Being the first in any series of this nature is a huge honor. At least, it would be an honor if I were in this guy’s shoes.
The inaugural edition of Fictional Boyfriend of the Week goes to…. ::drumroll::
When I was thinking about the person who would receive this honor, I thought no further than my dream man: Jim Halpert from “The Office”.
As I said the other day, “The Office” is one of my all-time favorite TV shows. I started watching it midway through season three and haven’t missed an episode since. It is slightly devastating to me that the show is being cancelled after all these years, but I’m happy this means I can finally buy some snazzy collector’s edition of all the seasons so I can rewatch them until the DVDs fall apart.
Anyway, I love this show so much and one of the main reasons is because of Jim Halpert. The early seasons when he was in love with Pam and she was with Roy… I get all teary-eyed thinking about it!
From “The Dundies”…
…to “Christmas Party”…
…to “Booze Cruise”…
…to “Casino Night”…
…season two was all about Jim Halpert. I originally watched this season on DVD and really enjoyed the progression from “the guy who doesn’t stand a chance” to “the guy who may actually get the girl” in the span of 22 episodes.
During that season, I declared Jim Halpert by dream man because of the way he held out for the right moment to tell Pam how he felt and because he didn’t let ANYTHING stop him. Not even the fact that she was engaged. He always just knew. Everything he’s done, he’s done for Pam. [Side note: I know some real life couples like this, too, who I look up to and respect immensely. But it's less fun to blog about ]
Their whole relationship culminated in the most adorable proposal ever. Jim decided he just couldn’t wait any longer and called Pam to ask her to meet at a gas station halfway between New York and Scranton. Then this happened:
I screamed “Yes!” at the TV as if it were my own proposal.
Let’s not forget their wedding day, when Pam was crying about how she had torn her veil and then he did this:
And then he whisked her off to Niagara Falls where they boarded the Maid of the Mist and exchanged vows. Then later he said this:
“I bought the boat tickets the day I saw that YouTube video.I knew we’d need a backup plan. The boat was actually plan C. The church was plan B. And plan A was marring her a long, long time ago. Pretty much the day I met her.”
Oh and of course there was the rehearsal speech when he said this:
“Four years ago I was just a guy who had a crush on a girl who had a boyfriend. And I had to do the hardest thing I ever had to do, which was just to wait. Don’t get me wrong I flirted with her. Pam, I can now admit in front of friends and family that I do know how to make a photocopy. I didn’t need your help that many times. And do you remember how long it took you to teach me to drive stick? (Pam: Like a year). I’ve been driving stick since high school. For a really long time that’s all I had. Little moments with a girl who saw me as a friend. And a lot of people told me I was crazy to wait this long for a date with a girl who I worked with, but I think, even then I knew, I was waiting for my wife.”
As if all of this cuteness isn’t enough to convince you, please scroll back through the pictures and just LOOK at that face! Enough said.
Needless to say though there was no doubt before, the wedding of Jim and Pam earned Jim Halpert a permanent spot at the top of my fictional boyfriends list, an honor set in stone by the receipt of this the inaugural Fictional Boyfriend of the Week.