Even minute details, such as how Pam wore her hair each day, were considered by executive producer, Greg Daniels. Those were her words. Dare to bore me. And also, she didn't care about this interview," she told NPR.
I didn't speak any more than that. And they started laughing. For the first few seasons, she kept a list of the character history revealed on-screen by the creators, as well as her own imaginative thoughts on Pam's history. And so, I think that for her, the only way she can express herself is in the silences, but you can say so much by not saying anything.
All of these things must inform the character and we need to see changes in the way she moves, speaks, dresses, etc. Their open-ended engagement has become one of Michael's running gags and a sore spot for Pam. Pam does not want her current job to become permanent, remarking that "I don't think it's many little girls' dream to be a receptionist. However, in the pilot episode, she breaks down crying when Michael pulls an ill-advised prank by telling her that she will be fired.
Michael has criticized Pam for simply forwarding calls to voice mail without answering and in a deleted scene for not sounding enthusiastic enough when speaking on the telephone. Pam is usually happy to abandon her work if asked to do something else by Jim. She will do extra, unnecessary work such as making a casket for a dead bird or paper doves for the Office Olympics to make other people happy.
Despite the abuse she takes from Michael, she never goes any further than calling him a jerk in the pilot. In later seasons, however, she becomes more honest and forward with Michael and will often make sarcastic comments toward him.
While engaged to Roy, Pam denies, or is in denial about, having any romantic feelings for Jim. She later talks to her mom on the phone and says Jim is her best friend though she doesn't say his name , and says "Yeah, I think I am" to an unheard question. She is interrupted by Jim, who enters and kisses her; she responds by kissing back. Season three marks a turning point for Pam's character: In " Gay Witch Hunt ," the season's opener, it is revealed that Pam got cold feet before her wedding and did not marry Roy after all, and that Jim transferred to a different Dunder Mifflin branch, in Stamford, shortly after Pam rejected him a second time, after their kiss.
Pam moves into her own apartment, begins taking art classes, a pursuit that Roy had previously dismissed as a waste of time, and buys a new car, a blue Toyota Yaris.
Jim returns to Scranton later on as a result of " The Merger ", and brings along a female co-worker, Karen Filippelli , whom he begins dating. Jim and Pam appeared to have ended all communication after Jim transfers to the Stamford branch aside from an episode in which Jim accidentally calls Pam at the end of the work day , and their episodes together following the branch merge are tense, despite both admitting to still harboring feelings for the other during the presence of the documentary cameras.
Meanwhile, Roy vows to win Pam back. Roy's efforts to improve his relationship with Pam are quite successful, but once Pam and Roy are back together, he falls back into old habits almost immediately.
When Roy and Pam attend an after work get-together at a local bar with their co-workers, Pam, feeling that she should be more honest with Roy, tells him about Jim kissing her at " Casino Night. Pam, frightened and embarrassed by his reaction, breaks up with Roy immediately. Roy vows to kill Jim and in " The Negotiation ", Roy unsuccessfully tries to attack Jim at work Jim is saved by Dwight's intervention , and is subsequently fired. Pam later reluctantly agrees to meet Roy for coffee at his request, and after the polite but brief meeting, it appears that their relationship has ended amicably with Roy encouraging Pam to pursue Jim.
Pam participates in an art show, but few people attend. Her co-worker, Oscar, brings his partner along who, not knowing that Pam is standing behind him, criticizes her work by proclaiming that "real art requires courage. Affected by this statement, Pam tells the documentary crew that she is going to be more honest, culminating in a dramatic coal walk during the next-to-last episode of the season, " Beach Games ", and a seemingly sincere speech to Jim in front of the entire office about their relationship.
Michael also comes to the art show and reveals his erratically kind heart and loyalty by buying, framing and hanging Pam's drawing of the Dunder Mifflin building in the office.
In the season finale, " The Job ," she leaves a friendly note in Jim's briefcase and an old memento depicting the 'gold medal' yogurt lid from the Office Olympics, which he sees during an interview for a job at Corporate in New York City. While he is asked how he "would function here in New York", Jim is shown to have his mind back in Scranton, still distracted by the thought of Pam. Jim withdraws his name from consideration and drives back to the office, where he interrupts a talking head Pam is doing for the documentary crew by asking her out for dinner.
She happily accepts, visibly moved, abandoning a train of thought about how she would be fine if Jim got the job and never came back to Scranton. Karen quits soon after, becoming the regional manager at Dunder Mifflin's Utica branch. Seasons 4—6[ edit ] In Season 4, Pam retains the assertiveness she developed in the third season. She wears her hair down and has updated her old dowdy wardrobe. In the season 4 premiere, " Fun Run ", Jim and Pam confess that they have started dating after the camera crew catches them kissing.
The office ultimately learns of their relationship in " Dunder Mifflin Infinity ". In " Chair Model ", after teasing Pam about his impending proposal, Jim tells the documentary crew he is not kidding around about an engagement and shows them a ring he bought a week after he and Pam started dating.
In the next few episodes, Jim fake-proposes to Pam multiple times. In an interview later in the episode, Jim announces that he will propose to Pam that evening. Just as Jim is preparing to propose, however, Andy Bernard stands up and makes his own impromptu proposal to Angela. Having had his thunder stolen by Andy, Jim reluctantly puts the ring back in his jacket pocket, leaving Pam visibly disappointed as she was expecting Jim to propose that night. In this episode, Jim proposes in the pouring rain at a rest stop, saying that he "can't wait".
In " Business Trip ", Pam learns that she is failing one of her classes and will have to remain in New York another three months to retake it. Although Jim is supportive and tells her he will wait for her to come back "the right way", she ultimately makes the decision to return home, saying that she realized she hated graphic design and missed Scranton.
A deleted scene for the episode shows Jim looking through Pam's graphic design projects, which he thinks are "cool", as well as a notebook filled with pencil sketches, which he finds a lot more impressive than her graphic design projects, implying her talents lie in hand-drawn works. When David Wallace makes an offer to buy the company Michael negotiates in order to get their jobs at Dunder Mifflin back instead, including adding Pam to the sales team.
In " Company Picnic ", Pam, after dominating the company volleyball tournament, injures her ankle during a game and is taken to the hospital against her wishes.
At the hospital, the camera crew is stationed outside an exam room while a doctor updates Jim and Pam on her condition. There is no audio as the camera shows Jim and Pam embrace, looking shocked and ecstatic. It is implied that she is pregnant and is confirmed in the Season 6 premiere, " Gossip ". Jim and Pam marry early in the season, at Niagara Falls , during the highly anticipated, hour long episode, " Niagara ". The ending of the episode, in which their co-workers dance down the aisle, is an imitation of a viral YouTube video — JK Wedding Entrance Dance.
The two break up during " Double Date ", an episode that ends with Pam slapping Michael in response to his actions. Jenna Fischer was granted naming rights by show producers, and chose to name her after her own niece.
In " China ", Pam tries to use her authority as office administrator to force building manager Dwight to stop his annoying cost-cutting measures. Pam threatens to move the office to a new building, which Dwight discovers doesn't exist. Pam saves face , however, when Dwight secretly has his assistant provide her with a book on building regulations that proves Dwight's measures were not allowed. She also uses her position to buy Erin Hannon an expensive desk top computer to replace the terrible one she had to use for years, as well as discreetly giving Andy a new computer, and giving Daryll three sick days.
At the end of the episode she proudly says that she is, "Full on corrupt. Jim figures out Michael's plan to leave early and tells her by text. Pam reaches the airport in time and is the last person to see Michael before he leaves. Season 8[ edit ] At the beginning of Season 8, Pam is revealed to be pregnant with her and Jim's second child, Philip Halpert.
The child coincided with Jenna Fischer 's actual pregnancy. She begins her maternity leave after " Gettysburg ". In both " Tallahassee " and " Test the Store " Pam is shown helping, and developing her friendship with Andy.
Season 9[ edit ] Early in season 9, Jim is restless about his life in Scranton and helps a friend start a Sports Marketing business, Athlead, in Philadelphia but he keeps it a secret from Pam until the third episode " Andy's Ancestry ".
Although Pam is happy for his decision, she is concerned about the fact that he had kept it a secret from her and she is later disturbed to hear about just how much of their money he had invested.
Jim begins spending part of each work week in Philadelphia, but in " Customer Loyalty ", the strain of this on Pam is evident when she breaks down in tears, and is comforted by Brian, the boom mic operator of the film crew. In " Moving On ", Pam interviews for a job in Philadelphia to be closer to Jim, but she is turned off by the idea when her prospective new boss bears a striking resemblance in behavior to Michael Scott. Over dinner, Pam reveals to Jim that she doesn't really want to move to Philadelphia after all.
However, in " Livin' the Dream ", when Athlead is bought out and Jim is offered a large sum of money for 3 months to pitch the company across the country, Pam overhears Jim refuse the opportunity because of her and appears to have mixed feelings about this decision. Jim asks the camera crew to compile documentary footage of the two of them to show her. When she finishes the montage, which shows Jim taking back a letter he intended to give her with his teapot gift during Christmas ; Jim finally gives her that letter, and she reads it, visibly moved.
In the series finale , which takes place a year later, she reveals to Jim that she secretly put the house on the market, so that they can move to Austin, Texas, and take his job back at Athlead now Athleap. Coworker relations[ edit ] From her years working the front desk, Pam has become well-acquainted with the Dunder-Mifflin staff and is consistently shown to have a thorough understanding of her coworkers' personalities, including the more eccentric individuals Dwight Schrute and Michael Scott.
She uses this familiarity to manipulate them, often for their and the company's best interests such as her giving the staff elaborate instructions on how to handle a heartbroken Michael in " The Chump " but also occasionally for her own. This familiarity plays a large part in her efficiency as office administrator and was crucial to her being promoted to the previously non-existent position.
Jim Halpert The "will they or won't they" tension between Jim and Pam is a strong storyline in the early episodes of The Office, encompassing much of Seasons 1 to 3. In the opener of Season 4, the two characters are revealed to be dating, and as such, other character romances, such as the romance between fellow co-workers Dwight Schrute and Angela Martin , begin to move more toward the forefront of episodes.
In Season 6, Jim and Pam are married in the season's 4th and 5th episodes hour long , a feat considered noteworthy by many television critics, as bringing together the two lead love interests in a television series is often thought to be a risky venture.
Pam and Jim's second child is born during season 8. In season 9, their marriage becomes strained when Jim takes up a second job in Philadelphia. They ultimately decide to leave Dunder Mifflin together so Jim can pursue his dream job. Roy Anderson The Office When the series begins, Pam is engaged to her high school sweetheart Roy Anderson; this engagement is revealed to be three years old and running.
They finally set a date, but Pam calls off the wedding at the last minute. They get back together once, briefly, but Pam is much more assertive, and finally breaks up with him after he has a violent outburst. Roy is deeply flawed - he is overbearing, neglectful, dismissive of her desire to be an artist, and offers her sex as a gift on Valentine's Day. Jim comments in Season 2 that Pam does not like to "bother" Roy with her "thoughts or feelings". He tells the camera crew that the only two problems in Pam's life seemed to be Roy and her job at Dunder Mifflin.
In the early seasons, there is a great deal of tension between Jim and Roy, with Roy often acting threateningly towards Jim. In " Basketball ", when Jim starts to impress Pam with his basketball skills, Roy elbows Jim in the nose.