 premiere episode, “Gay Witch Hunt”:

The third-season opener is set in the wake of casino night, and things get mighty dicey when Michael heedlessly outs a gay Dunder Mifflin employee. Meanwhile, some details about Jim and Pam’s complicated relationship come to light.

Sept. 11: North Jersey Media Group

Where we left off: Jim (John Krasinski) kissed both Pam (Jenna Fischer) and his job under Michael (Steve Carell) goodbye. He opens the new season at a new branch with a new love interest in guest star Rashida Jones.

Why we’re excited: Ricky Gervais is penning a script, and Harold Ramis is scheduled to direct one episode.

Sept. 11: Watch with Kristin chat transcript

From vmgal26: Tell me you have something on those crazy kids over at Dunder-Mifflin.
I’m frightened for Pam and Jim. Vewy frightened.

From Jessica: I am one of Pam-Jenna’s friends on MySpace. Did you see this blog? She posted pictures of people on set and there is a picture of Roy. Initially, the picture showed a wedding ring. When someone noticed it, it was immediately cropped and replaced. Telling, huh?
Shut up. You shut up right now and take it back. That can’t be true! Can’t! Or can it? And P.S.: That is one hot photo of Dwight in his skivvies.

Sept. 10: Jenna’s MySpace blog

Our first episode of the season, airing Thursday September 21st, is called “Gay Witch Hunt”. Michael finds out that Oscar is gay. Need I say more? I have to say, this may be the funniest episode we’ve ever done. I mean, like laugh out loud hilarious. It is a great start to the season. AND, you will find out about Jim and Pam in the first episode. Be sure to watch from the beginning this episode is packed!

Check her blog for photos from the Season 3 set!

Sept. 8: NBC Press Release

The title of episode 2, Season 3 is “The Convention.”

Sept. 6: Rock 107 interview with David Denman

Rock 107: Now you guys are in production right now, or the whole season is not already shot, is it?
David: We’ve done six episodes so far, and we’re about to premiere on September 21st.

Rock 107: If we were guessing that Roy gets a lot of face time in the season premiere, we may be off the track here? Maybe this is not necessarily revealed in the first episode?
David: Everything gets revealed in the first episode. You’ll find out exactly what happened. When we come back, it’s three months later, everything’s already happened, and we’re in real time.

Rock 107: We’ve been hearing that possibly there may be some St. Patrick’s Day parade-themed thing coming up. What do you know about that?
David: I know they talked about it, I know they want to do it, but they’re not quite sure, because we have to shoot it beforehand, so it’d be kind of hard to get a bunch of people out there for a St. Patrick’s Day parade, you know, five weeks before St. Patrick’s Day.

David: They [Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant] wrote an episode that we’re going to shoot, I can’t remember when it’s going to come out, about the middle of the season.

Sept. 2: San Diego Jewish Journal

When it comes to hints for the upcoming season, Silverman offers a few. First, another former “Daily Show” veteran lands on the set. Ed Helms is joining the cast and “The Office” will now employ 15 series regulars. “This is a huge cast and Ed is a really great comedic actor. He is perfect for our ensemble,” Silverman said. The proud producer then passes on one more sneak peak. Look for the fictional Dunder Mifflin to attend a paper convention, an entity ripe for humor. “This show is just so layered and hysterical.”

Sept. 1: NBC Press Release

Here is information on the Season 3 premiere on Sept. 21:

‘GAY WITCH HUNT’

THE DUNDER MIFFLIN STAFF DEALS WITH SOME SURPRISES AROUND THE OFFICE IN THE WAKE OF CASINO NIGHT: When Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) unintentionally outs a gay employee, he stumbles through a sensitivity mine-field. Also, we find out what happened with Jim and Pam.

Oscar Nunez also mentions this in his red carpet interview. (Scroll down a bit to read it)

Thanks to GMMR for the original tip!

TV Guide post-Emmys interview with B.J. Novak

TVG: Give us some scoop on what’s happening next season.
B.J.: The craziest story is that Dwight, to initiate me, Ryan, into Dunder Mifflin, takes me to his family’s farm and puts me through a frat-style initiation, we shot that this past week, so I can talk about the more, you know, the funny stories like that, but I can’t really say much about the romance or anything.

TVG: What’s going to be happening with the rumors about the cast, folks from Wernham Hogg coming to the American Office — true or false?
B.J.: We still want to do it, that has been put on ice for a little while because of scheduling, we had a way to use them that we were very happy with, they can’t make it the week we’re filming that, but they will be there, we have some other ideas already.
Daniel: And is it just the actors, or is it the characters from the show as well?
B.J.: Um, it will be pleasing to many people.

NBC Office cast interview at Emmys red carpet

Interviewer: Dwight’s gonna clue in to what he really knows about Oscar?
Oscar: I don’t think so … but you’ll see in the first episode, it’s an eye-opener. You’ll be quite surprised.

Melora: I haven’t quite gotten my MySpace blog going yet, but I’m going to, I’m behind the curve on that.

Interviewer: Can we expect some fun stuff from Jan and Michael?
Melora: Oh yeah, there’s definitely some fun stuff with Jan and Michael. She’s micromanaging his life into hell this season because he chose Carol over her, so it should be quite interesting to watch her crumble a little bit.

Sept. 1: Watch with Kristin

Even The Office temp B.J. Novak, one of the most mellow people in Hollywood, is not impervious to Emmy’s charm. “Can you believe it?!” the writer and castmember beamed excitedly after the show’s much-deserved win. When I asked if he knew when they’d be sending out the season-premiere episode to us TV journos, he replied, “Never! It’s so good, we really want to keep everything under wraps. You’re going to freak.”

Aug. 30: Ask Ausiello

Ausiello: What follows is our hilariously scoopy, albeit brief, threesome. (Hint: Believe Jenna, not John.)

Ausiello: Does Pam choose Jim?
Jenna: You’ll know what happens in the first episode.
John: Babies.
Jenna: You won’t have to wait any longer than the first episode.
John: When we open on the maternity ward, you’ll know exactly what happens.
Ausiello: Is it good news?
John: It is good news.
Jenna: Yeah, it’s good news.

Question: Can you give me anything on The Office? — Tommy D.
Ausiello: Ricky Gervais, a nominee for Extras, gave me some exclusive details about the episode he’s penning this season. “It’s Michael desperately trying to be PC, as usual, and failing miserably. And Jim and Pam send Dwight on a wild-goose chase. They [send him off on an] investigation, and there’s a very, very embarrassing moment.” Gervais also hinted that there’s a “little bit” of a development in the Jim-Pam saga. “It was great writing it. And the strange thing was, I wasn’t thinking of [the original British characters] David Brent and Tim and Dawn. I was thinking of Michael Scott and Jim and Pam. We wrote for them. Even though we sort of acted it out, which is how we do stuff, we were totally writing for the American version. I think it’s great, by the way. I genuinely think it’s great … Gervais dispelled reports that the British cast would show up at Dunder-Mifflin this season. “That wasn’t true,” he insists. “That’s not true. One of the British tabs probably [started that].”

Aug. 28: Watch with Kristin’s chat transcript

From Juliana: … What did you talk to John about?!
Well, he wouldn’t give anything up on the new season … although he was very cute about it … Anyway, when I finally got his attention, he refused to confirm the rumor of a new lady in Jim’s life, or anything about possibly moving to a new office for a little while … But he did say that even if Jim does have a new lady, it’s still all about Pam. He insisted that the writers are not shying away from the way things left off and he’s really excited about it. He told me that, as far as he is concerned, Jim and Pam are soul mates.

From flonkertonmaster: … Do you know anything else about Pam and Jim?
Okay, here’s a direct quote from John K: “We are definitely going to address that high-drama ending of the show, and it has to go one way or another. All I’ll say is I think they keep it very, very real. When two people are that in love and there’s a huge obstacle, it can’t be all beautiful and bells and whistles, and it also can’t be ‘I hate you, I’m leaving.’ So, there’s a really fun middle ground.”

From Gina: What was the best part of your Emmy night?
Oh, how awesome is this? I got to talk to Ricky Gervais last night! As a huge fan of all things The Office, I was really excited. He told me he’s working on writing his episode of our American version as we speak. He said he’s writing specifically for Michael Scott, without any David Brent in mind, because Steve Carell has done such a fantastic job of creating his own character.

From flonkertonmaster: I am dying for some more Office-Pam-Pim scoop? Anything?
How ’bout the other Office lovebirds? Mindy Kaling told me there will definitely be some ups and downs for Kelly and Ryan this season: “I think there’s going to be a little bit more Ryan and Kelly intrigue. A little bit of rollercoastery stuff there. There’s going to be some good drama, some Grey’s Anatomy-type drama going on.” Oh, and I also chatted with Melora Hardin (aka Jan) yesterday before the show, and she said she is going to be torturing Michael Scott and micromanaging his career out of spite. She’s pissed he picked his realtor over her!

Aug. 24: Brian’s TV Guide blog

Brian’s latest blog has a bunch of Season 3-related info:

Where will The Office shoot this season, apart from the set? Any chance we could see Michael at Hooters or Applebee’s again?
Not sure about frequenting either of those establishments, but future episodes call for outings to a convention in Philadelphia, a Hindu festival, a beet farm and, rumor has it, a trip to Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Will Scrantonicity play an office party?
You can bet your bottom dollar.

Will Oscar’s significant other make an appearance?
Oscar’s significant other (it’s Gil, by the way) does make an appearance in Season 3. Oscar’s secret may not be a secret for long.

When will we meet the other branch?
There is an episode in the early part of the season called “The Convention,” so it is safe to say we will see some other employees of Dunder-Mifflin there.

Is there any word on the cast from the British version of The Office visiting?
Most, if not all, of the cast of the British show have come by and visited us on set. The only confirmed rumor/plan/intense speculation is that Ricky Gervais and Steven Merchant will be writing an episode this season.

If the Dundies are an annual event, does that mean the viewers will get to see another awards show this year? Will we get to see Kevin win any more Dundies?
The Dundies are an annual event, but I am not sure the cameras will record the event this year. With the Dundies, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, the Olympics, Halloween, etc, we could probably just repeat these events and have pretty close to a full season. So the writers will probably not have all of these events captured by the camera each year. Some, yes. But probably not all.

Aug. 21: Watch with Kristin’s chat transcript

From daragirl: Someone very close to me needs some Office scoop.

The fight over the baby poster is resurrected! Also, Jan is going to definitely be seen this season, in a new location. (Wink, wink, nudge, nudge.)

Aug. 16: Brian’s TVGuide.com’s blog

According to Brian’s blog, both Roger Nygard and Miguel Arteta have directed episodes for Season 3.

Aug. 14: Jenna’s MySpace blog

… Season 3 will begin in real time. When the show returns in September, it will be September for the folks at Dunder-Mifflin as well.

Aug. 14: Watch with Kristin’s chat transcript

It sounds like Dwight is going to take charge of the temp — and you know that won’t be good! B.J. Novak said he just finished writing an episode that he calls “a big Dwight-Ryan episode.” He added, “I love acting with Rainn, and I was very excited to get the chance to have Dwight be the one who guides Ryan a little bit. As if Michael wasn’t bad enough, now he’ll have an even crazier person taking the reins.”

Aug. 14: Jenna’s MySpace blog

Season 3 will begin in real time. When the show returns in September, it will be September for the folks at Dunder-Mifflin as well.

Aug. 14: SuicideGirl.com’s interview with Paul Lieberstein

DRE: How’s it going?
Paul: Going great so far, other than being incredibly busy already. We got underwater so fast. That’s how it’s going to be when you have to do 14 episodes in 14 weeks. It’s a big deal for us.
DRE: Is that because Steve [Carell] has another movie to do?
Paul: Exactly.

DRE: How many episodes are you writing for this set of 14?
Paul: Just one or two. We’re going to do one of mine next week and we have the first seven written. So we have to write the next seven and I may or may not do another one in that.
DRE: What is your episode about?
Paul: Dwight [played by Rainn Wilson] sensing an opportunity, decides that this might be the time where he makes his play to run the branch.

Aug. 11: Angela’s MySpace blog

Angela Martin is sporting a new piece of jewelry this year. ;)

Aug. 11: Kristin visits the Office set

From John Krasinski:

… a bona fide resolution to the “Whom will Pam choose?” cliffhanger. According to John, “You get a resolution right off the bat. I think you guys will figure out what happened after [the kiss]. Honestly, I was worried about it all summer. Not worried, but I was really interested to see what the writers did with it. And they wouldn’t tell us. And when we found out, I just thought, there is not a more genius way to deal with it.”

He went on to tease, “It’s not what a TV show twist would be. It’s about what would happen to two real people. And that’s what I love about it.”

From Rainn Wilson:

[Rainn] tells me, “I think wedding bells might be in the air for some characters.” He also revealed we’re going to visit Dwight’s beet farm and meet his possibly inbred relatives, like his cousin Mose.

Aug. 7: Give Me My Remote

Check out some of GMMR’s spoilerish observations (including exhibits!) about the “Kristin’s Office visit” video …

Aug. 5: Cat Fancy video clip of Angela Kinsey

Sorry, this is not really specific to Season 3, but I didn’t know where else to archive it …

They were talking about, it didn’t happen, but for Season 1 they were talking about an episode called “Bring Your Pet to Work Day.” And I don’t know if that will ever happen, I don’t know if that’s a spoiler or not, but they have talked about an episode of everyone bringing their pet to work, and … you’re only allowed to bring one pet, but they said it would be funny if my character brought like three of my cats and have them stashed under my desk, trying to hide them from Michael all day. So that was in the works at some point, I don’t know if that will come back around.

July 31: Watch with Kristin’s chat transcript

Remember that other woman in the other office I told you about, who is a new love interest for Jim? Well, sources tell me it’s gonna be Rashida Jones … Did you know Rashida and John used to date in real life? Sources tell me he fought hard to get his ex-girlfriend the role.

… the new season will be the best yet — lots of good stuff coming up, and an even fatter budget now that the show is up in the ratings. B.J. Novak, who plays the temp and is also a writer on the show, tells me, “Things only get more complicated in the office [this season]. We add yet more people. We have more direction. The characters you know, we learn even more about them.”

July 30: Attendee reports from USC panel discussion

Some highlights:

  • JAM developments will be “surprising.”
  • The Office characters won’t see the documentary for a long time.
  • No actors from the BBC version of The Office will appear this season.
  • Upcoming episodes include a trip to Dwight’s beet farm, attendance at a paper convention, and on-location shooting in Scranton.

For details, read Jill’s report (in the comments section) and Stella’s report.

July 28: Reuters

Along with Ed Helms, Charles Esten (”Whose Line Is It Anyway?”) and Rashida Jones (”Boston Public”) are joining the cast of The Office.

July 28: Entertainment Weekly’s PopWatch

Correspondent Ed Helms is slated to appear in at least 10 episodes of the NBC comedy as a Dunder Mifflin employee.

July 28: Kristin talks to David Denman

When Kristin asks David about the beard he’s now sporting, he replies, “It’s for a section of the season premiere.”

July 27: Angela’s MySpace blog

Am dying to tell ya’ll about this first episode but I just can’t! Not even the title.

We had a special visitor on set today. I won’t say who but the place was a buzz. I’ve never seen so many people on set trying to see what the fuss was all about. (Boy — I am really teasing ya’ll. ;)

Have I mentioned what an enormous bitch my character is this episode? Ah — it’s good to dive right back into Angela Martin. No wading in the shallow end. One more tease — Angela and Pam are on opposite sides of a fence once again. Of course Jenna and I crack up because we are such good friends in real life.

July 26: WIStv.com, Columbia SC

Rainn Wilson of “The Office” spoke about the upcoming season, “I understand there’s going to be a visit to the Dwight Schrute beat farm, so that should be fun. And I think I’m going to beat somebody up and I think my secret love affair is going to blossom. Yes.”

July 26: CreedBratton.com

Creed will take part in 14 episodes – take a break for two months and then take part in the remaining 9 episodes!

(Thanks, Jill!)

July 25: Jenna’s MySpace blog

The first script of Season 3 is AMAZING. I know everything that happens! Finally!

July 25: Twiz TV

Twiz TV, the fine folks who provide transcripts of Office episodes, is now listing episode titles for Season 3:

3-01 – Meaning (2)
3-02 – Cain & Able
3-03 – Informed Consent

(Thanks, Anna!)

Update: Looks like Twiz TV may have posted those episode titles in error; OT reader rspad states they have been posted as episode titles for House over at TV.com. Like I said, don’t believe everything you read. ;)

July 24: Watch with Kristin’s chat transcript

From jellygirl: Who will Pam choose?

I’m really, really, really upset by a piece of scoop I just heard. Now, it’s just a rumor at this point, but it involves Jim in a workplace that is not in Scranton. In a workplace with people who are not the Office regulars. In a workplace with a cute girl that is not Pam.

July 24: Tim Goodman, SF Chronicle

Goodman reports on Carol Burnett, who received a TCA Award for Career Achievement:

At the end of her acceptance speech, Burnett said that if anyone from “The Office” had an opening, she had the time, and later the producers were seen talking with her …

July 21: LiveJournal Office community

Spoilers relating to the first episode of Season 3 can be found here and here (casting side).

July 21: NBC press release

NBC has announced that Season 3 will premiere on September 21.

July 19: Brian’s TV Guide blog

Season 3 starts shooting on July 24th.

July 17: Digital Spy, UK

Digital Spy is reporting that Martin Freeman (“Tim”) and Mackenzie Crook (“Gareth”) are the two members of The Office UK version that will be appearing on the U.S. version of The Office.

July 13: UPI

Paul Lieberstein (“Toby”) talks about new webisodes:

“We’re putting a lot of energy into this,” said co-executive producer Paul Lieberstein, “and will try to do more. I don’t know when we’ll be shooting them, (but) there will definitely be a series in the spring.”

July 13: The Break Room interviews Angela Kinsey

Here’s what Angela says about Season 3:

There’s going to be some surprises, that’s all I’m going to say, surprises across the board. All the relationships in the office are going to get tweaked.

July 12: IGN

Digging for at least one plot point for next season, IGN asked if we get to see Creed steal some more stuff. Office fans may recall that in the second season finale, “Casino Night,” it was revealed that Creed just loves to steal stuff, as he steals poker chips throughout the evening. Laughing, Schur says we do get to see Creed’s kleptomaniac side again. “We absolutely do. In fact, that will reach a new high.”

July 12: Wilkes Barre Times-Leader

While it’s just in the rumor stages, the word on the street is that the cast of the Emmy-nominated “The Office” may descend upon its “hometown” of Scranton to shoot some scenes … it might involve footage of the lively St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

July 10: New York Post

Cast members of the UK version of The Office are scheduled to be guest stars!

July 3: TV Guide

In the printed copy of the July 10-16 edition of TV Guide, page 40:

Starting this Thursday, Dunder Mifflin’s hilariously inept management style comes to you in smaller doses as NBC launches the first of 10 free “webisodes” at www.nbc.com. The remaining three-minute shorts will premiere on Thursdays over the next nine weeks, and NBC has another 20 webisodes in the pipeline for later in the year.

My interpretation: does this mean the new episodes will run during Season 3?

June 28: Jenna’s MySpace blog

Jenna: The writers have chosen their stories and are off writing the first 7 scripts for Season 3 of The Office. We start shooting in 4 short weeks.

Cassie: I just read on Officetally that they are going to use more footage of Scranton in S3. Does that mean that you guys are gonna come film some scenes here too?

Jenna: Yes, I believe we are coming to Scranton – maybe not until after the New Year – the plan is to shoot some things on location this year.

My interpretation: we’re finally going to see that St. Patrick’s Day episode that has been rumored about for awhile?

June 27: Watch with Kristin’s chat transcript

mbk212: How are Pam and Jim looking for next season on The Office?

Korbi: It’s not going to be smooth sailing for Jim, but let’s just say I’m still going to be very jealous.

My interpretation: There may be a new romantic interest in Jim’s near future?

June 23: Dunder Mifflin banner in Scranton

You’ll be seeing the same banner appear in the show as one was made for them and [it was] sent … out last week. This season’s going to be good and watch for some authentic scenes from Scranton.

June 15: GMMR’s interview with David Denman

David: Well I don’t know what I’m allowed to say or what not to say. But I think when we come back time may have expired. So I think when we come back in September, it will actually be September.

June 16: Transcript of John Krasinski’s Gold Derby chat

Professor Chaos: John, without naming any names, has there been any discussion of Carell’s Frat Pack brothers (Stiller, Ferrell, etc) to guest star next season? Or any other high profile actors that have expressed interest?

John: We just found out that we have two GREAT directors next year that I’m psyched to work with, but I can’t tell you who they are just yet. Just know they are AMAZING.

June 8: Hollywood Reporter on Steve Carell’s salary raise

Sources said the per-episode fee for the “Office” star will more than double next season to the neighborhood of $175,000.

He also is said to be looking at a flexible filming schedule with two hiatuses to accommodate his burgeoning feature film career.

May 25: TV Guide talks to Jenna Fischer

Jenna: Pam may come back next season married to Roy. But if Pam was going to do nothing, I don’t know if she would call her mother and say she kissed another guy.

May 18: Kristin talks to John Krasinski

Kristin: Do you know what’s gonna happen for Jim and Pam?

John: I don’t. I’m hoping to have a job next year! Because they’re like, yeah, you might leave the office and I’m like, but I’m still on the show, right?

May 18: Kristin talks to Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey

Jenna: I’m afraid that we’re gonna be having more people scream at their televisions at the beginning of Season 3 as well, so …

Angela: Hush, hush!

Kristin: So you already know what’s going to happen?

Jenna: I’ve heard rumors, but I don’t know for sure.

Angela: We can’t talk about it.

Jenna: Let me tell you something. David Denman, who plays Roy, has been working out all summer. He’s like super trim, super athletic.

Angela: He looks so hot …

Jenna: He’s going to come back in Season 3 and look like a hot … studly number.

Angela: Yeah, like he’s working, he’s working it.

May 16: Watch with Kristin’s chat transcript

Freckles: The Office finale! Jim and Pam kissed!

Kristin: I know! I knew it was going to happen, and I was still squealing! Don’t you wonder why Pam won’t just leave Roy for Jim?! Actually, I had the pleasure of running into David Denman, who plays Roy, and he was much cooler than his TV counterpart. It happened to be the same week they were shooting the Office finale, and I said to him “Maybe Jim will give Roy a run for his money next season?” and he said “Maybe Roy’ll put Jim in the hospital!” No, you know, we may see a kinder, gentler Roy this fall. He also said, “I think Roy’s just so used to being with Pam that he’s not really trying too hard. So, I think we’re gonna see Roy try a little harder next year, and maybe realize Pam’s a little cooler than he thought she was.”

May 12: Jenna’s MySpace blog

Jenna: I’ve heard rumors from the writers about what they have planned for next year. All I can say is…We are gonna knock your socks off. It’s soooooo good!

May 12: NBC’s The Office episode guide

Jillcet over at the LiveJournal Office community noticed that the caption for a picture of the JAM kiss read:

A conflicted Pam called her mom for advice and admitted she was in love with Jim. She ended the conversation early when Jim walked in on her. He didn’t say anything, he just kissed her and she kissed him back.

The caption was quickly taken down and replaced with:

A conflicted Pam called her mom for advice … She ended the conversation early when Jim walked in on her. He didn’t say anything, he just kissed her and she kissed him back.

Feb. 25: Sioux City Journal

Once the show’s conceit (a documentary filmmaking crew is chronicling the life of an audience) wears thin, “The Office” will change, slightly. “The show they’re in will start airing,” Executive Producer Greg Daniels says. “It’s hard to go back from that. So, I would try and really exhaust all the potential in this current situation before doing that, which could be a couple of episodes from now.”

My interpretation: since this interview was done way back in February, and the documentary ended up not airing at all in Season 2, it will probably start airing in Season 3. Remember that the documentary crew knows some big secrets — the Dwangela relationship, and the JAM confession and kiss. Will these secrets be revealed in the final cut of the documentary?

Feb. 25: Oxonian Society interview with Ricky Gervais

Ricky talks about the Season 3 episode he wrote with Stephen Merchant:

Ricky: We wrote it remarkably quickly. I think I suppose because we’d had sort of three years off of that whole, you know, office environment and observation thing, and we had, you know, a bit more energy we’d built up in the can. Also, we’re not gonna, you know, do ten rewrites that we would if we were doing it ourselves, so we can sort of hand over as a first draft so they can do their thing to it. Um, but it focuses on — what can I say without giving too much away — Jim and Pam do a wind-up on Dwight, and it’s just like you’re writing the thing for the TV Guide — “meanwhile … “

Feb. 7: BBC news

Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant will be writing a Season 3 episode.

Got more?

Are there any other mentions of Season 3 that you know of? — post a comment with the URL, and I’ll add it to our list! (My spam catcher automatically withholds all comments that contain links, so you may not see your comment posted right away; thanks for your patience!)

Let’s keep a running tally (ooh, clever) of what we find …

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  1. I was wondering about the “airing of the documentary” too. I mean, it has to air sometime within the series. Hey wouldn’t it be cool if everyone at work got together in the conference room to watch the premiere of the documentary? That’s something I know a lot of people would want to see. I do anyway.

  2. ooh jennie you’re awesome! i’ve always wondered which interview the whole, the documentary is airing in their time thing came from. now i know!

  3. A new romantic interest for Jim? Roy trying harder? I don’t like where things are going. They lured us in with a story line, and I just suspect they’re going to pull the rug out in season 3.

    And I don’t see how they could play that documentary. If everyone knew everything the film crew caught: Roy would kill Jim, Angela would die of embarrassment, Kelly would punch Ryan in the face, Michael would be in jail, Scrantonicity would break up and Dwight would be totally unaffected.

  4. Very, very plausible, GMMR. I also believe that Jim goes to Stamford, and then comes back.

    I also believe that Dwight will miss Jim terribly while he’s gone. ;)

  5. Nice job!! But why does my stomach turn at the thought of Jim having a new love interest? My prediction – Jim is heading to Stamford, where he will have another “office romance”. Downsizing brings Jimmy (and his new floozy) back to Scranton, where a now single Pam is the one with the jealous streak.

  6. So you’re saying it was Greg Daniels who blew Valerie Plame’s cover? Maybe Condi Rice will do a cameo in season 3 as Dunder-Mifflin’s new CEO.

    Swift Boat Paper Salesman for Truth

  7. you’re so easily distracted….tanster. in your haste to post this, you completely forgot that the new character jenna asked me to create will be joining the cast in season 3.

    does everyone remember the blatant lie that kevin fed us about the extra scenes that would be in one of the episode repeats? if they are going to release false info they should have creed do it. i mean we already know he steals right?

  8. This is not really a spoiler or prediction, but I thought I would point out in the British version they didn’t have the public airing of the documentary until after the series was over and then it was an integral part of the subsequent Christmas Special.

  9. Linner, what was the fallout (if any) from the public airing of the documentary in the UK version? Was everything that was caught on tape eventually aired?

  10. Pretty much. For one, David Brent (the boss) even though he hated the way he was edited, took his 7.5 minutes of fame and tried to run with it, which is both sad and hilarious. Dawn (Pam) went to the States with Lee (Roy) and stayed in denial about her feelings for Tim (Jim). Tim tried to shrug off his friendship with Dawn, but now everybody knows how he feels about her. The documentary crew returns for the Christmas Special, so it’s very much the same format. Hope I didn’t give too much away!

  11. Wow. Sounds like a “big story beat,” as Jenna would say. :)

    If that were ever to happen in the US version, my guess it would be later in the season, not sooner.

    By the way, I never really knew much about Ricky Gervais until I was putting together this post and watched the entire interview he did. He is laugh-out-loud funny!

  12. How about they move Jim to the other office and groom him to replace Michael after he leaves to do movie work?

  13. I’ll have the UK series 1 in my hands thanks to Netflix tomorrow. Just curious, but how much does the original series spoil the US version? Do the story lines completely veer off in different directions, or are their parallels?

    Oh and why do people assume Jim’s being groomed to replace Michael? I feel like I missed where that comes from.

  14. I doubt Dwight would really miss Jim as he doesn’t get much enjoyment out of Jim. Jim would miss Dwight, just as I miss the person I used to screw with before I went back to school.

  15. Wow, thanks Tanster for putting this together. There are so many little tidbits everywhere, I was actually thinking of putting something like this together so I could get a grip on it all.
    I thought maybe Jim would miss messing with Dwight if he transferred, but I never thought of Dwight missing Jim. I love that idea!

  16. Well, maybe Dwight wouldn’t necessarily miss Jim but I think he would miss the attention. The only people who really talk to Dwight are Jim and Pam (Angela wouldn’t want to make a scene and although Michael talks to Dwight, he’s not very friendly at times.) I think the scene from The Injury where Jim helps Dwight and then in Conflict Resolution when he’s talking to Dwight about transferring

  17. Sorry, didn’t mean to hit submit yet:

    …shows that Jim and Dwight are actually friends, but its just kind of a quirky relationship.

  18. Wow, I never thought about them actually airing the documentary & what the reactions would be at Dunder Mifflin after they saw it.

    It looks like they’ll have Jim go to the other office for a bit & I know Dwight will miss him almost as much as Pam does. Dwight would be so bored if Jim was gone & I think he likes the attention, plus Jim will be bored at the new place without Pam and no Dwight to pull pranks on to occupy his time.

    All I know is they can’t do a Jim/Jan hook-up because they don’t have a cute couples name like “Jam” Or “Dwangela”! I mean it would just be “Jan” or “Jim”…not very original.

    Thanks for putting that all together for us Tanster!

  19. Thanks for compiling these, Jennie.

    This was the quote that made me think, as I still do, that Jim will be “away” for a while:

    “I’m hoping to have a job next year! Because they’re like, yeah, you might leave the office and I’m like, but I’m still on the show, right?”

    I’m with you on that one, tanster. We’ll see.

  20. wow, thanks for posting these jennie. all we can do is guess and wonder what’s going to happen. my guess is that no one will have ever expected what’s really going to happen on 3:1

  21. Tanster, just a heads up, but I think Twiz TV mistakenly put up those three episode titles for The Office, when they’re actually titles for House (TV.com shows those titles as House episodes). I guess we’ll find out soon enough…

  22. Jenna Fischer updated her MySpace blog and said this about season 3:
    “In other news, I returned to work on The Office today. I hope I don’t sound like a broken record but I’m seriously feeling like the luckiest girl in the world. The first script of Season 3 is AMAZING. I know everything that happens! Finally!”

  23. I absolutely cannot wait for the episodes where Martin Freeman and Mackenzie Crook guest star. That’s going to be hilarious!

  24. I was just reading the script for booze cruise and does anyone know if the words “(The 27 seconds that follow can’t really be described, but I’ll do my best)” were written by Mr. Daniels or NIKKI?

  25. Maybe it’s just me, but I can just see Carol Burnett as Michael’s mom…I think that could have so much potential! Anyone else think so?

  26. Ran into John filming a movie with Mandy Moore in Jamaica, and he says he’ll definitely be coming to the Stamford branch!! Sad to see him go, but excited to see how they get him to come back!

  27. Are the videos in the “Kristen visits the Office” article the same ones you posted recently? I can’t really check for myself, right now.

  28. Maybe it’s all a big trick, and they cleared Jim’s desk just to throw us off track? …maybe? …please?

    (I plan to remain as deluded as possible for the next month.)

  29. I’ve noticed that on Pam Pong, they have the names of the first three episodes of season 3. They are 1: The Meaning, 2: Cain and Abel, 3: Informed Consent. I don’t know if these are verified but man, The Meaning… Sept 21st couldn’t come fast enough.

  30. I don’t get why the question says Applebees. Um, hello it’s Chilis! Okay, now I feel like a Trekkie calling out such a minor detail.

  31. ahhh, now i’m not sure if i can wait until the 21st!!!! at least before i could pretend like it wasn’t already filmed, now…no such luck

  32. This might be the right place to say this… But the NBC Fall Preview thing is on now (at least on the East Coast) and it has some spoiler-ish things.

    Little things like Jim working at the Scranton branch. Dwight’s bobblehead is stolen and Jim convinces Dwight to give Jim the ransom after seeing the usual ransom note (with magazine letter cutouts…) and then Pam holds up a bridal magazine… So did she get married?

    And some other random clips.

  33. Jan could have sent in Ed Helms’ character to oversee the branch…ie 16-1(jan)=15, and maybe no perminent transfer for Jim? just a though.

  34. Congratulations, tanster, on having this page linked to by usatoday.com’s “pop candy” blog this morning. You’ve really hit it big! ;-)

  35. Kristen from E! is the most annoying spoiler person ever! She never has nothing new and her personality is obnoxious! I can’t stand that lady!!!!

  36. I am getting worried. ARGH, was David Denman’s name always that far up on the cast list???? When people said we’d be seeing more of him this season, I thought it was a teaser. I am getting soooooo worried about the fate of JAM. yikes! must go watch season 2 dvd, lol….it takes my mind of these scary matters.

  37. I know we’ve all been hearing the rumors that some lovely Office couple might have marriage in store for Season 3, but who could it be? Roy and Pam? Ryan and Kelly? Dwight and Angela? The list goes on, but a picture posted on Bobby Ray Shafer’s (Bob Vance, Vance Refrigeration) MySpace might hold the key to this mystery.

    http://img218.imageshack.us/img218/6729/1118919091lba4.jpg (Rehosted on ImageShack)

    Could it be that Bob Vance has finally found his Catehrine Zeta?

    Original Link

  38. Whoa… I can’t believe Silverman would drop something that huge about a long-distance relationship.

    Stupid New York Times.

  39. For the Sept. 17th spoiler: I really hope this can be interpreted in more than one way, because I wanted to find out what happened on the show, not in some article. Possibly it means that they are long distance friends? Who am I kidding, I want them to be more than friends as much as anyone else!!!

  40. One more thing. If Jim and Pam have a long distance relationship… whats the deal with “love interest” Rashida Jones or whatever her name is.

  41. Yepp, i was so excited when i read that, but then remembered rashida jones. If Pam has pictures with her on her myspace but Jim was at her branch, then we know that theyre joining.

    about that love interest, i dont get it. If i didnt know Jim better i would say that he was cheating, but that cant be right!

    rghhhhhh i cant wait 4 days!

  42. oh man i can’t believe it. we know jim has actually transferred. we do know too much. but spoilers were bound to happen i guess.

  43. Gah, it is official Jim transferred. I bet they’ll push Angela and Dwight more. With Jim gone 2 of my favorite things about the show are gone. Jim’s in office relationship with Pam and Dwight. BOO, what will I do now? I’m so anxious to see what happens Thursday.

  44. I know this is probably wishful thinking, but does anyone else remember the article over the summer ( i think it was at the USC panel but i’m not sure) where the producers said they are completely aware of everything that “leaks” out. And how they will go to extreme measures, even if it means sending out enornous press announcements and “misleading photos” to protect all the secrets? I think thats what going on now. I mean they wouldn’t drop such a bombshell
    (jim’s transfer-a photo from the 2nd ep.) when the new season hasn’t even premired yet…. hummmmmmmmmm

  45. Lola, I think it will be really interesting to see how S3 plays out, and we’ll come back to this post and check on which spoiler tidbits ended up being true and which ones were released as decoys. :)

  46. Not really a spoiler, but I have a theory that Roy was in the breakroom and saw/heard Pam on the phone and the kiss with Jim. I think he baited Jim into watching over Pam, didn’t go home, and waited for the sparks to fly. The view we saw was not from a camera, but from Roy’s own eyes. (?)

    This idea has been rolling around in my head for awhile and I just had to put it out there because I can’t stop thinking about it.

  47. From Jenna’s latest myspace:

    Oh! I saw the first episode. IT’S AMAZING!!! SO funny. Maybe one of our funniest episodes ever. Steve is brilliant. And John…OMG…John is hilarious this year. There is a Jim/Michael/Dwight scene that is one of my favorites ever. Ed Helms knocks it out of the park. His character is such a perfect addition to the cast. And Oscar is beyond awesome. Don’t believe everything you read about Season 3 of The Office…even if it’s printed in a big newspaper. I’ve heard a lot of rumors and no one has gotten it quite right yet. It’s fun to hear all of the theories on what happens.

    A Jim/Michael/Dwight scene? Hard to do if Jim out of state…or maybe I’m just being too optimistic.

    Casino Night is still “Next On” on the NBC Office homepage.

  48. maybe the silverman rumor was purposely planted, like Lola said. that rumor just happens to be more believeable than the previous rumors, like the one that jim was going to chop off pam’s head and/or set her on fire for the s2 finale

  49. Now the question is…does Ausiello have any firsthand knowledge of that which the Times talked about, or was he just relaying what he had read, or is he going along with a decoy?

  50. My guess is, Jim really transfered. I don’t think they would go quite to this length to create a decoy. I guess we’ll all find out tomorrow! WOO HOO!!! I’m kind of nervous to see what’s going to happen!

  51. You know what, Jim not only probably gets transferred, but he’s also made some sort of manager. In the clip on Ellen, Angela says the convention is only for managers, and we know from the pictures that Jim goes to the convention. Therefore, Jim is probably a manager of some kind in Scranton.

    And that’s why I pay 40,000 a year in tuition here at the University of Miami.

  52. From the photo of Jim at the convention, his title says “Sales Associate” so I’m not sure if he’s a manager. Plus when if the two branches “merge” in episode 8, having two managers would be problematic. I guess I’m just wondering how they keep Jim involved if he’s at another branch.

    This week has been excruciatingly slow!!! I don’t know if I’ve ever anticipated a show as much as this one. I can’t wait to see what happens with Pam and Jim (and Roy). I can’t possibly imagine that they would have Pam and Roy get married…maybe they postpone it? Who knows?!!!!

  53. Michael Scott is a ‘Regional Manager.’ If I’m remembering correctly, Jim was applying for the position of ‘Sales Manager.’ I don’t know much about the pecking order at a fictional paper company, but I imagine that if and/or when the banches merge, Michael would still be in charge. What would be funny? If after the merger Jim is in a higher position than Dwight.

  54. “Jim told me you could purchase gaydar (spelling help?) on the internet.”

    Why would Dwight be talking to his enemy if he was transfered too Stamford? ;)

    Its becoming confusing in these last 24 cruical hours-oh excuse me, we’re less than 24 hours on the East Coast. :)

  55. Did anyone see the new preview of The Office that was on during The Biggest Loser at around 8:45? It was the same one with the voiceover they’ve been showing, but this time there was a little, tiny scene — it looked like right after “The Kiss” — with Jim saying, “You have no idea how long I’ve wanted to do that.” And I think they may have been holding hands? I’m not sure about that part, though.

    So there WAS dialogue after the kiss. Jenna’s a fibber. ;-)

    Someone else has to have seen it so I know I’m not crazy!

  56. Stacy,
    I saw it too and was totally shocked to see it. Now I’m wondering if the premier starts up now or right after Casino Night.

    AMY

  57. HOLY COW in response to the Biggest Loser post! OMG, are you serious? I missed it! OMG I want too see it! Do you think they’ll show it again in the next 24 hours?

  58. Maybe they will replay the clip during the Tonight Show since Steve is going to be on. Fingers crossed for that.

  59. They HAVE to play it again. They’re smart folks. They knew that as soon as that hit the air, we’d all work ourselves into a Jam-inspired frenzy. And here we are. :-D

  60. ahh!!! That was so incredibly cute, it really was. Yeah, I think they were holding hands. WHY can’t it be Thursday??? If someone puts that on YouTube, post it please!

  61. Yep I saw it too and started freaking out!! I am ready to record it, should they show it again, and will then post it on YouTube!

  62. I didn’t see that jim/pam biggest loser preview, but someone should put that on youtube. right now. and then post the link here. I’m thinking that that must be a flashback when jim or pam explains what happened, or something like that. obviously the “documentary” cameras caught what happened after.

  63. You know the song ‘Stars’ by Lamar, I think it is, that was on the preview? Well…. I cannot find it anywhere to download, yet I love it. Does anyone know where it would be? I swear it does not exist outside that promo.

  64. I think they may be adding a new preview on nbc. Whenever you pick on the preview picture in the bottom left corner, an alert box pops up that says “Coming Soon!”

  65. I didn’t see the post-kiss preview, but it could be that they are just using footage that they didn’t use in Casino Night. We’ve definitely heard a lot of times that the show picks up in real time, not where we left off. As far as a flashback, not sure how they would make that work with the documentary style.

  66. Well, Kidnapped is now over and it was never shown again. I’m not sure if they would show it on a commercial break now that the news is on. I guess the west coasters can catch the promo in about half an hour to 45 minutes and get it recorded and up on YouTube.

  67. I saw it. It looks like they re-filmed that last scene this season. Look at Jim in the scene, they show first the part that was aired in May, then that new part. He has a shorter haircut in the new scene. It’s sad I notice this stuff.

  68. OOH Denise thank you!!! That was great! What a fabulous first kiss (well second if you count the Dundies) Now Steve’s on Leno…what a great week!

  69. Best promo EVER!

    Seriously loves it. I think I’ve watched it about 20 times within the past few hours, just to see the way John Krasinski delivers that one line. LOL

  70. it’s weird that you bring up that promo clip during the biggest loser because sadly i was watching biggest loser last night and when the promo came on i just did not want to see it for some reason so i didn’t watch. crazy. no spoilers for me. except the jim/michael convention picture unfortunately.

  71. Yay, Jennie! I am so glad that you got a better quality clip of this! Poor people having to endure my shoddy recording. whew!

  72. If anyone could convert the YouTube video to WMV and host it, that would be awesome. Can’t download Flash here at work so I can’t watch any YouTube videos!

  73. I thought it was taking place in real time? Why would it still be May? Unless the opening is that, then the me song, then it’s September.

    Oh, well. We’ll find out tonight! YAY!!

  74. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! I gotta babysit tonight! DANG IT! maybe i can get the kid to go to sleep by 8:30. But then i will miss my name is earl. DANG IT!

  75. I like your thinking Colin… hadn’t thought of the cold open picking up where Casino Night left off and then returning to real time.

  76. that was really cool to watch the promo but John’s hair really turned me off. I know they filmed it after season two but still, couldn’t they have founded a wig to match his hair? Hehe, little things bug me like that. I bet it bugged the producers too.

  77. OK so here is my fear…
    NBC has lost some of their best shows recently right? They lost their number one status. The only night I watch NBC is on Thursdays anymore and hardly ever in the summer. So, finally they have an Emmy nominated show, My Name Is Earl, and an Emmy winning show, The Office (of course)…I HOPE hope hope they don’t pressure or over exploit either of the shows into becoming something they are not. I’m afraid of The Office getting bigger and losing what it is we all love about it. Right now the cast loves their fans and interacts with us in some ways via My Space and blogs, etc….it’ll be sad when the show explodes and things change. Just a thought I was having as I anticipate tonight’s show.

  78. Pams hair is really different too – I never would have caught that. I usually catch things like that! I guess I’m just too excited for tonight!

  79. OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so happy right now and so excited and it’s in just 2.5 hours!!!!

  80. Excerpt from Greg Daniels’ post-show blog:

    “Next week, we are following Michael and Dwight on a trip to the paper industry convention in Philadelphia where they will interact with Jim and the Stamford manager. Michael has some issues with Jim leaving, and Jim is trying to get news of certain individuals who work in Scranton. And Pam goes on a date with someone new.”

    Since we’ve been told that Ryan and Kelly will be double-dating during this episode, I think it is safe to say that Pam will be out with them. Perhaps Kelly found someone to set her up with. Should be interesting…

  81. Interesting new developments in the Stamford office, with Ed Helms bringing his exceptional talent to the show and Jim eyeing a possible new interest. Will he go back to Scranton when he learns Pam has called off her marriage?

  82. Hmmm…..secret admirer of Pam in the office? The only person I could think of that could make sense is Toby. Well, maybe Ryan, but he’s already got Kelly.

  83. Toby immediately sprang to mind for me as well–could it be? Michael could get highly over-protective of Pam, and the double date idea sounds like fun, with the four of them out together!

  84. Ok, first of all, hi. I’m new to the posting world of officetally.com, but I’ve been a big fan of the site for a while.

    Second of all, ‘a be-yotch from hell’?!
    Are we going to see a reverse of the Pam/Roy relationship this year? Possibly with Jim in a ‘what are you thinking’ kind of liaison?

    Also, the new crush on Pam…I’m so intrigued.

  85. So, this new information about Jim Pam stuff bubbling up in the third episode makes me think that Jim will indeed find out this week that Pam didn’t go through with the wedding. What does everyone else think?

  86. I agree, I don’t think Jim knows about Pam and he’ll find out that she didn’t go through with the wedding this week. I mean, c’mon…Michael is involved and I’m sure that he’ll say something. I mean, it’s almost a guarentee!

    On another note, I’ve been hearing lots of speculation about Jim and Pam never getting together. People have been bringing up quotes from the actors about how the writers are keeping it real and there’s no guarentee that they end up together. Of course this flies in the face of the fact that they have also been saying that they’re advancing the Jam storyline slowly to make it seem more real. Having Roy more involved and Karen thrown into the mix is just to add more juicy complications.

    At the end of the day, it doesn’t make sense to diffuse the main storyline of show, the one that adds that extra something to it. I mean, Michael and Dwight and the rest are great but Pam and Jim adds the “X factor” that makes the show really great, that makes people want to come back and watch it. (At least that’s my opinion)

    Sorry for writing so much…just had to get that off of my chest. I feel better already! :-)

  87. Angela possibly pregnant??? Nooooo, I don’t like that idea, I would hope that would wait a little longer until the season really gets going…too much for right now!

  88. I’m seriously begining to doubt that NYT spoiler. I think that it would be awesome if it did happen, but the show doesn’t appear to be going that direction. But Pam is about to find out from Michael what Jim told him at the convention. And if she didn’t know that already…
    Logically–If NBC wants to keep the show going, they will put Jim and Pam together. I mean you don’t pump up that single aspect that much, and then let your entire audience down. It will loose sooooo many viewers if it doesn’t deliever. Maybe that’s just me being optimistic.
    That’s not a spoiler, just my opinion. I mean, imagine you are a writer. You have spent the better part of two seasons pushing this one relationship. When it hits this part of extreme gray-area, do you just drop it? I wouldn’t…

  89. With the whole Jim and Karen thing,I’m not gonna worry about it. I’ll start worring about it when Jim goes back to Scranton (Seriously folks, I’m 99.9% sure that Jim’s gonna go back.)

    Eventually, Jim and Pam are gonna end up together anyway, or there will be riots out on the streets.

  90. Strange doings in Stamford. This guy Andy (played by Ed Helms) is showing quite a temper. Will this keep Jim from playing his little tricks? That Goodnight routine with Karen suggests thst he may have an ally in her, but Andy is not the Dunder that Dwight is.

  91. I will be pissed if Jim and Karen ends up together. It seemed its inevitable that they will hook up, Karen seemed to has a thing for Jim.

    To the office writer, please send Jimmy home.

  92. I think I love any episode automatically that has Dwight on his recorder. Plus, I have a coat that looks almost exactly like Pam’s, which is neat.

  93. Is it just me, or does it seem like the concept of a merger is making less sense by the day. I mean, I know it’s possible, but it wouldn’t make sense to move the show out of Scranton, not everyone likes their job enough to move with it (eg Phyllis) and what would happen to the other new characters? I think some other solution is more likely.

  94. I hope Jim ends up with Karen..even though he won’t. I think she is (could be…information is limited) smarter, more interesting, and more pretty than Pam. Also…to those who think ‘The Office’ is the best show ever. I agree…but there is no need to call other people stupid who don’t agree. I am sure there are plenty of incredibly smart, successful people out there who do not get ‘The Office’ at all. Please…’The Office’ is well written and extremely clever but you do not have to be brilliant or even that smart (attuned to details) to appreciate it. Calling other people stupid for not liking your sitcom is lame…just articulate to them why The Office is so great…be confident in your own taste and stop worrying what others think…enough people like ‘The Office’ you don’t have to worry about it getting canceled…who cares how many viewers 2HM gets.

  95. I mean I do about the “idiot” thing, but not about the Jim and Karen thing. lol. Maybe I should have made myself clearer

  96. I wonder if something odd will occur to bring them together, like it turns out Stamford was cooking their books or something like that? Or maybe Josh is taking some money on the side, so they decide to keep Scranton open instead of Stamford.

  97. Or – and this idea has been presented here before – the office in Stamford may be a more expensive branch to keep open, AND if Michael really scored that Hammermill account, that may put Michael in a better position than Josh. They’re trying to make it seem, I think, that it will be unlikely – Josh referencing that he would find a place for Michael if their office ever absorbed Scranton in “The Convention” for instance – but I think it’s much more likely to happen the other way around. Some people will get fired and only a few people will move so we’ll probably just see Karen, Andy and Josh moving to Scranton. That’s my take on the situation.

  98. Lezlee-I agree with you, that scenario makes the most sense.

    And that Ryan/Kelly episode sounds hilarious!
    I think the proposal will be some type of reproposal from Roy, I don’t want it to happen, but I can’t imagine it would be Ryan or Dwight proposing.

    Maybe if Ryan got really really drunk.

  99. Hey guys: Can Andy keep getting away with that tough guy behavior? He’s off the wall! Can we get him back on the reservation(if he was ever there)? And does anybody do video games at the office, with the boss keeping score? Not where I work.

  100. As unlikely as this is–I’m desperately hoping that it’s Jim that proposes to Pam. But that’s really not unlikely…more like optimism on the borderline of insanity. Oh, well. Lezlee, I love that scenario! It’s the best one so far. I hope this Karen thing doesn’t go to far…it would make me cry. Comedies aren’t supposed to make you cry.

  101. VERY excited about the upcoming Diwali episode as the Mindy Kaling written shows are usually my favorites (The Injury, The Dundies). I’m hopeful!

  102. Did anybody just see the preview for “Initiation” that aired during the NBC football pregame show. I don’t want to be a spoiler, but i just wanted to say “Thank God”.

  103. so for the promo for this week… jim & pam reconnect?!?! but, couldnt anyone hear a THING they saying to heach other? i couldn’t (must be my speakers) something about how far away they were from each other?…

  104. “how twisty would it be if dunder mifflin absorbed jim and his new office crush?” what does that mean??

  105. I think the “twisty” reference just means that it will be an interesting plot twist when Jim and Karen go to work in Scranton.

    I had heard that there is an upcoming episode called “The Merger.” What I’m wondering is if “Branch Closing” is different?

  106. I agree with Weak Arms. I wonder if the episodes are the same.

    What I’ve been thinking about for a long time is how the branches are 3 hours apart (in real life). It seems like the cast and crew have prided themselves in keeping everything “real” and as lifelike as possible. I just don’t see how two branches could combine that are that far away. It’s not like 1/2 of either offce would pack up their families and move 3 hours away for some crap paper job. It will be interesting.

  107. In real life I don’t think it would make much business sense to shut down a branch like Stamford in a much larger market (Jim even mentioned that he is doing very well with sales — much better than he had been in Scranton) in favor of a smaller-time branch like Scranton. But all the pointers seem to be indicating that Stamford will soon be closed and absorbed into Scranton. Most likely Michael will make another “day saving” move (a la “The Client”) that allows him to remain as manager (the show would definitely be pointless without Michael as manager). Will Josh stay on? I don’t know. The whole thing makes sense from a dramatic perspective, but not from a real-world one.

  108. Another thought. From his guest appearances on “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”, Chip Esten (who plays Josh, the manager of the Stamford branch) has demonstrated that he is a very talented improv comedian. Yet they have him playing straight-man Josh on “The Office”. I think his talent is being wasted on a small role that has no comedic angle to it (so far, at least).

  109. I think the problem the writers have right now is that with two branches, they are forced to cram too many characters and storylines into a half-hour show format. Things seem a little spread too thin for me, and everyone (and especially the Stamford folks) is getting short-changed. I guess things will feel more focused if and when the two branches merge. But then maybe you are right, Alvin, that feeding us piece-meal is going to keep us coming back for more.

  110. Folks – a one point, Jim had booked himself a ticekt to Austrailia – he had planned to be away for Pam’s wedding. Anybody think he still went? Any chance intersteing skeletons from that closet might creep out later? Thoughts?

  111. Lance, good point. We also know from his 4 years on The Daily Show what a great comedic talent Ed Helms is. In his role as Andy in Stamford we’ve seen only a little more of him than we have of Josh. and I look forward to a lot more. In Jenna’s blog, she said that we would really like Ed Helms’ character.I guess it takes time to work the new performers into the story line. And maybe making us all wonder is what keeps us coming back.

  112. Well, this sounds very much like the possible merger I mentioned earlier. It may seem counterintuitive but if the Stamford Branch is actually more expensive to run (and that property has to be a lot more expensive to rent than Scranton) and if Michael’s branch and/or Michael actually ends up out performing Josh, I think there’s a good chance of a very few of the Stamford employees ending up in Scranton. Maybe even Josh. Probably defintely Ed Helms and Rashida. Also, I just watched the pilot last night and Jan says “I have just told Josh in Stamford the same thing I am telling you, either your branch or his is going to have to close and absorb the other”. It’s never been clear which branch it would be. I for one think it will be such a relief when they finally merge, AND I think it will only get funnier from there.

  113. but like i said below, it doesn’t make logical sense that two branches so far apart wouldn’t merge in real life, and that’s what the show is all about

  114. big fan, these kinds of mergers happen all the time in the corporate world. When two braches merge, some employees are given the choice of severance or a move to another office. Makes sense to me.

    I believe I read somewhere that “The Merger” is episode 8. This “Branch Closing” episode, if it does in fact air on Nov. 9, would be episode 7, right? So first we’ll learn about the branch closing and then we’ll get to see what happens when they merge.

  115. Yeah, I have to say that it happens all the time. A good friend worked for a national company and they shut down the branch here and offered him the same position in New Jersey (we’re in Arizona) – they decided they couldn’t afford to keep all their branches open so they closed two and anyone who wanted to relocate did, otherwise they took their severance and looked elsewhere. They were told that the biggest issue was the cost of keeping the branch here open – even though they were profitable, it wasn’t enough to justify all the costs associated with the physical building. In addition, they did want to lay off some workers, but it’s cheaper for them to offer the severance or new job and relocate option than to just lay people off – many people don’t want to relocate so that solves the lay off problem.

  116. ok, so i can accept that it does happen, but who at either branch would hang around for such a crappy job. and, if stamford goes to scranton it seems like some scranton folks would have to leave to make room for the new ones. who would leave? is oscar gone for good?

  117. big fan, I think Oscar is just gone filming another project and will be back on The Office later this season. Remember, also, that there are other people in the office that are “filler” — we never see them in the conference room with the rest of the group, but occasionally glimpse the back of their heads in a shot. Maybe some of them will be bumped off to make room for the Stamford folks.

    I imagine that Jim, Karen, and Andy are the only ones who will make the leap from Stamford to Scranton — Jim because it is familiar territory for him, Karen because she likes Jim and wants to be near him, and Andy just because it’s a job. Now I’m wondering where they’ll all be sitting…

  118. From what I’ve noticed, the day that shows on here (updated 10/19) is the day that the blurb was posted on OT. The day that the blurb was “discovered” or that the article was posted elsewhere is the day that shows on the blurb. So…it was elsewhere the 17th, added to the blog the 19th.

  119. Scarnton’s closeing ?!?!?! This most be a cover up for something! They can’t do this to us! I’m vary upset right now! I geuss the only thing that could happen is if they merge with Stamford but then what?!?! I’m scared right now *Goes pale* Please writers! Listen to the fan’s! we need the Scranton branch back!!! I can’t beleave this! I need to findd out what is to come of our beloved office! This is driveing me CRAZY!!!!

  120. I am real curious how they are ever going to make this work. Someone like Stanley or Phyllis cannot realistically be expected to move to Stamford – really, ditto for most of the other people there – Dwight’s going to leave the beet farm? Don’t think so. People with children like Toby and Meredith aren’t going to want to go for multiple reasons. That just can’t be happening. Not seriously right? Like there must be some sort of catch – some last minute save of the Scranton Branch right?

  121. What’s probably going to happen is that Michael, Dwight, and/or Ryan could make a sale that saves the branch. Either that, or (according to my sister) someone in Stamford makes a huge mistake that ends up causing Stamford to shut down.

  122. My theory: In trying to keep his staff’s spirits about the closure, he fails at doing so. Michael decides that the only way he can make them feel any better, is by trying to keep the branch from closing. He makes a big deal near the end of the episode, effectively closing down the Stamford branch and merging Stamford into the Scranton branch in the episode after.

    It’d fall in line with his character to come through big time near the end of the episode. Look at “The Client”, “The Convention” and last episode where he makes a huge deal near the end.

  123. I think it’s pretty obvious that they are going to save the Scranton branch at the last minute (do the major “Cosby Impression”, “Hammermill” and “Chili’s” sales ring any bells?) I think that Jan is going to play ball with Micahel, lose, and that they will merge the branches into the scranton office. Either way, it sounds like a good change for the show. I would love to see Pam & Karen and Dwight and Andy interact with each other. And it will be great to have Oscar back later as well. I forsee the merger as a very positive thing for the show, even if they change locations. (But since it’s only the 3rd season, I don’t see them being so bold as to completely change the whole landscape of the show in just a few episodes.)

  124. Oh, they are so totally messing with our heads.

    No way is this going to happen, Scranton will prevail.

  125. So, I was looking at old spoilers and I came across Jenna’s my space blog from Sept. 10th. In it there is a picture of Ed handing Jenna a manilla folder. They look like they’re in character and they are definitely in the Scranton branch! I just don’t see how they could leave Scranton and not lose important characters.

    P.S. As I was writing this “Lovefool” came on my Ipod…I didn’t even know I had it in there! Anyway, I almost laughed out loud but held it in since I’m at my own, not as fun and exciting, office.

  126. OMG! This is waayyyy out in left field but wouldn’t it be hilarious if…

    Michael saves the Scranton branch by hooking up with Jan? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

    (according to the latest spoiler Carol is on the way out so it’s possible)

    I will absolutely DIE if this ends up happening…LOL

  127. Anti-Soccermom, I think you may be right! Wow, now I’m even more intrigued then before. Ha, I’d feel bad for Carol but man Michael with Jan?! That would be fantastic! The writers could have A LOT of fun with that relationship, well they already do but just imagine all of the possibilities! Michael is so not your typical hero but he always seems to save the day somehow…well at least when it REALLY matters :)

  128. I know, I know, gettin’ cocky, BUT…

    I’m going to venture another prediction:

    The “unexpected proposal” is going to be Michael proposing to Carol, which will be unbelievably awkward seeing as they have only dating for a short while… She will turn him down (of course), they will break up- leaving Michael available for the aforementioned Jan hook-up.

    Sounds plausable, right?

  129. Does anyone remember the season preview that showed Jim and Dwight in the kitchen in a cracker eating contest, and the whole scene where Jim and Pam had kidnapped Dwight’s bobblehead doll? All of that clip took place in Scranton, so there is no way that office is going to shut down.

  130. H.I.O.B. – those scenes were shot specifically for the preview show, those will not be in any episodes this season.

  131. Thanks for the info Dwight Poop, I didn’t realize that. The Diwali song is freaking hilarious!!!

  132. 1) The Diwali Song is genius. They need to sell it on iTunes once it comes out.
    2) Pam and Karen as friends? I can’t say I’m too surprised. Plus it will also make for a very conflicted and confused Jim. He’s extra cute when he’s confused, imo.

  133. Saw the new promo for next week. So what’s the deal, engagement? Who? I’m thinking that who ever gets engaged, it’s pure accident.

  134. It has gotta be Ryan with the whole proposal thing. The snuck his picture in there at the end of that promo.

  135. Nov 16 Episode 3.08 “The Merger”

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    THE OFFICE –(8:36PM-9:20PM) –(TV-14)
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    “The Merger”
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    MERGER — The Scranton branch and the Stamford branch of Dunder-Mifflin are merged, bringing old friends Jim and Pam back together after months apart. Michael and Dwight and the other employees deal with the changes. Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, Jenna Fischer, John Krasinski, B.J. Novak, Melora Hardin, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Angela Kinsey, Oscar Nuñez, Phyllis Smith, Paul Lieberstein and Mindy Kaling also star. Ed Helms (“The Daily Show”), Rashida Jones (“Wanted”), Ursula Burton (“The West Wing”), Mike Bruner (“C.S.I”) and Wayne Wilderson (“The Class”) guest star.

  136. Josh is not there!
    Ursula Burton (”The West Wing”), Mike Bruner (”C.S.I”) and Wayne Wilderson (”The Class”)
    I think Ursula Burton is the blond girl from GWH, look at imdb.com

  137. I’s say that the Scranton branch will remain. I’ve seen too many clips during “Making of” tours and such where Ed Helms and Rashida Jones are on the set of Scranton. Why would they just go to visit the set, when both of them are in completely different locations?

  138. i dont think scranton will close because they are supposed to be doing an episode in scranton for the st patty day parade and we all know when that holiday is.

  139. Paper Magic Group, which makes greeting cards, Valentines and other seasonal products, is often confused for Dunder Mifflin. The office building is shown briefly in the show’s opening credits, along with a Mulberry Street sign.

    And actor John Krasinksi, who plays Jim, visited Paper Magic when he was scouting possible locations and filmed the opening montage of the city from his car. He is the only cast member actually sighted in Scranton.

    But the cast plans to come to Scranton to film an episode about the huge St. Patrick’s Day parade. And the mayor wants to fly the cast in through corporate sponsors for “The Office” day, a big lovefest of the show.

    here is the proof to back up previous statement

  140. Okay, I posted this on NBC just now, and I’ll post this here.

    Okay, I was just browsing on YouTube, and I found a video. It’s a podcast of Entertainment Tonight, and it’s a behind the scenes. They interview Steve and Rainn about the show. Holy freaking crap, this video is a dead giveaway that the Stamford branch closed. Plus, they are showing freaking clips from upcoming episodes!!! Come on! They wouldn’t just film that to yank our chain.

    Look, where Rainn is sitting too!

  141. i don’t get what that “split second shot” proves really, we all knew Jim was coming back, so this isn’t really a suprise or anything…. :)

    I really liked that video by the way.

  142. /***/”From Terry: More on The Office!
    Someone’s going to try to kiss someone this week. And you will squeal! I nearly fell off my couch.”/***/

    Oh man, please don’t let that be Jim trying to kiss Karen while he’s drunk. Oh, I’m pretty sure that’s who it’s gonna be. Oh man.

  143. Melissa — November 23rd is Thanksgiving. I’m sure there will be some special on NBC that night, since networks rarely show new episodes on holidays. I guess they figure you might not be inclined to watch it while sitting next to your Grandma Ethel.

    My guess is that it’s Andy who has the criminal past, though maybe that choice is too obvious. Looking forward to finding out!

  144. chip dude is not transfering. Ursula Burton (”The West Wing”), Mike Bruner (”C.S.I”) and Wayne Wilderson (”The Class”)
    are the other stamford guys. i guess the convict is one of them

  145. Darn, I was hoping it would be chip dude! Is Ursula the blonde from the premiere? Maybe it’s here-she is crazy, after all-according to Andy. And that’s saying something.

  146. Someone pointed out during “Initiation” that Jim’s nameplate said “Assistant Regional Manager”. I swear in “Diwali” his nameplate said “Regional Manager”. Someone tell me if I’m seeing things.

  147. -Look up Mike Bruner on IMDB.com. It appears to be “chip guy”, am i wrong?
    -I noticed the same thing on jim’s name plate! funny stuff.

  148. “Meanwhile, Jim (John Krasinski) “coaches” Andy (guest star Ed Helms) when he decides to make a play for Pam (Jenna Fischer).”

    No, no, no, no, no Jim … what are you thinking????

    Sorry … I really like Andy, but the only person Pam is supposed to be with is Jim.

    Ahhhhhhhh!

  149. If more than just Andy & Karen are transferring my guess is that it wouldn’t be one of them. I have the feeling whoever it is won’t be with the show for the long haul and I don’t see either of them leaving. However, that said, if they are the only ones then my guess would probably be Andy, but it’ll probably be something minor that happened when he was a kid … he just seems that type that was probably a hellion growing up.

  150. No, I think that they mean “coaches,” as in “sabatoges,” his chance with Pam. 1.) Jim wouldn’t help someone else with Pam. 2.) He would think Andy was a little too “pshycopath” for her.

  151. I think we’re all overlooking the possiblity of jim being the guilty party. It says one of his “new co-workers”. Jim falls into that category.

  152. Thanks Chris & Elisabeth … thinking of it in those terms I can see that happening and would explain why “coaches” was in quotation marks. I just saw it and kind of panicked. Thanks again!

  153. Well I guess you could be right, bigfan, but I’m sticking with either Andy, Karen or someone else (reading the posts on this board it looks like they won’t be the only ones coming over from Stamford). I just think of “new co-workers” as being someone you’ve never worked with at all, but I do understand why you’re saying what you are. It is a possibility.

  154. Anyone else mad that Ausiello’s 100th report didn’t have any Office bits? Because I sure am.

  155. I just finished watching “Branch Closing”, wow. I thought that they were going to announce the Stamford Branch merging into the Scranton Branch. This is giant. Well, we’ll just have to wait to see more.

  156. Sorry, I meant to put that I thought that they were going to announce the Stamford Branch merging into the Scranton Branch next week. Sorry again.

  157. Hey, I found the promo for next weeks ep. And for those wondering, I believe Pam says “It’s really you” when she and Jim hug. I know someone asked that question.

  158. The ‘Yes!’ scene… it’s from Email S.? it’s the same ‘Yes’ from the Dwight-eating-chocolate scene? Or it’s new? Watch Pam’s hair in that scene. I think they use that old scene.

  159. Apparently there is a new extended promo that aired tonight a little after 8pm EST. It includes Pam asking Jim out for coffee. He says he is still getting settled and she looks a little hurt. West Coasters… tivo and youtube please!

  160. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that Toby is one of the people who quits/gets fired. I only say this because of where Dwight was sitting in the Netscape promos.

  161. I’m wondering if Creed will be let go this season. If they let him go, it wouldn’t surprise me. And if I had to guess about which one the convict is, I’d say it’s either Andy (if it’s a new guy) or Creed (if it’s someone at the branch.) But you never know…it could be Karen. That would kill the love you feel for them really fast.

  162. As for the person quitting, I’m guessing it’s either Pam or Toby. After seeing Pam get her feelings hurt by Jim in the last preview, I wouldn’t be surprised if she left the Office for a little bit…even if it’s just for a little while.

  163. Can Michael fire Toby? I didn’t think he could since as Head of HR for Scranton Toby works directly for corporate and therefore can only be fired by Jan or someone at corporate. Of course, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him quit given how Michael acts towards him about 99% of the time.

    Other than that, I really have no idea. It’ll be interesting to see though.

  164. Is it possible that Karen (Rashida Jones) will get fired? She may be the foil, but isn’t she in the new Paul Reiser project? Also in the show Our Thirties…

  165. On one hand, I want to know what the deal is about the chewing gum just because I’m curious, but the other hand … given that Pam’s jubilance is cut short about having Jim back because of it … well do I really?

    What can I say? I don’t really like getting any news that quite possibly effects “JAM” in even a slightly less than desirable way.

  166. I hope the chewing gum thing is just Jim pulling a chips and trying to get Karen the proper gum. I hope the chewing gum thing is NOT Jim and Karen sharing the same piece, after a makeout sesh, or otherwise; that’s unhygienic. Karen that is.

    Still a bit of not liking Karen because she wants to be BFGF with Jim. {Shutters}

  167. Oh Angie, you said exactly what I was afraid to think! Sharing the same piece that is … ewwww!! Seriously … TMI!!

    Hopefully it’ll turn out to be just like it was with the chips thing … him trying to find her the gum she likes, but then again for someone who is a very devoted “JAM” fan even that may be a little too much to take. Of course its better than the already mentioned alternative. Ewwww … once again!

  168. Whew, reading that very last bit of the latest spoiler about Pam and her emotions playing out throught the episode gave me goosbumps!! How much more anticipation can i handle before tonight!~?

  169. One of the posted rumors here says that someone quits and someone gets fired. Do these both refer to Tony, who first quit and then got fired? Or is there someone else who will soon be quitting?

  170. Bah!! We have to endure this Jim/Karen thing for a long time: at least 5 weeks! Greg Daniels better see that JAM belongs together and get them back to where they should be!

  171. “And it’s certainly not over. And I don’t know the outcome or the end of it. We’re discussing that right now.”

    What does THAT mean, “it’s” referring to Karen and Jim??? or Jim and Pam???? like the tension between Jim and Pam is still there, yet he is with Karen??

  172. I assume the person who quit and who also got fired was Tony in both cases. I think the way it was worded in the spoiler was meant to be a bit of a teaser.

    In regards to the NY Post and what Greg Daniels said, I think when he said its certainly not over I think he was probably referring to Jim & Karen, because I honestly think that’s the one everyone is expecting to end at some point and that Jim & Pam’s relationship will never truly end even if does change from time to time.

  173. Yes, Shannon, I think you’re right. But i’ve also read and heard somewhere else that Karen (Rashida) is only signed up for 10 episodes, and i’m not sure when those episodes started but i just thought i’d mention that with that spoiler in mind, it sure looks good for Jim and Pam… although since the writers don’t even know how that’s going to play out, there’s always a good chance that she’ll stay on for more episodes.

  174. Meridith, I think they must have extended Rashida’s contract if it was initially for 10 episodes. She has been in every ep this season, which makes 8 so far, and Greg Daniels seems to be saying that she will be in at least 5 more. My guess is she will probably be kept for the rest of the season, so that there can be another cliff-hanger at the end where Jim has to choose between Karen and Pam.

  175. Carol hasn’t dumped Michael yet?! Wow, she’s either nicer or crazier than I thought. Anyhoo, I’m way excited for Jan and Mike to hook up.

  176. Yay!! Finally Michael and Jan hook up! More Office awkwardness… and of course boss sleeping with bigger boss. Leads to great entertainment.

  177. How could you not think that Carol is crazy? For anyone to last more than one date with Michael is a certified ticket to the funny farm.

  178. Well, I think Michael has an underside of gentleness and caring – mainly we see this after he and Jan spend the night together, and he comforts her, and Jan tells him that he was very nice and that he cried with her, etc… and I think we see the show-off version of Michael Scott, but he has another side to him behind the scenes of what we don’t get to see.

  179. I think that the “directing another episode” refers to the fact that he wrote this one. (I think I heard that someone else directed the episode…Roger Nyguard, I believe…) but he MAY be directing the upcomnig episode. Which I think would be cool…however, I’ve never heard of Gervais actually stepping behind a camera to Direct a show…only to produce or write. But I could be wrong.

  180. t1gp, yeah, that bit of info seemed a little suspect to me as well, because i haven’t been able to corroborate it with any other source …

    If you have a link to the Roger Nyguard info, please let me know. Thanks!

  181. Andy and Dwight in a fight over Status. This has great potential. I think these writers can spin this at least as long as the Jim/Pam romance, which, by the way, ain’t over yet.

  182. I wonder if they’re having one of the Christmas parties at Benihana and if so will Michael bring out his Ping impersonation (from “The Dundies”)??

  183. Why does it always say Oscar is starring… they must just keep the same names in, and not edit who’s in the show and who’s not for that particular episode.

    Anyway, I’m leaning towards team Pam & Karen vs. Angela, because we’ve heard in recent spoilers that Pam and Karen do become friends, so it would make sense that they bond over something like this. Both of them are far more normal than Angela. They seem to get along better than Angela and Pam do, and i’ve also read in one of Pam’s blogs that she and Angela get in a big fight or something – so maybe this is the episode she’s talking about.

    I also noticed that it doesn’t have Hannah listed as a guest star in this episode… maybe she quit after all… or they may have just not named her, who knows.

    I think that the “Benihana” part, is probably the part where it says Andy takes Michael out drinking with Dwight and Jim. (Sounds like fun!)- my guess is they go there. Just a thought.

  184. There’s something I don’t get. The Christmas episode will be 40 or 60 minutes long (without comercials)?

  185. I am really looking forward to the final two episodes of the year. The preview scenes I’ve seen for “The Convict” look fantastic and the “Benihana Christmas” should be another legendary show. I believe that it will be 40 some minutes then commercial. Hopefully it will end up being about 45 minutes long. That would be sweet.

  186. Wait, Jim tries to keep Andy AWAY from Pam? I thought I read somewhere that he pushed Andy towards her?

  187. I think he pretends to push Andy towards Pam by saying the wrong things – well, at least that’s what I think. Who knows, gotta wait 6 more days! :(

  188. What happened to Oscar? I don’t remember him leaving.

    Also, the show is much better now that Jim is back to pick on Dwight.

  189. Thanks tanster, although someone told me that benihana was some sort of catholic preacher guy, so now i’m very confused. they should post these thing.. :p

  190. I think that it said that Jim ‘coaches’ Andy to hit on Pam, so htat just means now that he pushes him away. See Jim still has the hots for Pam!!!!!!!!

  191. Benihana means “Red Flower” in Japanese. It is also a chain of Japanese restaurants. Perhaps the title comes from the name of the restaurant where Jim, Andy and others spend Christmas drinking…or maybe it is where they have an office party outside the office, like when they go to Chili’s for the dundies. (Remember the scene in a Christmas Story where the family has Chinese duck because it’s the only place open on Christmas day?)

  192. Found this definition of a “casting side” …

    Sides are portions of actual scripts that the actors have so they can study their lines. Casting sides are sides given for the use of people who are auditioning for roles of new characters.

  193. That Martin casting side didn’t make it in the episode as aired. Wonder if it will be a deleted scene.

  194. Jim standing at Pam’s desk. both smiling.=the way the world should be.

    seasons 1 and 2 flashbacks coming to me!!

    love it, can’t wait! ONE HOUR!!!

  195. Yes, Jen, that is the way it should be. And with the “Classified” folder, it certainly looks like they a plotting another prank or sharing a secret about someone.

    Wonder what’s with Michael wearing the bathrobe over his suit? Did Creed turn the thermostat way down?

  196. LazyScranton, my guess is that Michael received the bathrobe as a gift, and he’s not too happy about it. (Notice the Dunder Mifflin shopping bag on Jim’s desk in photo #5.)

  197. Rainn Wilsom has a short and sweet (Ok, so it’s not sweet) interview in the new Pwople. I guess Steve like to punch him in the eye…..???

  198. I think that in the christmas episode Pam and Karen will become good friends making one of the parties, and Karen will tell her about her relationship with Jim. Michael and Jan, that’s not me, it’s a spoiler. And Dwight and Angela? I don’t know.

  199. Classified Questions:

    Will Packer return for the Christmas episode?

    What about the two stoner delivery boys?

    And who is the mystery guy from “Merger”!?

    Will the Jim/Karen split be messy or gentle?

    Will Bob Vance Vance Refrigeration make a guest appearance?

  200. i read an article about the mistery guy some time ago, but i can’t find it! i think he’s working with toby in HR… if anybody remembers that article, please, post it.

  201. I wonder if the writers are going to start writing so we favor Karen and Pam over Jim. In other words Hoes before Bros haha. Right now I like all three, but if Jim doesn’t start playing his cards right with one of these lovely ladies things won’t look to good! Not that I like Jim any less, at this point how could I?! He’s absolutely adorable.

  202. OK, I think I’ve got myself convinced that the last two minutes between Jim and Pam includes some sort of mistletoe. A girl can hope, right?

  203. On the downside … Someone gets dumped???

    Unfortunately I have a feeling its not Karen.

    On the upside, the last two minutes sound very, very promising!

  204. It’s definitely not Karen whose getting dumped. We already know it’s Michael, from previous spoilers.

  205. i can’t help but think that Pam tries to give Jim the teapot back. I mean why else would he reject her x-mas present. That’s kinda harsh

  206. Ahhhhhh! Jim rejects Pam’s Christmas present??? NO!! But then again, it’s redeemed by “What little time Jim and Pam do spend together is well worth the wait”… ah, the suspense… I can’t wait an entire week.

  207. Post-It Thief.

    niceeee thought!!!! maybe!!!! omg that’d be awesome, very unlikely, but all the same, awesome!

  208. on the ksdk interview jenna mentions in a year or so she wants a family (kids). can a pregnant pam be worked into the plot in a year or so?

  209. In her KSDK interview, Jenna never gave a timeline for having kids. She said only, “I think it’s still down the road for us.” She said something to the effect that she takes mothering seriously, has a very busy schedule right now, and doesn’t want to start a family until she has the time.

    If she does get pregnant while still doing the show, I suppose they’ll have to hide her behind her desk all the time, or else write that into the story. Could it be JAM has a baby?

  210. “The interesting part is that Pam is the one who calms him down and convinces him it’s not such a bad thing. I’m thinking this relationship with Karen may be the thing that actually brings JAM back together! Yay!”

    Music to my JAM deprived/JAM losing hope more and more ears!!!!!!!!!!!

    but then at the same time, poor Karen, I’d be wicked hurt if I was her…woah, wait, what am I saying?!?!?!?! hahah, no really I do kind of feel bad…

  211. there are some great new spoilers over on watch with kristen

    but im not liking how pam is the one who calms jim down… is a little too friendly.. but not a romantic friendly. a friend friendly.

  212. Kristin said, “… [Dwight is] tight with Michael right now …”

    I couldn’t disagree more. Anytime Dwight tries to suck up to Michael or get on his good side, Michael dises him. Michael clearly seems to be in favor of Andy as his sidekick in crime, thanks to Andy’s much more calculated approach to kissing a**.

  213. Jim and Pam are not friends. Period. Any developments like this are just a cover for (of course) things they aren’t saying. It’s just another way to bring them closer as “friends” because that’s all they want/can get from each other right now (yeah right), but it actually serves to drive the point home that they are so damn compatable it’s silly. :)

    That’s how I see it.

  214. I saw a “NBC thursdays” montage over the weekend, and it included a short clip of Michael dumping what looked like a huge Gatorade cooler over Toby’s head. Is this something new or from one of the old episodes?

  215. JAM sucks. Karen is a Goddess. Jim don’t go back to PAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  216. one of my comments that got lost the other day:

    in the ksdk interview jenna mentioned that she wanted kids/family “in the future”. can pam be written to be pregnant?!?! she also said she’s not pregnant now, so don’t go jumping all over

  217. “Any hope for Jim and Pam?

    Pay special attention to his rebound speech to Michael this week. It’s good, revealing stuff!”

    I love it!!!!!

    Wait, who is quitting, who could it be??? not thrilled about it!

  218. Jen- I think the person who is quitting is Dwight and he goes to work for Staples because of some previous spoilers of someone seeing Michael and Dwight filming at a Staples

  219. I think that all the main people have extended contracts, or that’s what Jenna said in some interview, so…I don’t think it’s any of the main five. I hope it’s not Stanley. Maybe it’s Toby.

    Karen and Pam’s relationship makes Jim jealous? Okay…these writers are brilliant. I hadn’t thought of that possibility…that Jim would be jealous of his own girlfriend for her friendship with his one-time bestest buddy and also the love of his life. Wow.

  220. I hope it’s okay for me to share this, if not I’m sure it will get deleted! :) I think I know who is going to quit. It will be Dwight. I saw a post on the internet months ago when googling Office Spoilers and a woman from LA ran into them filming some scenes from the Office at an Office Depot or maybe a Staples. Michael was there in his typical suit and Dwight was there wearing a uniform for the store…. :)

  221. What do you think Jim would be getting jealous of their (Karen and Pam) friendship for??

    And yeah, it does sound like Dwight would do something like quit and work for Staples. Hey – Josh might be back in the picture after all… But this gives it another spin on the story to prolong it – I want as many seasons as NBC can give us!

  222. Meredith – not sure what you mean. :)

    It’s in the Kristen spoiler that Karen/Pam’s newfound friendship makes Jim jealous. If you mean WHY would it make him jealous, then I’d say that he would feel left out and resentful that Karen is free to be close with Pam (jokes, talk, lunches or whatever they’re going to do together) if he himself has resolved to keep himself distanced from her. After all, he and Pam were best friends and I’m sure he misses that very much.

  223. OMG! Michael photoshopping his head onto Carol’s ex-husband… So funny.

    And so very creepy. LOL

  224. Elisabeth, for some reason your comments were being tagged as spam and put in the spam bucket! I rescued your comment on the Chicago Trib post so you should see it there now. Sorry about that, let me know if this happens again …

  225. “Jim and Michael have a great scene on the couch. Well it starts out as Jim and Michael, but shifts for a moment to Steve and John, before returning to Jim and Michael again (see if you catch it)”

    Hunh??? Can’t imagine what this is about. The actors break character and it is kept in the final cut?

  226. New Episode info, TVGuide.com (via Bailey08 at the NBC Office boards):

    [b]Back from Vacation[/b] airing on January 4th 2007

    Michael returns from his Jamaican vacation a relaxed and revitalized man, but that quickly changes when a spicy vacation photograph makes its way around the office. Meanwhile, Jim and Karen have an argument—with Pam caught in the middle of it all.

  227. I can’t do it… I can’t wait. I can’t, I CAN’T! If there were any way possible on earth that I could watch this episode early, I would do it IMMEDIATELY. There are SO many spoilers now that I feel like I know everything about “Benihana Christmas”… but of course there are little teasers that make me want to scream and tear out my hair while punching the computer screen in agony asking continuously if it’s Thursday yet……

  228. One of the spoilers in one of the reviews that has been published (GMMR and the other one) was that Jim will talk to Michael about rebound relationships. I wonder, will he be resigned to the fact that he is in one, or will he say that he waited a while before getting involved with someone again in order to insure it wouldn’t be one (a rebound relationship).

    I’m really really antsy now… I don’t feel like I can wait any longer… I want it to be on tonight!

  229. Elisabeth,

    I was actually having the same problem as you the other day. I was in the middle of trying to post and the site went down momentarily and then when it came back up my post didn’t show up, so I tried to post it again and it said I had already posted it (even though it wasn’t showing up). So I tried again and again and after that first time it was coming back with any messages nor showing up. I eventually got it work though by writing the message up differently and then trying to post again.

  230. Okay, here is my theory on the cliffhanger (it may be wishful thinking on my part, but here goes) … think Jim & Pam & some mistletoe! :)

  231. I’m guessing the rebound speech will be pro-Pam somehow because it was what Kristen Veitch (or whatever her last name is, from Watch With Kristen) referenced as a key moment to pay attention to in response to the question, “Any hope for Jim and Pam?”.

  232. ah man.. “Back From Vacation” looks bad for Team Karen.
    I hope they work out what ever they’re going to argue about.

  233. Somewhere I read a spoiler that Jim & Karen have an argument over her getting a place on his street (he feels she is moving too fast and he is not ready for that) … I’m guessing that is what their argument is all about.

  234. Back From Vacation looks like it’s going ot be bad for Team Karon, And maybe good for Team Pam! (I’m trying not to get my hopes up. (Can ya’ tell?) ;)

  235. I for one am very pleased to see that we will only have to wait until Jan 4th for a new episode. I was worried it was going to be much longer!!!

  236. So was I, Anti-Soccermom. I was mentally preparing myself to re-watch the episodes a thousand times each before January when we get a new ep. But the 4th isn’t too far from tomorrow, so maybe I can handle it. That is, of course, if there aren’t tons of spoilers out there for that episode shooting my anticipation level higher than necessary!

  237. not good for JAM if Karen and Jim are fighting, and PAM is in the middle.

    I wonder what that spicy picture is..hmm..

  238. “Michael returns from his **Jamaican** vacation a relaxed and revitalized man, but that quickly changes when a spicy vacation photograph makes its way around the office. Meanwhile, Jim and Karen have an argument — with Pam caught in the middle of it all.”

    I thought he was going to Europe. Maybe he decided to do both.

  239. Re:the David Denman quote about stretching out the Jim/Pam/Roy love triangle – at last someone being honest instead of the usual ‘being real’ mantra.Jim and Pam being together NOW would be equally believable but wouldn’t serve the longevity of the show.

  240. “And Roy gives Pam a nice present at the end.”

    From David’s interview. If this is what’s meant by not missing the last two minutes, I’d rather it not be a Pam/Roy related two minutes. My little heart can’t take anymore disappointment today. And anything involving Roy and Pam would be some more disappointment. Damn the writers and their cruel way of getting people hooked on a fictional TV couple, screw with their hearts and yours, and then making you follow it so much to the point of insanity! Great ratings ploy, horribly mean however.

  241. TVGuide.com: What can you tell us about tonight’s Christmas-party episode?
    Denman: Michael gets his heart broken by Carol, and they take him to Benihana to cheer him up. Roy is trying to be funny for Pam a little bit. There’s a scene when I’m trying to talk to her, and she’s not having it. She and Karen end up kind of becoming friends in this episode. And Roy gives Pam a nice present at the end.

    Figure put the whole little bit up. If anyone cares.

  242. In the Boston Herald article, it says that Jim makes a realization about Pam… anyone got any ideas about what this might be??

    And there’s a cliffhanger… not a big one, but I don’t know if I can wait for three more weeks!! What could it be?? Finally, the long-awaited hour Christmas episode is here… tonight!

  243. Maybe he realizes he’s still in love with her. Can we dare hope?

    Probably not. ;)

    He probably realizes that she and Roy aren’t quite as over as he (Jim) would like to have imagined.

  244. My new vow, stay away from the spoiler section!!!! I feel like i already know everything that’s going to happen tonight, which kinda of spoils ( no pun intended lol) tonights episode. I’m not nearly as excited to see it as i should be…

  245. wait, what? It’s in the folder? hmmmm, I wonder what this means, possibly he doesn’t like the plan of attack Pam wanted to take with Dwight or something?? I can’t wait another 16 minutes! I know, I am such a complainer! lol. yay East Coasters!

  246. About the realization Jim has about Pam … it seems to be that it must be when Jim is talking to Michael about rebound relationships and that as he is talking it is obvious he is really talking about himself & Pam & Karen and not Michael & Carol & the waitress (but of course, Michael doesn’t see that) and it is then that he realizes that he does still love her.

  247. “Karen and Roy both find out the real reason Roy’s and Pam’s engagement was canceled.”

    wow.

  248. I remember when they put ‘The Strike’ as Episode 6, I don’t really know if that sinopsis are real, but they sound great…

  249. Okay, I just contacted NBC and asked them if those synopses were accurate.

    Their response: “No. I haven’t even seen scripts with these titles.”

  250. Thanks for letting us know Tanster- I didn’t think they would have released synopsis about episodes through February yet anyway ;)

  251. I don’t believe Wikipedia for anything they have about, well, anything. I don’t think that Roy and Karen would learn the real reason for the breakup so suddenly, it just would not make much sense.

    But who knows.

  252. Wow, those synopsis/titles are intense… In a way, I hope they’re not real, but then again, whoever may have written those synopsis’ had some really really great ideas… and it wouldn’t be that bad if they were true. I’d be betting that Meredith would be the unexpected pregnant woman… and we all know she has a history of stripping down to the nude!! hmm..

  253. these’s spoilers make sense, but i’m scared to hope… cuz if they’re real, i’m gonna go nuts, and i really need to go to bed..

  254. those spoilers DID make sense.. like how kristin said someone would be quitting the company in january and the synopsis for jan. 18th says that dwight would go into a rivalry paper ocmpany.. so i could see why it might be true,.. but then again, it’s wikipedia..

  255. I think the other ‘come back’ is Michael, returning from his vacations.
    I can’t bealive that Jan is traveling with Michael, they need a very good explanation to that. She refused the invitation to the Casino Night in a first time, then the relation get worst! And now, she acepted a travel to Jamaica? I don’t know, i don’t like the idea, but i need to see the episode!

  256. A few episodes into January, wouldn’t Dwight be returning?

    I keep thinking we’re coming to the end of Andy’s tenure in Scranton and that makes me beyond sad.

  257. If there is a pregnancy in the office, I reeeeally hope that it is Dwight and Angela. That would be hilarious. Could you imagine Dwight as a father?

  258. You know something? As much as I love Ed Helms as Andy, I’m kind of itching to just get back to the old crew. Some of the disjointedness people are feeling from this season has to do with the altered dynamic, I’m sure.

    Does anyone agree, or is it just me?

  259. E, I agree, but I can’t deny that I love Andy. He adds a twist to the dynamic, and even though I do miss the old dynamic, it’s too late to take out Karen and Andy without things being a little weird around the office especially with Jim and Pam and Jim and Dwight because of Jim’s new #2 position. I can’t figure out what the difference is between Andy’s position and Jim’s. Either way, I miss the old dynamic, but I also like this new one a lot. I guess everything changes.

  260. Haha…I can’t figure out the difference between ANY of them! :) I guess I just feel like since the newbies are ‘guest stars’, the writers want to get all the screentime they can out of them and so they are a focus of every episode. I like them both (Andy and Karen), but…

    I guess it just struck me the other day that we haven’t seen ONE interaction between Jim and Dwight at their desks yet this year. I miss that! Jim and Dwight were second only to Jim and Pam in my fave couple on the show. I loved their interaction. I feel like Andy is getting screentime at the expense of Dwight, and I don’t know if I like that. You know? :)

  261. This quote from Kristin (E-Online) has been on the spoilers page since November:

    “Carol dumps Michael in the next couple weeks, which leaves him heartbroken at first, until he realizes he can rebound with, who else?! Jan! To my surprise, I’m hearing Ms. Levinson is totally into it, and even goes on a romantic getaway with Michael over the Christmas holidays. “Man” (Michael/Jan) is on!”

    So it was obvious that Michael invited Jan to Jamaica, and she accepted.

  262. I just have to ask because I think I must have missed something. What is the reference to “the whole apartment thing with Karen” that Jen made in her comment? Sorry if this is something that everyone knows, but I honestly don’t think I’ve heard about it and now I’m insanely curious.

  263. Nicole,

    Kristin of E-Online put out the following rumor, which is included above on this spoilers page:

    “Unfortunately for JAM lovers, there’s no set exit plan for Karen. She’s going to be around for at least awhile, so you’ll have to get used to her. However, you might be happy to hear that Jim isn’t quite head over heels for K-dog (Karen, not Kristin, to be clear). I’m hearing that when the show comes back in January, she’ll be talking about getting an apartment on his street, which causes him to freak out because he feels they’re moving too fast. The interesting part is that Pam is the one who calms him down and convinces him it’s not such a bad thing. I’m thinking this relationship with Karen may be the thing that actually brings JAM back together! Yay!”

  264. I like Jam, and I like Karen. BUT, I REALLY like ANDY, who displayed a little more personality (not just that tough hunk we have seen to date)on the Christmas show. I think he can be a catalyst for almost any outcome the writers can dream up, and I trust their imaginations. And Ed Helms is a great comedic talent, definitely up to the high standards of this show.

  265. “…surprising news comes Karen’s way.”

    I bet Jim tells her he really did like Bridget Jones 2.

  266. “Angela’s secret boyfriend Dwight”… ??? since when have they worded synopsis’s like that?

    That synopsis sounds like a hoax for some reason. It sounds even more unbelievable than any of the wikipedia ones…

    Maybe I’m wrong, but… eh.

  267. Since it was “officially” posted on the calendar unlike the five Wikipedia episodes I’m inclined to believe this.

  268. Ha, I immediately thought pregnancy too. However, if Karen is pregnant that would be so soap operaish…Blech.

  269. PS – maybe she finds out the history of Pam and Roy while trying to push her ‘you should date him’ setup.

  270. If Karen was pregnant, I don’t think it would say “Karen LEARNS surprising news”, it would say “Karen SHARES some surprising news”. It’s a documentary style show, and that’s not likely news that she would learn on-camera.

    My theory: she’s paired up with Phyllis to do the traveling sales(wo)man thing, and Phyllis let’s something slip about Pam and Jim or Roy, thinking that Karen already knows about it, and then says “Oh dear” (ala E-Mail Surveillance).

  271. i think Karen gets a clue about Jim, Pam, and Roy’s thing. Since in Back From Vacation, Pam gets in the middle of a fight between Jim and Karen, and if Karen knows that Jim and her talked about the issue, she probably would get mad knowing that Jim confided in “just a friend” who happened to be a female.

  272. Well, plus…I mean, if Karen knows nothing about their history (which you have to assume she doesn’t based on some of the things she’s said), she wouldn’t know that Jim and Pam were best friends before he transferred (much less about Jim’s romantic love for Pam). She might be angry at Jim for confiding in Pam because she’d feel like, “Hey, that’s MY friend!” after the x-mas party.

    Maybe that’s it…someone says something like, “Yeah, Jim and Pam are really tight! Best friends, etc”. That would surprise her for sure.

  273. Okay, a little off topic right now, but I have a theory. I think it is Phylis that announces she’s pregnant.. of course “with Bob Vance’s baby”… maybe a little Bob Vance Jr!

  274. SO…who’s gonna be paired up? :)

    Phyllis and Karen? Stanley and Andy? Jim and Ryan?

    Phyllis and Jim? (ooh, that would be good – I vote for this)

    I feel like this is an opportunity to put people together who aren’t normally together.

  275. Marc,
    I hope your wrong,Toby and Pam together would be the first contrived ‘roadblock’and would make me feel nauseous.

  276. Pam and Toby don’t work in sales, so they probably won’t be on sales calls anyway. They might accompany salesmen for fun or something, but they definitely won’t be going as a pair. Pam is a receptionist, and Toby works in human resources.

    I agree that Jim and Phyllis would be nice to see. I bet that Karen goes with Phyllis, though, especially after her perfume comment, it would be funny to see their relationship unfold. Also, Phyllis is the most likely one to let Karen in on the Jim-Pam history. Andy and Creed would make a really funny pair. Actually, Andy with anyone else, and Creed with anyone would be funny. Creed and Jim would be awesome! I doubt that Kelly will go with Ryan, but if they are given a choice, there is no way Kelly will go with anyone else.

    It sounds like Dwight will have his hands full at the office, so he probably won’t be out doing sales.

  277. Sam, Kelly is from Costumer Service and Creed is not from sales (I’m not sure in which department is he, but is not sales)
    The sales are: Jim, Dwight, Ryan, Andy, Karen, Stanley and Phillys.

  278. Of course Dwight isn’t leaving for good, he’ll be back within a few episodes for sure. The show would crumble without him! Not that I don’t absolutely LOVE Andy as well, and not to even mention Jim and Pam who could carry the show on their own… but we know Dwight isn’t leaving for good. He’ll be back, just like Jim came back. Only I doubt he’ll even be gone for that long! :)

  279. Nah, Dwight’s not gone. I think one of the main focuses of this season is the fact that everyone’s comfort zones are being messed up by the new people and the new dynamic they bring. Andy is cramping Dwight’s style and affecting his relationship with Michael, Karen is obviously an obstacle and the cause of alot of grief for Pam, and Jim is almost a new character in his own right with his change of attitude.

    I like the new people but as I’ve said before…I hope we get back to the old crowd/dynamic before the end of the season. :)

  280. If anyone’s pregnant, it would be Kelly. I can’t see Jan getting pregnant before she gets married… she’s far too careful for that, and it would throw the show off a little bit. But if Kelly gets pregnant, then there are some good ways you can go with that.

  281. The title for the January 18th 2007 episode has been released- but no synopsis. Its called “Oscar’s Return”
    Source here

  282. I thought Oscar returned in the Back from Vacation episode? Maybe it’s a spoiler and the real title is Dwight’s Return (momentarily quitting and working at Staples)?

  283. I think the prank-ee is Andy. I think they do it to get back at him for making Dwight quit. I think Jim really IS on Dwight’s side when all is said and done…and maybe this will constitute Ed Helm’s exit. After all, isn’t he sitting in Oscar’s chair?

    Oscar will need his desk back. ;)

  284. whats going on with Jim and Karen and Pam being all buddy buddy?? its like they’re living in some bizarro world. lol. that’s just me.

  285. Jen, totally! I agree!

    It’s probably just Jim trying to be involved. If Karen and Pam are going to be friendly, then he’s going to butt his way in. ;) Also, it’s the only way he can do stuff at the office with Pam without Karen getting suspicious.

    Poor schmuck! ;)

  286. I heard that people had seen Steve and Rainn filming at Staples, But thats just a rumer i heard so i hope it’s not true!

  287. This is what confused me…

    From Mike: I loved the Benihana episode of The Office! My favorite part? When Oscar returned from his “sabbatical” and said it’s “too soon!” Will he be back?
    Yes. He does have his official Dunder-Mifflin homecoming a few episodes into the new year. I’m hearing they throw him a welcome-back party, although, sadly for Oscar, I’m told his coworkers might actually be more focused on the return of someone else we know and love.

    Well, if it’s not Michael…is this the return of Todd Packer? Dwight at Staples? Stacey?

  288. Uch. Watch the second promo for this season.
    if jim and pam dont end up together, what will we put on our toast?

  289. If anyone is going to get pregnant (assuming there is any validity to this rumor) I don’t think it will be Kelly. That seems a little to obvious.

    I think it might be Angela.

    Kelly getting pregnant would make sense but wouldn’t be as funny.

    Remember Dwight asking if she was on ANY Medication?

    Angela having Dwight K. Schrute’s Love Child!

    That would be hilarious.

    And it couldn’t happen to a nicer couple. :)

  290. Um, where can one veiw the second promo for the season? Or at least what promo are you talking about, JimHalpertIsLife?

  291. The rumor about a character getting pregnant comes from a now-deleted Wikipedia posting about future episodes (see a copy above). Now that NBC has posted a summary of the Jan 18 ep, which does not at all match with the summary that had been on Wiki, it appears that those Wiki summaries were bogus. So I don’t think anyone will be getting pregnant anytime soon. But then Karen will be getting surprising information next week, so possibly it could be that she is pregnant by Jim?

  292. However, I think it more likely that the surprising news Karen receives has something to do with the relationship between Pam and Jim. In a previous ep, Karen told Pam that she should date Roy, so clearly she has no clue about Pam’s history.

  293. Ya Lazyscranton, I kind of hope Karon gets freaked about Jim and Pam’s past and trys to brake up with Jim. That would be sweeeeet.But most likely Karon finds out the info from Kelly or Kevin says somthing, Along with a vary Kevin’ish line. Is it Thursday yet?

  294. A promo just aired during football for the Traveling Salesman episode. It was kinda weird. It had Phyllis and Karen in the same car but they had this crazy hair and makeup.

  295. Oh, I saw it too…Phyllis had her clown makeup on like on Conflict Resolution but so did Karen…Maybe Phyllis gave Karen a “makeover”. Oh and did you see Jim slap Dwight? That was funny!

  296. Sounds like from the promo that Phyllis and Karen will be paired up next week on “Traveling Salemen”. Maybe Phyllis will give Karen the scoop about Jim and Pam. Phyllis can be kind of gossipy at times, so I could very well see this happening.

  297. Kristin of E-Online gave this rumor (posted here on Dec 11): “One of our Dunder-Mifflin faves will be quitting the company in January. He or she will have a falling out with Michael and end up accepting a job elsewhere.” So far, the only person to quit this month has been Hannah (I doubt she was a “fave” in very many people’s books, and she left with the least amount of fanfare of any character so far). I have seen speculation that Dwight quits and goes to Staples based on (1) bogus episode summaries on Wikipedia and (2) reports of sighting Steve and Rainn filming at a Staples store. I don’t see anything in the January episode summaries that indicates anyone quits this month unless “Andy takes advantage of recent events to get closer to Michael” (The Return) indicates that his rival Dwight leaves.

    Any ideas? Who would you most and least be willing to see leave? I wouldn’t shed too many tears if Stanley quit, but I would be very disappointed to see Jim or Pam go.

  298. Did anyone look at those preview pictures for The Return? Where are Ryan and Stanley sitting?

  299. From Kristin:
    sadly for Oscar, I’m told his coworkers might actually be more focused on the return of someone else we know and love.

    Who left that we know and love? The purse girl? Carol? Captain Jim? Martin? Packer? I don’t think we know and love anyone who’s left …

    P.S. I think if anyone’s pregnant, it’s Phyllis! Baby Vance, Vance Refrigeration!

    P.P.S. Stanley can never leave! I can live without Oscar or Creed, but not Stanley! “That’s what she said”!

  300. I was drifting off to sleep last night & it hit me- wouldn’t it be odd if Jan turned up pregnant after an impromptu trip to Jamaica? Just a though.

  301. ewww, I really need to know what’s happening with Jim, Pam, Roy, and Karen. I really, really, really, really, REALLY would like to know!

  302. Ok so here’s what I think/hope will happen. Jamreny (Jim, Pam, Karen, Roy) or Jamyren (you get the drift) is probably going to unfold before our very eyes soon. Perhaps at the wedding of Phylis. How awesome would it be if Jim and Pam stop putzing around and get together at the wedding. Squee! Karen and Roy will be upset, obviously. So they will have sex because they find cofort in each other, as Pam and Jim ride off into the sunset? Crazy, but weirder things have happened.

  303. haha maybe im a geek for being excited about this, but i totally asked that question about the love trapezoid.. Julia P :)

  304. Ugh, Kristin’s such a tease! But if she can’t even talk about the love trapezoid, it must be good.

    Wow, Vance twins? I think we’ll be hearing the words “Vance refrigeration” a lot.

  305. Well with Kristin not being able to spill any info on Jim/Pam/Karen/Roy etc., then it’s got to be good – and of course that means “someone” is going to spill the beans about Jim and Pam’s “history”, and Karen will find out thus leading up to what we aren’t allowed to hear about until the episode.

    But I, for one, am still looking forward to Bob and Phyllis’ wedding! That should be quite the interesting experience. I CAN see Jim and Pam doing some “connecting” there… I’m willing to bet that Pam gets dressed up and catches some eyes ;)

  306. Not sure if any of you guys care or not, but I-Tunes screwed up and put The Shins new album online today when it was supposed to be released on the 23rd. I know it is one of JK’s favorite bands for you die hards :)

  307. realy quickly- it said a while back that theyre trying to think of an end to the jim-karen-pam-roy confusion

    seriously though, can they end jim and pam’s relationship at all? even if pam marries roy and jim marries karen (puh-lease) every time jim and pam talk we’ll be expecting hints to their relationship

    KAREN IS DEAD TO MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

  308. Kevin’s latest myspace blog says that there will be an appearance by his Scrantonicity band in an upcoming episode. Anbody else guessing that they will be playing for Bob and Phyllis’s wedding?

  309. Episode synopsis for February 1st episode via Bailey08 at the NBC Office message boards:

    “Ben Franklin” February 1st, 2007

    A WEDDING SHOWER FOR PHYLLIS–Acting on bad advice from his friend Todd Packer (David Koechner), Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) brings two “adult” performers into the office -a stripper and Ben Franklin — in honor of Phyllis’s (Phyllis Smith) wedding shower. Meanwhile Karen (Rashida Jones) confronts Pam (Jenna Fischer) about her past with Jim (John Krasinski). Rainn Wilson, B.J. Novak, Melora Hardin, David Denman, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Paul Lieberstein, and Mindy Kaling also star.

  310. i don’t get the Ben Franklin thing, maybe because i’m not american. Who does Michael bring? A Benjamin Franklin performer? The “Ben Franklin” thing is an expresion or doesn’t have any sence?

  311. Anyone notice that Ed Helms isn’t mentioned in the Ben Franklin summary? Normally if an actor isn’t mentioned in the summary itself, they’re credited afterward.

    Does this mean Andy’s leaving in the next episode? Maybe coinciding with Dwight’s return?

  312. I usually like it when the “Office” steers away from what NBC considers “must-see” tv, including but not restricted to: eating raw animal parts, bathroom humor, random but heated makeout scenes between pivotal characters. I say this to add that I hope the Pam/Karen interaction in the upcoming February episode doesn’t follow the understated route that we saw (and enjoyed) between Jim and Karen this past week. I hope this is the opportunity for us to see Pam stand up for the man she obviously wants; the last thing I hope to see here is another, “Oh, yeah, don’t worry. It’s totally over, nothing happened.” I can say this with the full confidence that a more “brazen” step, by Pam standards of course, would be handled brilliantly by the Office writers and steer clear of the mishmash that had been plaguing NBC for a while until this show came along.

  313. I don’t know if anyone mentioned it already but I seriously think that the promo shots for the Return are actually promo shots for Travelling Salesmen.. If you look at them, Angela and Pam have the same clothes, Stanley and Ryan are sitting there where they had their sales call (was it a church or something) and then that Toby/Pam scene was that creepy coffee scene that is infact the deleted scene 2 from TS.

  314. Why would Karen confront Pam about ‘her past’ with Jim? Unless some serious flirting takes place in The Return ,she seemed to believe Jim that Pam didn’t reciprocate his ‘crush'(nicely underplayed Jim!)

  315. YES
    YES
    YES
    YES i am SO excited to lead up to this episode!
    because jim must do something while theyre pranking the office mate that shows that he still likes pam, and karen must catch on.
    sweeeeet stuff!

  316. I don’t really get the Ben Franklin reference either (and I am American). I guess that would be a performer dressed and acting like Benjamin Franklin, the 18th century statesman. Scranton is somewhat near Philadelphia, which is where Franklin hung out much of the time, so maybe that has something to do with it.

  317. There will be a Wedding Shower episode and a Bachelor Party episode? Or it will be the same? Cause ‘Ben Franklin’ doesn’t mention nothing about Bob.

  318. My theory about where the Jim/Pam/Karen storyline is going: Karen realizes that Jim and Pam still like each other and eventually decides to step aside to bring them together. She may even encourage them to do so. I know this is a painful storyline for Karen, but it would be one that maintains her integrity, rather than a big messy breakup with Jim.

    The big question mark here is Roy. Where does he fit into all of this? Because right now, it seems like the writers are finally heading toward Jim and Pam getting together. I’m probably being optimistic. Another option would be for some more Roy-Pam chemistry to go on; then, Pam may tell Karen that she’s falling back in love with Roy.

  319. the end of the promo shows jim and karen in the boardroom and karen asks jim if he still has feelings for pam ( the stars music is playing) so i guess its a good sign, “jim looks like he wants pam”.

  320. I’m a little leary of Jim being 100% honest here. I think he kinda fudges the truth a bit. Because I don’t picture her staying around after knowing her boyfriend is into another girl. And based on the ep in Feb, and now the spoilers for later, we know she sticks around. I’m worried about this.

  321. We know that Michael has a step father, so, maybe is that wedding video. There’s no other possibilities, cause if it’s a ‘flashback’ i stop watching the office… If you see this photo, you’ll see that is the same young michael from ‘Take your Daughter to Work Day’

  322. Yeah it appears that both Karen and Pam are in the wedding. I wonder how their friendship is going to be affected by this “stunning” new news… I’m looking forward to seeing how Pam responds to Karens questions!

  323. What makes us think that Pam and Karen are in the wedding? Am I missing something? Or do you just mean ‘at’ the wedding?

  324. Hmm… maybe I just assumed they would be in the wedding because Phyllis obviously likes both of them. Also, there are pictures of (i think) matching shoes for Karen/Pam in the pictures posted from Greg.

  325. ‘Greg’… What is the address of that scene? I’m not in California, but I could see it on Google Earth, if I knew where it was.

  326. Who is Stacy? I don’t remember a character with that name. Could it be Michael’s mother?

  327. According to this link, Ed Helms signed a deal with NBC/Universal to write/star in his own series.

    (Scroll down to the Daily Show paragraph or Ctrl+F “Ed Helms”)

    So yeah, looks like Andy is good to go

  328. Does NBC have spies all over the internet taking down anything related to them? I can just picture them in some dark room, “Bruce we got another, let’s taken ’em down!”

  329. The video on the Watch With Kristin website has some nice interviews with Rainn, John, and Jenna.

  330. I think that Michael will have remorse about Dwight leaving and will go talk to Dwight to try to get him to come back. Dwight will tell him that he will come back only if Andy is gone. Michael will fire Andy (or force him to quit) and then Dwight will come back. And all of this should probably happen in the next two episodes.

  331. I saw the same thing — on Moorpark st., right?

    looks like fun. wish i could only be a member of that church!

  332. Not verified…but

    February 22

    “Art Class”
    Writer: Mindy Kaling
    Director: Roger Nygard

    When Michael is disappointed with the abilities of his coworkers in creating a mascot for the new company ad campaign, he persuades Pam to give lessons.

    March 8

    “The Flu”
    Writer: Paul Lieberstein
    Director: Ken Whittingham

    Flu season hits the office, and only Dwight remains well. Also, Jim is left incharge of the branch for the day as Michael stays home sick.

    March 15

    “New Neighbors”
    Writer: Michael Schur
    Director: Ken Kwapis

    After Vance Refrigeration relocates from the officepark, Michael becomes suspicious of the new business and throws them a spying party in the warehouse.

  333. I’m very interested to know if these three episode descriptions are correct. I mean: they seem real enough. The writers are ones that are due to contribute more episodes: Lieberstein and Kaling have only each done one so far. Also, the dates would be in line with the show’s scheduling.

    Anyway, I’m looking forward to the hearing what the source is. :-)

  334. oh no oh no oh no oh no oh no that last bit tore my heart out.
    if roy comes back into the picture im going to be so upset.. everything was going so well!

  335. Well the Roy business is too much. How much longer can this go on without both of them at least acknowledging they’re in love? It’s torture to watch, & we know that Jim is threatened by Roy. Fiddlesticks!!

  336. If she gets back together with Roy, even for one night, it’s gonna be such a bummer for her character. I’m all for Roy being in the picture passively (as in, she’s trying to be sensitive to his feelings, he’s bringing her plates of chicken or fish, etc) but not in a serious way.

    It’s okay if Jim THINKS that…not if Pam DOES it.

  337. The writers have kept Roy mostly under wraps recently, & I almost forgot about him. So I think they’ll bring him back with a bang. In my opinion this is Pam’s last chance. Otherwise I’m going after Jim.

  338. Really think now that Karen and Jim’s relationship is cooling off, that they’re going to bring Roy back in full force. These recent spoilers point in that direction. Turn away from the dark side Pam!

    P.S. I’m very happy Toby has a date. I love him.

  339. So if we go with the obvious extrapolations from those call sheets, Pam is slowly getting back together with Roy, while Jim and Karen’s relationship is egenerating into an embarassing mess?

  340. If Pam gets back together with Roy, I am just going to lose it. This is getting a little beyond ridiculous, don’t you think? I’m serious – the writers have dragged this JAM thing out long enough, and now it’s time to work on putting them together. Jim’s nod and “yes” to Karen were a huge step towards finally making this happen. But if Karen confronts Pam in the next episode, and Pam DENIES her feelings for Jim and thus messes everything up, sending Jim back to Karen, and then Pam back to Roy… OMG, the show will lose serious credibility.

  341. “Meanwhile Karen confronts Pam about HER PAST with Jim. ”
    Maybe it doesn’t change anything, but it’s not ‘her feelings’, it’s ‘her past’.

  342. Gimme a break! Roy? Roy? Noooooo! Say it isn’t so! Haven’t we been through enough of this already? I’m so not in the mood to endure watching that guy mess with Pam’s mind. I knew it had to be coming but dang it anyway. Be strong Pam! Do not go to the dark side!

  343. If Pam denies her feelings for Jim when Karen questions her, then how can you be mad at her? She’d be doing it FOR Jim, so as not to screw anything up with he and Karen. Pam won’t know what Jim said to Karen in the last episode unless Karen tells her…and why would she do that?

  344. it must have taken a lot for pam to call off a wedding after so many years. especially someone like pam, she must’ve been absolutely certain because she doesn’t exactly seem like the type to fly about making rash decisions. so, after all that, i think there’s very little chance of her going back to roy, however reformed he may seem. she’s not stupid, and i think even she realizes that it’s better to be where she is now than stuck in that relationship. so honestly, if the writers were to have her and roy get back together that’s seriously screwed up and not progressing the plot forward at all.

  345. LISTINGS FOR NBC’S “THE OFFICE”
    (Thursdays, 8:30PM-9:00PM ET)

    “PHYLLIS’ WEDDING”

    02/08/07(8:30PM-9:00PM) :HERE COMES THE BRIDE– Phyllis (Phyllis Smith) regrets giving Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) an important job at her wedding after several embarrassing moments. Pam (Jenna Fischer) has flashbacks of her own wedding planning when she sees Phyllis’s decorations. Meanwhile, Dwight (Rainn Wilson) is determined to catch wedding crashers. John Krasinski, B.J. Novak, Melora Hardin, David Denman, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Angela Kinsey, Phyllis Smith, Paul Lieberstein, and Mindy Kaling also star.

  346. Omg, Karen is not in Phyliss’ wedding! Look, Rashida isn’t listed in the cast at all… unless I missed something. What does this mean? Does she quit?

  347. I think she’s not listed because technically, she is a guest star. I hope she’s gone, though!! Pam needs to forget about the flashbacks, & flash forward to Jim. I still think Roy & Katie belong together.

  348. Creed, Andy, Karen, and Oscar aren’t listed, but Karen is confirmed to be at the wedding, in another spoiler post.

  349. Dwight is determined to catch wedding crashers. lol. hysterical.

    I really would love to see Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson show up…lol…

  350. Kristin said, “But you will be happy with coming episodes!”

    Seems to me the only way most of the fans here would be happy is if Jim and Pam get together.

  351. coming episodes. episodes. plural.
    so that means that ben franklin will be up on the j/p index (northern attack :))
    and then phyllis’s wedding too.
    hopefully art class or whatever will be positive as well.. pam cant go back to roy! she just cant!

  352. Yah! ‘Upcoming episodes’…I’m so excited now.

    I mean, i know that Jim and Pam won’t get completely together in the next few episodes (gotta save something for May sweeps), but I’m looking forward to some much needed openness.

    And maybe a little dancing at Phyllis’ wedding.

  353. oooh Lis, I like that, dancing at the wedding, it would bve incredible!!

    yay! for Jim and Pam, boo hoo for Karen, I really do feel for the girl, I mean come on, I love Jim too, but I know that he loves only Pam, not me, so I can see how she’s feeling. lol.

  354. I just hope by “coming episodes” she doesn’t mean the last few of the season. I can’t wait that long :(
    p.s. What the heck is Karen going to be doing the rest of the season?

  355. There’s mention of a Pam/Toby interaction from the extras in the business school episode over at lifeintheoffice.com

  356. I saw this call sheet to. I didn’t get any indication that there would be a Toby/Pam relationship, nor did I see any reason to believe Kelly is pregnant with Ryan’s baby. Personally, I think this source is BS.

  357. I’m not sure how I would feel about Kelly being pregnant with Ryan’s baby. I think Ryan loves Kelly, but the tensions and grouchiness of Ryan’s character this season might not make it fun to watch him become a dad.

  358. Is it me or does “Dwight battles a bat that gets loose in the office” sound more like one of the Wikipedia fake summaries??

  359. Haha, how would a BAT get loose in The Office? Sounds… fishy… or possibly a bit “batty”…

    Good God, I apologize… it’s almost 5 on a Friday. I just want to get out of THIS Office! So please excuse my horrible puns.

  360. hmm david denman’s name isnt posted in business school but it is for other episodes.. i hope hes not in it.
    sorry david.
    but really.. you would have asked pam to go back to your place.

  361. So 566 are you thinking the supposed spoiler of Roy inviting Pam over from the art show won’t happen? I know someone else tried to dispell the supposed spoilers PMonkey posted earlier.

  362. In the new photos posted by NBC, it looks like Jim & Pam are both sitting by themselves…I guess Jim & Karen really aren’t together, thank goodness.

  363. Pam’s Art Show:

    Art and subconcious drawing always comes from strong emotion. Considering what Pam’s been through, do you think that she’ll have some sort of picture that everybody (except maybe pam) will realize it’s Jim?

  364. Mindy Kaling wrote Ben Franklin, Angela said that in her blog, so probably BF will be the sex shop episode.

  365. I am getting so sick of them throwing stupid curveballs on the Jam front. We’ve seen it on so many other sitcoms, I love this show because it doesn’t usually follow the other’s leads. Seriously bummed out that they are starting to with Jam.

  366. At whedonesque.com there is a post that you can click on that reads “whedon’s week at the office”, I suppose its from a producer or director’s assistant (but I’m not to sure). The pics look like they could possibly be from the upcoming episode Business School–pics at a gallery and a campus.
    Sorry Tanster. :)

  367. Come on, guys. So pessimistic. Nothing stopping them from leading us to believe Roy/Pam could be rekindled…and then nip it in the bud before the end of sweeps.

  368. Yes, yes it is out of the question. Beesly what are you thinking? Does Karen trick her into thinking Jim’s over her? Don’t reRoy. I know he’s hot and sensitive now, just don’t do it!

  369. I think Pam getting back together with Roy is fairly realistic. I know that most of my major relationships took two or three tries to end. You get lonely and you start remembering only the good times. She was with Roy forever practically, it’s only natural to retreat to an ex-boyfriend when you’re depressed and sad. I don’t like the development, but it’ll be nice to see Jim angry or jealous. That could really prompt some kind confrontation between Jim and Pam. I can’t wait to see what Karen has to say to her, though.

  370. They filmed at my school!!!!

    Why did they have to film over the break:(

    Oh well, can’t wait for Business school…and Phyllis’s Wedding, and Ben Franklin, and…

  371. I think people are getting far too worried about the Kristin ‘spoiler’.A rekindling of Pam and Roy’s relationship has never been ‘out of the question’.David Denman has said the writers wanted to make Roy a more viable option for Pam and thats why he’s had a 360 degree personality change!

  372. I want five boxes of paper to fall on top of Roy.
    Nevermind. He’d just get out from under them and emerge a hero.
    This will be an interesting sweeps month!

  373. Sounds like this Roy development is just a ploy to piss people off and drag the JAM anticipation further. Could they be pushing this back until the end of the season? It’s quite possible because they said Karen IS there for the whole season. And we have at least 9-11 more episodes to go depending on if it’s a 22 or 24 episode run.

  374. I think the writers and the producers of the show deserve more trust from viewers like us. They had Jim confess his love to Pam after just the show’s first full season on the air. Jim admitted outright to Karen that he still had feelings for Pam with still around 11 episodes of the season to go. I’m a bit of a couch potato and “The Office” has already given a lot more of the Jim-Pam relationship than a lot of other shows have shown for their main relationship at this stage.

  375. I totally agree with Chris in post 574…there HAS to be some artwork representing Jim at her show. I haven’t been following pmonkey’s “spoilers” about this particular episode. Is Jim going to attend her show?? Hmmm….

  376. I agree with Angie in 580. I would like to see some originality here! If Pam/Roy happens again, I might not be able to watch.

  377. 591- I’ve heard a lot of talk about them NOT wanting to do another season ender Jam. That’s why most people are hoping for a mini-cliffhanger at sweeps to get the ball moving. Too many Jim/Pam cliffhangers is way too similar to Friends, and I know this all too well, because I’m a former friends-aholic.

  378. Anybody watched the tv.com clip with Todd Packer? It answer the question about whether Karen and Jim broke up and I’m sad to report the answer appears to be no. :(

  379. Nooo I don’t think I even want to see the clips. I guess the good news is, Karen is still a “guest star” so she won’t be around forever. But that could change so it really isn’t good news.

  380. I don’t mind Pam _considering_ going back to Roy, as it would make sense since they were a couple for so long (you don’t just forget that and move on without looking back once or twice). I just hope they don’t make it a full-blown relationship again with them dating seriously or living together. I feel a moment of weakness might be good fuel for plot development, but not another relationship. After all, “Poy” or “Ram” just doesn’t flow as well as “Jam.”

  381. Two reasons why I don’t think Pam will return to Roy, however much they tease us with the possibility.Firstly,Pam’s growth this season would be pointless if it led to her returning to the man largely responsible for stunting it.Secondly,it was a stretch to believe Jim coming back to Scranton so soon after Casino Night but there’s no way he’d stick around for a rerun.He’d be out of that office so fast his feet wouldn’t touch the floor.

  382. Funny, I don’t really give much thought to that anymore, Scully…but Jim coming back to Scranton WAS unlikely if he really did want to get over Pam. At the back of his mind he probably went back because he couldn’t resist the idea of a single Pam. The only mistake he made was bringing Karen into it.

    Dammit, if he’d only taken Pam up on that stupid cup of coffee. THAT was the moment when it could have all taken a different course. Sigh. Jim, you stubborn fool.

  383. i don’t know if this is related, but apparently some people have been eating hand sanitizers because of the alcohol content. it sounds to me like some people have watched gay witch hunt too many times.

  384. This is the only spot I could find to post this little note. In case you’re wondering, some kids over at Facebook got together and declared February 15th “International ‘That’s What She Said’ Day.” You’re supposed to take advantage of innuendo and say those special words at any and all opportunities. There are 73,000+ people in the “group” recognizing the day! Michael would be so proud.

  385. I was thinking…even though Kristin said “A rekindling of their (roy & pam)relationship is not out of the question”, I think it will only last a little while, since “you will be happy with coming episodes!” I’m assuming by “happy” she means some Jam will eventually happen. Ok I’m just rambling now.

  386. I wonder if this “ex” of Karen’s could play an interesting role in busting up a certain couple that we’re all waiting on to break up. Hmm…

  387. Not really a spoiler, but you can there are e-cards of Phyllis’s Wedding on NBC.com. There are some pictures of the reception, but nothing too revealing about the episode.

  388. I’m putting this here where it belongs (sorry Tanster!)
    NBC’s promos for next week’s Thursday night shows all have a romantic theme. They show a shot of Jim and Pam talking at the wedding, and the voiceover promises romantic moments and what not. In the clip they show, Jim and Pam are talking and Jim says “that’s cute” or something to that effect.

  389. kristin said we’d be happy with upcoming episodes.
    looks like phyllis’s wedding is going to be jam-packed.
    pun intended.

  390. Word, it’s not a group, it’s an event. Search “International ‘That’s What She Said’ Day.” It’s a massive event as it is; there are 120,000+ confirmed guests as of today.

  391. Yes new promo with Jim dancing with Karen but looking at Pam and Pam at him…ahhh can’t wait!

  392. Ok I missed the promo…I’m off to watch Mindy on Conan & hope for a spoiler…or at least a promo.

  393. Anyone else out there think that Karen’s “ex” that is mentioned in the Cocktails episode synopsis might be a female?? I know I read somewhere that there may be other gay characters on The Office other than Oscar and this just popped into my head when I read the description. It would certainly throw a wrench in thier relationship…maybe…or not. Your thoughts?

  394. I tried not to read the casting sides, but I did. I guess Andy is back. I hope his character has changed a little.

  395. Those casting sides are great! (Yes, I’m a sucker for spoilers.) I was cracking up just reading them and imagining the characters saying and doing those things.

    One thing, though. My dad is a saftey trainer, and office safety IS more than reading a pamphlet out loud. Admittedly, not as involved as a warehouse, but still it bugged me. Just had to defend the honor of all safety dudes. Safety dudes, I defend your honor.

  396. Could Kelly and Ryan be over?
    from the script
    Kelly
    You should work out Ryan. You’d look so hot
    Ryan
    Totally, we should both work out.
    Kelly
    You Bastard!

    mmmmmm?

  397. Did you guys see the Ausiello comment about a JAM setback this week?!?! Noooooooooo!!!!!

    I’m fine with them being apart until “it’s time”…but, I’m not ok with going backwards (i.e. Pam getting back together with Roy!)

    Sadness.

  398. I notice ‘Cocktails’ is written by Paul Lieberstein. Perhaps this is the episode where Toby finally asks Pam out.

  399. I’m assuming the setback is Roy. We all knew that was going to happen. Karen’s always a setback, so unless they make some serious progress (Jim falls in love, Karen and Jim move in together, Jim proposes, Karen’s pregnant, etc.), then it’s probably Roy.

  400. AAAHHH so frustrating!!! For the love of Bob, please no Karen pregnancies. The setback is obviously Roy, and damn damn damn. Grrr I can’t watch this anymore.

  401. We need to look at the positve in Ausiello’s statement.

    “EVENTUALLY? YES.”

    Once I saw the pics for Cocktails I knew that nothing good could come of this week. I predict: Pam/Roy hookup this week… Next week Pam will realize what a bad idea the hookup is when Roy shows up with his brother at her art show… I am hanging all my hopes on “Cocktails”…since it’s the end of sweeps.

    I guess it makes sense that they would string us along throughout the entire month… and not give us the payoff right in the middle!

  402. It looks like Andy is now copying Dwight instead of Michael, which could prove hilarious. I bet Andy is trying to ingratiate himself with Dwight and Dwight is sarcastic to him but inside he’s all, “Andy appears to want to be my friend. What could this mean? I do find Andy occasionally entertaining, but I disagree with his opinions on the future of the robot species to consider him anything more than just a coworker.”

  403. Remember that “gun spoiler” from one of the John’s(Props Guy) myspace blogs? I think it’s from “Safety Training”, cause it’s an episode that involves the warehouse

  404. It would be hilarious (and kind of sad, but it will at least give Pam an epiphery) if Roy and his brother come to the art show and leave her there.

    Then Karen reunites with the EX and then…JAM-dom.

  405. Hey, Karen’s getting back with her own ex sounds like the perfect plot twist. All this time we “JAM” fans have been split between disliking Karen for coming between Jim and Pam, but at the same time feeling sorry for her (and having a slight resentment for Jim) for his using her to get over Pam.

    So at the end of the month we’ll learn that we’ve been the fools all the time, because, despite what we think, she’s actually using him to get over her ex. Which will explain why she’s been trying so hard to force a relationship with Jim, to help her get over the man she truly loves. Maybe for awhile we’ll be forced to endure another secondary triangle, as Jim’s ego forces him to fight for Karen, pushing Pam closer to Roy as she figures Jim’s really into Karen, until May sweeps comes and it all blows up and everyone comes clean with their real feelings…

    Jim and Pam still want each other, and Karen still wants her ex, leaving Roy out in the cold…or with Kelly who’s rebounding from Ryan (ok, that part’s a bit of a reach, forgive me…)

  406. Guilty-

    I was thinking the same thing… Though you have thought it through in much more detail! haha

  407. If Karen’s ex is a woman that would be lame dash o.

    This isn’t the O.C. Two years ago.

    But I am all for the Ex playing some part in breaking up the Karen and Jim.

  408. I kind of like Roy now though. Jim and Pam are still meant to be, but at least Roy is a good option…for now? Temporarily. And they would still have more chemistry than Karen and Jim who don’t even get a celebrity couple name.

  409. Karen still being hung up on her ex would explain a lot- her and Jim don’t even act like a couple… Even that weird hug she gave him last week completely lacked any sort of chemistry whatsoever.

  410. I am so confused. Jenna said that something happens at the wedding and we would be happy but then Ausiello has me upset. This is driving me crazy! I still have high hopes….Jenna wouldn’t mislead!

  411. Good point KingoftheStupidUniverse–Jenna and Kristen both said we’d be happy with the episodes coming up (though I do still anticipate some angsty fun and hardly expect Jim and Pam to make out like teenagers outside the church). Who is this Ausiello and have we seen her resume? : )

  412. I think regardless of what happens (or hopefully doesn’t happen) with Pam & Roy in the next few episodes, something is going *down* at that wedding that will give us some major hope. I bet Karen & Jim are both just using each other, but tit for tit. Also…if Pam goes home with Roy, I WILL slap her a little.

  413. Yes…wig perhaps? Maybe Karen broke up with him over the wig…or maybe she gave him the wig, trying to change Jim into something he’s not…either way, I think the wig plays a part in the breakup.

  414. I love how we’ve pretty much decided that the “big development” of this month’s story arc will be Jim and Karen breaking up. I think this is totally possible, but I think it’s fabulous we’ve made such interesting calculations and predictions about how it might all go down. In this way, I adore OT.

  415. Jam. I remember when the Office used to be about playing pranks on Dwight, and when Pam and Jim had little crushes on each other. I just wish the show used to be more about working in an office, and not a documentary about there lives.

  416. But I would argue that Jam, Dwangela, and other relationships like them give the characters more depth. If it was just about an office, a viewer could drop in and out and not feel connected to/care about the characters. I think the show has achieved a great balance between the characters’ relationships and the crazy workplace environment. Besides, we’re getting a whopper of a Jim prank this week (re: sneak peak video clip)!

  417. I don’t know why, but I have a feeling that Phyllis will say something to Jim to make him realize that Pam has feelings for him. Phyllis is always good at giving the JAM moments a jolt of energy. Just a guess.

  418. Not sure if this has been mentioned or not, but Rashida is getting ready to star in a new sitcom which will probably take up all of her time, meaning Adios Karen.

  419. Did anyone believe what John was saying at the end of that video? Karen is not the better choice. Arrgggh

  420. There is a small article about the upcoming episode Joss Whedon directs.
    (sorry I don’t know how to post links)

  421. OH MY *&*@^@% GODDDD!
    i have to say im a little dissapointed. i realllllly like rashida. i wish karen could have stayed around.. just not be with jim.

    p.s. there is no way roy can get in the way. i was more worried about karen.
    p.p.s. this makes for a good season finale, by the way.

  422. annnnnd.. i think we should rename JAM. I think it should now be JAMYLLIS because where would jam be without phyllis? its seriously a threesome.

  423. I like Rashida alot and under other circumstances I’d be really disappointed to see Karen go, but since she is interfering with JAM, then adios!

  424. I just read this on Kristen’s (E!) blog

    Meanwhile, in real life, John Krasinski (Jim) and Rashida have been spotted out together all around town, both in L.A. and New York, leading to speculation that these real-life exes could be together once more. But for the record, I’m told by those in the know that the two are just “very good friends” and John K. is single. All in all, an excellent day for Office news. Am I right, ladies?

    HAHA! Rashida gets the last laugh.. GO JOHN…. YEAH!

  425. Now we have to speculate how the writers take her off the show. I’m assuming she’s going to quit like everybody else from Stamford.

  426. Kristin Vietch made a great point… as much as I love David Denman, can’t some producer offer him his own pilot? I would really love it if the Jam train could gather some more steam without Roy’s desperate plays for Pam’s affection.

  427. argh why can’t i avoid the spoilers :( i’m happy that rashida landed a new gig, although i’ll miss her on the office. i think she’ll be the one to break things off with jim, once she’s honest with herself. let’s hope jim doesn’t treat her like she’s just another katie.

    btw is phyllis going to be gone for the next 6 episodes? because of the honeymoon? are she and ed helms going to come back around the same time?

  428. Since someone mentioned they think that March is full of repeats then maybe Phyllis will be out the next two episodes and return to new shows in April. That’s just a guess…

  429. I hope they relase at least one episode in march, it’s gonna be awful if they’re all repeats

  430. NBC has scheduled an Office promo for the 4th commercial break of SNL, i hope someone from USA tape it and upload it to youtube or some web. Thanks!

  431. There is a guy in the Televison Without Pity forums that works at a NBC affiliate tv station (spoonfulofsugar) and posted it. I only read it and said it here. I hope it’s true.

  432. Just curious what happened to Andy? I read in your previous posts that he won’t be in any of the Feb episodes and that Dwight took his desk spot on the show. What’s going on????

  433. There was a promo on the TWoP forums of the Business School episode where Joss Whedon talks about directing The Office. It’s hilarious!!

  434. That Kristin is such an idiot!
    Ryan is not a temp, and anyone who reads spoilers on the show doesn’t need reminders of who the characters are.
    And the episode airs Thursday, what a scoop!
    For someone who proclaims to love the show, she didn’t manage to catch the extanded version where we see Andy being sent to 8 weeks of anger management.
    arrrrrrgh, i really dislike her.

  435. Actually if you look at the promo Jim is still at the desk he’s been at, across from Dwight. It’s shown in two spots on that promo. Too bad, although I’m hoping that will change soon.

  436. In yahoo’s Office Romance video feature, Mindy mentions that Ryan has to move back to where Kelly and Toby sit in the episode they were in the process of filming (Cocktails), so there’s a good chance Jim will be moving back to his old desk. An indication, dare I hope, that things are on their way to being right again!!

    I’m betting Ryan has to move after Michael’s shenanigans during Business School. Hurt and offended, Ryan will be Michael’s beloved no longer–banished out of Michael’s sight to be in the back with Toby. How fitting. Aw. hehe. ;)

  437. Andy will be coming back, because he is a signed regular on the show now, but he’s been at anger-management for the past few weeks, and I think he’ll come back in March or April.

    Those Kristen spoilers are nothing short of disappointing.

  438. Good God Kristen Veitch is annoying. Great Spoilers Kristen! You’re so in the know with all of your juicy tidbits!

    /sarcasm

  439. If they are repeating Branch Closing on Mar 1st, then I would expect they would be running The Merger on the 8th, since those episodes are like a two-parter. I hope they don’t have too many reruns, though.

  440. “Jan. 22: Watch with Kristin

    From Carly: Oh my goodness! The Office was amazing this week. Does this mean Karen is officially out of the question for Jim? Please say yes.

    Not exactly … Karen is sticking around all season long. But you will be happy with coming episodes!”

    Um…Ben Franklin, Phyllis’ Wedding?

    Kristin is not my ho no mo.

  441. On the nbc.com website when you put your mouse over Pam’s picture, it says: Pam and Roy reunite! Joss Whedon directs!

    What is that supposed to mean? (I’m talking about the Pam and Roy thing)

  442. Yeah, what’s with all the “not-spoilers” we keep getting? Honestly, these people get paid for this? ;)

  443. I interpreted the interaction between Pam and Roy completely wrong last week. Funny wise this will be a great episode. Relationship wise, it depends who you are rooting for.

  444. I think we are all waiting to see what karen’s ex is like. it seems pretty obvious it will mean something bad for Jim/Karen. My theory is that he is married and Jim loses respect for her. Kind of like, he realizes that Pam would never be that kind of person to cheat on a spouse. Anyway, just my over-thought out theory.

  445. Yeah, still trying to figure out why, JAM-wise, I’m meant to be happy about these latest episodes. I’ve enjoyed them all and LOVED “Business School,” but I’m not sure if Kristen and I are watching the same episodes…

  446. tanster–someone on a facebook message board suggested there might be some validity to the idea of hour long episodes next season since “Scrubs” is taking its bow this season. Any truth to this?? I think my rabid excitement at the prospect is disturbing my roommate…

  447. East Coasters: if you see the promo again, please post the TV show and approximate time in which the promo aired, so I can get my TiVo ready. Thanks! :)