The beloved NBC sitcom The Office may be off the air (though you can always catch it on Netflix!), but its characters live on in the hearts of fans and likely will for many years to come. One of those characters is Pam Beesly, who was there from the very beginning. She was portrayed effortlessly by Jenna Fischer, and today is the actress’ birthday! In honor of her special day, here are just a few of the best quotes from Pam/Jenna from the long-running comedy show.
This isn’t just one of Jenna’s best lines on The Office — it’s easily one of the best quotes from the show period. She utters it while drunk at the annual Dundies award show at Scranton’s local Chili’s restaurant. Iconic.
Without context, this isn’t a very exciting quote. Pam says it after Jim Halpert surprises her by asking her out to dinner during one of the show’s confessionals. It’s considered one of the most momentous scenes from the series.
When Michael Scott finds out Meredith Palmer has rabies, he tries to make up for hitting her with his car by organizing a fun run to “cure” the disease. That left poor receptionist Pam to say this ridiculous line to whoever called the office that day.
The full quote is actually, “Dwight mercy-killed Angela’s cat. It’s very complicated. It’s caused a lot of unpleasantness between Dwight and Angela, who are both already prone to unpleasantness.” This is one great example of Pam getting a little bit sassy on the show for once.
Pam says this to the camera during the painfully awkward dinner party she and Jim are invited to at Michael’s house, hosted by her boss and his girlfriend, Jan Levinson. And really … she has a good point.
Pam says this after Michael gets mad at her for only bringing one sheet of white paper to the job fair where they’re representing Dunder Mifflin. One line alone doesn’t do it justice — it’s Pam’s entire portrayal of their earlier conversation that really makes the scene.
One of the long-running themes on The Office was the relationship between Jim and Pam, who eventually (spoiler alert!) get married and have kids. This line is one of the many Pam says that fans of the ship sighed dreamily over.
Jenna’s character has this revelation in the fifth season of the sitcom when someone from a phone system company comes by and tries to get a hold of Michael. She hilariously pretends he’s not there, in an attempt to protect her job. Can you really blame her?