Normally I'm a bit busier writing about other topics but the Blogcritic in me has finally come out, so here's how the ending may have been improved: Cut the last 20 or so seconds. The camera would have stopped rolling the instant Pam spotted Jim and hastily clanged the phone down on the desk. How's that for a summer cliffhanger?
But I'm not a writer for the show, and those who are typing up the script had them kiss. So let's all sit down with our cappuccinos and start gossiping about the show. Omigod, are Jim and Pam gonna hook up?
They better not. The Kiss of Death followed by a full-fledged romance usually spells untimely doom for any show. (Exception: Friends, a show that somehow stayed on for exactly 63 seasons with as many romances between the six main stars). Wings got stale after Joe and Helen got married. Same with Ed and Carol in Ed. Relationships also killed Frasier, Cheers, Who's the Boss and several late-night movies on Cinemax.
I'm not saying the show's going downhill (it won't — it can't) but my money's on The Office lasting two, maybe three more seasons if Jim and Pam become just that — Jim and Pam. Although I would probably get a kick out of seeing Kevin's reaction to his band not being able to playing a wedding when there isn't one.