‘The Office’: This Fan Theory Will Change Your Favorite Couple In The Franchise
From the very first episode of The Office, which premiered back in 2005, fans were shipping Jim (the charming, funny, salesman) and Pam (the soft-spoken receptionist and office “hottie.”) But this fan theory might just knock Jim and Pam right out of their top spot.
The definition of couple goals
Despite her engagment to Roy, the chemistry between Jim & Pam is completely undeniable from the very first episode. As the series progressed, Jim & Pam surpassed the title of best couple on The Office and earned themselves the honor of being one of the best TV couples of all time.
The Odd Couples
Though Jim & Pam are undoubtedly The Office’s best depiction of #couplegoals, true fans know that there’s no shortage of other amazingly odd couples who add humor, character, and flair to the show. Dwight & Angela, Michael & Holly, Michael & Jan, Andy & Erin, Phyllis & Bob Vance (Vance Refrigeration), and of course the purely delicious dysfunction that is Ryan & Kelly, just to name a few.
There’s certainly an abundance of odd office romances at Dunder Mifflin. But perhaps the most bizarre pairing on the show is one that’s only ever hinted at. Early in the series, fans noticed that there are clear reasons to suspect that Angela & Roy had a fling going on at some point. Let’s walk through some of the evidence that supports this theory.
The Angela & Roy theory
Our first piece of evidence comes from Episode 4 of Season Two, The Fire. After evacuating the office because of a toaster fire, Jim enlists his coworkers to join him for a game of ‘Who would you do?’ During Roy’s turn, he responds, “Oh I got it! What’s the name of that tight a**, Christian chick? The blonde?” Two things stand out as very strange about this initial interaction. The first of which is that Roy chooses not to pick his own fiancée, instead opting to choose someone so unfamiliar to him he doesn’t even know her name.
But, what is even more shocking is Angela’s reaction to Roy’s comment. Angela is nearly always offended, so it’s out of character for her to let crass comment fly, especially when they are aimed at her. But instead of anger or disgust, Angela chooses to take this opportunity to introduce herself to Roy.
The plot thickens
Soon, viewers discover that the attraction is far from one-sided. Just a few episodes later in The Secret when Pam learns that Jim used to have a crush on her, Angela admits to her attraction to Roy. When asked by Phyllis who she’d pick in Pam’s shoes, Jim or Roy, Angela easily selects Roy as her choice.
Angela’s undeniable attraction heightens in the next season during the Branch Closing episode. When Michael receives the news that the Stamford branch will absorb the Scranton branch, the employees wonder if their jobs are in jeopardy. When a curious Roy comes up from the warehouse to ask about who is moving, Angela, ever the pessimistic grump, actually goes out of her way to reassure him. In a move that’s entirely out of character, she tells him, “Don’t worry, you going to be fine Roy. You’re very…strong and capable.” while Kevin giggles at the exchange in the background, clearly picking up on her overtly flirty tone.
The accountants’ secret
It seems Kevin and Oscar are the only ones that notice the chemistry between Roy & Angela. In a bonus webisode from Season 1, both men tease Angela mercilessly about her attraction to Roy. “Does he excite you?” “Does he get your blood flowing?”, they taunt, going as far as asking Roy what he thinks about Angela. Roy doesn’t look at all off put by this invasive question, but rather just a little caught off guard. Which begs the question could a steamy affair have started shortly after they discovered their mutual attraction in Season Two?
The best couple
While they’re certainly no Jim & Pam, or even Holly and Michael, we still love watching these drastically different characters interact. Like a car crash that you just can’t look away from, Roy & Angela claim the title of the best couple that never actually happened onscreen.