Don't worry. We're not going to tell you if Pam (Jenna Fischer) and Jim's (John Krasinski) baby is a girl or a boy, or what first name they give "Baby Halpert," but if you're like us and are just bubbling over with excitement about "The Delivery" episode of The Office, here are five fabulous highlights to tide you over:
It's Not Just About Pam and Jim: Yes, "The Delivery" is the culmination of years of Jam love (both between the characters of Pam Beesley and Jim Halpert, and between them and us fans), but there are also some major developments in this episode for two other fave couples: Dwight (Rainn Wilson) and Angela (Angela Kinsey), and Andy (Ed Helms) and Erin (Ellie Kemper). Yep, just when you thought the show forgot about Dwangela, we have reason to hope again! As Angela Kinsey told reporters recently, "I feel like they're going to find their way back to one another—but they might fight all the way."
Michael Thinks He's Related to the Baby: In true Michael Scott (Steve Carell) tradition, Dunder-Mifflin's boss man thinks he's part of the Halpert-Beesley family. That leads to some predictable (but darn funny) scenes in the hospital, but the best part is that "Uncle Mike" wants to continue his romantic do-gooder dynasty using other Scrantonites; he's convinced he's the reason Pam and Jim got together, and he wants to spread the love around...
The Birth Is Just the Beginning: Unlike most TV comedies, which climax "the baby episode" with a birth, on The Office, the actual labor-and-delivery process is the beginning of Pam and Jim's parenting adventure. In fact, the craziest scene of the episode happens the morning after the wee one's birth, and it's an Office moment so wild and out there that you might never get over it.
John Krasinski Is Amazing in This Episode: Our boy J.Kras knocks it out of the park as Jim Halpert goes through the emotions of being a first-time dad. Favorite scene: A talking-head interstitial where Jim tries to convince the documentary producers that his laboring wife Pam has fully gone crazy.
Jenna Fischer Is Amazing in This Episode: Last but not least, Jenna Fischer is remarkable as Pam in this episode, because she transcends Pam's usual adorableness and gives the character a new gravitas that we haven't seen a lot of in the past. Favorite expression: The look on Pam's face every time Jim upsets her or disagrees with her during the baby-makin' process. We didn't know Pam Beesley Halpert had "fierce mama bear" in her, but we love discovering a new aspect of this wonderful character.
The special one-hour "The Delivery" episode of The Office airs Thursday at 9 p.m. on NBC.
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