Note: This was written by a Yahoo! contributor. Join the Yahoo! Contributor Network to start publishing your own articles.Pam and Jim did not start out as "Pam and Jim" on the show "The Office." Like any other couple who met, they started out flirting, even though Pam had a boyfriend (Roy from shipping.) It was all innocent, like the flirtatious behavior a lot of us pursue when at work. We may be married, single or involved, but we flirt, safely, because it makes the day go by. It makes work pleasant and fun. When we go home, all is forgotten until the next day. If we didn't do this, we'd probably be pretty depressed at work.
But Pam and Jim had more, and we as the audience saw it, even if they did not at first. When Jim finally realized he had a thing for Pam, the fans could not wait for her to realize it and shed her boyfriend Roy.
Lucky for us, things worked out for Pam and Jim, and she married Jim. He is sweet, funny and pleasant to look at. Actually, both characters are the same. They are not the prettiest or nicest people in the entire world, but they keep up their looks and do their best to be charming, like most of us who have office jobs. They are us, just on TV.
Michael Scott, their quirky, crazy boss, had a large part in their courtship and relationship in general. He glommed on as part of their "family," and they let him. He was part of their engagement, their wedding and their baby being born.
The question is, can they survive Michael Scott's departure? Scott's office was one of playfulness, ease and practical jokes. Pam and Jim were comfortable in this ridiculous yet nurturing environment. The new boss, Deangelo Vickers is not the same kind of guy. He acts one way, friendly and agreeing, but then he clearly shows that he is not as interested and not as understanding.
Pam and Jim have had a somewhat easy ride since they married and had their baby girl. Maybe it is time to shake things up a bit. Push people out of their comfort zones. Michael Scott did that too, but the employees were used to his "uncomfortableness." Maybe Vickers will stir the pot a bit. After all, that's what "The Office" is about. Stirring that pot and seeing what kind of stew you make each and every day.
"The Office" can be seen on Thursday nights on NBC.