"You know," Jan stammers -- Stammers! Jan! -- "I -- I thought about it, and you are right." He is? "I could use a little fun, so ... I am going to drive up for your Casino Night." Michael's stunned. "Incidentally," she asks, "What is the charity?" He doesn't even think, just blurts: "AIDS." She pauses, remembers to whom she is speaking, and ends the call with a lovely and definitive "...Okay then." Fabulous! I love Jan. Michael switches back to...oh dear. "Carol? Sorry about that. I just..." She cuts him off ("No problemo!" she says, echoing him; he laughs like it's a shared joke, it's a favor he's doing her), and accepts his invitation. Which it takes her a while to remind him he's even made. "I have to get a sitter, but that shouldn't be a problem," she says, and Michael scratches his head: "Problem... Good... " He somehow manages to get off the phone without using any actual words or phrases, and stares mutely at the camera.
Michael: "...Two queens on Casino Night. I am going to...drop a deuce on everybody." The first time he said that I made a kind of yelping, screamy noise, because I haven't heard anybody say that since I was like, his emotional age. But he says he's going to, and so he is. As is everybody that's bringing two or more dates to Casino Night. I thought it interfered with the parallels to have Katie out of the picture for this, but really, putting Michael into Pam's exact situation does wonders for my sympathy toward her. (And Jenna Fischer's amazing performance, which we'll get to, more than covers the balance.) The only person I really sympathize with completely, though, is Jan, because there are things wrong with Michael that no amount of love will fix, and she knows it, which sucks for her bivalently. (And Roy and Carol, but only because they don't matter; which means, of course, that they don't matter.) I don't hate Pam any more than I hate Jim, but I do hate their weakness, because holding back from love is the one crime you do only to yourself, and that's gross. Vote for yourself, first and last and always, or else you don't deserve her.
Essay 3. Goal Creation And Timelines (Emotive Language): Portray through character study, description, and dialogue the interplay of social and romantic relationships in the office by re-environmenting office culture to a non-work context. Special attention should be paid to non-verbal and background activity. Draw conclusions, think creatively. Be as succinct as possible.