Predictions for The Office

Published on May 2, 2008

I’m a big fan of The Office, the comedy television show on NBC (hopefully everyone else is too). Last night’s episode was great, and it provided a glimpse of what might be coming down the pipeline (there are only 2 episodes left this season). Here are a few predictions I have for where this series is headed; note the possible spoilers ahead:

Jim proposes to Pam
This seems pretty obvious, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it happens during the last episode of this season (and on top of the Dunder-Mifflin building). The proposal will most likely occur either during or immediately after the events of my next prediction…
Jim to be fired (or transferred)
Ryan had some harsh words of warning for Jim last night, thanks to a spiteful Toby (who’s scheduled to depart in the coming weeks). I predict that Jim will indeed either (a) be let go from the company, or (b) be transferred away from the Scranton branch, due to his ‘wasting time’ at work. The latter option in my opinion is most likely, and I predict that he gets transferred to the Dunder-Mifflin branch in Utica, which is now managed by his previous girlfriend Karen. Awkward situations are bound to follow, especially if Pam comes along for the ride (as Jim’s fiancĂ©e).
Ryan gets his comeuppance
It’s pretty obvious that Ryan is a jerk, and we’ve now learned that he has a drug problem. I predict that this will catch up to him, and he will fall from his current heights, providing him with some much needed payback.
Roy to return?
If we assume that Jim leaves the Scranton office, and Pam doesn’t come along, his relationship with her will be subsequently strained. I predict that Roy will make another appearance (perhaps hired by Vance refrigeration?), and will cast some doubt in Pam’s mind as to who she should be with.
Michael grows up
For the first time ever, we are seeing some growth in Michael. He finally stood up to Jan, and he showed much more maturity with Stanley in last night’s episode. I think Michael will continue to mature, and the show will slowly stop revolving around his character (it’s time to flesh out some of the other characters in the show).

NBC has ordered an entire season of The Office for next year, so I’m excited to see where things are headed. What are your predictions?

4 Comments

kip

Have you heard NBC has greenlighted a spinoff of The Office, to premier after the Super Bowl?

I’d personally like to see them just let Jim and Pam be happy and progress like a normal relationship, not some contrived “Ross and Rachel” typical sitcom plot that drags on for ages. I’m not sure where they’re heading with Ryan, I could see so many things happening to his character. If he does try to mess with Jim I could see it backfiring too. I’d like to see Karen come back. She starred in some show on Fox this year that tanked, so I guess she’s available again.

I’ve also noticed a theme in several recent episodes of Jim getting more like Michael whenever he gets responsibility of the office. Like when he tried to merge all the birthday parties into one, and last week when his plan to avoid working on Saturday backfired. I could see that being the conflict in Jim and Pam’s relationship (whether they pursue bigger dreams or just spend their lives working for Dunder Mifflin).

Right after I wrote this post, I saw the rumors about the spin-off. From what little I can find about it, the spin-off hasn’t fully been fleshed out (i.e. they don’t know what they are going to do). Some people suggest it will be about Dwight, others suggest ‘the accountants’ (Kevin, Oscar, and Angela), while others say it might be about the warehouse guys.

I seriously hope it doesn’t suck and ruin The Office.

What are we going to talk about on the Born Geek Office podcast now? You exhausted the topics…

fancastgal

Thanks for the post. I just got into the show recently and found a bunch of great stuff online about it. Here’s an interesting interview with Stanley:

http://thebiz.fancast.com/2008/05/watching_tv_leslie_david_baker.html

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