So tonight The Office had the 4 + years in the making Jim and Pam wedding. I loved me some Tim and Dawn of Wernham-Hogg so I was prepped and ready to love Jim and Pam when Dunder-Mifflin opened in Spring 2005.
But much like Martin Freeman made Tim’s yearning and adoration for Dawn the real heart of the original show, John Krasinski upped the ante as Jim. He played the pining best friend to perfection complete with hurt puppy dog looks and devoted glances, with a subtlety and charm that often made you wonder: what the heck was wrong with Pam anyway?
I think it is widely acknowledged that S1 Ep. 2 “Diversity Day” is where the show really took off: Michael keeps haranguing the staff into participating in Diversity training causing Jim to miss out on a call with his best customer who is responsible for a 25% commission every year. Instead Dwight hijacks the client causing Jim to lose out and dejectedly leave Dwight his tiny celebratory bottle of champagne.
So the very moment I fell in love with Jim Halpert and became fully invested in the Jim/Pam story was at the end of the ep where after a long day of Michael’s shenanigans, Pam falls asleep on Jim’s shoulder. His reaction is so lovely – just pure bliss – he even closes his eyes to take it all in and his smile says it all: he has found perfection in that one little moment. Everyone leaves and he extends the moment as long as possible before reluctantly waking Pam.
Jim’s final confessional, despite losing the big sale, despite listening to Michael being completely ridiculous all day long is a big smile and admission: “Not a bad day.”
Can’t find the solo scene but you can scroll to about 2:41
Or this pic pretty much captures it:
(Photo from Northern Attack)
And tonight a marvelous bookend was his last look at the camera on the Maid of the Mist, Pam again with her head against his shoulder but now as his wife. Just wonderful.