‘The Office’: Rashida Jones Reveals Why Jim Was So Terrible to Karen and Pam in Season 3

by Jeremy Spirogis
Rashida Jones as Karen Filippelli and Jenna Fischer as Pam Beesly on ‘The Office’ 2007

When The Office Season Three launched the love triangle between Karen Filippelli (Rashida Jones), Jim Halpert (John Krasinski), and Pam Beesly (Jenna Fischer), followers had been outraged. Everyone rooted for Pam and Jim to get collectively for the reason that collection debut in 2005. But simply when viewers thought the couple’s unrequited love would flip into mutual love, Jim began relationship Karen. Now, over a decade after the storyline unfolded, some Office followers have realized Karen could not have been the issue. Then not too long ago, Jones opened up concerning the triangle between Jim, Pam, and Karen.

What occurred to Jim Halpert, Pam Beesly, and Karen Filippelli in ‘The Office’ Season 3?

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As talked about, The Office viewers needed Jim and Pam to get collectively for the reason that starting of the collection. Everyone might inform how a lot Jim cared for his co-worker. He even confessed and kissed Pam within the second season finale. But when Pam determined to stick with Roy Anderson (David Denman), Jim left Scranton for Stamford and met Karen.

In The Office Season 3, the Stamford and Scranton branches of Dunder Mifflin merged, which meant Jim and Pam would reunite. But by then, it was too late, as Jim began one thing with Karen. Even so, Jim didn’t inform Karen about his historical past with Pam. He additionally didn’t inform Pam he was relationship Karen. Though each ladies figured it out ultimately.

Jenna Fischer says she’s been siding with Karen Filippelli whereas re-watching ‘The Office’

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Of course, The Office followers know Jim and Pam ended up collectively. Meanwhile, Karen left the Scranton for Utica. That mentioned, Karen bought a number of warmth on the time for standing in the best way of the couple’s happiness. Back in 2013, Jones even admitted she felt a number of stress when she picked up the function.

“I had anxiety and insomnia for the three weeks before my season aired,” Jones instructed The Hollywood Reporter. “I was sure people would come and egg my house for getting in between Pam and Jim.”

Now, as Fischer and Angela Kinsey (Angela Martin) recap the NBC drama for his or her Office Ladies podcast, each actors have been siding with Karen over “wishy-washy” Jim. Then when Jones stopped by to debate “Benihana Christmas,” Fischer defined why.

“I think what I’ve found in the re-watch is that I’m siding more with [Karen],” Fischer instructed Jones. “I’m having sympathy for her. Of course, I want Jim and Pam to end up together. But at the same time … I’m just like, ‘This poor woman! She just loves him and she knows nothing!’ So it’s making me very much side with your character, and I’m Pam.”

Meanwhile, Jones identified this has been a revelation amongst The Office followers in recent times.

Rashida Jones as Karen Filippelli and Jenna Fischer as Pam Beesly on ‘The Office’ 2007
Rashida Jones as Karen Filippelli and Jenna Fischer as Pam Beesly on ‘The Office’ | Paul Drinkwater/NBCU Photo Bank through Getty Images

“There’s this meme for youths who grew up watching The Office that’s like, ‘That feeling when you realized that the only reason you hated Karen was that you wanted Pam and Jim to be together. And you realize that she did nothing wrong,’” Jones mentioned. “That’s a thing now, which is kind of cool.”

She continued, “It’s providing this opportunity to see people in a more nuanced way for kids who grew up like, ‘That’s the enemy and that’s the people that I wanted to be together.’ Now they’re like, ‘Wait a second. She’s not that bad.’”

Rashida Jones explains the Pam Beesly, Jim Halpert, and Karen Filippelli love triangle on ‘The Office’

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While The Office followers could also be realizing their former hatred of Karen was unwarranted, Jones famous her character’s love triangle with Jim and Pam was deliberately controversial. 

“Karen is designed to be the third point in the triangle, which was designed to be a thing to make people feel like they wanted Pam and Jim to be drawn closer together,” she mentioned. “I was kind of a tool in that way.”

The actor additionally revealed how The Office writers created wishy-washy Jim within the third season.

“I remember the writers talking about it,” Jones mentioned. “They didn’t want to push anything too far in each direction. But yes, I think that the end result is that Jim ends up being not great to me and not great to you. He’s not really being honest with anybody.”

But even so, Jones admitted Jim’s habits towards Pam and Karen could be irritating.

“I guess you could chalk it up to his confusion about what he wants,” she mentioned. “But I agree with you, it’s irritating. I think it would be super annoying.”

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