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Pam, the Scranton branch receptionist, and Roy, a warehouse worker, were high-school sweethearts. They had been engaged for 3 years when The Office TV series began. Their relationship was strained; Roy didn't support Pam in pursuing her art, among other things, and Pam had romantic feelings for Jim. She called off her wedding with Roy after having second thoughts about Jim, but got back together with Roy during Phyllis' Wedding, admitting that she'd rather be with Roy than single. She finally left him once and for all after he attacked Jim (and drunkenly destroyed much of a bar) on learning about Jim and Pam's kiss in "Casino Night".

There are presumably no hard feeling between them, as Roy invited Jim and Pam to his wedding.

Status: Broken Up

The Jet Skis

Roy took the money that he and Pam had been saving for the wedding and used it to buy a pair of WaveRunner jet skis.

  • In "Basketball", Pam explains a deleted talking head that Roy bought them a pair of WaveRunners, but it's Roy and Roy's brother who use them.
  • In "Cocktails", Roy reveals that his brother sold the jet skis for a major loss.

Behind the scenes

  • Jenna Fischer created a backstory for how Pam and Roy got together: She imagined that Pam's family owned an appliance shop, and Roy got a job there as a high school student. He asked her out, and they started dating. "But because he works there, like the families became very meshed. They would barbecue together. So this is why and how she kind of can't get out of this relationship, even though now it's clear it's a mismatch. It's because the families are so co-joined."[1]:48:43
  • Greg Daniels called Fischer at home during the first season. Fischer was afraid she was in trouble, but Daniels wanted her thoughts on why Pam is still with Roy. She shared her imagined backstory, and the show incorporated it into the character's background. For example, in Fischer's mind, Pam and Roy haven't gotten married because Roy spent the wedding money on a set of jet skis.[2]

References

  1. Kinsey, Angela and Jenna Fischer. Episode 8: Sexual Harassment. "Office Ladies" podcast, December 10, 2019.
  2. Baumgartner, Brian. I Don't Care, Fire Me, An Oral History of The Office, Episode 7. August 11, 2020.
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