Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Pam Sketches the Flasher

Note: I was re-watching the episodes recently and I can't believe I missed this one. My bad.


Women's Appreciation (Season 3, Episode 21)


Pam Beesly

Dwight Schrute

Hearing the news that Phyllis got flashed in the parking lot, Dwight springs into action and runs outside to check it out. Thank goodness he has the sharpened broom stick from the bat capture (thanks Creed!) to poke through the bushes...just in case a nude man is hiding. Dwight begins taking the job a little too seriously when he proposes to Michael that he show pictures of various phalli to show to Phyllis. In the midst of creating an emergency anti-flashing task force, he asks Pam to draw a sketch of the flasher so Dwight can get to work. When Dwight starts taking things a little too far, Pam takes measures into her own hands. She draws the picture of the man who did the flashing...but that person looks somewhat familiar.

In Dwight's own words, "I plan on plastering this pervert's face everywhere. You can run, but you cannot hide." Dwight recruits Andy to help him put up the posters and all it takes for Andy is one look. I find it amazing that Andy knows immediately what is going on but still refuses to give up on the joke. Jim goes into the kitchen and sees the poster. Giving credit without seeming to gush, he says, "That is pretty cool." Later, Andy even tries to stretch the prank as far as it will go as he volunteers to hang it up around his neighborhood and surrounding schools. What could be assumed as a couple of days later, Jim calls with information on the flasher. With the information in hand, Dwight flies to the women's bathroom above the sink. He notices a small painted on mustache fits well with his face. The joke is up with a resounding, "PAM!"

8 - It's not so much that Pam decided to go with Dwight as a the flasher, but the fact that she apparently got nowhere with Phyllis, but decided to go with it anyway. Extra point for the Jim props. If the king likes how you do it, you're doing it well.

Length Taken
7 - I would go higher, but come on...how could Dwight miss this? Even Andy knew it right away.

Special Awards
Who Knew Accomplice Award - Andy might have been a giant pain and wildly annoying earlier, but he gets plenty of brownie points for this one.
Tragedy into Humor - Despite Phyllis' pain, Pam sure knows how to turn something bad into something great.

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