Launch Party (Season 4, Episode 3)
Jim Halpert and Pam Beesly
Michael and Dwight obviously have their issues with the new technology sweeping in their little paper company that could (gift baskets work so much better). When Michael announces to the office about the launch, the five o’clock shadowed Dwight jumps at the chance to impress his departed love by announcing that he will sell more paper in a day than the new Dunder-Mifflin website. Andy is more than willing to help things out by announcing a new sale by Dwight with the resounding sound of a bear horn. Jim will not stand for this as he asks Pam to help with a prank. Though apprehensive at first, the sound of the horn convinces the lowly receptionist. Getting on instant messenger, Pam logs on as DunMiff/sys and sends the message, “Who am I?” while Dwight is on a call.
After some slight investigation, Jim and Pam tell Dwight that the system is self-aware, is programmed to be his enemy and must destroy him in selling paper. Despite his suspicions of Jim’s involvement, Jim walks away from reception and the joke is sold. Not that Dwight is scared (the computer should be scared of him). Jim mentions that Dwight looks worried, and the system agrees. This raises Dwight’s paranoia to the point of binary cursing. Despite their best efforts to worry Dwight further, he is now more determined. Maybe a little shaken by Darryl, Dwight goes off the deep end and uses the leads he stole from Staples. Though Jim has to leave to go to “the party,” Jim makes sure she knows about the leads. This shakes Dwight momentarily, but he still gets the sale. After his victorious paper battle against the website, Angela still rejects him. Pam, realizing his sorrow, let’s Dwight know that he is the superior being over the system.
9 – Unless you count Pavlov’s Altoids, this is the first time Jim and Pam have used the internet to prank Dwight. You also have to account for the fact that Jim and Pam knew that Dwight had a WarGames mentality about the whole thing.
7 – Pam didn’t really take it as far as it could have gone, but she gets an extra point for stopping it when it got to the point when Dwight was about to cry.
Don’t Be Cruel Award - Pam is too sweet to hurt Dwight that much more after it had gone so far.
Knowing your Enemy Award - Who else but Dwight would fall for this?