Karen Filippelli is a sales representative and co-worker of Jim's at the Stamford branch. At first, she doesn't think Jim fits in there and dislikes the way he looks at the camera, but eventually, she grows to like him, apparently developing a crush on him. She transfers to the Scranton branch as part of the merger of the Stamford and Scranton branches, and she and Jim begin to date. They also have long talks discussing their problems.
After their job interviews in New York, Jim breaks up with Karen to ask out Pam and leaving Karen distraught and confused.("The Job")
Six months later, Karen has become Regional Manager of the Utica branch. Karen "cried for weeks" after the breakup and is still bitter about it. She is angry to learn that Jim and Pam are happy together.("Branch Wars")
When Michael comes to the Utica branch for a lecture, he sees that Karen is now pregnant and he and Pam later learn that she is now happily married. Michael asks if Jim is the father to her baby, which makes both Pam and Karen uncomfortable. Karen asks Pam how Jim is doing and Pam tells her that she and Jim are engaged. Karen seems genuinely happy for her and no longer holds any grudges towards her. ("Lecture Circuit Part 1")
Threat Level Midnight
Karen also appeared in Michael's movie "Threat Level Midnight". In it, she appeared as a girl at a bachelorette party and flirts with Michael in it. Karen is later interviewed about it and asks the cameras why they are singling her line out. In the movie, she also participates in "The Scarn", a crazy dance involved in the film with the rest of the people in the scene. ("Threat Level Midnight")
Karen initially doesn't think Jim fits in at the Stanford Branch and dislikes the way he looks at the camera, but eventually, she grows to like him and develops a crush on him, and they begin to date. Pam is a little jealous that Karen and Jim are dating. Karen and Jim later broke up following job interviews.
Karen "cried for weeks" after the breakup and was still bitter about it six months later when Jim reluctantly participated in a prank against the Utica branch. ("Branch Wars") She is gracious and warm in response to the news of Jim and Pam's engagement.
21 months after her breakup with Jim, Karen appears in the episode "Lecture Circuit". She is happily married to Dan, a dermatologist whom she met at a bar, and is 8 months pregnant with their first child.
While arguing with Kelly, Ryan claims that Karen asked him out six months prior through email, which he refused. ("Dunder Mifflin Infinity"). It was revealed in the episode Women's Appreciation that he was the one to ask Karen out via email and be rejected.
Karen is the regional manager of Dunder Mifflin's Utica branch. She explains her job as "an easy gig, when your boss isn't an idiot and your boyfriend isn't in love with someone else". She is a former sales representative at Dunder Mifflin's Scranton Branch, and formerly its Stamford branch before it closed.
Karen was twice passed over for promotion in favor of someone from the Scranton branch. She mentions that Jim received the position of Assistant Regional Manager over her. She is interviewed for the position of VP of Northeastern Sales, but the job ultimately goes to Ryan Howard.
In season four, Karen appears as the regional manager for the Utica branch.
- Karen was a regular member of the Party Planning Committee during her time at the Scranton branch.
- Ryan admits to having asked Karen out by email after the Stamford and Scranton branches merged. She turned him down. ("Women's Appreciation") Ryan lies about the incident to Kelly, turning the story around and claiming that it was Karen who had asked him out, and he turned her down.
- Karen dates Jim Halpert throughout the third season. Outside of the Office universe, Rashida Jones and John Krasinski dated for a brief period of time.
- Karen is the first female manager of a Dunder Mifflin branch seen on the show. The second female manager was Nellie Bertram.
- Karen was twice passed over for promotion in favor of someone from the Scranton branch. In a deleted scene in "Gay Witch Hunt", she mentions that Jim received the position of Assistant Regional Manager over her. In the episode "The Job", she is interviewed for the position of VP of Northeastern Sales, but the job ultimately goes to Ryan Howard.
- It is confirmed from a deleted scene, that Karen had a pet fish named Carrot.
- Karen's name has a cameo mention in “The List" inside of a notebook that Dwight once used to divide his fellow employees into lists to plan for various emergency situations. Among them were lists that detailed how to divide into life boats or life rafts as well as a list that Dwight describes as "who would eat who in an Alive situation."
Behind the scenes
- Greg Daniels got Karen's last name from NBC executive Rachel Filippelli.
|The Office: Season 3|
|"Gay Witch Hunt":||"The Convention":||"The Coup":||"Grief Counseling":||"Initiation":||"Diwali":||"Branch Closing":||"The Merger":||"The Convict":||"A Benihana Christmas":||"Back From Vacation":|
|"Traveling Salesmen":||"The Return":||"Ben Franklin":||"Phyllis' Wedding":||"Business School":||"Cocktails":||"The Negotiation":||"Safety Training":||"Product Recall":||"Women's Appreciation":||"Beach Games":||"The Job":|
|The Office: Season 4|
|"Fun Run":||"Dunder Mifflin Infinity":||"Launch Party":||"Money":||"Local Ad":||"Branch Wars":||"Survivor Man":|
|"The Deposition":||"Dinner Party":||"Chair Model":||"Night Out":||"Did I Stutter?":||"Job Fair":||"Goodbye, Toby":|
|The Office: Season 5|
|"Weight Loss":||"Business Ethics":||"Baby Shower":||"Crime Aid":||"Employee Transfer":||"Customer Survey":||"Business Trip":||"Frame Toby":||"The Surplus":|
|"Moroccan Christmas":||"The Duel":||"Prince Family Paper||"Stress Relief||"Lecture Circuit Part 1":||"Lecture Circuit Part 2":||"Blood Drive":||"Golden Ticket":|
|"New Boss":||"Two Weeks":||"Dream Team":||"Michael Scott Paper Company":||"Heavy Competition":||"Broke":||"Casual Friday":||"Cafe Disco":||"Company Picnic":|
|Characters of The Office|
Michael Scott | Dwight Schrute | Jim Halpert | Pam Beesly | Ryan Howard | Andy Bernard | Kevin Malone | Stanley Hudson | Angela Martin | Phyllis Vance | Meredith Palmer | Creed Bratton | Oscar Martinez | Kelly Kapoor | Toby Flenderson | Darryl Philbin | Erin Hannon | Gabe Lewis
Jan Levinson | David Wallace | Nellie Bertram | Roy Anderson | Karen Filippelli | Robert California | Bob Vance | Hank Tate | Pete Miller | Clark Green | Nate Nickerson | Holly Flax | Todd Packer | Robert Lipton | Glenn | Mose Schrute | Cathy Simms