Original Air Date: Apr 25, 2013
Shannon – Associate Editor
Toby walks in with an eyepatch and we learn that there has been a paper airplane contest going on. It’s sponsored by WeyerHammer paper company to promote their new paper line called “Airstream Deluxe”. Dwight says it’s practically plastic. They’re down to their Elite Seven. And Toby.
Andy is preparing for his first audition, which is for some kind of safety video. At the audition he makes “character choices” and it’s awkward, of course. Later, they want him to actually use the eyewash station, but Andy has an issue with all things related to eyes. Carla forces him to put his face in that eyewash thing. Darryl happens to be on the set and he gives Andy a pep talk to get him through it.
Pam and Jim are putting into practice some of the things they’ve learned in couples counseling. They’re supposed to acknowledge each other and speak truths about their actual feelings. They continue acknowledging and speaking truths until Jim cuts Pam off to take an Athlead phone call. They argue a bit and Pam has a hard time letting go of her resentment of taking a back seat to Jim’s job for months. Clearly these niceties are just covering up what’s really going on with these two.
The WeyerHammer rep shows up to judge the finals carrying one of those huge checks that just happens to be made out for $2000. Apparently, Nellie forgot to tell everyone that there was a cash prize for the winner of the paper airplane contest.
Angela is mighty interested in that prize because she is separated from the Senator and is struggling in her new studio apartment. She’s broke and she’s really regretting not taking her chance with Dwight. When Dwight roots for her in the competition she feels hopeful. She feels less hopeful and more jealous when Esther shows up later. Dwight and Angela each make it to the final round, and Dwight attempts to throw the match. Angela cops to what he’s doing and she loses on purpose. She talking heads that she doesn’t want charity because she has her dignity. While she’s speaking, we see footage of her stealing the office’s toilet paper.
At the end of the episode, Jim is leaving for Philly again. He drops down next to Pam in her chair and pleadingly looks at her and says he believes they’re making progress and they need to work at this. Pam gives a non-committal look and Jim leaves. Pam looks torn on whether or not to follow him, and sees he forgot his umbrella. She grabs it and manages to catch him before he leaves in his cab. Jim takes the umbrella and Pam walks away. He quickly hops out and grabs Pam in a desperate hug. She doesn’t hug him back, and while she’s not hugging him back, we see a flashback of their wedding. After the flashback, Pam finally hugs him back and they kiss passionately. And I cry because I love them and I want them to make it.
This is the first time this show has made me cry in a good long time and I really enjoyed that. Frankly, I couldn’t care less about Andy’s auditions and Dwight and Esther, but I do care about Jim and Pam. Always have. This situation they’re in is real and I’m sure a lot of people can relate. I just want to know that they’re going to be okay. Everything else is filler. Your thoughts? Leave them in the comments!