The Office "Customer Loyalty" Review: The Fight... and the Documentary Crew That Filmed It

The Office S09E12: "Customer Loyalty"

Two things:

One, The Office must have some sort of workshop, committee, or think tank that specializes in creating content for unrequited and forbidden love stories on a weekly basis. Obviously, they did it with Jim and Pam. They tried it with Dwight and Angela. Then Andy and Erin. They even did an arc with Darryl and Val for a while, a time in their lives I guess they'd like to forget since Darryl inexplicably wants to leave Val behind when he goes to Philadelphia.

But that committee seems to have lost its touch in the past few months. They've inserted scenes for Erin and Pete to flirt with each other, but that relationship isn't building like Jim and Pam's did, nor does it contain the gray areas Dwight and Angela explored. It's stagnating, in some holding pattern until all the players can get together and make this thing explode.

And while their not-yet-a-relationship is frozen in time, apparently everything relating to them and Andy is, too. Nellie's story this week involved being torn between a loyalty to Andy and seeing these crazy kids get weird together (thanks, Phyllis). Nellie apparently has a loyalty to Andy? Listening to her mention how Andy "just started" being nice to her, evidenced by the letter to the adoption agency, was like dredging a swamp of history and finding forgettable artifacts.

While October doesn't feel like ancient history to some of us (we all probably have condiments in our refrigerators that are older than that), it's been a long time since Andy has been gone, and even longer since he's deserved any modicum of loyalty. The lasting impression he left was the one that Toby brought up for us (in a particularly creepy outing for him): He was a terrible lover to Erin. The show has spent a fair amount of time villainizing Andy in his absence, so Nellie bringing up the adoption letter was like trying to walk back the work the writers have put in to create the love triangle in the first place (if Andy was great, no one would understand why Pete would be in the mix), with a character that 9 out of 10 fans of The Office feel is the living worst. It's frustrating.

Where "Customer Loyalty" did succeed was in establishing the office's general knowledge that Pete and Erin are flirtin' around. The meeting on loyalty that turned into a conference on the perception of what Pete and Erin were doing was a good save for a scene that was almost ruined by terrible loyalty metaphors. I liked that Kevin was the one to bring it up since he is usually such the classic definition of a clueless character. It hit on how obvious it was and almost spoke to us as an audience. Everyone was watching it just like we have been and they were all like, "We get it. You like each other. Just bone already." Take some advice from Meredith and that fantastic wig.

The resolution to the story was completely impotent, however, since nothing came of the outing. Nellie reinstated the Youth Task Force so they would have a reason to hang out together without the prying eyes of the office judging them. I was hoping the awkward tension after getting dragged out like that would lead to some sort of progressive moment. But nothing but private smiling, not even to each other, ended the episode. So we're back where we started.

Onto that second thing: The show played its documentary crew trump card WAY too early and for something that doesn't make a whole lot of sense. The past few weeks with Jim and Pam have been marked by examples of these two trying to make it work while Jim chases a dream. The trouble is that Jim and Pam surmount obstacles fairly easily (remember the Jim-lied-to-Pam-about-taking-the-job story?), so,even with distance and family struggles and occupational setbacks, none of what is happening seems at all hopeless or concerning.

Maybe it's the physical distance between Pam and Jim that reminds me of the first time they they worked in different locations, but the phone call recalled my favorite call between them, the one at the end of "The Initiation," when Pam talked about renting 28 Days Later and Jim told her she totally got taken for a ride with her one-kitchen apartment. Watching that call makes this one feel petty. I'm not one to say Pam shouldn't feel her feelings. They did have a fight, and Jim was certainly a jackass. But choosing this time to put Chris Diamantopoulos on the boom and have the documentary crew break their anonymity for a "turn the camera off" moment was a little ridiculous.

I've mentioned before that I never want to see the film crew and the show never seems terribly interested in it themselves since they never take into account the eyelines of multiple cameras—which would include other camerapeople in the shots if they were all shooting at the same time—though that's endemic of the television mockumentary format (Parks and Recreation and Modern Family have the same problem). But I'll admit there's a power in revealing who is behind the camera and getting personally involved with the subjects. Showing that to us should demonstrate the power of the moment, that we are in crisis and if a film crew recognizes that and shuts down operations out of the goodness of their hearts, we should pay special attention to the situation.

Granted, Pam has long had a special hold on the crew. They were the ones to tip her off on evidence that Angela and Dwight were knocking boots. They also told Jim and Pam at the beginning of this season that they want to see how it all works out, the connotation being between Jim and Pam specifically. The show has made it clear that the crew is invested in Jim and Pam (narrative reasoning for why we always get their smirk takes). My only issue is that the film crew has been through so much more with the couple, much of it far more upsetting, than this fight. Yeah, it was a fight between two people who rarely argue so emotionally, but it was still just one fight. I don't see an unraveling here, definitely not one that would deserve special fourth-wall smashing.

In the first episode of the season, Pam set the table for Jim taking the Athlead job by saying that, with the job and two kids, that nothing interesting was going to happen to them for a long, long time. I venture to say there's still nothing happening with them.



NOTES


– The Dwight/Darryl storyline was a snoozefest. Also, that song by fun. is officially dead now, right?

– CreedWatch: "Let's try it out." Erin, that man could teach you so many things. So many frightening things.

– I liked the Dunder Code teaser, if only because it meant we got a whiff of old Jim and because the whole office got involved in the search. My only sadness was that it was just a teaser. I could've used a whole episode of that. "I expected more from Young Halpert." Me, too, Jim. Me, too.

– "Probably your heart. And a little bit your penis." Kevin saved that entire sequence. Creed's nodding helped.

– I completely forgot that Nellie and Toby kissed, too. Why is Toby such a creepshow around women? And Nellie? Doesn't he know we all hate Nellie?

– I loved Pam bringing up Jim's celebration for her accomplishments. "Beesly!" A sweet nod to their relationship and, I suppose, a moment that was supposed to help set up the phone call later. But there were so many terrible set-ups by Pam this episode that negated this one. Pam in the car about to call Daddy? I thought I was about to watch a Sync commercial. I think I would've preferred if it were a Sync commercial, actually.


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"My only issue is that the film crew has been through so much more with the couple, much of it far more upsetting, than this fight. Yeah, it was a fight between two people who rarely argue so emotionally, but it was still just one fight."

True, but the subjects of the documentary have never called to one of them (by name) for help before. Pam was the one who broke the fourth wall; the cameraman was just trying to figure out how to react to it.

This is hardly the first time the camera crew's interfered either. E.g., they helped Pam figure out what was going on between Dwight and Angela.
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No mention of Clark and the dot matrix printer? I laughed out loud at that. Was that this episode?
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The fact that the show’s producers cast a good-looking and somewhat known actor to play Brian the boom-monkey makes me think they might actually be indicating there is something between him and Pam. That would suck. However, the truth is that, from a chronological standpoint, Jim and Pam are very close to “seven year itch” territory. So, if Jim’s spending all of his time in Philly trying to untangle his new company’s jock strap while Pam is stuck back in anthracite-alley raising kids and working full time, then it wouldn’t be entirely surprising if she has taken an interest in Brian… and, perhaps, his boom.
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Actually, I get Pam's breakdown. As a parent, when you go from having help with even one child, to coping with everything on your own, it can get difficult. My husband's work schedule changed over a year ago, and I went from having help with an infant every morning, to handling two kids and everything every morning. Once you get used to it, it can have some bad days, but it is now easy. The first month or two I was beyond stressed. To all of a sudden not have help is hard. Pam went from likely taking care of just half of the responsibilities, to all of them. Then she's trying to cover to keep Jim's focus on his work. Between dealing with a lice outbreak to making sure dinner, dishes, trash and everything else is done, and then still not even being able to share your stresses with your best friend because you don't want to worry him, and then she can't even share her triumphs, I get it. It wasn't that this fight was the worst, or that they haven't overcome much worse obstacles, they always did those things together. This is Pam having to do it on her own, and it was the proverbial straw. I understood her breakdown, because when you need help and it isn't there, things can seem far more overwhelming, then you finally adjust. This time is before Pam' has been able to adjust, and she's doing everything alone. She feels betrayed by Jim when he yells for missing the video, because he was supposed to be there. I actually loved the scene.
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I think Jenna Fischer did a great job with it (Krasinski was merely okay) and she is justifiably upset, both from Jim's jackassery and the stress of her situation. Did it justify the film crew intervening? Did they intervene when Michael was heartbroken, playing that James Blunt sample over and over? Did they intervene when Meredith shaved her head even though they knew Pam was the lice culprit? Pam is right to break down but the film crew choosing this to shut the cameras down is inconsistent with their "let life happen" approach.

Now, that being said, if this is motivated by something else, like Brian's heavier involvement in their lives that we've never seen before and we dedicate some time to explore the Brian is a key player and much more involved, it makes that inconsistent argument moot since Brian is a variable to the film crew's constant.
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I think it comes down to Brian's personal feelings for Pam. If this were real life, would you feel close to Michael or Meredith? If they were real people, and I'd seen the things I'd seen, I would wave hello each morning and keep my distance. Pam is clearly a genuinely sweet and warm person, who I would care to become friends with.
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Yes! Michael was funny, but so shallow. Pam is sincere, as is Jim, which is why the breakthrough made sense to me.
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I actually agree and see your side, but I think Michael's heartbreak never felt as sincere. Maybe it was inconsistent, but it felt organic to me. I couldn't agree more with the assessment of the performances. Maybe that was why I thought it fit. With your examples, though, it doesn't really seem consistent. Especially knowing Angela's husband was gay and cheating...
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This reasoning for the intervention, along with what Television4me said. Although we don't know for sure that the film crew hadn't talked with them when we went to commercial before, it would not only seem silly to cut there, but also silly to not come back to it. If they cut there because it was inappropriate to keep filming, like they did in this episode, then all that happened this time was that the cameraman didn't turn it off when he should have. I think it's highly unlikely that in the past, they simply filmed the fight then abruptly left the room without saying anything, especially if they developed a relationship with the two.
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I'm just catching up on the new season which I have to say is an improvement on the previous one, if only because Nellie is sidelined and there is a lot less Andy/Erin and that hopeless indifference we all feel about them.

I'd argue they already ruined the whole mockumentary thing a couple of seasons ago. In the UK office, the second season begins with Tim telling us that his family have seen his flirtations with Dawn. In the US version, the recognition that if this really was a documentary, then the characters would see what we all see - for example Dwight bugging Jim's office, Jim's pranks on Dwight, etc ad nauseum - is missing. But it's not until Michael leaves that we find out that none of the episodes have aired, which begs the question - who is funding this camera crew?

On this particular episode, it's about time Jim and Pam had a proper argument, although Jim comes across uncharacteristically douche-y. The camera crew should not have been added in, other than in their "off camera" role. An actual character could have still been in the office to comfort Pam - Merideth perhaps?
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I'm sorry. Like some other shows, this one just needs to end. We're in Weed's territory here.
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I agree with a lot of this, but you completely missed the boat on the fun song. They used it specifically because it is played out. This was Dwight's pathetic attempt to make the job fun.
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I absolutely agree with you. Dwight using the song is the official death knell. Anyone still remaining that doesn't recognize the song is dead has to because Dwight used it here.
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They should not have shown the crew at all.

I liked the subtlety of Michael's goodbye episode, where you realized there was actually still a crew behind the camera without forcing it.
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Completely and totally disagree about the Jim/Pam storyline in this episode. That last scene is going to stay with me for a while. Watching Pam break down like that (Jenna Fischer was amazing BTW) was simply heartbreaking. I could feel the buildup to that fight throughout the entire episode. And, unlike the reviewer, I'm actually really excited for them to delve into the camera crew, and if they're going to do it anyway, I think this was one of the most natural ways for the writers to introduce them. Everyone else had gone home. Pam was overwhelmed and very upset. Of COURSE she'd turn to them for comfort and of course they'd respond to that.

On the other hand, I agree about the whole Erin/Plop storyline. That thing isn't going to go anywhere until Andy returns from his stupid boat trip that he should never have gone on in the first place. Seriously, if Ed Helms wasn't going to be available for a little bit, I think they should have come up with a better way to write him off. Because at least Plop isn't treating Erin like a nobody.
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The "fourth wall" wasn't really broken since the documentary crew is also fictional but that is the least objectionable of the commentary on here. It was pretty obvious to me that Pam and Brian talk and have some sort of emotional connection. At the very least I would say that Pam has talked to Brian about the problems with Jim going off to work in Philly. What are we not seeing? That was the bombshell for me. Maybe Pam is having an emotional affair that we are not privy to. How much footage has the docu crew shot that we haven't seen? I thought it was a very interesting turn.
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When we say the "fourth wall is broken" in this episode, we mean the show within the show, not The Office itself. By the crew making itself a character in their own production, it removes the artiface that the documentary-watching audience is watching real life as it happens instead of a produced film. As the audience of The Office, the fourth wall won't be broken until Brian Wittle comes out and consoles Jenna Fischer for something happening in her non-Pam life.
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Nellie is always epic, sad that you don't get her comedy, but whoever the woman is, she's great at it.
Daryl and Dwight were great.
Jim and Pam's part was the only thing I wasn't so much invested in and that's because I never really liked Pam. She and Meredith and Andy have always been the least when it comes to contributing to the comedy?
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I loved the episode, but only want to comment on one bit: I loved that Darryl made Dwight stay at the drive through after the fire in the hole "prank". I've always hated that prank and am glad Dwight was made to be the A$$H01e for pulling it.
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Umm, am I the only one picking up on the Andy-Erin-Pete, Jim-Pam-Brian dynamic?? Same thing is going on, but we aren't seeing it as much as the former.
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If this is a thing, I'll recant everything I said in the review about the camera crew showing up too early. Brian being into Pam would provide motivation for him acting so quickly on her being unhappy.
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When she talked to Brian, the way she looked at him - it instantly made me concerned. I'm not sure they would take it in that direction, but they could clearly make some waves with that Brian is there to comfort her when Jim is not.
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agreed! my thoughts exactly.
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Loved the warehouse dude drinking out of the holy grail. Fantastic shot to end the teaser.
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Spot on review.

Pam and Jim are a married couple. I'm sure they fight, make up and life goes on. This episode treated it like it was their first fight ever. The whole breaking of the fourth wall was totally out of place and it didn't move me emotionally at all. Not only was it not moving, but it annoyed me and make no sense. It feels like the writers have given up and they have no faith in any other characters that they needed to turn to the documentary crew for moral support. Who gives a **** about the crew? At this point, in Season 9, where the series is about to be wrapped up? Not I.
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the episode did NOT treat it like it was their first fight ever. its already been made clear, they had arguments behind the scenes about jim going to philly at all. the point is, they know theyre on a documentary show, and around coworkers, and like anyone they try to keep any arguments they have inside closed walls at home. this is a moment where the differences between them have grown to the point that it bubbles over for the first time on screen, indicating how bad it has become, in that its not fully under their control anymore. each of them is under particular stress, and is relying on a promised emotional lift (jim's "beesly!!" for pam, ceci's video for jim) to get them through it... and when the other fails to provide this lift, their respective patiences crumble, and their emotions get the best of them. if you cant appreciate how real that is, and how even the best relationships can succumb to the wrong combination of little accidents and misunderstandings, i dont know what else to say.
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I understand what you're saying, but we have all had a fight that was the last fight, and it wasn't necessarily that huge. It doesn't have anything to do with how bad the fight was, but the circumstances surrounding the fight. By trying to be supportive of Jim, Pam is denying herself. She isn't telling him the negative news, and she isn't telling him how hard she has it without him around. She wants him to be happy. So, by denying herself the one person she haso talk to, she is a little lonely. She is being more honest with the crew while Jim is gone (they knew she was dealing with lice and that she is struggling with the day to day) and they are seeing her highs as well. Right now, the crew are the people that know about the mural success. Jim may have been busy, but by not being there when he was supposed to, and by not letting Pam share what she's going through, the good and bad, this was a doozy of a fight. Pam doesn't have anyone to turn to, because the person she turns to is Jim. Because of the special relationship the crew has had with Pam, they were being compassionate, because Pam needed a release in the form of a breaking down into tears. It made sense to me. I don't know if they will take it anywhere. I doubt it. Jim loves Pam, and Pam adores Jim. Maybe this will just help.
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Completely disagree with your review. It reads like you have a snarky comment quota. The episode was good.
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Good thing that quota resets each week, otherwise, what would he have had to say about The Following this week?!
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Criticising the critics is always risky. Their work is predicated on being unduly bitchy (see Tim Surette's review of the final season of Fringe). Critics/reviewers are essentially just trolls with extra forum privileges, so snarky comments ought to be expected.
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I guess you have a point, but still I feel he was unnecessarily rough and nit picky. Like the Fun song. Dwight has always been out of the loop with pop culture, so it would make sense that he would pick on out-dated song.
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Nah, I exhausted my snarky comment quota with Pretty Little Liars. This was just me feeling my feelings.
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I didn't LOVE the episode, but I definitely didn't hate it. My problem with the show this season is that I think that they're trying to make is surprising and trying to pack so much stuff into it, that they lose sight of what we fans really want. I don't know about everyone else, but I like when the show is light and not super dramatic. They're trying to make story lines that span over multiple episodes, which I don't really think works for sitcoms.
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I enjoyed the episode. I like the chemistry between Erin and Pete. It was awesome when Kevin called them out. The awkwardness made me cringe just like the old days. I agree that every argument is hurtful - not relationship ending - but they still hurt and Pam is facing a crossroad having to decide between her dreams and Jim's. Plus, she is working full time and having to play single mom. I would be breaking down and crying as well.
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I love when Kevin is given more to do than act like a kid in the corner eating paste. It really saved that scene to me and, you're right, reminded me of the awkwardness of the old days. It's good to see that the rest of the office sees what we're seeing and that they're not being ignored/especially secretive.

You're also absolutely correct that Pam has every right to be upset. She's in a tough spot and Jim really poured it on thick (maybe a new quirk in his character since he's never really been under pressure?). I like Jim but he reached a new level of asshattery.
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Now that you mention it I seem to remember Jim snapping at someone (maybe Pam then too?) when something didn't go his way. I wanna say it was when Charles came in and was giving him a hard time, but I can't really remember.

I found it tough to chose a side in that fight because both of them seemed to be lashing out from stress; which I can sympathize with. Jim clearly had a bad day and when Pam couldn't make it better for him he did what a lot of people do at the end of a bad day: complained about the wrong things. Pam on the other hand has been having a bad month+ with Jim gone and when she got some amazing news and was disappointed for not getting her "Beazly!" she lashed out. In real life they would get a good night's sleep and apologize in the morning, but this being TV it will be made into a big deal.
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I've never understood this film crew thing and the real meaning so yeah, let's bring it all out I say.
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I loved this episode, this read was a bit of a downer. Loved Pam breaking down and the boom man telling them to turn off the camera, not ridiculous or too early at all in my opinion. A fight is a fight, and in the moment, Pam was heartbroken; like we can be when your husband yells at you and gets mad. All fights don't have to be huge to have an impact.
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This episode has confirmed that Toby is going to be the Scranton Strangler. Now I almost don't want to see Nellie get strangled... almost.

I was dying when Kevin called out Pete & Erin's flirting, that was awesome, that was a well-crafted moment in an otherwise oblivious relationship - not Pete & Erin, but Pete & Erin's feelings vs. the office's observations of them.

I didn't expect this crew to be so big, having a boom operating sound guy along with 2 other guys behind him who aren't the cameraman seems a bit too hard to believe considering how they get around, but I'll let it pass because they wanted a dramatic moment that wasn't just an identical one to previous, that this was the point where everybody could see this might be make-or-break emotional strain. While your point about Pam & Jim is apt that they get through trouble easily, they have more kids and more responsibilities than they used to, so I sorta see why it's going down this route.
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Brushing the hair off Nellie's neck confirmed he is probably the Strangler. Good call.

I definitely don't disagree that they should be going down this route. I just think they dealt the "sympathy from the doc crew" card a little early. The situation needs to be a little more hopeless or concerning before the doc crew shuts off the camera out of sympathy for the subject. Seemed heavy-handed for such a petty argument.
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Thanks!

I do see your point about the sympathy coming up quickly, but they have been showing the crew's investment in Pam and Jim more and more lately, perhaps this was the breaking point. Or maybe they're just really unprofessional and do this sort of thing at the drop of a hat.

It wasn't a petty argument though, it was a blowout for these characters.
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Maybe that's the impasse: the statement of what the argument says about the relationship. If you believe the argument was petty and easily surmountable, then the crew intervention is weird and out-of-place. If you think that fight was concerning, at least by relative standards, then Brian consoling Pam makes sense (because of how much the crew tends to favor Jim and Pam). Clearly, I'm in the former.
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Absolutely, good perspective. Of course it's surmountable, you're right, Pam & Jim after all, but I think in that moment, having come off a lot of little fights, and a lot of questions about whether they can really make it work, the intention I think was for us to empathize with the moment and see how it could feel far more devastating.
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The fourth wall breaking was necessary in this scene. We have seen Jim and Pam fight before, but never to this degree or with this amount of anger behind it. Especially from Jim (who has generally tried to keep things positive even in their toughest moments). I think that's part of the reason they called back to "Young Jim" so the audience would start getting that image in their minds before the turn at the end.

And while it seems like Jim and Pam just sort of "got over" the part where he took the job in Philly behind her back, I think that's because they haven't. Throughout the shows run, we have rarely seen into these characters homes.

The only reason the crew got involved in the Dwight/Angela affair was because it was taking place in the building (and Pam already suspected it). Likewise they didn't out Oscar or reveal his relationship with the Senator because those were taking place outside the office.

My guess is that Jim and Pam have been fighting about this for a while behind the scenes, and it's finally reached a point where it boiled over to the point they couldn't hide it in front of the cameras. Brian recognized this and realized he needs to cut filming because he's crossing into an area that he's traditionally tried to stay out of.
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I hear you. I can see why they wanted to do it here. Jim and Pam actually fighting raises an eyebrow. There were a lot of callbacks in the episodes, so much set up, some ham-handed, some subtle, that led to the argument being a major turning point for the season.

Here's what I'm thinking, though.

Until I see that there's been some "behind-the-scenes" tension, through confessionals or otherwise, even if we don't see the actual fights just any shred of evidence that indicates they haven't gotten over the struggle, we can only base everything on what we see.

What we see are two people that have been very upbeat and very positive about the whole thing mostly. There've been obstacles that they've overcome that could have been great set-up for this but they weren't. They were almost throw-away plot points that get resolved in the course of an episode. So far this season (so far this series), there has been nothing so complex that they couldn't just smirk off.

The fight they have is no doubt different for them and for our perception of them. But it's relatively petty and could've been fine had they cut after Pam teared up. But they raise it to a hyperbolic level when even the film crew feels sorry for her and them and even goes so far as to shut off the camera. It's begs you to find gravity in a situation that just isn't there. It's the kind of argument that Jim would call back quickly and apologize. That's consistent with his character. Them having communication problems is not consistent for their characters or for anything else that's happened this season based on all provided evidence.

Getting the film crew to shut down after a fight like that is like trying to kill a fly with a baseball bat. Too heavy-handed for what happened. Also, what documentary film crew shuts down after people start crying? Investigation Discovery would have a lot of 15 minutes shows.
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As a viewer who at times forgets that the show is set up in a documentary style ( I know they talk to the camera in confessionals,but I still forget), when the curtain was pulled back it was like a huge punch to the face. I was just like, "OH YEAH... Its a documentary!!". Which really hit me at the moment it happened because it was its not Pam and Jim the characters, but the people. The documentary crew has been with them for all these years and they have never experienced what happened between Pam and Jim with anyone on the show. The crew themselves didn't know what to do. I'm guessing the one that comforted Pam is the "director" of the project, right?

It was gutsy to pull the curtain back and I can respect what they were trying to do. Was it the right time, maybe, maybe not. but i think they pulled off what they wanted to and did a great job at it.
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Wait... Pam had the entire film crew with her at the dance, didn't she? Who cares about the phone recording?
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The crew did have a camera trained on the stage (we saw the spinnakiss, such that it was). Weird how they ignore that crew's footage (who also must've been standing right in front of a bunch of other parents trying to watch the show) but then ask for their help when Pam's having a hard time. Clearly, Jim and Pam have a special bond with the crew, too. I wonder if Jim was just upset that he couldn't see it NOW rather than wait for the film crew to process the footage and provide him with the video. Hard to detect the motivations for his jackassery in light of that.
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One could argue that the film crew was look at Pam while Pam was not shooting the dance, but yeah, you do have a point.
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You're being way too hard on this show. I thought it was great.
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Yeah, without seeing where the writers are headed with all of this, it is hard to judge some of the choices they made in this episode.
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Agreed, it seems like this guy is trying way too hard to be some kind of hardcore TV show analyst or something.
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I don't think it worked. It felt to me like this was money burning a hole in their pockets and they couldn't wait to spend it. We've seen far more trying events in all their lives that would've deemed that they stop rolling. I don't disagree with using it (even though I wished they wouldn't) but I think it's too soon to do it.

Also, there is nothing about TV analysis that could ever be hardcore. Not until commenters are allowed to tackle.
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Yeah, but during all of those trying events, we go to commercial before we see anything. How do we know that the crew hasn't been intervening before this scene? Obviously based off last nights scene, the characters and the crew have gotten close.
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You can't assume they are intervening from what you see in the show. Jim and Pam obviously have a special connection with the crew (as I noted in the review) but intervening on a fight this petty (or at least this early in their visible struggle) felt heavy handed. Things need to unravel a little more before brandishing this kind of device.
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Could be worse. He could be a softcore TV show analyst. But then we'd have to hear about how Nick doesn't really find it believable that David Duchovny's character would receive all these erotic letters, let alone that he would only read those letters to a dog.
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Haha. I always feel caught off guard when I see a Red Shoe Diaries reference.
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The frame for that show is dark and sort of depressing. I think we tend to forget that as we giggle about a pre-Friends Matt LeBlanc in a softcore show. Twice.
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Oh that I have but one thumb up to give!
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