Thursday, May 17, 2012

The Failures of Pam Beasley



There is nothing as sad as Pam Beasley (unless you count writers who write about fictional characters). 

We were introduced to Pam nearly 8 years ago - the drab, every woman. Her romance with Jim was what drove The Office for the first 4 seasons. We had to have someone to root for and rooting for Michael and anyone would be like rooting for a kid to finally stop squeezing that toy Elmo so hard. 

Many Office fans suggest that they gave up on the show after Pam and Jim got together, citing a lack of driving force, when in reality The Office just stopped doing comedy after the Jim/Dwight cold open every week. People giving up after Jim and Pam seal the deal indicates that people actually care about these characters. This is understandable when it comes to Jim, he is the conscience of the show, the WTF? is happening when everything around him is literally falling apart. He also has this. 

With Pam Beasley-Halpert this reasoning is shady at best. Why do we like this character? No real human man would want to date Pam. Let us list the failures of Pam Beasley. 

1. Superiority Complex

While she was introduced as an every woman type character, she has increasingly become more self assured."Character development," you scream, inaccurately! She also seemed to have a nervous tick, and never wanted to cause trouble (including inviting awful people to her own wedding), until she started dating Jim and making Dwight piss in elevators. But where did she get the gaul to make up a job that didn't exist and lie about it for the next 3 seasons? Pam comes off as cold in the first few seasons, stuck in an awful relationship and refusing to do anything about it. There was nothing except for marriage that changed for her, but now, she sits on her throne, eye rolling her hours away next to her husband. 

2. Ambition

The superiority complex seems even stranger when you realize that she has failed at maybe everything she has ever done. In season 1 she notes "It's not every girl's dream to grow up and be a receptionist," a wildly accurate statement, that makes you feel for her. She had ambition at one point, she wanted to be an artist, but then she failed out of art school because "she didn't like flash," which is now nearly irrelevant. YOU DIDN'T NEED TO LEARN FLASH.  Pam leaves for love, but isn't this the exact advice we steer our friends away from? Don't quit your dream for a guy Pam! Why are we still rooting for this woman, and why do people claim the show gets worse after Pam gets happy? That means we too are happy for this pathetic character. 

She returns to Dunder Mifflin as receptionist, grows some balls to leave the company a season later and becomes an awful salesperson at the Michael Scott Paper company. She returns to Dunder Mifflin as an awful salesperson (at least she's consistent) and then makes up the Office Manager job as a weirdly written coup. 

Pam had a dream, gave up on it after things got rough, and has now resigned herself to lying her way through a dying company. She's definitely someone you bring home to mom!

3. Looks

Listen, I'm not going to harp on her looks that much, Jenna Fischer is attractive enough, but Pam was intentionally underdone in the first few seasons, before suddenly getting more beautiful and then getting pregnant and staying that way after the baby came out (I might pay for this line later in life). I'm just gonna say she is not hot enough to overlook every other negative attribute. 

4. Intangibles

If you were a guy looking to date Pam you do a quick recap. Is she nice? Not really, she's either a pushover that hates her job or someone who does not have patience for your shortcomings (Michael Scott, the guy at the Daycare center, EVERYONE). Is she pretty? Sort of, if she was really smart and kind and funny, sure you could lock it in. Is she smart? You probably have to answer no to this. She couldn't finish art school, her resume reads:

RECEPTIONIST - DUNDER MIFFLIN - 2001- INFINITY 

and basically stops there. Is she funny? She's thinks she is funny, that counts for something, I guess...


What this comes down to is Pam has never succeeded at anything, but still thinks she is better than everyone. Not only does she not do well at art school, sales or possibly reception (sometimes she lets it go to voicemail), but she quits all of those things, presumably because she doesn't have the will to overcome ineptitude. So here she is, resigned to a life at a paper company in a paperless world, based out of Scranton, PA, maybe the saddest place outside of the state of Florida. There is nothing as sad as this girl.






21 comments:

Anonymous said...

Man you hit the nail on the head. She goes around being unkind to coworkers and making fun of people (as if she has room to), snickering like a child, and tryin to dig up gossip on people. I don't like Jim either though, as he is the smart alec, slacker type that permeates society today (who also has a better than complex ). You just wanna slap both of them and yell who do you think you are, grow up!! Pam almost makes te show unbearable. She acts like others are pathetic and she is better when she is really pathetic

Anonymous said...

You can trash your "Pam is not hot enough" comment. She's hot.

Mandasdave said...

Shes not hot. Jenna fischer is mildly atrractive, but her character is not.

Anonymous said...

This "writer" is just another douchebag who's not nearly as clever as he imagines himself to be.

Cerebrlasassn said...
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Cerebrlasassn said...

It's BEESLY. FYI. At least learn to spell before you trash a character. Idiot.

Anonymous said...

The position is also called Office Administrator, and it is a position that existed but wasn't filled.

Anonymous said...

agreed. pam is a cunt that ruined the programme - jenna fischer has no talent whatsoever - she would be a whore/waitress if she wasn't lucky with this show. she ruins the last few seasons with her bullshit

Cerebrlasassn said...

Years of season renewals despite bad acting and bad characters. Yea sure thing. Cause that would make sense keeping bad actors on a show and renewing it every year. Uh huh.

logical said...

Lol haterz...jus don't watch the show

Anonymous said...

Especially in the later seasons like season 9 I find her relationship with and towards Jim absolutely appalling. Jim is giving up his dream job and she is STILL unhappy and making everything about her. He hangs up a work phone call because she asks him to and she gets angry at him for that? Pam is a conniving know-it-all bitch iwth a major superiority complex and she needs to be taken down a notch or 6. Dear office writers, make a Se 10 Ep 1- The death of Pam Beesly.

Cerebrlasassn said...

Season 10. Lmao. Hope that was a joke

Anonymous said...

It clearly was just a joke bro... obviously there's no season 10 being made

Cerebrlasassn said...

Ya think

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Cerebrlasassn said...

Are you fu*kin serious right now. Where do people come up with this ignorant crap. And why are you posting it on this page. This makes absolutely no sense.

Anonymous said...

very nice post.
also, speaking as a guy, she is not hot at all.

Cerebrlasassn said...

Yeah I will say that they purposely made her not hot for the show... But I think she's a pretty good lookin lady :).. But then it's Pam we're talking about I guess.. Not Jenna Fischer...
http://www.fanpop.com/clubs/jenna-fischer/images/9394224/title/shape-magazine-photo
http://www.2flashgames.com/photo/jenna_fischer/Jenna_Fischer_0010.htm

Anonymous said...

Pam single-cuntedly ruined the latter seasons of The Office for many people. Her whole clicky smile 'I'm laughing behind my hand at the world' bs got old super quick. There is nothing wrong with her character becoming more assertive or more 'attractive' (personally i think she's yuck-looking with jowls and cold eyes) but it's a shame the show's writers went out of their way to simultaneously infuse her with supreme cunty-ness and condescension. Michael made The Office great. Pam started out intriguing and sweet and fun to root for and turned into a moody, unfunny, syphilitic canker. End of story.

Anonymous said...

Pam's character is awful. She is a total loser that should have ended up alone, stewing in her annoying mediocrity.

Anonymous said...

Was just watching the show again and can't believe how much I hate this character. She was awful to people in an entitled way (not the obvious Angela way where it's just her nature). She might be the worst employee in the company, and seemed to think marrying Jim and being a mom gave her more ammunition to be entitled in her made-up position.