Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Pavlov's Altoids

Phyllis’ Wedding (Season 3, Episode 16)

Jim Halpert

Dwight Schrute

Based on the Pavlov’s Dog Theory, Jim offers Dwight a seemingly innocent altoid every time his computer reboots and makes the patented bell sound. Jim continues this for (seemingly, although we never truly know) weeks and waits for the perfect time to strike. Just prior to Phyllis’ big day, Jim executes.

It couldn’t have been better. As the bell rang, Jim had no altoid to give, but that didn’t stop Dwight from sticking out his hand, waiting for one to come his way. Jim innocently asks what Dwight is sticking his hand out and Dwight embarrassingly relents. To show to true nature of Jim’s dastardly plan, Dwight remarks of how bad a taste his mouth has, which could easily be fixed with…I dunno, an altoid?

10 – Pavlov’s Dog Theory can’t be put to any better use. Great use of technology and a current form of food to blend the two together. Jim should be published in some magazine.

Length Taken
10 – This could have been going on for weeks. Neigh, months. Imagine the patience that must be shown to not only give Dwight an altoid every time he reboots his computer, but to not crack under the pressure when the punch line is finally delivered.

Special Award
Patience is a Virtue Award – Weeks, maybe months. Jim is king.

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